My brother and I play the skirmish game Necromunda (made back in the '90s by Games Workshop, its a spin-off of Warhammer 40k).

My question is, what happens to zombies when you have wounded them and they get the 'down' result (roll a 6 sided dice, 1 has no effect, 6 taken off the board, 2-5=?).

This relates specifically to damage from anything other than close combat, i.e. shooting, but also fall damage, seeing as any down result is out in close combat, unless its a multiple combat.

So, do zombies start to crawl after the damage, like a normal ganger? Or do they shrug it off?

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Downed zombies act the same as any other downed ganger: their movement is a 2" crawl (the plague zombie's owner chooses the direction), and they make the same end-of-round injury check as any normal ganger. The only exception is that if a plague zombie rolls a "1", it doesn't take the flesh wound as it stands up. This makes plague zombies about as tough as any other ganger: with the exception of close combat, it takes an injury roll of "6" to take them out.

If a downed zombie "charges" into combat, it simply gets taken out automatically, just like any other ganger that crawls into combat (unless there are multiple combatants, of course).

As a side note: in the fluff, plague zombies are still alive – just brain-damaged by the plague. So it makes sense that all of the rules of living gangers apply to plague zombies, with the exception of the rules that apply to pain or psychology.


Being as the Outlanders rules pg 28 make no special mention of how to handle downed zombies, I would say they do crawl around because I can't think of any reason that you would not treat them like any other ganger.

They can't suffer flesh wounds and you can't pin them, so until they roll a 1 or reach a ganger to attack them in close combat, I would say they just crawl around.

Also since they can't suffer flesh wounds it is safe to assume that they do not suffer the -1 WS/BS penalty when they get back up.

One last thing I would suggest is to remove their 'always charging' rule when they crawl into base contact with a ganger, but that is just opinion, I have nothing in rules as written to back this up. As was pointed out in the comments by Paul Marshall, if a zombie did this, they would be removed during the combat because when a fighter is downed as a wound result in close combat, they are automatically removed.

I looked high and low for an official ruling and could not find one, but from a discussion about it on another forum, it seems that most interpret it this way. There does however seem to be some contention over weather or not they stand back up if they roll a 1 during recovery.

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  • I also found this reference from a yaktribe battle transcript which implies that zombies crawl around
    – Pow-Ian
    Dec 19, 2014 at 20:47
  • It's been a while since I played, but doesn't close combat with a downed ganger automatically take out the ganger? The same would apply to Plague Zombies, so if they go down, then they'd want to crawl away from the gangers - otherwise, the gangers would just walk up and sputch their heads. Dec 20, 2014 at 3:47
  • On page 23 of the rules I referenced, it says that wounds are resolved the same way in hand to hand as they are in shooting. This means that you can still knock down or keep down a zombie but you ultimately need that 6 to take them out of the fight. As for crawling away, I would say that should never happen as they are always supposed to move toward the closest ganger. Even if for whatever reason they can't hurt that ganger when they get there, they are still supposed to menace them.
    – Pow-Ian
    Dec 22, 2014 at 12:05
  • Check page 25, under "Fighters Down" (top left): anyone who's down in hand-to-hand simply gets taken out, unless it's a multiple combat. Jan 2, 2015 at 17:39
  • @Paul Marshall, good catch. I read as far as page 23 and saw where they said things were business as usual during wound resolution and did not think to look further.
    – Pow-Ian
    Jan 2, 2015 at 18:45

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