Some armies drive beasts or slaves into to battle, with cruel masters harrying at their heels as they goad their underlings into the foe.
A Mixed Unit most often consist of two different, with one or more handlers that drive the rest of the unit forward. The handler(s) may be deployed in the rear rank of the unit. Mixed Units cannot be joined by characters, unless specified.
If a Mixed unit is required to take a characteristic test, this is done using the characteristics of the unit itself, not the handlers. The only exception is Leadership tests, which are taken using the unit’s highest Leadership value. When the models in a unit with the Mixed Unit special rule have different Movement allowances, the handlers Movement value is ignored, unless they are the only models remaining. Any special rules that the unit might have do not apply to the Handlers unless specified – ignore the handlers completely in those cases.
As long as the unit (but not the handlers) have a unit strength of 5 or more, any missile hits are resolved against the unit itself. At less than unit strength 5, there is a chance that any handlers in the unit could be hit – the controlling player decides who is hit, but must allocate one hit on each model before they can add a second hit on a model; they must allocate two hits on each model before they can allocate a third, and so on. Hits from templates are resolved against the handlers as normal. In close combat, the handlers can only be attacked by models who are in base contact with them.