At the start of any Round of Combat, a model carrying aHoldstone may declare to use it. The model’s unit willtreat its flanks and rear as front for the purposes of Parry and Shield Wall and may even make Supporting Attacks to their flanks and rear. The unit may still be Disrupted as normal. Once a Holdstone has been activated, the bearer must always accept and issue Challenges, unless another model does so first. The unit cannot pursue any enemies in the same Combat in which the Holdstone was used. The effects of theHoldstone end once the Combatis over or at the end of the phase in which the bearer is removed as a casualty.
As long as the bearer is alive, the Holdstone may be activated again in later Combats.