A Beginners Guide to Horus Heresy Part 3: Vehicle Model Selection

glaivep5Howdy guys, Severus here.  It’s time to talk about the next part of our beginners guide to Horus Heresy, this time it’s all about the vehicles baby.  You can check out our guide to the books and the armor to get caught up.  So, let’s have at it.

Generally speaking, a lot of the vehicles you are used to seeing in 40k got there start back in the heresy.  So, a lot of what you will read about is familiar.  The big differences between 40k and 30k vehicles is the different marks of vehicles.  Often time, the 40k age vehicle is an upgrade to the old 30k model.

What that boils down to is, for a truly authentic 30k army, you will want to get period appropriate vehicles.  To some people, that is important, getting every detail right.  If you are going for a really authentic looking army, most of the traitor forces would be majority, if not all, 30k variety vehicles.  Loyalists would still be mostly 30k varieties, but they could have a few 40k era vehicles since they would have access to the newer gear later in the fight.

Now, do you need these resin forgeworld models to play?  Not really, you can use the appropriate GW plastic model.  Honestly, I don’t know to many guys who will throw a fuss about it.  Does it look cooler having the forgeworld models?  Hell yes!  As long as it is a unit from the horus heresy books though, with the appropriate wargear, I say it works for me.  Let’s start working our way through each entry.

Dreadnoughts:  They come in both varieties here in the heresy.  The old tried and true plastic dreadnought and the contemptor.  They have options for just about everything!  The big note is that dreadnoughts can be fielded in talons, aka groups of 1 to 3.  Model wise GW plastic models are appropriate for the dreadnought entry, .but there are some fancy forgeworld versions if you are so inclined.  Of course the forgeworld contemptor is the appropriate model for the contemptor slot. Side Note: Mortis patterns are available, but they are listed with in book 2, so don’t panic if you don’t see it.

Rhinos:  Here things get a little trickier.  The pattern that was most commonly available in the heresy era was the MKIC Demios pattern rhino.  There is a forgeworld model available for this unit.  The current GW plastic model is considered to be a MKIIC, which was not widely available in the heresy.  So, if you want to be authentic, go with the forgeworld model.  Fun side note, the plastic rhinos from like 3rd edition were MkIC, but they are smaller in scale than the current forgeworld variety.

Drop Pods:  As of now, there is only one drop pod model.  It’s the GW plastic model.  So it is period appropriate for both 40k and 30k (sweet!).  Now to make things a little confusing, there is a second drop pod variant, the Dreadclaw Drop Pod.  It’s separate unit entry and taken as a fast attack choice, not a dedicated transport.  There is a forgeworld model for this.  Some clever folks out there have converted plastic drop pods to dreadclaws.

Predators:  Now we start to get into some trickier bits.  As before, there is a MKIC pattern that was more common, aka the Deimos.  It is a forgeworld model, with several weapon variants (annihilator, destructor, executioner, and infernus).  The current GW plastic model is the less common MKIIC (annihilator and destructor).  Some of the many armament options are only available on the MKIC.  So, based on which variant you want to run, you may have limited model options.  Side note: the Baal predator was not available in the heresy.  Side Note 2: the deimos pattern predators executioner and infernus have forgeworld rules for 40k, so you can get dual use out of these models.

Land Speeders: Back to something a little simpler.  There is the standard plastic land speeder kit.  Model wise it is appropriate for heresy.  All of it’s weapon options are reflected in the rules.  There is also the javelin land speeders, a separate unit entry.  It has some better armor and weapon options.  It also has a pretty forgeworld model.  A nice simple choice.

Land Raiders:  Oh baby, here comes some fun.  I love me some land raiders and horus heresy is chucked full of them.  Now, the standard setup (twin-linked lascannon sponsons and twin-linked heavy bolter) has the plastic GW MKIIB and the forgeworld MKIB.  As usual, the MKIB is the more common variant at the time.  Now, the crusader and redeemer were not available then.  In terms of new variants, horus heresy has the proteus and the achilies.  Both forgeworld models.  They also have rules available for use in 40k.  Side note:  If you get the MKIIB land raider and want to put the upgrade doors on, there are a special set that fits them.  Buy accordingly.

Vinicator:  The good old vindicator.  Once again this one is fairly simple.  It has a MKIIC is the current plastic model, which was not widely available in the heresy era.  The MKIC or Deimos pattern was the more common variety.  There is a resin forgeworld model available.  Side note: there are rule options for a laser destroyer array instead of the demolisher cannon, but so far no model representing that.

Whirlwinds:  Okay, here it gets a little tricky again.  The standard whirlwind is currently available with the MKIIC, the plastic GW model. There is a Deimos pattern but it is only available with the scorpius launcher.  This is a different unit entry than the standard whirlwind.  It is a forgeworld model, you could convert it to a standard whirlwind if you were so inclined.  There is a third variant, the hyperios, and anti-air version.  It is on a MKIIC body, but is a forgeworld kit.

Everything Else:  Now, I believe that covers all the basic units you and I are used to.  The following is a list of units that are units only available from forgeworld.  If a unit has a * next to it, it means it also has published 40k rules.  Two units for the price of one!

  • Storm Eagle Gunship*
  • Legion Basilisk* (you could also use the GW plastic model, but it will lack the loading platform that is space marine sized)
  • Legion Medusa*
  • Legion Spartan Assault Tank*
  • Legion Caestus Assault Ram*
  • Legion Fellblade*
  • Legion Typhon*
  • Legion Thunderhawk/Thunderhawk Transporter*
  • Legion Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer*
  • Legion Malcador Assault Tank*
  • Primaris-Lighting Strike Fighter*
  • Deathstrom Drop Pod*
  • Legion Sicaran Battle Tank*
  • Legion Dreadnought Drop Pod*
  • Legion Glaive Super Heavy Special Weapons Tank
  • Legion Kharybdis Assault Claw* (although it’s rules are still listed as experimental in the download section of forgeworld)
  • Legion Fire Raptor Gunship*
  • Sicaran Venator Tank Destroyer
  • Legion Falchion Super Heavy Tank Destroyer
  • Legion Stormblade*

I think that about wraps it up.  I think we thoroughly covered model selection, so you should have an idea of what you can use and where to get it.  Now if you are still interested I guess it is time to take the plunge.  Speaking of which, my Iron Hands are calling.  Have a good one folks!

One thought on “A Beginners Guide to Horus Heresy Part 3: Vehicle Model Selection

  1. hey man good post
    do one for me about specific play styles and individual differences for specific legions so that ,newbies like me know which legion the would most enjoy playing as.

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