A Beginners Guide to Horus Heresy: Part 1 Books

40kHeresyHowdy everyone!  Severus here, and I wanted to talk about getting into Horus Heresy, otherwise known as 30k.  I myself am very new to the world of 30k.  Looking around I haven’t found much out there in terms of a beginners guide in terms of what to buy.  So, Shorereaper and I are going to do a short series on it, with some help from our lord primarch.

Lets start off with the books.  Right now there are 3 main books, Betrayer, Massacre, and Extermination.  Lets take a brief look at each book and point out the major components of each.  Before we begin, if you have some time on your hands and want a very thorough look at each book, check out the Independent Characters Podcast.

Betrayer is the first in the series.  Army wise it covers the basic list all legions will use, called the Space Marine Crusade Legion Army List.  You need this list to play any space marine 30k army.  Now, in terms of flavor, it contains special rules, primarch rules, and legion specific unit to change that generic list into one of 4 legions.  Those legions are the Sons of Horus, The World Eaters, The Emperor’s Children, and The Death Guard.  Fear not, they have both loyalist and heretical characters for each.  There is also a small allied contingent of mechanicum units, but not enough to field a full army.

Now in terms of other content, Betrayer has some great fluff for those for legions.  It also has lots of fluff covering the Isstvan III.  Even better, it contains a campaign system so you can play out the battle at Isstvan III if you want.  There is a appendix to the campaign introducing smaller sized close quarter combat, called zone mortalis.

Book 2 is titled Massacre.  Army list wise, it presents a lot.  It introduces the Legio Cybernetics, aka a small mechanicum army.  In terms of space marine legions, it offers a ton of stuff.  There is a section introducing more units to the basic crusade lists, so these units are available to all space marines.  It also has a ton of legion specific additions.  It has more legion specific rules, units, and characters for The Sons of Horus, The World Eaters, The Emperor’s Children, and The Death Guard (all traitors at this point).  It also introduces 4 new legions; The Iron Hands, The Night Lords, The Salamanders, and The Word Bearers.  This of course means more legion specific rules, units, characters, and primarchs.

If that wasn’t enough for you, this book also has more back story for all the legions involved in this book.  Further more it has the fluff for the dropsite massacre on Isstvan V.  Of course there is also a campaign section for this, so you can replay that horrible moment in history if you are so inclined.

The last book in the series (so far) is Extermination.  In terms of army additions, it also has generic units to add to the crusade list, so all marines can take these.  Further more in introduces The Imperial Fists, The Iron Warriors, The Alpha Legion, and The Raven Guard.  This includes there legion specific rules, units, characters, and primarchs.

This book also rolls out a very large and fleshed out mechanicum list, the Taghmata Omnissiah.  This is a separate mechanicum list from the Legio Cybernetica.  If you are looking for a true mechanicum army, this is the list I would use.  It has a larger selection of unit types, rules, and wargear.

In terms of fluff, it covers the immediate actions taken after Isstvan V.  It also covers background fluff of the new legions presented within.  Campaign wise, it presents the fight for survival as the loyalists are scattered after the dropsite massacre.  Overall, this campaign seems better suited for smaller games instead of the grand battles of the last 2 books.  It also presents more zone mortalis style games.

Now, any talk of books would not be complete without discussing the two newest books by forgeworld.  The Crusade Army List book is just what it sounds like, a compilation of all the generic crusade army lists rules from the first three books.  The second book, Isstvan Campaign Legions, contains the legion specific special rules, units, characters, and Primarchs for all the legions presented in the first 3 books.  To be clear, there is no fluff, campagin rules, or mechanicum entries in these two books.  So, if you are looking to just pick up all the 30 space marine rules, this is the cheapest route to go.  They are also more convenient to carry that the first three books.

So, that about covers the books of the horus heresy.  There obviously have a few books left if they continue with the current format (6 more legions to cover, Space Wolves, Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Thousand Sons, and White Scars).  Those legions are playable right now through the generic army lists technically.  Stay tuned for the next article, model selection for a 30k army.

Going Back To The Future: Horus Heresy

Shorereaper and I find ourselves becoming what I like to call “30-curious”.   As in we are looking at starting horus heresy armies, aka 30k.  I guess looking at isn’t the right word, Shorereaper is closing in on 1000pts of alpha legion and has book 1 and 3.  The lord primarch has also expressed interest in trying out his legions within 30k, even playing a few test games when Betrayer dropped.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to look into what it will take to make my 40k Iron Hands army 30k compatible.  My hobby budget is definitely to tight right now to do all forge world models for it, and to be honest I am not that good at identify the various marks of armor.  Ideally, I want the models I own to be able to play in either system, while still giving that 30k aesthetic.  I know there are some models that just wont make the transition (I am looking at you storm talon and landraider redeemer/crusader.)

To go along with our 30-curious ways, the Horus Heresy weekender just happened and leaked a ton of awesome pictures.  Time for a review!

solar auxilia transport

Solar Auxilia, eh?  Looks to me like the start of some cool imperial army units.  Not my cup of tea, but I think they could make a great addition to a 40k IG army that is looking for some variety.  I could have sworn I saw some images of the troops with more detail, but I haven’t been able to find them again.


Vulkan, that pansy that ran away while Ferrus died.  All joking aside, another sweet primarch model.  Just as fancy as I would expect from a master armorer.  I think a big reason I want to try out 30k is to see the primarchs in action.

flamer sword knight

Another sweet Imperian Knight conversion.  I am a big fan of the lancer.  This dude is sporting some crazy flamer and a sword.  Should make for quite a mess.  No rules out that I have seen.  Maybe they are hiding in book 3 somewhere.  Generally, I wish the 30k knights would be 40k compatible, they could be a lot of fun.

gal vorbak

The Gal Vorbak, this one is right up the lord primachs ally.  He has a small word bears force that he wants to get off the ground.  These guys look sweet, so hopefully that will be the inspiration to get that force going.

gorgon terminators

And these are my eye candy of the weekend.  I so love me the forgeworld Iron Hand models.  More awesome quality from forgeworld.  I will probably get like 10 of these.  Not sure how well I can slot them into 40k.  Probably will have to run them as shooty terminators (boo!)

magos prime

Is he riding a giant mechanical worm dais thingy?  I know a lot of guys are getting excited about a mechanicum army.  I am not one of them

mechanicum armoured conveyor

That being said, their transports look pretty sweet.

megabolter knight

Is that a vulkan megabolter on that knight?  With a chainfist?  Sign me up!

mortarionLast, but certainly not least, Mortarion!  Dude looks amazing.  Definitely one of my favorites so far (except for my beloved Ferrus Manus).  Glad they finally got around to him, he has only had rules out since the first book.  I know forgeworld, you wanted to make mechinicum and iron hands, and I don’t blame you.


There you have it.  Anyone else feeling a little 30-curious after that?


From The Depths Of Forgeworld

As I am sure many of you know, Forgeworld Open Day is currently in progress.  Images having been flooding the net of all the new cool stuff and all the works in progress models.  Horus Heresy 3 is being sold in limited quantities.  Generally speaking, it is a great time of year to be a fan of forgeworld/40k.

Now, any of you can hope around the net to some of the big sites like faiet or bell of lost souls and check out there coverage.  I have dug a little deeper and saw a few things I would like to show you.

First up, the long awaited rules for Imperial Fists, Raven Guard, Iron Warriors, and Alpha Legion.  The can be found here.  These were posted by a gentleman who has a copy of HH3 that he picked up there.  I guess a grain of salt should be taken with this since it isn’t a photo, but it sounds legit to me.

alpha legionSome alpha legion goodness.  Nothing new or exciting in terms of models, but it is neat to see alpha legion army for once.

blood angelsIf my eyes don’t deceive me, I believe that is a pre-heresy blood angels army.

gorgongorgon 2For the iron hands enthusiast among us (mainly myself), terminators!  Makes me a little sad that I just finished building some thunderhammer storm shield guys for my clan.  Ultimately I know they would do this to me (they being forgeworld).  Guess these boys will be going on my someday list.

lancerUp next is a close combat variant of the new GW knight kit, the Lancer.  Rules can be found around the interwebs.  Overall, I like him a lot.

mechanicum troopsmechanicumFor the gear heads among us, more mechanicum stuff.  Looks like some cool troops and maybe a knight/dreadknight variant.  Word is HH3 is packed full of mechanicum goodies.

minotaursminotaurs 2These are here more to taunt our chief librarian.  Limited edition minotaurs devastator sergeant.  His rules were released in imperial armor 12.  Guess the librarian will have to cruise ebay or hope to get lucky at our next flea market adventure.

salamanderA salamanders character.  Lots of salamander upgrade bits photos are now floating around the web.  Forgeworld also just put out the pyroclasts.  I think we are going to start seeing a big push on salamanders by forgeworld soon.

tyranidsLast but not least, a very interesting work in progress model for the nids.  It looks awesome so far, but perhaps more interesting is that it comes with a name.  I can’t seem to find any printed rules for a Dimachaeron.  Stands to reason we are going to get some experimental rules or another imperial armor.  Can anyone else find rules for him/her/it.

That’s enough for today. I got iron hands to work on.