Posted 07/01/2019

New Year, New Legion

The Horus Heresy team are looking forward to an amazing year in the Age of Darkness, with a new book and loads of new model releases on the way! Indeed, 2019 is shaping up to be one of the best years yet for fans of the Age of Darkness. Here’s Anuj Malhotra from the Horus Heresy team to talk about what’s been brewing:

Anuj: A very happy new year to everyone from the Horus Heresy team! As excited as we are for what’s coming in the next few months, many of us were eager to ring in the new year by beginning new Horus Heresy armies. We encouraged each other to take part in the “New Year, New Legion” challenge, and after much frantic painting through December and the holidays, we’re proud to have the beginnings of our forces ready to show off.

Miniatures Designer Christopher Drew has started work on some awesome Blood Angels. Chris has been wanting to start playing games in the Age of Darkness for a while now, and his first-ever army when he began playing Warhammer 40,000 in the halcyon days of his youth were the Blood Angels. Excited to finally have full Legion rules coming for the Blood Angels in The Horus Heresy Book Eight – Malevolence, Chris was raring to start his new army.

Rekindling the glory of the Angels of Death is this fantastic new force of MKIV Space Marines, the backbone of which, as is only right and proper for the IX Legion, is a large Legion Assault Squad. They are accompanied by a Legion Tactical Support Squad armed with deadly plasma guns, a unit which has already taken names, gunning down my traitorous Alpha Legion in battle.

Backing these two infantry squads up is a furious Contemptor Dreadnought, and while Chris had only just built this Contemptor when we released the Legion’s very own, rather beautiful, Contemptor variant, he now has one of those and the new Blood Angels Leviathan Dreadnought on the way for his army already!

Next, we have Artist Dominik Oedinger and his Word Bearers. Dom is a true worshipper of a force he calls ‘Chaos’, something which we understand only in the most tenuous sense here in the 31st Millennium. In his own words, he started a Word Bearers Legion force because “they were Chaos Space Marines before it was cool”.

Incorporating bits from his many Chaos armies with his MKV Assault Squad, Dom has added to his quite literal legions of Traitorous Space Marines with an incredibly gribbly looking squad of Gal Vorbak. The Gal Vorbak are the Primarch Lorgar’s dream of true unity between Daemons and Mankind, and are a terrifying unit, both on the tabletop and off it – should you happen to stumble upon any Gal Vorbak in a dark alley, we suggest you run!

Then we have the Night Lords of Graphic Designer Richard Dansie – a Legion force inspired by the excellent works of Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

Richard has long been a fan of the Night Lords, having worked on various Night Lords projects over the years – all the way back to the Chaos Space Marines Collector’s Guide in 2003, where he had a Night Lords Daemon Prince featured. In this challenge, Rich has captured the character of the Night Lords’ unpredictability, even amongst Traitors – his Praetor (which, he reliably informs me, doesn’t turn into a Daemon Prince 10,000 years later – honest) and Contemptor Dreadnought can both be found turning on their erstwhile allies, the Sons of Horus.

Lastly, we have my very own new army for 2019, the Imperial Fists. I’ve long been a loyal son of Dorn, having the basis of what could be considered a collection cooking away in the background, but never had an entire army painted. For years I’ve been mentally working myself up, stockpiling models like I was preparing for some kind of siege, and now I finally feel ready to take the plunge and paint a lot more yellow.

I’ve made my Legion Breachers using the Phalanx Warder shields, and hope to have them driving to battle in the pride of my collection – the Land Raider Proteus tank, Oath of Stone.

We hope all of the Horus Heresy fans out there will join us in the new year with a new Legion of their own! It’s a great hobby resolution to have for 2019, and if you do join in, be sure to show us your new models by posting them on the Forge World Facebook page. We can’t wait to reveal what’s in store for the Horus Heresy soon, and look forward to seeing you at the Horus Heresy Weekender on Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd February. 

Now that’s some hobby to be proud of from the Horus Heresy team – what a great way to kick off the new year! With lots of exciting stuff on the horizon, we’ll have more news for you from the Age of Darkness very soon.

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