Starting The Horus Hersey Part One.
So a quick review of the two books we decided to pick up. And if you forgot we went with the Gamer's Collection. And these are the fluffless book you can get a huge discount if you are just looking to play.
The first of the two book is Legiones Astartes Crusade Army List this book is basically the core codex for any player. The point values are way off from what you are going to expect in playing marines and the list of vehicles are some what insane, and yes Astartes have super heavy tanks. Almost makes you wonder how the hell could anyone just lose all of these sweet toys over a few millennium.
The second book we got in the bundle Gamer's Collection is Legiones Astartes: Isstvan Campaign Legions and if Legiones Astartes Crusade Army List was the meat and potatoes this book is the gravy. This book is all the army specific stuff needed to play any of the 12 Legions that took part in the first part of the Isstvan Campaign. This also gives character specific stats for characters you might have read about before like Loken or better yet Primarch like Angron. For each of the listed legions there rules specific to them.
Now to select what legion to paint, this part is probably the hardest part. We wanted to do this project without breaking the bank so picking a legion that gave us the ability to play the models in both 40k and Hersey makes the most sense. So of the list of Legions provided by Forge World there are two Legions that make the most sense to select either going pure Imperium by selecting The Imperial Fist, or The Alpha Legion. Both of these have decent homes in the 40k game albeit one could argue The Alpha Legion. Each of the Legions in the book have their own Rites of War, and these are located in the Legiones Astartes: Isstvan Campaign Legions and the generic Rites of War are located in the Legiones Astartes Crusade Army List.
That all being said we are going to select The Alpha Legion, they are not part of the first book but we can use these models in 40k.
The force organization structure is pretty much the same as Warhammer 40,000 with a single HQ choice and two troop choices, but some choices let you assemble one HQ and one troop. So like any core army list I am going to need a tactical squad and for an HQ choice to select a single Legion Praetor. As a start this is basic and gives a basic staring point, without committing to a specific theme.
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