|The opening stages of the Horus Heresy - Death Guard vs. World Eaters on Istvaan III|
Last week Conscript Byron was kind enough to host a small gaming evening. I wanted to continue with the recent Horus Heresy theme that has been dominating my painting efforts. Byron has a small force of Legion-era Death Guard figures, and patched together with the various Legion bits and bobs I have painted so far we were able to get a small Horus Heresy game together.
|The World Eaters (strung along the left side) need to make it to that Valkyrie model...should be a piece of cake, right?|
We played a scenario from Forge World's "Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal". The scenario is called "Flight to the Truth". It is set on Istvaan III, where Horus has launched his open rebellion against the Emperor. The first stage of his plan is to purge his own Legions of "unreliables" - Marines who would never go along with his plan. They are sent down to Istvaan III, ostensibly to suppress a rebellion, but they are stabbed in the back by Horus, who attempts to obliterate them from orbit, and then comes down to go after the survivors.
|An imposing battle line of Legion Marines from the World Eaters|
This scenario feature three "remembrancers", people who would be reliable witnesses of Horus' betrayal. The Loyalist side is trying to get these three to a shuttle they have located, in the hopes they can travel through warp space and raise the alarm in the Imperium about Horus' dastardly plans.
|World Eaters Centurion & command group|
|Sons of Horus bolster the Traitor cause?|
|Is it fun to have five heavy bolters in one squad? Turns out "yes"|
|A 10-man tactical squad - what could go wrong?|
|Our one chance to open fire and bring down a few of the Deathshroud Terminators who have just warped in, visible at the top of the photo...|
|Very, very scary troops - Bryon did an amazing job on these figures|
|So I guess our shooting didn't work out...but hey, I'm sure those huge, bulky power scythes worn't do anything in close combat, right?|
|Where did everyone go? See the blurry figures at the top right? Those are the Sons of Horus heavy bolters evaporating this tactical squad|
|Death Guard tactical squad appears to help mop up...Byron's only bad rolling involved checking for these guys in reserves, and by the time they showed up their wasn't much for them to do|