Pre-Heresy Warhammer 40,000

A growing passion amongst many Warhammer 40,000 hobbyists is the exploration of the famous historic periods of the game’s background known as the Great Crusade and later, the Horus Heresy. A time of great heroes, sacrifice and the forging of the universe as it now stands. Collectively this period is most commonly referred to as ‘Pre-heresy’, denoting the time before and leading to the epic galactic civil war, instigated by the late Warmaster Horus – the Horus Heresy. Warhamer 30,000, if you will.

These events have been catalogued and expanded over many years, but the recent hobbyist-uptake can be largely attributed to the hugely successful Horus Heresy series of books released by the Black Library. While the background is as old as the game itself, this series has really given life to this heroic period, evolving many characters and events.

As a fellow Pre-heresy gamer and collector, since picking up the Horus Heresy series, I have been hooked with the theme for almost 2 years. Almost all my 40k armies have been influenced by my interests in this period, most obviously my collection of Space Marines. I hope to explore my projects and models through a series of articles on this website, sharing my thoughts and experiences with the Pre-heresy scene and fellow aspirants.

Have you read any Horus heresy novels and how have they affected your hobby?

Rusty Dice

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2 Responses

  1. I love the novels, it completely re-invigorated my interest in 40k, especially marines. I’ve not gone 30k yet, I felt the need to start with some standard forces, but I am very interested in (as a Dark Angel player) looking at the primarch rules and sorting a figure out and then seeing where that leads in time. As much as anything the early days of space marines tells so much about the chapters they become – and the story of the traitor legions is interesting to read in detail.

  2. Andy Lane says:

    I just found this blog and I’m really enjoying tracking back through it, there are some fantastic tutorials thanks for taking the time to post them!

    I’m getting more interested with pre Heresy armies the more I read and research. I’m looking at doing a pre Heresy Thousand Sons Army and I’m undecided as to whether to use C:SM or C:SW, either Njal or Tigirius would make an excellent Ahriman “counts as”. Further than that C:SW give the option for a mutated marine in each troop unit (Mark of the Wulfen) and more versatile infantry heavy weapons teams (Long Fangs). Where as C:SM lets you get creative with Sternguard (perhaps counting as an elite psyker unit) and Legion of the Damned (making good re-animated marines under psyker control).

    Anyway, keep up the good work I’ll be popping back frequently.

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