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Pre-Heresy players – are we codex criminals?

As a player of pre-Heresy marine armies, I, and many of you, have to fight a struggle to justify the use of the Codex we deem most suitable for our legion, lest we be labelled all sorts of fashionable names! I find it somewhat amusing that we are accused of jumping upon bandwagons or riding the power creep of newly released codices. Are we supposed to sit back and let them gather a little dust before daring to write a list? I chose to represent myself as the Warmaster’s finest legion, the Sons of Horus, so I refuse to sit in the shadows and hide my secrets (Yes, I’m talking about you, El’Johnson). I will readily admit I want a strong list of heroic marines to represent my army. Is this a crime?

I can forgive the average player who may be unaware of the rich background and themes involved in the crusading legions. Perhaps we first appear as glory seekers, hopping from one Codex to another to use the latest power tactics. Surely a glance at my list and the simple explanations of choices prove otherwise – why judge us so quickly?

When we (pre-Heresy fans) look at suitable tomes to play our pre-Heresy forces, there is no de facto book to use, so we find the tools we need from what’s on offer. Codex Space Marines is not always the answer, particularly as it reflects a structure that tore apart the legions. Yes, it has the most obvious unit choices, but marines and armies are not the same simply through name. Chaos, too, is a good choice – should I wish to field units of 20 men. However, in this case I want to build a force that incorporates my favoured themes in the Sons of Horus:

  • Spearhead deployment – ie, massed drop pods. This utterly cuts out C:CSM, so that book is out.
  • Heroic marines – I am an old-school chaos player and I see it as no crime to have a preference for TROOP marines that have 2 attacks. The counter charge is just a tasty extra. Grey Hunters tick this box. Sternguard would do too, but the ammo is not fluffy, they cost a lot ad are not a core choice unless I take a certain character who would open another bag of worms in this counts-as skirmish.
  • Justaerin terminators. The options to pick almost any weaponry I like and no fixed squad sizes. Wolf Guard are perfect for this AND I can deploy them in a Drop pod.

Here is my working list to be put the the test. Am I on a wagon?

HQ    Wolf Lord (Abaddon)
Power weapon (free)
Power Fist
Saga of the Bear
Terminator Armour

HQ    Wolf Guard Battle Leader
Thunderhammer
Jump Pack

ELITE    Wolf Guard Pack (Justaerin)
4 veterans
Chainfist
Wolfclaw, melta bombs
Frost blade
Assault cannon
Terminator armour
Drop Pod

TROOP    Grey Hunters pack
9 marines
Meltagun
Drop Pod
Wolf Guard
Power weapon

TROOP    Grey Hunters pack
9 marines
Meltagun
Drop Pod
Wolf Guard
Powerfist

TROOP    Grey Hunters pack
9 marines
Meltagun
Drop Pod
Wolf Guard
Powerfist

FAST    Skyclaw Assault Pack
9 marines
Flamer
Powerfist

FAST    2 Landspeeders
+ Multimelta
+ Heavy Flamer

1498 points
12 kill points
3 scoring units

Whitehorn

Aint nothing but a horn

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