The Heresy rumors just keep on coming… That “big book” from the Horus Heresy is sounding mighty impressive.
The Horus Heresy book 1 (Betrayal) will have rules for playing Space Marine Legions.
Each Legion gets a unique special rule for all space marines. Book 1 covers: Luna wolves, Death Guard, Emperor’s Children and World Eaters
Each Legion is getting a unique elites option.
Each Legion is getting a unique HQ wargear options.
Primarchs are Apocalypse only and pretty awesome. Book 1 covers Mortarion, Angron and Fulgrim. No rules for Horus until the Battle for Terra book.
Space marines are fearless and a basic marine is 16 pts with bolter, bp, ccw and their legion rule or generic place holder.
Super heavy tanks are in, but are BS4 with space marine crew.
Non Space Marine Forces
Guard are in the list and operate like platoons from the 40k dex. Essentially being a list within a list needing command + 2 units and can then take others.
They can’t blob, but they can be taken in squads up to 30 anyways.
Legions have the option of taking allies from other space marine forces, Titans or guard air force.
There is a section on Xenos which suggests that some heresy era rules may come for them as well, but in Betrayal they are a foot note but can still participate in Volume 1 of the campaign (and presumably throughout).
Later in the series to keep it fresh, there will be additional wargear and options for traitor legions in the form of mutations and gifts as well as a rules for using daemons as allies, and similar ally intended lists for Sisters of Silence and Custodes though nothing will stop you from using these lists as pure armies save that they are not fully fleshed out.
Playing Heresy Games
Games are recommended to be played at 2,500 points or more.
One of the special scenarios calls for 10,000 points per side and ISN’T apocalypse.
You just nominate your legion, you don’t have to purchase a specific special character.
Special characters are in, and they force your legion rule.
~Hmmm I’m gonna be first in line for this one. More in the Lounge on this topic. For all you BoLS Old-timers, and fresh faces read those rumors and give our classic Age of Heresy Minidex one last flipthrough – it’ll make you smile.