With Abaddon and his Black Legion coming to Vigilus and wreaking havoc, it’s time to go back to the early days of the game. The chosen of the Warmaster arrived in the Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness from 1988.
The initial Black Legion army list came in Slaves to Darkness, alongside the first World Eaters, Emperor’s Children, and GREY KNIGHTS lists! We’ll cover those another time.
The initial list laid down the foundation for the bitter, and hardened Legionaires we all know and love to this day. All the basics you would expect and few surprises that may return are here. Let’s dive in.
Note the pre-Abaddon version of the Black Legion’s history, and their mastery over possession saving the legion. The distinguishing characteristic of the Black Legion was their HATRED of all fellow Traitor Legions, in addition to Loyalists. Hardcore. Now note the crazy 900 point Daemon weapon you could equip your Lieutenant Commander and Captains with. Why 900 points? Because a Rogue Trader Daemon weapon oftentimes was possessed by a Greater Daemon, who would pop out and fight once its bearer was killed – SURPRISE!
Page two has the support characters and it from here we eventually get Apothecaries, Dark Apostles, Sorcerors and all the rest. Again note the Librarian who could be BOTH a level 4 psyker AND wield a Daemon weapon! Watch out. Cool how the Medics have the web-solvent to get your guys out of sticky situations, and the Techmarines have the Frenzon controllers (we’ll get to that in a bit).
Page 3 has the daemon allies, and most importantly – The Official Black Legion Catechism! I think every diehard CSM player should say this before each game to give your dice good luck.
Page 4 has the core infantry, and the auxiliaries. You had the option of mounting Tactical squads on Chaos Steeds. Note the hard life of Beastmen Slave squads. They come equipped with explosive collars, Frenzon dispensers (see Techmarines above), and can be given power shields and power generators! Finally Spawn to goad into combat. These Black Legion were ruthless!
Now we get to the original metal CSM Renegades from way back in the day. There are little callouts to each of the chaos gods here and there in the early range. I always loved #2 with the Bloodletter head, and 022316 down below with the Flamer of Tzeentch body. Nice!
There is also some fantastic late 80s artwork in here. Take a look at this Paul Campbell classic:
Do you have any fond memories of the Rogue Trader Black Legion list or still have some of these minis? Let us know.