Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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A Tale of Five Heretics

A Tale of Five Heretics: Dramatis Personae

I – IV – VI – IX – XX

 After infinite delays, let’s talk some hobby. Specifically, let’s talk Heresy armies.

As my 40K campaign grows ever-larger, I find it’s sprawling into this behemoth that almost defies discussion. Battle reports are tough to write out, because we’ve not played any traditional battles. Instead, the fights are a matter of ad hoc narrative deciding the game. Like 5 Chaos players all using a Lord and one squad as an ambushing strike to ambush the same 1-Commander / 1-retinue counterparts on the Imperial side, representing an assassination attempt as the Blue Team’s commanders gathered on neutral ground. Another of the battles involved the Eldar, Imperials and Chaos forces beating the snot out of each other downtable, while the Adeptus Mechanicus happily shelled all three forces from the objective zone.

Smug bastards.

So it’s happening – that’s a good thing – but it’s difficult to sum up. I love the new edition. You might think I have to say that, but that’s an assumption which doesn’t take into account how often I’m in trouble with my publisher Black Library (and the powerful, nay, monolithic entity that is Games Workshop behind it). I wasn’t huge on 5th Edition; a lot of its rules reminded me why I’ve always been more of a Warhammer Fantasy player. But I digress. I love 6th Edition.

The next 40K weekend will take us to 1,500pts. Since the last meetup was an icebreaker to get everyone acquainted and learn the rules, that weekend (which will take place in my new games room: The Aaronorium), will be the real deal. I’ll be able to discuss it with a little more coherency closer to the time.

So I’ll backburner all that for a while, and talk some Heresy. I’ve set this up before, with hobby talk and avoiding author bias. No more excuses. Time to get into it.

Here’s my ragged attempt to build a Heresy army with some friends. Katie said no. Her 40K Marines are enough work. Thus, I went hunting beyond the borders of the family unit. If anyone has any mega-inspiring advice, pictures of their own armies, or any general chatter, feel free to chime in with whatever you feel like. Consider this an open book.

We’ll start at the beginning. That seems wise.

So who’s doing this with me, and what armies are we all playing?

The First Legion

Eddie Eccles – Tournament Player, Painter, Marketing Guy, Poet, Lover.

This is Eddie. In the future, when Eddie’s writing, I’ll use this delicious green text, right here.

A cursory Google check (or perhaps your own unpleasant memories) will reveal the uncomfortable truth that Eddie is ferociously, ball-achingly good at Warhammer Fantasy. He’s been at a bunch of tournaments where he took home every award (except sportsmanship. Ha!) and my fave story about him illustrates this point nicely. Before I really knew who Eddie was, I knew this about him: At a tournament, there was one award – a measly lone certificate out of about a dozen in total – that his team hadn’t claimed. The tournament organisers wanted to share it in a joint-first-prize situation with another team. Eddie’s team resisted this act of honest and merciful charity, pointing out that they deserved it because they’d won more games and earned more points. The organiser tried one last time, one last vain hope to appeal to the sense of kindness that Eddie had clearly left in his car.

ORGANISER: “How about we share this prize? Look, you’ve won all the others. Some of these guys just came here to play games with their collections.” 

EDDIE: “I collect trophies.”

Given my utter disinterest in the whole concept of tournaments, you’d think I’d despise Eddie for this attitude. I don’t despise him. I fear him. That’s a crucial difference.

Eddie works in Black Library, as some of marketing overlord. I’m not even sure what he does anymore, to be honest. That place is like the Webway when it comes to who’s doing what, why, and where. All I can reliably say about my publisher is that I have a dinosaur picture I need to send to Rachel, Princess of eBooks.

Eddie is fated – nay, destined isn’t too strong a word – to make the rest of us look like absolute hacks in this project. His conversions are irritatingly masterful; his painting is frustratingly superb (“Ooooh, I’m Eddie, I can fucking wet blend, lah-di-dah”), and he also paints shockingly quick compared to, say, me. But then, so does everyone in full possession of at least one limb. As we’ve discussed, I’m really slow.

Eddie’s Legion: The Dark Angels.

Admit it. You hate him a bit, too.

A picture of me hating Eddie.

A picture of me hating Eddie.

Admit it, you hate him a bit, too.

Eddie's WIP Contemptor - I look at this, and I realise that I wouldn't even go to Eddie's funeral if he died.

His WIP Contemptor – I look at this, and I realise that I wouldn’t even go to Eddie’s funeral if he died.

Hate, hate, hate.

Hate, hate, hate.

His first month’s pledge is absolutely ludicrous compared to the rest of us (I’ve begged him to slow down). Here’s what he had to say about choosing an army, and the first month’s pledge:

“Picking a Space Marine army is tough.

There’s a lot of choice, and they’re all awesome in their own way, (even the yellow ones). It’s not a decision to rush. Colour schemes must be considered, tactics, play style, background.

Its not like the olden days when all you had to do was pick your favourite primary colour. These days, the legions and chapters have their own identities and heroes, histories and tragedies.

When all said and done though, it still comes down to the same basic male calculus that you use to pick you favourite super hero: who would win in a fight. (its batman by the way)

The Dark Angels were the first Warhammer 40,000 army I ever collected back in the Age of Strife(second edition). To me, the sons of Caliban embody 40k like no other Legion, proper Space Marines: knights in space. Anyone who chooses to go to battle wielding a sword when perfectly functioning guns are available, must be the ultimate badass (see also, Optimus Prime and Jedi).

Also, they have those stylish robes – the Dark Angels are a legion that isn’t willing to compromise fashion for battlefield utility.

At the time of the Horus Heresy, the Dark Angels went to battle in stylish black.

Armies composed of entirely black miniatures can sometimes look less than awe inspiring on the tabletop, so I have covered my warriors in a Blessed Load-out of Imperial Neo-classical Gadgets (BLING). The Dark Angel plastic kits are amazingly generous when it comes to spare components, and I supplemented these with ForgeWorld MKIII marines, mainly for the techno-knightly look of the Iron Armour helmets.

My main inspiration for the paint scheme is going to be this awesome looking piece of Horus Heresy art by Neil Roberts. I’m going to try for some chequered shoulder pads on the units (we’ll see how that turns out).

as well as the power armoured Marines, I built a dreadnought.

I love dreadnoughts. To me, nothing sums up the gothic tragedy of 40k like a half dead hero of legend in a walking tank. This ancient champion has refused to let his near-death stop him going to battle with a sword, and now strides to war swinging a 4m long blade of calibanite steel. A weapon whose awesomeness is matched only by it’s impracticality.

The next addition to the army will likely be some vehicles (because the First Legion isn’t going to walk to battle!) and maybe some kind of character to lead the force.

Watch this space!

(the space in question being Segmentum Obscurus)”

The IX Legion

John French – A cog in the grinding mechano-bowels of the great GW war machine. Not a particularly warlike photo, but he’s one of my closest friends, and this picture of him and his son Henry always breaks my heart a little. I don’t have any half as good of me and Alexander.

This is John French. The man who inevitably ends up chairmanning and overseeing every games weekend we have, because… well, just because. You may know him as an author for Black Library (and if you don’t, you really should), and every time I go over to Nottingham for Heresy meetings or BL events, I have dinner and drinks with John to chew over the complicated chaos of fatherhood, writing, gaming, and being married. It should be noted that he always blows the candle out on our restaurant table, in case it looks romantic and/or gay.

Or maybe he’s scared of fire? I don’t know. It could be.

John has a hand in the Forge World side of things, too – he writes material for the Horus Heresy rulebooks. When he writes here, I’ll use this rather attractive dark red font. Like so.

John’s Legion: The Blood Angels.

WIP - Blood Angel Destroyers of the Sixth Chalice.

WIP – Blood Angel Destroyers of the Sixth Chalice. John’s promised us all that he’ll get around to drilling the gun barrels.

He has to play the Blood Angels, since I bought him a bunch of Blood Angel bitz for his birthday, effectively guilting him into a corner.

Having seen the first WIP pics of John’s Blood Angel Destroyers, I look forward to the uproar of “WHY ARE THEY WEARING SANGUINARY GUARD DEATH MASKS?” and so on. Also, John was the first to mention the sacred words: “I’m going to use bits of Mk7 and 8 armour without giving a shit in the slightest. I’m also going to convert a Storm Talon and Nephilim.”

The purist in me shudders just a little at that. On one hand, I know that an Armour Mark is something built with a thousand variations on a thousand forge worlds. The Marks we see are a template, and individual forges, foundries, manufactories and artisans will design their own versions and equivalents. I know the Space Marine Legions had hundreds of vehicles we’ve still not seen, and never will, and that in 40K that scale is magnified a hundredfold. Yeah. I get it, I really do. I love that. Scale, people. Scale.

But if I see something that’s clearly an Errant-pattern  collar without some fantastic unit description and cool lore behind it, then I’ll pop his eyes out with an ice cream scoop, and ask Phil Kelly if he wants to join, over John’s twitching corpse.

The VI Legion

This is me. You know who I am. This unintentionally shit photo is one of my favourites, as I was trying to get the daemons and Khorne icon scenery in the cabinets, but someone said “That’s Aaron Dembski-Bowden” just before I took it, and it made me smirk/jerk, screwing up the pic.

If you’re reading this here, you probably know who I am, already. If you don’t, no worries, you’re not missing much. I drink, I write, I scowl. This is life.

My Legion: The Space Wolves.

I chose the Space Wolves for several reasons. Firstly, most importantly, tribal/clan fantasy races are my absolute Number One joy. I love the primal archetypes and shamanic mysticism of it all, as well as the deviations and variants between the noble/ignorant savage tropes. Think of the Cimmerians and Vanir in Robert E. Howard’s works. Orcs, trolls and tauren in WarCraft. The Aztecs. The Vikings. The Mongols. Slaine, the Celtic Fantasy series. The Thirteen Tribes of Werewolf: the Apocalypse. The list goes on and on, and I’m trying to be at least relatively brief. I don’t assume these cultures are better, deeper or more profound than any other, just that I find them fascinating to read and write about.

Secondly, I love the Space Wolves, because I love pretty much every Legion. The Space Wolves will have a longer wait than most Legions when it comes to bitz from Forge World, given that the next rulebook looks like Isstvan V, but they have some awesome bitz already available from GW in the basic Space Wolf pack. So we’ll see how that goes.

Speaking of packs, that’s what comes next. One of my favourite themes in fantasy and sci-fi is the feeling of a pack of characters. A coterie, a brotherhood, a warband. They don’t have to get on well, but they have to be close. it has to be them against the world.

You see it done to perfection in Robin Hobb’s writing, where FitzChivalry and Nighteyes are their own pack: it’s them back to back, against the whole world. Bernard Cornwell does it, too – Derfel Cadarn’s warband of wandering spearmen, with their shields marked by the Star of Powys in reflection of Derfel’s bride. They even have the little traditions that make these things actually matter: the warriors of the warband that went with Merlin on the hunt for one of the Treasures of Britain have five-pointed stars painted on their shields, but those who remained behind to guard their farms only have four-pointed stars. That’s what I love: the notion of a pack having its own rituals and rights of passage, unknown to most outsiders. It was a vibe I wanted to show with First Claw, and I hope to show with Abaddon and Khayon’s inner circle, in The Talon of Horus.

I really want that feeling with my Space Wolves. Every squad will be its own pack, with its own legends, heroes, traditions, markings, and rituals. I hope I can have it reflect in the models, as well as the background I’ll do for them.

Admittedly, I hesitated with the Space Wolves because – as I’ve said before – I try to avoid playing anything I write about. That’s pretty cowardly, so it’s time to knuckle up and ignore anyone who’s ignorant enough to genuinely think that implies bias one way or the other. People will always, always generate their own reasons for why other people do things, and no matter how wrong they are, reasonable discussion rarely changes anything.

I was tempted by several other Legions.

  • The Salamanders, because I think they look seriously lovely on the tabletop. A dead attractive green, and I love writing about fire.
  • The Blood Angels, because red is one of the few colours I can paint to an acceptable standard. And, as I’ve confessed before, they’re my favourite Legion. First among equals, at least. 
  • The Dark Angels, because… so many bitz. So very many awesome bitz. Also, because of Lynn Dunlop – a reader we met at the Black Library Weeeknder – who made Alexander this freaking incredible Dark Angel Chapter jumpsuit:  
...but you get the idea. How badass is this?

Not the best photo I’ve ever taken of him, but you get the idea. How badass is this?

On the other shoulder, it says AD-B II.

Which is, objectively, just too awesome.

For my first month’s work, I’ll stick to a modest single squad. Given that it’s Heresy-style and squads are 10-20 guys, it might actually be a quarter of a squad. But, y’know, leave me alone.

The XX Legion

Lord Alan of Bligh. Forge World’s lead writer, the guy behind the Horus Heresy rulebooks, and quite possibly the most English man I’ve ever met. The best thing about this photo is that it looks like Alan’s sent it out to people with nothing but two kisses in the bottom corner.

This is Alan.

For Alan, choosing a Legion was something of a nightmare, because avoiding spoilers is an absolute bitch. He was originally going to do [LEGION NAME HIDDEN TO PRESERVE MY PRECIOUS CAREER], but wouldn’t even be able to show his models, because of… well, because of spoilers. In the end, he settled on a Legion that I think he’s got quite a bit to say about. I’m not sure how much will make it out of super-secret emails, but bear with me – our jobs make opening up about the hobby pretty difficult.

Alan’s Legion: The Alpha Legion.

Alan's first WIP shot, a Veteran Squad of the Saraph Splinter.

Alan’s first WIP shot, a Veteran Squad of the Saraph Splinter.

As a point of interest, Alan ends up sharing dual campaign management roles at 40K weekends, assigned the onerous task of saying “You need 3s to hit” and “Roll anything but a 1” about eight-hundred-and-seventy-four times a day. He shoulders this burden with a patient smile and a mug of tea close at hand (even when Katie makes him and John build three (yes, three) Rhinos and Razorbacks the night before we’re all supposed to play).

I suspect his models will come out looking second-best after Eddie’s, because Alan has a John Blanche-style of painting going on with his 40K Adeptus Mechanicus, and it looks absolutely killer.

The IV Legion

Ead Brown – Forge World bureaucrat; Chapter Master of the Minotaurs; Happiest and Grinningest Man in Britain. Look at him doing countryside things. LOOK AT HIM.

And here’s Ead, rounding out the batch. I’ve seen Ead’s Minotaurs a billion times (and if you’ve got the Badab War books, so have you), even going up to see a bunch of them in the Citadel Miniatures Gallery at HQ. Ead’s always a sane and stable presence in my professional life, which I appreciate immensely, but he also drinks the most random shit at the Games Day after-party – and gets me to drink it, too – which I appreciate a great deal more.

He’s also informally a member of my test reader circle, and rolls his eyes every time I try to be cool and call a heavy bolter a “bolter cannon”. It’s slang, you Forge World  son of a bitch.

Anyway, Ead’s basically lovely. Getting him into this was a bit of a trial, as Ead does Minotaurs, Minotaurs, and nothing but Minotaurs. I expected him to say no, so I added him to the secret Facebook group without his permission and started acting like he’d already agreed to join in.

Guilt. A potent weapon. Works every time.

Ead’s Legion: The Iron Warriors.

So here’s Ead, in his glorious blue-grey font, saying why he chose the Iron Warriors:

“Why did I chose Iron Warriors? To be honest it’s a delicious combination of a good, quick colour scheme (hazard stripes aside) and a cool bit of background. Peturabo is my favourite Primarch, especially the way that John (French) describes him in Crimson Fist. There’s something about the fact that such a clinical, emotionless statistician needing to actually watch his enemies being crushed that really grabbed me. Plus I’ve been trying to avoid doing a Heresy force for a while – madness, I know, I know, but I also have a large Minotaurs army and I thoroughly enjoy painting them most of the time – and this is a good excuse.
So, month one. I’m going to finish the Contemptor Dreadnought that I started months ago, and also build a Tactical squad. These guys might even get some paint added too!”

I just knew he’d bring up the Minotaurs somewhere in that.

So there we go. That’s the introductions done.

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January Summary

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The Rules:

  • Every month, a minimum of 5 models, or one Codex unit entry from Horus Heresy Legion Army List.
  • Every unit and character has to come with at least 300 words of history, personalisation, and background.
  • No spoilers from future Heresy releases, despite our spoilertastic jobs.
  • No crying more than once a week over Eddie’s progress photos.

January Pledges:

  • Eddie: 10-20 Dark Angels, 1 Contemptor-pattern Dreadnought.
  • John: Blood Angel Destroyer Squad.
  • Aaron: Space Wolf Tactical Squad.
  • Alan: Alpha Legion Veteran Squad.
  • Ead: Iron Warriors Contemptor-pattern Dreadnought.

Deadline Date / Next Post:

  • Monday the 11th of February. 
  • Potential Theme for Next Month’s Task: “Dreadnought Month”. Other suggestions are totally welcome.

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  1. I will be looking into this! Though I am surprised you chose Space Wolves Aaron. I thought you’d choose one of the Legions you were writing about in the HH series, a more chaotic one.I’m still trying to figure out which Legion is the only one you dislike and I’m down to three choices.

    Comment by Jan S | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  2. Are you going to use this as an excuse for not hitting deadline, and not hitting this target on deadline? 🙂

    Comment by mattsylvester | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on Matthew Sylvester and commented:
    This is a good project if you’re a gamer. Personally, I’m sticking with 40K for now as I have just too much to upsticks and change. Plus, the larger armies mean more splurge, and more time. I have nearly 70 marines to paint as it is. *sob*

    Comment by mattsylvester | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  4. looking forward to reading more of this!

    Comment by Peter Hairston | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  5. Slang, or wrong? 😉

    Comment by Ead | January 18, 2013 | Reply

    • Your mum’s wrong.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | January 18, 2013 | Reply

      • I see why the NYT put you on that list of Bestsellers now 🙂
        On a blog-related note, do you want me to send you pictures of stuff?

        Comment by Ead | January 18, 2013

  6. That contemptor is beautiful, I may steal the ideal for the sword CCW… I need to get my local group into a heresy group like this.

    Comment by Mark | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  7. Lord Alan Bligh is Alpharius!!! *gasps*

    Comment by Aaron T | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  8. That was a Great post mate, really was!
    Ive read everything and digested it, and yes i collect Wolves for exactly the same reason.
    The campaign and modelling task you have set yourselves is admirable…and im going to give it ago myself, as well as nickitng it for my group…lol As i say great post, i learnt alot more about you and your hobbying mate i really did

    Comment by Bigg | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  9. Just remember: Batman doesn’t fight for the Dark Angels, he fights for the Night Lords.

    Glad you picked Space Wolves; if you want to really keep it real, you could start every game with a right hook into Eddie’s jaw (though he might not be happy about it after the first time) 😉

    I’m glad I stumbled into this – I love the idea of following a bunch of guys who actually write the Heresy as they play out a Heresy league/campaign!

    If you ever want to see some SW related tutorials (that are mostly in the vein of my Heresy army), hit up my blog. 🙂

    Comment by Brandon Griffith | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  10. Brilliant read, its interesting to see what you guys that work for the “man” collect and how you hobby. Eddie Eccles is hilarious cant wait to see his painting skills, good luck fighting him;P I plan on collecting an Alpha Legion horus heresy army so I’ll be watching Alan’s progress with keen interest.

    Comment by Adam | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  11. My reaction to your personal photograph was “Ha! I have that phone too.”

    Also, a fun theme for a future month that I can think of is a ‘Character month.’ During this time you must each paint at least one ‘named character’ from a rulebook (or the Heresy novels) and/or two characters you have created yourself with full personally drafted lore.

    Furthermore there needs to be a stipulation that if a personally created character dies during the campaign, the creator must get down on their knees and howl to the heavens in an homage to the movie Platoon. Or Darth Vader, whichever is your personal preference.

    Comment by Lysander45 | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  12. This reminded me so much of Mike Walker’s articles from White Dwarf a few years back about informal campaigns between friends. Which is a totally awesome thing. Can’t wait for more.

    Comment by Spike | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  13. Great post Aaron – it’s good to know that GW/FW/BL folks like you and your friends, who we, the great un-washed, frequently put on a pedestal, still get your hands dirty in the hobby and gaming. The passion you all have for this is very evident and reassuring to read. Here’s a quick game for you and the others to play when you next meet: go around the table and state which SM Chapter you would join as a standard tactical squad member, prior to the Heresy,with full knowledge of what happened to them in the following years. Then go around the table and ask each person which chapter they think you would really suit, given their knowledge of what you’re like in real life.
    I’m a huge fan of your writing – it inspires me, and on a few occassions has brought me to manly-tears. I always use that as a benchmark of good BL writing – if it makes me cry then it’s a fucking belter.

    Comment by Rob Perkins | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  14. iron power armor rules errant power armor drools

    Comment by matt weston | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  15. Uhm, one silly question here: what could be the circumstances that led to the Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Space Wolves beating each other to a pulp while the Alpha Legion watches? I mean, I can get loyalists vs. heretics set-ups but were they that many traitors in the DA, BA and the SW?
    If anything, they stand out like models of righteousness and fidelity. Even more than Ultramarines, I think.

    Comment by The_Flying_Dutchman | January 18, 2013 | Reply

    • That’s the kind of assumption that begins and ends on shaky ground. The answer is the obvious one.

      The Space Wolves and Blood Angels are fighting the Alpha Legion, the Fallen Angels, and the Iron Warriors.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | January 18, 2013 | Reply

      • thank you for the answer. Also, I was wondering: have you,by any chance, read Brian Aldiss’ Helliconia?
        It has a lot of shamanistic action inside. And it’s one of the books that made my childhood great.

        Comment by The_Flying_Dutchman | January 19, 2013

  16. You know, Heresy armies aside, the first thought on my mind is “How do I convince my wife that she REALLY needs to make a Salamanders jumper for MY son?” … “hell, or ME?”

    I’d also like to second the nomination for a ‘Character Month.’ Really looking forward to seeing how these turn out.

    Comment by Valtlord@f% | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  17. Well, at least now I don’t have to worry about you covering the 30K-era Night Lords, so I’ll just have to do that for you. Expect nitpicky questions, probably via Facebook, when the time comes.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  18. My word.
    Everything here makes me jealous, as I’m a feckless and slow bastard when it comes to assembly, painting, playing games, essentially anything that isn’t idle rumination. Damn.

    The worst part is that looking at the list of legions, all I can think of is “what legion does Aaron hate?”

    The Iron Hands? Oh, curiosity..

    Comment by Joe | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  19. Great read, good to see you guys are hard at work with the campaign! Would love to have a cheeky little peak at the backgrounds you guys write up 8)

    Comment by Caleb | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  20. This is awesome. As someone who’s taken on the crazy aim of naming and writing a (small) backstory for every Space Wolf in my army I know how fun this sort of thing is, and how challenging it can be,

    Some great models so far; I’ll be watching with great interest.

    Comment by Pingo | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  21. I knew Eddie back when he was a staffer in GW Glasgow, he is a really nice guy. That said the man is a complete cheese monger. I don’t think I ever had a conversation about army lists with him without me groaning at the unfairness of it. Also yeah his painting skills are unfair, he paints fast and really well. I seem to remember his Lizardman army is stunning as well as broken.

    Comment by Kaihlik | January 19, 2013 | Reply

  22. Thanks for the pictures… Those are some bad ass squads !!!

    Comment by BBF | January 19, 2013 | Reply

  23. This post makes up for the lack of posts 1000x fold. This makes me *almost* want to paint my nids that have been glued together for a few years. Only sad part for me bout Heresy /tear

    Comment by Edward Krupski | January 19, 2013 | Reply

  24. Knights in space ummmmm BLACK TEMPLARS!!!!

    Comment by Goosh | January 19, 2013 | Reply

    • I think you mean “Imperial Fists”. Sigismund & Co don’t get to dress like Dark Angels just yet.

      Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | January 19, 2013 | Reply

  25. Haha!

    Eddie is the guy who sells me loads of books at Throne of Skulls which I might not of normally bought….

    But he said my Nemesis “Penitent” Knight for my Inquisition Army was cool looking so for some reason I forgave him and bought more books. I still haven’t read them all yet.

    Loving all the forces, keep up the cool work all.

    Comment by Cheddar Cheese | January 20, 2013 | Reply

  26. Looking forward to see the progress! Never had enough motive to do something like that myself. Will you do simple Space Wolves, or those old warriors of Russ?

    Also, please pass our eternal THANX to Alan. All CSM players in our area stopped playing with CSM2012 and now waiting in anticipation for Massacre book to move to 30k instead of playing double dragon in 40k. Maybe he has some plans to do “Chaos Legion Shard” kind of book for 40k 😉 so we could use themed Legion armies instead of mixed warbands?

    Comment by Helbrass | January 20, 2013 | Reply

  27. I love this idea, looking forward to following it to its conclusion.

    I was surprised by a few of the choices, especially the alpha legion, wouldn’t have said it was the most obvious choice of pre heresy force. Usually death guard, world eaters, sons of Horus that sorta thing.

    I like your reason for choosing space wolves. Always made me wish there was a Scottish or Celtic force out there.
    Although this guys had a damn good go at that.

    One last thing. You ever been tempted to write about the iron warriors? Strange change of topic but I’d be interested to see how you’d portray them. You’ve always been good at giving what are virtually now inhuman killing machines a nice human touch and to do that With the cold calculating iron warriors would be even more impressive.

    Comment by Craig Denham | January 20, 2013 | Reply

  28. A fantastic group of gamers, and Illuminati, I can’t even imagine the secrets that are bandied about the table because everyone is “in the know” so to speak.

    Why oh why did no one do the sons of horus?

    They are the protagonists of the whole heresy (even if the word bearers lead them skipping down the path of damnation) and have one of the coo;est schemes going!

    I may be biased since I have a sons army though.

    sheepsforlornhope.blogspot.com.au if you’re interested.

    Comment by Aaron Bailey | January 21, 2013 | Reply

  29. Reading your description of why you chose Space Wolves makes me wonder why the White Scars didn’t make your short-list as they seem to share all that you love about the Space wolves (minus the cool sprues available). Is a fear of painting white responsible?

    Comment by John Mason-Paull | January 23, 2013 | Reply

    • They were definitely on my shortlist; it basically came down to something as banal as painting white, yeah. I’ve not really got the experience to make it look convincing. Absolutely adore the Scars.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | January 23, 2013 | Reply

  30. Funny, I’d have thought you’d have gone for those nice boys in the Night Lords.

    Comment by Vyros | January 24, 2013 | Reply

  31. It is obvious from your fiction you have a major hard on for Night Lords. You should play them.

    Comment by Jackson | February 1, 2013 | Reply

    • That’s kind of what I mean, actually. I don’t like the Night Lords any more or less than any other Legion. I love certain things about them, and want to write/play those aspects, the way I love certain things about all the others, and would love to write/play them. It’s too easy to assume that an author just writes his favourite stuff. I don’t really have that bias. The Night Lords are one of the Legions I’m least tempted to play, because I spent so much time writing about them, already.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 1, 2013 | Reply

  32. If anyone can get a major hard on from any Space Marine then I think they need to get out more….

    Comment by Cheddar Cheese | February 1, 2013 | Reply

  33. I can’t help but compare Eddie Eccles to fry from futurama. Well just the sardine episode where he buys every single thing in the auction and everyone boos him for it.

    I can almost picture this Eddie fellow walking from the games hall pushing a wheel barrel full of trophies and awards to the pantomime boos of everyone else that took part.

    Comment by Craig Denham | February 7, 2013 | Reply

    • I am loving this entry, the pics and group dynamic. I’ve read this article several times and keep looking at the pictures, this is so cool and looks like fun. I wish my group wanted to do something like this.

      Well, we are nearly a week passed the deadline. Any chance of an update? I know writing gets in the way. Please?!?

      Comment by Mage | February 17, 2013 | Reply

  34. […] first month of our Tale of Five Heretics is getting close to its update, and it’ll come as no surprise for y’all to learn that […]

    Pingback by What’s on my desktop this month… « Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 19, 2013 | Reply

  35. Was nice to see Eddie’s rather amazing Contemptor Dreadnought in the back of this months White Dwarf. It’s inspired me to make one of my own a bit like it for my Imperial Fists, though I’ve gone with a Close combat arm (with built-in flamer) for the leading arm, and added an under slung Stormbolter onto the sword arm of mine.

    Comment by Robert E. Langford | April 2, 2013 | Reply

  36. Bit late to the show just found your site and great to see your doing space wolves one question I have what’s your plan for pack markings and legion markings – that info is a bit thin on the ground for the 6th legion, how do you plan to approach it?

    Comment by Jon-Paul Adams | May 29, 2013 | Reply

  37. […] in IV Legion colours just because I quite like easy paint schemes, the tipping point came when Aaron Dembski-Bowden added me to his ‘A Tale of 5 Heretics’ group and started acting like I’d already agreed to be part of it. The […]

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