So it seems that leaks are coming through already for the imminent release of the Traitor Legions book – there’s a reasonably clear one on Hexfleet Virules Chaos Blog (on facebook) which I shall use as my reference point today.
First up it looks like we’re getting extended psychic power lists for Nurgle and Slaanesh to go with the one the Thousand Son’s bring for Tzeentch – about time, and you can have your dedicated sorcerer choose all of his powers from them if you wish – tidier than the mess its been previously with the mix and match option I guess, lets just hope the powers are thematic and not just reskinned loyalist ones (yes I’m looking at you Traitors Hate, and not for the last time today either).
The book will apparently give us the information for fielding themed armies of the original 9 Traitor Legions. Now as a Black Legion player I see this as a two-sided coin. Yes, I can finally field a proper BL Detachment but shouldn’t this have been already possible with the respawned BL supplement earlier this year as well as the afore-mentioned Traitors Hate.
Lets look at the Black Legion offering:
We count as Black Legion if:
Abaddon is the only unique included – now in the previous Black Legion info it has regularly stated that he has had luminaries like Ahriman, Typhus and Huron work for him. I guess from now that will only be available using the Allies rules.
Any unit that can take VotLW do so at no cost – So the compulsory VotLW “tax” we previously had to have is now a freebie, good news really and about time.
Psykers (same goes for Demon psykers)from Nurgle, Slaanesh, or Tzeentch can choose to generate all their spells from these lords respectively – mentioned above, lets just hope the powers don’t suck.
What we gain:
Endless hatred (units w/VotLW have Hatred; but also can re-roll failed to-hits every round of close combat vs. unit which contains armies of imperium in it) – Armies of the Imperium were clarified in the Traitors hate book, having it for every round, especially considering that the majority of the force will be VotLW is great.
First among traitors (Chaos Termies & Chosen are troops) – previously only applied to Chosen, but now includes Termies. Obj Sec 2+/5++ anyone?
Designer’s note: The Black Crusader warlord trait provides preferred enemy space marine which includes everything from factions: Space Marines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Deathwatch, Grey Knights, Legion of the Damned, SWolves)
Exactly as they were in the last two iterations of the BL supplement, no changes that I could see.
Also exactly the same as the previous supplements – I do wonder if the allowing of both Legion and codex artifacts will still continue – I hope so.
Detachment Special Rules:Black Legion Speartip
Heralds of the Black Crusade (all non-vehicles gain fear and crusader) – have never used the crusader rule before but looks like it could be beneficial in closing with the enemy.
Speartip strike(Deep Strike can try to come in 1st turn on 3+, if Warlord has DS his unit auto-pass turn 1 DS reserve) – this comes straight from the previous supplements special mission “Speartip Strike” and I’ve got to say I love it, the fluff of the BL often refers to the Speartip Strike as its favoured assault, usually led by Abaddon himself.
Black Legion warband – will this be a reprint of the current formation of the same name, will it be another version slightly different, or will it simply state “see BL supplement” needing you to bring the extra book with you.
Hounds of Abaddon – again, is this the existing one or new.
Lost & Damned, Helforged Warpack, Heldrake Terror, Cult of destruction, Fist of the Gods, Raptor Talon, Terminator annihliation Force, Spawn (1-3 spawn) – all of these are Traitors hate formations, will they be reprinted here or simply referenced. Also, where are the god marked squads (plague marines etc) which have flocked to the Warmasters banner. Both previous supplements have gone to lengths to mention them having their own sub-groups within the Legion, and Traitors Hate even includes them in its painting guide pages.
Bringers of Despair , Cyclopian Cabal, Chosen of Abaddon, Lord of the Legion (1 of following: Abaddon, Chas Lord, Sorcerer, dark apostle or demon prince) – Again these are mostly in the BL supplement.
Exactly as they appear in the BL supplement.
The other legions get similar with special rules pertaining to their thematic stories, Night Lords particularly look exciting and I know my friend Jon will be hoping this is all true.
Is this a step in the right direction? Yes, most chaos players have their armies designed around a specific chapter just as the loyalists do, so its good to see specific rules to denote this.
Does this mean Chaos Space Marines are “fixed”? No, unfortunately we are still running with a 6th edition codex which isnt even that, being one of the first released it was barely a recovered 5th edition book. There are no revisions on points costs etc.
As mentioned a few times above, will this book contain all the relevant information for the formations? well at the bottom of the article they include the book’s description from the GW New Zealand page:
The Traitor Legions of the Chaos Space Marines have waged terrible wars of hate and vengeance upon the Imperium of Mankind for ten thousand years. From the Daemon worlds of the Eye of Terror, they plot the destruction of the empire they once helped to build. They have neither forgotten nor forgiven the loyalists, nor the False Emperor whom they serve. These warriors will not rest until the galaxy is burning, and the Emperor’s putrid carcass is cast down from the Golden Throne into the filth where it belongs.
Codex Supplement: Traitor Legions is a 136-page, full-colour softback supplement to Codex: Chaos Space Marines. It contains a wealth of additional content and rules that any Chaos Space Marines army can use, with a huge array of rules for all nine of the Traitor Legions.
In The Book
– Datasheets for the following models:
– Khârn the Betrayer
– Exalted Sorcerer
– Rubric Marines
– Scarab Occult Terminators
– Khorne Lord of Skulls
– Magnus the Red
– 26 Formations for Chaos Space Marines
– Chaos Warband
– Maelstrom of Gore
– The Lost and the Damned
– Helforged Warpack
– Heldrake Terror Pack
– Cult of Destruction
– Fist of the Gods
– Raptor Talon
– Terminator Annihilation Force
– Favoured of Chaos
– Trinity of Blood
– The Chosen of Abaddon
– The Bringers of Despair
– The Hounds of Abaddon
– Daemon Engine Pack
– Cyclopia Cabal
– The Tormented
– Black Legion Warband
– War Cabal
– War Coven
– Tzaangor Warherd
– Sekhmet Conclave
– Ahriman’s Exiles
– Rehati War Sect
– Plague Colony
– Chaos Artefacts, Warlord Traits, Tactical Objectives and an exclusive Detachment for each of the 9 Traitor Legions;
– Updated Disciplines of Tzeentch, Nurgle and Slaanesh, as well as the Sinistrum, Heretech, Ectomancy and Geomortis Psychic Disciplines;
– Armoury of the Chaos Space Marines.
So hopefully they will include all the relevant information and I wont need to carry the Codex, BL supplement, Traitors Hate and this new book for each game. I do notice that they are including Datasheets for the new Thousand Sons too, so until I see an actual copy and get confirmation I will hold off on buying Wrath of Magnus – if the rules will be repeated in this book I won’t need to purchase both.
As always these are just my opinions, from my own perspective.
“For the Warmaster, let the galaxy burn!”