“All warfare is based on deception”
In an age of darkness and treachery, a group of Astartes warriors found themselves in an impossible situation. An expeditionary fleet composed of regiments of the Imperial Army, representatives of the Mechanicum and the Emperor’s Angels of Death (drawn from several legions), had successfully brought a distant world to compliance when news reached them of the Warmaster’s uprising.
Dissent immediately broke out amongst the fleet. Some of their parent legions remained loyal to the Emperor, others had sided with the renegade Primarch. Debate turned to anger, shots were exchanged and for a few short months, the galactic civil war was fought in microcosm to determine whether the fleet would throw in their lot with the Master of Mankind or the Warmaster Horus.
In the end, neither side won. After the last salvo was fired and the last zealot slain, colder more calculating heads prevailed. The survivors met under a flag of truce and took the decision to fight for neither side. In a way Horus had been correct, they reasoned, the Emperor had abandoned his sons to seek godhood, but as time had passed another truth had been revealed. Horus’ rebellion was not what it had first appeared to be. Darker forces were at work and they would have no part in it.
So the remaining Astartes set themselves up as rulers of the newly compliant world and, far from Imperial notice, they would rule as warrior kings, while the great wars of the Age of Darkness passed them by …
Rather than write reams of background for my miniatures, I’ve decided to drip feed it, hopefully enough to keep you engaged if you’re interested but short enough to easily skip if you’re not.
I finally got round to finishing the little warband above. Captain Mina Vashti of Tranquil Gate, her pet cybersphinx Sredni, two of her crewmen, De Ropp and Conradin and the empath Iska Ro. (Bonus points to anyone who gets the literary reference. Don’t look for deeper meanings though, I just liked the names).
Last Saturday I had the absolute honour of fielding them in a game of Inq28 at Warhammer World with some incredibly talented and inspirational people. Peter Hudson, Jon Flindall, Mark Peyton, James Hawke, Dan Jones, Martin Tingle, Florian Wortmann and a certain John Blanche (I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone). Wonderful people and a great day.
There’ll be more about the mysterious Tranquil Gate in a future post.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings.