|"Where truth walks, everywhere she should be shepherded always by a bodyguard of lies."|
The Alpha Legion has always fascinated me. The last of the First Founding Legions, they were the most secretive, surrounding themselves in falsehoods and contradictions. Rather than conducting war in the open, they excelled in subterfuge and espionage, waging shadow wars and sowing distrust and confusion. Dan Abnett’s excellent Horus Heresy book Legion emphasized many of their traits and tendencies, greatly developing their penchant to recruit soldiers from the Imperial Army to serve as sleeper agents. Migsula, over at Legion of Plastic, has been constructing a fantastic Alpha Legion army over the years that emphasizes this, including a large force of Guardsmen whose ultimate allegiance is to the Alpha Legion. Furthermore, and probably the most fascinating element of the XXth Legion is that their turn to Chaos may have been the galaxies biggest ruse, and that they ultimately will be the Imperium’s saviors. Afterall, they were one of the few renegade Astartes not to flee into the Eye of Terror after Horus’s defeat (same with the Night Lords until the death of their Primarch) and they did not favor any particular Chaos god.
|A combination of studded shoulder pads and 'beakie" helmets convincingly convey an early iteration of MK VI Corvus armor.|
|One of the most interesting weapon options open to the Destroyers is a missile launcher loaded with rad missiles. The model for it is very distinctive and a drastic departure from the traditional shoulder mounted ones.|
|I paid special attention to make each warrior virtually a mimic of his peers, keeping them clean of any personal iconography, to emphasize the faceless nature of the Alpha Legion.|
|The old 2nd edition plastic backpacks work surprisingly well with newer models, while still maintaining a 30k vibe.|
|Amazingly, the thigh holsters that the Destroyers' wear actually fit their pistols, evidenced by the one I fit into his holster having cut it from his upraised hand.|
Up next in the force will likely be a second Contemptor dreadnought or one of their Headhunter squads….
- Adam Wier