Traitor Legions Armies – Part 1

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Hey everyone. We got Reecius – from the Las Vegas Open – here to discuss building some fun, themed lists using the new Traitor Legions supplement for Warhammer 40,000! In this first article, we’ll look at the Black Legion, Alpha Legion and Iron Warriors.

Reece: Wow, the Traitor Legions supplement is just fantastic! It gives us some incredible rules for Chaos Space Marines, but the ability to build fun, effective, themed armies is what jumped out at me right away.

I have included in this article ideas for building some Chaos Space Marines armies that reflect the characteristic traits of their Legions. Now, by no means are these meant to be the only way to play these Legions, they’re just my personal ideas on fun ways to get them on the table!


Black Legion

The Black Legion has a ton of options for ways to play the army, but the rule that really jumped out at me was the First Amongst Traitors special rule, which makes Chaos Terminators and Chosen into Troops choices! Objective Secured (ObjSec) on those units is pretty outstanding and not something I’d want to miss out on. However, after reading the Speartip Strike Command Benefit of the Black Legion Speartip detachment, I decided it was fairly fantastic and so opted for this as the framework within which to build my theoretical Black Legion warband. Plus, I LOVE Chaos Terminator models!

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14 Responses to “Traitor Legions Armies – Part 1”

  1. Decado1001 January 5, 2017 5:59 pm #

    Can’t wait to see one of these for Emperor’s Children. I am just getting back into 40k and chose the children because of the paint scheme. Kind of at a loss on how to build them out though

    • Reecius January 5, 2017 6:01 pm #

      That will be coming shortly, my friend! Welcome back to the hobby.

  2. Michael Corr January 6, 2017 1:38 am #

    Great article Reece, some nice thoughts there on the Traitor Legions. I’m due to be playing an Iron Warriors army this weekend, so will need to watch out for those obsec Obliterators!

    Pity they don’t allow comments on the articles. I totally understand why they do not, but it is a shame not to be able to discuss many of the articles.

    • Reecius January 6, 2017 7:56 am #

      They’ve learned form experience that their fans can be pretty nasty.

  3. Threllen January 6, 2017 6:36 am #

    Couple small corrections in the article –

    1. Can’t take a heavy weapon in terminator squads of 3 models. Need at least 5.
    2. Iron Warriors can’t take that warpsmith + 2 forgefiend/maulerfiend formation. That’s a Black Legion only formation. They can, however, take the other formation with a warpsmith and 3-5 daemon engines (defiler, fiends, or helbrute)

  4. Marandamir January 6, 2017 7:38 am #

    Reecius, you commented in that article that you’d kit out your terminator squads as 3 man squads with a reaper autocannon or heavy flamer. I thought you could only take that upgrade if you were a 5 man unit. Am I wrong?

    • Marandamir January 6, 2017 7:39 am #

      I just read the comment by Threllen on the 3 vs 5 man unit, so nevermind 😛

    • Reecius January 6, 2017 7:55 am #

      Yeah, I got that wrong. Sorry for the confusion.

  5. Blight January 6, 2017 8:14 am #

    When you talked about Alpha Legion and their cultists you only mentioned the formation rule to come back and not the detachment rule that also creates a unit. Did you forget about potentially getting two units or did GW tell it doesn’t work that way?

    • Threllen January 6, 2017 8:36 am #

      There’s been a lot of debate about that bit. RAW they’re two different rules so you would think both apply. But some are claiming GW facebook stated they don’t stack and this will be addressed in an FAQ. But I can’t say I’ve seen firsthand that facebook comment/post nor does that constitute an official ruling.

      We’ll just have to wait for an actual FAQ or a ruling from ITC in the interim.

    • Reecius January 6, 2017 12:52 pm #

      Don’t know which way the wind will blow on that one, yet.

  6. Shas'itsa Mari'o January 6, 2017 1:06 pm #

    Reece, it wasn’t mentioned in the article but I was wondering if you’d heard anything about how Cult Uprising and Tide of Traitors interact within the Insurgency Force? The potential for “cut off one head and two replace it” is amazingly fluffy and tough to deal with on the table

    • Reecius January 7, 2017 7:18 am #

      I haven’t heard anything about that, sorry.

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