Know No Fear - the much anticipated novel, that Im sure no one can wait for (I know Im definitely looking forward to it), centres around one of the most brutal and historic battles in 40k lore. And its got me thinking, theres been an endless number of Chaos related skirmishes, wars and battles throughout the history of 40k that have been written or referenced on the pages of White Dwarf, Black Library novels, Index Astartes articles, Codex' or other means, and I was wanting to know which are your favourites and why?
I will kick things off, and funnily enough one of my favourite battles is the one I referenced earlier:-
(There could be possible spoilers, so be warned! And dont forget, Chaos related battles only.)
Name of engagement: The Battle of Calth
Description of engagement: Set during the Horus Heresy. Kor Phaeron spearheads an invasion of the Ultramar system, in an attempt to not only stall the Ultramarines from reinforcing Terra, but to also destroy Roboute Guilliman's Legion completely!
The Word Bearers, reinforced by millions of Cultists and Daemons, unleashed a savage surface assault on the world of Calth. The battle was devastating and horrific in equal measure, battering the Ultramarines to the point of near utter submission. The Word Bearers were on the brink of victory, only to be hit by a critical counter from reinforcements from Macragge which eventually drove away Kor Phaeron and his bitter Legion.
In the aftermath, three planets were completely destroyed and Calth was left an empty husk of a world. Calth's atmosphere had burned away and was left an airless void.
Why it is your favourite: It is one of my favourite Chaos battles because it features my favourite Legion, Word Bearers. I like the animosity and ignorance of the Word Bearers in how they went about the invasion too. I mean, the Word Bearers felt betrayed and useless and wanted revenge in the most extreme way possible by invading their hated enemies' home system. Not only that but declaring that they will destroy the Ultramarines completely too - a true testament to how badass the Word Bearers are.
Edited by The.Latros.Sacrum, 31 January 2012 - 06:25 PM.