... when the Renegades & Heretics section of Imperial Armour 13 keeps consuming more-and-more of the points in your Chaos Space Marine army list?
Some musing, with my current limited time, before I begin the proper WIP that be spawning from this dark seed.
A while back I turned to IA:13 to switch from regular Chaos Cultists to Renegades (or in my case, 'Dark Mechanicus Militia') in my Chaos Marine list; it doesn't take long to see for anything you lose in the fixed leadership of Cultists, you more then make up for in the utility, cost savings, and additional equipment options of the Renegades & Heretics. A perfect opportunity to add the Dark Mechanicus element to my Black Legion that I've been considering for quite some time.
With the release of Traitor's Hate I had an excuse to glance at my current list that I use as a guide for personal projects. While it changes somewhat regularly, sooner-or-later it will create enough finished projects that some fully painted and table ready armies will start to manifest! Unfortunately there isn't much in TH that resonates well with the Armoured Cavalry with Dark Mechanicus support type of army I've been trying to create. For now, I feel compelled to stick with a CAD + AD build to satisfy the army composition I want to field. In fact, the supplement caused a bit of burnout towards Chaos Marines and had me looking at the Renegades & Heretics a little more closely.
I bashed some Skitarii bits with some Cadian models and a bunch of harvested auto pistols to create a reasonably simple Dark Mechanicus Militia that will be easy enough to produce en mass.
So, what originally was meant to me a small Allied Detachment is starting to gain some momentum to become something larger, maybe muuuch larger. I had at first considered using the Bloody-handed Reaver Devoition, as it would fit well with the look of the bashed Renegades I have created. However I quickly figured out that Devotions could only be taken by the Warlord, and being the defining feature of an R&H list, that meant the force would need to be at least a CAD; this open the floodgates, I suspect.
What had started as a Command Squad and a single minimal Platoon to add 35-40 cheap bodies to my Chaos Marines, seems to have a mind of its own and keeps expanding. Ok, so I need two Troops; some Mutants then... but that doesn't quite fit for me. So, if I was expanding in order to accommodate the Devotion, I considered them again. Since I'm creating a counts-as Dark Mechanicus element, I'm not sure why I didn't consider the Heretek Magus Devotion in the first place, but it seems too obvious now. I had picked up the Start Collecting Skitarii box to bash the Renegade models, and it comes with a wonderful Tech-Priest model that's begging to be used, so I guess I've got my Magus.
To mix a bit of the fluff and crunch together, the Devotion unlocks Decimators for the army, giving me an excuse to add the one I started painting this summer to the army. (more on that... and other things... later) Not the best points-efficient unit, but not a complete slouch, and a gorgeous model that will look wonderful as a bodyguard for the Magus. Chaos Marines will still fill a section of this army, and where it might normally seem unlikely for them to take direction from some Warlord of a Renegade force, I think it feels much more fiction-appropriate if the Warlord is a Dark Mechanicus Magus with a Decimator thug providing extra... 'diplomatic incentive'.
So, now the gates open wider... If I'm going to add a second Troop choice, why not another full Platoon? 60-120 low cost bodies to bubble-wrap things sounds attractive. If I'm adding from IA:13 to fill a full CAD, why not take advantage of the equipment available to this Renegade Militia? Those Laser Destroyer Rapiers and Wyverns are so very hard to ignore. Humm, those Rogue Psykers could add a little spice to the mix... Aw crap, over half of my points are now R&H! It looks like this is about to 'become something'.
I've long had an itch to create some Dark Mechanicus monstrosities, and this will give an excellent incentive to make some of these Dark ideas real. Beyond a wide range of smaller Dark creations I'd like to make, I've had long standing plans to create a Chaos Titan of some sort, once college is done, and now I'm all but certain it will be Dark Mechanicus in nature, because... it just needs to be so! Sometimes the whispers from the warp in the back of my brain suggest ideas, and sometimes they demand a result. The image of a huge Dark Mechanicus walker, a throng of my Renegade Militia spreading about below and around it, with Dark Mechanicus constructs scattered among the hoard, and flank of massed Artillery proving close support, has be burned into my mind; I have no choice now, but to make it happen...
But I digress, and leave this here for the time being. A humble start to something much larger... some scrap-code has become activated, and it seems a new protocol initiative must now be implemented. I am but a humble servitor most willing to create what my inspiration demands of me. Stay tuned, this will be good, I can feel it.
As always, input, feedback, suggestions, inspiration, ideas, general musings, and all manner of other friendly conversation and exchange will be most welcome.
~ Subtle Discord ~ The Dark Works ~