The Inner Circle presents:
LOYALTY AND TREACHERY V - 2020
In this time of betrayal, when brother turns against brother and no one can be trusted… A time where heroes become villains and villains pass for heroes!
This is the time to throw away the façade of the past and show your true colours!
In a Galaxy in Flames, are you a Loyalist or a Traitor?
Welcome to the fifth incarnation of “Loyalty and Treachery”!
“Loyalty and Treachery” is a motivational event aiming to help participants to paint-up solid blocks of their Horus Heresy armies in a reasonably short time frame. Everyone who sees it through will end up with a significant number of units ready for the table top or even a whole playable army in its own right! So, those starting new projects and those building on existing ones are equally welcome and hopefully equally motivated!
Those who achieve their aim will receive the honorary title of “Consul of the Legion” and a badge to commemorate his/her efforts – see “Becoming a Consul” below.
“Loyalty and Treachery” is setting a target to build at least three (3) legal Horus Heresy units in the next 3 months.
This means on average 1 unit each month. However, this is not a strict limit but rather a way to measure your progress. Obviously, the addition of a super-heavy for example may take more than a month to complete but this may be counterbalanced by adding two less demanding units. Also, it is possible to work on more than one unit simultaneously. There is no cap on the maximum amount of units that one may build – just manage your time wisely.
The event will start on January 15th, 2020 and will end after a 3-month period on April 15th, 2020. Participants can join at any point during this period but the earlier one commits the more time to complete his/her project.
There are only three simple rules in "Loyalty and Treachery".
- PLEDGED UNITS: You must pledge to paint at least three units in the next three months. Each unit pledged must be a “legal” entry from an official list from a Forgeworld Horus Heresy series publication. This means that each unit must observe all the parameters of the corresponding entry of the most recent official list such as minimum numbers, correct equipment, weapons etc. WYSIWYG should be observed to the best of one’s ability.
- PAINT QUALITY: This is not a Golden Daemon style contest; as a matter of fact it is not a contest at all. All skill levels are welcome and participants should use this opportunity to improve their skill, interacting with each other, giving and taking advice. As such participants are expected to paint to the best of their ability, so take this opportunity to showcase your abilities, no matter your experience or skill level!
- EVIDENCE OF PROGRESS: Participants must provide a “before” (starting) picture and an “after” (finished) picture of each unit they have pledged. They are also encouraged to provide WIP pictures of their project regularly, just to keep things moving at a reasonable pace. At the end of the three months, you’ll be asked to provide a “group shot” i.e. a picture of your entire force that you painted during the event so that we can make a showcase with the outcome of this L&T.
HONORARY TITLES: BECOMING A CONSUL
As an incentive, “Loyalty and Treachery” uses a system of “Honorary Titles”. The title can be carried in the participants’ signature in the form of a small badge. Note that there is no implied hierarchy between them and each has its own merit! Now the best part is that there is no penalty for failing! If a participant does not make it, he/she will not be awarded a title, and that’s all there is to it…
So what are the titles, and has to be done to obtain them? Well, here goes:
Legion Centurion: This title is awarded to anyone who makes the target i.e. to build at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months. It shows a serious commitment to the Heresy setting and participants should be rightly proud to wear it!
Legion Champion: This is a title to reward output. Anyone who makes double the target i.e. paints at least 6 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months will be awarded this title. The sheer size of minis painted certainly warrants this distinction!
Legion Chaplain: This is a title to reward zeal. Anyone who makes the target i.e. paints at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 2 months from the beginning of the event (i.e. until March 15th) will be awarded this title. This unrelenting single mindedness surely deserves the Crozius!
Legion Forgelord: This title is for the treadheads. Anyone who makes the target i.e. paints at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months and includes at least 12 HP in their force will be awarded this title. Bring the tanks forth!
Legion Delegatus: This title is for the chosen of the Primarch! Anyone who makes the target i.e. paints at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months and includes at least one Primarch will be awarded this title. For the Primarch and the Legion!
Magos: This is a title to reward the followers of the Omnissiah. Anyone who makes the target i.e. paints at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months and includes at least 3 units from any Mechanicum lists will be awarded this title. For the Glory of Mars!!!
Legate Commander: This is a title to reward those among us that will take on the Solar Auxila cause. Anyone who makes the target i.e. paints at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months and includes at least 3 units from the Solar Auxilia and/or the Imperialis Militia & Cults Army lists will be awarded this title. Go mortals!
Seneschal: This is a title for the Knights’ fanatics. Anyone who makes the target i.e. paints at least 3 legal Horus Heresy units in 3 months and includes at least 1 Knight will be awarded this title. Knights are large models and demand all the attention one can give them so building even one in the period of three months is a great challenge. Remember though, there should be at least two more legal Horus Heresy units in the pledge, and all must be competed to be eligible for the title.
Princeps: This is a title is for the for the Titan Legions! It is also the only type of entry that does not require building 3 legal units. If you paint a single Titan (in 40k scale of course) until the end of the event, you’ll be eligible for this most prestigious of awards and rightly so! Any kind of Titan qualifies!
It is possible that a participant may accomplish more than one of the above tasks and therefore to be eligible for more than one title. In that case he/she can choose which title to carry in their signature.
THE MORAL HIGH GROUND
Continuing the tradition, participants are invited to pledge for either the Loyalist or the Traitor side once they declare participation in the event. You can declare your allegiance irrespective of the Legion you’re painting as there were loyalist elements within Traitor Legions and traitorous elements within Loyalist Legions. So, all you need to do is decide which side you want to support and then try to become a Centurion!
The side with the most Centurions by the end of the event will be winning a moral victory, called: the “Moral High Ground”! Note that only the Centurion title will count, even if a participant is eligible for other Consul titles as well. The only exception to the above is the title of Princeps. Princeps’ will count as Centurions for the purposes of the “Moral High Ground”.
All who participate (regardless of success) may wear the following badge in their signature if they so desire:
CAPTAIN SEMPER'S NOTES
The HH setting remains by far my favourite. Yes, the game is stuck in 7th edition and it has known better days in terms of support but the love for the Heresy in undiminished! Better yet, it appears that support is picking up again, with Book 8 (Inferno) covering the BAs and the WSs with great new evocative models covering those factions. Also, another Black Book (Book 9 - Crusade) is imminent, covering the Dark Angels at last, and now all 18 Legions will be covered with rules and models. Furthermore, rumours are pointing towards a Dark Mechanicum book coming our way at some point, a long overdue addition to both HH and 40k settings.
So, in my view, the HH setting will continue to be supported by GW and FW and even BL with the Siege of Terra series and the odd audio novellas – not to mention the reprinting the original HH books in nice hardback editions. And we should not overlook the Adeptus Titanicus boxed game that it is set in HH! Just as a reminder and to keep everyone in the HH loop, click on the link below to see the Adeptus Titanicus event that is running concurrently:
TITANS OF THE HERESY II
As far as I’m concerned, the HH will always be in my heart and will continue with the L&T so long as there are people willing to join! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Grotsmasha, the Inner Circle’s Master of the Arsenal for his untiring support in producing the L&T’s amazing imagery! Thank you Third Master!
As usual, feel free to ask any questions regarding the event, publicly or through PMs – I’m notoriously fast in my replies! But remember: B&C & Forge rules must always, ALWAYS be followed. So be aware of that… *polishes his melta*
So, this is it! Now, who’s brave enough to take on the battlefields of the 31st millennium?
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