The 10th Expeditionary Fleet can date its history back to the Unification Wars, during which the early Proto-Legiones Astartes were first bloodied against the horrors birthed by madmen. During this time the Emperor drew twenty Astartes from all twenty Proto-Legions, even those who were held back such as the VIth and the XIIIth, these warriors were divided into twenty squads made up with a warrior from each Proto-Legion. The reason behind this decision was never known to anyone outside the Emperor’s innermost circle, some suspected it was to see how the eventual Primarchs would respond with each others, other thought it was more likely to see how well the future Legions would work in unison with each other.
Each squad was made up of Astartes with a variety of experience to add a further level of testing known only to the Emperor. Regardless most were met with failure and all bar one met with limited success, only one squad proved to be more effective fighting together than apart. This was the birth of the Brotherhood of Terra.
During the Unification Wars the Brotherhood went from twenty Astartes to two hundred, as each of the original members were given a ten-strong squad of their own to command, and by the time the Sol System was reclaimed the Brotherhood of Terra had become the Legion of Terra with the original members going from squad leaders in their own right to company captains.
XIIIth Legion, War-born. Pic capture date unknown.
When the Horus Heresy books first came out I had a real problem deciding what Legion to collect, as I liked all of them in their pre-heresy forms. Then Forge World came along and made things even worse by releasing the Black Books which gave me an idea. An expensive idea. I would collect all loyalist elements from all the Legions for two reasons, first because as I said before I like all their pre-heresy forms (and in some cases, pre-primarch) and second because this way I avoid getting tired of painting the same scheme over and over again. This way if I get bored of one scheme I can stop and jump over to another Legion force. But then again what use is an Expeditionary Fleet without any Imperial Army elements, so thats where I got the idea for a Solar Auxilia army, and at least two Imperialis Auxilia forces.
But for now, I start with my XIIIth Legion detachment.
Now I'm still working something out of all the notes I have for these guys but the main idea is that Arcturus Sertorius, the XIIIth Legionnaire from the Brotherhood of Terra, was elected squad leader and became somewhat of a master strategist over a combat monster like some high ranking commanders. Eventually the Legion of Terra would be off elsewhere while the whole Osiris Rebellion happened and as such were untouched by it, which caused minor resentment from the rest of the Legion. Cut back to when Guilliman was found and he and Arcturus did not get on, in my mind Arcturus is the war version of Guilliman and not being interested in knowning about peacetime activities as he doesn't see that applying to him (playing on the Unity Wars Legionnaire aspect here) which eventually leads to him being all but exiled in a similar fashion to how Corax got rid of his Terrans. Arcturus took the Warborn under his command, those who were like minded and even some of the first red-marked and went back to the 10th Expeditionary Fleet where he took command. After that he went looking for the other members of the Brotherhood of Terra to reform the Legion of Terra as part of the 10th Fleet, his reasoning to show that, despite some Primarchs being at odds with eachother, the Legions can act as one entity and are far better together than they are apart.
And now we come of Loyalty and Treachery, this was a perfect chance for me to work my way through the mound of plastic sitting in a corner of my room. I'm not joking, I own two Betrayal at Calth and two Burning of Prospero. My plan is to start with a 1k army and build it up from there, but with this much plastic I may do some other starter armies for the other Legion elements of the 10th Fleet.
For those interested heres the list:
But background and lists aside heres some models:
Heres the first tactical squad, the heavy support squad and the plastic Contemptor Dread. I quite enjoyed doing a bit of mix-matching with that tactical squad, though I wish I mixed up the arm sets as well (one mk3 and the other being mk4) but I'll just have to do that with the second tactical squad.
Base coat of leadbelcher on the dread is done and the tac squad is primed. Also pictured is my quick attempt at a light box which, judging by the naff quality of this picture in comparison to the previous one, didn't do its job that well so I'll have to try and fix it or remake it.
Thats it for now, thanks for looking and please any and all advice/comments about the list/background/painting would be helpful.
Edited by No Foes Remain, 17 January 2020 - 07:01 PM.