Mighty arrogant of you to impose your beliefs on someone else's fluff. My Alpha Legion Warp Talons are exactly what the codex says they are.
I think it's more amusing that there are people who still think the Alpha Legion were ever loyalists. If there’s anything more tedious than the "Dark Angels are secretly traitors" joke, it’s that the Alpha Legion are secretly not.
The idea of AL loyalists depends very much on your definition of loyalist, because- as much as the "literally loyalists" meme is almost as tiresome as "they have to be Chaotic", there are in fact multiple instances suggesting exactly the former across their lore, and in ways that speak to the Legion's driving force.
That said, the ambiguity of their motivations and their endgame is very much the point. It's one of the few concrete things about them- the Alpha Legion marches to the beat of its own drum and is a dubiously reliable ally to any cause it allegedly marches for. To quote forge world, "It was a weapon neither first the Emperor nor later the Warmaster could control." At every point in their timeline, including pre-Heresy, they've been a loose cannon that has its own ideas about how things should be done and uncertain obedience to outside leadership. Changing that is pretty much throwing away everything that makes the AL the AL.
Regarding raptors and warp talons, there's room for them in AL of any iteration, since there's usually a tidbit about "from all nine legions" re: raptors whenever they're mentioned, and the AL in any iteration isn't fussy about the usage of catspaws. That said, to restate past commentary on Night Lords, the idea any jump pack Marine that picks up a lightning claw has to magically become a warp talon fluff-wise is ridiculous and shows the flaws in the CSM Codex, so "Warp Talon" rules should be treated as a very loose suggestion for the category of jump pack marines it represents.
Edited by Lucerne, 20 May 2020 - 06:26 PM.