The flawless Scales

Since a few weeks, I was looking for a new project. And last week I had the enlightenment about what to do. I decided that I will sell my Alpha Legion Force to build a new Alpha Legion Force! Yes, you heard right I will sell my old models very cheap to exchange them for mainly the same units which are more expensive. But there is a bit more to it. I was never happy with the
Alpha Legion being chaos tainted in the Warhammer 40k Universe. I did not want them to run around worshipping the chaos gods and wearing the eightfold star everywhere. I wanted a „clean“ Alpha Legion which defies the chaos gods and does not fall for the false promises. But to have this Alpha Legion I cannot use the standard Chaos Space Marine Models and especially not the standard Helbrutes or Obliterators and no Daemon Princes at all.

As I did not just want to use Space Marine Models for a Chaos Space Marine force, I had to get creative and find other ways to realise this project.

So I decided to start with the narrative on which basis I would then design the models and units. I wanted to combine my favourite elements of the stories „shroud of night“ and „sons of the Hydra“.

The Name of the Alpha Legion force is „the flawless Scales.“ And they live by the same Words as the Alpha Legion Harrow in „Shroud of Night“ does:

„No Gods no Warlords,
For the Harrow and for the Primarchs“

The flawless Scales do not follow any Chaos Gods or Warlords. They live and fight by the true Alpha Legion doctrine, have the final goal to find Omegon and to reunite the Alpha Legion. Their Units do not have any chaos taint or mutations, and the whole Legion operates on imperial territory. The weapons they use are either imperial technology or experimental Xenos tech. They also use old Alpha Legion relics like Legion Sicaran Tanks, Leviathan Dreadnoughts or even relics from other legions like the Raven Guard.

As I did not want to lose the abilities and stratagems from the Marks of Chaos I had to become a bit more creative and find a way how they could be replaced by something which would fit my narrative. So I came up with the „harrow doctrines“. The Harrow doctrines are as follows
– The doctrine of sustained fire replaces Mark of Slaanesh
– The doctrine of Psychic assault replaces Mark of Tzeentch
– The doctrine of perseverance replaces Mark of Nurgle
– The doctrine of reckless charge replaces Mark of Khorne
These will be indicated by placing a particular marker within the unit. The Markers will be for example a special munitions crate to show the doctrine of sustained fire.

The Units:
I will replace a lot of standard units with special ones either from the 30k Alpha Legion range from Forgeworld or Space Marine Units form Citadel.

The List so far looks like this:
Lord Johann the Untainted – Kabuki Hydra Knight Model – Lord Arkos Rules
CSM Sorcerer – SM Librarian Model
Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour – Captain in Tartaros Pattern Terminator Armour
Heretic Space Marines – 30k Alpha Legion Kill Team
Cultists – Standard Cultist Models (Might be replaced with Cadian or Catachan Models
Obliterators – Tartaros Pattern Terminators kitbashed with Mechanicus Kataphron Breachers Torsion Cannons
Bikers – Legion MKIV Outrider Squadron upgraded with 30k Alpha Legion Kill-team upgrade sets
Legion Sicaran Battle Tank – Standard Model
Hellforged Contemptor Dreadnought – 30k Alpha Legion Contemptor Dreadnought
Havocs – Devastator Marine Squad upgraded with the 30k Alpha Legion Kill-team upgrade kit
Raptors – Assault Marines Upgraded with Alpha Legion Shoulder Pads
Hellforged Leviathan Dreadnought – Standard Model
Rhino – SM Rhino improved with the Forgeworld Alpha Legion Kit
Warp Talons – Raven Guard Dark Fury Assault Squad with Alpha Legion Upgrade pack
Helbrute – Space Marine Dreadnought

This is what I have so far. Thank you for your feedback and ideas on how I can improve the concept.


2 Kommentare zu „The flawless Scales

  1. Ok, now I get it. To change Alpha Legion for Alpha Legion is….very Alpha Legion if I may say so!!!

    I am not familiar enough with the fluff to give you any advice, but I am very excited to see what you do with all that.

    Just a thought, changing the name of a rule to fit your narrative and minis is perfectly legit imo. I often do it. As long as you do not go cherry picking in different rule set (which would kill the balance of the game) changing the names to fit your story is just what any good narrative gamer should do!


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