Thursday, October 24, 2013
Why Forge World is Cool • Badab War Campaign
I think Forge World made a brilliant move yesterday releasing both the rules for Space Marine Chapter Tactics and Special Characters from the Badab War. The rules are available for free so if you have access to the Internet it doesn't cost you anything (other than accessing the web). Hopefully Games Workshop will learn and of course they own Forge World. I have already seen a lot of local campaigns cropping up... It's Space Marine versus Space Marine!
Here is a brief summary of the Badab War from Wiki:
The Badab War, fought between 901.M41 and 913.M41, was one of the most insidious and dangerous internecine conflicts to wrack the Imperium of Man in recent history, made all the more lamentable because the unthinkable had occurred. As a result of a conflicting nexus of honour, treachery, politics and greed, several Space Marine Chapters turned Renegade against the Imperium and bloodshed and outright civil war ensued -- a war which turned entire armies of the Imperium's most powerful warriors against each other and in doing so swept millions to their deaths in its turbulence.
Such was all the result of the treachery and hubris of the former Chapter Master Lufgt Huron of the Astral Claws Space Marine Chapter, the self-styled and infamous "Tyrant of Badab." The carnage wrought amongst the stars of the Maelstrom Zone during this conflict was such that it rocked the faith and order of untold Imperial worlds never touched directly by its violence, and caused loyal subjects to look upon their Adeptus Astartes protectors with fear. Such were the dire sins and hidden truths that lay behind the war, that a pall of secrecy and lies descended about the conflict even as it was fought.
The rebellion was eventually put down by the forces of the Inquisition and those Astartes Chapters who remained steadfast in their duty to the Emperor of Mankind, but its instigators, the Astral Claws, wholly given over to Chaos in the course of the conflict, turned Renegade and its survivors become the infamous corsair band of Chaos Space Marines known as the Red Corsairs. The Red Corsairs are led by the treacherous Chaos Lord named Huron Blackheart, a vicious Champion of Chaos Undivided who is now nearly unrecognisable as the once-noble Lufgt Huron. Blackheart and the Red Corsairs currently dominate a large Chaos empire within the Warp Rift known as the Maelstrom in the Eastern Fringes of the galaxy. There Blackheart plots his vengeance upon the Imperium and prepares to build a new empire dedicated to the Ruinous Powers that will bring the demesne of the Traitor Legions within the Eye of Terror to shame.
Here are the Space Marine Chapters and other forces involved in the war:
- Carcharodons (entire Chapter)
- Exorcists (5 companies)
- Fire Angels (entire Chapter)
- Fire Hawks (entire Chapter)
- Howling Griffons (approx. 250 Astartes)
- Marines Errant (6 companies)
- Minotaurs (entire Chapter)
- Novamarines (2 companies)
- Raptors (4 companies)
- Red Scorpions (8 companies)
- Sons of Medusa (equivalent of 5-6 companies)
- Star Phantoms (entire Chapter)
- Imperial Guard
- Legio Crucius
- Battlefleet Karthago
- Battlefleet Solar (Reserves)
- Inquisitorial Storm Troopers
- Ordo Hereticus
- Astral Claws
- Executioners, Lamenters
- Mantis Warriors, Tyrant's Legion
- Battlefleet Maelstrom
Extensive losses amongst all Loyalist Adeptus Astartes assets
Over 5 billion dead as a result of destruction of Badab Primaris; thousands of Secessionist Astartes and millions of civilian dead
Status - Imperial Victory
The Astral Claws were all but wiped out, approximately 200 survivors fled into Maelstrom and became the Red Corsairs. The remaining Secessionists from the Executioners, Mantis Warriors and Lamenters undertook a 100 year Penitent Crusade to atone for their crimes. The entire population of Badab Primaris was exterminated and the planet rendered a Dead World.