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Title: Alpha Legion
Description: 1,500pts from the Tyrant's Legion list.

Trick - August 2, 2011 05:23 PM (GMT)
Hi all, long time follower, first time poster here.
I'm looking for opinions on this Heresy-era Alpha Legion list using the Tyrant's Legion list in Imperial Armour 9. For those unfamiliar with the list, I've included quick descriptions under each unit. I'm after thoughts on its playability and whether it could be fairly competitive whilst being fun at the same time. This represents the Alpha Legion after they've turned renegade and during all out war...

Legion Centurion; Combi-Melta, Power Weapon, Meltabombs
(Basically a two-wound veteran, required at +1,500pts)

Auxilia Command; Carapace Armour, Flamer, Commander w/Power Weapon
(Guard command squad with 18" leadership bubble, not much else)

Legion Cohort; Flamer, Meltagun, Veteran w/Power Fist

Legion Cohort; Flamer, Meltagun, Veteran w/Power Fist
(Essentially Tactical squads with slightly different options and no Combat Squads)

20 Auxilia; 2 Flamers
(Conscript unit, 1+ in all Legion lists, min.20 models)

10 Armsmen; Grenade Launcher, Autocannon

10 Armsmen; Grenade Launcher, Autocannon
(Basic Guardsmen units)

10 Marauders; Murder Cultists, Brute, 2 Meltaguns, Chief w/Power Weapon
Chimera; Autocannon
(Guardsmen w/+1WS, BS, A and Ld, have Scouts & Furious Charge, Brute is Ogryn stats w/Rending Combat attacks)

Corpse Taker; Power Weapon
(Apothercary and 2 basic Servitors. FNP for his unit and 1 extra Kill Point for every enemy Marine unit killed near him)

Heavy Support
Leman Russ Battle Tank; Lascannon, Heavy Bolter Sponsons

Leman Russ Battle Tank; Lascannon, Heavy Bolter Sponsons
(Carbon-copy of Guard Codex tanks)

Total: 1,495pts

I see this as a defensive force with the tanks and autocannons hammering the opponent while the auxilia soak up incoming fire and the Legionnaires counter attack with short-range fire.

Thanks for looking!


Mabrothrax - August 3, 2011 07:54 AM (GMT)
Looks like an unusual lit for sure, not sure that the Marine element is 'specialised' enough.

I recommend you have a look at the Age of the Emperor rules pack/list over at Tempus Fugitives - some very interesting ideas.

I play Alpha Legion and for the most part simply use the marine codex, making use of various scout units a operatives (even use Kasrkin to represent scouts with boltguns).

The whole operative, spies and cells thing is great on paper and in a campaign but in a straightforward battle I think it is hard to represent accurately, as I doubt you'd see an Alpha Legion force that was a 50/50 blend of marines and humans.

I would say that a more thematic/fluffy list would be either:

Operative Cells with a few (one character & unit) Alpha Legion in support - his would be an IG army probably with a single unit of something like Sternguard and a Captain.


An Alpha Legion Task force with the remains of a cell attached - a marine army with a small unit or two of IG vet all tooled up with oddjob weapon demo charges and so on.

Outside of friendly games where n opponent lets you blend Codices, it is very hard to get that operatives/marines blend. The only list that came close was the Lost and the Damned from Eye of Terror.

Good luck, hope to see your Alphas here soon!

Trick - August 3, 2011 11:29 AM (GMT)
Hi, thanks for the reply.
The list I'm going for is more one of the Alpha Legion working alongside an Imperial Army unit with whom they keep close ties. So we have an army largely made up of Army squads supported by a small Legion cell,

In terms of adhering to the background, the Alphas were well known to have agents in many Imperial organisations and often kept close working connections with many allies, above and beyond the relationships of the other Legions and the Imperium. I think the Centurion translates well too, as Alpharius was keen to ensure that even the lower ranked Astartes were capable of leading battlegroups.

Your suggestions for alternate lists are interesting indeed. I haven't seen the TF options yet, but I'll look into that. I find that a couple of Forgeworld Imperial Armour lists can work really well - this one, the Tyrant's Legion from Badab War has a nice mix of Marine units and a Guard options which I think works for my theme. There's also the Renegades army list from one of the Vraks books (I forget which one) which is more tailored for Traitor Guard but has an Alpha Legion unit as an Elite choice and an Alpha Legion captain which is pretty cool.

The Marines don't look to specialised on paper, but I intend to paint them up in a dark urban camo scheme and model them appropriatley as an elite stealth force so that should give them more flavour on the table.

Thanks again!


Warsmith Tyrann Donn - December 12, 2012 03:27 AM (GMT)
Cool list. Can't wait to see the HH rules for Alpha Legion.

Yvraith - December 12, 2012 03:33 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Warsmith Tyrann Donn @ Dec 12 2012, 01:27 PM)
Cool list. Can't wait to see the HH rules for Alpha Legion.

Please don't necro threads, just to post comments like this.

If you have something constructive to add, its fine. But it's cool comments are not.

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