Khall here, back from an awesome weekend in Amsterdam! Last week I asked the question 'What can be used in the Great Crusade?' We had a flattering amount of responses, all with different opinions and understandings! Thank you everyone for taking the time to read and contribute. I spoke to Alan Bligh about this and he gave me a very thorough explanation. I have provided some of this information below.
First of all let's look at the GC briefly:
It lasted 200 years.
It started with the uniting of Segmentum Solar and then expanded outward - HOWEVER - this didn't happen evenly. Many different worlds were ignored when originally discovered, to be returned to at a later date. Some of the reasons for this were - not a priority target, not enough resources and also not having the technology!
The Great Crusade - as with all wars - funded the advancement of technology and as such, the reason why we have now got phenomenal gear in the closing phases of the Great Crusade.
So I asked Alan Bligh about this and he said to picture the Last third of the Great Crusade having all of the new technologies as they came into fruition for 'tough-to-crack nuts'. Also that Primarchs who commissioned individual machines, would have access to them before other legions. I asked him for a date and he said that in limited numbers it would all be available from M30 950 onwards. Great news! Anyone who has met Alan Bligh will know that he is very passionate about his work and I find myself grinning vacantly towards him at times. He is incredibly intelligent. I would like to thank Alan Bligh for taking the time to discuss it all with me :)
So, here is our updated list of availability, items we will allow the use of in our Great Crusade campaigns (which we will now start in 950):
Land Raider Achilles/Achilles Alpha
The only one we will not allow is the Venator as it clearly states the first battles of the Horus Heresy.
So what do you all think about that?