I am here today to have a quick look at the options that may be available in Heresy but are not in the Great Crusade. I build all my lists with the thought 'Great Crusade (GC) era is where I wanna be', there is more variety of opponent and also more freedom for the stories I want to tell. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) both Black Library and Forge World have filled in so many blanks from the GC that it takes away a lot of freedom when creating consistent and fluffy stories and army lists.
My least favourite phrase in the world is currently along the lines of 'XXXXXX started seeing service in the later years of the Great Crusade'....lets take a look at some of the options (in no particular order) that may not have been around for long before Horus' treachery, then we can all discuss below (with evidence) when certain options became available and what we are going to allow in our campaigns.
MKIV armour - at the time of heresy, this was the newest form of power armour apparently coming into service in the closing decades of the GC.
Typhon - Spartan chassis
Cerberus - Spartan chassis
Fire Raptor - Storm Eagle chassis
Land Raider Achilles
As you can see that is a lot of options that potentially dont make the cut. So lets discuss them? Which of the above do you think we should AVOID using if we are setting our games in the Great Crusade? Or do you think we should say 'Fuck it! Those are my toys and I will play with them however I want!!!!' - (advice I got from someone at Forge World).
Please comment below. I, personally, think if it is the Great Crusade list then it is fair game in limited numbers - everything would have had field testing etc.