I was listening to Episode 21 of the Imperial Truth podcast and I came up with an idea for a post. Like on the podcast, they gave their top 5 battle scenes in the Horus Heresy, I have asked my fellow battle bunnies for their favourite scenes.
I will warn you that there will be spoilers in this post, however before any spoilers are given, we will say what book the scram we are talking about in first. So if you chose to, you can skip any scenes from books that you have not read yet.
Narek of the Word Bearers showing his true colours.
This is by far one of my favourite books with so much cool things to choose from, however I have picked when Narek of the Word Bearers kills he to possessed Word Bearer companions in order to pursue his own personal goals. I think it's really cool to have a space marine who has his own agenda and I really interested in how his story pans out.
The First Heretic
Custodian Vendatha fighting for his life against the Word Bearers in the ritual chamber. The way it describes how Vendatha kills the first 4 kills in 3 seconds is just fantastic and really makes me not able to wait for when Forge World do the Custodian army list. Makes you feel sorry for the Thousand Sons lol.
The first encounter with the thunder warrior and he kicks some major space marine arse. It the first time really that space marines, all be it poorly equipped ones, have been seriously outmatched but 1 guy. Really looking forward in see what happens next with them.
Dual between Loken and Lucius.
By this point Lucius was becoming a character you love to hate, and him getting his face punched by the less skilled Loken to prove a point really put a smile on my face. I also believe that this was really the start of Lucius's path of perfection and self mutilation.
Imperator Titan's demise
I may shock a few people here but I am not really a fan of this book. Although I have to admit that I found the part where the Imperator Titan melts into the Larva. It just shows that even the largest machine or war is still no match to mother nature.
On the surface of Prospero the Khan and his honour guard face off against Mortarion and his Death Shroud. Primarch vs Primarch and terminator Vs terminator. Epic.
2. Horus Rising
The Emperor's Children fight against the tenacious Megarachnids in hostile terrain. Tarvitz and Lucius help save the day and rally the troops.
3. Promethean Sun
the Salamander legion fight against primitive Eldar in a tough battle that includes dinosaurs!!
4. Unremembered Empire
the wolf pack sent to watch Guilliman find themselves protecting the hearth from Konrad Curze. In an epic conclusion, Vulkan rushes his treacherous brother and they smash through a window to the street below.
the battle of Laer. Imagining ancient Rylanor fighting in the streets as the 1st Company works its way towards the Primarch and his Phoenix Guard. Very cool.
The Ultramarine Shield wall trying to hold against the Fury of the World Eaters. Sounds brutal and furious.
The Salamanders coming against the Death Guard in the trenches. The chemical warfare and the Thunderhawks flying over sounds awesome.
Prince of Crows.
1st Legion Flagship.
The Night Lords board Johnsons Flagship and take the fight to the first Legion. The way Sevatar arrives on that Starfighter and rampaged through the Hallways to get to the Atramentar makes Sevatar my favourite Heresy Character ever.
The Vlka Fenryka raze Prospero to the ground. Titans, Landers, Sisters of Silence and Custodes join with the Wolves of Fenris to Sanction Magnus the red. The running battles are epic and the Wolves prove unstoppable.
The Vlka Fenryka attend a Warzone and watch and wait as the Imperial Army struggles to defeat the Cuiatude. They Wolves are given permission to take the World and drop a space station on their enemies. They then are unleashed and nothing survives. Shows how a smaller Legion can conduct its battles.
Galaxy in Flames
The duel between Loken and Abaddon was a favourite of mine in that book but my favourite part is where just as it looked like hope was lost a tank bursts in through the walls. Loved that part as it is a massive interruption that I don't think many were expecting, including me.
A Thousand Sons
The battle between the Thousand Sons and the Titan from the mountain. Where Magnus struts up and unleashes all hell and fury of his psyker-ness and annihilates the titan. I liked this scene as it firsts demonstrated to me the absolute power wielded by Magnus and correctly demonstrates what it means to be a God in Battle
Where Angron has enough of the xenos vessels and releases the Ursus Claws and uses them to bring in the ships for a close encounter assault. Can easily picture Angron licking his lips as the ships were being brought in and I enjoy the barbaric tactics in war and this being one of them
Please comment below with you thoughts and also your favourite scenes.
Also if you are a fan of the Horus Heresy, I would strongly suggest listening to the Imperial Truth podcast. The podcast covers all aspects of the Horus Heresy including gaming, the fluff and modelling.
Take care :-)
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