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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Horus Heresy: Blackshield Review - Will Khorak Triumph?

Chris Wraight

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From the source:

Raiding the fringes of the Imperium, Sergeant Khorak and his fellow renegade Death Guard are surprised to find some familiar faces opposing them, though with quite unfamiliar wargear…
This tale introduces a character from Forge World's Isstvan Campaign books into Black Library's Heresy works, and delves into some of the mysteries of the Blackshields.

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This story feels longer than it truly is, and for some reason did not hold my attention as other stories have. I am not sure if this is due to when I was reading it, because as I look back at the story, I find the content and the background to be very interesting. The idea of Space Marines post-Isstvan making the choice to leave the traitor legions and not be mindless followers of their primarch or of chaos adds depth to this demographic. This story also introduced me to the Blackshields. It is time to know more.

I like the idea here of creating the four Death Guard that make up the small force on the run represented in this story. Having one of these figures be a Deathshroud Terminator in Sergeant Khorak is particularly exciting.

Perhaps creating a small kill team of Blackshields would be a good idea, though the lack of iconography might make them look a little bland. Crysos Morturg will be the lead, a mostly cybernetic (from the head down) Blackshield psyker. I suppose that I would go after a mix of Iron Hands bits there.

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