The Thousand Sons were always my first choice for a legion for the Horus Heresy game. Unfortunately when I started playing the game they didn’t have any rules or much stuff for them, so I started with Emperor’s Children instead. Now however, Inferno is out and I’m ready to start putting together the noble but tragic XVth.
I recently read A Thousand Sons, and putting aside the irrational hatred I now have for Space Wolves, that whole battle and the destruction of the planet is incredibly tragic. Both sides are tricked, betrayed by forces beyond even the comprehension of the Primarchs leading them. Chaos manipulates and leverages the natural tension between the Thousand Sons and the Space Wolves to put two of the most powerful of the legions at each others throat, knowing that if either was at full strength by the side of the emperor then they would definitely turn the tide of the heresy.
I am theming my Thousand Sons force around the defense of the libraries of Prospero, that crazy last stand against the wolves as the warp opens and the planet is ripped apart. To this end I’m going to use the Age of Sigmar bases to represent the surface of Tizca, painted white or beige, and also use space wolf parts in grey as a contrast to the bright red of the Thousand Sons. If I can get my hands on a bunch of warhammer scale books, or sculpt up some, I’ll add them to the bases to show the library.
That’s for later, however, so far I just have a couple of HQs painted up. I’ve mixed up a “Thousand Sons” mix for painting the red, combining Spiritstone Red, Carroburg Crimson, and ‘Artcoat. You need slightly more Spiritstone than wash, I feel. 3 or 4 coats of this over a Retributor Armour spray, then use pure Carroburg to deepen the shadows. Finally a coat of gloss over the whole armour to finish it off. My spot colours are gold, silver, black, white, and really light blue.
I plan to have the army be made up of all different orders, circles, sects, and cults. No organisation really survived the burning of Prospero, so the army will be made up of stragglers and mixed up units.
I also plan on having a Pyrae support squad with flamers, where the sergeant (and maybe other models) are channeling fire from their hands rather than from guns.
Looking forward to showing these guys off in the next few weeks/months as I build them up, and hopefully have a force ready for the next heresy event at Warhammer World (whenever that may be).