Friday, 13 January 2012

Alpha Legion - Before and After the Heresy

This is an Alpha Legion Space
So today I wanted to start looking at the Traitor Legions, specifically how they looked before and after the Horus Heresy.

This is a Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Space Marine. The Alpha Marine pictured is in the Alpha Legion traditional colors and heraldry, purple armor and  a big A with chains through the middle on their right shoulder as heraldry.

Although the "Alpha" Legion the Legions traditional number is 20 and is unique amongst the original Space Marine Legions in that they had two Primarch's, Alpharius and his twin brother Omegon.

This picture is taken from the cover of  "Legion - Secrets and Lies" by Dan Abnett.

These are Alpha Legion Marines Post Heresy. Their colors have changed to blue, their backpacks and (some) members helms have changed and their heraldry is now a Hydra, which amongst other things is symbolism regarding their combat tactics.

Recently the Alpha Marines have appeared in several book and computer games, most notably the Dawn of War series where they have played the Antagonist on multiple occasions.

The legion is devoted to Chaos Undivided which makes it well suited to sowing the seeds of Chaos throughout the Imperium of man, why limit yourself to the corruption of a single Chaos God when you can branch out and corrupt with power of all four!


  1. This being the 25th Anniversary year, you might like to see some vintage 40K art from the first edition books. There's a link on my blog to my Photobucket gallery of work I did for GW in the eighties. Feel free to repost them if you like the old school stuff!!

  2. Very nice. I hope that I'll find out how are called units with smileys on their shoulder. I'm 99% sure that i saw them in one of Warhammer games...

  3. nice illustrations last 1 is cool