Closer Look: Inferno – Talons of the Emperor

Rounding off our look at the new armies in Inferno, we take look at the Talons of the Emperor.

Even in a universe of super-humans and demigods, the Talons of the Emperor are an elite force.

Your basic Custodian Guard sets you back over 50 points, so expect to be thoroughly outnumbered in every game you play against a Legion force. Sisters of Silence are a more reasonable 10 points each, on a par with Legionary level troops, but with a lower Toughness, you’re not going to last long in a straight firefight and you’ll need to be relying on your supporting units and vehicles to swing the battle in your favour.

Luckily, no force in the galaxy is better trained, more disciplined, or more expertly armoured and armed than the Talons of the Emperor. A single Custodian can take on whole squads of lesser warriors and, while more subtle, the Sisters of Silence – if used right – can be a most efficient and deadly blade.

Their vehicle support is outstanding, from the various Custodian Dreadnought classes, all of which outmatch their Legion equivalents, to their fast and well-armored tanks and transports. A particular highlights is the Gyrfalcon Jetbike – a Custodian with a bolt-cannon, who is too fast to run from and harder to kill – nice. We saw a few of these new units that are on the way at The Horus Heresy Weekender earlier this month.

In the hands of skilled tactician, these guys are going to do very well. Expect to see them on battlefields across the Age of Darkness very soon.

A full army list for these guys is in The Horus Heresy Book Seven: Inferno. Order it here:

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