Legion Focus: Alpha Legion

The Chaos Space Marines codex is nearly here, and with it, rules for seven Chaos Legions as well as Renegade Chaos Marines. We’ll be previewing these in detail in the coming week, as well as looking at some of the new Stratagems and the best units in the new codex for each Legion.  We’ll be looking at the Emperor’s ChildrenIron WarriorsNight LordsWorld Eaters, Black Legion, Word Bearers, Alpha Legion and the Renegade Chapters. If you’re wondering where the Death Guard and Thousand Sons are, don’t panic! Both these armies are getting codexes of their own.

The Alpha Legion are notorious for their insidious tactics and expert training. An Alpha Legion assault strikes from several directions at once, as Cultists, infiltrators and vanguard units reveal themselves in a brutal crescendo of fire.

The Trait

As we’ve seen with the Raven Guard, -1 to hit is huge as it markedly increases the durability of every unit in your army. What distinguishes the Alpha Legion from their loyalist brethren is their selection of units and new combinations available within the Chaos Space Marines codex. With this trait, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the flexibility of Chaos Space Marines, whittling your targets down at range then closing in for brutal melee if they dare approach you.

Best Units

Chaos Sorcerers are an excellent choice in any Chaos Army, and their sheer versatility makes them a great fit for the Alpha Legion. The Dark Hereticus discipline allows for a range of different strategies, and you’ll be able to choose yours based on the battle ahead. If you need some extra mobility, Warptime is great either for fast-moving units like Raptors or for pulling some Tactical Marines out of trouble, while Death Hex is among the most useful new spells in the game. Stripping the invulnerable save off a unit means even elite characters like Roboute Guilliman become vulnerable to massed armour-piercing firepower – take your Sorcerer with a unit of Terminators wielding combi-meltas, drop them next to your opponent’s favourite model, then destroy them with a combination of Death Hex and melta-beams. One of the most fun features of the Chaos Sorcerer is the Chaos Familiar Stratagem – for a single Command Point, you can swap one of your old powers for a new one.

Helbrutes in Alpha Legion armies are also great – they’re fast, they’re durable, and they’re strong in every phase. All Helbrutes benefit from their Legion Trait, so you’ll be able to keep yours safe from incoming fire as it advances on the foe. Anyone that tries to get close has to reckon with a deadly Fire Frenzy:

How to use them

The beauty of the Alpha Legion is flexibility. Take advantage of the versatility of Chaos Space Marines by deploying far away from combat armies or close to shooting armies with Forward Operatives. If you’re feeling particularly cunning, stock up on characters to make maximum use of I Am Alpharius; this Warlord Trait allows your Warlord to inexplicably escape death by revealing that he was one of his underlings ALL ALONG – every time he dies.

Come back tomorrow when we’ll be looking at Renegade Space Marines, alongside the mysterious Fallen.

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