Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls Review

Well the dust has settled, the flames have died down and the Emperor stands triumphant!


Last weekend, Mark, Hugh, Chris and Ben headed down to Warhammer World to take part in the very first Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls. If you didn’t know, the great thing about the events team at WHW is that no two events are ever the same, they always manage to come up with something new to challenge us and keep each event fresh. This event was no exception with each player receiving a special set of maelstrom cards just for Horus Heresy use! These cards were of identical quality of the standard cards you can buy from Games Workshop for 40k but were designed specifically for Heresy gaming. Over the weekend you would play 5 games for either the Emperor’s Loyalists or Horus’ Traitors at anything from 2000 to 3000pts using the Age of Darkness ruleset.


Mark took Solar Auxillia, Chris Iron Hands, Hugh Alpha Legion and Ben the Ordo Reductor with Chris being the sole Loyalist amongst team Red Steel. After our first games certain things became abundantly clear. Mark’s untested (but stupidly stunning) Solar were incredibly powerful, Ben had learnt how to kill Typhon Seige Tanks very quickly, Chris needed more beer and Hugh was going to face an uphill battle with his ‘I don’t need tanks’ policy!


The best thing about the event was the people, everyone was clearly there to just have fun and immerse themselves in the hobby. Games were competitive but entertaining and the painting standards were frankly rediculous! And that brings me on to the best army nominations. Both Mark and Ben were fortunate enough to be nominated for Best army and both agreed the eventual winner Dimi’s Ultramarines (see above) were both inspiring and jaw dropping. A bloody good bloke who deserved the awards he received. Mark and Ben didn’t leave empty handed though with Mark winning Engine of legend for his super Mar

The Armies of the Heresy!

As you may have read in our previous post, a few of our members headed off to the Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls and Chris got snap happy with his Camera! He didn’t get pictures of every army but he did get a lot of them!

There was a huge variety of armies on show and the amount of love that went into each every army was awe inspiring. As you can see, there were some similar units from army to army but no two were the same.

So here we go with a gallery of some of the best looking (and expensive) armies you’ll likely see at a tournament! We’d love to be able to tell you who they all belong to but I’m afraid we didn’t learn everyone’s name (we were to busy drooling!)

Hope you enjoyed looking at them all!

Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls Review

Well the dust has settled, the flames have died and the Emperor stands triumphant over the traitors!

Last weekend was the first ever Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls event at Warhammer World and Red Steel members Mark, Hugh, Chris and Ben headed down with plans to either crush the upstart Horus or vanquish the false Emperor! The great thing about the events at WHW is that no two are the same. This inaugural event was for armies of 2000 to 3000pts with games being played at the players discretion (For example my first game was 3k, my next 3 were at 2k and the final was 2.5k – Ben). There would be 5 games over the Saturday and Sunday with the players divided into two teams; either the Emperor’s Loyalists or Horus’ Traitors. The games would all be maelstrom of war using a unique deck that was created specially for the event!


Chris was the sole loyalist from team Red Steel with his Iron Hands army. Whilst Mark’s Solar Auxilia, Hugh’s Alpha Legion and Ben’s Ordo Reductor fighting for the fallen son. After the first game we quickly became aware of a few important issues. Mark’s untested Solar were utter filth, Ben’s Mechanicum had figured how to destroy enemy Typhons very quickly, Chris needed more beer and Hugh’s Alphas were facing an uphill battle thanks to his ‘Who needs tanks?’ mentality. Despite this, they all had an amazing time and consider this one of the best events any have attended before.

Best Army

An important part of any WHW event is the highly coveted best army award (Ben has 2 the cheeky sod!). This event was no different with a staggering array of beautifully crafted armies battling it out. Both Mark and Ben were fortunate enough to be nominated but neither were disappointed nor surprised to be beaten by Dimi’s stunning Ultramarines (see above). However, they didn’t leave empty handed as Mark won Engine of Legend for his amazing Marauder and Ben picked up the Thanatar¬†Beast of Legend award for his Thanatar!

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Final thoughts

The best part about any event should be the people and this event was no exception. Everyone the boys met and played were absolutely awesome. Games were competitive and fun in equal measure and many new friends were made and wallets emptied in the Forgeworld shop. The next event was announced for January 16th and 17th and all of team Red Steel are planning to attend with a few extras thanks to this one. New armies are being planned and communities built. We can’t thank Nick and John of the Warhammer World events team enough and heartily recommend you all attend with us in January!

The only thing to share now is the final results (Ben was very proud to finish with 3 best game votes and 3rd overall!)