Monday, December 3, 2012

The Pilgrims of Rust Codex (40k Fandex)

Hey all, so a bit ago i started writing my own codex for my Secessionist Chaos  army which you can find the background for up in the oddly convenient "Army Background " tab in the bar right up there.  Anyway, I've gotten back into 40k, and with the new ed being more geared to fluff play more than ever before I am excited to get back to work on that little project.  Here is a bit of what im thinking as far as an outline for what units i'd add in.


- Ground Commander ( similar to IG company command, more geared towards secessionist half of army)
- Apostate  ( Same as above, some differing options, obviously geared towards the Runious Powers half)
- Heretek (Evil Techpriest, some varying mods there)
- Magister of Enforcers (a sort of Lord Commissar)
- Lord of the Knights  (CSM Lord, can only be taken if another of the HQ types is present)


- Martyr Squads (Suicide Bombers from Cyrus, they are insane and deadly if you can get them into CC in one piece, can be either Secessionist or Ruinous Powers)

- Equinox Protectorate ( the die-hard Interior Guard of Rust's army, they are unswerving in their devotion to Rust's vision of a brighter tomorrow, cannot take if more than 50% of the force is Ruinous Powers)

- Host-Vessels  ( Cult members that allowed themselves to be vessels for either Dark Mech experiments or daemons, they can be equipped in a variety of ways, think IG Chosen,  Secessionist troops won't charge into an assault where Host-Vessels are already fighting, nor will they stay within 4" of them at any given time.)

-Chaos Marine Squad -  see CSM dex

Rhinos / Chimeras

Troops.   (a phalanx will work in a similar fashion to an IG platoon.)

-Levy Phalanx (Hap-Hazard Assortment of semi well armed combatants, cheap, horrid morale, can't take Hvy Weapons)

-Ward Phalanx  (Regulars, decently armed, can take Hvy Weapons, probably have wargear for their particular planet)

-Slave Phalanx (POW's, or Captured Civilians, armed horribly, only with CC weapons, no armor T 2 probably, count for 1/2 in KP games and do not count as scoring for objectives)

-Enforcers ( Members of Rust's Interior-Guard that have been sent out across the ranks, to instill the word of a brighter tomorrow, and secretly report the spread of the Cult of Chaos through the Pilgrims, and to stamp it out)

-Heathen ( Particularly maddened Cult member who will send the rest of his attached squad into a blind rage.

Knight of Decay (Chaos Marine, can be taken as a squad leader)


Fast Attack.

Sentinel Squadron ( worse than the IG ones, these are converted Civilian models)

Skorp-yans ( Dark Mechanicus creations that work like Necrons Wraiths with some modifications to make them clunkier and less alien)

Valk/Vendettas - See IG dex

Cyrian Landers-  heavier, slower, more well armored, more transport cap than the Valk. with 2 hvy bolter door gunners.

Heavy Support. 

No Russ variants other than the Basic Russ, Demolisher, and Punisher.

Field Artillery ( rapier laser battery, Heavy Mortars, twin linked autocannons, or Rallen Anti-Tank Cannon.)

Basilisk, Medusa, and Griffon.

Hydras ( limited squadron size + more expensive than the IG dex ones.)

Special Characters. 

Antilo Rust - Leader of the Pilgrims

Lord Balthos - Leader of the Knights of Decay.

(potentially more)

lastly, I've drawn up a few of the Unit types to go into the book as i want original art only in it, so here is some of my modest sketches.

An "Apostate"

The Picture for a Knight of Decay as a Squad Leader

hope you've all enjoyed this!
More painting and minis are coming your way soon

                                                  -your favorite madman-


  1. Cool, looks like you've got a good plan for how you want the army to look!

    1. I have it a lot more distinct in my mind now than i used to. I want the Ruinous Powers half to be simply grotesque and really give you the "OH GOD WHY" reaction, while the Secessionists are more clean and look almost akin to loyalist with more dented gear. The schism between the two is going to be what i focus most on in the Codex rules wise, because they really honestly hate each other and the boiling point where both halves rip into one another is sooner rather than later.

  2. Very cool stuff! I look forward to seeing this come together - great idea, man!

    1. Thanks! hope you enjoy it, i really want to get deep into the fluff of my army now, and i think this is just the thing.

  3. Cant wait to see some of your ideas in miniature.
    And Rust best watch out, if he is playing with Chaos, he is going to get burned. :D

    1. I'll post up an Army Profile of my LATD soon if you'd like. Im really playing with the idea of having my army fight a civil war with itself lol.

    2. You could make that part of the story, with suggestions. Early on it's mostly secessionists, then mixed for a while, then the split. Have some story and perhaps scenarios for the civil war, with one side taking only chaos units, the other only secessionist units.

    3. That is a cool idea, maybe i'll incorporate it into the fandex with some sample army lists and what not. Might have the Imperials interfere, to take advantage of Rust's weakness of moment.


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