I'm not the biggest fan of Huron.
It seems like, just an edition ago, he was the poster-boy for Renegade Space Marines. The story of his fall was an interesting one, and his status following his exile to the Maelstrom seemed fitting giving the realities of the universe he lived in: his signature victory was the capture of a Space Wolves strike cruiser.
Fast-forward a little while, though, and Huron has suddenly been built up to the point where he's (seemingly) second only to Abaddon in terms of power - insofar as Space Marines are concerned.
Isn't that a bit ridiculous? Think about it for a second. The capture of the Wolf of Fenris was qualified as "his greatest prize". This happened an indeterminate amount of time after 912.M41, which was when the Badab War ended. His force consisted of what was left of his Chapter and its fleet, plus a number of captured merchantmen that had been converted into ad-hoc warships.
Now, take into account that Huron had once been the master of a super-sized Chapter (three times the size that the Codex allowed for) and the acknowledged Primus Inter Pares of a coalition of Chapters responsible for guarding against the horrors of the Maelstrom. When he went renegade, three other Chapters followed suit. In less than a decade,
the Imperium had squashed his revolt and sent him fleeing into the Maelstrom with only a fraction of his remaining forces.
In the ninety years that followed, though, Huron "has grown his group of renegades as large as the Space Marine Legions of old." He has "dozens of cruisers" at his disposal. He has become not just a warlord, but a power-broker in his own right, providing the likes of Honsou entire armies with which to invade Ultramar.
The part of all this that is so difficult for me to swallow is that Huron Blackheart became much more
dangerous to the Imperium after
the Badab War with far less
resources than those he had before it.
I can't help but feel that his notoriety and power is out of scale from what it was once intended to be... and that the justifications for it are just too broad, vague, and unconvincing.