Horus is the epitome of average in relation to the primarchs, he has never displayed any exceptional tactics, and his strategies for the heresy were straight forward and average in their effect. He has been given featless accolades, his war record in part is due to him being found first and thus having first entry to the crusade market.
So I ask you show me displays from the fluff that actually show concrete examples of his above average tactics, strategies, martial combat ability, physical advantages, psychic abilities. The only accolades he has are from the view points of a standard human, of which as prior stated his charisma causes others to view him greater then he is and thus inflates his reputation. All of them primarchs that have ever spoken about him praise him for his leadership, being a good general, and not for anything else. Furthermore all of the accolades assigned to him as being "The best of the primarchs" has never been backed up by any concrete examples, it is simply just praise due to his crushing charisma that makes near anyone love him.
Horus is average
Firstly, I find it almost laughable that you demand others to show you displays from the fluff to back up their arguments, when you have never done anyone else the same courtesy. But ok, I'll bite...
he has never displayed any exceptional tactics, and his strategies for the heresy were straight forward and average in their effect. He has been given featless accolades
In the first chapter of Brotherhood of the Storm
they mention Ullanor and how it was Horus and his legion who had turned the tide when it looked like the Imperial forces would have been overwhelmed. This is later supported in chapter 6 of Fear to Tread
when it is mentioned that Horus, with a feint strategy he devised, delivered the pivotal blow in the Ullanor crusade that lead to Imperial victory. Not to mention he was the one who slew the Warlord and threw his body from the top of the Warlord's stronghold.
The beginning of Fear to Tread
also details a campaign the Luna Wolves and Blood Angels executed against beings called the Nephilim on a planet called Melchior. It is clearly stated that Horus devised the plan, a plan which also involved feints, strategic thinking, turning what the Nephilim believed the Imperium's weakness into a strength and using it to their advantage to draw out the Nephilim, which resulted in the complete and utter defeat of the aliens.
And that's not even considering the blow Horus struck at Isstvan, one that crippled 3 loyalist legions and saw the death of Ferrus Manus.
So your claims about the average
affect of his tactics are simply not true.
The only accolades he has are from the view points of a standard human... All of them primarchs that have ever spoken about him praise him for his leadership, being a good general, and not for anything else.
Firstly, If you think that being a good general only involves being charismatic, you clearly have no grasp of war or executing military campaigns... none at all.
Not to mention your statements are not even remotely
true. He is acknowledged by most of his brothers as being one of, if not the greatest amongst them. And the Emperor himself named Horus Warmaster, not any standard humans.
In Angel Exterminatus
when Perturabo and Fulgrim discuss Perturabo's place, he specifically mentions lacking the "warpcraft of Magnus" or the "war-craft of Horus". We know Magnus was the most gifted and knowledgeable psyker amongst the primarchs hence why Perturabo mentions him. And then he lists Horus (not Dorn, Guilliman, the Lion) and his skill at warcraft.
Lorgar himself describes Horus as having balance in all his talents, but also, like Sanguinius, excelling
in all of them. Which is why Lorgar thinks the Emperor chose Horus as Warmaster. Angron himself later acknowledges Horus as a skilled commander, and Angron dislikes Horus, describing him as an "arrogant, preening bastard". There are also mentions in chapter 10 of when the World Eaters discover their primarch, and whether he would be a "warrior and general to rival Horus, Guilliman, Dorn or the Lion", which shows that Horus was widely acknowledged and accepted of being one of the greatest amongst his brothers.
And then we have Corax, in Flight of the Raven
classing Horus, with Angron and Sanguinius, as arguably the 3 top combatants amongst the primarchs. And in chapter 2 of Deliverance Lost
regards Horus as one of the greatest strategists in the Imperium. And we know that Corax and the Raven Guard served alongside Horus and his legion for a long time, and that he also did not
like or see eye-to-eye with Horus, so he is arguably the most objective source we have available.
And I got all this from only a handful of novels. There is a lot more material spread out across the HH series, but I am not going to go look through every single novel I posses just to prove this point. There is plenty
of evidence within the HH fluff to justify Horus's reputation, if you only bother looking for it.
As to why we don't have arguably better
examples, detailing specific strategies used etc. CotE sums it up perfectly...
Originally Posted by Child-of-the-Emperor
My point is that, for the writers, masterful (Primarch-level) strategic or tactical minutiae is next-to-impossible to portray because anything they explain in detail is automatically comprehended by us as the readers. Thus in order to illustrate the Primarchs' superhuman ability they have to refrain from properly illustrating their strategy. A good example of this is Alpharius' clearing of the Kayvas Belt, Fear to Tread doesn't actually tell us how Alpharius was able to clear the Greenskins in such short a time, even Sanguinius was baffled by it. Thats how I see it.
So to sum up, no he isn't. Now I have provided fluff examples to justify my claims about Horus. Now how about you back up your claims, using the fluff
, to disprove me. Show me all the examples that depict Horus as only having charisma going for him, and using it to over-inflate his reputation.