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In the position of the Warmaster just after his wounding on Davin, which Legions would you choose to take against the Imperium. Assuming that you could convert any other 8 Primarchs (I think its safe to assume that all of the traitor legions were turned deliberately) to your cause who do you think would prove the most useful.
 

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1. Ultramarines.
2. Imperial Fists.
3. Blood Angels.
4. Emperor's Children.
5. Thousand Sons.
6. Iron Warriors.
7. Dark Angels.
8. Alpha Legion.

Ultramarines are a given, and would make everyone's list. Similarly the Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Imperial Fists are three of the most accomplished and powerful Legions. The Emperor's Children (pre-Slaanesh) were also one of the most effective. The Iron Warriors with the Siege of Terra in mind. The Thousand Sons (pre-Burning) because of their sheer psychic ability. And the Alpha Legion because of their invaluable networks and methods.
 

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Guilliman and the Ultramarines. They have numbers on their side and Guilliman is a logistical genius.

Perutarbo and the Iron Warriors. Very good at siege craft, better than the imperial fists when it comes to it in my opinion as they can build better fortress's then the fists and break them open just as well.

Angron and the World Eaters. Simply point them in the general direction of everything you want slaughtered and let them go, no point in trying to stop what they enjoy doing until they believe they have finished.

Magnus the Red and the Thousand Sons. An legion with more psykers than any other is a good way of countering the librarians of the other legions as 1 on 1 TS librarians appear to be better than almost all other librarians thanks to Magnus and his teachings.

Sanguinius and the Blood Angels. While be above average strength for a legion they in my opinion are a mixture of Thousand Sons, Ultramarines and the World Eaters when it comes to doing what is needed.

The Lion and the Dark Angels. While Guilliman is a stratigical and logistal genius it is mainly believed to my knowledge that the Lion was the best tactician of the primarchs as we see in the Heresy he was able to work out that Horus would be going after the siege engines that were in stored and with only a hand full of companies repulsed all of the attacks that the Sons of Horus could throw at him and his legion.

The Night Haunter and the Night Lords. While in terms of infiltration the Raven Guard and Alpha Legion are alot better, nothing beats scaring the crap out of your opponent then by having a legion turn up and torture captives live over the communications network. Also the night lords along with the Dark Angels are my main favorite legions.

Ferrus Manus and the Iron Hands. The Iron Hands and their primarch are great creators of weponary and armour thanks to their close ties with mars which means should mars not have its little civil war then the Iron Hands tech-marines would fill the void quite nicely. The Iron Hands are also as immovable and relentless as both of the Salamanders and Death Guard so they are good for a long drawn out fight until reinforcements arrive.

Those are the 8 legions i would of prefered to have on my side if i was the warmaster and turned against the emperor.
 

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1. Ultramarines... lets be blunt numbers are in mind here. Also Guilliman master logistics
2. Word Bearers ... again numbers. Also utter devotion makes them useful in assaults
3. Imperial Fists... Siege masters. Very few fortresses could withstand assault
4. Iron Warriors... well mainly because i like them.... but also their seige craft is rivaled only by the imperial fists
5. World Eaters.... just get business done... end of lol
6. Space Wolves because of two things. Irony as they pride themselves as the most loyal legion but also because they are useful instruments if managed correctly
7. Thousand Sons (pre burning of prespero) for the sheer psychic kickassery.
8. Either Alpha legion for the infiltrating and what not, Dark Angels for tactical flexibility or Night Lords for pure terror tactics. Im more in favor of night lords tbh.

So numbers in Ultramarines and Word Bearers. Angron and Russ for assaulting and killing. Imperial fists and Iron Warriors for defending/ seige warfare. Seems like a good mix to me
 

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1. Dark Angels
2. Imperial Fists
3. Blood Angels
4. Ultramarines
5. Iron Hands

The reason for these is that if they were good enough for Guilliman, they're good enough for me.

6. Alpha Legion
7. Word Bearers (for their extensive knowledge of Chaos, and because I want a custom Book of Lorgar too)
8. Iron Warriors (I have a castle to break)
9. Death Guard (somebody to, alongside the Iron Hands, wade into the Imperial defences without too much issue).

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Blood Angels

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Nahh you can just stop there. I mean, come on. The dude's a freaking angel. If I had to, I'd add smurfs, DA, wolves, 1k sons, word bearers, iron hands, iron warriors (i like iron).
 

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1. Thousand Sons - Would've been very powerful if they actually fought properly in the Heresy and Prospero didn't get annihilated...
2. Iron Hands - See Below.
3. Iron Warriors - With the Iron Hands, Iron Warriors and Salamanders on board the Adeptus Mechanicus is more likely to fall in line with Horus...Big boon.
4. Blood Angels - Just because...
5. Space Wolves - They are secret Khorne worshippers anyway :p...
6. Alpha Legion - Infiltrate a Titan Legion...
7. Emperors Children - Gotta love their tactics until they went all nuts...
8. Salamanders - Just because a Chaos Vulkan would be really scary...These guys are supposed to be the good guys who care about civilian casualties, so Chaosified would be entertaining...lol

I purposely ignored the Smurfs despite them being a must-take...:)
 

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I would select

1. Lorgar - His understanding of chaos, as well as his legion being the most powerful/adavanced legion in naval warfare is an advantage. Furthermore his legion is either the second largest or the largest legion in the mythos (stated to be between 200,000 and 270,000), which would add a great deal of capital to work with.

2. Curze - His abilities at foresight are immense, I would not isolate Curze rather I would station him with Magnus. With abilities brought to the fore with focus, training, and understanding provided in part from Magnus he would be an invaluable military asset or knowing what the enemy will do before they do it.

3. Magnus - His understanding of sorcery, as well as the powers he wields for inter space travel, communication, and battlefield support is once again invaluable. Additionally I would need Magnus to train Curze in utilizing his abilities, as well as anchoring him to sanity. Magnus would be the mentor Curze never had, the friend who he always needed that could understand his visions and powers.

4. Sang - He is a charismatic leader, and his legion of shock warfare would be necessary to act as the front line buffer for any assault.

5. Alpharius - For his information capabilities, infiltration, and most importantly for rooting out enemy infiltrators. He would be my anti infiltration legion, aimed at countering the raven guard, as well as disrupting the legions that depend upon fixed formations such as the Ultramarines.

6. Ferrus Manus - I would have this primarch be primarily devoted to R&D, he would be responsible for technological advancements and for outfitting my legions with new technologies.

7. Dorn - Dorn would be in charge of fortifying key locations, he would also be the primarch in charge of siege warfare and garrisoning planets.

8. Guilliman - I debated between him and the Lion, ultimately I chose the Ultramarines. I believe the Lion is amazingly intelligent, however he is not a team player and he does not see the bigger picture of war. Guilliman is a master of logistics, and seems gifted in strategy as well. Furthermore his infrastructure, and stream lined production capabilities would be the supply chain that my war effort needs.

I would pair

1. Curze with Magnus - Magnus would mentor Curze in his abilities of foresight, and other psyker powers such as turning into a living shadow. These two legions would be my psykers, and my base of foresight.

2. Horus with Alpharius - Alpharius is likely only truly comfortable working with Horus, thus placing him with any other would be ill advised.

3. Guilliman with Ferrus - This provides Ferrus the materials and production capabilities he will need in order to maximize the R&D effort, furthermore Guilliman will keep Ferrus in line

4. Lorgar with Sanguinas - This would combine the numerical superiority of Lorgars legion along with its unrivaled Naval fleet, with that of Sanguinas ground forces. Furthermore these two primarchs are two of the most charismatic and likely would get along effectively. Lorgar in turn would use his understanding of chaos to empower Sanguinas, and make him even more dangerous.

5. Dorn would be utilized in fortifying the worlds that are conquered, thus with each new sector of the galaxy taken his legion would be called in to fority each world and build its infrastructure.

Guilliman would be responsible for creating the logistics maps of each world conquered, while Lorgar would instill absolute loyalty in each world (pre heresy).
 

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Dark Angels, cause isn't Lion considered the greatest tactical mind/military general of the primarchs
Several were considered as such. It's kind of subjective.
 

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I love how the majortiy of you forget the White Scars....or was the Khan's men not considered a Legion yet?

In any case I would take the White Scars into battle against the forces of the Imperium. Their Blitzkrieg style tactics mixed with their expection "Hit-and-Run" style of warefare is to my liking. Additionally they would run amoke with the Imperial Guard and still be able to break up Guilliman's "Codex Standardized" formations. Notorious for their Light Infantry warefare their Scouts would excel in Covert Operations to hit and run long-range targets that many other Legions would not be able to pull off. Finally the White Scars are infamous fighters, and dedicate their whole lives to the Hand-to Hand combat that they excel in; quick disarm and kill moves. I doubt even the Imperial Fists would stand before the Khan's might.
 

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1 - Ultramarines - Size of the Legion, Guillimans tactical, strategic and logistical prowess
2 - Alpha Legion - Infiltrate the enemies and working hand in hand with the Raven Guard they could prove unstoppable. Also they utilise librarians so they could work with the Thousand Sons in psychic warfare.
3 - Raven Guard - Pair them with the Alpha Legion and very few forces could resist them. Their ability to strike and fade would mean the Imperium would be constantly on the defensive not knowing where the Raven Guard or Alpha Legion would strike next.
4 - Blood Angels - They have the close assault prowess of the World Eaters and Sanguinius has the foresight of Night Haunter with neither of the downsides of World Eaters and Night Lords. Their Librarians would work with the Thousand Sons.
5 - Thousand Sons - Psychic might - no more to say really. The ability to teach the librarians of the other allied legions, especially the Alpha Legion, Blood Angels and the White Scars.
6 - White Scars - In a war of movement their skills are invaluable and utilising the uncertainty and confusion caused by the Raven Guard and Alpha Legion their lightning warfare could be devastating.
7 - Imperial Fists - Their skills as siege warfare specialists is only matched by the Iron Warriors. I would use their rivalry with the Iron Warriors to drive both Legions forward.
8 - Iron Warriors - By selecting both siege warfare specialist legions I deny the Emperor the ability to properly fortify the Imperial Palace and I increase my own chances of taking it.
 

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I love how the majortiy of you forget the White Scars....or was the Khan's men not considered a Legion yet?

In any case I would take the White Scars into battle against the forces of the Imperium. Their Blitzkrieg style tactics mixed with their expection "Hit-and-Run" style of warefare is to my liking. Additionally they would run amoke with the Imperial Guard and still be able to break up Guilliman's "Codex Standardized" formations. Notorious for their Light Infantry warefare their Scouts would excel in Covert Operations to hit and run long-range targets that many other Legions would not be able to pull off. Finally the White Scars are infamous fighters, and dedicate their whole lives to the Hand-to Hand combat that they excel in; quick disarm and kill moves. I doubt even the Imperial Fists would stand before the Khan's might.
The reason i didnt use the white scars is because they are too unpredictable, they also dont care for supply routes, war is mostly logistics so I didnt choose them.
 

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Here are the primarchs and the legions I would choose, were I Horus and were I able to convert any to my cause:

Lion El'Jonson and the Dark Angels
Though all primarchs are qualified as brilliant warlords, the Lion is one of the few who are especially noted for their tactical and strategic acumen. Despite being found in the last quarter of the Great Crusade, he has amassed one of the greatest victory tallies. His legion, thanks to being the first formed, is in possession of technology and weapons available to no others.

Fulgrim and the Emperor's Children
Fulgrim's loyalty to Horus is well known, as is the excellence and well-rounded ability of his legion. Given that Horus couldn't have known that Fulgrim would become colossally arrogant and decadent at the time of Davin, I can't leave him out of my list.

Perturabo and the Iron Warriors
The greatest siege master is necessary to conduct the greatest siege of all - against Terra. This is doubly important if, like me, you ignore the anachronistic way sieges have been depicted thus far and instead grasp for the logical evolution of the concept: orbital sieges of "fortresses" that consist of planets, planetoids, and artificial structures, each of which possesses weapons and defenses capable of reaching out to phenomenal distances.

Jaghatai Khan and the White Scars
The Khan is as imaginative as he is intelligent, and his forces possess a speed and a sense of initiative that's unmatched among the Legiones Astartes. Those traits extent to their fleet, which makes the White Scars an almost unique force multiplier.

Sanguinius and the Blood Angels
In Sanguinius, Horus would have another brother whose loyalty would be unquestioned. In addition, his Blood Angels would make for far better assault/shock troops than the World Eaters... at least until they fell to Khorne's clutches. But, again, that's theoretical hindsight into matters Horus did not anticipate.

Magnus and the Thousand Sons
Unmatched psychic might, pure and simple. Additionally, Magnus and the Khan were close friends and allies, which adds to the synergy and cooperation of Horus' forces.

Lorgar and the Word Bearers
I include them as a given, since I assume Lorgar is still the architect of the Heresy.

Corax and the Raven Guard
Like the White Scars and the Thousand Sons, the Raven Guard are a formidable force multiplier in their own right - their abilities at infiltration extending to their fleet as well. In truth, I can't think of a force more terrifying than a coalition of Raven Guard, White Scars, and Thousand Sons.

Below I will add why I wouldn't take the other Legions.

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Leman Russ and the Space Wolves
For the simple reason that they are (A) too close to the Emperor and (B) too individualistic to be truly relied upon to follow my direction.

Rogal Dorn and the Imperial Fists
First, because Dorn is too close to the Emperor at the time when the Heresy is about to kick off. Second, because his forte ultimately lies in defensive fortifications and Horus' campaign is a fundamentally offensive one.

Conrad Curze and the Night Lords
Primarily because his Legion is undisciplined and untrustworthy. They are certainly an asset in certain situations, but I think that Horus was smart enough to see the potential for disunity that manifests in 'Prince of Crows'. I simply don't think he would have recruited them if another Legion had been available. Another reason would have been because Curze and his warriors have already been marked as renegades. Even if they were grudgingly brought back into the Imperial fold, their cooperation with the other Legions would have been less than optimal - especially with Dorn as the substitute Warmaster.

Ferrus Manus and the Iron Hands
I'm sure Ferrus is a brilliant general in his own right, but time and again it's been shown that he is prone to rages that affect his decision-making process. That's a flaw that places him on lower tier than the primarchs I chose, above.

Angron and the World Eaters
The XII Legion might be a terror against normal armies, but against the Legiones Astartes it's qualified that their berserk tactics lead to them suffering disproportionately high casualties - even against outnumbered enemies (see 'Betrayer'). Also, like Curze, Angron is hardly popular among other Imperial forces.

Guilliman and the Ultramarines
I know, I know. Why? Well, because I'm supposed to be thinking like Horus... and Horus would recognize that, of all the primarchs, Guilliman is one of two or three who could match him as a commander... and the only one with a legion capable of taking on any two of the normal-size Legions, or three of the smaller ones. That makes him the most dangerous potential usurper immediately after Terra is won. Additionally, Guilliman is Lorgar's sworn enemy. Better to isolate him, as he successfully was, and then destroy him.

Mortarion and the Death Guard
Unlike the White Scars and the Raven Guard, the "specialization" of the XIV Legion is disingenuous and anachronistic. In an age of orbital bombardments, Titans, and super-heavy tanks, there is no wisdom or virtue to be found in foot-slogging and "enduring punishment" while trying to take on your objectives. The fact that, per 'Betrayal', Mortarion was more interested in super-sizing his legion (ostensibly to allow it survive all the losses it would incur) than to actually fight mobile and smart eliminates him from my list.

Vulkan and the Salamanders
The XVIII Legion is one of the smallest, but doesn't bring to the table a specialization that makes them particularly worthwhile. Their superior weapons, loyalty, fortitude make up for their low numbers, but not to the point where they are superior to my "Starting IX".

Alpharius and the Alpha Legion
Because they're too damn secretive, and because they obviously have their own agenda that they keep to themselves. If Horus had a choice, he wouldn't have taken them. How would he even be able to address all the eventualities of a campaign that involved the Alpha Legion when he could hardly ascertain how many Legionnaires they had, or where their commander actually was, etc.?
 
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