Our latest venture at Geek Chronicles takes us into Warhammer Horus Heresy, where two legions of genetically modified super soldiers clash against each other. Explosions rock the ground, the roar of warriors tearing each other apart fills the air as a planned betrayal unfolds. The galaxy is burning. #BringBackCalth
Games Workshop is a name known among many hobbyists for titles such as Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Age Of Sigmar, Necromunda, Warcry, Middle Earth Battle Strategy Game (a game set around the events of J.R.R. Tolkien) and Horus Heresy. The stories, characters, models, tragedies and victories have inspired many people to start their own miniature model army for almost 37 years.
One of the easiest ways for people to get into the hobby was buying box sets, as they allowed access to a range of models to form the backbone of an army. We have had some of the newer ones such as Dark Imperium, Indomitus, Soul Wars and Dark Uprising, all giving a large slice of multiple factions for people looking to start new armies to take a bite from. All of Games Workshop’s titles, except one.
Horus Heresy had two boxsets, The Betrayal at Calth and Burning of Prospero. In each, you would get a wide selection of units, customizable options, transfers, rules and more that allowed you to start growing a bigger collection. Betrayal at Calth especially for Space Marine Players, as the models could be used for all factions of Space Marines and could easily be converted for use in Chaos Space Marine armies.
However, both boxsets were discontinued by Games Workshop, obstructing fans and hobbyists an easy, cost effective way to get into the hobby of Horus Heresy.
While this could be because the models could be considered outdated, in both terms of rules and appearance, that’s what drew people to using the Calth set for 40K. The retro style and how cost effective it was.
The Betrayal at Calth boxset was based around the opening stages of the Horus Heresy, a massive galaxy spanning civil war. Here the super bio-engineered soldiers known as Space Marines would fight for both The Loyalist Ultramarines (space Marines with a Roman style) Legion and The traitorous Word Bearers (also space marines but more religious and fanatical) on the planet of Calth. The boxset would follow the narrative of the two armies battling it out with lore, rules and missions, making it an interesting, fun game on its own.
The boxset came with 30 Mark IV marines (old armored super soldiers), with a large selection of weapons to customize them, 5 Cataphractii Terminators (think super soldiers in a walking tank armor) armed with guns and chainfists (you don’t even want to know), an awesome – looking Contemptor Dreadnought with a power fist and either a Multi – Melta or Kheres Assault Cannon, a Chaplain (or Dark Apostle, for those who play Chaos in 40K) and a Captain in Cataphractii Terminator Armor. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, all models were made from plastic instead of the delicate resin Forge World uses, making them far easier to convert and customize.
Betrayal at Calth was also cost effective, as buying all models in the boxset separately would have costed much more, and they wouldn’t have come with the rules, missions or narrative. With all this to offer, it is truly a shame that Games Workshop stopped the production of such a brilliant boxset.
Or is it? A Hashtag campaign has started for bringing back the beloved boxset, which could lead to an easy route when starting a Horus Heresy army. The hashtag campaign was started by The Outer Circle, a YouTube Channel that revolves around wargaming in genral, offering a blunt, honest view that shows the pros and cons.
The campaign was soon supported by Kirioth TV, another Channel that talks about wargaming that’s mostly Warhammer based, that thought bringing back Calth was an excellent idea.
Bringing back Calth would allow people a much easier way into Horus Heresy, and would bring some nostalgia for those hobbyists that were there for its original release.
But what do you think, readers? Let us know if Calth should be brought back into the fold of Warhammer, or if it should be left discontinued.
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Now, you may be wondering, what are dreadnoughts? What does any of this mean? Well, to put it simply, this is the start of a miniature model Horus Heresy army. The mark IV marines are your genetically enhanced super soldiers clad in almost indestructible armor and armed with what can only be described as “a rapid-fire grenade launcher” in the form of a Bolter.
Basically, these are your normal troops for Space Marines. Terminators are space marines in bigger armor that allows them to take more punishment. Dreadnoughts are space marines who have been wounded badly in battle and been incarcerated into a walking metal juggernaut of death and fire that are even bigger than terminators. A captain is your army’s commander, a space marine whose deeds have seen him promoted to the best of the best. A chaplain is another leader, a war preist who inspires his fellow warriors to achieve victory at any cost. Quite the sizable army in a such simple boxset.
For more information on Warhammer, we recommend Games Workshop’s magazine “White Dwarf”.