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Here is a brain teaser for my fellow followers of Chaos.
I have been a long time collector and painter and I really don't play much but I do read a lot of the books from BL and anything else I can get my hands on for background. Recently though I have been wanting to field an army to play against a friend here at work.
Quick Background: I collect and paint based off whatever I feel like doing at the time I have a decent size range of Chaos but they do not really fit together fluff wise. For example I have units for Death Guard, Night Lords, World Eaters, Emperor's Children and the Alpha Legion. (In case you haven't guessed I love the FF legions). I will say I do have more Death Guard stuff than anything else.
So my challenge is this I want to use what I have to put together an army (not looking for a list) and still make it viable fluff wise (difficult at best I understand). I also do not want to go the Black Legion route.
Thanks ahead of time for the help
Well a simple solution might be to set the battles during the Horus Heresy where the Legions were united in a far stronger way than they are in the 41st Millennium.
Of course those Legions weren't always fighting on the same fronts which might be a problem.
Or of course have them fighting during the 13th crusade.
Suppose the Night Lords are arms dealers, eager to capture and resell loot of all sorts. They hire the Alpha Legion to go in and do the reconnaissance, then invite cult troops along for the actual attacks. Noise Marines would do it for combat drugs and new enemies, World Eaters need to up their body count (details aren't important), Alpha Legion gets to try their mettle against all sorts of hard targets, Death Guard can despoil whatever the raids leave behind and the Night Lords organize it all for profit (and send some men along to the fight to 'represent their interests'). It would be an interesting warband...simple in theory but with complicated politics and competing interests in practice. That's probably why Tzzentch wasn't invited; his minions would keep playing with the internal vendettas instead of getting the job done.
You could get quite a few stories out of such a mottled group. Think "Ocean's 11" with chants of "Maim! Kill! Burn! Maim! Kill! Burn!"
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
back when the death guard were known to fight with the night lords ( death guard to were them down night lords to break them) also fulgrim was one of night hauters best friends. umm connecting the other too are hard angron and mortarian both disliked magic. and i guess night lords and alpha legion could operate together cause of there smialer tactics
Here's the best solution:
if you read the background in the Warhammer 40k 5th Ed. Rulebook, you will find a story on how the Red Corsairs invaded a Space Marine Chapter to steal their geneseed.
Basically, Huron Blackheart used elements from the Night Lords, who agreed via way of a pact, to infiltrate the facility to shut down the shields. The rest of the warband then teleported in and easily won.
I imagine that the Red Corsairs would use specialists from other legions and indeed from within their own legion to achieve similar objectives.
I think the problem is that one or two legions fighting together is fairly common (or rather not unlikely) but getting all these different marine factions to work together is a bit harder.
Emperors Children and World Eaters hate each other for example.
I would like to thank everyone for their input. It seems that going the black crusade route would be a good choice. Do you guys think that fielding Abaddon maybe even with a black legion terminator honor guard would give a little bit of more credibility to my army? The main drawback obviously he is costly. As before I know I mentioned I didn't want to go too much down the Black legion road but I am willing to make some concessions for the sake of keeping with the fluff.
I was thinking maybe he assembled a force like this for a very specific task. A task that required the talents of the most skilled warriors these legions could offer. In exchange Abaddon has promised them fair shares of the spoils.
I would still field all units with their legions colors and markings. From my readings it wouldn't be totally out f place for Abaddon to do something like this.
I agree with Intrepid. If you have a chaos lord who is powerful, and chaismatic/intimidating enough you could have all sorts of Chaos marines flocking to his/her banner. Look in the apocalypse rulebook and you'll get some idea. Warmaster Davroth is a Word Bearer, and he has troops from a whole lot of different warbands fighting for him. There are a lot of internal politics going on, so you can use these to expand the fluff all the more.
Best of luck, Revan_101, lord of the Crimson Eagles warband. In his dreams!!!