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Before release of the most recent CSM Codex, I was a proud Alpha Legion player. I have 40 well-painted metal Cultists and enjoy nothing more than having the entirety of my vehicle-free army infiltrate.
Alas, I can't do that any more and I'm still a bit miffed about it. Up until two days ago, my CSMs have been sitting in their cases since the new Codex came out. I have missed them, though, which is why I got them out to play a few small matches with a friend who is new to the hobby (and still too terrified of my DE to play against them, probably with good reason).
After reading through is SM Codex (which was a blatant example of Ultra Fanboyism), I realized that it might be possible to make a somewhat reasonably proxy of my old Alpha Legion army using Scouts in place of Cultists and possibly using Shrike, so that I could have at least one of my infiltrating Raptor squads back.
So.. the question is, would using SM rules and Chaos models be too much of a stretch? From a modeling standpoint, I do have enough shoulder pads in my bits box to put them on my Cultists to bulk them out a little more, if that helps at all.
I'm posting this in the CSM forum as well, so that I can hear from both sides.
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I don't see why not however I do not know much about what cultists used to be, the only thing i'd pertsonally have issues with is if, say, they were armed with close combat weapons and laspistols rather than bolt pistols. As long as their armaments are the same and their armour looks similar to scout armour their is no problem. Shrike is also a good one for this and his chapter tactics better reflects your armies crazy fanatacism rather than the calculated aprouch reflected by combat tactics.
Overall it is definately do-able and it would seem like such a waste to leave a large metal army on the shelf like that.
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Alpha Legion can be fairly well represented in both Codex.
In CSM - Daemons are your Cultists and Chosen will be the infiltrators
In SM - Scouts are your Cultists and Shrikes squad are your infiltrators and everyone can fleet!
There is nothing Alpha Legion about an all infiltrating army. That was a poor way of representing the Legions tactics, but there is no fair way to represent them on the tabletop.
Alpha Legion are adaptable and every unit should be prepared for anything.
That means plenty of Tactical squads/CSM Squads with weapons like Missile Launcher.
Just be sure to stress to your opponent what everything is BEFORE he even agrees to play with you.
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I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
I'll be doing a similar thing, only a loyalist chapter infiltrated and taken over by the AL early in its life.
Cultists = Scouts is fine by ==Me==, but I'll be using Khan to make an outflanking army. I think it fits the Alpha Legion's style of asymmetrical and unpredictable fighting, keeping them as far from the smurfy example as possible.
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My view has always been, and will always be that so long as you've got a valid rule set and an army that's a reasonable match to the rules (equipment and such), you're good to go. Nobody else has any right to require more than that from your army.
Omegoku raises an important point there, too: always make sure the other guy knows what he's getting into ahead of time!