It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor of Mankind has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the Carrion Lord of the vast Imperium of Man for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day so that He may never truly die.
Yet even in His deathless state, the Emperor continues His eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. For all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat to humanity from aliens, heretics, mutants — and far, far worse.
To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times.
Yes, we are bringing back the Invitational.
Over two and a half years ago we asked some of you to come up with a group of three miniatures on different base sizes. This year we are finally revisiting what is without a doubt one of the best moments of Iron Sleet. And this time it’s open for all.
Regiments of the Thorn Moons
Study humanity in the eternal war – the imperial guard and its many regiments sent to bring the moons to compliance, their rogue brethren set to burn all, the Thorn Moons twists in their corrupted millions and Green Mechanicvm and their planetary defense skitarii in desperate defense of their realms, the human foot soldiers of the inquisition in their esoteric glory…
Build and paint five human sized models that beautifully and fittingly describe the humble human in the galactic war and show of your original ideas and understanding of the Warhammer 40000 universe.
Story is king.
What is the Thorn Moons Crusade?
A year long narrative wargaming campaign and world building project set in the Warhammer 40000 Universe with the following principles:
- story is king
- miniature art is gravity
- spirit of the game is key
- Warhammer 40k 8th edition rules are the mechanical framework
The storyline is built around the genius of FPOA a.k.a Stefan, who’s Green Mechanicvm for Pilgrym faction inspired the whole endeavor. The idea is to take Pilgrym level miniature and terrain building to a new Army level scale and have a bunch more events and games culminating to a campaign weekend finale in California, summer of 2018.
In short, the Thorn Moons are a secluded region in the Crataegus Fragmentum, an area that has been cut off from the Imperium of Man for ten millenia. A route from Terra was only recently discovered, and still passage is uncertain and can take anywhere from a few months to decades. The Moons themselves are a cluster of over a hundred astronomical bodies, orbiting an incalculable center of gravity. Whatever caused the Thorn Moons to be rediscovered now, can only be guessed at.
How do I take part?
Start imagining now!
We will asking you to submit black and white work-in-progress pictures before the end of this month. These can anything from blu-tacked together to almost finished paintwork. These pictures help to show everyone your thinking, and also help us plan how to present everything.
The finished work is submitted before December 1st.
It should include three pictures of your beautifully painted Thorn Moons Regiments characters, and up to 200 words of background story.
In December we will have a beautiful gallery of unforeseen work to guide us into the new year, which we hope will illustrate a collective vision of what it means to be a human in the 41st millennium.