Thorn Moons Crusade, 19th Moon: Unexpected allies

“The Imperium is a weak old man, ready and waiting to be broken apart by his vengeful sons.” – Lufgt Huron, The Tyrant of Badab


On Lintear, 7th Moon, Thurisaz, Thornweaver, one of the most wise Elder Ones had been safeguarding an old Crataegian secret for aeons. Thurisaz now lay defeated on the Northern slopes of Tor Delwrath. The Space Wolves had been victorious and the moon, with all its boreal and bio-mechanical beauty, had been burned to ashes as the grey Gods of War had left hastily for Gheal, 3rd Moon. Apparently Gheal held the key to the Daerwynne Palimpsest and the precise location of Daerwynne, 1st Moon, Library Moon, itself.

Realising that critical information were now in the hands of the enemy the Crataegus Legionaires and prominent Green Mechanicvm were on route to Gheal, 3rd Moon, to aid against the further onslaught of the Vlka Fenryka and the Imperial forces to make sure that the Viridis Clavem, the key to the Daerwynne Palimpsest held deep in the core of the boreal moon, did not fall into the hands of the enemies.


Closing in on Gheal parts of the Crataegus fleet was intercepted by a band of Red Corsairs on Carpinus IV, 19th moon – one of the defence moons in the Gheal moon system. Their apparent goal was to raid the Green Mechanicvm during their efforts to get to Gheal in time but they had a more sinister intention to rediscover a long lost artifact rumored to be located on one of the moons in the Gheal moon system.

X marks the moon!
The Red Corsairs prepare a surprise attack on the Green Mechanicvm on the surface of the red defence moon Carpinus IV.
The Hounds advance under the cover of Carpinus IV and the might of the Red Corsairs.

The first encounter was fierce and the Red Corsairs, led by Ragal Gair, Champion of the Fleet and the towering Cristos Savacius, Weapon Master, Dreadnought – Murderer of the Prophets, Butcher of Ere’gaz, made a deep cut in the boreal court of the Green Kyngge.

But assisted by Sverre Arrheniusse and a handful of Elder Ones led by Othalanga, Cerberin Brier, Lord of Venenare, 34th Moon, the Green Kyngge and his Satyrian Court were able to push back the Blood Red Tide and during a cataclysmic duel between the Green Kyngge and Cristos Savacus fought out partly in the real world on Carpinus IV and partly in the Aether enemies became allies!

Ragal Gair, Champion of the Fleet, coming to the aid of his Weapon Master almost taking out the Green Kyngge who managed to disappear into the Aether
The cataclysmic duel had been to no avail. The Green Kyngge had escaped, Cristos Savacius had been mortally wounded and the combined might of the Crataegus Legion turned out to be too big for the Red Corsairs.
The amount of blood spilled on Carpinus IV turned the surface of the defence moon more red…
Arch Magos Biologis Sverre Arrheniusse and the combined might of his psychic powers and close combat abilities of the Dryatide make a deep cut in the Red Corsairs.


In a turn of events, rather than defeating the Red Corsairs on the charred surface of Carpinus IV, the Crataegus Legion used the combined psychic might of the Elder Ones and the Green Mechanicvm to pursuade the Heretic Astartes to aid them in the defence of the Thorn Moons in return of a new strong allegiance between renegade Astartes – and riches beyond belief!

The Red Corsairs and Crataegus Legion cut a bargain – turning enemies into allies!

That same night, in the dark winter skies of Carpinus IV, a combined red and green fleet of renegades was seen leaving towards Gheal, 3rd Moon, Gate Moon!

All games were fought using the new 8th edition with its mightily improved rules and game flow, which allow for quick and entertaining fights!



On a pilgrimage into the weathered worlds of Warhammer 40K. Exploring texture, narrative and atmosphere in miniature form.

5 thoughts on “Thorn Moons Crusade, 19th Moon: Unexpected allies

  1. Very nice written post! I really enjoy your style of a story driven battle report with those great additional pictures.
    Would love to read a lot more of them. 😉

    Keep on the great work and best regards!

    Before I forget, that board is an absolutly beautiful eyecatcher!

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  2. This campaign just keeps giving. 😊 Happy to read some more about it and see your gorgeous figures from it again and feel inspired about it.

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