The Horus Heresy: Burning Of Prospero Review Part 1
Over the last year, Games Workshop (GW) have been producing a range of different boxed games and their latest offering is the boxed game, The Horus Heresy: Burning Of Prospero.
Set around the invasion of Prospero, primarily by the forces of the Space Wolf legions, the Sisters of Silence and the Adeptus Custodes. The box games pits two players against each other, with one player taking control of the forces of the Imperium and the other, the forces of the Thousand Sons legion in pitch running battles set in the burning cities of Prospero.
Whats inside a Horus Heresy: Burning Of Prospero box?
With a RRP of £95 it puts itself at the higher end of board games spectrum that GW has produced. Interestingly, it’s price is the same as Games Workshop’s first Hours Heresy offering, The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth which is still available to buy on Games Workshop’s store, more on that later. As the price of both box sets are the same, we will be able to use Betrayal at Calth as a benchmark to help judge the context of the Burning of Prospero.
The Horus Heresy: Burning of Prospero box contains the following:
- Ahzek Ahriman
- Geigor Gell-Hand
- 5 Tartaros Terminators
- 30 Legion Veterans
- 5 Custodian Guard
- 5 Sisters of Silence
- 16 page background book
- 32 page rulebook
- 5 double sided board tiles representing the buildings of Prospero
- 15 Psychic power cards
- 36 Warp energy and Willpower cards
- Assorted counters
- 24 dice
Like the Betrayal of Calth, the space marines can be built and painted to represent any army in the 30k or 40k game system, they are also compatible with Forge World (FW) kits and the Mark 3 marines are compatible with the complete space marine range from GW. The Custodian Guards and Sisters of Silence can be painted however you like, to field along side most armies. Also, as always, there’s no harm in converting them to have fallen to chaos.
Comparing the contents of burning of Prospero with the Betrayal of Calth box set, both box sets provide two heroes, thirty marines and five terminators, the difference being we’re given the five Custodian Guard and five Sisters of Silence over the Contemptor dreadnought. This I feel is a fair trade off, the inclusion of the first plastic “sister” models can be seen as a proof that Games Workshop can produce plastic models along the Sister theme, meaning that we may just see plastic sisters of battle in the near future.
Uses outside of the boxed game
Like the models from the Betrayal of Calth boxed set, GW are more than likely to provide rules for the models to be used in the 30k and 40k game system. Rumours has it that the rules for use in 40k will be available as a free download from GW’s website on launch and the rules for use in 30k will be include in November’s copy of White Dwarf. Also, a few months after the release of the Betrayal of Calth box set, GW released each of the units individually in their own boxes, this is something I can’t see GW passing up on for the units from the Burning of Prospero. So, if you’re wanting a certain unit or single model from the boxed set, you should not have long left to wait before you are able to buy each unit box fresh from your local store.
If you are looking to start a marine army for 30k or use in 40k then this can be a great starting point as the marine contents is worth the sticker price alone. The force can also make a great addition to your existing force. Like in Betrayal of Calth, the marine kits are fully compatible with the space marine range and the legion range from Forge World. The addition of the Sisters of Silence and Custodian Guards should also appeal to most players.
The only downside I find is that unlike the heroes from the Betrayal of Calth boxed set, who can be used in any army, the heroes from Burning of Prospero are chapter specific and thus limiting which armies they will fit into well.
Community Question: I’m torn on how I should paint the marines as well as what game system to use them for. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Please drop me a comment below with what your thinking.
Next week, I’ll review Burning of Prospero as as board game, covering the missions and the feel of the product as a boxed board game.
Until next time, thanks for reading.