“The ethics of booklearning and scholarship I leave to the savants. But for what it’s worth, I would have burned it without a second thought.”
Captain Cynewold, of the Death Watch (on The Necroteuch affair)
In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war. And they shall know no fear. Meanwhile in Nottingham, somebody is afraid, lost the plot, or trading for short term financial reward at the expense of the far future.
If you don’t like a contrarian opinion, are easily upset, or think one should not care deeply about a made up universe – you probably would not read any of our posts – but if you do usually. STOP. This is the bare honest truth expressed with Fenrysian bluntness.
For 15 years I’ve been building different degrees of Space Marines scaled to match the storyline, the art and the imagination. Dreaming of the inevitable day when Games Workshop delivers. When Jes says fuck it, and sculpts us the Marines we deserve, we imagine and we love.
That day has arrived. We finally have Space Marines at 28mm.
And the story line has been butchered. Principles have been ignored. A mistake of mistakes has been made.
We will now need our imagination not to build warrior gods, but to imagine an alternative storyline. A storyline that was the heart of Warhammer 40000 until the Primaris Marines arrived to make mockery of it.
Lets have the official FAQ explain how illogical, distasteful and distorted this all is.
Wait, Mk X armour?
Yup, these guys have new armour: combining the best bits of classic Horus Heresy-era plate, with some fancy tech developed more recently.
Can I field a whole army of Primaris Marines?
You totally can. From a background point of view, some Chapters, especially those decimated in the events of the Gathering Storm, now have entire companies of these new warriors. Others have incorporated squads of Primaris Space Marines into existing Battle Companies. And perhaps most excitingly, Guilliman has founded some entirely new Chapters out of these new Space Marines.
I have an <insert favourite Chapter> army. Can I field Primaris Space Marines?
Any of the galaxy’s many hundreds of Codex Chapters can use Primaris Space Marines, along with many of the less Codex-compliant ones like Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Space Wolves.
Are all my current Space Marine miniatures redundant now?
No way! Primaris Space Marines do not replace regular (if a superhuman killing machine can be described as ‘regular’) Space Marines. These guys have a few extra genetic enhancements, thanks to Belisarius Cawl, and serve as additional reinforcements in the Adeptus Astartes arsenal, not replacements.
So to summarize, Warhammer 40000 now has “fancy new tech”, warrior gods have little brethren who are a head taller and better in every axis, but these are also not a replacement of the now inferior product, and Fenrys has accepted Ultramar and Mars Heresy with open arms.
The Hell has frozen.
Now. Warhammer 40000 has Daemons in it. How much fucking bandwidth does one want to spend upset about made up shit. If you care about the hobby – you do. Remove Jes from the equation, odds are the new miniatures may well have been as distasteful as the story line. At least we now have a modern edition of so deeply unique GW aesthetic Space Marine.
It’s also not often the first compromise that gets you. But the second and third one you suddenly contemplate since you made the first one. Things You’d never have entertained without making the first one. This isn’t compromise, this is stupidity, so expect the unraveling of the ethos.
The next version of this art work will have a few rows of guys a head taller and twice as bad ass added.
While we celebrate Jes’ new Space Marines, the proportions, detail, crispness, sense of movement, lack of embellishments, Chaos gets ill proportioned, instantly old looking on release Plague Marines… Imagine if the Primaris Marines were the new Space Marines and the Plague Marines were built from them, with 10000years of disease and death added…
So what now?
- Embrace the models and build your own story.
- Find 300 million to buy GW, make it private again, clear the board, rebuild culture
- Fenrys Hjolda!!
As the only immediate therapy, I’ve decided to build a full Legion army around the Pilgrym cell using the new Space Marines as a starting point for the Astartes continent of the force.
Maybe we can imagine a story line as much stronger and truer to the universe as the Alpharius model was of the current shipping Space Marines.
That’s what Iron Sleet was founded for. Reimagine, Celebrate, Honor the Legendary Grim Darkness of Far Future.