This post will be only in regards to aesthetic, as I'm sure many, many others have detailed lore and rules (if there are any decent copies floating around?), besides, I'm a kitbasher, and in the grim dark future there's only fashion... Also, seeing as I'm in the middle of a million projects and have nothing major to showcase yet, I may as well get some new content up to keep the blog relevant!
RIGHT! Here we go: taking imagery from the Warhammer community, and presenting them in the order they appear, let's first have a look at the intercessor squad, and the primarine as a whole.
Okay, they're closest thing to TS than we've had so far, and I suppose it's the Imperial answer to the scale creep that the forces of Chaos have been experiencing. These chaps appear to suffer a bit from T-rex syndrome, but what looked (to me at least) like slightly-too-short arms is actually more realistic proportioning, and that's nice!
Thumbs up for proportioning.
...But unfortunately, I think that's all the nice things I've got to say... The suit itself is pretty self-explanatory, taking elements from all the previous marks that worked over the ages-- I'm led to believe that MK IV was the best of it's kind before Mk VIII, so the helmet was an obvious choice.
You know, this mark X business is a bit shifty... what happened to nine? Are we perhaps going to get an Aliens 4 scenario, with Mk IX being some tragic mess, or is that the mark of the Grey Knights? Never mind, I'm not supposed to talk lore-- CONGLOMERATED and WASHED OUT! That's the suit's main problem! I've finally found the words!
What drew me to 40K so long ago was it's style. Gothic tradition taking preference over and above practicality, huge slabs of armour being used instead of thin and actually effective plates; I really liked the dystopian mess of it all. Bear that in mind when regarding my bias, thankee ;)
Not only is this a mix, a crossbreed (or what folks in the pet industry call "an Oops") of every set of power armour in Imperial knowledge-- just about-- I'd like to know how many people worked on this model's design. Primaris armour doesn't possess enough style of it's own to be stand-out enough in my opinion.
Let me see... One example I can bring up would be Smaug the
Have I managed to explain myself? I'm probably wasting my time-- hell, someone's going to tell me later that Jes Goodwin designed the primaris suit alone, and I'll have to go sacrifice myself to the first flame!
Also, not really feeling the longer bolters. A bolt is a miniature missile, and the redundancy of longer barrels (though I know they exist, stalker patterns etc) gave the boltgun it's signature feature; stubby and blocky. I like that! These new guns look like the sort you pick up of AI enemies in an FPS. Again, too bland for my books.
Well Throne, that was a paragraph and a half. Let's have a look at the hellblaster squad, or more to the point, the Tau flamers they're carrying.
BR85HB/M41A carry handle on the top. Sadly, it's just another thing in their appearance that counts towards my not liking them.
Now, let's have a look at those Interceptors, shall we?
Oh WOW, but did they ever take a turn for the better! A perfect blend of sci-fi and classical germanic plate armour, greatswords and all. The huge storm bolters are pretty cool too, evoking classic elements like Pedro Kantor's weapon and the Gauntlets of Ultramar. I can see myself taking inspiration from the Soul of Cinder for a small Interceptor force, and it'd look amazing I'm sure.
You know what? I think I've changed my mind about the primarines; they're actually...
I'm sorry, these are...?
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I'M LOOKING AT THE WRONG UNIT
Come on, who'd want to wear something like that into a desperate battle against your fallen brethren? Why do the guns have little shields? Why are the jets growing out of their heads? Why do they need little pneumatic ice skates? WHYDOTHEYNEEDLITTLEPNEUMATICICESKATES--
Okay-- okay, I need to calm down. I'm not a nerd, I'm not allowed to nerd rage. What's next? A lieutenant?
Ah, and HERE's a fine example of my second biggest gripe concerning the primarine kits. So they're supposed to be the best there is, right? Super cutting-edge technology and effective weaponry and all those gubbins-- so why would he feel a power sword would be necessary?
There was a reason classic Astartes carried swords, and it wasn't because they were effective.
Swords are really only of any importance-- in the 41st millenium, at least-- in symbolic terms, as evokers of past heroism and conquest, to be passed down from master to disciple. The golden sword of 4th captain Idaeus, the ten Black swords of the Templars, the Four Heavenfall blades of the 1st legion, those few examples are all ancient weapons, borne into battle, more as icons than effective weaponry.
Here we have a space man who had a sword slapped into his hand and was told to cut things with it. When they did this in Destiny, somehow they made it work. Here they didn't.
Never mind, the primaris "ancient" is next.
Again, why!? A banner, really? Efficiency and technology and an embroidered banner? It just doesn't fit. I mentioned something similar in my rambling thoughts post concerning the Cult Admech book, that the once-seamlessly fitting aspects of tradition and almost pagan religion feel tacked-on and redundant. Why would primarines need standards? Or reliquaries? Or even purity seals, a staple-- omni-staple, in fact-- of classic 40K?
Funny thing is, if you want me to tear the new plague marines to bits, you'll be disappointed. I love them! They're closer to the old skool Nurgle art than we've ever had, and I'm going to wait until these chaps are available as their own unit before beginning an army of pestilence!
And that bottom left fellow, remember that helmet design? Kind of, you know, like a reversed SM helmet with a shoulder pad behind it? That is the BEST homage ever!
... So now the problem is, there's nothing left to rage at, so I might have to stop there. Hope you managed to glean a bit of insight to my mind. Hee hee, my biased and steeped-in-the-past mind that cannot accept change. What do you think then? Do you agree with any of my arguments, and to what extent? I'd love to hear your thoughts, and again, feel free to roast my opinions too!
So yeah. June 18th. Bye bye for now.