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Didn't know where to put this but here it is.

Here is a link to all 40 k factions, http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Factions.

For myself I've always been a chaos space marine fanboy. Thousand sons, word bearers and death guard being my favourite chaos warbands. My second favourite would be probably the old necrons before their lore got changed.

How about you?
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So, GrandMasterTime, you're a heretic then? That is quite unfortunate.

Because as you might have already surmised from my avatar, my favourite faction is the Blood Angels. A first founding Space Marine chapter that prides itself on absolute loyalty to the God Emperor of Mankind above all else.

For the Emperor and Sanguinius! Death! Death!
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Didn't know where to put this but here it is.


I think it belongs in Gaming, so I've moved it here.

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So, GrandMasterTime, you're a heretic then? That is quite unfortunate.

Because as you might have already surmised from my avatar, my favourite faction is the Blood Angels. A first founding Space Marine chapter that prides itself on absolute loyalty to the God Emperor of Mankind above all else.

For the Emperor and Sanguinius! Death! Death!


Yes though and through, death to the false emperor loyalist scum ;)

I do like the blood angels primarch though.
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Yes though and through, death to the false emperor loyalist scum ;)

I do like the blood angels primarch though.

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lol this is mildly disturbing.
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^ :lol:, but yeah I'm an Ork player.

Of course like most people I started off play Space Marines, but I just hated them aesthetically which is why I went "Ork". I've dabbled in a few other factions as well and I ended up picking Tau and Necrons as my side armies.

But my favorite thing about Orks is the conversion/modding is pretty much free range and its ok if it looks stupid / outrageous.
Sure I didn't need to glue on 8 Baneblade cannons onto my Battlewagon, but it looks cool and more dakka is always better.

But in Warhammer Fantasy, my main army/faction is Skaven; with Orcs and Tomb Kings / Vampire Counts as my side armies.
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Of course like most people I started off play Space Marines, but I just hated them aesthetically which is why I went "Ork". I've dabbled in a few other factions as well and I ended up picking Tau and Necrons as my side armies.

You should know that there's more than one aesthetic to the Space Marines. Certainly, while the Ultramarines aesthetic is fittingly the Codex design, the creative flourishes of individual chapters are incredibly diverse. The Space Wolves have a strong Celtic and Viking Influence. The Iron Hands incorporate a large amount of visible cybernetics into their bodies and power armour. The Dark Angels often wear the hooded robes of a monastic order. While my chapter, the Blood Angels, is renowned for its highly ornate armour and weaponry. As such the Blood Angels have always been my only army, which has become an extensive collection, going from 3rd Edition all the way to today.
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CKD-Anime wrote:

Of course like most people I started off play Space Marines, but I just hated them aesthetically which is why I went "Ork". I've dabbled in a few other factions as well and I ended up picking Tau and Necrons as my side armies.

You should know that there's more than one aesthetic to the Space Marines. Certainly, while the Ultramarines aesthetic is fittingly the Codex design, the creative flourishes of individual chapters are incredibly diverse. The Space Wolves have a strong Celtic and Viking Influence. The Iron Hands incorporate a large amount of visible cybernetics into their bodies and power armour. The Dark Angels often wear the hooded robes of a monastic order. While my chapter, the Blood Angels, is renowned for its highly ornate armour and weaponry. As such the Blood Angels have always been my only army, which has become an extensive collection, going from 3rd Edition all the way to today.
I've been playing for over a decade, I know about the different Chapters. I'm talking more about painting / displaying aesthetics. I started with SM because I was told they were more of a "beginners faction" and add in my lack of knowledge of WH40k at the time (and miniature wargaming as well), I didn't really look at the other armies. But once I started painting and building my army I ended up not really liking how they looked. Mostly things with the power armor, scaling, pose, and the lack of other colors besides the Chapter's main color (the Orkz are called the "green tide" but the Salamanders easily beat them at being green); on a small scale (just a few units) its not so bad but the army as a whole I just didn't like having them on my shelf. Its mostly a uniform vs un-uniform army thing for me (this case being Space Marines vs Orkz).

If it weren't for the fact that I have a rule not to buy miniatures outside of my factions (for 40K / Age of Sigmar),
-looks through the Blood Angels catalogue-
, I'd buy the Death Company Dreadnought, Lemartes, and maybe a squad from Death Company just to round it out so it looks like a small strike force.
edit: ^Which would look cool for a diorama.
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I've been playing for over a decade, I know about the different Chapters. I'm talking more about painting / displaying aesthetics. I started with SM because I was told they were more of a "beginners faction" and add in my lack of knowledge of WH40k at the time (and miniature wargaming as well), I didn't really look at the other armies. But once I started painting and building my army I ended up not really liking how they looked. Mostly things with the power armor, scaling, pose, and the lack of other colors besides the Chapter's main color (the Orkz are called the "green tide" but the Salamanders easily beat them at being green); on a small scale (just a few units) its not so bad but the army as a whole I just didn't like having them on my shelf. Its mostly a uniform vs un-uniform army thing for me (this case being Space Marines vs Orkz).

If it weren't for the fact that I have a rule not to buy miniatures outside of my factions (for 40K / Age of Sigmar),
-looks through the Blood Angels catalogue-
, I'd buy the Death Company Dreadnought, Lemartes, and maybe a squad from Death Company just to round it out so it looks like a small strike force.
edit: ^Which would look cool for a diorama.

The great strength of the Space Marine aesthetic is with an endless array of unique chapters can be created with just two or three main colours and a distinctive insignia. So that even at a glance anyone familiar with the 40K universe can quickly recognise an individual Space Marine army and indeed the general history of that chapter just by looking at the paint scheme. Furthermore, the design of the Space Marine model kits allows parts from each kit to be compatible with every other kit. Thus, by mixing and matching parts from a variety of kits, every Space Marine in a person's collection can be unique. These hallmarks of aesthetic and design have 40K's Space Marines one of the most iconic images in all of science fiction.

In particular, the Blood Angels are also known for using a diverse colour scheme, more so then most other Space Marines. Which is a trait shared by the Blood Angels and all successors chapters, with the exception of the Flesh Tearers. For example, different squad types are distinguished by coloured helmets: Tactical Squads wear red helmets, Assault Squads wear yellow helmets, Devastator Squads wear blue helmets and Veteran Squads wear gold helmets. Additionally, special groups in the Blood Angels also have distinctive armour. The Sanguinary Priests (Blood Angel Apothecaries) often wear white armour and red robes. The Sanguinary Guard wear baroque gold armour with ornate wings on their jump packs. While those inducted into the Death Company have their armour painted black and marked with red crosses to symbolise the wounds of Sanguinius.
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The great strength of the Space Marine aesthetic is with an endless array of unique chapters can be created with just two or three main colours and a distinctive insignia. So that even at a glance anyone familiar with the 40K universe can quickly recognise an individual Space Marine army and indeed the general history of that chapter just by looking at the paint scheme. Furthermore, the design of the Space Marine model kits allows parts from each kit to be compatible with every other kit. Thus, by mixing and matching parts from a variety of kits, every Space Marine in a person's collection can be unique. These hallmarks of aesthetic and design have 40K's Space Marines one of the most iconic images in all of science fiction.
This is pretty much true for most GW products (and miniature wargaming in general) is the personalization of your armies. I of course tried to fix the things I didn't like, got rid of the backpacks, tried to fix the standing around pose but it was to expensive for my blood just to buy a certain set of arms, changed the color scheme a couple times (Crimson Fists, Black Templars,...) but when I looked at my painted army the color scheme just tends to overwhelm everything (granted the darker colored chapters, like the two I listed, look much better). What I mostly like out of the SM/CSM lines are some of the characters/special units that have alot of detail and are very ornate, but the rank and file units are just too plain for me. I kept all of the characters and some of the special units (since I spent alot of time painting them), but I ended up selling the bulk of my SM army (which where painted as Iron Warriors ). With the SM vehicles being captured by the Orkz and then Ork-ified with tons of dakka and painted Evil Sunz red so they go faster.

There is always stuff I like / don't like in each army. I usually make a pro/con list of what faction to start so I don't end up in buyer's remorse (like I was for SM, but I'm grateful for it since it taught me a lesson in terms of faction buying).
Take my main army, I don't like the Meganobz (except for the Big Mek version which I love), the Mek Gunz only look good on my vehicles (or in the hands of an Ork), and the Gretchin (but I never use them anyways). But I love the other 95% of my army.


In particular, the Blood Angels are also known for using a diverse colour scheme, more so then most other Space Marines. Which is a trait shared by the Blood Angels and all successors chapters, with the exception of the Flesh Tearers. For example, different squad types are distinguished by coloured helmets: Tactical Squads wear red helmets, Assault Squads wear yellow helmets, Devastator Squads wear blue helmets and Veteran Squads wear gold helmets. Additionally, special groups in the Blood Angels also have distinctive armour. The Sanguinary Priests (Blood Angel Apothecaries) often wear white armour and red robes. The Sanguinary Guard wear baroque gold armour with ornate wings on their jump packs. While those inducted into the Death Company have their armour painted black and marked with red crosses to symbolise the wounds of Sanguinius.
I've read the Blood Angels Codex (5th edition).

And just to show off one on my Ork Boyz

sorry for the poor lighting
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This is pretty much true for most GW products (and miniature wargaming in general) is the personalization of your armies. I of course tried to fix the things I didn't like, got rid of the backpacks, tried to fix the standing around pose but it was to expensive for my blood just to buy a certain set of arms, changed the color scheme a couple times (Crimson Fists, Black Templars,...) but when I looked at my painted army the color scheme just tends to overwhelm everything (granted the darker colored chapters, like the two I listed, look much better). What I mostly like out of the SM/CSM lines are some of the characters/special units that have alot of detail and are very ornate, but the rank and file units are just too plain for me. I kept all of the characters and some of the special units (since I spent alot of time painting them), but I ended up selling the bulk of my SM army (which where painted as Iron Warriors ). With the SM vehicles being captured by the Orkz and then Ork-ified with tons of dakka and painted Evil Sunz red so they go faster.

There is always stuff I like / don't like in each army. I usually make a pro/con list of what faction to start so I don't end up in buyer's remorse (like I was for SM, but I'm grateful for it since it taught me a lesson in terms of faction buying).
Take my main army, I don't like the Meganobz (except for the Big Mek version which I love), the Mek Gunz only look good on my vehicles (or in the hands of an Ork), and the Gretchin (but I never use them anyways). But I love the other 95% of my army.

You don't get rid of the back packs, that's an essential part of the Space Marine power armour in all its variants. Speaking of variants, as I'm sure you're aware there are different kinds of power armour with the MK VII being the most common. Even so, there are subtle difference between each variant that if you know that to look for you can identify which parts of a Space Marine's armour originates from a particular armour variant. Because it's all about the subtle details, even little things like a Space Marine with MK III grieves or a MK VI helmet help to distinguish themselves as a unique individual within their squad and the entire army.

Games Workshop has always sought to provide a greater level of customisation for those who want to add a great level of detail to their Space Marine models. In the old days, back in 3rd Edition, the best way to do this was by buying special pewter models; which had limited customisation but offered a much higher level of detail than any plastic kit being made at the time. However, technological advancement has greatly improved what can be achieved with plastic kits. So that today even a standard Space Marine Tactical Squad box offers a greater level and far more customisation then what was ever possible in 3rd edition. Of course, if anyone wants to go even further (and money is no object) there's always the high end resin kits and models created by Forge World, which are designed to be 100% compatible with the rest of Games Workshops Space Marine range.
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You don't get rid of the back packs, that's an essential part of the Space Marine power armour in all its variants.
Meant to change my post but actually I just cut off those vent ball things. Which I preferred since it slimmed down the minis.


Speaking of variants, as I'm sure you're aware there are different kinds of power armour with the MK VII being the most common. Even so, there are subtle difference between each variant that if you know that to look for you can identify which parts of a Space Marine's armour originates from a particular armour variant. Because it's all about the subtle details, even little things like a Space Marine with MK III grieves or a MK VI helmet help to distinguish themselves as a unique individual within their squad and the entire army.
eh, maybe its too subtle for me then, which is why I went Ork (who do not know of the word).


Games Workshop has always sought to provide a greater level of customisation for those who want to add a great level of detail to their Space Marine models. In the old days, back in 3rd Edition, the best way to do this was by buying special pewter models; which had limited customisation but offered a much higher level of detail than any plastic kit being made at the time. However, technological advancement has greatly improved what can be achieved with plastic kits. So that today even a standard Space Marine Tactical Squad box offers a greater level and far more customisation then what was ever possible in 3rd edition. Of course, if anyone wants to go even further (and money is no object) there's always the high end resin kits and models created by Forge World, which are designed to be 100% compatible with the rest of Games Workshops Space Marine range.
Thanks for the refresher. But as an Ork player, the whole GW line is my garden (plus bits from other companies). Since I can pretty much Ork-ify anything. Take a headless SM, green putty, and an Ork head, and now you got yourself a powered armored Ork. Maybe replace the arms with Ork arms but keep the shoulder pads. And of course I've taken alot of stuff from Age of Sigmar (Fantasy) and incorporated it into my army. Which is why I love Orkz, since its pretty much unlimited customization.

Talking about pewter/plastic, like you said there is alot of customisation with plastic kits but poses tend to be very static (with almost all of the dynamic poses being characters). Given that the majority of the Orkz have melee weapons, it gives the army the illusion of that the army is moving forward to attack, even with the static half squat leg pose. The SM poses are a bit too stiff for my liking because the rank and file guys are mostly shooting, the generic bolter tac marine for example,they suffer from the same static leg pose as my Orkz; they all have the kinda same "holding weapon with two hands" some are just higher than others; and with the direction of their heads only give you three poses (left, center, and right). Granted my Shoota Boyz only really have two poses (two handed, one handed ; so I painted them as Bad Moonz so they really stick out because of the yellow color scheme). The static leg pose really affects alot of the 40k armies now that I think about it.

The opposite would be Infinity the Game (a skirmish style game with 10 minis being the average size army), because they still use pewter they lack in customization but they really nail it with the poses.
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Necrons all the way. Only played the tabletop game for a few days before I ran out of money so don't quiz me on it at all. Just remember liking them. Watching the world burn.
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