It's 9:35am in Winnipeg on September 18, 2012. Over the last hour or so, the Internet has been flooded with a few pictures of the new Chaos Space Marines kits coming out this October. I just wanted to throw out a few of my opinions on the subject because I have been waiting for this Codex and these new minis since the day the last piece of shit Codex came out. There are two things that I have been anticipating like crazy over the last couple years: new Chaos, and the return of the Winnipeg Jets. I got my Jets, now finally I am getting my Chaos.
So, let's dig in...
Click on the images to see a larger version. Well, I have mixed feelings about these. My first thought was, "Dammit GW, what the fuck are you doing?" I then looked at them a couple of times and started to see what might be going through the heads of the GW design team...
First of all, this is a big step away from Space Marines, which is a good thing. To be honest, Chaos has never really been that much different on the table than Space Marines. The last Chaos Codex was a true testament to that statement and has been labelled "Codex Spiky Marines" since the day it came out. This new version of Chaos is the push towards something unique, but did they maybe push a little bit too hard?
I think Dark Vengeance was really a sneak peak at the Baroque style that Chaos is now taking on. The idea with the design seems to center around lots of sharp edges and a sickening amount of metallic trim. From this perspective, I love the new Chaos look. They made them more antique, but with a sinister "Warp" feeling to them.
My problem is this new push with Daemon Engines. To me, Daemon Engines are existing vehicles that have been taken over by the Warp. I think they did that perfectly with the new Helbrute model in Dark Vengeance. But this Forgefiend and Maulerfiend? Since when did Carnifexes start fucking Defilers and making baby Daemon Engines? I don't get it. Why the Dinobot look? I really don't see much of a daemon presence there, just a monster wearing armor. And the Helldrake sort of leaves me with the same feeling too, but not quite as bad. I am starting to like the Warp Talons quite a lot. Ya, I'm a Night Lords fanboy, but I think they got it perfect with those. They have that "pre heresy" look to them (jump packs), so they truly look like ancient Astartes that have been living in the Eye of Terror for 10,000 years. Good job with the Warp Talons GW!
I understand the need to have the Codex be something vastly different than Space Marines. Great idea to have a huge Warp presence in the design, and to make them tainted to the point that they are something completely new. They did that with the Warp Talons and the Warpsmith. I am buying those without a doubt. But these other Daemon Engines?... I dunno, maybe if they have some amazing rules.