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I've been in this hobby for six or so years now, and since I fancy myself a bit of a writer, I've decided that it's high time for me to really delve into the world of 40k fluff. I was just wondering what the LO community deems a 'must have' for 40k fluff - be it a Black Library novel, a free online story (no need to recommend The Torturer's Tale - fantastic read), a rulebook, etc. If you consider it a 'must have' to really get into the fluff (or enjoy a good story), please post it in this thread so I can check it out over this next year or so.
If you could include titles, authors, and any other info (like a summary) you can think of, that'd be fantastic. Rep goes to anyone who posts some good stuff!
Thanks in advance!
I would suggest the Ciaphas Cain series. Thats probably some of the best 40K Imperial Guard fluff Ive read in a while. I would suggest starting from the begnning of the series too, or else you lose some of the details he flashes back too. Author: Sandy Mitchell
Another good book is the Eisenhorn series. A good set of Inquistion fluff you have there. Author: Dan Abnett
One of the good "guides" is the Imperial Infantrymans Uplifting Primer, if you can get past the spelling mistakes, its a good read. Ive actually starting quoting from it, I get a lot of odd looks too. I dont really know who the author is for this one, all it really says is the Imperial Munitorium, I dont think that will show up in any searches.
The Gaunts Ghosts series are fairly good too, as is Double Eagle, by the same writer, they tie into each other at certain points. Author: Dan Abnett
Lets see, thats six from the Cain series, three from Eisenhorn, twelve current and one coming from the Gaunts Ghosts series, and the Primer. Id say you have your work cut out for you.
The old 'Realms of Chaos' books
great detail about how the gods of Chaos arose and the nature of the warp. Some of the backgorund has been blurrd i nrecent years but still a good source book for inspiration
Hidden Fluff gem: Hints that the Black Legion may be able to direct the tyranid invasion.
Dark Heresy Rule Book
Excellent fluff on an entire Imperial Sector and its workings as well as how the Inquisition exactly works
Hidden Fluff Gem: The workings of an entire Inquisitorial cabal
'Legion' by Dan Abnett
Hidden Fluff Gem: Insight to Earth in the 31st millenium
the old 'Waaaagh The Orks' books
Hilarious older background on ork stuff (check out the multi-chart rules for madboyz in particular)
Hidden fluff gem: Ork genestealer cults
Last edited by Visitor Q; February 24th, 2009 at 12:21.
The Horus Heresy: Collected Visions is a really nice book.
Edit: I'll second Q on the Dark Heresy books. FFG even went as far as to put out the supplement release schedule in the form of Inquisition letters/paperwork, in a pdf.
Last edited by psichotykwyrm; February 24th, 2009 at 10:07.
"It takes a vast amount of self control to be this dangerous."
---Ogvai Ogvai Helmshrot, Jarl of Tra, VI Legion Astartes
I'd recommend all of Dan Abnetts books, especially Gaunt's ghosts.
Gaunt's ghosts are the most literary novels BL produces. Abnett is wrties a lot more intilligently than any other WH40k writer, his novels are full of ideas and cool concepts. A must read!
Storm of iron: not as good as abnetts stuff, but right decent all the same.
It's about an attack of Iron warriors on an imperial fortress. A bit too many characters but good reading all the same with some nice plot twists.
A lot of current and older Codexes are also brimming with information. Personally i love books and i'm somewhat of a collector of older codexes and armybooks. GW continually updates their codexes with new stories and rules, but they also always update the fluff in each book. For instance the current chaos space marine dex focuses much more on renegades after the great heresy, where as the previous one was all about the original traitors with little room left for later defectors.
Also, and this is gonna be hard to find: pick up the sabbat worlds background book.
One of my all time favourite books, a great read with great artwork. I myself am working on making something like this!
Perhaps we could work on a project like this together!
Sabbat Worlds campaign book is an excellent read!
Also all the Imperial armour books and particularly the Siege of Vraks and the Tarros Campaign book (3, 5 and 6 I belive).
These books are great because they detail how and why an Imperial campaign begins from begining to 'end' (some Imperial campaigns never really end)
You really start to get the Imperession of just how powerful the Imperium is but also that its bureaucracy is so stifling to its efficient running.
Eisenhorn trilogy would be my first recommendation along with the entire Horus Heresy series. (Fulgrim especially but maybe not Angels of Descent or Abyss but Im sure someone can recommend them)
Id also suggest the second book in the Ultramarine trilogy-the one featuring the tyranids.
All those would be based on personal choice however.
Currently play: 4000+ of Black Legion
The black lirary books i've read are:
Lord of the Night by Simon Spurrier
Grey Knight by Ben Counter
gaunt's ghosts 1-currently reading 8 by Dan Abnett
All good, i recomend buyint the saint and the founding, they're the gaunt's ghosts omnibuses(spelling?) containing books 1-7 togeather (1-3 in the founding, 4-7 in the saint).
The omnibuses sell at $10 CDN and the single books sell at $15 CDN each. Needless to say i have the omnibuses and a friend with the books that i'm now borrowing.
IG Best Gen 1st overall of 10 DE 4th overall of 6
Eldar 3rd Overall/Best General of 26--2nd Overall/Best General of 7--1st Overall/Best General of 11
Last edited by Zema; February 24th, 2009 at 12:34.
Faith And Fire is a good one if you're into Inquisition fluff; the characters are a bit comic-book lossy in places but it's an entertaining enough read. Eisenhorn and the Horus Heresey series are also worth checking out; the Heresey series in particular. Gotta love Dan Abnett and Graham MacNeill.
Avoid The Inquisition War like the plague, though. Jeezus is that awful.