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Hey all! this is my second thread in the fluff forums today..... sorry to any mods. but my question is. has anyone noticed that a lot of the people in 40k art have tubes/wires sticking from what seems to be every single orifice of their body? what particularily comes to mind is the art in the revised 40k rulebook. im wondering if anyone knows why/what they are for. i would think they are for sustaining the people beyond their normal lifespan..... but i have seen some that are hardly even human anymore..... their almost matrix-like with having all the tubes sticking out of them. does anyone have any help for me or am i just over analyzing things? thanks ahead of time for any help!
I'm not exactly definitive here, but I thought they were either replacements for senses or pumping various vital fluids through the person's bloodstream. Quite what those fluids are, I have no idea.
They're inneficient cybernetics, they could be for pretty much anything. As mentioned data buses and fluid transfer, they could be power lines, connection cables, speakers, they might even be flexible protection.
A lot of major 40k characters have bionics or rejuvenat implants of some form or another, and those cords would presumably serve as a power source or information connection. There is a certain item called an MIU (Mind Impulse Unit, I believe), which is basically a computer linked to someone's nervous system, which is in turn linked to a gun or gadget - it's basically a giant cord connecting their bolter to their neck.
Also, artists believe it looks fairly impressive, and they are allowed a certain degree of freedom in such matters
well, lets see...
Arco- flagellants have tubes pumping combat drugs into their bodies.
SM/IG characters seem to be either bionically implanted, or else the cords are some sort ogf power system for Black Carapaces.
Ad Mech artwork in particular brims with tubes, but I suppose that this would be a physical representation of the way in which theyare supposed to utilize technology to extend thier lifespans.
"You're very interesting, and very perceptive. So interesting, and so perceptive, in fact, that we shall now fight with KNIVES!"
"I've been dead long before you were born, and I'll be dead long before you'll be dead!"
i dont know about you guys, but those people with all the tubes all over them creep me out. to think that they were human at one point is almost impossible.
I'd have to agree with you there, although it also depends on context. I mean, I can imagine a Space Marine (they seem particularly tube free) with tubes having been human once, though it is harder for me to say the same about a Chaos Space Marine. The Ad Mech aren't that hard for me either. It's an underlying assumption that is created by the fluff, I guess.
nah, i understand the marine(chaos and otherwise) but what i was talking about is the tech-adept guys. where their ENTIRE body is covered in wires/tubes and the only parts of flesh showing is their faces, which are still infested with electronics.
They are supposed to freak you out... the 40K universe is a scary, gothic, dark place and is really not for kids or week hearted people... It's also the Dark Age of Technology and much of what we see is crude and horrific...
God, I love 40K...