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I've been into games workshop for a good few years now and wheneva i see a marine army its blue with gold bits. Persnaly i think that there are so many better colour scheems in that book (salamanders for example ) I would like to no ur opinions on Ultramarines wether u share my hatred for them or love them to bits and why
I personally don't like there backround either. I mean the white scar one is pretty cool and its always fun when u find shrike hiding in a nearby bush!
Don't paint Ultramarines myself but I find they can look pretty great with a very dark blue and gold trim.
I agree though, overall I think there are colour some cooler schemes out there.
In my humble personal opinion they are one of the most boring chapter available. Fluff, models, rules, BL-books and colours included.
And just look how they treat their "heros" like Uriel. If you stop the invasion and saves the planet almost singelhanded, but with a little twist compared with the book, then you are banished...
(end of rant)
Ultramarines are the codex chapter. Whenever you talk about the typical space marine, they are the ideal. There is nothing 'different' about them. (as opposed to SW. BT, DA, BA, etc..) They are the lowest common denominator.
They are easy to paint and the white and gold contrasts easily with the blue. Everyone is into the hobby for their own reasons. Someone starts up, sees the Ultra's in the books and says "hey, thats pretty easy, i like how they look. I can paint blue and white. I'll do them." But were they to look at Salamanders, they may say "Hey, they look pretty cool, but I can't paint flames and green doesnt stand out as well. I'm going to do Ultras."
Now, I don't love the smurfs, but I don't hate them either. But I'm a Space Wolf player through and through. I wouldnt want an army with any less character than what I have. But there it is, I judge the differences in armies by their character and fluff, not as much with the paint scheme.
I collect ultramarines and i can tell you now the thing that made me collect them was there awesome history of fighting for macragge with tyranids. The whole man and machince vs alien got me hooked on it.
Plus i think they have the coolest looking chapter master and blue and gold is the so powerful and rich....... same colours as fosters the best lager ever.
And salamanders look lame compared to ultramarines, boring colours and black skin and red eyes. Please sounds like something a kid would do to make them look evil. Ultramarines are optimus prime,super man and some other famous good guy.
They are the good guys of the 41st millenium.
Most new players want to play the 'good guys' and the Ultramarines come closer to that ideal than any others except Tau (which also seem popular with newcomers). To be fair to them, it can be hard to see past the Big Five to the lesser Chapters when you're starting out, or to be confident enough to start your own Chapter from scratch. Anyway, that's my guess.
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
Oddly enough i find the Ultramarine color scheme and fluff original.
I think its because contrary to your situation , I'm surrounded be anything but Ultra; Its the original paradox. See if Ultramarines are the banal/mundane/unimaginative army, but everyone wants to be original , everyone will play anything else... making ultramarines a rare sight indeed . Which defeats the original statement without making it false ! Incidentally its rather funny to hear everyone and their mother starting a space wolf army once the new codex is out , to play something "different"... ...
"The things that appear are a vision of the unseen"
-Anaxagoras of Clazomenae