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I have seen such a large amount of flaming/complaining/whining about Space Marines lately that it has put a bitter taste in my mouth. The best way to counter this is to have something sweet. Therefore, I propose that we discuss the things that we love about Space Marines.
Why do you play them? Are there any certain units that caught your eye? Was it a game that you watched while you were considering getting involved? Is it their paint schemes? Their fluff?
Let us know! I will start...
I love the fact that I like every single unit that the SM have to offer. From dreadnoughts to commanders. From landspeeders to the glorious land raider. I love how they are modeled, as well. Other armies, when I was first researching the game, had some attractive units, looks-wise as well as tactics, but no other list truly sold me so thoroughly.
There are many, many other reasons, but I will leave it up to the rest of you... :yes:
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They're easy to paint and easy to win with.
Every time you read this sig: a fairie dies!
I like the way that they're so stoic and relentless.
None of these Hollywood dog crap heros - "we're fightin' for freedom and tacobell man!"
They're simply pure merciless killers. It's a refreshing look on the good guys.
Damn.. this is making me want to play marines...
I like their fluff - genetically engineered/implanted Suicide Bombers. They epitomize what is so good about the 40k background, which is still easily the best dark future background.
And I like them game-wise. No other army is so flexible. If I know what kind of opponent I play I can set up an armylist to win. And if I have a generic list I stand a good chance of winning agianst most lists, too.
ANd of course I like the Lamenters' fluff, too.
Shut up and play.
My brother started collecting them because of Dawn of War. The Captain in that was awesome.
They got some really good advertising from relic that jusred people like my brother into the charm of the marines.
I personally like them becaue you can do ANYTHING with them. They are the only army in the game where you can write fluff for them with very little restraints. If you want a chapter of crazed maniacs go ahead. Ultramarine haters, go ahead. Stealthy/trecherous go ahead. Honourable and Discplined (bah!) go ahead. Every other army has so many restrictions when writing fluff.
"Pfft, as if your farseer is a bloodthirsty maniac out to kill all grotz."
People will believe anything about the marines though.
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For me, a lot of it has to do with the models, as some of the best that GW has ever made.
The fluff behind the army is awesome. Reading any of the novels by the Black Library gives me the motivation to keep painting (or not painting, as of late).
The basic Space Marine's statline is also fairly awe-inspiring for the cheap points cost, plus a large number of available upgrades. The ability to get in there and hammer the enemy down even when outnumbered is a lot of fun.
The models are simply gorgeous. Some of my friends are trying to get me to play fantasy battle.
Tactically, it may have more depth, but there's not a single model in the fantasy world which i like more than a marine with a bolter. Apart from maybe some of the Chaos Lords, but they're all useable for 40K Chaos anyway
The Dawn of War marines are incredible. It's nice to have good guys that say things like, "Cleanse! Purge! KILL!".
I wanted a 'good guys' army and the witch/deamon hunters were to weird for me so I started SM. Also the assault marines really got me hooked, fast, hard hitting, and tough. :yes:
The commander model, standing there, with a flowing cape, plasma pistol, and lightning claw, ready to tear some enemys to pieces. I also like the pure resiliance of them, how they can take a massive amount of beating before being taken out.
I play my 40k with friendly fire.
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For me its simple. They are human, and so am I. They hold a special place in my heart for that reason because they are easiest to identify with. You could make the arguement that it should be easier for me to identify with a a guardsman than a super human killing machine, and you'd be right, but the delusion of grandeur I get from Space Marines is also a factor
There are some fluff issues I dont' like, especially the fact the chapters are only 1000 guys, they generally take horrendous casualties fighting the toughest aliens out there, and take 15 years(or some equally rediculous amount of time) to train a new recruit, but I've come to develop my suspension of disbelief to the point where that has mattered less lately.