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1.Cool history (Y)
2.Cool models (Y)
3.They are strong
And they shall know no fear...
I really like SM models... And i wanted to play something cool and something human
And GW produced them like their signiture...
â€śThree Legions of Marines stand to defend you, sire. All of us will unflinchingly place ourselves between you and the warâ€™s desolation. We are the greatest humans ever born â€“ we are the flame of Humanity where the rest of the galaxy is just the spark. In centuries of warfare, against the vileness of the alien, the lies of the heretic, the foulness of the mutant, I have never known fear â€“ but your silence terrifies me.â€?
Primarch Sanguinius of the Blood Angels
Not forgetting the fact that they are one of the cheapest armies out there since they don't require many minis, and that they are probably the best all-round army game wise..
They're not that hard to paint either. Well, they're not that many to paint atleast. I guess it depends on how much detail you want to give them.
That and each of the boxed games has contained marines. Some people, such as myself come into the hobby by buying the game, and not having wanted to squander the price od the game they utilise the mini's that come in the box. For me that choice was SM or DE. SM won because they had a Landspeeder as well as a squad of troops, and DE held little appeal for me.
Space Wolves are badasses that operate just barely within the rules.
13th Co. didn't even know there were rules applying to how badass they could be.
... and Daemonhunters make it three - now just need a spare room to store it all!!!
Space marines seem boring to me, although I did collect them once. They all seem to look the same, for instance, there's little visual difference between Tatical Marines and Assault Marines, you're just painting a very similiar appearing suit of armour all the time, largely of the same colour, ultramines blue or blood red, depending on the chapter.Originally posted by Jodfrey@Jan 10 2005, 07:58
That and each of the boxed games has contained marines. Some people, such as myself come into the hobby by buying the game, and not having wanted to squander the price od the game they utilise the mini's that come in the box. For me that choice was SM or DE. SM won because they had a Landspeeder as well as a squad of troops, and DE held little appeal for me.[snapback]298542[/snapback]
However, I do like the background of them, and like playing on the 'good' side, so I am becoming interested in the Imperial Guard as they have more interesting units in my opininon, ratling snipers, ogryns, great vehicles and so on.
I think a large part of this is because most 40K players started out playing Space Marines (to the best of my knowledge, and Chaos would come second). After going and collecting other armies most of my regular opponents (and myself) revisit SM, either as new inspiration stikes us, or for sentimental value. Luckily we manage to "stagger" this so that we are not all playing SM at once.
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1. Newbs like the idea of moving around genetically enhanced superhumans that spit acid and are 8 ft tall.
2. GW advertises them the most.
3. Very cheap and easy to use.
4. Imperium seems to be what will happen in the far future, assuming our world isn't destroyed already...(don't flame me, can be argued)
5. 3/4 of fluff in 40K books are Imperium based
<span style='color:purple'>3rd Company Raven Guard Space Marines-</span><span style='color:red'>in surgery</span>
<span style='color:green'>512th Cadian Orbital Defence-</span><span style='color:orange'>under construction</span>
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All of these make sense, in various ways. I guess I just find it annoying that GW pedal them so much. That they're in the box makes sense for them to be there, and the backgroud is copious (thinking just about Index Astartes for example, that's probably more than the whole of any other army in any way, like combining the two types of Eldar or the various bits of Chaos.
Hideous, but true.
Either that or I hate conformity.