Ok, this will be an odd one I reckon. I spent an hour or so looking at the latest episode of Sherlock and started to build my box of Thousand Son. And as I was doing it came to me what might the single best thing with the new Rubricae Marines. It is not the fancy helmets or the cool backpacks. Not the pauldrons nor the Inferno Bolters. All this things are great. Fantastic non the less.
No, to me. It is all about the legs. This time Games Workshop hit the ball straight out of the park. Space Marines, loyalists and heretics alike have for a very long time suffered from bad legs. Often static and always insanely astride. The combat pose of the generic Space Marine has always struck me as fairly weird and unnatural.
Enter irony. So on the one hand you have the potent and explosive Astartes in an awkward unnatural pose and on the other hand you have the automaton warriors of the Thousand Sons and their legs are striding forward and quite naturalistic. They are marvellous really.
I mean there’s a few that’s astride but non in that squatting kind of a way that you are used to. More like the are just standing up with the legs far apart. The idea of making the legs in two parts really, really helped I guess. Come to think of it, the new MkIII Iron Armour Marines from Burning of Prospero also had really good legs and guess what. The legs are two-part in the kit too.
One last thing. Just look at this cool detail. Underneath every single feet that isn’t firmly placed flat on the ground there is this sculpted Icon of Tzeentch. So freaking cool, don’t you think?
That’s all folks! Carry on.