|A squad of Space Wolves led by Geigor Fell-Hand...better check the temperature in Hell...|
Why the hate at the Wolves? In the Rogue Trader era, they were actually pretty cool (although painting that neat wolf-style crest was just beyond my skills). But GW has shown at different times that it is not able to keep certain themes within reason (see: Chaos), and the Space Wolves became a prime example of this over time. It got annoying, but by the time of the Third Edition I found my crayons snapping at the proliferation of special little units and parody Nordic culture under the Space Wolf umbrella. The theme kept getting more and more overdone...pelts everywhere, nobody wearing their helmets on their power armour, all sporting five-foot-long beards and "absjurd" names. Certain fans of this specific genre made it worse, and every time you thought GW couldn't make it any dumber, the descent into self-parody continued...just see things like this or like this. Sigh.
And hey, if you love it, more power to you! We should all have different preferences, it helps keep the hobby interesting. But suffice to say it was not my thing at all :)
|Mk III power armoured Marines, with one plasma gun visible at the front|
As the Horus Heresy products and story really got going, I noted that the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons confronted each other on the XV Legion home world of Prospero, and even though I love the Horus Heresy story I immediately tuned out that part of it. While I didn't have the same strong feelings regarding the Thousand Sons as I did regarding the Space Wolves, their reputation as great psykers and warlocks didn't really intrigue me - magic is just cheating, in the end. And while concepts of magic/sorcery are so important to so much fantasy and sci-fi writing, those stories are difficult to write well, as the magicians seem to be at once so powerful and, at key times, so useless suddenly that the suspension of disbelief can collapse the book/story/setting is no longer enjoyable for me.
|They are Legion veterans, so everyone gets a chainsword (or just about everyone)|
|Squad sergeant with plasma pistol and tickle gloves, and heavy bolter|
|Geigor Fell-Hand, wearing a helmet as he f***ing should|
My good friend Curt, who has enjoyed/endured many rants at the expense of the Space Wolves over the long years we have known each other, pointed out to me recently that Dan Abnett, my favourite GW author, had written the novel "Prospero Burns". I was dismissive, skeptical that even Abnett's great talents could make that work, but Curt encouraged me to give it a try...
|Another view of the unit Sergeant - love those whacky combs on the Horus Heresy era Marines|
The models seen here are multi-part plastic figures in Mark III power armour from GW's "Burning of Prospero" box game.
|Another view of Geigor and his ornate getup|
|The collection of stuff on top of the back pack is a bit silly - how does this guy wear this fighting in an urban area? But "silly" is part of what makes 30k fun...|
|Power claws AND sword drawn, while the bolter hangs at his side...his priorities are clear...|
I await your mockery...