Early description of the Warhammer 40,000 universe
Just thought I would add to this wiki by doing a blog post. My first one, (by the way) but nevertheless I'd like to bring to you something I call a Retro Review. First up, I'll be bringing to you, an in-depth look at everyone's favorite defenders of Mankind - the
Space Marines. So without further ado, I present the Space Marines in their earliest incarnation - the Imperial Space Marines:
Early 'Imperial Space Marines Description' - from White Dwarf, Issue 93
Artwork for one of my favorite 'old school' Astartes - the
Space Marine Diagram
Rogue Trader coverart of the Crimson Fists last stand on Rynn's World. It was this seminal piece of artwork that first drew in a lot of fans into the WH40K universe.
One of my favorites - two Human Renegades. Note the Space Marine
Power Armour. A precursor to the later Chaos Space Marines perhaps?
Another favorite of mine - this piece of artwork was originally entitled 'Death World Hunt'. Love the camouflage-pattern of this unidentified Astartes
Another cool pic of
Blood Angels in an interesting camo-pattern, taking out an Ork
RT Era Space Marine Colours and Markings. Whatever did happen to those Field Police? Also, did you notice the Chaplain doesn't have his usual devotional death-mask (skull helm).
Space Marine Field Police bringing Imperial law, to the lawless
RT era Assault Marines. Note; large turbine jet-backs. Love this pic! Made me want to have lots of assault marines in my army!
RT era pic of Space Marine opening up with a crew-served weapon.
Dark Angels Space Marines doing what they do best - kicking arse and taking names! Love the Marine on the left with the rhino horn on the beak, and the evil grin.
Blood Drinkers Space Marine walking by grim trophies. This pic really captures the darker aspect of the WH40K battlefields of the far future.
Another one of my favorite pics of RT era Space Marines.
Silver Skulls Space Marines attack!
Another seminal piece of RT Era artwork - Space Marines with Heavy Weapons. Love these early Plasma guns!
A Space Marine reporting to his Chapter Master (known back then as an Imperial Commander). Note the stylized winged-skull on the shoulder guard. A symbol of his esteemed rank.
RT Era Marine with Flamer
RT Era Marine blasting a Hive Ganger. Not sure what was up with the tinted-visor, though. Definitely a sign of the times (circa 1980's)
Space Marines in formation. An awesome pic that still sticks out in my mind as to why I got sucked into this hobby in the first place!
Can't keep a good Marine down! Despite the loss of his legs, this Astartes is rollin' in style, with all-terrain tank treads!
This Marine makes the 'Six-Million Dollar Man' look like a cheap piece of dime-store junk! Check out the numerous bionics. Love the chain-sword arm and the tank-tread foot.
RT Era Space Marines fighting against an Ork
Gargant. Gotta love these early concept designs.
Ultramarines subjugating Squats. Gotta' love the title of this piece, 'Spoils of War'. What exactly are they going to do with those squats anyways?
A Space Marine squad during battle. Not necessarily the best art, but it definitely captures the feel of Marines in battle
A Space Marine Squad of
Flesh Eaters on patrol.
Ultramarines Tactical Squad on patrol
Well everyone, hope you enjoyed perusing through this early artwork as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you! It's been fun strolling down memory lane! Til' next time!
Ave Imperator! Ojor Va Russ! Leman Russ!
Warhammer 40,000 - Rogue Trader (Rule Book)
White Dwarf, Issue #93