More than fifteen years ago, my parents and I went on a trip to Park Royal mall in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Beckoned by a yellow and red sign that said “Games Workshop”, and knowing nothing of the worlds of wargaming or modelling or painting, I stepped into the tiny store and was initially drawn by the miniatures of valiant knights fighting nasty looking orcs – perhaps due to the obsession with Warcraft II I had at the time. But after wandering around the store, I came across miniatures of futuristic super soldiers armored in colorful plated suits and armed with guns and chainsaw/sword hybrids. They were labelled “Space Marines.” My dad bought me a combat squad of five marines – a box full of plastic from which these heroic warriors could be built.
Space Marines have been a large part of my life ever since.
Every couple of months, tired of painting my two thousand three hundred and sixty third Marine, my thoughts will turn towards starting a non-Marine army. A dig through my hobby area will find Tau, Ork, and Eldar models and bits, all in varying stages of completion. But the roughly 1500 points of 6th Edition Eldar were as far as I got towards building a non-Marine army; my hobbying heart has, and perhaps always will, rest with the heroic warriors of the Adeptus Astartes.
And so when the Mark IV marines were released separate from the Betrayal at Calth box, I bought them almost on instinct, despite having already bought two Betrayal at Calth boxes and having already built two Heresy armies – Luna Wolves and Ultramarines.
The Tau Start Collecting box I had been working on was put on the back burner. As was the case more than fifteen years ago, I had another box of plastic; Space Marines waiting to be brought to life.