Something coming out of Games Workshop has me excited and it’s not from the specialist games division. The moving forward of the storyline with the Gathering Storm series seems to be actually adding something to 40K, what it is we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t normally bother too much with the likes of 40K and other Warhammer properties but I do have the figures for a couple of 40K armies and have played both of them in the current edition of the rules. I do look at what is coming out and I have noticed the greater engagement with the community coming out of GW HQ, so what has got me so excited that I’m blogging about it. GW have teased the figrues for Gathering Storm III, to be fair I think that the material in the next White Dwarf had leaked onto the Internet, but rather than ignoring the Heresy GW actually went ahead and released the information offically (a good move for them). So as with the other Gathering Storm Triumvirates GW are releasing a three figure set entitled Triumvirate of the Primarch and one of the three figures really has made something click for me in terms of my one 40K army.
So who/what is it?
Let’s just take a look at the three figures being released:
So the Primach of the title is Roboute Gulliman of the Ultramarines:
Okay so you get two heads, one helmeted as I’ve shown and one unhelmeted. Gulliman does nothing for me to be honest, the armour is too busy and the unhelmeted head really turns me off. Still Gulliman coming back from the dead certainly moves the story on and the hints that he isn’t impressed with the state of the Imperium (and worshipping his dad) will certainly take 40K somewhere.
The second figure in the set is Grand Master Voldus of the Grey Knight 3rd Brotherhood:
I’ll be honest I’ve never followed the Grey Knights particularly and know next to nothing about them.
This figure does nothing to excite me with the Grey Knights or make me want to go out and buy the set. The pose of the figure really doesn’t make me feel that this is a great defender of the Empire and he feels rather static to me.
How he ties in with Gulliman I have no clue, will he be fighting alongside him or leading a crusade against the Primarch of the Ultramarines.
So that only leaves one figure and he has certainly made a change for me:
I present to you Cypher – long hunted by the Unforgiven (the Dark Angels and their succesors) this leader of the Fallen has been seen fighting for both sides in the struggles for the Imperium.
I really like the fact that they’ve bought him back and in some of the other pictures floating the internet related to this release he is seen fighting alongside Gulliman and a group of the Fallen. Could this finally answer a lot of questions about the Dark Angels, who are so secretative that no-one truely knows which side they are on. Gav Thorpe’s Angels of Darkness left a lot of questions about who is telling the truth the Inner Circle of the Unforgiven or Astelan who is undergoing interrogation. Perhaps Astelan’s story is the whole truth and the Dark Angels have been doing more than just hiding the split in their ranks from the rest of the Imperium.
This figure looks great and even tells part of the story, the sword on his back is the Lion Sword of the Primarch of the Dark Angels. The figure actually has a certain amount of dynamism in it, the reaching for the bolt pistol, the look in the eyes and the flowing robes. I’m tempted to buy the whole set, if only to get this figure.
The other thing this figure does is give me an idea for my Dark Angels army – no longer will it be the Dark Angels Chapter we know from 40K Lore, I intend creating a Fallen chapter. I’ve got to work on the fluff but it mean black armour rather than the dark green that I had thought I was going to paint.