Wow, I've hit 100+ committed readers. Thanks folks! Hope most of you are still checking in now and again! I've made some more painting progress and will get some pics up early in the week, including a mostly-completed Killgore, the 40K minotaur.
IA9 General Impressions
I won't go into a full detailed breakdown, at least not here, but some general thoughts.
- The story is pretty good, following pretty well along the lines of the original Badab War storyline, but adding detail to some parts and fleshing out the background a bit more, including motivations for most of the different factions/chapters. In an empire so spread out and factionalized as the Imperium of Man is, a lot seems plausible.
- The characters, boarding rules, scenarios and army list are good and workable, if nothing incredibly exciting. With a little tweaking the boarding rules could work really well alongside Killzone.
- It's pretty, with a number of nice pictures. The Fire Hawks pics especially look really cool, but I'm a sucker for flame jobs.
- For me, it's a bit disappointing having to wait for the next book for most of the Chapters I'm really interested in. Space Sharks, Minotaurs, Mantis Warriors, etc.
- While I think the new Astral Claws scheme is fine, didn't really see the need to change it.
- It feels a bit light in content in some respects, but I guess they had to cut some places in order to keep it from being three volumes. The chapter sections feel kind of meh, not up to the level IMO of the old Index Astartes articles. I didn't see any kind of Table of Organization for the forces involved, which would have been nice. Aside from the special characters, nothing new was really introduced. Something, even an Astral Claws dread option variant or some kind of tank thrown together by the Tyrant's Legion would have been a nice addition.
- The pictures that were included were nice, but IMO lacking. While 2-d paintings are nice, I'd like to have seen good pics of actual miniatures converted and painted to match the chapters and Tyrant's Legion showcased. The only pics of minis were obscured behind computer screen effects and the like, very atmospheric, but disappointing compared to the showcases we get with regular codexes.