40K: Tartaros & MK III Armor Previews

Tartaros Terminators and MK III Marines are heading to stores next week – come see the sprues!

When Burning of Prospero launched last year we got our first crack at the Tartaros Terminators as well as the MK III armor. If you want to see the sprues come take a look:

MK III Armor (9:49)

Tartaros Terminators (31:33)

via Lexicanum

Mark 3 “Iron Armour”

This model dates from the wars of the Great Crusade, waged close to the galactic core. Many of these worlds were the Squat Homeworlds, which were not pleased to find themselves the object of galactic conquest. The Squats’ independent and stubborn nature, along with the conditions of the fighting, spurred the creation of this new armour type. This armour was ideal when cover was minimal and combat was a matter of frontal assault. The most visually brutal and imposing of all the widely produced armour marks, the Iron Armour was a heavy, modified Mark II design (itself the first mass-produced Power Armour of the Crusade era).

The Iron Armour’s structure has augmented frontal defence and incorporates additional ablative plates, and is intended foremost for use in boarding actions, tunnel assaults and void warfare, although it is considerably heavier and more power hungry than its contemporaries. The new helmet design is a heavily armoured model with sloping plates designed to deflect shots to the left and right, and inspired the Mark IV and VI helmet designs.

Mark III was never intended to replace the previous Mark but to act as an optional suit specialised for situations where heavier frontal protection would be advantageous, such as in the close confines of spacecraft and mining complexes. Because of this, no Legion was ever fully equipped with the Mark III. While successful in the conditions it was designed for, the armour is too clumsy and uncomfortable for conventional fighting. It is sometimes worn by ceremonial guards due to its visual brutality, and can also still be found used in close-quarters situations by various Space Marine Chapters.

It is commonly called the Iron Suit or Armorum Ferrum in recognition of its great strength.

Tartaros Pattern

This pattern is issued to the Veterans of a Chapter‘s 1st Company and is possibly considered the most advanced form of Tactical Dreadnought Armour. It shared many systems with the Mk IV Maximus-pattern power armour whilst providing greater mobility for the wearer compared to the Indomitus with no loss in durability.

Both sets of armor are getting new kits from Games Workshop so now you can add these to your collection in one-off boxes. If you are considering purchasing both boxes, you might want to look at just picking up a box of Prospero instead…the savings is quite nice. Then again, if you just need a single box or unit it makes a lot of sense to grab a one-off box.

Tartaros Terminators $60

Tactical Dreadnought Armour, or Terminator Armour as it is more usually known, is the most resilient form of personal protection available to the Adeptus Astartes. Originally developed during the closing years of the Great Crusade, and adapted from the heaviest of industrial gear, several types and patterns were developed concurrently. Perhaps the most advanced form is the Tartaros pattern, allowing for greater mobility than other examples of Terminator armour with no loss in durability or protection.


Mark III Space Marines $50

Clad in ancient suits of power armour, impressively powerful and daunting to behold, Mark III Space Marines are a living reminder of the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Their ‘Iron’ armour is a variation on the previous generation’s ‘Crusade’ pattern, with extra armour and reinforcements allowing them to absorb an unprecedented amount of enemy firepower. When encased in this armour, a Space Marine becomes an unstoppable juggernaut.


I want to use MK III armor for conversions and unit champs…What are your plans for the “new” Armor Marks?

  • Mr.Gold

    is that a twin-linked plasma gun on the tartaros sargeant?

    • SilentPony

      Plasma Blastgun. Assault 2 plasma gun

      • Foehammer7977

        Or as someone recently called it in my local store, the double-barreled, sawed-off plasma gun

  • Vangrail

    Wish they had 40k rules… able to sweep and can take autocannons would be cool

    • Matthew Hoag

      Tartaros armor is legal in 40k, just not the autocannon or plasma blaster.

      • Vladamyr

        is that for certain, the site says they can be used in normal terminator squads it does not say anything about it actually being ruled differently, also does that mean only Loyalist marines are going to see these as well?

        • Matthew Hoag

          It was posted on GW’s official 40k facebook page. The rules are only for Loylists and not chaos. They did not say if BA, SW, and DA would have access.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            If it is like Cataphractii, it will only be for the main Space Marine rulebook

        • amaximus167

          Hahaha, even though Chaos likely has more older Mk’s of armor…

      • BrianDavion

        thats irriating considering they didn’t publish them for those of us sitting on it from BoP. any chance you can provide the rules somewhere?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      If they are like 30k, then they are Termies who can Sweeping Advance!

  • memitchell

    “What are your plans for the “new” Armor Marks?”

    I’m just not that into Tartoros Terminator armor. But, do have a Veteran squad of Blood Angels in Mk III armor courtesy of Prospero via ebay. For that game and stomping around Space Hulk and Tyranid Hive Ships (Advanced Space Crusade). My favorite Marine armor. Brutal, chunky, easy to build, fun to paint. With some nifty Forge World add ons.

  • mafiacheese

    They look nice, but I am hesitant to spend money on any more models until we know if/when 8th Edition shows up and what it will look like.

    Not to mention the piles of unpainted plastic already sitting around…

    • Walter Vining


  • Zakading

    I really wish the MK III included Bolt Pistol arms and an easy way to actually give them the Chainsword into their hands. That way I wouldn’t have to jump through several hoops and extra costs just to outfit a squad of 10 Black Templar Crusaders with their CCWs.

    Cool models nonetheless. Though I’ll probably just stick to buying Burning of Prospero and sharing the contents with some other people while it’s still available, as opposed to spending that much on just 10 of these guys.