How GW Can Grow 40K With 5 Marine Minis

At the start of 8th Edition, Nottingham can expand the game with 5 easy character models. Who are they?

For decades, GW has let their characters mnitures lead their rules. For example, many Space Marine Chapters only got rules when they had an accompanying IC model to lead their army. This happens with a great many faction and is not limited to Imperial Space Marines.

I’ll hit the Xenos in a later article, but today I want to focus on the Space Marines and their Traitor brethren. The followong factions have no named characters to call their own, and thus are often shortchanged in the rules department. Worse, each of these are important parts of the 40K background and deserve the attention.  There is absolutely no reason these factions shouldn’t have a mini when folks like the Flesh Tearers get ICs.

Iron Hands

The only remaining loyal first founding chapter without an IC to call their own. My suggestion:

Kardan Stronos

Stronos served for years as Iron-Captain of Clan Garrsak before he was inducted into the Iron Hands Chaplaincy, eventually traveling to Sacred Mars for training as a Techmarine. His reverence of the machine and hatred of weakness earned him a place on the Clan Council, and his ruthlessness and desire to succeed made him the logical choice to be the de facto Chapter Master of the Iron Hands, taking all power and responsibilities for campaigns involving multiple Clan Companies and seceding power back to the Clan Council upon the end of the campaign. It is a testament of his skill as a leader and warrior that the Clan Council has appointed him Commander for over three consecutive centuries.

Stronos is an avid believer in firepower and considers it the only tenet of battle. He longs for the day when his entire Chapter can ride into battle on Razorback assault transports and believes these vehicles to be the pinnacle of battlefield effectiveness. Like many in the Iron Hands, he is also a follower of the Cult Mechanicus and worships the Omnissiah.


Iron Warriors

Can you believe it – no one in 30 years for the crowd-favorite Iron Warriors… I think a named Warsmith is a requirement at this point. There can be only one:


Honsou is the Warsmith of an Iron Warriors Grand Company. He is notable for leading an army 17,000 strong, comprised of Traitor Marines, Xenos and Renegades, in the Invasion of Ultramar in 999.M41. Honsou’s gene-seed originated from “Honourable” Soulaka, an Iron Warriors Apothecary who was murdered during the Horus Heresy by Fabius Bile, who was then responsible for melding Soulaka’s gene-seed with that of an Imperial Fist, likely Captain Felix Cassander. After an accident in Bile’s laboratory, the container holding Soulaka’s gene-seed was partially defaced, leaving only the words “Hon Sou”.

Night Lords

If you want twisted criminals – or REALLY love Batman and 40K you will agree these guys need their own IC. I say go with the man who has the dark crown:

Zso Sahaal

Zso Sahaal was a captain of the Night Lords legion prior to the Horus Heresy dubbed in his legion the Talonmaster. He earned his rank of First Captain after the death of Sevatar. When the Heresy began Sahaal’s loyalties lay with his primarch and so served him well throughout. Sahaal believed devoutly that the Emperor had betrayed Curze and his legion. Before the Night Haunter‘s death it is believed by Sahaal and others he was prepared to be his heir. However, the Callidus Assassin M’Shen took Sahaal’s inheritance of the corona nox before he could be undisputedly declared the heir. Sahaal pursued the assassin in which reports confirm he had the Corona Nox and left without the first company to protect his inheritance until the Eldar ambushed his ship and attempted to take the corona for themselves. It was here Sahaal was trapped in a warp storm that lasted 10,000 years.

Due to his later fleeing of the 1st Company during his retrieval of Corona Nox during the Eldar attack he is dubbed by some as “the betrayer”.


Word Bearers

Such an easy one. These guys clearly need a named Dark Apostle and there is one obvious choice who is still mortal. – He’s also maybe the most guilty individual in the galaxy:


Erebus is one of the most prominent members of the Word Bearers Chaos Space Marines and a member of the Dark Council of Sicarus. He was the harbinger of the Horus Heresy, instrumental in converting first Lorgar and then Horus to Chaos. Erebus refers to himself as the Hand of Destiny, the mortal instrument of the plans of the Ruinous Powers.

After the defeat of Horus at the Battle of Terra, Erebus fled into the Eye of Terror with the rest of his Legion. He is currently a member of the Dark Council, the ruling body of Sicarus and is often engaging in power struggles for control of the Legion with Kor Phaeron. During the 13th Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler, Erebus would appear leading an army of Word Bearers across the Cadian Sector, sacrificing millions of human captives to summon a vast army of Daemons across the Sector

Alpha Legion

I am Alpharius! Now there is a certain counter-argument that these guys should never get an IC (because all other ICs are really Alpha Legion operatives), but I say let them have some spy vs spy fun. Here’s my nominee – maybe a perfect example of what an Alpha Legion Lord should be:


Traveling across the Imperium, a Alpha Legion Chaos Lord known as Phocron was responsible for the deaths of entire worlds through acts of sabotage, war, and terrorism undertaken by his vast network of Cultists and agents. Pursued by an unnamed Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor for nearly a century, in the end the Imperium discovered his hideout, the derelict space station and space hulk Hydra’s Eye. However despite taking the station and cornering Phocron, the Inquisitor was shocked to find that “Phocron” was an identity and alias used by many Alpha Legion members. There had never been a true Phocron, it was merely a name to organize cultists and agents across the Imperium. Moreover, now that the identity was compromised the Alpha Legion had decided to discard the identity anyway. Worse still for the Inquisitor, a member of the Alpha Legion had made his face identical to his own, indicating that he was the new identity to replace Phocron.


It think GW’s new “triumvirate box sets” are perfect for things like this.  They craft a narrative involving several of these chapters and drop 3 of them into a boxed set. DONE!

~Next time, the xenos.  Who would you choose for the Marines and CSMs?

  • Ryan Miller

    Iron Hands need a unique character of their own!!! I wants it nau!!

    • Shawn

      And they can add Chief Librarian Lydriik and Iron Captain Sind Grovloch, Clan Captain Arven Rauth, Iron Father Gdolkin, Shadrak Meduson, and Sabik Wayland. I’d be happy with some or all of these in addition to Kardan Stronos 🙂

      • Ryan Miller

        Stronos and Gdolkin as an hq dreadnoughts would be amazing.

  • Mr.Gold

    1-5: update all basic troops to have a current kit equal to Space Marines…

  • Charles Rink

    Lol. Kardan will never happen. GW will only be releasing Primaris marines for new loyalist kits from here on out. Mark my words.

    Next named loyalist character will be a Primaris.

    • Arykaas

      OR theyil make the old character as primaris

      • Dennis J. Pechavar

        Starting with smurfs…ugh.

    • Spacefrisian

      Angus McFife Chapter master of the Gloryhammer Primaris Chapter confirmed.

      • orionburn

        Who travels on Boaty McBoatface!

    • Matthew Hoag

      GW already said back at Warhammer Fest that more standard marine kits are on the way. They just need to finish launching the Primaris line first. Primaris are NOT replacing normal marines. They are being done as a separate way to play marines in a similar manner to the SW, BA, DA, and DW.

      • Shawn

        This is good news.

  • Greg Betchart

    Decimus is a better choice over Zahaal.

    • Tshiva keln

      Nice idea. Ave dominus nox!

  • Christie Bryden

    all the traitor legions should get one exclusive character, though I would argue thousand sons should get as many as space wolves, and as many exclusives.

  • Fergie0044

    On the one hand, an Erebus mini for 40k would be cool, but on the other, giving him his own mini will dash my hopes of Lorgar brutally murdering him in the next plot advancement….

  • 3dken

    The Word Bearers already have an Erebus model from Forge World. It would still look good for 40K.

    • Greg MacLean

      As someone who lives overseas though, they need better FW distribution channels.

    • phobosftw


  • Anasa

    Honsou would be pretty sweet, though his reputation of being a legitimate sick **** might not be PG-12 enough for the game.

  • euansmith

    Captain Jacques d’Ore of the Ion Pyrites needs a mini and a Black Library book series celebrating his swashbuckling career.

  • Munn

    Or do something interesting? Once primaris marines are done…no moar marine plz.

    • Greg MacLean

      *bought into Iron Jawz, and they never expanded the line*

      • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

        Eh? It’s barely been more than a year since Iron Jawz were released, factions that are Space Marines/Stormcast don’t get expanded that quickly.

        That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went for “different Orruks” instead of “more Ironjawz”, but time will tell.

        • ZeeLobby

          This is why I really don’t see them releasing anything new for existing chapters/legions. I think we’re more likely to get some brand new primaris chapter than anything else. At least looking at AoS, they seem to be more focused on releasing new factions rather than anything for older factions. The exception will be new primarch models most likely.

          • I really hope they don’t shove the new Numarines down our throat like they did the Sigmarines, but I’d bet money it’s going to happen. I think it will be a while before we see anything for 40k that isn’t PSM or CSM.

          • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

            It’s an interesting question. My gut says that they’ll continue to capitalise on the demand for Blood Angels/Dark Angels/Space Wolves, especially since that likely drives demand for vanilla Marine products without being as repetitive as 4 vanilla releases in a row, while maintaining the smaller-ranged splash release model for others.

    • KreskinsESP

      Primaris and new Noise Marines. I’m tired of having arms that need re-gluing if someone does as much as look at the model too closely.

  • euansmith
  • orionburn

    Here’s what’s really sad. Based on the prices on the new Primaris characters you’re looking at $175 for 5 guys. Let that sink in for a minute…lol

  • CthulhuDawg

    If GW ever manages to get Alpha Legion to feel right I’ll eat all the vox helmets in the verse.

  • EnTyme

    I think we need Dawn of War character models. Gabriel Angelos, Davian Thule, Cyrus, Eliphas the Inheritor (either Word Bearers or Black Legion), Gorgutz, and Taldeer would be a nice start.

    • Eric Buchanan

      Forgeworld has already Demo’d Gabriel Angelos.

      • SilentPony


    • luke-vdv

      Good idea. DoW has played such an important part in attracting people to 40K. They should bring out a Dawn of War Series or something with named main characters.

  • SilentPony

    How about this:
    Kill off Cato, and give us Uriel
    New Abaddon
    New Ragnar
    I like the idea of Erebus, so good on ya’
    Bring back Sigismund

    • Eric Buchanan

      Why do you have to kill Cato? They are captains of different companies.

      • Rafał Pytlak

        Because Cato is an avatar for the sixth chaos god M’aat Warrrd’d!

      • Especially considering they both feature in Dark Imperium by Guy Haley and have two vastly different personalities and reactions to Roboute. They each have their roles to fill, killing off either will leave the Ultramarines diminished.

        …which, I guess, is the point for a lot of people.

      • SilentPony

        Mostly because he’s a hypocrite who openly plots against the other captains to further his own elevation to Chapter master, and he sabotages his own men and gets them killed so he can claim the glory of killing a big bog enemy, and not his men.

        He’s basically a Chaos Marine, just in blue.

        • Eric Buchanan

          Thats certainly an interesting interpretation of the fluff. By your own measure then why is a someone that’s been in league with Traitor Marines, used proscribed Xenos technology, and violated the codex over and over less Chaos Marine than him?

          The things you mentioned just make him a more interesting Character to me. Ultra’s are mostly written as a bit cookie cutter, so some deviation is kinda fun.

          • SilentPony

            Deviation is one thing. Actively plotting to get other Ultramarines killed to further his own career isn’t so much a deviation as it is a villain claiming, weakly, to be good.
            In universe Cato should have been executed a hundred times over for treachery.

            And Uriel both lied to those Chaos Marines, and used Xenos technology to further the Imperium, not his own career. And Cato himself openly violates the Codex over and over. He only went after Uriel for his violation because Cato wanted to get one of his own men installed as 4th Captain, so he’s have a lock vote for Chapter Master.

          • Eric Buchanan

            I’d think you’d approve of Cato’s methods. You are the one who is all for bumping him off to make room for Uriel. It would be weakening the imperium only for the purpose of advancing your position. 😉

    • luke-vdv


  • Keaton

    No more Marine releases for a while. Please. Anyone, anything else.

  • Bert Miller

    Agreed with all of these but I’d add one more: Blood Ravens. Think of how many people get into the game through the DoW games.

  • Rafał Pytlak

    Bring back Savatar

  • Using Jon Sullivan’s artwork for Void Stalker to present Zso Sahaal?

  • IntoTheMoshpit

    The Alpha Legion IC would be just a carboard token you put next to any mini on the table (even tanks) to make it an IC. If it’s killed, just move the token to any other mini (even objective markers), because you killed a decoy.

  • Pat H

    For Orks we need.
    Whazdakka da Biker boss
    Ol’ Zogwort da Snakebite warphead
    Orkimedes preferably with a kustom shokk attack gun
    Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub da Bad Moons boss

    Tuska Demon Killa would be cool or the Arch Arsonist. Ghazgull could also use a resculpt to properly reflect his status as biggest baddest Ork boss. (Also because I’m tired having to reglue that stupid boar skull boss poll he has).