40k: New Primaris Marine Emerges

40K is turning 30 years old and the Primaris Marines are celebrating. Come see.


GW loves anniversaries and with the 30th Anniversary of the  Grimdark here – they are kicking out a special Primaris miniature to celebrate.

Here’s the details on the model:

“Clad in Mk X Tacticus armour like his brethren, the model is packed with little details to tie it to its predecessors, including a Crux Terminatus, a sheathed sword and a marksman’s honour, as well as the choice of two different heads – helmeted or unhelmeted.”


I dig the marksmen honors and extra detail. I’m always a fan of optional helmets, as you can drill out the neck a little and glue it to their waist for extra style.

No prices yet, but this guy goes up for sale on September 2nd.


I’ll leave the obvious compare and contrast to the Anniversary Imperial Space Marine to you guys.

~Which one’s better?

  • georgelabour

    It’s a nice mini. However it’s a little underwhelming compared to previous limited edition models.

    Heck it almost looks like sometrhing you could build out of the current plastics. Albeit one with pieces from an upgrade sprue of some kind.

    • Iconoc1ast

      Totally agree.

    • rtheom

      What’s odd is that he isn’t even posed in a way that you can’t get from the normal kit. That’s always been the primary difference and reason for getting the special characters before, arms and heads twisted in ways the pieces in the base kit don’t allow.

  • Iconoc1ast

    The rogue trader remake is far better. I like the new primaris stuff but this special edition model is very uninspiring.

  • orionburn

    Yep…kind of a swing and a miss. If it weren’t for the title of the article I would have thought it was just a model out of the new boxed set. A unique weapon would have helped…like a sniper version of the bolt riflle. Without some seriously fancy special rules I cannot fathom spending $25-35 on what is essentially just another Primaris marine.

    • euansmith

      I think that there is a sniper version of the Bolt Rifle in boxed set. Maybe a camocloak would have made this dude a bit more special.

      • orionburn

        Something. Anything! Have him doing a hand stand mid-cartwheel shooting ala Matrix style. Anything would have helped.

        • euansmith

          Plasma Cannons Akimbo!

  • Xodis

    Ill pick it up. Need a Primaris smart enough to wear his helmet to replace the dumby that took his off in the starter set.

    • No kidding. I’ll get mine painted, but they’ll most likely sit idle while the other kids play. 😛

  • Just a player

    Can somebody point out the differences between a regular primaris and this one for me ?

  • Josh Felstead

    All in all a terrible choice for a limited edition model, especially when compared to the Imperial Space Marine. What this comes down to is “I certainly couldn’t kit-bash to create the Imperial Space Marine, as it’s a unique model with a unique weapon and has a great look” vs “meh, another Primaris Marine I could find the spare parts for in 2 minutes”.

    I’m not even exaggerating, all this takes is a regular Primaris Marine, the new upgrade sprue, a slightly modified vial off something like a Blood Angels Tactical Marine made to look like a bullet, and this Death Company shoulder pad.

  • Jared Swenson

    To me the biggest disappointment is that it’s a primaris marine. I’m not hating on primaris marines in general (even though I have my quips with them), but it’s just not what you want to celebrate 30 years of history. The new guys that literally just came out within the last month is not a good representation of 30 years. It’s just frankly really disappointing. I would have thought a small diorama, or mini representing some iconic art would have been much much better. Go space marines, I don’t care. But a space marine that reminds us of the 30 year history.

    • dynath

      ooh quips with the primaris! i love that idea.

      Why did the primaris cross the road? …For the emperor.

      or maybe…

      How many primaris does it take to screw in a light bulb? …As many as it takes, cawl will make more.

      there are so many

      • Iconoc1ast


    • karloss01

      An in between idea could be a Primaris marine designed and posed in the image of a classic marine from either the old art or model range.

    • euansmith

      Something like an updated version of the following would have been cool, I think.


      • AircoolUK

        Heh, I still have the White Dwarf (now vacuum packed) with her on the cover.

  • Shinnentai

    As others have said, this looks barely any different from the standard primaris marines.

    Just give us a remastered duplicate of the RTB01 marine sprues – now *that* would be celebrating 30 years of 40k in style!

    • karloss01

      Didn’t that box come with 30 marines (or am I mistaking it for another) because that would be very appropriate.

  • Cinaed Roderic Ruadh

    It’s just another standard loadout looking Primaris Marine. I’m struggling to even see the Crux Terminatus.

    When you look at the individuality that they have managed to inject into the Primaris character models you would expect something a bit more interesting and unique for a 30th Anniversary model: especially considering that it will most likely cost just as much.

  • spla5hmummy

    Totally underwhelmed. It’s no more special than a standard intercessor.

    • Josh Felstead

      It really is a terrible effort isn’t it? I don’t think these are going to sell well at all. 10 Primaris Intercessors for £35 or 1 Primaris Intercessor for £22.50ish… Hmmmmmm.

  • Graham Bartram

    It should have been a Moritat type character, at least it would be useful.

  • MightyOrang

    I realize they’re very excited about this new range of Marines. That looks like something I could get out of any box of them. Not a 30th anniversary Model.

  • Wolf-Assassin

    That’s a rather long purity seal! compensating for something?

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    Boring mini, looks like it could be made from a normal box. The Anniversary Imperial Space Marine is streets ahead.

  • I can’t see spending any money on this figure and I love the new Primaris figures. This is just way too similar to existing figures. I hope they plan more for the 30th anniversary than this figure. It would be a great time to release an Emperor figure. 😛

    • Aura1

      Didn’t they just release a big pack of skulls? Sure there’s an Emperor one in there 🙂

  • Carey_Mahoney

    A Thunder Warrior remake would have been more appropriate.

  • BaronSnakPak

    I really like the Primaris Marines, but yeah…this one seems pretty basic.

  • euansmith

    Actually, thinking about it, GW missed a golden opportunity to create a new Marbo mini. They could have paid homage to the old “silly” era of early 40k while creating a fun and fluffy unit for IG players. A Marbo mini would have been a great excuse to create someone in a really dynamic pose with loads of fun little details.

  • AircoolUK

    Depends on whether he gets some interesting rules in the box. They also should have painted him in Crimson Fists colours…

  • Sebastian Marrero

    They could have done a Space Ork (that at least was partially on the first cover) or literally anything else.