It was the year 1988 and one man commanded the Ultramarines fleet – third eye, webbed feet, Eldar contraband and all.
Its easy to forget that at its origin, Warhammer 40,000 was a meandering stewpot of fiction – borrowing from here and there – both sci-fi classics and dreck alike. Before “The Grimdark” became firmly canon the game, still in its infancy meandered all over the place, into areas that would be later ret-conned, or best forgotten for their own good.
Luckily I have a very old collection…. including White Dwarf 97 from January 1988.
Enter the ORIGINAL Ultramarines Master of the Forge
Lets walk down memory lane my friends and look at some of the top ranking officers of that most holy of holies, the goody-two-shoes Ultramarines. Read on my friends of their Master of the Fleet, a down on his luck navigator who did what he had to to survive before a ret-con hook whisked him off the 40k stage.
- He’s a navigator.
- Down on his luck and out of cash he sold himself into slavery!
- Then the Ultramarines BOUGHT HIM… Check out Samuel Dexter for more Ultra slavery hijinx!
- He was too old to actually accept the Astartes implants, but they took him anyway (you can’t turn down a good deal).
- Not only is he Master of the Ships, but he also moonlights with the Chapter’s Librarium. I guess that third eye that can see the warp comes in handy.
- He has webbed feet!
- He uses a Shuriken Catapult! (don’t ask…)
- He looks a lot like Patrick Stewart (or Fabius bile, pick your poison.)
I bet he named the Ultramarines battle barges: Niña, Pinta, and the Santa María
~ I’ll leave you to work out how to best bring Christo back to the tabletop in style. I’m also really hoping to see some amazing conversions of these guys with modern 40K models!