Today we look at the nine loyalist Primarchs and determine which real-life general, or military commander, best represents them.
The universe Warhammer 40,000 is a massive, sprawling setting. A hundred thousand story threads weave together to form a sprawling tapestry of tragedy and heroism. Tales of betrayal and loyalty, brotherhood and war, are played out on a galactic stage. At the heart of 40K is the Horus Heresy and the Primarchs. The Demi-God sons of the Master of Mankind, whose hopes and ambitions tore humanity apart.
Each of these warriors is larger than life; supernaturally gifted individuals created to carry out their father's will. Above all else, they are warriors, bred to carry their creator's banner across the stars. And do so they did, writing their names in history in the blood of a million subjugated systems.
In writing the Primarchs, it is clear that GW drew on many sources and inspirations, both real and mythical. No Primarch is a direct copy of an actual figure; they are too complex and mythical to be so. However, it is possible to look at them and draw parallels both to story and history. Today I want to look at the loyalist Primarchs and examine what real-life general, or military commander, best represents them. The generals I've picked are picked because they match some integral part of the Primarch's history or personality. Let's dig in.