Take a look back three decades at one of the most potent and twisted denizens of the GW universe – Chaos Terminators
We are starting with today’s CSM Termys and rolling the clock back with each earlier version.
The weapons combinations available to Chaos Terminators combined with their fearsome armour make them terrifying opponents to fight against. While not the swiftest of troops, they can use a Land Raider to travel across the battlefield to positions which their weaponry will make the best impact. Otherwise they can teleport through the use of arcane technology or sorcerous powers. Often they appear ready to strike, giving their foes little chance to react.
Chaos Terminators stand in high respect to the Chaos gods. Many of them are Aspiring Champions although often the only way to acquire terminator armour is to kill the previous owner. They usually form the bodyguard of the highest ranking leader or Champion and are often seen enforcing the will of the Champion. Often they abuse their position, intimidating other members of the warband, while many simply see them as a vision to strive towards, one day assuming the mantle of Terminator themselves.
The Current 4th Generation (2019)
The latest 2019 versions are sporting tabards, and are really filling out those big bases.
You get a large amount of weapon options in these and they are following the new 2019 CSM aesthetic. Lots of cloth, furs, and horns are all about. They have a move active poses that fill the space of thier base more, and in general look to be a little taller and more massive in volume.
The 3rd Generation (2008)
Turning back the clock to 2008 takes us to the previous iteration of CSM Termys. They had a very different vibe than the minis that came before. These were the first plastic models and GW really laid on the detail. These guys have a lot of weapon options and were really just covered in spikes and horns all about, compared to the much smaller metal models. This kit lasted 11 years!
The 2nd Generation (1996)
Welcome to the 90s! We’re headed back to 2nd Edition, and 1996. These metal minis are the second incarnation of everyone’s favorite CSM elite!
These were smallish but had the initial appearance of the tusks and top-spikes with grisly trophies. These weren’t the most posable models, but still added a lot of character and detail from the original Rogue Trader era ones. This was also the set of models that the metal Abaddon came alongside, and they match up very closely with him.
The Original Bad Terminators (1989)
Welcome to the 80s! Here we see the original metal minis that stomped their way into both Rogue Trader and Space Hulk 1st edition. These came in two waves in 1989, and 1991.
The original 1989 pair was very close in appearance to standard Imperial Terminators, with some extra surface detail. These were the smallest of all the CSM Termy models. Remember those blisterpack cardbacks on the right!?
In 1991 the range was expanded to include a Captain, and heavy weapons – making for full matching counterpart squads and officers to the Imperial Termys. This not only made them useable in the 40K side of things, but as dangerous foes in Space Hulk. Note that funky Traitor Storm Bolter 1 with the over under clips.
~Which ones are your favorite models and who is still rocking some of these on the tabletop?