Today let's take a look at how Cawl's innovations have transformed how the modern Space Marine Chapter fights.
Space Marines are the center of Warhammer 40,000, and represent, for their size, the most deadly fighting force in the galaxy. They operate according to the Codex Astartes, itself built on lessons and the ways Space Marines have operated since the days of the Unification Wars. As such, Classic Marines (the pre-Primaris Marines) operate within some fixed guidelines and in some precise ways.
Previously we've looked at how the Classic, non-Primaris, Marines fought and how that was heavily based on the armies of WWII. We've also taken a look at how Belisarius Cawl changed the way Primaris Marines fought, leading to a military renaissance as well as the real-world sources, the designers drew on in creating the Primaris Space Marine way of warfare. More recently, we looked at how these changes affected Marines on a Company level, swapping the old-style inflexible company for a new, more powerful version. Today as we continue our study of Marines, its time to examine the new changes on the Chapter level.
A Co-Dependent Chapter
The organization of a Classic Marine Chapter is well documented. For ten thousand years, it's been the standard formation that formed the cutting edge of Imperial defenses. Yet it is fatally flawed. One of the major flaws of the old system i...