With the big preview coming this weekend what Primaris Units are on the way? Maybe we already know thanks to an infamous blurry picture.
Yesterday, we did some wish-listing about things we’d like to see in the next preview. But after that, something stuck out to me concerning that blurry picture of the Primaris vehicles. You know the one:
In our first article about it, I wasn’t sure if it was a real ‘leak’ or if it was just a big hoax. Admittedly, I did throw some more fuel on those flames when I whipped up a mockup in photoshop that took me about a lunch break:
Can you believe some folks thought this was the real model? It wasn’t until folks pointed out that those are not Primaris Marines in the cockpit that they accepted it was a fake. Did they not read the article? Well, no – it was cross-posted without the text so of course not…
Anyhow…That’s not the point. The more I poked around with that mockup and the more I stared at the blurry pic yesterday, I really started hoping that those models were real. I also wondered why do a combo-force of Blood Angels and Ultramarines in a single picture? What if that was the real point…
Look, we’re about to get into some lite-conspiracy theory stuff: We’re going to treat this blurry pic as a ‘leak’ and suppose it’s all real. Again, I am NOT saying it’s real or a hoax – You’ll have to decide for yourself what you believe. However, since we kind of went hard on the ‘hoax’ theory last time, let’s go the other direction and see where that takes us. And that direction is new Primaris Units!
The New Units(?)
New Primaris Land Speeder
First up is the most obvious – this new Primaris ‘Land Speeder’ – which could just as easily be some new type of Primaris Flyer. Which, again to be fair, is one unit type the Primaris haven’t really gotten into yet…
New Primaris Bikers
Next up, we have these bikes. Notice the base sizes? Notice how bulky they look? Notice that there could even be two Primaris Marines riding on one vehicle? It’s like GW took the attack bike and ditched the side car and just moved the gunner behind the driver or something.
New Baal Repulsor
Here’s another unit possibility – a Baal Repulsor. It would explain why the picture has both Blood Angels AND Ultramarines, right? The Baal variants are exclusive to the Blood Angels afterall. Plus that turret looks different enough to make us wonder.
Other than that – we could take a guess at a new Redemptor Dreadnought variant or new Intercessor Marines…but even with this thought-experiment leaning hard on the conspiracy side, I can’t really get behind those options.
At this point, this picture has been floating around since December. If it was a real leak GW has been keeping a lid on it for almost 5 months. The scariest part of this theory is that this is actually very common from GW. Their ability to tease folks and not spill ALL the beans. They do it every week. It’s called the Rumor Engine and they manage to tease new models that are months out ALL THE TIME.
If this picture was a fake, it’s shortcomings are made-up for with our imaginations thanks to the blurry filter. If it is a real leak, then the person that took the picture used the blurry filters to make it so that the quality would be so bad folks couldn’t tell. It’s basically the same idea from that Star Trek Deep Space Nine Episode:
It’s just convincing enough to get people talking. And folks are still talking about it. Mission accomplished.
Well played. Well. Played…