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19th Jun '17 2:35:08 PM Phillibe
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* FacelessGoons: Most troops are either alien monsters or wear full-face helmets, but most squad leaders and superior officers ''don't'', to make them stand out more. While the idea that men in suits of PoweredArmour the size of ''tanks'' are running around with their heads completely exposed leads to some serious FridgeLogic, WordOfGod is generally that the characters ''do'' wear their helmets, but the models representing them don't to make them [[RuleOfCool more distinctive]].

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* FacelessGoons: Most troops are either alien monsters or wear full-face helmets, but most squad leaders and superior officers ''don't'', to make them stand out more. While the idea that men in suits of PoweredArmour the size of ''tanks'' are running around with their heads completely exposed leads to some serious FridgeLogic, WordOfGod is generally that the characters ''do'' wear their helmets, but the models representing them don't to make them [[RuleOfCool more distinctive]]. (Actual fluff is interesting on this front. At least in the case of Astartes, their skulls are just as tough as any helmet could hope to be, and their augmentations render them immune to most poisons and diseases (though, this being 40k, there are always higher levels of lethal, but a helmet would do squat against those anyway). The only reason to take a helmet is for the Autosenses suite, which is far more useful for shooting than for combat. As characters prefer melee....



** [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] will deliberately defy this trope, as in their Space Viking culture it's not enough to single-handedly take down a giant monster with nothing but your bare hands, ''someone needs to see you do it''. That, and they feel deafened while wearing the helmets, due to their heightened senses.

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** [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] will deliberately defy this trope, as in their Space Viking culture it's not enough to single-handedly take down a giant monster with nothing but your bare hands, ''someone needs to see you do it''. That, and they feel deafened while wearing the helmets, due to their heightened senses. As we mentioned earlier, helmets are only good for enhancing the senses of the wearer- if a marine's senses are equally good without, no reason to wear one, especially as it restricts smell.
18th Jun '17 4:56:23 PM nombretomado
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* CanisLatinicus: Conventional rendering of High Gothic; e.g., Adeptus Astartes, Adeptus Mechanicus. "Imperium," however, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperium is an actual Roman word]], according to ThatOtherWiki.

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* CanisLatinicus: Conventional rendering of High Gothic; e.g., Adeptus Astartes, Adeptus Mechanicus. "Imperium," however, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperium is an actual Roman word]], according to ThatOtherWiki.Wiki/ThatOtherWiki.
15th Jun '17 4:03:59 PM DrVonOppendown
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** Space Marines in general are based off of the famous Greek Spartans. More specifically, we have the Viking Space Wolves, the Mongol White Scars, the Roman Ultramarines as the most obvious examples. Blood Angels have some Christian iconography, particularly from the Renaissance period (in the form of immaculate angels). Dark Angels have a particularly monastic feel to them, reinforced by their Old Testament-style angelic names. The Dark Angel's Death Wing Company also has a sort of tribal feel to it, due to the history of their armor. Black Templars are likewise based off of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which also affects their gameplay. UsefulNotes/Prussia is also present in the Imperial Fists, whose attitudes and methods of sovereignty are straight out of the junker playbook.

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** Space Marines in general are based off of the famous Greek Spartans. More specifically, we have the Viking Space Wolves, the Mongol White Scars, the Roman Ultramarines as the most obvious examples. Blood Angels have some Christian iconography, particularly from the Renaissance period (in the form of immaculate angels). Dark Angels have a particularly monastic feel to them, reinforced by their Old Testament-style angelic names. The Dark Angel's Death Wing Company also has a sort of tribal feel to it, due to the history of their armor.armor, and the Ravenwing, with their huge, wing-like standards and emphasis on rapid assault, are dead ringers for the famed Winged Hussars of Poland. Black Templars are likewise based off of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which also affects their gameplay. UsefulNotes/Prussia {{UsefulNotes/Prussia}} is also present in the Imperial Fists, whose attitudes and methods of sovereignty are straight out of the junker playbook.
14th Jun '17 11:03:40 AM DrVonOppendown
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** The Tau term for humans is less blatantly insulting, but is still quite condescending if one is versed in their language. Their standard term is "Gue'la", which, apart from it sounding like the Chinese slur for Europeans (gwailo) doesn't seem that bad. However, their term for humans who have joined the Tau Empire is "Gue'vesa", which translates as "human helpers", clearly highlighting their status as second-class citizens. It's also worth noting the only other categorical use of the suffix -'vesa is in reference to their ''mindless robot servants.''



** Space Marines in general are based off of the famous Greek Spartans. More specifically, we have the Viking Space Wolves, the Mongol White Scars, the Roman Ultramarines as the most obvious examples. Blood Angels have some Christian iconography, particularly from the Renaissance period (in the form of immaculate angels). Dark Angels have a particularly monastic feel to them, reinforced by their Old Testament-style angelic names. The Dark Angel's Death Wing Company also has a sort of tribal feel to it, due to the history of their armor. Black Templars are likewise based off of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which also affects their gameplay.

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** Space Marines in general are based off of the famous Greek Spartans. More specifically, we have the Viking Space Wolves, the Mongol White Scars, the Roman Ultramarines as the most obvious examples. Blood Angels have some Christian iconography, particularly from the Renaissance period (in the form of immaculate angels). Dark Angels have a particularly monastic feel to them, reinforced by their Old Testament-style angelic names. The Dark Angel's Death Wing Company also has a sort of tribal feel to it, due to the history of their armor. Black Templars are likewise based off of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which also affects their gameplay. UsefulNotes/Prussia is also present in the Imperial Fists, whose attitudes and methods of sovereignty are straight out of the junker playbook.
6th Jun '17 11:30:32 PM HMSDreadnought
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** The Ork Fighta-Bomma looks very much like a Mig-15, while the Imperial Thunderbolt has the profile (if a different powerplant) of the WWII-era Mig-1 (its role, toughness and firepower make it similar to its namesake, the P-47 Thunderbolt). The Marauder has the profile of a US WWII medium bomber such as the B-26 Marauder, except with four engines instead of two.

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** The Ork Fighta-Bomma looks very much like a Mig-15, while the Imperial Thunderbolt has the profile (if a different powerplant) of the WWII-era Mig-1 (its role, toughness and firepower make it similar to its namesake, the P-47 Thunderbolt). The Marauder has the profile of a US WWII medium WW2 British Avro Lancaster heavy bomber such as the B-26 Marauder, except with four engines instead of two.delta wings.
31st May '17 3:49:40 PM DrVonOppendown
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** It is hinted at in the fluff that the bell tolls for every Space Marine that died in service to the Emperor. It must be ringing nearly all day and night if that is true.

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** It is hinted at in the fluff that the bell tolls for every Space Marine that died in service to the Emperor. It must be ringing nearly all day and night if More accurately, it's stated that, "...[the bell] would toll itself hoarse were it to ring for every Space Marine that is true.falls in His name."
31st May '17 3:04:20 PM DrVonOppendown
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** In the ''Dawn of War'' series, the Tau are characterised by distinctly Asian accents, which rather coincides with their Taoist philosophy and rather {{Animesque}} designs. They're also commonly seen as Space Communists for their "Greater Good" philosophy.

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** In the ''Dawn of War'' series, the Tau are characterised by distinctly Asian accents, which rather coincides with their Taoist philosophy and rather {{Animesque}} designs. They're also commonly seen as Space Communists for their "Greater Good" philosophy. Interestingly, though, their military doctrine of rapid movement, fluid battle lines and overwhelming force backed by drones, long range precision weaponry and laser-guided destruction (minus the battlesuits) is absolutely [[YanksWithTanks American]].
31st May '17 10:01:52 AM godzillavkk
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* AthensAndSparta: The Eldar see themselves as the only civilized people in a galaxy of barbarians, and will not hesitate to sacrifice thousands of humans to save a single Eldar's life thousands of years down the line. Justified somehat in that they're the second-oldest people in the galaxy fighting to retain what's left of their empire, and can't reproduce without a very strong chance of losing their soul.
**The Tau see themselves as bringing peace and enlightenment to the ignorant races around them. Unfortunately, due to being cut off from the rest of the galaxy for millenia they're unaware that these other races have been in constant war for 10,000 years.
**Orks are the barbarian race to everyone else by default, and proud of it.
Khorne and Slaanesh's minions have this relationship. Slaanesh is the god(dess) of hedonism, whose worship involves excess and the use of senses (including art in all its forms), so the Slaaneshi see Khornates as brutal morons. Khorne is the embodiment of rage, who demands constant bloodshed both from his enemies and his troops, so Khornates see the Slaaneshi as limp-wristed and effeminate. Khornates and Tzeentchians (Squishy Wizards, schemers and manipulators who worship the god of sorcery and deceit) see each other in a similar way, and for much the same reasons.
17th May '17 10:24:47 AM thatmadork
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** Just when fans thought things couldn't get any worse for the Imperium, along came 8th Edition. To put it short, Abaddon's Thirteen Black Crusade resulted in a stonking win for the forces of Chaos: [[spoiler:Cadia's been blown up]], and the Imperium has been fractured into two, with much of Segmentum Obscurus (the galactic "north") and Ultima Segmentum (the galactic "east") lost in an "Imperium Nihilus". The Astronomican in the Nihilus is obscured and many important worlds such as Baal, Mordian, Valhalla and [[TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic the Gothic Sector]] are isolated and besieged. The Imperium is trying desperately to reestablish control [[spoiler:with the help of the newly awakened Primarch Guilliman]], but things have never been bleaker.
14th May '17 3:21:19 PM nombretomado
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*** Who were then Expy'd into [[Franchise/StarCraft the Zerg]] by Blizzard Entertainment.
*** And where then expied ''back'' to ''Warhammer''. Tyranids before release of ''Franchise/StarCraft'' look very little like Zerg, while Tyranids released after ''Franchise/StarCraft''...

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*** Who were then Expy'd into [[Franchise/StarCraft [[VideoGame/StarCraft the Zerg]] by Blizzard Entertainment.
*** And where then expied ''back'' to ''Warhammer''. Tyranids before release of ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' look very little like Zerg, while Tyranids released after ''Franchise/StarCraft''...''VideoGame/StarCraft''...
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