As some of you may now, after the advancing of the setting, Guilliman the Primarch launched a new crusade, Indomitus Crusade, to fight the advance of Chaos, which after the fall of Cadia has deviated from its direct path to Terra and instead has created a lot of damage in the galaxy.
The galaxy has been effectively separated in two halves by a warp rift that crosses it by the middle. One half -North and part of East- is isolated from the light of the Astronomicon and it's called Dark Imperium (Imperium Nihilus). There are some notorius planets like Baal, Mordia, Valhala and some other space marine worlds.
The purpose of the crusade is also to save these worlds from whatever is happening there (say Chaos, Tyranids, Orks and Necrons).
With this briefing in mind, Guilliman ordered the Archmagos Cawl to restart the Primaris Marines project. Something which has developed 10k years ago but after the coma state of Guilliman it wasn't never launched. Now it's time to distribute them
The Primaris Marines are a new breed of marines. Some summary from the Q&A of GW here
>What is a primaris space marine?
new generation of space marines. Blended primarch, custodes, and space marine geneseed. Bigger, more powerful, but more specialized when compared to tactical squads. The entire primaris squad is all trained in the same weapon.
- so yes, the squads are more expensive and more specialized, like aspect warriors maybe. The only known squad is the intercessor squad and has a bolt rifle as a new weapon
New Primaris Marine Chapters! + they will be in other existing Space Marine Chapters. Even existing Space Marines can be adapted and made into Primaris Space Marines.
- the idea is that you either can use the new primaris to reinforce your old space marines or to make a whole army made of these. To flesh the idea, the lore admits either new founding chapters (to be seen), or that every chapter can be reinforced with these new ones.
Eventually the idea is that people shift from the old, short minis to these new, taller ones.
>What is Mark X Armor and what happened to Mark IX?
Mark X of Armor is new but didn't give a lot of information about it.
Mark IX is a mystery on what happened to it.
- Mark armor X is the new one, as you can see in the pics. Mark IX is like the Windows 9
Some pictures here: http://www.beastsofw...ad-8th-edition/
More FAQs here
So, what’s a Primaris Space Marine?
These are a brand-new breed of warrior, commissioned by the Primarch Guilliman and developed in secret on Mars for the past 10,000 years by Archmagos Belisarius Cawl. Find out all about them and check out an awesome video here.
Are all my current Space Marine miniatures redundant now?
No way! Primaris Space Marines do not replace regular (if a superhuman killing machine can be described as ‘regular’) Space Marines. These guys have a few extra genetic enhancements, thanks to Belisarius Cawl, and serve as additional reinforcements in the Adeptus Astartes arsenal, not replacements.
Will there be multiple types of Primaris Space Marines?
You bet. So far you’ve seen the Intercessors, the line infantry clad in Mk X armour, but there are plenty more on the way. And likely vehicles too…
Wait, Mk X armour?
Yup, these guys have new armour: combining the best bits of classic Horus Heresy-era plate, with some fancy tech developed more recently.
Can I field a whole army of Primaris Marines?
You totally can. From a background point of view, some Chapters, especially those decimated in the events of the Gathering Storm, now have entire companies of these new warriors. Others have incorporated squads of Primaris Space Marines into existing Battle Companies. And perhaps most excitingly, Guilliman has founded some entirely new Chapters out of these new Space Marines.
I have an <insert favourite Chapter> army. Can I field Primaris Space Marines?
Any of the galaxy’s many hundreds of Codex Chapters can use Primaris Space Marines, along with many of the less Codex-compliant ones like Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Space Wolves.
So, Primaris are just better in the game, right? What’s the point of using older Space Marines?
Marine to Marine, they certainly have some advantages over a Tactical Squad, but it comes at a cost. These guys will cost more points than standard Space Marines, so you’ll have fewer of them, and their weapon options will be different. For maximum tactical punch, you’ll want to bring all your Space Marines to the tabletop.
What if I don’t want to use them?
Well, aside from missing out on some cool new models and tactical options for your army, then that’s totally cool. You certainly don’t have to include Primaris Space Marines in your Space Marines army. Though when you see the Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought, you’ll want to. Primaris Dreadnought? Did I write that…? Nah. Moving on.
Are the kits compatible with existing Space Marine kits?
Good Question. There are certainly elements of the existing Space Marines kits that will be cross-compatible, while the new armour mark means that some parts won’t mix as easily. Shoulder pads and helmets are the same scale, and will still work, whereas the legs, torso and arms are different, and not quite as interchangeable. In terms of the Primaris sets themselves, you’ll have loads of fun kit-bashing them.
Can I use these guys alongside my Astra Militarum army?
Yeah you can. These new Space Marines will be available to use alongside all Imperial armies to fill some battlefield roles your army might normally struggle with.