As you will already know I bought a copy of Codex Blood Angels and felt a little a little annoyed. However the fluff is great and the art amazing so the more I look at the pretty pictures the happier I am.
Back to the topic at hand – the Sanguinor. The model is stunning! The pose isn’t the most dynamic (I prefer Astorath the Grim’s pose is far more fluid) but it is very ‘angelic’ – it doesn’t take a genius to work out why they did it, but it is a bit annoying as the living saint is in a very similar position. The scrolls elevate the model off the ground adding height without messing up the ‘scale’ of the model. And the painting in White Dwarf is amazing – the quality of the NMM is stunning.
The art in the Codex depicting the Sanguinor also are excellent, though in my opinion the detail they give the ‘normal’ marines in the art in the book blow away the special characters.
The stats and rules make the Sanguinor an extremely powerful option, especially in offensive army lists, though he’d be an awesome counter attach unit too.
The fluff – this is the area I really can’t get over, which is why i’ve raised it again. The Sanguinor is well known for arriving just in time to save the Blood Angels, but he never stays around once the fight is finished. The Blood Angles claim to not know the origins of the Sanguinor or have a way of contacting him. Surely this is a massive concern for the Blood Angels (though is not raised as one in the literature).
The Inquisition should be all over this guy – a superhero of amazing abilities fully fitted out in the Blood Angels most revered and rare armour and weapons that can’t be controlled (if not by them then by the Blood Angels).
Now, on to the logical problems – how does he know where he needs to be, how does he arrive there, how does he leave, where does he originate from? My (logical whilst still keeping with the 40k fluff) suggestions are below:
He doesn’t, he is essentially lost in the warp and arrives when the warp throws him out – this fits in with some of the text in the Codex with regards to the planet taken over by Daemons. It would be likely he leaves in the same way. Maybe the Emperor uses his power to keep the Sanguinor in out of the warp just long enough to sway the tide of the battle? The last question is easier, but also less precise, he MUST be a Blood Angel (or successor chapter but not likely), one of the Sanguinary Guard who was lost in the warp during or some time after the Horus Heresy? When the possessed Death Guard in ‘the Flight of the Einstein’ were killed their souls zapped back to the warp – could it be that the soul of a Sanguinary Guard was taken by Chaos but not corrupted? Certain members of the Blood Angels are well known for this – Dante won’t die even though he’s ancient, Mephiston won’t die even though everyone is trying to kill him (thought now there is a seed of doubt about him turning to Chaos – will this lead to something interesting in a future Codex?), and last but not least Lemartes has succumbed to the Black Rage but is resilient enough to be clear in mind enough to lead the Death Company and not get himself killed (the purpose of the Death Company surely?).
Anyone notice the similarities with the Necrons Deceiver?
Anyone got something to add to the above attack on the Blood Angels’ Golden Boy? Or have I missed something? Please feel free to add your comments and set me (and any readers) straight!