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One thing almost every player of Warhammer 40,000 will do is choose a chapter to play with. Space Marines in the setting are divided into around 1,000 chapters of about 1,000 marines each. These chapters range from the so well-known they have their own Codex, chapter-specific rules, and heroes, to somewhat known, to totally unknown.
This leaves players with the opportunity to take a known chapter (often with their own transfer sheets!), take a lesser known one, or else to invent their own.
This applies to painters too. As I get down to the last couple of hundred figures, I have found some random Space marines miniatures from over the years. So, they need painting, which means they need painted as a particular chapter.
After considering, but ultimately deciding against the Raven Guard, I headed over to the Warhammer 40,000 wiki and its list of known chapters. Some of these chapters have little more than a colour scheme and a chapter symbol – some don’t even have that! Others have far greater detail so there’s plenty to choose from.
Basically, I started at the top of the list and went shopping for a chapter.
Eventually my eyes alighted on the Red Templars. Here’s the entirely of the known information about them:
Three things drew me to the red Templars. First, that chapter symbol. I have a few Fleur de Lys transfers on those old Bretonnian sheets, and getting more would simply be a case of picking up a new release Sisters of Battle transfer sheet (which exists, right?) should I suddenly need more.
Second is the brief history of the chapter. I’m not the only one who enjoyed reading about the Imperial Fists in the recent novel Saturnine. I didn’t fancy painting yellow though, so this chapter solves that problem.
Third is the painting challenge. Like yellow, I have always found red a bit of a challenge, especially on larger flat surfaces. So this chapter gives me something to improve on too.
The fourth reason on my list of three is the fact that very little is known about the Red Templars other than their name and progenitor chapter. This means I can make up as much background as I like, so you can look forward to that over the coming months too!
Short term, get ready for some red space marines who aren’t Blood Angels.