6th edition starter box – first thoughts

With “leaked” pictures of the 6th edition starter box all over the interwebz this weekend, you have probably seen the models by now. After spending the last 48 hours alternating between screaming like a little girl and fainting due to the sheer awesomness of the new chaos models, let me take a few moments to collect my thoughts on the contents of the starter box.

But first a disclaimer of sorts: I took these pictures from Faeit 212, and they originated on 4chan, I believe. And all of this is of course totally owned by Games Workshop, to give credit where credit is due. I only cropped some of the pictures to illustrate my ramblings — please don’t sue me! Thanks πŸ˜‰

Alright, everyone ready? Here goes:


Well, I think we can all agree that this is all that chaos worshippers the world over were hoping for and then some. When the chaos contents of the box were first leaked, I was a little unimpressed at the inclusion of five Chosen — no more!Β  The new models blow everything I have seen in terms of starter boxes clean out of the water. GW was even nice enough to paint them in an almost-World Eater colour-scheme for me! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but rather approach this systematically:

Chaos Lord

The good: Well, where to start? This guy looks fantastic! Just what you imagine a twisted, millennia-old warlord of the ruinous powers to look like. I love the inclusion of a Plasma pistol, since it’ll give me the opportunity to pull off one of my cheap OSL effects. Come to think of it, the sword lends itself to shenanigans like that rather beautifully as well. This guy is great!

The bad: Well, he doesn’t look like a World Eater. But wait, is that a little stylised fanged maw on his belly — maybe he can be made to look like a World Eater easier than I suspected. Yay!

The plan: Well, I’ll definitely use this guy as some kind of officer! It remains to be seen how easily he may be converted, but the model will definitely end up in my force sooner rather than later.



These are all kinds of awesome, and they really, really look the part. Let me walk you through my plans for them:

This guy screams “Dark Apostle” to me, from the maul (Dark Crozius) to the third eye on his forehead. I’ll probably end up painting him as a Word Bearer – if only for the heck of it.

The single horn on this Chosen’s forehead somehow gives me a Nurgle vibe. But then, it’s a great idea that “generic” undivided Marines should have visual cues that call to mind different chaos gods: After all, they are worshipping all of them. Anyway, really love the pose on this guy!

Where the last model reminded me of Nurgle, this guy looks decidedly Tzeentchian in my opinion. Look at the helmet, the eye on the breastplate…. and even the weapon: If you ask me, paint up this guy in blue and gold, and you’ve got and instant Thousand Sons Rubric Marine.

It also seems that there are two of these in the set: While I am not generally opposed to repeating models (least of all in a starter box), they maybe could have done five unique Chosen. But then, that’s only a very small nitpick, considering the sheer quality of these models!

This guy is a little harder to make out due to the quality of the picture. So let me just say that he really reminds me of one of the older 90s’ metal Chaos Marines. And a bit of nostalgia is always a good idea!

And finally, easily my favourite of the bunch. This guy is just plain fantastic, from the design to the pose. I am so going to make him a World Eater! Although, he’d make for a rather nice Night Lord as well: Just add a jump pack, and you’re there!

So what’s my overall take on these?

The good: Fantastic design. Lots of variation. First really cool chosen ever. ‘Nuff said.

The bad: They could have done five unique models, of course. But my biggest gripe with these is actually the fact that their quality makes me want to instantly throw away the Chosen that I painstakingly converted myself…looks like my Chosen may be downgraded to be regular Berzerkers…

The plan: Some of these will make fantastic World Eaters. Some I may keep for different projects. All of them are fantastic, so I’ll be able to think of something πŸ˜‰



This guy seems to be everybody’s darling at the moment. And rightly so! While I am not a big fan of over-the-top mutations, this beast is just off the hook! First we only had a pretty shitty metal model for nearly two decades, now we are rewarded with this —Β  that’s Karma for you!

The good: He’s stunning! This may be the single greatest model ever to be included in a starter kit! Can you remember the way we were blown away when GW included a freaking Dreadnought with the Black Reach box? Seems like the bar has been raised by several notches!

On a related note, I do hope that whoever did this guy also took a shot at the new Obliterators: They really do need a facelift!

The bad: My problem does not lie with the model itself, but rather with the suspicion that Hellbrutes will completely replace Dreads. The leaked ruleset looks alright, but just having converted two Dreads with a lot of weapon options, I hope that they won’t turn out to be useless this edition. But I am really rather confident, that it’ll all work out alright!

The plan: Paint it and play it. As soon as possible.



Highly anticipated, these guys come in two flavours: More dakka and less dakka. I really like the models, too. And it was about time CSM got cultists back!

the cultists with autoguns take all the right cues from the Vraksian Renegade Militia and a couple of other sources. The champion somehow looks like a traitorous commissar to me — must be the coat. He’s also wearing a Blood Pact-like grotesque. Awesome!

The CC Champion looks a little less impressive, but his followers are pretty great. I especially like the disfigured guy with the bare torso!

The good: The sculpt on these guys is really nice! They are also a godsend for INQ28 and Necromunda players. And I really love the fact that a cheaper, non-Astartes troop selection seems to have made the cut!

The bad: Quite a few duplicates here, which is a little more noticeable. They’re still great though!

The plan: All of these will be drafted into my Traitor Guard force, Urash’s Marauders and painted in the corresponding colours. That way, I’ll be able to play them as Traitor Guard or Cultists, depending on the situation. I also think they’ll look really cool in my Traitor Guard colour scheme.

I really think that the Chaos models alone are basically worth the price of admission here! If this is a first taste of what’s in store for us Chaos players, this will turn out to be an expensive year indeed!

But wait, what about the loyalist dogs?

Many people argue that the Dark Angels really got the short end of the stick. But that’s crazy talk: The fact that they seem a little underwhelming is not due to a lack of quality, but rather to how fantastic the chaos models are. Taken on their own merits, those DA models are rather great:

The Company Master and Librarian are excellent! Some people are miffed by the huge wings adorning the Company Master’s helmet, but come on: Those wings have been a huge part of the DA’s iconography for a very long time now! What kind of DA army have you been playing for the last decade?

I am, however, not particularly fond of the limited edition Chaplain: He simply doesn’t click with me. His head should have been far more skull-like, in my opinion. On the positive side, this means I won’t have to get the limited edition. Phew!

The tac Marines are indeed a little underwhelming compared to the Chosen. However, that’s really like comparing apples and oranges: There’s far more artistic license for creating armour warped by the ruinous powers. It’s not these guys’ fault that they have to wear the “boring” loyal power armour. The sergeant looks rather nice, though! Also note that these are really Dark Angels (sculpted heraldry and all): No space smurfs this time!

The good: Nice, if a little underwhelming sculpts. I really like that they are not Ultramarines for once, though!

The bad: The tactical Marines could have been cooler. I also think the chaplain’s a bit of a missed chance.

The plan: The Company Master and Sergeant seem likely recruits for my Custodes. All in all, it remains to be seen how easy these will be to convert…

The second batch of DA has a Terminator squad as well as a Ravenwing squad on bikes. This is some serious bang for the buck, if you ask me!

The good: The sculpts are very nice, and they really look like Dark Angels. No more decal shenanigans and painted on heraldry. I also hope that I’ll be able to induct these into my Custodes without too much of a hassle.

The bad: Once again, in contrast to the chaos models, these don’t really go too much beyond the established look for DA/loyal Marines. But again, you can’t fault these models for the fact that the chaos side of things got treated so poorly in the last years.

The plan: I’d really like to turn the Terminators into Custodes Cataphracts. Let’s just wait and see how hard that will be… The bikes should be reassonably simple to convert into Custodes (jet)bikes, provided they are assembled similarly to the “regular” Space Marine bikes.


All in all, this starter box is nothing short of stellar. You may keep bashing GW for their sometimes harebrained decisions or their inflexibility, but then something like this comes along and just shuts you up — if only for a minute or so. I AM SO GOING TO BUY THIS!

What are your thoughts about the new models and your plans for them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

Until then, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!


16 Responses to “6th edition starter box – first thoughts”

  1. Brynngar Says:

    I can hardly wait for this box. I plan to turn the dark angels into word bearers along with the chaos marines.

  2. The Hellbrute and the Cultists are soo great! And: Autoguns and -pistols in plastic is one of the best news for me as I-munda-fan! Can’t wait for this stuff! πŸ˜€

    • Indeed, being an INQ28/Inquisimunda fan myself, it’ll be rather hard to decide what to use these cultists for: INQ28, Necromunda, chaos cultists or Traitor Guard? So many ideas and “only” 20 models. Argh! πŸ˜‰

  3. these all look cool. those chaos marines are joining my Dark Apostle. and the Dark Angels are giong to jion myu ravenwing (makes me glad i got the ravenwing battleforce ages ago, as well as the box of DA veterans.)

    looking foward to seeing the full chaos release.


    • I’ve always found the DA kits to be an exceptionally good buy! Lots and lots of useful bitz that can be used for several armies (DA, Word Bearers, Custodes,…), plus you’re getting quite a bit of the normal tactical stuff as well.

      I agree that the Chaos release will probably blow us away, although I guess they’ll have to make the models slightly less cool than the ones in the starter box: I suspect that those can only be that spectacular because they are one-pose-only. And please, please, please don’t let them screw up the rules and fluff! πŸ˜‰

      • Is it just me, or do they look like word bearers anyway?

      • Oh, absolutely! There’s a reason why so many people are using DA veterans as their chosen.

        As for the fluff, you could argue that the difference between DA and Chaos Marines basically boils down to the fact that the DA were smart enough to be a little more “flexible” about their allegiance πŸ˜‰

  4. Ghost XV15 Says:

    I fucking LOVE the models πŸ˜‰
    The DA will be traded for more of those nice Chaos-worshipers, to extend my “True Scale World Eaters”

  5. I placed my pre-order sight-unseen at my FLGS, and I am so happy I did. Heck, if I could modify my order to get two Deluxe versions (with the interrogator-chaplain), I would, just to get twice as many figurines, the entire batch looks so great. Those Chaos Marines are definitely going to be Word Bearers for me (I love guys with the moxie to deal with four squabbling Gods, as well as act like maniacal televangelists gone really, really bad), and the Dark Angels make me excited for them like I have never been before (and you’re so right, it’s time we had a Loyalist force that aren’t Ultramarines). Time to perfect my glowing plasma-gun coil techniques…

    And OMEmperor, Chaos Cultists! It’s high time the inverse of the Imperial Guard got some official love in model form. This means that some Cultist-type models I’ve stowed away since the Lost and the Damned add-on rules were made obsolete are going to back on the hobby table to be finished after all. And that Hellbrute! For so long, I’ve thought, “Why doesn’t GW have a fresh Chaos Dread kit to replace the chunk of metal that’s existed since the Beatles were still getting the band together?” πŸ™‚ It is EXCELLENT, worthy of the Chaos designation, even if it does kind of look like a giant Obliterator. At this point, with Chaos Dreads only available through Forge World, and with the Hellbrute looking so inspired, I am not going to complain one bit.

    GW may drain my pocketbook like a succubus drains a lover of blood and treat me like a red-headed stepchild at times, but I always keep coming back. They truly are evil geniuses. πŸ™‚

    • Haha, I am really feeling similarly enthusiastic about this box, mate. The one question I have is whether there will be a new Dread/Hellbrute kit released separately from the starter box. If not, people will still need to cough up quite a bit of money for their Chaos Dreads (or convert one iof the loyal ones, of course).

      I also love the fact that cultists are in, but would love to see even more LNTD elements (Big Mutants, stalk tanks,…). That said, the fact that I get to legally play my Traitor Guard as Imperial Guard allied to my World Eaters is already a pretty good solution to that particular problem.

      In other news, glowing Plasma coils are really easy to do! Just check out some of my World Eater models to see a really simple recipe for a reasonably convinving effect! πŸ˜‰

  6. dear god those models are amazing! I am an iron worriors player and that hell brute would work amazingly a deamon engine of sorts. but the only issue I have here is how do I make those extencively chaos infested models look more iron worriorsy? any ideas?

    • I imagine the Hellbrute could be quite easily made to fit the Iron Warriors look by adding one of the “facemasks” from the Defiler kit (I am thinking of the one that looks like a Chaos Warrior’s helmet, maybe with the horns clipped off) over the model’s “human” face – presto, Iron Warriors!

      Also keep in mind that the Iron Warriors supposedly have lots of Obliterators, so the fusion of flesh and machine should be nothing new to them.

      The chosen should work reasonably well as IW, just by using the right colour scheme.

      And in the new GW, there’s even a shot of one of the cultist champs painted with IW heraldry.

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