A D B just posted (via FB) that Black Legion is finished.
His new project will feature the Emperor's Spears!
I'm super glad that BL is giving some not so famous chapters some spotlight like Laurie had once hinted.
Very curious and excited of what he'll be doing with them. SMB? Standalone novel? Short story?
As there is not much known about them, he has an opportunity of out-fleshing a whole chapter.
@A D B: Already got a certain theme / culture in mind?
Imho, a chapter which is specialized in aerial combat / void combat would be something new. Lots of fighters, landing crafts, etc. mixed with boarding actions and the likes. Maybe with a Greek themed culture? A bit of 300: Rise of an Empire battles in space?
Too early to say anything in detail, sorry!
Emperor Spears? If he wants to be a hispter he should cover my Sable Claws. (Astral Claws sucessor)
Even so I'm curious to see what he will do with them.
For the look of them, the trident and the blue, I would bet on "aquatic" theme.
But enough with Greek and Roman stuff please. We have more than plenty.
But I wonder what "culture" they will be inspired on.
Any insight on it would be great.
It's too early to say too much, but I'd argue we've seen very little good Greek/Roman stuff in any detail. Historical fiction is a passion of mine, and I can't think of many Space Marine cultures we see in any real detail. The Imperial Fists have certain Ancient Greece themes, but we see almost none of that culture come through in any detail. When do we really see the Space Rome of Ultramar through the same kind of lens that has left the West fascinated by the Roman Empire for the last 2,000 years? The Minotaurs have Greek aesthetic, but what does that actually mean beneath the armour? If anything?
I should add, I'm not criticising the quality of any Roman/Greek stuff that's come before, but there's been very little focus on it compared to, say, the Viking culture of Fenris or the Mongol themes of the White Scars in the HH. Most Ultramarine/Imperial Fist writing focuses wholly on stuff outside their homeworld cultures - the Chapter itself rather than its rituals and heritage.
Having upgrade bitz and historical-style decals doesn't mean something's been done too much, or well enough, before.
So awesome. The main Legions/Chapters are iconic for a reason I guess, there's plenty of thematic substance behind many of the themes the creative team originally decided on for them... but there is SO much potential in the hundreds of other minor Chapters that exist in canon that it really does my head in how rarely this is utilised.
So looking forward to this
Part of the reason is sales. Brand recognition in IP work is A Huge Deal. It's a big risk to do a no-name Chapter compared to a famous one, and it's guaranteed not to sell anything like a famous or First Founding Chapter. For that reason, BL is way less likely to be interested, authors are much less inclined to risk it, and BL is also way less likely to trust you to make it interesting.
Readers who can't stand Author X will still buy all of the Ultramarines / Space Wolves / Blood Angels, etc. novels, for example. They're also easy sells to people first getting into the setting, as they're perceived as "core". (You still see many, many examples online even these days where people recommend the Ultramarines series, the ancient Space Wolves series, and the Blood Angels series as entry points into BL fiction, for example.) And they'll be incredibly popular no matter their quality, and their name recognition and perception as core to the setting guarantees them huge traction.
Passing up the chance for those kinds of sales isn't easy, but it also comes with a certain freedom.
This could be good! With a totally unknown chapter the possibilities are endless. For both success and also for complete failure. Lol.
Seems that with a trident logo something related to that form of mythology would go down a treat.
Of course, being one of the special authors we know that there will be some form of "secret" or "dark truth" revealed to make readers speculate until their speculation devices are completely out of speculationite.
Naw, I'm not really keen on dark truths and huge secrets, etc. Not revealing every mystery is fine (I like it when Chapters don't know their origins; that's cool), but there's a reason I played it straight with the Night Lords in their series, the World Eaters in Betrayer, the Black Templars in Helsreach, and so on. Snowflake uniqueness is the easiest thing in the world to do, and we all did that with our first teenage homebrews, I'm sure. I prefer to take core concepts and basic assumptions and do my best to show why they're cool.
Edited by A D-B, 16 February 2017 - 12:10 PM.