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SM Heroes Series 2 now available worldwide, Series 3 in Asia


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Perhaps it might even be like Series 2, and a combination of some of these ideas instead of a complete squad consistent with the rules. E.g. a fast attack/assault theme including assault marines with jump packs, some without jump packs, a couple of Vanguard Veterans, and maybe a couple of bikes.



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So series 3 was confirmed by the Warhammer community site today as part of the New York toy show. Werent the previous Space Marine Heroes sets announced at a Tokyo toy show?

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So series 3 was confirmed by the Warhammer community site today as part of the New York toy show. Werent the previous Space Marine Heroes sets announced at a Tokyo toy show?

 

I expect the actual reveal of the models will be in Japan, and this is probably more of a footnote to the announcement of Series 2 going worldwide.


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I actually think it's quote likely the new series could be Primaris. Hoping for scouts personally. I own both series 1 and 2 (live in Asia) and I'm really excited about the next batch.

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Dynamically posed Old Marine scouts or an assault squad would make my day.
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Dunno why... But on japans side of GW there´s bundle of series 2, captain itself to buy and then the paint set with termie banner.

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I'm hoping for the Dark Horse option: Chaos Space Marines.
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I'm hoping for the Dark Horse option: Chaos Space Marines.

 

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Series 3 should just be about Primaris Lieutenants we all know how well they generate hype


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Just a very quick update here, Brothers.

 

1st, just reconstructing the timeline for Space Marine Heroes releases in the past...which I think they're accelerating now.  The previous Space Marine Heroes Series were shown for the 1st time during the Tokyo Toy Shows of their respective years, which happens in the summer.  This year it's mid-June.  When I personally got them here in Hong Kong, which might've been later in Japan, it was always around autumn, like when the 500th Store opened here and one of the reasons to go was Space Marine Heroes Series 2 around early October.

 

But I do feel when they're announcing now on Warhammer Community, usually they only preview things a month or so in advance.  And I don't know if you feel this, but aside from something like the last 2 40k Codices, everything seems to be pushed up in terms of schedule.  Like I initially expected Kill Team: Rogue Trader to come out around Nov/Dec for the Christmas holidays, but that came out like in September, and instead we got another big 40k thing in the form of Blackstone Fortress for Christmas.  It's like GW's accelerating stuff, to stuff more products in the calendar.

 

2nd, I'm hearing this 2nd hand, but apparently some Japanese hobby magazine (covering their own hobbies like Gundam and stuff) were doing a contest on Space Marine Heroes.  Like you would submit a pic from either Series 1 or Series 2 and they'll publish them in an upcoming issue.  I don't know if this is GW promoting them outside their normal marketing engine (which is all pretty much in-house, through White Dwarf, WhC, WhTV, etc.)  If anything, it's more likely their Japanese distribution partner, Max Factory, is just doing some marketing activity.

 

I just learned this as apparently there was some sort of idea floating around here in Hong Kong where we would do some sort of group submission, and I'm ready to do some more detailing on my spedpainted Thunderhammer Termie for this, but I've been told to stand down for now (some sort of logistical issue or we're not eligible for it).

 

Series 3 should just be about Primaris Lieutenants we all know how well they generate hype

 

That's hilarious, Brother, like all the Primaris Lieutenants we've been waiting for got shipped to Japan accidentally and they're awaiting transport home.


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Going to agree with an earlier stated post - Primaris should stick to mainline release, Space Marine heroes should be "old" marines, re-envisioned in new sculpts/proportions. As much as I'd like them to hit us with a surprise and suddenly do Chaos Marines, I don't see that happening with a name like Space Marine Heroes. Thus I'd imagine the next iconic look at the marines would have to be either scouts, devastators, or assault marines (with jump packs). 

I feel Scouts need the love more, so fingers crossed.  My wonder now lies on which chapter will be seen on the box art. The "Big four" for loyalists are Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, and Wolves, so that leaves either green or slightly greyish plastic. Unless wild card, Raven Guard binches. 


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In my initial post, I mentioned Primaris as a possibility.  I was hanging out at my local Warhammer Store and I am seriously questioning that now for 1 reason:

 

If they released a Primaris Heroes Series, who'd bother buying the Dark Imperium/Know No Fear or all the other Primaris + Another Faction sets?

 

I was staring at a shelf of those, then those half-shelves for the other starter boxes of Primaris + Something Else.  I'm usually the guy that downplays the problems of cannibalisation, since you're still selling something rather than nothing, but in this case it's too direct.  I also never mentioned it before but I agree better Scouts would be totally ace as well.


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This is a bit late as I had to do a little bit of investigation on this previously mentioned topic:

 

 

2nd, I'm hearing this 2nd hand, but apparently some Japanese hobby magazine (covering their own hobbies like Gundam and stuff) were doing a contest on Space Marine Heroes.  Like you would submit a pic from either Series 1 or Series 2 and they'll publish them in an upcoming issue.  I don't know if this is GW promoting them outside their normal marketing engine (which is all pretty much in-house, through White Dwarf, WhC, WhTV, etc.)  If anything, it's more likely their Japanese distribution partner, Max Factory, is just doing some marketing activity.

 

I've discovered more...by being a participant.  I share this info now just to give you an impression of how Space Marine Heroes is being promoted in Japan.

 

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The magazine is Hobby Japan, from probably the biggest model/tabletop publisher in Japan as we even get them here in Hong Kong.  They usually focus on Gundam; they're not affiliated with their maker, Bandai, but it's Japanese after all, so not surprising.  They also do cover other things, like they were the localisation/translation/publisher for Dungeons & Dragons, plus they made that Queen's Blade book game (they literally designed a game based on chainmail bikini, no judgment, but I can't make this stuff up).  Thus, it's well impressive.

 

Hobby Japan runs regular model painting contests that readers can enter to get their works published in their magazines.  They've done one for Space Marine Heroes Series 1 before, and now they're running a second one where you can enter miniatures from Series 1 AND/OR Series 2 in the following categories:

 

- Single Miniature

- Group of Miniatures/Diorama

- Junior/Youngblood (you have to be Form 3/8th Grade or below)

 

There's a complicated (for people who aren't Japanese, admittedly) photographing and uploading process with an online form that I needed help from a Games Workshop manager/manga fan with.  You have to take pictures from the front, sides, back, then zip them in a file and upload to this specific Japanese shared drive, then fill in a form.  I think I entered hours before the deadline, assuming we did things right.

 

Link if you want to see for yourself, but the deadline was last Tuesday: http://hobbyjapan.co.jp/smhpaint2/

 

This isn't a huge deal but it's a really positive sign, with Space Marines being featured at all in Hobby Japan, the Gundam magazine.  It did not look like a paid promotion.  Instead, it's more like this magazine just wanted to create content for a future issue and do something different with Space Marine Heroes, almost like this is what foreigners have instead of Gundam, the Western equivalent of Gundam.  That's really high praise IMHO in Japan.

 

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My guess as a marketer is that they'll publish the "winners" of this contest in a future issue alongside the 1st news or teaser for Series 3 (like we either see the miniature or a silhouette of it).  It's the most natural set up, like the magazine would tell readers, "Space Marine Heroes are a thing, here's what previous Series looked like...and what's this!?  A new Series even better than what we just showed you!?  Please be excited!!!"  I wish I had an idea of turnaround time, I honestly don't know.


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N1SB, thank you for your perspective on the matter. You always have something worthwhile to contribute and I enjoy hearing dispatches on the hobby from outside primarily English-speaking countries.
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So, painted as Salamanders or Dark Angels?


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They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.


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salmanders would be way cooler.


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salmanders would be way cooler.


But Dark Angels far more likely.

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Honestly, what they're painted as doesn't interest me the slightest, assuming they follow the pattern of previous series in that they're sculpted completely free of any chapter specific doodads.

 

For me the biggest question remains, what armour will they wear?



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I'm hoping Terminators wait we already had that. Jump troops or bikes, possibly?
Could be new scouts though, which would be awesome.


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So, painted as Salamanders or Dark Angels?

 

Oh wow, thanks for sharing this intel.

 

Good points on both.  That's a weird shade of green, though.  Almost reminds me of Nurgle green.


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yeah leaned salamanders being the green was too vibrant for dark angels, even though dark angels make the most sense.



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yeah leaned salamanders being the green was too vibrant for dark angels, even though dark angels make the most sense.

 

I play DA, and that doesn't look at all like Caliban Green to me.  Heck if I know, though, so take this with however many buckets of salt as you like. :)



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