I suppose I should introduce myself.
You might have seen me around the forum in various threads. I've often thought about building a Black Templars army for YEARS (seriously: I was first introduced to 40k in my Freshman year of high school via the first Ciaphas Cain omnibus, and that was in '08) but never really did so. As I said in the 'Why the Black Templars' thread:
I love the Knightly aesthetic, which is also why I like the Dark Angels. Whereas the Templars have a much more zealous aspect than the Dark Angels secretive Arthurian Knights, the Templars are the Crusades-era Knights. Their colour scheme and symbols of white-on-black, with red and gold as accents, is just aesthetically pleasing to me. Because it's simple, but very effective and visually distinct. I love the fact that the Templars just simply do not give up (seems to be a trait for the sons of Dorn. Stubborn bastards all of them ). I love the schizoid 'close combat over guns' aspect of Marines, and Templars are the ones who epitomize that the most outside of World Eaters. Speaking of the close combat: Despite the fact that they like it, there's nothing stopping them from using other tactics, which is good for me, because I really, really, REALLY like tanks, flyers and dreadnoughts (seriously: I was contemplating Iron Hands for Loyalists for a while.... Then the new codex came out and torpedoed that idea right quick, and for chaos it was Iron Warriors because of them focusing on armoured/mechanized warfare).
Their using of unique heraldry gives everyone an individual feel, despite all being Space Marines, who can sometimes come off as generic. It's why there's going to be a lot of bare heads in my army. Both for there to be a individuality amongst the forces, and also to show off the variance of skin tones and appearances because of their wide recruitment pool.
If I had to make one sales pitch, i'd say that if you're collecting Black Templars, your force is always canon. With so many crusades out there every one of player's forces can be real. My crusade? Totally exists in the game. Your crusade? Same. For what it's worth, there may be actual Marshal Laeroth somewhere among the stars. And they are different things, not like 'oh, I'm collecting 3rd company blood angels and you have 3rd company blood angels, let's pretend it's a training combat between lore-wise' or seeing endless Feiros vs Feiros matches.
Well, no longer.
I currently have 10 Intercessors with Auto-Bolt Rifles, 5 with Stalker Bolt Rifles, a Primaris Chaplain and a Deredeo Dreadnought. My plan is to get Dark Imperium, Know no Fear and two boxes of Intercessors, which will give me just under 2k of Primaris to play around with.Aside from that, I will also be getting the FW The Mark III Legion Starter Collection, as I like Mark III armour's aesthetic and it fits the Knightly theme of the Templars.
Those purchases will be supplemented by a rather large PopGoesTheMonkey in December
I will then expand into other units (I'm waiting on PA2 with the Black Templars stuff to get anything major like the named characters), most likely Aggressors and a Redemptor. Obviously the Land Raider Crusader will come, but I need to figure out what'll be riding in it.
I'll leave this post with the first two of my Black Templars I've fully painted, Brother Bors and Chaplain Andreas