but Devastors is not "the" Black Templar Thing too - but I can Play them. It is not often used (because BT dont like that Kind of warfare)... and Phobos too... Its not the art of War what BT prefer.
Just because they prefer other things it doesn't mean it's not a thing for them. Blood Angels also prefer Jump Packs and melee but that doesn't mean they don't use Tacticals, Devastators and so on.
And all things are retconned over time; the 3.5/4th edition was great, but it also was a restrictive approach to chapter and legion design - the BTs changed from a relatively freeform "codex" chapter to something restricted in the same way the chapter approved/3.5 chaos legions were, with only certain units and vehicles allowed, with others discounted from the list. Since that time, however, the legions have moved beyond that (in part through the painful process that was the 5th edition codex), but today they are freeform again with specific characterful elements - while, for certain players, the BTs cannot evolve or change, they must maintain that 3.5/4th vision of what is or isn't "Black Templar".
My favourite pieces of space marine art are still the BT works of 3rd edition, be it the Blanche cover of 3rd or the single page army black and white painting of BTs en masse in the first 3rd edition Space Marine codex, with quite noticeable whirlwinds and Devs which of course the later army lists ni the Armageddon codex and then the BT codex removed - ie retconned that they would not be "Black Templar". But now we can have them again, and that's quite nice, just like how World Eaters can now again have Havocs or other things they lost for a while.
These images are so very evocative, showing that units don't remove that amazing (indeed pre-limited list) aesthetic of the Templars. They show how things that were present at a specific moment in time and then later moments in time said didn't belong to the chapter identity can now again really belong and fit the theme....
Edited by Petitioner's City, 14 November 2019 - 08:52 PM.
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