New Space Marine Assault Squad and Chapter Upgrade Kits from Games Workshop

By Polar_Bear
In 40K
Jun 1st, 2015

Space Marines are the elite troopers of the Empire of Man in the grimdark future of 40k. These heavily-genetically-modified warriors (who can spit acid, and have a couple different hearts, just for starters), stand ready to protect the Empire from the forces of any aliens that may be around, as well as the perils of the Warp. There are numerous chapters and sub-chapters spread across the galaxy. One problem, though… is that all that ceramite armor can be hard to tell apart. With that, GW has some Chapter Upgrade Kits and waterslide transfer sheets now available to pre-order from their website, along with a new Assault Squad.

The new upgrade kits come with all manner of new shoulder pads and specially-customized weaponry to help you distinguish your marines for your particular chapter, be it Dark Angels, Ultramarines, Blood Angels, or Space Wolves. The Transfer Sheets help even further, by helping out your caffeine hands and create the iconography of your selected chapter on any of the figures you might want.

As for the Assault Squad, like all of GW’s kits, customization is key. Don’t want your Assault Squad to have jump packs? That’s fine. Not only do you get torsos without harnesses on them, but you also get sets of running legs. There’s also a total of 23 weapons with which you can arm your guys. I told you there’s customization aplenty.


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  • DB

    $41 for a 5 man squad is a little excessive, but I suppose that’s not too unusual for GW. Wow.

    • BaconSlayer
      • DB

        Good point, but WM is supposed to be a skirmish game…though I’m not sure how true that is any longer.

        • TGN_Polar_Bear

          It’s hard to say how much it ever really was. Sure, the starter boxes had 3-5 minis in it, but those were the starter boxes. The original game was set for 300, 500, and 750 points, with most playing 500, which was still a couple units of guys, a solo or two, and your Warcaster and Warjacks. I think the smallest army I played in those days had 14-15 models in it. That’s at the higher-end of what a lot of people would consider a “skirmish” game.

          • DB

            What I normally saw in stores locally was more of the smaller skirmish end, but this was people just playing for funsies.

          • Daniel R Weber

            You obviously didn’t see much WM, then. It’s always been designed as a competitive play game and 2e has definitely ramped up the model count. They don’t even sell the units in boxes that aren’t full sized any more.

      • crazytuco

        MoW Bombardiers vs Assault Marines? Apples and oranges, dude. People actually field Assault Marines.

        • BaconSlayer

          Yeah, MoW are a good way to separate the noobs from people who know what they are doing, but they are probably an even worse deal than most GW boxes.

          • Andrew Somers

            MOW are also roughly twice as large as Assault marines and made of metal. The fact that they are comparable in price per model is a bit distressing for WH players, I would imagine.

          • crazytuco

            MoW haven’t been metal for years.

          • crazytuco

            Yeah, but they are some of the models that drew me to Khador originally all the way back when Prime in MKI was the only book. And the new Vlad theme force in NQ60 does make me wonder, like I seem to do every couple of years, if I can finally make a full MoW army be fun on the table.