Guest Editorial by Raw Dogger: No DIY? No, STFU! Or, why you should create your own Space Marine Chapter.

Raw Dogger: Readers be ware!

Raw Dogger: Readers be ware!

Guest editorial by Raw Dogger: Readers Beware!

Hello all,

Clown Baby here and today I wanted to talk about the merits of creating your own Space Marine Chapter for the tabletop war game, Warhammer 40,000.  I call it 40k.  It’s an abbreviated name, and I think it will really take off around the internet.  I am afraid to admit to you all that I was an abused man.  I had a lover, who beat me up constantly, and no matter what he did to me I continued to crawl back to him.  He berated me and treated me like a child, insulted me in front of my friends, and (this pains me to say) was a violent and selfish lover.  His name is Games Workshop.  He used to be really sweet.  When we first met he would sell me a Land Raider for $40.  Then he started to drink, and before I knew it I was using my 29% Citbank credit card in order to come up with the $75 it took to get a new one.  My family and friends would constantly lecture me.  They would ask how I could pay $75 for the same product that used to cost $40 less than a decade ago, and I would tell them that they don’t know Games Workshop like I did.  He really loved me.  They were just jealous of our relationship.  Well, one day after Games Workshop had been drinking more than usual, he tried to charge me $82.50 for a Storm Raven that used to cost $60 less than 2 years ago.  That was enough.  I packed my bags that night and left.  It’s been a tough journey of healing and self discovery, but I finally think that I am strong enough to talk about how I escaped the money grabbing drunk that is Games Workshop.  I still love him, but I’m no longer IN love with him.

I found that after some time away, I still wanted to play 40k (see how easy that is compared to writing Warhammer 40,000?).  However, I did not want to return to the abusive pattern of behavior that I had grown accustomed to.  I noticed that I had a large collection of Space Marines (who doesn’t)and began to feel bad about the time and money I had spent collecting and assembling the models, never having really played with them due to the shiny new products constantly being released by GW (this is an abbreviation of Games Workshop.  I think this abbreviation will also take off eventually).  I began to think of all the codices I could play with these models.  The only difference, really, with the different Space Marine chapters is the color of the armor and the special characters.  I began to play around with different color schemes until I came up with a teal and white pattern that I didn’t hate terribly.  After that I came up with a name, the Mind Rangers (I stole this name from Big Nasty B from Life after the Cover Save, a 40k podcast I suggest you check out)which would feature librarians in all lists.  I then purchased the various Space Marine codices that I did not already own, as well as a couple unique chapter specific characters and got to work painting.  From then on, the only things that I needed to purchase were the new codices (I bought all of these anyways) and the odd special character here and there.  However, much like rollerblading, the use of custom chapters seems to raise a lot of eyebrows.  My word of advice is that if you create a cool chapter with a unique color scheme and keep the special characters and legion specific vehicles (Dark Angel DJ Speeder) within your unique paint scheme, people will be a lot more receptive to your skin flint ways. Enjoy your cheap army and if people still give you shit, F them.  F them in their A.  Like Old Jack always says, “What the hell.”


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9 Responses to “Guest Editorial by Raw Dogger: No DIY? No, STFU! Or, why you should create your own Space Marine Chapter.”

  1. Warscythe March 6, 2013 9:38 am

    Though I can appreciate your attempts at humor, you never made the point of your title. Why should I or anyone else make their own Space Marine chapter? You alluded to it being less expensive some how, but never made the point how.

    The only take away from the article thus far, is that it allowed you to use a different paint scheme. You didn’t even mention that you might have had a bit of fluff you wished to use as a reason for your chapters existence, a different play style or different approach to list building, etc., etc. I was hopeful you had some interesting insights into the benefits or just the joy of creating your own chapter … but there was nothing.

    Raw Dogger – you’re better then this. Enrich us with far more substance, rather then humor and enlighten us with the wisdom gained from your extensive experience with the game – and no, I am not being sarcastic.

    I come to this site due to the huge value I get from watching your battle reports, your rules discussions, list building insights, painting, terrain and general insights into the game of 40K. The collective experience of all of you is extensive and your observations, reasoning and methods are both compelling and encouraging.

    So Raw Dogger – why should someone create their own Space Marine Chapter?

    • Overwatch March 6, 2013 10:51 am

      He said why you should create your own SM chapter. So you can use any of the codices you want… I thought that was fairly clear, even if not blatantly and obviously stated. God forbid we have to read between the lines even a little or make inferences. Sometimes it is nice to read something not written with the literary equivalent of a sledgehammer.

    • Jason
      Raw Dogger March 6, 2013 3:10 pm


      I appreciate your attempt to appreciate the humor in my article, but it was not intended to be humorous. The long answer to your question is,

      To save money.

      • bugsculptor March 7, 2013 4:22 am

        But that’s the same reason to play a pre-heresy founding legion. Then you can play codex marines, chaos marines or horus heresy games, and have a fluffy legion and good paint scheme everyone recognises.

        See Bigred’s death guard for the perfect example…

  2. Overwatch March 6, 2013 10:49 am

    I applaud you and your efforts.

    • Jason
      Raw Dogger March 6, 2013 3:13 pm

      Thanks Overwatch, I’m glad you liked the article. I have my own blog that is usually just the stuff on this site, but will be getting more content soon (time permitting).

  3. Son of Dorn March 6, 2013 7:31 pm

    The article didn’t have much new to say, but the Jack Burton quote wins it for me 🙂

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 7, 2013 8:43 am

      Haha, GW does abuse us and we just keep coming back for more!

  4. mercutioh March 6, 2013 10:19 pm

    The sad thing is despite all the warnings GW continues to abuse others with little to no repercussions. I think it’s time for you to go on Dr. Phil and expose GW for the abusive bastard he is.

    That being said Reece we’re all good on my double heldrake order right *twitch twitch*
    Oh I mean I KNOW GW was abuse to you RD, but GW loves me. He says it’s gonna be different this time.