GW Grognard: There is more to Slaanesh than just phallic* jokes

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, back once again to give you the protection you need from the nefarious forces of chaos.

As we get closer to the Vigilus 2 release, we are seeing a lot of attention being paid to the various legions and warbands that call the Eye of Terror their home. As of this writing, we have seen previews for most of the legions. Some are goos, some are ok, some are less than ok, to put it mildly. We are still missing a couple legions. One of the ones that we are still waiting for is Emperor’s Children.

I’m not here to talk about possible units, or abilities they may get from Games Workshop. What I am going to talk about is how there are other aspects of the god of excess than what you typically see. What I’ve been seeing in a lot of places are slaanesh themed models with a few extra add ons. This is fine with most models as Games Workshop has always nurtured the players to customize their models however they want. The issue is that many players take the sexual aspect of the pleasure god to the extreme. You see daemon, or chaos space marines, with over exaggerated breasts. or with large phallic devices on the model. I have even seen a slaanesh themed chaos knight with a phallic plastic part that actually rotated**.  The thing is that there is more to this god than people care to explore. Slaanesh appeals to other aspects of human nature, not just the sexual ones. The Emperor’s Children show this in their quest for perfection in all things. This helped in their eventual fall to chaos. Things like artistry,  gluttony, sound, and charisma all fall under the domain of Slaanesh. This allows for other ways to portray the followers of the Dark Prince and  will hopefully show others the many sides of “She who thirsts”.

Look, I get it. You probably haven’t felt the loving touch of a woman(or man, I don’t judge). As a result, you express this frustration by over accentuating the sexual aspects of Slaanesh. I know Games Workshop doesn’t help when they release models with 6 breasts hardly any clothes for him/her. The thing is that because the hobby is reaching a larger audience, there is more exposure with people of all ages, even though the target age is around 14+. I know there are more tasteful custom models that have been created, and that’s great, but it can sometimes make it hard to get new people into the hobby if they see you licking your over sexualized Slaanesh models while playing a game***. So try to think outside the box when building your custom Slaanesh models, hopefully it won’t drive away any possible real life romantic encounters.

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*and boobs

**You’ll have to find that video yourself

***This was an actual player that used to come to my FLGS


About Adam

Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is judges for LVO and head judges other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

6 Responses to “GW Grognard: There is more to Slaanesh than just phallic* jokes”

  1. WestRider March 23, 2019 2:55 am #

    Yeah, there are also yonic jokes, and drug jokes, and…*

    Seriously, tho, there are so many other aspects of Excess that can be used. Even leaving Lust out of it, Slaanesh has a lock on half of the other six Deadly Sins: Pride, Greed, and Gluttony are all solidly in their portfolio, and even Envy and Sloth are arguable, tho I associate those two more with Tzeentch and Nurgle respectively. Despite their later slide into all manner of sensory excess, Pride was the key flaw that let Slaanesh corrupt the Emperor’s Children.

    *My fave stereotypical Slaanesh joke is the “gender hipster” joke: “What’s my gender? Eh, it’s pretty obscure. You probably haven’t heard of it.”

  2. ANevskyUSA March 23, 2019 3:54 am #

    Your point about excess in all things is well-taken, but perhaps it would be more effective if you refrained from insulting your audience as you do here:

    “Look, I get it. You probably haven’t felt the loving touch of a woman(or man, I don’t judge). As a result, you express this frustration by over accentuating the sexual aspects of Slaanesh.”

    Because the whole “gamers are incels” thing is totally not a tired trope or anything.

    • MZ March 23, 2019 8:26 am #

      Indeed. In fact I smell projection.

      How dare fans of the God of Excess be excessive with their depictions…

    • Ujayim March 23, 2019 3:17 pm #

      I’ve never met a not creepy Slaanesh player.

      Unfortunate, but real.

  3. Office Waaagh! March 23, 2019 11:52 am #

    Yeah, and what’s with people modelling all this blood and gore in their Khorne armies? I mean, he’s the God of battles, honour, challenges, and martial pride, but everyone just goes straight to the “Blood for the Blood God” part. Models covered in blood, severed heads and skulls, axes dripping with gore, like…come on. We’re trying to grow the hobby here and all this violence is driving away the younger audience. And don’t even get me started on all the Nurgle and Tzeentch body-horror.

    This article is pretty brutal. I actually thought it was meant to be satirical at first. Violence, dismemberment, bloodshed, and torture are all fine but the author has an aversion to nude human anatomy. It reminds me of the Simpsons episode where everyone is up in arms because Michelangelo’s David is coming to the museum and the statue is nude.

    Honestly, for how dialled up to 11 everything else is in 40k I’ve always found the sexuality really tame. There needs to be some sensitivity to it; I was disgusted by the “rape of an eldar” diorama for example. But a rotating phallus on a Slaaneshi knight sounds hilarious to me, and in general I think a healthy (if exaggerated) sexual expression is a perfectly valid thing to introduce into one’s 40k army.

    Not all of us in this hobby have to run off to breathe into a paper bag and have a little cry when we accidentally think about our naughty parts.

  4. R March 24, 2019 5:17 am #

    ‘hey guys making armies themed around the god of excess- stop being so excessive”

    yeah, good meme my dude. expecting subtlety from the least subtle dudes. the dudes who are literally trying to go over the top? i don’t think subtle is what they are aiming for somehow…

    as for keeping 40k kid friendly, uh its not it’s really not, go explain how the iron warriors work, you know the dudes with the Daemonculaba? that machine made out of mutated human female wombs? yeah explain that to the kids

    like, c’mon man, whole factions like the dark eldar are 100% not for kids & you have the gall to somehow fault the enthusiasm of the player, & not GW trying to market an obviously adult property to a younger audience?

    40K has a lot of horror/gore/disturbing content, which is typically age restricted in R rated movies, but i dont think this is a part of the hobby we should try to remove- honestly it’s one of the best bits, & not something that should be censored for a new audience.

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