|Tartaros Pattern Terminator Armour |
with power fist and twin linked/ storm bolter.
They are available for pre-order now, and for those who are fortunate to be able to attend the Forge world Open day, will be available there in limited numbers.
|Tartaros Terminator Squad|
Variant metal terminators, circa 1989, including "Boxy" #410610,
and "Bullet Head" #410609.
"Of these, the Indomitus pattern is perhaps the most widespread, due to its template being held on key Forge Worlds such as Mars, although Tartaros Pattern Terminator armour is also issued to the Veterans of a Chapter’s 1st Company. Perhaps the most advanced form of Tactical Dreadnought Armour, the Tartaros pattern shares many systems with the MkIV ‘Maximus’ pattern of power armour, and provides greater mobility for its wearer than the Indomitus pattern with no loss in durability or protection."A side by side comparison with an "Indomitus" pattern Terminators shows the Tartaros to be somewhat lighter and less bulky. But that is clearly intended as this armour is meant to be lighter and more maneuverable, with more advanced materials and technologies.
|Size comparison, MKIII Iron Armour, Tartaros, and Indomitus pattern Terminators.|
There is another design cue that we can see, as the torso very closely mimics the bell shape of the Contemptor Dreadnought torso. Probably meant as a reminder that these are Tactical Dreadnought Armour, so named because of their durability and perhaps due design connections with what is straight out called a Dreadnought.
I'm sure that there will be mixed feelings regarding this pattern of terminator armour, as I think without having a lot of previous artwork, or matching anything that we see in the Collected Visions artbooks of that era. Much like there were mixed feelings about the changes to the Grey Knight terminators when they first appeared.
|Sleek and standing up straight, these Space Marines |
don't have to slouch to use their armour.
I think what gnaws at me most about this pattern is that Forge World hasn't gone back and done new versions of Boxy or Bullet Head, or even released patterns based more on the artwork of the Crusades and Heresy. Of course, that is just my nostalgia speaking, though it may still be in the works.
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