The new Horus Heresy launch box features 40 fantastic MkVI Space Marine models that have been completely redesigned. Many have wondered if the proportions of the models have been adjusted and how the models look in relation to Primaris Space Marines. In this post, you will find the ultimate scale comparison with all armour patterns as well as Imperial Guard, Chaos Space Marines, and more.
On Saturday 9 May, the Horus Heresy Open Day took place at Warhammer World in Nottingham. Unfortunately, tickets were very limited, but those who made it to the event got one of the new MkVI (or Mark 6) Space Marine Legionaries from the Horus Heresy launch box to take home. I can’t wait to paint mine for a tutorial, which you’ll find here on Tale of Painters once the preorder date will be officially announced.
Horus Heresy Launch Set Scale Comparison
In the meantime, you can find a scale comparison with different models from my collection. From the plastic MkIII and MkIV to Astra Militarum, Chaos Space Marines and Primaris Space Marines, everything is there:
As you can see, the new Corvus pattern Marine stands a bit taller, in line with Chaos Space Marines and Space Marine Heroes, but still smaller than Primaris Marines. Maybe they are even what many hobbyists define as true scale? In any case, the difference to MkIII is not that big, on the table at an angle it shouldn’t bother much. MkIV seems noticeably smaller, but since Horus Heresy usually has all the models of a squad of the same type, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem either as you don’t really mix armour patterns.
Although I actually grew up with the classic MkVII “Aquila” pattern power armour, the “beakies” have always been my favourite power armour. And seeing these new models in the flesh at the Open Day made me appreciate the work that went into these even more.
You can find a few more impressions of the event over on my Instagram in the archived stories section, and I’d be glad if you would follow me if you haven’t already 🙂 You can also browse more of my classic Ultramarines collection here.
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Yeah, it’s quite bulky, isn’t it.
- Jusztin Németi
This is very off-putting. Will GW redo their whole range to match this new scale? Very doubtful. Now all of the various armor types including Terminators and transports will look out of scale. I find this unacceptable and unfortunately, am now persuaded not to purchase this kit.
I can understand your frustration, but i would be surprised, if GW will change the existing 40k-marines, especially since they still seem to replace them over time completely with Primaris. I think it’s an typical product-evolution, where a new design-guideline (or scale-guideline) over time evolves. For comparison, look at the apple computers; they never get it done to have one line-up with all machines in the same design, there’s usually allways one or two models with old designs).
With all the new 30k-tank releases i think they probably try to establish 30k as big third game, next to AOS and 40k. The entry-level is low; most firstborn-kits are legal in 40k (great for existing customers with big backlogs) and new customers are greated with a big range of new models, of which all new releases have a fresh and unified design and scale.
Only the MK IV seems now a bit out of place.
I think it’s easy to underestimate the effort it takes, to redo a whole lineup. Best solution would probably be to limit the stuff you want to put in your army and then try to get these things, which fit next to each other at a bargain. But understable, that’s not very friendly towards existing customers.
Grrrr i hate you a little bit for that 😀 The scale creep was one of my last arguments (next to the price tag) against the box 😀
Nah, i’m really happy that this isn’t really the case. But i’m surprised, that the scale difference from IV to three wasn’t that much of an issue back then when the old boxes where released, and both were before Primaris. Interesting.
I’m still not sure if i want this box to build up a heresy force, or to use it for my 40k army, since i really love to mix armor pieces from different eras together.
That’s gonna be a tough decision…
New scale means you have to throw away your army and buy a whole new one! At 10 times the cost! Oh, and the old weapons are now worthless. So buy new weapons at $30 a spru! This is why oldhammer and their ilk are thriving.
- edward tatman
I’ve got Mk II through Mk V armor squads, about evenly distributed, at this point I’ve chosen to mount everybody on new zone imperialis bases … and a few old metal veteran tactical troops or sgts. Also on sector imperialis bases. Some are a bit taller, others “spicier” than some but shorter…
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Thanks Stahly, very useful. Had not realized that the Mk III was quite so tall in comparison.