On one of my previous articles, WIP Blood Angels, someone made an interesting comment that I felt deserved a full article. So it began like this:
"PalinMoonstrideTo which I responded,
Those are not storm shields. They are combat shields. I doubt any one would give you a problem but if your friend goes to a tournament someone could bring up the fact that the models are not WYSIWIG. A member of my gaming group did the same. They look great though!"
Now that's not to say I condone the flagrant beating of your fellow wargamers. Although you gotta wonder what all these hard cover books are for. It works for the Orks after all. But I digress. It bothers me that someone would call another player out just because of what they thought should be combat shields rather than storm shields. It makes it look like they just didn't want to face 3+ invulnerable saves and rather see 6+ instead. Especially when there is an established precedence within GW's own books.
Actually those are not Combat Shields. Those are the Power Armour Storm Shield as available from the Assault Marine kit that all Assault Marine Sergeants can take. As they do not have the inbuilt Bolt Pistol, they cannot be Combat Shields.
Check the Command Squad Champion for an actual Combat Shield. I know, they look very similar, but the Bolt Pistol is what changes them. So even if someone did bring it up, they would still be wrong. That member of your gaming group clearly needs to be taught a stern lesson.
Just because they aren't in the shape of the Terminator Issue Storm Shield DOES NOT make them Combat Shields. This is important. There are various references throughout various Games Workshop publications that show this pattern of shield as Storm Shields.
If you have the Deathwatch rulebook, check page 168 for the Levin Shield, a relic Storm Shield that uses this pattern.
If you have Imperial Armour 8, check page 108, there's a Raven Guard Storm Shield that also uses that design.
If you have IA9, check page 78, the Katrafrakus Pattern Storm Shield also comes in that shape.
If you have IA10, check page 79, Deliverance Pattern Storm Shield using that design.
So that member of your gaming group can argue they are not WYSIWIG, but I have 4 very heavy, hard cover, GW-approved books to beat some measure of sense into him and prove him very wrong at the same time. Feel free to enlighten him with the knowledge and wisdom you have gleaned here and come back any time if you want a 40K related question answered correctly."
It could be argued that the Forge World graphic artists are just lazy and just copy and paste the same shield image for combat shields and storm shields. This could be the case, but the amount of effort and work that actually goes into their books, it's hard to accept that. All you have to do is look at one of their books and you can tell they really care about doing a good job of displaying whatever armies they're working on in any particular book.
I will admit, the storm shield that comes in the Assault Marine box and other kits like the Dark Angels Veterans kit is small, it does seem like it should be a combat shield. But this is more for convenience than anything else. A storm shield is just a device that holds a heavy field projectors that more adequately protect the bearer, it is heavier than a combat shield and thus requires a full hand to carry it. It normally takes up one full weapon slot.
Power Armoured Terminator style Storm Shields that GW provides to prevent any confusion. I just don't like the fact they're pewter, but they still look pretty good.
The last squad we'll be looking at are Assault Marines. Here only the sergeant is allowed to swap a weapon for a storm shield or tack on a combat shield with no loss of a weapon. There's not much room for confusion here unless someone puts both a storm shield and combat shield on, but there's no reason to do that. If the sergeant is to take a storm shield, I feel that the plastic one available in the kit is perfectly fine so long as it clearly takes up a whole hand on its own. If it's a combat shield, it should be attached to the pistol in the same way as the Champion's does. This way there should never be any confusion. For modelling purposes, I would personally never use the Terminator style power armour storm shield and would only ever paint on chapter icons or squad markings, nothing fancy.
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