Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
As a Raven Guard player, loving the Tau hate. That filthy Kauyon supplement really hurt my delicate, delicate feelings. In my mind Tau belong (along the eternally shifting scale of power) in the region of incredibly well equipped guardsman, where technology and superior (but not inhuman) martial discipline win the day. Whoever wrote the Kauyon supplement never wavered in their knowledge that Tau were going to win hands down, and decided after that fact to write veteran members of first founding space marine chapters as though they were Ogryns going hulk mode in their first battle ever. Ab.so.lute, unmitigated, garbage. (Re-write it and give my Chapter Master a decent death, you amateurish cretin!). To describe writing of this standard as adolescent would be to insult stupid teenagers doing stupid things the world over. God. Damned. Weeaboos.
Breathe darling, breathe.
Moving on. I'm very interested in this Assassin battle I've probably read and forgotten about, but i'm not sure where this impression that assassins are simply highly skilled humans came from. Reading from the wikia ( which presumably came from somewhere ) Their selection process is so harrowing that it put's some Astartes recruitment rites to shame, and their augmentations, whilst different to an Astartes, are probably at least comparable in terms of depth and complexity.
To find fluffy inconsistency you need look no further than The Iron Snakes novel, which sometimes portrays each single space marine as an almost unassailable bastion of destruction, and compare it to pretty much any other novel which throws power armoured red shirts down the drain so fast it'll make your head spin. HI KAUYON!
All in all there's so many writers it'd be impossible, or even boring, for all of the writing to be consistent. On the plus side there's so much material that you can usually find exciting parts that fit in with your own imagined universe, and that's part of what makes it great.
I've played other table top games, X-wing among them, but in spite of being a huge star wars fan there's nothing else that even compares to the depth and complexity of 40k to me. Not perfect, but damned if it isn't brilliant most of the time.