Is anyone else upset that anyone can take any of the special characters and use them 'as counts as' rules for other chapters that said special character isn't a part of?
I don't like that I can take Lysander as my HQ in an Ultramarine army that every other unit is Ultramarines for example.
And I don't like that I can use a 'counts as' model and rules for let us say- Marneus Calgar -for a model that isn't Calgar.
To me his equipment is what makes him a special character, if everyone had his equipment or skills he wouldn't be a Special Character then. I don't know, it just doesn't work with fluff for me. I may be wrong but I don't like it.
if YOU don't like it, then don't do it, simple as really
in the end, who gives a crap, its only a game of toy soldiers, who cares if marneus calgar suddenly turned yellow and became an Imperial fist (which actually looking at all his equipment is kinda fluffy), its no different at all to playing him when he's blue, he and his army are still space marines, he doesn't suddenly gain special rules.
also if someone goes through allot of time and effort buying the model with the full intention of using it, scraping off all the U markings, and replacing them with fist markings, with the full knowledge that whats there doing is 10000% legal and wishing to use it, who are we to say no just cus 1 or 2 people don't quite feel comfortable with it.
also the whole "they feel less special" argument is a little pointless, considering there is no such thing as Special characters in the marine codex, none of them are labeled as such, how can they feel "less" of something there not?