Again, they're still Astartes with all that implies, current condition or not. Executing a well-planned ambush to gain a great victory is perfectly plausible, but slaughtering six hundred Word Bearers without taking a single loss strains belief. You could have replaced the Word Bearers with Star Wars Stormtroopers and gotten the same result for all the competency and accuracy displayed, although the Stormtroopers would have probably retreated in better order.
But that's it though, they did not slaughter them all. At most they gunned down a hundred to two-hundred of them. The rest were killed by the orbital guns when they ran, and a lot of the traitors that the Ultramarines killed were killed when they were retreating across open ground with no cover. I just think that the battle conditions were explained and those details are the key things that made the victory possible.
I really had to facepalm at the part were Venatus get's a killshot with every round he fires later in the book.
Well he is a Captain, so it's not implausible that he's a really good shot.
I mean, it's fine if you like the novella, but don't try and convince me that was a good novella. You really won't get me to like it at all.
Not trying to, just saying what I think. I enjoy a good debate, but I didn't expect to change your mind about it.
Maloq Kartho was one of the most transparent villains I've seen McNeill write and Hol Beloth retains none of his menace from his all too brief appearance in Know No Fear. Kartho also has bonus points against him from being from McNeill's terrible Ultramarine novels as well. Both are fairly predictable villians in an unremarkable relationship.
I don't know what Hol Beloth you were reading in KNF because I read him totally differently. To me he seemed like the Commander whose high on himself, the guy whose so ambitious that he doesn't realise that he isn't really that good and that costs him everything when he overestimates himself and underestimates the enemy. As to Maloq Kartho I liked how he was willing to sacrifice his own brothers just for his own ascension, that is a step forward towards the Chaos Space Marines that we are all familiar with, the guys who'll screw each other over in a heartbeat to get what they want, Kartho is probably the first one to really do that.
Finished Mark of Calth, my review is on TFF. Some quick thoughts;
The Shards of Erebus
- Not good or bad, just eh. No real point to it besides the origin of the Athames in KNF, at least most of them.
Calth that Was
- I enjoyed the story and the Word Bearer villains, but the Ultramarines were wooden, except for Captain Sydance, and they just felt like placeholders to me. The human characters were too brief to form an opinion.
- I've read the Dark Word trilogy so quite enjoyed this one, was cool seeing Marduk again and knowing that he's always been an ambitious whoreson.
- Very good, Annandale's best short yet. Loved the whispers being injected into the text and the end twist, quite chilling that something like that can exist.
A Deeper Darkness
- Best story in the anthology, Sanders really nailed the terror and fear aspects of the story and it felt like a real Warhammer horror story.
The Underworld War
- Really good, ADB makes yet another great one. Liked the glimpse of RuthlessLorgar and the reason behind which Word Bearers went to Calth.
- An odd one. Only interesting because of the lore behind it, though a 40k story like that where history lore is not important would perhaps be a better choice. That said the lore connotations this gives are tremendous.
- Quite good, loved the history connections and the scene with the monkeys was unsettling to say the least. But the real winner is the lore that this story hints at, what the hell is Persson's mission and why is the Athame so important?? My theory,