I liked the Mk7 armour but it could never replace the love I had for my plastic, mk6 Beakies. So when the only marines you could get back in 2nd edition were the metal marines with a ratio of 3 Mk6 to 7 Mk7; I started to purchase blister packs of older armour variants. Mk2 to Mk5 quickly got cut into my Space Wolf Chapter and added that well-needed flare. I practiced and soon became capable of making green stuff pelts, doing a semi-good job for a kid. I managed to mix them in nicely with my Grey Hunters. . . . Grey. . . . I never liked the blue grey. . . . I always looked back at the side of a 40k boxed game - where I had seen a real grey Space wolf in mk6 armour with a stripe down his helmet.
Ugh. 'Why did they change.' that I asked myself, before I realised that the darker grey was actually their Pre-Heresy scheme. Back then they were grey and a Primarch called Leman Russ lead them, who was a Demi-God and was adored by his Legion as was every other Primarch.
My Brother and I became enthralled by the tales of the Primarchs; Russ pulling a Kraken out of the Sea and tossing it back as it was "a mere tiddler", Roboute, a once noble and patrician warlord, now sitting on a throne while his wounds were possibly healing ever so slowly in stasis, Angron on Armageddon etc etc. Such was the rich history of 40k expanded upon. The past was glorious, the past was more civilised . . . The present kinda sucks. . . I bought Leman Russ, the old metal model with Freki and Geri, I cherished him even though he was almost a head shorter than the other men.
We even named our Gerbils after Freki and Geri!
Khall made a Roboute Guilliman, it was a standard marine with a Hive Tyrant head glued to its waist (We know now they were not in 30k lol).
We left the hobby twice in our pasts for various reasons; mainly space, time and money, but we have always kept an interest with the IP and novels.
We started collecting again around the time of the Horus Heresy books being released. The Black Library series is exceptional and we couldn't resist reading more about the 18 most damaged demi-gods ever created. It was the catalyst for us getting back involved. Soon the debates started again "They will be brought back!' 'They will be brought back to 40k, they have to, it's stagnating!' 'The story hasn't moved on since the 13th Black Crusade".
Then Alan Bligh brought US back. Back to 30k. A Time of awesome. He deserves a Fugging Knighthood! A fresh storyline on rails. Characters which we have read about in the future getting fleshed out in the past. Each one of these Leatherbound books is worth £200 to me or more. I know I can fight some of the most amazing battles from 30k into the Horus Heresy with these books: