Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Don't worry. None of this blood is mine.

My Dream 40K Series

I want to write a really tedious novel series about a new Space Marine Chapter being founded, with all the difficult red tape that’d come with it. They’d be called something rad, like the Angels Numinous, or the Blood Eagles, or the Painful Dolphins (or whatever).

The first few novels would be about finding a worthy world to recruit from, and the initiates taken to begin training; deals sworn with Navigator Houses on Holy Terra to get the pilots they need; the veterans of other Chapters helping out to train and lead the recruits; the secret oaths Techmarines have to swear in order to get trained on Mars before returning to their Chapter; and the difficulties of training regulated Marine battle-psykers for a proper Librarium. Then it would go into their first crusade, and the harrowing attrition rate as they’re thrown into the maw of a subsector lost to open rebellion.

The main antagonist would be a pen-pushing office clerk high-up in the Adeptus Terra, who thwarts the new Chapter’s rise because he doesn’t like their colour scheme. He ultimately wins, when the Marine Lord of the Blood Eagles (or Painful Dolphins, remember) gets a memo on his data-slate ordering the immediate disbanding of his Chapter, despite the fact he’s in the middle of a war.

The second trilogy would cover the remaining members of the Chapter reacclimatising to Imperial life in various manufactories and offices, essentially working in 40K-style call centres. One of them might have a gambling problem, or something. Either way, it’d be super-deep.

Roll credits.

I eagerly await my Nebula Award, thanks.

May 8, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. I’d read that. But seriously a book about the founding of the Chapter could be incredibly interesting. You should go about how ever you authors get to write the things you want and do it.

    Comment by BrotherStynier | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. I would not be against that idea at all

    Comment by Ben | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  3. Am I the only one who has an ad for Woolite at the end?

    Comment by Chris | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  4. I want you to just get on and write the shit you actually have to do. How’d that be hmm?

    Comment by G | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  5. I would buy it.

    Comment by Chinh Tran | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  6. The high clerck could be similar to a dark, twisted Sir Humphrey Appleby of “yes Minister” with touches of Malcolm Tucker from “The thick of It” bossing people arround arrogantly….. All worried about budgets and accumulating staff & power… Indeed, a fine story to read….

    Comment by Toni | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  7. I’d read that, or at least half of it. How much material do the archives contain about the founding of a chapter. Can’t recall many references to it in the fluff to date.

    Comment by Rogue_Pom | May 8, 2012 | Reply

    • I dont know if it counts but you could look into the “Rites of Battle” sourcebook for Deathwatch

      It also gives you all the steps to make your own 😛

      Comment by Radar | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  8. I want to see Office Space with Space Marines now for some reason.

    Comment by Chad | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  9. Do it Aaron! Just take my fucking money! *throws wallet at laptop screen* Oh shit…

    Comment by Gareth Bradshaw | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  10. Aaron i have been thinking about the same thing for years, that would be absoloute winner mate. A refreshing view on the imperium and its politics…..this would be amazing! Im in mate for sure

    Comment by Big | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  11. Damnit I had that exact idea as well! Apart from the appropriately imperial ending. Do it!

    Comment by Roderick Hamilton | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  12. Why bother at all with the Astartes? I’d read a novel about an Administratum clerk, with the main antagonist being the never ending amount of paperwork that comes through the cogitator. A sequel could involve being transferred to another department.

    Comment by Jordan J. Lloyd (@jordanjlloyd) | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  13. I want to know more about this Ex-Marine with the gambling problem.. and who exactly do you send round to collect when he owes money.

    Comment by fluxeor | May 8, 2012 | Reply

    • The lesser known 4th part of the inquisition Ordos Repossesus, I hear High Inquisitor Vincent “Chainfist Vinnie” Luciazzo is always looking for a use for his ‘talents’ 😉

      Comment by Benjamin Crowther | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  14. ‘This is former Chapter Master Xulian Rex, you’re through to HSBC. How can I help you today.’

    Comment by Bigyin | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  15. Hell yeah I’d read that. It’d be something totally different than other BL works. As good as they are, the battle novels are the same thing: doing well at beginning, almost defeated, narrowly win the fight. Good reads, but same plot.
    This would be… radical. Want!!!

    Comment by Eamonn S. | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  16. “They’d be called something rad, like the Angels Numinous, or the Blood Eagles, or the Painful Dolphins (or whatever).”

    I love how i struggle to come up with a good chapter name for years and ADB smashes out 3 brilliant ones in a simple blog post :/

    Now to come up with a good chapter symbol for my new Painful Dolphins!

    Comment by Benjamin Crowther | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  17. Sounds like a good story about the 2nd or 11th. With a few liberties…

    Comment by Tom | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  18. would be so cool to follow the creation of a new chapter!

    Comment by Daniel D | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  19. I intend to massively misinterpret this novel on facebook.

    Comment by Tim | May 8, 2012 | Reply

  20. Maybe you could touch on that age-old question of whether Space Marines can have sex, too. Then the novel would be complete.

    Comment by TheSGC | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  21. Painful Dolphins – A large sword impaling a porpoise as it screams towards the sky… only way it could be imo 🙂

    Comment by edofthefist | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  22. Sounds like the premise to a hilarious 40k webcomic. Hit up http://nachomon.deviantart.com/ and see if he is interested 😉

    Comment by Aurenian | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  23. Is this the sort of post you put up when you haven’t been getting enough sleep?

    Comment by ballpointpen | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  24. The call centre guy could go on to “who wants to be a millionare” in the 41st, and another could be wino in a back alley of a hive city after selling his Oolitic kidney on the black market allowing him to get drunk on cheap fake amesac. The story could be endless ADB!

    Comment by Nick | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  25. Blood Eagles. That name rocks, this should be a chapter if it’s not one yet.

    Comment by aasmirnov | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  26. Terra entering a double dip recession would be a nice twist to the downward spiral of the chapter…

    Comment by Adrian | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  27. Painful Dolphins is a perfect name for SM Chapter.

    Comment by shsh | June 11, 2012 | Reply

  28. Go for it. And don’t forget to add an assault marine booze addicted with crucial budget roblem (it’s quite exensive when you resist toxin).

    But seriously, the born of new chapter sounds like great topic!!!

    Comment by Jiron | June 13, 2012 | Reply

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