Triumvirate of the Primarch – Unboxing

With our Robot Guilliman Monthly Hobby Challenge which started on Saturday, I thought it’d be a good time to show the box and all the hobby goodness contained within for anyone that hasn’t yet had the chance to see it.

The arrival of a primarch in Warhammer 40k is something that people have discussed for years, as far back as I can remember, there has always been a ‘what if?’ discussion about who people thought it would be. Would it be Russ, returning from the Eye of Terror sans armour (gutted it wasn’t…), the Lion, Guilliman? Turns out it is Guilliman, and in all fairness to GW, he’s probably the best man for the job. The Imperium is a miserable parody of his father’s dream, so it is fitting that the tactical genius returns, and hopefully sorts everything out.

The package that Guilliman arrives in is the Triumvirate of the Primarch, and it also contains Grand Master Voldus of the Grey Knights – handy, as I have some Grey Knights kicking about the place… maybe I’ll now finish them – and Cypher, the fallen angel. The stories and theories of Cypher have been around for almost as long as the primarch speculation, so it’s good to see his miniature has been revamped so he is now in ancient and modded power armour.

The box itself is the most spectacular packaging I’ve seen for a Games Workshop miniature, thats including the 25 year anniversary mini, and it’s totally worthy of the primarch. The front cover shows Guilliman, Voldus and Cypher in all their painted glory;

while the back shows close ups of the miniatures details, as well as – note to self – a key to all the paints I don’t yet own; 

Inside the outer sleeve is an internal, decorative box, featuring the three characters surrounded by various iconography and imagery which covers the rest of it.

Once the second box is opened, you have access to all the goodies. The first thing you see is the print of the three characters which is a nice addition to any wall.

Behind the print is the instructions, showing how to assemble the three amigos.

Beneath the instructions is a plain plastic holder – it’s not very interesting to look at, so it’s not shown here – which holds the three bases, and all the sprues. The first thing I noticed was how big Gillian actually is. The pictures show him being huge, but he’s really something, with Cypher being only a bit bigger than Guilliman’s left leg – part number 2 on the sprue below. Also, the detail, not just on Guilliman, but on Cypher and Voldus is incredible. When I think back to the old plastics and how little detail was on them, it’s amazing to see how far the plastics have come.

The remaining sprues are equally packed out, with detail: Cypher top left, Voldus bottom left, and Guilliman’s remaining parts on the right.

All in all, an impressive box of nerdy goodness.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any thoughts on the new miniatures, please comment below.