I did do a double take when I saw that. This is not the GW I remember. And well, hey okay. I've grown up (a tiny bit) these last 30 years too. TOD makes a good point about the ship sailing. His fricken' Bigmarines don't even have any skulls on their armor for chrissakes!The Other Dave wrote:(I'll leave, for the moment, the idea that a strong female protagonist in a Star Wars movie is somehow pandering to a progressive audience...)
I mean, the "watering down" ship has already sailed, though, hasn't it? No more human bombs, no more "ratskins*", no more rules called "psycho bitch" on female characters - 40K has moved very far towards the mainstream from its roots in satirical / cloistered-white-guy 80s British culture over the past 30 years. And personally I'd happily argue that this movement is largely a good thing, especially as we get farther and farther removed from the culture that spawned and gave context to the satirical elements, and as more and more people who aren't, well, white guys get into the hobby.
Really, we like to talk up how dark the setting is, but if you look at it there's very little explicit (in the sense that it would freak hypothetical parents out) description of the minutae of 40K's grimdarkness outside of some (not even all!) of the BL books - certainly not in the rulebooks or codexes, and I'm sure that's entirely deliberate. Even BL (from what I understand) has a wide range in it, from some pretty grody stuff to some stuff that's essentially comedy, and.........
And the "darkness" of the old settings is positively quaint compared to today's standards set by stuff like Game of Thrones or Walking Dead.
After my double take, I had an image of a meeting of all the executives at GW (with stock options) where they are all on their knees praying, "Finally, maybe Disney will buy us out. Oh please. Oh please let this work. Oh please......."