The Primaris Lieutenant is an officer rank first found amongst the formations of the Primaris Space Marines, and are often the most experienced in a Primaris Squad. In the wake of the resurrection of Robo Gigglyfist and his revisions to the Codex Astartes, the rank has been introduced to all the Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes and Primaris since the start of the Indomitus Crusade. Their role is to take command of demi-companies when the Captain is absent, freeing Chaplains and Librarians to focus on their own specialties. Lieutenants are differentiated from their fellow marines by a red-on-white stripe on their helms. Some of them can be helmetless which often showcase an extreme amount of Hair-esy.
The Primaris Lieutenants are made to bridge a gap between the regular Astartes and the Primaris. Offering some kinship of brotherly companionship in order to keep a cohesive bond within a Chapter. Thus, Space Marine Battle Companies are frequently divided into two Battle demi-companies of 50 Astartes each in order to spread their forces across multiple combat zones. In most Chapters, command of each demi-company falls to a Lieutenant, who leads his brothers unflinchingly into battle. Some Space Marine Chapters assign additional roles for Lieutenants. The Salamanders, for example, have given these warriors a ceremonial duty as bodyguards to their company's Captain, the three fighting as one. Within the Iron Hands Chapter they are charged as Naysmiths, questioning their Captain's battle plans so as to probe for human errors within his logic.
The Primaris Lieutenants are noted to be slightly better armed than a normal Space Marine Lieutenant as well as having better wounds (But not by much). In function some in /tg/ can assume that Primaris Lieutenants are a rough analogue to a Space Marine squad leader. However, as mentioned before, Primaris Lieutenants lead entire demi-companies, not singular squads. They are also sometimes confused with Adeptus Astartes Seargeants and their various counterparts and sub-variants due to their similar names and looks.
The matter of truth is that they are basically a more budget version of the Primaris Captain, but with a different (and complimentary) buff aura.
Geedubs seems to have an enormous hard-on for these guys. As of April 2019, they've released no less than six generic Primaris Lieutenants (including a Vanguard Lieutenant in Phobos armour), and a unique version each for Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, and even Space Wolves (technically he's a Primaris Wolf Guard Battle Leader, but Battle Leaders fill pretty much the same role as Lieutenants do in other Chapters). GW itself has made fun of this, releasing a trailer for the "Primaris Lieutenant you've always wanted" only for it to turn out to be a corpse that Abaddon is standing on and making a joke Twitter feed "for all your Primaris Lieutenant news".
As mentioned before, Primaris Lieutenants are slightly better armed then normal Space Marine Lieutenants but have fewer wargear choices available to them.
They are usually armed with a normal Bolt Pistol and a Power Sword. However, they can also swap that Power Sword with either a Master-crafted Auto Bolt Rifle (Think a Bolt Rifle's SMG) which has a shorter range and worse ap than a normal Bolt Rifle, but better rate of fire at long range, fireable after Advancing, and more damage per shot from being master-crafted; or a Stalker Bolt Rifle which is like the direct opposite, having a longer range and stronger ap values at the cost of fire rate and close quarters effectiveness.
Primaris Lieutenant Inundation
- Primaris Lieutenant A/B Dark Imperium
- Primaris Lieutenant Tolmeron - Blood Angels Lt.
- Primaris Lieutenant Zakariah - Dark Angels Lt.
- Primaris Lieutenant Calsius - Ultramarine Lt. Found in Warhammer Conquest.
- Primaris Lieutenant - Space Wolves Lt. - Tooth and Claw boxset.
- Primaris Lieutenant with Power Sword - Wake the Dead boxset.
- Primaris Lieutenant with Stalker Bolt Rifle - Limited release, for 500th Store Opening.
- Primaris Lieutenant - AdeptiCon 2018
- Dead Primaris Lieutenant - On the base of Abaddon's new model
Like all Vanguard Marines, Vanguard Lieutenant wear the new and improve Phobos Armor which makes them extra sneaky and less of a bigger target (The reductions of the PAULDRONS decreased their target profile by 30% alone!)
Unlike regular Primaris Lieutenants, Lieutenants of the Vanguard formations provide support and tactical flexibility for their Captain. Often, when a strike team is engaged in a complex, multi-faceted operation, a Lieutenant will be assigned to oversee one or more critical aspects.
In addition to their leadership qualities, Lieutenants are skilled bladesmen and dead-eye shots with their occulus bolt carbines, which trade the marksman bolt carbines that regular Infiltrators carry ability to auto wound on 6 for ignore cover, it also MASTER CRAFTED.
In addition to this, these Vanguard Lieutenants can deploy via grav-chute to enact multiple-simultaneous-devastating-defensive-deepstrikes. Like Steel Rain, but far more tactical and sneaky.
All in all, its a nice model that may disappoint some for the sheer fact that it is yet another Primaris Lieutenant model.
Another Lieutenant in Phobos armour has now been revealed by the Primaris Lieutenant Twitter page. Judging from the Mini itself it appears to be equipped like a Reiver complete with Combat Knife, Heavy Bolt Pistol and a Skull Mask. The latter potentially giving it Terror Troops (-1Ld within 3"). Additionally the Model has a triggered Smoke Grenade which could imply a similar Ability to Infiltrator (Instead of Shooting, be -1 to hit) though anything like that is uneducated guesswork right now.
|Forces of the Primaris Marines|
|Command:|| Primaris Ancient - Primaris Apothecary - Primaris Captain |
Primaris Chaplain - Primaris Librarian - Primaris Lieutenant
Vanguard Librarian - Helix Adept - Vanguard Lieutenant
|Troops:|| Aggressor - Hellblaster - Inceptor - Incursor - Intercessor - Reiver |
Eliminator - Infiltrator - Suppressor
|Vehicles:|| Redemptor Dreadnought - Repulsor Tank - Impulsor |
Invictor Tactical Warsuit
|Super Heavies:||Astraeus Super-Heavy Tank|