Why is it that every time I hear “It’s a good day to die
from Starship Troopers 3, I think of the Planetary Defence Forces of the Astra Militarum? ;-D
We call upon our troopers, in this our darkest hour,
Our way of life is what we’re fighting for,
The flag that flies above us, inspires us each day,
To give our very best, in every way!
It’s a good day to die,
When you know the reasons why,
Citizens, we fight for what is right,
A noble sacrifice,
When duty calls, you pay the price,
Federation Imperium I will give my life!
Also in the Top 10 of the best Astra Militarum songs:
Sean Householder - The Warrior Song (aka The Imperial Guard Song)
‘Cuz I’ll win, I’m one-of-a-kind and I’ll bring death
To the place you’re about to be
Another river of blood runnin’ under my feet
Forged in a fire lit long ago, stand next to me
You’ll never stand alone
I’m last to leave, but the first to go
Lord Emperor, make me dead before you make me old
I feed on the fear of the devil inside of the
Enemy faces in my sights
Aim with the hand, shoot with the mind
Kill with a heart like arctic ice
I am a Soldier and I’m marching on
I am a warrior and this is my song
Yeah, the artworks have always been something very special in Warhammer 40k. The White Dwarf, but also the Black Library have ensured this over the years. However, it was a pity that between Rogue Trader (the legendary first edition) and Warhammer 40. 000 (from the second edition on) there was quite a reduction of Xenos flora and fauna. Especially the third edition was a kind of tabula rasa and the focus was only on the armies.
Before that, there were many monsters and alien creatures that could theoretically have been brought forth on the field. However, since GW had made almost no models of them, they disappeared in later editions. Nowadays, some xenos models are experiencing a revival, but also only in small numbers for special missions or campaigns.
I only mention this because especially in the early editions there were honestly very few clear ideas about what the Warhammer 40k universe looked like. Many artworks from earlier editions were constantly recycled, and it wasn’t until the Fourth Edition, with the introduction of hardcover sourcebooks and expansion books like Cities of Death, that I think the situation changed significantly. ;-)