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Here's an assortment of curiosities that don't necessarily relate to Nurgle, but may nonetheless be of interest...
- Leman Russ was initially a normal marine commander, rather than a primarch.
- The Dark Angels founder was originally named Lyyn Elgonsen, as opposed to Lion El'Jonson.
- The name is a reference to Lionel Johnson, a poet whose works include The Dark Angel.
- There is an Inquisitor called Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau.
- The Space Wolves' home world was at first called Lucan (from the Greek for wolf, λύκος), not Fenris.
- This includes a reference to the infamous British peer, Lord Lucan.
- The original chapter/legion numbers were 1-9 loyalist, 12-18 traitor.
- Legions 3/13 and 8/18 were later switched; presumably when it was realised that having consecutive legions be loyalist/rebel was rather unlikely.
- In early background, Varren's World Eaters liberated the Eisenstein, not a mixed group led by Garro.
- The ship is named after the Russian director, Sergei Eisenstein, known for such films as Battleship Potemkin (in which the ship's crewmen rebel against their authoritarian officers).
- Chief Librarian Astropath Illiyan Nastase of the Ultramarines is half-Eldar.
- His name is a reference to the Romanian world No. 1 tennis player, Ilie Năstase.
- When first introduced, the Soul Drinkers were part of the White Scars chapter.
- And note how their shoulder badge is reminiscent of the Lamenters' chapter symbol.
- Imperial grav-tech is based on Eldar technology.
- Why Chaos Space Marines add spiky bits to their armour.
- Doomrider has a particularly silly invocation.
- Necromunda Spyrers use armour and equipment of T'au origin.
- T'au Ethereals were engineered by the Eldar.
On pages 260 and 261 of the 1987 Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader rulebook, there is an illustration by Martin McKenna of a motley mix of characters. These are actually likenesses of Games Workshop staff from the time, depicted as citizens of the Imperium of Man. Hover over each face to reveal their name (at the time; some have since changed) and role as described in the credits of the 1987 book. You can alternatively click on them to display a message with the same information (this functionality is included to support touchscreen devices with no mouse).