I guess I'm an anti-fan. The warhammer/wh40k fandom in my country is mostly comprised of religious fanatics and bigoted sexist/homophobic nerds so I started to hate it as a whole.
I tried to play the tabletop rpg a few times and always found myself in a group of god fearing, untinking cavemen who thought it's amazing that their characters can't read, don't know any technology only pray to "god" that it works and that 90% of what one would call common sense is hidden behind "forbidden lore" that one has to join the inquisition to know. One GM said the fact that plants need water to grow is an information so obscure that it's basically impossible to learn.
Meeting other races is forbidden, your character can be killed and tortured for even knowing about the 'xenos'. Exploring the world is heresy. Doing anything interesting is heresy. What you are encouraged to do is killing your kind or xenos, crime, plotting, politics or generally serving the emperor or the tech-god.
Looking from outside the universe is too nihilist and religious without balance. It's an americanized and fetishised vision of medieval masculinity and fanaticism.
Maybe the eldars are ok, world-ships are cool, too bad you can't play the eldars cos everyone is obsessed with the most boring faction - the empire of man.
Interesting perspective, i've never met a fan in the flesh, well, not since being into it at least, so I have little to contribute from a sociological perspective. maybe in the cities here?
But yeah the examples you name sound like a bunch of unimaginative hicks.
I don't care much for politics or fandom or whatever. dont know if ill ever have enough money to buy and play with the models, or the inclination for that matter. maybe as an idle curiosity?
Been into solely the lore for about a year(or two? memory shite) now, I like the scope of the universe and the vast amount of visual art and literature that has been created for it. There are interesting planets and scenarios, interesting characters... concepts such as lawless asteroid ports and the underhives have great fictional scope, and as a writer, I like stealing ideas from wherever I can like a greedy vulture pecking at a pig's innards.
the mechanicus in itself is a very interesting idea, an org based on tech that is fundamentally retarded by religious doctrines. ORKS. The drukhari are sadistically creative. the tyrranids sufficiently alien. the squats are extinct, alas, but one can always play Deep Rock Galactic for some space dwarf action.
well, ofc it gets corny, and the ceramic mutants can be quite predictable at times.
I have recently started reading the warhammer fantasy side of things, and they prove to be interesting worlds in and of themselves, especially the skaven.