literally the sole problem in portraying the Space Marine chapters in general more humanitarian and concerned with people’s safety and dignity is not diminishing the grimdark (as I deeply feel grimdark is overrated and not terribly interesting except as something for honor and goodness to triumph over), but that it makes the Salamanders lose a lot of their main character and notability since they’re ALREADY super pro-people
on the other hand you could just ramp up their pyromania and stoicism
To be fair, I can think of more Space Marine Chapters who care about civilians/Imperial Guard/etc than ones who don’t. To list a few:
- Probably the majority of Ultramarines Successors
- Imperial Fists
- Crimson Fists
- Blood Angels (as long as they’re not suffering from Red Thirst)
- Space Wolves
- Raven Guard
Only Chapters I’ve seen not give a damn (or are complete arseholes towards non-Astartes) are the Black Templars, Flesh Tearers, Grey Knights and Iron Hands.
Don’t forget the Marines Malevolent for the asshole side
I would argue you should take the Crimson Fists off that list considering what happens in Rynn’s World, though that may be limited to a handful of people.
The Silver Skulls and the Iron Snakes seem to reasonably behave themselves as well.