Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Creating a Space Marine Chapter - not as easy as it sounds!
So I thought I had difficulty deciding which Space Marine Chapter to use from the Space Marine Codex!!
Making up your own is even harder. Where to start, coming up with a name first or colour scheme, how about fluff or tactics or background????????????? jeez man this is not so easy, especially for someone like myself with such limited knowledge of the 40k Universe.
Anyhow, got to start somewhere so I began scribbling down thoughts and ideas as they came to me.
The first idea I had was to have a 'Death from Above' type army, Raven Guard style. I like the Screaming Eagles (101st Airborne) of WW2, parachuting in over hostile ground, outnumbered and outgunned but getting the job done none the less. Their emblem was also pretty cool, an Eagle (very 40k). Now to come up with a name that would encapsulate all this, how about..........
'The Avenging Eagles'
(it sounded pretty good at the time)
Further to the idea was to have the chapter divided into 3 companies instead of the 10 standard ones as per the Codex Astartes. The 3rd Company is made up of the recon element (Scouts) and called the 'Eagles Eyes'. The 2nd Company is made up of the mobility element (All Vehicles) and called the 'Eagles Wings'. The 1st Company is made up of the assault element (All fighting troops) called the 'Eagles Talons'. How it works is as follows, imagine an eagle soaring high in the sky using its Eyes to locate its prey, once located it swoops down for the kill using its Wings and finally crunch!! it sinks its Talons into the poor helpless target and game over. That is the combat doctrine I wanted my chapter to utilize. (Laugh here..)
Now how did these guys originate? well same as everybody else' s home made chapter I came across out there in the web (lol), they are a successor chapter of one of the existing chapters, in my case the Raven Guard. Talk about originality!
The fluff went like this, Raven Guard engaged in brutal war with????????? taking heavy losses and regrouping (you've heard this all before, I know). An unusually brave company captain/sergeant????? calls for volunteers, a suicide mission, from the remaining depleted forces to re-engage the foe and 'Avenge' their fallen brothers. Needless to say the suicidal mission is successful in taking out the enemies command structure and forcing them to retreat giving the Marines the day. This battle is known as 'The Battle of Blood River' due to the nearby river turning red from all the carnage. The Emperor notices this hero and favours him with the creation of a new chapter named in honour of his victory. The captain????? and said surviving volunteers claim the planet???????? as their new 'home world', change their armour to commemorate their fallen brothers and so a new chapter begins.....???
This is still a WIP before anybody gets to excited!
Don't know if all this is feasible, I'm sure you guys will tell me if its not, in the 40k universe but that was the fluff I came up with. If you have any great ideas about what to fill in the ???????? with and how to make it conform to the 40k lore then please let me know.
So where does the Order of Navaar come into it? (if you looked at my last post) keep reading my series to find out.
PS : Next post - Order of Navaar colour scheme.