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I've entered 'Tale of the Painters' and I'm going to collect the other Astartes-loving Space Marine chapter - the Imperial Fist.
The rough concept I'm working on is that a very large Imperial Fist company was brought in to siege a very tough opponent (Chaos, Tyranids, Orks?). The fighting was long and extremely brutal - as such my "army" is made up of below-full strength units, battle damaged vehicles, etc.
One key element is that the company's Master was slain in this battle/siege. As such, all of my Fist marines have their right fist painted black, in mourning for their master. I plan to have a Chaplain (and possibly Librarian) lead the army in his absence.
Anyway, I'd like some help wedging this concept into canon. Which company, which planet, which opponent... that kind of thing. I've read all about Imperial Fist on Lexicanum, but I'd like some of you amazing fluff masters to help me out
Thanks in advance!
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well im not a "space marine player" but i do think the fists suite fighting orks, as they are both tough and brutal and that they both use similar tactics of strong assults, mid range shooting and heavy vehicles
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I second the Ork selection, as there's nothing that characterises attrition warfare more than uprooting a particularly embedded Ork population. Their reproductive process is so endemic that actually getting rid of them, permanently, is something that could definitely deplete a Company.
The black fist thing is definitely suitable, and is actually standard practice amongst Astartes. The world is really something you are free to make up yourself - although there are a number of Ork-held worlds around Charadon, which is the largest Ork empire. I'd imagine that after a Waagh had been stopped, the planet in question wouldn't be in very good shape. "Desolate" is the word we're looking for. The Orks would have destroyed the surroundings heedlessly in the process of making war, and I can't imagine Space Marines being that environmentally conscious either. It could have been a verdant forest world beforehand and been reduced to endless plains of pulverised brown-red clay.
While a Chaplain or Librarian can take command after the death of a particularly centric leader, it is always a temporary measure. Captains are the designated commanders of Imperial Fist companies, and the Chaplain/Librarian would only hold official command for as long as it takes to elect a new Captain from the ranks of the company's surviving sergeants. However, it's entirely possible that the veteran Chaplain/Librarian, with the weight of spiritual authority behind him, could supersede the new Captain and usurp his temporal power by virtue of being more experienced.
You could say, as a more campaign-style plotline, that the Company is returning to the Phalanx's last recorded location, and thus they have not been able to call upon the reserve companies or completely repair their vehicles. A scarred and damaged Company, trudging home from a hideous and protracted battle, is basically a platform to engage in any sort of skirmish with any sort of race, as you can say "they stopped at Planet X to get supplies/fuel up/answer a distress call and were confronted with Enemy Y." This is called an Odyssey scenario. If you're familiar with Odysseus, you know what I'm referring to.
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That is fantastic information, thanks ze_poodle.
Does anyone have any recommendation on which company/character names? Would I be safe saying "5th Company" and making up the names? What does being the "5th" company entail? I do want vehicles and terminators...
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Well you could do a 5th company with units from the 1st (terminators). Generally the Fifth Company is the last of the Battle Companies and Terminators come from the First. It's been a while since I've looked up marine fluff, so somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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Every company maintains its own quantities of armored vehicles and is free to requisition veterans from the first company, as well as specialists from any of the reserve companies as well. Primarily, these include Rhinos and Dreadnoughts, with a Razorback for the command squad, but any vehicles can be called forth by a company master. you really could include anything, man.
It is also common for some marine commanders to have a personal honor guard in their companies that may have a terminator armored marine. There aren't rules for it, but it's been in enough fiction to make me think with an opponents approval, it would be ok.
As for names...you gotta do those yourself man. Names are an extension of the creator.
Hope this has helped!
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