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One day I decided to write up some fluff for a Siege Regiment I would like to make someday, so here it is!
+++++ Date: 2842624/M37
++++++By: Department Controller Trilek Gustavus
++++++Re: Imperial Guard service history/ Demiscan Siege Regiments
++Thought: Cogito ergo sum heretic
Upon the discovery of the planet Demiscus, a large planet located in the galactic south of the Segmentum Tempestus, the landing crew was surprised to discover the vast amount of human life. However, several empires cover its surface and are constantly warring for control. Continent long trench systems span the surface, and gains are measured in yards and meters (It seems to be the traditional way of waging war, not unlike those of our siege units.). Most of the various kings and emperors submitted before the terrific might of the Imperium and requested to join the Holy Empire. The few that refused were terminated and the populace was welcomed into the Imperium. The various leaders elected a planetary governor, and began a new life under Imperial rule. They are in a curiously primitive era. They use bolt action autorifles, coal driven locamotives, primitive ground cars, and flimsy planes seemingly made out of wood and canvas.
Demiscus is a large planet with two orbiting moons. The climate is temperate to sub-tropical, with large mountain ranges in the poles and a wide ocean on the western hemisphere.
The normal Demiscan soldier is equipped with a mud-brown or a field gray trench coat, pants, off duty service cap, jacket and shirt depending on the area they are from. They are issued with a mass-produced bolt action autorifle and a steel helmet, almost like a pot, with the brim slightly protruding in the front with it protruding out longer in the back and sides to cover the back and sides of the head and neck. Stick grenades are common, as is the essential entrenching spade. They are fierce trench fighters, due to the harsh training camps and the reputation the must uphold.
The 75th Demiscan Rifles is the planet’s most decorated siege unit. Having fought in several campaigns, they are also the unit with the highest casualty ratio. During the Amassec wars, they breached the heretic fortress at Dukaffin and left not a single survivor. During the Crymine campaign, they were the first to attack the formidable trench systems of the arch heretic’s forces and suffered 95% casualties. Their expert trench raiders have captured many enemies that have given valuable information, disrupted artillery emplacements, and effectively lowered enemy morale. The 75th is currently fighting the Emperor’s enemies on Hyrkon VI. When attacking, they prefer short, quick artillery strikes immediately followed by mass infantry assaults and heavy tanks, although the tanks are hard to come by.
Your Honoured Servant,
Last edited by legio mortis; November 30th, 2007 at 21:39.
Hey legio mortis.
I like this. You covered a lot of ground in a few paragraphs. Anyone trying to invade Demiscus is going to have a lot of trouble with all those trenchworks leftover from the civil war period. So what population density does this world have? Cities or mostly rural?
Nice story so far, especially the thought for the day. In the interest of making the fake latin look cooler, I would change it to something like "Cogito ergo sum hereticus". I have to ask, though - why are these guys being featured in an inquisitorial report? Are they under investigation for heresy or treason? They seem to have an exemplary service record. Maybe it's something you want to develop in the future, or if you haven't thought of anything then I would change it into a Departmento Munitorum report as they're a bit more common.
very very good mate, for once a guard fluff that seems.... well, real, so ofton people make their regiments out to be amazeingly good at everything , almost like a space marine chapter, but yours seem so human, i especialy like the 95% casulties part, most people shunn that sort of thing, as if to say "no, my guys wouldent have died, they all would have backflipped and then drew their swords and gone in like that", i like it mate, it would be good to see it expanded, maby a commanding officer? or some info on a paticular engagement?
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Yeah, I think that I might expand it a bit and have fun with a campaign or two.
About the report, Munitorum does sound better. Thanks for the tip.
Yeah this is very nice! Good work.
I too have thought of writing up some fluff for an IG regiment that is just like they should be. Comes form a hellish industrial world, lead by a colonel that gladly sacrifices many of his men without care to hold a location or storm the enemy, commisar heavy bolter-teams that are positioned at the rear of the fighting force and who gun down any traitors who retreat etc. That sort of stuff that makes up the essence of what the galaxy is like in the 41st millenium, and your fluff captures this very well.
Again, great work!
Well my image of the guard is a very gritty figthing force with careless commanders and all that, not clones of the Ghosts that most regiments are apperently if you look at most users fluff.
Siege regiments are even worse.
If the Guard was full of careless commanders then there wouldn't be any Guard left. To be honest, I'd say that the majority of guard regiments would act more like the Ghosts in terms of their men, rather than the DKoK.
A Guard commander should be intelligent in their application of the Tactica Imperialis but should also be prepared to throw the lives of his men away if the situation calls for it. A commander who sacrifices his men when there was a much easier and less costly way of achieving his objective can be court marshalled and executed. No one is above the Commissar's laspistol.