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I'm asking a lot of questions today
I was wondering what the consequences would be for a marine battle group lost in the warp and the nastiness that entails.
I've had a fairly cool idea of making an almost semi-renegade Salamanders army using Alpha Legion shoulder pads to make the dragon symbol look a little meaner, and using a mixture of chaos and loyalist body parts and weapons.
The idea being that a ship carrying the army was en route to a war somewhere, gets waylaid in the warp and beseiged by various nasty daemonic entities and fairly decimated. They win, obviously, but some of their number got possessed (a librarian maybe) and were killed by the 'clean' ones.
When they finally get out of the warp, their ship is so badly damaged they attack and sieze the first available ship they come across, whether it be another marine ship, an imperial ship or another chaos ship or whatever.
After all of this, I wouldn't have thought they would be welcome back into their chapter - what with some amongst them being possessed and the time spent in the warp meaning they had already been declared lost or dead.
But would they be hunted by other marines or their own chapter? They would still be loyal, but a little Soul Drinker-esque - always hunted even though they are loyal.
Would other marine chapters welcome them to fight alongside or would they turn on them?
Would they actually be welcomed back into their chapter as long lost heroes or something?
Or would they take on a more suicidal ideal - simply fight for as long as they can until they are all dead - like a penance for being tainted by chaos and whatever.
Does this idea carry any weight, or is it too unfeasible?
If it's too unrealistic, tell me another way to incorporate chaos body parts and shoulder pads on loyalist marines without playing 13th Company.
I can't say I've seen it all but I live for the things that keep me hollow.
I would say that its possible exept they problably wont be accepted back into their chapter, and they wont be hangen out with anny of their brothers if they are possesed. and they would need a really really strong willed leader, develope him well, the key to a good story is in the characters. in my opinion they will proly try to do the right thing and report to their chapter but they'll get the cld shoulder have to run and then be dogged for a long time. after that they either have a very, very heroic last stand, or turn heretic, most not all the leader will have to die. it sounds too soul drinkers for me. i guess you could find some way fore like a handfull of them to be "integrated back into the fold" but well .... goodluck man.
A big consequence of a Marine Chapter getting lost in the warp, then returning is a beating from half of the forum members.
Semi-renegade anti-hero warp-returning chaosgear-using marines are regrettably common.
Is it Chaos gear that you wanted, or just a cobbled-together look? You could have them as being sent WAY off course (time-scale not particularly different), and having then decided to stay out there, doing the knight-errant thing. You could give them jury-rigged and varied equipment then, seeing as they're so far away from proper resupply authorities.
I quite like the idea of a semi-lost detachment of marines, quietly dropping from battlefield to battlefield, destroying things as they go, and looting what they need. Big, baroque armor. I've heard of one SM played that's developed a sort of victorian theme, with clunky, steampunk-esque tech on most of his units.
One of the WD battle-reports had the 13th company being attacked due to (amongst other reasons) them using scavenged Chaos gear.
Scary gear sounds great. Just not chaos.
Use chaos style gear as a 'scare tactic'. They look more terrifying to there enemies. Don't go overboard or they will just be chaos marines. Remove chaos icons.
You could modify the Chaos stuff to remove the horns and chaos marks and say it is old gear. Like a suit of pre-heresy armour.
Stuck in the Warp and need to scavenge bits is reserved for 13th Company, otherwise you will just be seen as a copy cat!
Arch Overfiend & Grand Despot
I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
Well, fluff wise;
If a Space Marine goes into the warp, and comes out looking, smelling or sounding like a Chaos Space Marine, he's going to be shot, burned, exorcised, purged, cleansed, melta gunned, frak grenaded, ran over with a tank, drop podded, stepped on by dreadnaughts and min/maxed by both his original chapter and every other loyalist chapter he comes across until he's... well, there won't be much left of him unless he decides to fight back. Effectively making him a Chaos Marine anyhow.