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So I wanted to do a little something not so typical so I thought : ZOMBIES!
What's cooler than people fighting zombies? (well not zombies, zombie like things anyways)
The fluff isn't yet finished and some stuff might be a little inaccurate, but I post these things here so you can correct me and comment on what to work on so COMMENT!
Merchol 93rd Mechanized Infantry Regiment
Home planet : Melchor (Civilized)
Found : 977997.M41
Strength : Approx. 12 000
Main battles : Evacuation of Merchol
Commander : Colonel Richter
The Merchol 93rd. mechanized infantry regiment was found in the planet of Merchol as a replacement for the Brimlock 8th Dragoons regiment whom were at that time serving in the Taros campaign. The 93rd mech. received its training in Merchol and were in no hurry to the front, as the second wave of the attacks on Taros hadn’t even started yet (the raising of the regiment was preliminary). Before the end of the Taros campaign and shortly after the 93rd had finished their training, something went terribly wrong in the civilized world of Merchol. No one knows the truth behind the story since no official reports have been released, but something triggered an epidemic within the planets inhabitants. Some said it was an Imperial experiment gone wrong, some said it was terrorism and others felt it was Nurgles response to the Imperiums neverending war. People infected were losing control of their bodies and senses, bursting into a berserk fury and attacking anyone not yet infected with the disease. The epidemic spread by the exchange of saliva/blood or in some cases even touch. Soon the local authorities started getting reports of the epidemic and weren’t able to respond before because of the enormous proportion of the epidemic. The streets were now filled with infected people attacking anyone on sight. As the Taros campaign had gone extremely well for the 4621st Imperial Army, the 93rd. mech were quickly reassigned to the task of evacuating the Merchol.
Evacuation of Merchol
So the regiment drew their first blood sooner than expected and against a completely different enemy than they were trained for. The fighting was incredibly tough. Cleansing the streets of the infected and rescuing the healthy ones meant fighting furious close quarter battles while being extremely outnumbered against a bloodthirsty foe. Yet the 93rd kept at it under the command of the stern but fair Colonel Richter and helped the helpless with great success. It took the regiment approximately two weeks to evacuate the planet after which it was cleansed of all life by the Imperial Navy. This battle gave the regiment a unique specialization (the ability to strive under horrid concitions, close combat skills and cityfighting experience) and they are now used frequently in similar situations from evacuations to cleansings. Some units of the 93rd may be dispatched from the regiment to fight with another army requiring the specialties they have.
The organization of the 93rd. is very similar to any other mechanized infantry regiments organization. Although the armour used is mostly light (chimeras and sentinels), sometimes heavier tanks are used (Leman Russ etc.). The main advantages of mechanized units are cover, fire support and faster movement. To the 93rd. all these things are just as important, but the emphasis is still mainly on infantry and the armoured units are only there to support them, not vice versa. The colours of the 93rd. are gray and brown (gray uniform, brown armour).
Colonel Richter has been with the unit since the beginning. He is old fashioned, stubborn, loyal to his men and just a little crazy. Richter has seen lots of action, most of which was outside the 93rd. and so he has good experience as a leader. During the evacuation of Melchor there was not a single moment that Richter would’ve come off the front. For the whole operation he was in combat, occasionally reporting to HQ about the situation. This example shows well that Richter is a “hands-on” leader rather than a brilliant tactician.
Thar thee has it!
Please comment, need advice!
There is a Zombie Plague going around after the 13th Black Crusade: Typhus shows up and attacks planets in his plagueship, leaves, later a Chaotic disease of Nurgle breaks out, kills then resurrects.
For more info check out either the new Chaos codex or Lexicanum.