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Are scout sergeants REAL FULL FLEDGED Space Marines with carapace armour? Or just really good scouts? It would make more sense if they're full space marines since they're responsible for training future space marines; but aren't their full potential being wasted since they're not wearing their full armour? I can imagine it being a pretty sucky job training the noob recruits how to hold their bolters properly and whatnot instead of kicking ass.
Last edited by the_silencer23; March 27th, 2009 at 06:57. Reason: grammar
I imagine that Scout Sergeants are full Battle Brothers who have elected to remain with the Scout company to train/lead/etc. the new recruits. The stats for the Sergeants in the codex back this up; the increased strength and toughness really don't make sense unless the Marine has already had their black carapace implanted, thus making them a full fledged Space Marine.
That's my take on it, anyway.
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[quote=Zemaphore;1401389]How is it a wasted potential? Not only are they ensuring the future of their beloved chapter, they provide an essential battelfield role: Recon! A role much valued in any period in history.
I'm not devaluing Scouts, just saying that a Space Marine without his power armour is like playing a Blu-ray film on a SD TV. He may still be a very competent soldier but won't be able to perform to his full potential if he doesn't have access to his power armour and all its cool bells and whistles. That's how I see it anyways.
They might be those marines who have all (or most) of the implants but the black carapace is for some reason not working. Thus they would be assigned to lead Scouts until death. I always wondered what happened to those guys. In BFG it is said they man the Astartes Cruisers and Barges.
Futhermore, the Space Marines don't fight because they want to (well, I imagine quite a few chapters would, but anyways), but rather because they have to. I'm sure after a few hundred years of service even one of the Astartes would feel war weary and would crave relaxation by shedding his power and walking in the trees, peacefully pointing out the new recruits which nid they should be aiming at.
Well, wait, that doesn't sound all that peaceful at all. (As for why they'd want to wear caraspace, well, that's already been mentioned in the codex. Tank armour isn't really all that stealthy... not unless you put batwings on the helmet. In which case they stealthily hover with their flapping miniwings.)