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right here it goes,
my space marine chapter has been so battered by orks that they have had to join the REMAINING companies together and different copanies only have certain kinds of men left.
2nd.troops,heavy support,fast attack (only land speeders)
5th.small fraction of troops,hq
so what do you think?
please get back to me...
Most chapters would just probably have less companies but fully formed (so they don't have a weakness) but if they chose not to merge any together - probably in honour of the history of each individual company - it'd probably look something like that.
Normally when this sort of loss of marines happens to a chapter they merge with another chapter, don't they?
Also an Elite from the first company (Terminator, Sternguard, something like that) would probably be promoted to at least commander in order to lead the 2nd so that they all have a leader at least... What do you mean by heavy support? Devastators? Because they would probably go with some of the troops and fast attack to the 5th, as it's incredibly under strength in comparison...
There are some codex chapters who keep 2-3 scout companies to deal with the high influx of casualties, seems to me like this chapter is a textbook example of when this measure is needed.
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Yeah this organisation is fine. Chapters will each have their own traditions and procedure for dealing with casualties. Indeed it is one reason for unusual chapter organisations.
For example the Crimson Fist 1st Company is always 124 (in the 120's anyway) in memory of the survivors of the battle for Rynns World.
If I remember correctly the lowest number of marines constuting a single Chapter is 125 which is the Mantis Warriors, although they have been assigned to act as support for another Chapter.
Remember that a Space Marine Chapter is one of the few autonomous organisations in the Imperium. Even an Inquisitor needs a damn good reason for declaring one excommunicated let alone some buearacrat arbitarily deciding combat losses mean they have to merge.
In fact the Space Marine Codex implies in the description of Pedro Kantor that the most common route for Chapter Masters with crippled Chapters to take is to order a suicidal final crusade.
1st,2nd,5th all had to merge because there chapter suffered significant casualties in an attack from an ork waaaaaaaaaaaaaggggghhhhh!!!!!!!
Yeah the chances are a marine Chapter would still divide its numbwers into several companies just to maintain flexibility.
A force of 30-50 Marines with only minimal armoured support is still enough to alter an entire Guard campaign.
Thanks man that was great advice ill have 2 companies of 50 space marines (1st,2nd) and i will use 5th company as an attachment.