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Hey guys, i thought i'd finally post up and ask a question i've mused over for a while now-
Where/how do you's find/come up with the names for your space marines??
Personally, i rip of everything i can, from characters in films and cartoons, to mythological beings, to common names from other countries. Although i do try and maybe alter the spelling a bit to hide the fact.
"Kill quick, kill clean"
Shadow Falcons motto.[I]
Lets see, sometimes I use a name guide and just look for names that sound space marine like, other times I see things that I like and use them, like the following
Marshal Gorgon- I liked the name used off of a slide show collectible and wanted to base my first leader off of him, this was like 7 years ago if I can think back that far.
Apothicary Testor- A glue bottle gave me that idea
Tech Marine Hector- Replaced the T with a H on this guy, then watched Troy...
those are just a few names to start with from my BT.
"Brothers! You carry his word as the burning torch in your hearts! With that flame you shall walk into the darkness and we will destroy it!" Marshal Gorgon at the battle of Hive Kalwan
My entire chapter is DIY. So for my name, they started off as the Black Dragons, until I realized that GW already had a paint scheme for the chapter. So I renamed them the Iron Dragons in keeping with their black armor.
Names for my characters come from several sources-
High Prince Xenophon: go read 'The 10,000' about a Greek campaign in Persia
Councilman Germanicus: just old school roman
Tactical Marine Adder: converted from a short story about my chapter, named for his tattoo
Tactical Marine Mattias: likewise converted from a short story
'Indefiable' Lord Keld: a dreadnought nicknamed for his inability to die
All of my Characters, Sergeants, Dreadnoughts, Squads, and some other random marines are named. Each of them has their own attendant fluff. My chapter deviates significantly from the Codex Astartes.
Depends what theme I'm going for... With my Wolves, I use vaguely Scandinavian sounding names combined with an Old Norse dictionary.. I once did a vaguely Arthurian army, and used little-known names from that legend... Like Artorius, Myrddin and Isolde. And Annales Cambriae.
I personally try to avoid anything which people immediatly say, "Oh, you got that from XYZ", because then it just seems a bit boring.. Unless you're going for an out-and-out copy, of course, such as an army very heavily themed on a film/book/TV series, to the extent where all the units are just troops taken from that source, in which case it fits perfectly.
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
Well, I generally don't name things a whole lot. And things are generally more of a play on existing names for me. But for my Space Wolves (or Space Puppies), I call my wolf lord "Ragnar Shaggybritches".It was more of a name given to him by my brother in an attempt to counteract the continual beat downs he would always dish out. (btw, it didnt help. Ragnar still beats him down)
In my Tomb King army(I know, 40k thread. too bad), I call my Tomb King "SpongeBone SquareBase". I found a song on a thread somewhere that was set to the SpongeBob themesong.
Naming things has always been an odd one for me. On one hand I like to really add character to my guys by naming them but on the other I never actually get an army finished and play games so naming them ends up a waste of time.
The only times I've really enjoyed naming units and models is in my World Eaters army for a tourni start of this year or with my Necro gang and Mordheim warbands. The Mordheim one was especially fun, I use the Carnival of Chaos band and so decided to name all my guys after theatrical themes and Shakespeare characters. My Master is called Iago, the pair of plaguebearers are called The Two Personae (the happy and sad mask) and my basic guys are collectivly known as The Chorus.
I find latching onto a simple theme like that that really ties to your chosen force helps to bring them to life a little more but also makes it hard to decide which guys to kill off
Ask me about the Black and White Space Marine on the Black and White Bike!!!
Nah, this is not that. I've seen that happen a lot. I'm sure there's another Iron Dragons chapter running around out there somewhere.
With me, I read an old WD that mentioned some of the genetic defects in the marines. There was literally a 4 sentence paragraph which mentioned that the Black Dragons chapter grew bony spines on their arms and crests on their skulls. They sheathed the spines in adamantium and used them as cc weapons.
I started playing my chapter, and painted them all black with red shoulders, gold trim, and the bust of a fire-breathing BLACK dragon on their shoulder. Later GW releases the Codex: Armageddon which was the first appearance of the BT and Salamanders. In it, they have a pic of a painted 'Black Dragon', all black, with black shoulders, and a WHITE dragon bust, identical to mine. They also later included info that pointed to them being from the Salamanders line, when I had been intent on using the Black Templars.
So I just renamed them. Your Sons of Dorn would probably be okay. It's not quite a GW Official thing, unless they went and fluffed them out and started posting them up all over the place. You do a google search for Black Dragons Space Marines and you'll get tons of fluff results from "official" sources. Search Iron Dragons, you get nothing
I do have some World eaters which are evil Marines, I gave them names out of classical art books, typically Italian renaissance names. My Tyranids get names from real-life and prehistoric sources if possible, they aren't Marines but the idea may help to name Marines. Bronto Scorpius means Thunder scorpio, lived millions of years ago, here it is on wiki. Brontoscorpio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia