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So, I'm new to 40k, have had some experience with Warhammer Fantasy. As with all things, I like to create my own stories for them, as is the case for my Marines Chapter. I read throught the "How To" thread above, and found many useful tips, but one thing that is mentioned but not touched upon is how to make my Space Wolves unique.
The general background of the story right now is that my pack is from a planet that has a highly unstable, stormy atmosphere. It is also a planet that has seen it's share of turmoil on the surface (including regular incursions for a Chaos chapter I have yet to create), battles with Orks, and disagreements with the Imperial Guard stationed there. As it is, they would prefer to fight alone, but don't always have that luxury. In one of the many wars that have taken place on the planet (I haven't devised the strategic reason for it being a battleground yet), the leader of this pack was once assisted by scouts from the Raven Guard. It takes a lot to impress him, and their aptitude for stealth impressed him as a hunter, and he wished to learn from them, eventually placing a greater importance on his own scout packs.
Now, I understand that there's no Space Wolves second founding or successor chapters (unless I misread that?), but how does one go about personalizing their own color schemes for a pack? I want to use a metallic black with a lighter green as a secondary color, as opposed to the grey and yellow the Space Wolves incorporate.
Suggestions? Or is there some information I missed somewhere that'll be of better use?
Thanks for your time.
I don't think your Marines have to be a sucessor chapter to use the smae rules as the Space Wolves. All you need to do is say they are similar and make sure that your opponent knows you are using the all the same rules for the Space Wloves so he doesn't become confused. As far as the fluff goes I think that Imperial Guard will have to obey a Space Marine chapter if the Guard are on their planet. Marines often have control over the planets they are based on. If they don't including info about who the planetary govenor is and what he thinks about all that is going on will help.
The colour scheme you have sounds like it is fine if you want them to look different from Space Wolves. Try to ask more about it in the painting section where you will get the most responses.
The painting I'm not worried about, it was basically how I could explain that my Space Wolves didn't use the same color scheme as the original Space Wolves, which you answered perfectly for me.
As far as the Imperial Guard thing, I guess I need to figure that part out more. Generally, I want to be able to explain why they've fought against the various armies that can be fielded. Surely, they will come across an Imperial Guard army. Could be a matter of rebellion under a rogue commander or some such thing (but that would make him a heretic). Basically, I want to make the background for my Marines something that I can really really flesh out and give life to.
How different is it from the colour scheme of the space wolves? You could simply make it a great company of the Space Wolves if it's not too different, rather than a different chapter. But if it is different, simply make it a different chapter that uses similar rules (possibly a White Scars successor with a Space Wolves founding headquarters staff).
Or you could simply make it another Chapter with a different animal theme, maybe make them bears. Otherwise, if you want them to be Space Wolves, they have to be from Fenris, and you have your guys from a different planet.