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I have a few questions regarding Imperial Guard regiments which I can't find any straight answer to in the codex or on the web.
1. As far as I understand it, regiments are fairly uniform in their composition, i.e. only infantry, only tanks etc. But where does the Chimeras fit in? Are they in regiments of their own or with infantry? I have seen mentions of so-called "mechanised infantry regiments" are these the ones?
2. In the codex it states that the Leman Russes often belong to an "Emperor's Fist" armoured regiment and are attached to other regiments as needed. But in the background section of the main rulebook there is a list of regiments the took part of the Kieldar Offensive showing pictures of tanks with text like "Cadian 8th", what does this mean?
3. On the same two pages (142-143) there are regiments like "Mordian 133rd", "Cadian 15th light" and "Cadian 37th Heavy". What's the difference between these?
If you have anything else to add, please feel free to do so as I'm having trouble understanding exactly how the IG is organised. And it's rather important for me to do that since I want to have abackground for my army and for the regimental numbers that are included in each box to make sense.
Thanks. I'm afraid I was unclear about my last question though. I know how regiments get their numbers, that's easily found in the codex, what I wanted to know was what the descriptive name mean, i.e. "light" and "heavy".
That is based on the designated role of the regiment and their purpose.
For example, the 1st Tanith regiment of the Gaunt's Ghosts novels is a 'light' infantry regiment, because they are primarily composed of light infantry such as scouts, snipers, recon units and lightly-armoured infantry platoons.
A 'heavy' infantry regiment is almost the complete opposite. Infantry will commonly be equipped with heavier armour such as carapace and carry more heavy weapons, field elite troops such as Stormtroopers and have plenty of high-end weapon support.
Other common regiment types include:
Each squad has a Chimera transport for mobility. Typical example: Armageddon Steel Legion.
Entire regiment consists of heavy weapon-equipped infantry and artillery tanks.
A vehicle-only regiment which fields platoons of Leman Russ tanks. Very rarely they contain some mechanised infantry support (called 'Armoured Fist' squads).
Designed for siege warfare and contains an appropriate mix of artillery, supporting infantry and huge numbers of conscripts. Typically very large regiments as they sustain excessive casualties. Example: Death Korps of Krieg.
Drop regiments are built to rapidly deploy from aerial support, be that Grav-chute or Valkyrie. They contain no tanks, but frequently use Sentinels as these can be dropped along with light or heavy Infantry. Designed to support key positions or attack from behind enemy lines. Typical example: Elysian Drop Troops.
These examples are not exclusive however. While some worlds inevitable do specialise in founding certain types of regiments, many tend to vary their foundings. Valhalla for example are known for their mass infantry wave assaults, but also have notable mechanised (Valhallan 597th) and artillery (Valhallan 12th) foundings. Hope that helps, any more questions please ask
The key thing to understand is that with millions of different worlds the composition of a "regiment" can vary in both size, equipment, training, and tactics. A Death Korps fights very different than a Mordian regiment.
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I've seen them both ways. Older fluff tends to describe regiments as self-contained military formations, whereas newer fluff describes regiments somewhat like store shelves. "Let's field X platoons with Y Heavy Weapon squads integrated into them from these Infantry Regiments, give them Z Chimeras from that Mechanized regiment, borrow a few tanks from the Armored Regiment, and round out the task force with a couple squads from the Stormtrooper regiment and a loaner Valkyrie from the Imperial Navy...let's go defend ourselves from that ambush."
The first way is much more logical to me. "A and B Regiments are mostly infantry, so they go here...C Regiment has a lot of tanks, so they go in the valley...and the famous D Regiment just arrived, let's have them land in the city and look good for the civilians. Our deployment is finished; let the Colonels handle the details and bring me my golf bag." You aren't rebuilding the chain of command all the time, you aren't fielding soldiers who are total strangers to each other, you aren't assuming that crunchies know how to be careful around heavy armor and you aren't assuming that all those regiments (and the Navy!) are going to give you what you want, when you want it.
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I've been thinking about these Leman Russ regiments, where do they come from? Are they drawn from a world like other regiments, or are they manufactured on forge worlds and placed where needed? And how are they numbered? Also, where do Sentinels fit? Do they make up their own regiments?
I won't place any decals on my models until I'm sure that I get it right as I want all infantry to come from the same regiment, all tanks from the same etc. As I'm building a mech army I'll let my infantry and the Chimeras come from something like "Cadian 317th Mechanized" (as my models are Cadian I figured it would be easiest to let them be Cadian).
DarkKnight: Yes, from reading the background codex I understand that the only uniform thing in the IG is the Lasgun. But at least I want something to go on when building a Cadian army.
Historically speaking it's not uncommon for Armored Units to be broken up to support Infantry (and even placed under the command of Infantry officers, which if they're not trained in combined arms tactics can lead to disaster). As for IG, Russ Regiments are drawn from highly industrialized worlds that can support their manufacture, or are in close proximity to a forge world. Armageddon, for example, manufactures almost all vehicles the Imperial Guard uses, barring a few like the Leman Russ Executioner (though it may be issued to an Armored Regiment raised there). Sentinels are generally part of another regiment as part of the support company - a few platoons of sentinels, a medicae, quartermaster, and so forth.
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I found in an old issue of WD, #353 page 85, a company of Leman Russes. There it states that a company is made up of three squads of three tanks each, and each tank has vertical stripes to indicate which company it belongs to. My question is this: is there a higher form of organisation for tanks? And how is this represented on the each individual tank? If this is not the case, there must be literally millions of different company markings. Also, are Sentinels marked in the same way, i.e. a company colour and a number? This is at least my impression from reading the article.
I'd also like to know what nation Cadia is inspired by, in order to get the names for the sergeants and the commander right. There seems to be nothing uniform among the names of special characters from Cadia.
Ok, three points.
1) Forge Wolrd recently up an update to thier IA1 book as a free download on thier website. At the back of that document is a reworking of thier Armoured Battle Group army list. Page 17 of the PDF gives backgound for an armoured regiment, while page 19 gives an example of the 19th Mordian Armoured Regiment, along with smaller armoured companies from other worlds that had been attached to it.
2) This sort of format represents one way in which an armoured regiment, or any regiment could be organised. To give a fair answer we have to talk about a typical regiment, or a Cadian regiment. Like Dark Knight said, there are so many regiments form so many world that there is no unifrom orginisation. What we think of as 'Imperieal Guard' organisation is most often Cadian Organisation, which is very similer to many, but not all regiments. Some worlds maintain Armoured regiments, some armoured comapnies within their infantry regiments, others disperse thier tanks amongst infantry companies, some worlds do all three, while some don't even maintain tanks.
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