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I'm starting a campaign with my friends soon, and I'm trying to think of a good name for my loyalist IG army. I run a semi-mechanized list, usually have one big blob of footsloggers as fire support, some vets in chimeras, and a mix of vehicles. My stuff is painted in a desert/wasteland theme, using the Shock Trooper models from Wargames Factory LLC - Hard Plastic 28mm 1/56 Scale Model Figures for Wargaming, which make great Death Korps of Krieg stand ins. I'm thinking of them, fluff wise, as something of a cross between House Atreides, The Brotherhood of Steel, and Jin-Roh. Any ideas? I can post pictures of my paint scheme on request, though my only camera is the lousy one on my cellphone.
They sound like riot police mixed with soldiers. The brotherhood thing tends to be more in line with Space Marine fluff, Marines often call each other brother.
These are some names I can think of.
Desert Enforcers, in line with the desert camo you painted them in. That may help to tie them in with the Jin-Roh lot.
Keeping to the "Dune" theme; The first Arakis volunteers.
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.
Hi Nitro Kitty, I was introduced to those Shock Trooper miniatures recently and have been thinking about them. I really liked how you described your fluff.
I just want to share how I'm coming up with names for you. I wrote some...well, a lot of backstory (can paste here if you wish,) then worked backwards to their names. The short version is that (to differentiate from the Krieg Death Korps) I imagined your army to be Fremen-like rugged survivalists with a strong "pack mentality," who can fight with minimal resources by scavenging (thus their models lack the detail of Krieg minis and are more infantry-focused.)
The Cerberus 3rd
Taking a cue from Jin-Roh, they are the Cerberus 3rd, from Greeky mythology. The army guards a hellish world with dogged determination. I chose this mythical 3-headed hound to avoid confusion with Space Wolves-related things, though I wanted to keep the "pack mentality" theme. This is the easy, obvious option.
The Crocotta 16th
Another mystical creature that was recorded by Greek scholars, the Crocotta is like a monstrous dog that eats the dead, imitates human voices, and even change its gender. In reality, the Crocotta is probably just hyenas, which suits the Imperial Guard as everything's named after canines (yet no one named something after hyenas yet.) The number comes from Strabo's Geographica series of tomes, where the Crocotta appears in the 16th volume.
I prefer this over the Cerberus as it brings out how other Imperial Guard are amazed yet terrified by these Fremen-like soldiers. Do they survive harsh environs with no resources by...eating the dead? Under their masks...are they really human? And (for lulz) on the gender bender issue, are...some of them female underneath their masks and coats (a tribute to all the fanart of Death Korps that are hot blonde girls)?
139th Sheol Mobile Infantry or
22nd Sheol Mobile Infantry
Sheol is what I named their homeworld. It is from Hebrew's "She'ol," which is the prototype for Hell, described as hidden from the light of God (rather than the fire & brimstone, which was a later invention.) The word is believed to derive from "su'al," which means "fox" or "burrower," bringing to mind the army's scavenging survival abilities. As for the numbers, that's the fun part. They're from the books in the Hebrew Bible:
Psalm 139:8: "If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there."
Jonah 2:2: "...Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice."
22nd Sheol Volunteer Infantry "the Ghouls"
I took a cue from Praxis here, but headed towards the "Fallout" theme.
Of course, the final option I suggest is to just Mix All the Above Together...the 139th Sheol Wasteland Mobile Auxiliary "the Cerberus Pups"
Wow, Kommissar, you certainly went above and beyond the call of duty. I had in mind something of the bleak dystopian jack booted oppressiveness of the Enclave or Jin-Roh, but less because they're nasty Nazi proxies, and more because they're required to be that way due to their stark environment. So while things may be oppressive and quasi-fascist, it still gives them a strong sense of solidarity and rugged survivalist tenacity. Sort of like the Fremen, but less mysticism and more rigid discipline. They are well trained and equipped, since their world is resource rich, but desolate, sort of like Arrakis. Things like metal, fuel, ceramic, and industrial materials would be abundant, but basic necessities like food, water, and medical supplies are tightly controlled. I like your pack mentality analogy. I definitely think I may be adopting your homeworld name, it fits and I'm a sucker for obscure mysterious mythological references. There are likely both men and women hidden under the masks and bulky armor: it's a harsh land and everyone is required to pull their weight. They're likely not the hot blond pinups you see in the fanart though, they're probably about as tough, leathery, and nasty as you'd expect people living in that situation would have to be to survive.
Putting it all together, how about this? The 139th Sheol Wasteland Mobile Infantry, Crocotta Division
I'm particularly happy about both Sheol and Crocotta...althought one is from Hebrew and the other is Greek, they represent something really archaic whose true meaning got lost through time and interpretation, which really describes 40k. Sheol is Hell, but it was kind of transformed by how the Greek Bible translated the word into Hades. Crocotta really is just hyenas and the mythological elements was just based on limited scientific understanding at the time (in fact, their modern Latin name is actually crucutta crucuttalis or something.) Plus, hyenas aren't "glamorous" animals...they're known for doing whatever it takes to survive, which I think is especially fitting.