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I'm giving making my own space marine chapter some thought. How many battle barges would a typical chapter have?
On the list of famous battle barges, I see that some chapters have as many as FIVE listed, but they may not all be from the same era.
Just curious because I'm working on back story.
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Most seem to have 2-3, unless they're space-based Chapters, in which case it may be as many as 5. The typical barge carries 300 Marines, so having 3 would allow for full deployment.
Haha thanks. Looking back over it I saw the two or three per chapter thing written. I didn't even notice it when I read it the first time. I'm glad you mentioned five for space-based. I was thinking of doing space-based if I were to make a custom chapter.
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2-3 Battle barges seems to be average, plus a number of strike cruisers and rapid strike vessels.
How many your chapter would have really depends on how they operate. Examples:
Some chapters prefer full scale mass assaults. The entire chapter will usally only fight on one front at a time so they probably have quite a few Battle barges but few cruisers and strike craft. All the better to deliver maximum force to a single point.
Most chapters will usally fight on 3-4 fronts at a time so have a fleet designed to support this. 1-2 Battle barges and a number of cruisers and strike craft, a fleet capable of deploying their forces to multiple fronts.
Other chapters like to be as wide ranging as possible. Fight on perhaps 8-10 fronts at a time. They would usally have 0-1 Battle barges, a single flag ship and a large number of smaller cruisers and strike craft.
Other factors would also influence the number of ships used by a chapter.
Codex compliance: The codex Astartes states that a Battle barge only carry 4 companies of a chapter and strike cruisers carry a single company. This has nothing to do with transport capacity, a 2-mile Battle barge could easily carry a single chapter, this is because of the saying; "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Putting the entire chapter in a single ship means that one freaky warp current could wipe out the entire chapter. By spreading out the Marines the chapter can avoid losing to much in a single incident.
Many non-codex chapters also follow this for practical reasons, even if they don't give a crap about the codex, but some might say "Screw it. A Battle barge is a flying fortress, it won't be lost that easily!"
Size of chapter: A young and small chapter with only a few hundred marines will usally have a smaller fleet than a full size codex chapter. They will, in turn, have a smaller fleet than a non-codex chapter with greater numbers like the Wolves or Templars.
Battle history: This is an obvious one. Battle barges and strike cruisers don't grow on trees. A chapter that has suffered losses will have to make do with fewer ships, for a while at least.
Wealth of chapter: Wealthy and powerful chapters that control their own 'mini-empire' might have far more than they actually need. They might deploy single companies on Battle barges the way other chapters would use strike cruisers. They might use strike cruisers to deploy only a few squads or single kill-teams the way other chapters use rapid strike vessels.
There are also other factors. These are a few I could think of from the top of my head.
Hope this helps. SkyDog
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And the Grey Knights will probably have a whole bunch or just get their pet/owner =][= commandeer one for them as needed