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Just envisioning the DH army I'm planning 1-2 projects down the road, and I'm just wondering about gun servitors. I plan to use the highly-recommended two heavy bolter and one plasma cannon servitor versions of the warriors in my inquisitor's retinue.
My question is, everyone uses the servitor model to represent them, which looks nice and Gothic-y, but EVERYONE uses them, and they seem a little too "Borg"-like for my tastes, so if I wanted to, say, simply have, you know, REGULAR people toting heavy bolters and a cannon, would that be unfluffy? Could I simply say that these "specialists" serve as bodyguards for my inquisitor, or will the fluff gods mandate that I simply MUST use the servitors? I'd rather be unique about it if I can.
Servitors are used in this instance for a fluffy reason, which I never thought of before seeing this post...
Who else carts around heavy bolters and plasma cannons by their lonesome? Space Marines.
Who has heavy bolter teams? Imperial Guard.
Most of a retinue is made up of non-Astartes folks who aren't wearing power armor.
The reason why these heavy weapons have to be assigned teams in most cases is that well... They're huge, and they're heavy. A servitor represents a human being (or shell) rigged up for a specific purpose. A plasma servitor is always a plasma cannon servitor. He was designed to be one. He's tougher, and stronger, but his focus in on shooting stuff with his plasma cannon.
I would say you might be able to use an ogryn, but then you've got the larger model, the fact he's probably too stupid to be trusted with the notoriously dangerous and complicated plasma weaponry, and the fact that he'd be too tough in hand to hand in comparison to a plain ole servitor.
A normal human probably couldn't carry a plasma cannon. And the ab or superhuman folks probably wouldn't strictly meet the servitor's statline (from a fluff perspective).
...I do think an ogryn with a plasma cannon'd be cool though. I can see some hard-ass hereticus guy with one who gets sick jollies out of watching a mutant almost annihilate itself all the time.
Ok, so your point with the plasma cannon is well taken, but if that were the case with heavy bolters, surely Space Marine scouts wouldn't be strong enough to carry them yet, would they? If not, then surely any human could theoretically be trained to use one, eh?
Ogryns live on high gravity worlds.
So on any planet with earth's gravity or less they would be hulking monstersand can equal marines in strength.
My advice? Stick to the servitors, or model two guys hefting a heavy bolter and just play them as a one-wound, S3 T3 model.
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Mr_Wayne: "Some people believe that the World Eaters do not field any ranged weaponry. Those people often die at a distance."
Servitors come in all shapes and sizes. You could convert any model into a servitor and make it look fairly human, but it would still need to look sufficiently mechanized, at least when it comes to things like wielding the weapon to its body or crap like that.
Just to clear up a bit about the ogryns, they are said to come from "harsh, often cold worlds, with very little natural light" or something like that. My memory of the Codex Imperialis isn't infallible.
And I wouldn't use the scouts as a baseline to say that they're man-operable. Scouts still have an SM profile, and even when they did (2nd edition) they still had S4. Letting a marine out on the battlefield without his biscopea fully working just doesn't sound kosher. And so there's still the augmented strength behind them.
Quite what the Necromonda models are doing I'm not sure. They come from an era of shoulder-mounted heavy bolters and the like.