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I am planing to incorperate a planetary invasion into my story. I need to know all the important factors i should consider when planning this out, so I know what i need to cover.
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I guess it would depend on how detailed you want to get. You'd definitely have to have some kind of brief overview of the planetary environment, defenses and perhaps even the demographic of specific regions. You might also want to draw a few diagrams to solidify your thoughts; what about making a battle plan?
You would want to take into account the forces present in the immediate region, not to mention whether any forces are capable of reinforcing the planet. You should jot down what each side knows about the other side and from that you can make logical assumptions as to how they would act. Compound on hopes and fears.
Statistics, statistics. Then you can get personal with the story. And include wide array of Warhammer-related terms. They help.
ok best suggestion would be pick up a copy of Imperial Armour III - The taros Campaign, on account of it detailing the imperial invasion of Taros (or rather attempted)
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Over write. Write down every little detail you can. From how many orbital defense platforms are there to the content of the local fleet, PDF, so on and so forth. Keep the details coming. When you have a account of the sized of the forces and things involved down to regiment size, location, engagements, leaders, and so on write your story from that data. It will be similar to writing a first hand account of a historical event. That said you don't have to put the detail in your story but it will help you solidify your story and provide little nuggets of detail that make a story great.
Here is what I would take into account.
1. Orbital Defenses: Platforms, Fleet, Moons, Other planets in system. Attacking fleet size, type.
2. Planetary Defensee: Planet size, type, population, PDF, Regular regiments, or the equivilant alien or chaotic units. Any planetary batteries, spaceports, captial cities.
3. Invasion routes. The number of attackers, method, casulties, defenders method, casulties, main defence features.
4. End result: Success or Failure, Losses on both sides, damage on local populace, economy, enviroment.
The basic outline would be a space battle first with any orbital defenses neutralized by blowing them up or boarding them. Followed by a Orbital bombardment to remove any defensive batteries that remain on the planet, followed by a planetary invasion which would at first focus on spaceports or large areas that could be used to land larger transport ships. This is only true if the objective is to take the planet. If it is to destroy the planet then they would just virus bomb it or "glass it" by bombarding it from space.
Hope that helped.
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Well, what race will be invading?
I would focus on the surreal imagery of the landing enemies, maybe the skeletal wrecks of gargantuan ships lost in the orbital war could come crashing and flaming into large towers/fields. (I might want to do that now.) My grandmother was at rotterdam when the nazi's paratrooped into it after bombing it to s**t. This has stuck in her mind ever since.
Also, I would focus on the loss of communication and co-ordination among the defenders as they flee.
The video game ADVENT RISING has a very cool part where you flee to a spacestation as the planet is bombarded with asteroids.
Also, the other posts are very good, and I won't repeat them, but "what they said."
Maybe put a little in on the crazy amounts of smoke and dust put up by the invasion.
"His throat burned faintly due to the smoke billowing from the burning city. He leaned forward, trying to make out the shapes in the distance, hoping for some other survivors, but he could see nothing save gritty black vagueness. Suddenly, he heard an inhuman bellow that chilled his heart. It sounded like a babies scream, only amplified into adult and alien vocal cords and bellowed with the rage of a simple minded subconsciousness. It sounded like, "Waaaaaaaaaagh.". "
This could be part of it. I dunno. You can use anything I wrote (in this post) if you want to.
Last edited by LittleBlueMan; May 22nd, 2007 at 06:22.
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If you read 'The Sabbat Worlds Crusade' which is a Black Library publication detailing a twenty year campaign in a huge amount of detail you will pick up a lot of nice details that you could use.
For example the effects of a full orbital bombardment can be easily seen by space. In addition it can level mountain ranges and shift the continental plates on a planet.
A lot of politics goes on amongst Imperial commanders, particularly concerning who gets to lead which attacks.
If space marines are being used remember that they are the ultimate troops. On Ambold 11Marines from the Iron Snakes Chapter slaughtered 28,000 rebel troops for the loss of only 8 marines.
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