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Something thats been bothering me, though I might just be being OCD about it. Do you make any effort to distinguish which squad a marine belongs to?
I realise that you can just look at your list and know which squad certain champs and special weapons belong to from the equipment list. But if you've got 16 bolter marines that belong to two different squads, do you make any effort to mark which marines go into which squad? Or do you just divide them into two squads and who cares if this guy was in the other squad yesterday?
It only really matters in game if they get into the same assault (or bunch them in to tight). I had this problem with my IG. At the moment they are all arm and headless, and look the same (no paint yet).
Two seperate squads that had taken seperate amounts of casualties (one had 7 guys left, the other 5 I think) got into a multiple assault against a depleted tactical squad. They won the combat, but they where now due to negligence on my part on big pile of grey guardsmen. And neither of us remembered how many each squad had been (som died in the assault as well).. So see the problem there?
So for my cadian IG I will be doing something really simple, like helmet stripes, shoulder guard stripes. Or if you dont want it to show up and ruin the paint scheme of the model, dot a marking on the side of (or under) the models base.
I have a friend who plays tyranid, and he paints the tongues different colors to signify which group they are in. Not a bad idea if u ask me.
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I paint the left shoulder pad with a different rune for each squad. I got the runes out of a book and chose ones with cool meanings.
"Stainless Steel whippy sticks of death"
For my Night Lords all squads have a roman numeral under the Night Lords emblem on their shoulder pad to denote their squad. They always fight in the same units.
I keep them all on the same row in my army case. Then just in case all the basic CSMs have either A,B or C painted on their base. So much so that the most commonly used one is called Squad A on all army lists instead of something chaotic sounding.
Currently play: 4000+ of Black Legion
I distinguish by my Aspiring Champions, other models I don't bother to keep track of for the most part. I know fluff wise that my soldiers are all in their own specific squad, but to keep my army look fluid I like to mix and match. If I want to remember "battle scenes, etc." I use the Champions as point of reference visually.
(Though, if I had a full army painted, there's a chance I could change my mind, been using proxies WAY too long)
"If you can wait til I get home, then I swear we can make this last."
I'm possibly the most superstitious person on this site when it comes to squad members. Squads are pretty much static and I rarely change them around much. There are plenty of little finicky things that poke their heads up in transport and set up too, but those are another topic.
For a quick breakdown:
Dark Angels: Squad number and symbol on right shoulder, Codex standard. Possibly because this was my first army or because it grew in a rather ramshackle fashion this is the only army that I really move people around in.
Space Wolves: Squad type is denoted by a symbol on the right shoulder, and squad number is shown by a color painted on the little square on top of the backpack. There is no movement between squads in this army. Fluffwise that's because SW stay in their packs for their entire lives and what not. In reality I just neglect the hell out of this army.
Dark Eldar: Shinguard colors for Warrior Squads, and helmet color for Raider Squads. The army's hanging out on hold until the new codex comes out and haven't seen use in awhile.
Imperial Guard: So many troops, so many troops. I denote platoon by color and squad by number painted on the underside of the bases. I'll need more colors of pain by Christmas...
Alpha Legion: Good question, I don't think I actually have anyway of telling squads apart, I just kind of know based off of armament (and % painted).
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The spikey ones go faster.
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Rules for grenades are on page 72 of the rulebook.
My Chaos have different helmet types for each unit, Nurgle marked unit has no horns, Khorn marked has horns, Slanesh has the helms with hair. Tzentch will all have green stuff hoods. And luckily I donít usually field more than one of each cult unit.
My marines, all have different tactical markings, solid up arrow, hollow up arrow, solid and hollow <-> marks, same for my devastators and assault.
My dark eldar donít really have unit markings, but I have standards in each unit that I place in-between units so I know where one unit ends and another begins.
I painted a friends Tau army with small colored blocks on the armor shoulders of his fire warriors, Red, Black, White, Yellow. And his suits all have a different decal on the back.
Another friendís marine army I worked on all has roman numerals painted next to the squad markings to show unit numbers 1-10.
So I guess I think itís important to distinguish units