Welcome to Librarium Online!
Join our community of 80,000+ members and take part in the number one resource for Warhammer and Warhammer 40K discussion!
Registering gives you full access to take part in discussions, upload pictures, contact other members and search everything!
My Guard infantry regiment is based mostly on British military, a blend of napoleonic regimental structure and modern battalion/ company orginisation and I figure most Guard players will base their armies on either British (commonwealth included), US or WW2 German formations... so id thought id share some other real world armies for use as inspiration... Ill start with
Italian armies have a some what dodgy reputation, based almost entirely on their performance in WW2 and even then this is mostly based on myth/misinterpretation. Prior to unification, Italian soldiers varied in quality depending on their kingdom.. under Napoleon the Kingdom of Italytroops were regarded as being almost as good as the French, while the Neopolitans were considered unsteady.. again later, troops form Piedmont were considered to be amongst the best in europe while Naples troops were poorly regarded. In world war 2 the Italians actually fought well, their Paratroopers, mountain troops and light infantry being particulary hard. At El Alamein while German units routed and fled from the allied advance... it was an Italian unit that remained at its position and was the only unit that had to be ordered to retire.
If you want to Italianise your guard... you can create.. troop types..
Bersaglieri - Elite sharpshooters, originally light Inf, they can be mechanised/ mobile inf
Folgore - Paratroopers (droptroops).
Alpini - Mountain Troops, can be infantry/artillery, can be light mechanised or paratroops
Carabinieri- military police, they do however fight.
Alpino/Alp. (Mountain Infantryman)
Lagunare/Lag. (Lagoon Infantryman)
Artigliere/Art. (Artillery Soldier)
Assistente di Sanitą/Asa. (Medic)
Sottotenente (2nd Lt)
Primo Capitano (1st Captain)
Tenente Colonnello (Lt Col)
One of my favourite armies. Danes have been fighting anybody since the 6th Century. The regular Danish army fought against both Britain and Sweden during the Napoleonic wars as an ally of France, fought against Germnay twice in the 1840s and the 1860s. The modern Danish army has fought in Afganistan and was also engaged the Bosnian Serbs in the largest engagment in bosnia by a NATO country, Operation bollebank or in English, operation Hooligan Bashing.
Jydske Dragonregiment ( "Jydske Dragoon Rgt" an Armoured Heavy Tank rgt)
Gardehusarregiment III("Guard hussar Rgt" an armoured recce rgt)
Gardehusarregimentet I (as above only this unit is mech inf)
Den Kongelige Livgarde ( "The Royal Guards" a mech inf rgt)
Jęgerkorpset (Elite Special Forces)
Livregiments = Life regiment. A regular inf regiment
Fodrediment = Foot regiment, "" ""
Konstabel - Private
Korporal - corperal
Sergant - Sgt
Chefsergent - Sgt Major
Lojtnant - Lt
PremierLojtnant - 1st Lt.
Kaptjan - Cpt
Major - Major
Oberstlojnant - Lt Col
Obert - Col
This is my favourite army, and one form which I draw most of my inspiration. The British army of this time was tiny compred to its mainland European rivals of France, Russia, Austria and Prussia though it did grow considerably in times of prolonged war.. namely from 1780-86 and 1810-15. They fought on every major continent against a considerable number of foes, from regular French, Dutch, US, Danish, Belgian, German and Spanish troops, massed Russian conscripts to American tribesmen, Afghan savages, Zulu hordes, Westernised Sikh troops, war like Maori, Ghurkas, Chinese rebels, uppity Boer farmers. They campained in the harsh frozen ranges of Canada, the fields of France, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Holland and Germany, the New Zealand forests, Africa and South America and chunks of Asia.
Infantry regiements were raised with government permission by a noted individual. The regiment was numbered and the higher the number the higher that regiments prestige and higher its place in the order of battle. Regiments were sometimes titled and gradually all regiments aquired a title, usually an affiliation with a county or city in which they recruited most of their recruits OR in the case of the highland regiments with the name of the clan from which they drew most of their recruits. Some had special titles that reflected unique battlefield rolls or the favour of a king/queen/ prince/princess.
1st Royal Scots were famous for being the oldest regiment in the army, Scottish.
3rd Buffs were and English regiment that were named after the colour of their facings (collar and cuffs)
38th Staffordshires were an English regiment that recruited in staffordshire.
43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry, Anglo-Welsh regiment that was elite light infantry
60th Loyal Americans, a regiment that was raised during the AWI
in its life a regiments title may change, ie the 43rd was originally just the Monmouthshire rgt until it was trained as light infantry in 1806 when it became the Monmouthshire Light infantry. While the 60th was first the Loyal Americans, becoming the 60th Rifles and then finally the Kings Royal Rifle Corps..
a Regiment was made up of battalions, a small regiment with a small recruitment base such as the 55th Westmoreland may only have 1 battalion and a training company. Most like the 22nd Cheshire Rgt had 2 battalions, one would serve abroad while the other would stay at home and train recruits/ send re inforcements to the 1st battalion. Occaisionally some Regiemts could have 3 battalions (like the 95th Rifles or the 27th Enniskilling) or even 4, like the 60th regiment. A battalion was the standard tactical unit on the battlefield. a battalion would consist of ten companies, one of which would be an elite grenadier company comprising of the biggest, bravest and strongest men in the battalion. Later the a light company was added to battalions comprising of the quickest, most agile or intelligent men. Theoretically grenadiers were the battalions shock troops who would lead any assaults on enemy postions while the light company skirmished ahead of the line in field battles. In around 1860, Grenadier and Light companies were disbanded as by then all companies we expected to be able to fulfill all battlefield roles if required.
The cavalry were recruited in mush the same way as the infantry with certain regiments recruiting from specific counties. Light cavalry consisted of Light Dragoons, Hussars and Lancers (from 1819) and heavy cavalry who were nearly all classed as Dragoons. Cavalry were orginised into Squadrons usually 4 or 5 to a regiment, which were broken down into troops.
Most regiments were distingiushed by the colour of their cuffs and collars, their lace pattarns and tartan (for kilted highland rgts)
Types of Soldier
Fusileer = Private in A type of soldier, started off as elite but gradually the specialness was eroded
Rifleman = Private in an elite light infantry unit with higher standards of marksmanship
Trooper = Private in a cavalry Rgt
Marine = Private in the Royal Marines
Private = Lowest ranking soldier in Light, Line, Highlander rgts
Ranger = private in a ranger battalion, from 1790 this was purely a decorative title Rangers were not elite.
Chosen Man = A private of good character, noted bravery, intelligence or leadership
Lance Corporal = Replaced the rank of Chosen Man
Regimental Sergeant Major
Sapper = Private in a field engineer corps
Pioneer = 1 man per company, in charge of building, chopping things and the like, usually a vet with a beard and an axe.
Farrier = Cavalry equivilent of a pioneer but had some other duties invoving horse care.
Ensign/Cornet = Inf/Cav young officer usually one or two per company, companies most junior officers these could be around 16/17/18 years old
Lieutenant = pronounced "leftenant", junior officer
Captain = Company commander
Major = commands half battalion
Lt Col = Commands a battalion
Col = commands a rgt in barracks OR commands a brigade in the field
good resource for fluffy armies
If Slaanesh is the god of the Perverse, why does Nurgle have all the filth?
Really great detail, and I applaud you as such. *reps*
But... Being a pedant, I thought I'd add 2 things, just about the Rifle regiments:
Firstly, a distinguishing feature of Rifle regiments, originally, was that they carried Rifles rather than Muskets. They were more accurate but slower to load, as the bullet had to be forced past the grooves that made it rifled, and therefore more accurate.
And secondly, in Rifle Regiments, Ensigns were replaced by 2nd Lieutenants (still pronounced Leftenant, in the proper, if baffling, way.). This eventually spread to the entire army. (I think, although knowing the Guards they probably still use Ensigns. Some of them still use Lance Sergeant, replacing Corporal. It was essentially the same as a Sergeant rank, but it could be taken away at any time, whereas a full Sergeant could only lose his rank from a court.. martial, I think. Some kind of court or disciplinary procedure, anyway.)
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
Ill be adding other armies gradually for others to look at/ use to make their regular units feel more martial.. but feel free to add any nations, periods at anytime. Id like this to be a kind of quick reference for anyone looking for some Non Marine Corp/Vietnam vet inspired forces.
us marines aav's
aav=amphibious assault vehicle (shares a remarkable likeness with the chimera, and is probably why there's the amphibious special rule for it) also known as amtracks.
marine ranks. (basic descriptions)
private - someone very new or busted down for violations/offenses
private first class (pfc) - not quite boot
lance corporal - most common troop
corporal - nco, the hardest rank in the corps; directly responsible for all the troops
sergeant - nco, assistant section/squad leaders
staff sergeant - snco, squad/section leaders
gunnery sergeant - snco, right-hand man of platoon commanders
master sergeant / first sergeant - msgt deals with occupation, 1stsgt with admin
master gunnery sergeant / sergeant major - top enlisted
warrant officer ->chief warrant officer 5 - enlisted promoted to officer, earliest possible at staff sergeant. exceptional job expertise.
2nd lieutenant - boots; platoon commanders if no one better
1st lieutenant - usually platoon commanders
captain - company XO material (sometimes commander if no majors avail)
major - company commanders usually
lt colonel - this and colonel are usually battalion commanders
link for what their insignia's look like
Marine Ranks! US Marine Corps Rank Insignia (USMC) - Pay Grades
in garrison fatigues, the rank insignia is worn on both sides of the collar (black for enlisted, silver/bronze for officers). quarter inch from the sides, bisecting the angle (pointing inward to your head)
in combat, rank is worn center of the flak jacket (some units prefer to wear it front-center on their kevlar/helmet instead). all ranks use black insignia.
uniforms and camouflage.
marine personnel use either green or tan digital camo fatigues (gray is army only)
flak jackets and boots are solid brown
kelvar/helmets have a reversible green/tan digital camo cover to match fatigues used.
all personnel-issued weapons are sprayed black, metal may show from 'wear and tear'.
belt color determined by the individual's level in the martial arts program: tan, grey, green, brown, black (not including tan/red stripes for instructors/black belt degrees)
aav's use a jungle tri-color camo, weapon systems sprayed black. suspension is solid green, with black rubber encircling the wheels, tracks are metal but generally turn rust-colored for constant amphibious use, w/ black rubber shoes.
the abrams tank armor and suspension is solid tan, black rubber shoes on the tracks, cannon is tan since it's integrated into the vehicle, but its pintle-mounted weapons are sprayed black.
fireteam: 4 marines, NCO as fireteam leader w/ m203 grenade launcher attached to rifle, one troop with a saw (5.56mm machine gun), two troops with rifles (one carrying the saw's extra ammo)
squad: 3 fireteams, plus a staff sergeant acting as squad leader (may be accompied by radio operation, corpsman, translator, local contacts; mission dictates)
platoon: 3 squads, plus a platoon commander and platoon sergeant
one platoon per company will be made up of heavy weapon squads.
company: 3 platoons, plus command element comprised of company commander, company XO, company first sergeant, and logistics/admin personnel
one company per battalion will be made up entirely of heavy weapons platoons.
battalion: 3-5 infantry companies, a (heavy) weapons company, an H&S company (supplies/logistics/transportation), and a battalion-equivalent command element.
sizes may vary depending on available manpower and weapons.
infantry platoon: 3 infantry squads each led by a sergeant (or maybe a staff sergeant), between 1-3 corporals, and the rest majority lance corporals with a few privates and pfc's. missile launchers/grenade launchers for infantry/command squads.
the command squads being the lieutenant, a gunnery sergeant, and 2-3 staff sergeants and/or corpsman or nco/troop radio operator.
hq platoon: command squad being the major or captain, a first sergeant (carries the standard), and 2-3 master or gunnery sergeants. 3 support squads with either heavy bolters/autocannons/lascannons/or mortars.
a crew of 3: driver, crew chief/gunner, and rear crewman
usually an NCO is the crew chief, with two troops as driver/rear crewman
the weapons on a vehicle are a turret-mounted 50 cal (12.7mm) and mk19 (40mm automatic grenade launcher) both operated by the gunner.
one aav per section has a Staff Sergeant as the crew chief instead of an NCO, and willalso act as the section leader.
the platoon commander (junior officer) will hitch onto a vehicle in 1st section, while the platoon sergeant (Gunnery Sergeant) will hitch on a vehicle in 3rd section (the nco still acts as crew chief).
a radio tech, 2 maintenance, and a corpsman (aka doc) will all jump onto a vehicle somewhere too.
section: 4 aav's
platoon: 3 sections
company: 3 aav platoons, a command element (a comms/radio outfitted aav and one escort aav), and a maintenance/admin platoon located back on base
battalion: 4-5 companies, and an H&S company (supply/logistics)
for 40k: i use 12 (platoon-size) to carry my infantry, armed with hull-mounted heavy bolters and turret-mounted multilasers (the heavy bolter is modelled on the turret but counts as hull).
dividing them up to operate in 3 sections: 4 aav's for the hq command squad w/ 3 support squads, 4 more for the 1st infantry platoon command squad w/ 3 infantry squads, and the last 4 for the 2nd infantry squad with same-layout.
section: 2 tanks
platoon: 2 sections
aside from the main cannon, the abrams sports a pintle-mounted 240g (7.62mm) and a pintle-mounted 50cal (12.7mm) atop the turret operated by two different people
(i guess a hull-mounted heavy bolter and pintle-mounted heavy stubber could count as)
i don't know much else about tanks organisation/details due to the bitter rivalry between aav's and tanks that usually keeps us from associating with each other outside of taunting and fights.
for 40K: two leman russes with hull-mounted heavy bolters, and pintle-mounted heavy stubbers work fine as proxies.
ps. great series on hbo about us marines (fairly accurate): generation kill