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Yes more fluff talk i know ive been spamming the forums alot with it but i love it.
Basically my army is divided into operational divisions, different divisions are stations on different planets etc. To work out the size i want my divisions i was wondering if any1 will better fluff knoledge could tell me what size force would normally guard a city, outpost etc.
Rough figures are fine just something to base my sizes on.
Many thanks as always, Mercian
There really isnt a set number for planetary defenses, usually it is whatever the planet has unless there is a threat, then more troops would be involved.
Your best bet is to give each division a set number say half a regiment or even a full regiment. The only problem with that however is that there isnt a set number of troops in a regiment. What one system calls a regiment another system may call half a regiment.
I would just say that each division has x amount of soldiers.
lexicanum.com is a good site for fluff
One thing i always found helpful was to base my "regiments" around a modern day division (around 10000-20000 troopers per) and then based on the type of planet and its population just assume that, say 2.5-5% of the population would be in the military, either for off world assignment or PDF duty so an industrial world with, say 2 billion people would have 50-100 million troopers, most of them off fighting in various other parts of the galaxy, meanwhile an agri-wrold will probably only have 100 thousand + troopers, so on so forth.
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For some reason this made me think "How many Seraphim can dance on the head of a heretic?"
Anyways, It is definitely proportional to planet population. You can't just cover a planet with regiments to prevent invasion, that is what orbitals and the fleet are for. The bulk of the PDF are there to keep the populace in check if they get all cult-like.
I agree with the above posters, not to sound condescending, but how long is a piece of det-tape?
I remember a line from somewhere saying how much it could vary.. a small mining outpost would have a platoon guarding it, whereas Cadia has several thousands of regiments.
And even if we plump for a fairly average-sized, fairly densey populated agri-planet or the like... if it's in the centre of the Imperium, it might not have much more than its own PDF, which can be as large as the Planetary Governer wants, whereas one on the fringes, where it's much more susceptible to invasion, might have a regiment of two of regular IG to stiffen the defences.
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It depends of type of planet and it's strategic Importance. While mining factories are not well guarded, if were strategically important would be well Guarded. Very big Hive planets may be not well Guarded if lying deeply within borderds of Imperium. But planets are simply too important. Remember Cadia. Remember Armageddon. The second has several hundred regiments but whenever ork threath rises they will muster a lot more than half population for war.
Cadia is even more militarised - I am unsure of this, but I think they do produce neither ammo nor other wargear. As written in codex - birth rate and recruitment rate are same numbers.
still a regiment should be a relatively large force itself, even if an Agri-World or a Frontier World will still have at least 1-3 regiments of a professional army, heck even Forge-Worlds have 1-5 regiments of their own, and of course Planetary Defense Forces are unlimited. Not to mention, civilsed-fortress worlds also has a number of Adeptus Aribites forces as well.
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Agri-worlds: Maybe small companies or even platoons on extended patrols. But I imagine more along the lines of a response force from an orbital platform.
Forge Worlds have Skiitari, not PDF or Imperial Guard. The Adeptus Mechanus does not suffer outsiders treading on their sacred ground unless there are enemies inbound. Certainly not full Regiments of Guard. However, they will have a LOT of Skiitari. The more I read about the Mechanum, the more I understand that they are more of a household system, as in the troops would belong to an Adept, or Titan Legions.
Cadia is a Fortress World. It doesn't even have a governor. It's only purpose is war and warriors. While amusing, that fluff about birthtrate = recruitment rate would make actual bredding sorta difficult... especially since recruits are teenagers... So we have to assume that there must either be a lot of REMFs or that it is more like Swizardland where everyone has a compulsory obligation that can actually be survived so folks can breed...
How many guardsmen would it take to occupy a planet?
Who cares, just keep sending them in until it's yours.
(It probably depends on the size of the planet and it's importance and population)
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