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There's a little something that's annoyed me ever since the current IG codex came out. On the back of the cover there is a quote by Warmaster Demetrius on the outset of the Salonika Crusade where he describes the number of troops under his command.
He has about 250.000 fighting men in all with 30.000 tanks and artillery.
Now my problem is this. He is a Warmaster - the highest military rank in the Imperium. He is on the outset of a system-wide crusade involving 50 regiments.
So don't you think 250.000 men and 30.000 vehicles is a pretty tiny number?
I mean in 1944, the German army alone had about 6.000.000 fighting men. The British armoured XXX Corps alone had over 20.000 vehicles.
This is the Imperial Guard! Somehow the number should have been something like 1.000 times bigger to make it fluffy.
Have you ever thought about that?
I never thoght about that but you have a point there. Especially with how rare warmasters are in the imperium.
IG Best Gen 1st overall of 10 DE 4th overall of 6
Eldar 3rd Overall/Best General of 26--2nd Overall/Best General of 7--1st Overall/Best General of 11
Could have been a small crusade...
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Maybe the quote's taken out of context, and he meant under his personal command... Like, he has those, and about another 1000 of those under different generals, as a proper Crusade would be insanely unweildy with control fully centralised on one person.
Or maybe the quote's taken from before he was a Warmaster, and he only had a brigade or two under him?
Or, maybe, the OP's right and someone was writing it, though "250,000 is a big number", and just wrote that.
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I am not sure, but I don't think that Demetrius himself was Warmaster at all at that time. Wasn't he lower rank commander?
Maybe he's a real-world 40k player and GW honored him by bestowing the title Warmaster for purchasing and painting all those figures.
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
Well considering they could probably fit that many men/tanks on *one* battle barge, I am thinking the number does not reflect the *entire* crusade...