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Yeah yeah I had to spin a new thread off of an old one because there were way too many questions.
1.Anyone have any good reads about these guys?
2.Any good conversion links, tips, or pics I could see?
3.Anyone know their favored weapons (yes I know they can have just about anything).
4.Whats a good color scheme for them?
5.Favored Vehicles? (I know of the Repressor)
6. Are Valkyries out of the question?(I heard mention of them using flyers/skimmers)
I'm thinking of doing just a small combat patrol to start off (combat patrols are the "hot new item" at the local store).
1. Look into the Necromunda background, they are heavily featured there.
2. There are a whole range of Adeptus Arbites models already.
3. Combat shotguns for all models, Heavy Stubbers, Grenade Launchers, Power Mauls (pw's), Storm Shields, Cyber hounds. Just thing "riot police" and you're half way there.
4. Black with white detailing and red trim, that's their traditional outfit.
5. Repressor and Rhinos. Chimeras would do in a pinch, I imagine.
6. Fluffwise, probably. Rule wise, not at all.
2) Besides the existing models, you can add green stuff helmets and extra armor to SM Scouts.
Plasticard is good for riot shields.
Using Repressors as Chimeras is a little easier than taking allied storm troopers.
If you intend to use a lot of Repressors later, plasticard can cut down the costs significantly, and should be fairly simple due to the vehicle's boxy shape.
3) Arbites sometimes carry around bolters too. Give them heavier armor and you have counts-as Sisters of Battle.
6) I think they're fine if you keep the numbers down. Fully Airborne Arbites are unlikely, but I imagine they have some kind of air transportation for fast response and reaching outlying areas. Vendettas are probably out.
There is no such thing as a plea for innocence in my court. A plea for innocence is guilty of wasting my time. Guilty.
- Inquisitor Lord Fyodor Karamazov
Arabities in 40k are in the sisters of battle codex, under stormtroopers (It's in italics for some reason - replace hotshot lasgun for shotguns for free)
They can take chimeras, rhino's etc.
OR in the new ig dex take vets, give them all shotguns, and carapace armour and bob's your mothers brother.
Legal 40k arabities.
Oh, do it again with a command squad. (bar the shotguns though.)
I'd say they could have air transport - like swat having a helicopter.
In a 40k universe, why not a vendetta?
I wanna see the pics!
Edit: Check out Bell Of Lost souls for a exellent arabities conversion guide, and alternative unofficial army list.
Last edited by stayscrunchyinmilk; May 29th, 2009 at 10:18.
Adeptus Arbites - Lexicanum
There's a link with some info, the vehicles section is wrong because it should include the Repressor and the Salamander (whch they used in Lord of the Night).
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
I'm a big Arbites fan too. Been wanting to mess with making a squad for a while.
As far as a list I think you'd be good taking just about anything out of the new IG codex. Anything that doesn't really apply to the Arbites can be the PDF (planetary defense force). That also keeps the guardsmen you've already painted in the loop.
As it's been said Vets are great candidates for patrol squads but you could also do stormtroopers for execution teams as well. The good AP hotshot lasguns could be represented with bolters with smart rounds. They use them in shotguns mostly calling them executioner rounds, but I remember reading about them in their bolters too. To help limit civilian casualties or something like that. Could be made up, but it sounds like a good idea.
Little things like having cyber mastifs acting as bodyguards for your command squad would be cool too. And you could count their mauls as power weapons or fists (just make sure they're all the same).
With the low points in combat patrols I think you could make a full force of Arbites pretty easily without having to use any PDF kind of troops.
Here's a cool picture from a Golden Daemon a couple years ago. Sorry I don't have the guy's name that did it, but I really like them.
It will certainly put a new twist on your guard if you play arbites, as long as you dont use the PDF rules that were made for them. If you are going to play them, make sure you actualy use the guard codex because the PDf rules for them are extremely old, out of date and uncompetative. With those rule you wouldnt be able to make a competative force out of them even if you tried.
Yeah they I found those. They seem to be a bit lacking in the antiarmor department. And close to NO AP value weapons
The thing to keep in mind is that the Arbites do not concern themselves with everyday crime. They respond to threats to the stability of Imperial Order, which often requires them to move against other Imperial agencies, but also against Xenos and Chaos infiltration/invasion.
Therefore they are equipped to deal with or at least contain threats (and send out a warning) that would require the PDF or Guard; incidentally fighting rebelling PDF or Guard units is among their jobs as well.
So there's no fluff-reason not to take heavy and antitank weapons.
Also remember that the planetary Arbites are not the only type. There are also Arbites ships that patrol the Imperium and respond to calls for help.
As for the questions in the opening post:
1. There's an excellent 3-part series of Arbites novels with the books Crossfire, Legacy and Blind by Matthew Farrer. They are more about detective work and intrigues than battles though, but a must-read if you're interested in the Arbites.
In a Battlefleet Gothic novel, Execution Hour, one of the aforementioned patrol ships , an Arbites Punisher class strike cruiser, is heavily featured. There's also mention of the Eagle shuttle, a sort of Thunderhawk-equivalent orbital lander used by the Arbites.
Then there's Nightbringer of the Ultramarines series, which does not have many passages related to Arbites, but it's the reference for Leman Russ tanks being used.
3. Heavy stubbers are not a typical Arbites weapon. They are used by the Enforcers, which (on Necromunda) are closely modelled after Arbites, but are not the same. Arbites would rather use heavy bolters I think.
Last edited by JaqTaar; May 30th, 2009 at 08:44.