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So I've been going back and forth on what chapter I want to make my Space Marines, leaning heavily towards Salamanders due to my liking of the fluff and the sheer effectiveness of Vulkan's chapter tactics. However, I've also been drawn to the Imperial Fists, mostly because Captain Lysander is a scary awesome character, along with Ultramarines for sheer SMurfiness, Raven Guard for practicality of black armor and tons of other reasons.
However, I've also been pushed away from painting an entire army for various reasons, such as Salamanders being overplayed, yellow being a pain the butt to paint, Ultramarines for sheer SMurfiness and Raven Guard for a relatively boring paint scheme.
It hit me today; why not do all of them? I would paint a squad or two in differing schemes depending on how fitting they are to that role, such as having Imperial Fist Devastators, Raven Guard Assault Squads, Salamander Termies, Ultramarine Scouts and a Tactical squad with equipment suiting each chapter).
How would I make this all work together? Well, that's the title. The entire army is fighting together at the Battle for Armageddon. Normally, different chapters will avoid working together due to a sense of pride or honor, but under extenuating circumstances multiple chapters will fight together. I would make each squad come together as an army through the use of basing; trying to go for a muddy, semi-urban, warzone that will look consistent on all infantry and vehicles.
Another plus that I just thought of is that it allows me paint chapter specific models and use them without any fret, meaning I can use Lysander, Vulkan or Sicarius at my whim; the idea is that they just happen to be at the frontline with all the other chapters present.
What do you guys think and how do you feel about this? Unfluffy, fluffy? A cheesy attempt to use Dorn/Shrike in the same list?
"Darnath Lysander is the Samuel L. Jackson of the 40k universe."
Sounds pretty far fetched. You'd have to consult existing fluff to see if these chapters really were taking part in the battle for armageddon (which IIRC, Raven Guard wern't!), and if all checks out, then sure, it could be done. It would look weird on the table though...
Well does it really matter with the 'counts as' rule?
You could field then both imo. I was thinking or cassius and pedro myself. That would be a brutal charge.