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To me it seems that the Space Marines are mainly defenders, would anyone like to enlighten me of conquests that the space marines have made against other armies?
Conquests? Go look up the entire Great Crusade, and the aftermath of the Horus Heresy. That's a good place to start.
Space Marines are the spearhead of Imperium in pretty much every large-scale crusade. They are much more about assaulting than defending.
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Some crappy world has turned over to the glorious Tau Empire. Space marines are like "what the hell? PROGRESS?! Not in our galaxy!"
Or alternatively some world turns over to the ruinous powers of chaos. Space marines are like "How dare they? HERESY?! Not in our galaxy!"
Pretty standard really, just think of a scenario where a race takes over a planet which the imperium controlled and then have SPESS MUHREENZ take it back.
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The Space Marines appear to be on the defensive a lot because the Imperium is on the defensive a lot. It's losing the long war.
In practice - on a smaller-scale, tactical level - they vastly prefer to be on the offensive. It makes the best use of their skills, resilience and shock factor while often obviating the numerical disadvantage. Space Marines don't win battles by killing everyone. They don't carry enough ammunition to physically kill every member of an opposing army (combat knives aside.) They win by breaking the enemy, and leaving the IG to clean up.
Take drop pods. They're a terrible idea, strategically speaking - they're troop-carrying bullets that scatter your force across a wide area in small, easily isolated units, often with unpredictable or dangerous landing points. There's no supply train apart from what's carried in the pods, and there is no extraction method - the pods don't go up.
So why do Space Marines use drop pods? Because if a goddamn metal rocket the size of a house lands in your front yard and spews out ten or so 7''10' guys wearing underpants made of concrete and steel, you ****ing run.
Put Space Marines in the reverse situation - entrenched in a defensive position - and they lose that shock factor that wins them battles. The enemy has nothing to be shocked about; they know they're fighting Space Marines. They knew that when they showed up to the siege. They also know that the Marines are trapped, surrounded, etc, and are more acutely aware of the advantages they possess than they would be if the Marines were leaping out of house-rockets to shoot grenades at them. So Marines prefer their house-rockets, and their METAL BAWKSES, and their big damn gunships, and their man-sized boltguns - because they are huge, terrifying, and make things explode in a way that terrifies people unused to exploding things.
The reason they're still fighting on the defensive even though they do so offensively is because the Imperium gets attacked a lot, and it tends to lose territory easily and then launch crusades to retake it. Its galactic defence strategy is based around having small, essentially useless PDFs garrisoned on every planet to serve as basically an alarm system for when the giant space flea from warp space attacks and massacres everyone, so that the Guard and the Astartes and other things that can kill the giant space flea can fly over, retake the planet from its new alien overlords, and replace them with its old, human overlords.
Basically, the Imperium is that boxer who is huge and immensely tough, and basically waits until the other guy throws a punch so that he can eat it and then follow up with a devastating counter-punch. In this scenario, the opponent's chin is made of Orks, and the boxer's fist has knuckles made of Space Marines.
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Basicaly i agree with the poodle,space marines are uber comandos.Also you can read the rulebook and specific chapter codicis for info on space marine wars.Also the Sm codex has info(mostly blue though).
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Would you say that the conquests of the Imperium go like that this:
Lots of conquests in the time of the emperor
Lots of losses in the time of the Horus Heresy
Stabilisation in the time of Roboute Gilliman
Apart from the Great crusade and reconquests are there any conquests to new worlds that the Imperial want to conquer.
Last edited by forthebloodgod; January 31st, 2011 at 18:22.
The whole of the Imperium is in a constant state of flux - I would imagine that since the heresy there's been a very slow but stable drop in size purely because of the administrative inertia. Bear in mind that the Imperium NEVER ceeds worlds, if they lose it then they will be back for it eventually. They could loose a whole sector for five millennia, but when they eventually get around to it a crusade will get formed to reconquer it. The Emperor of Mankind has decreed that this galaxy belongs to humanity, to accept that a planet is not ours is a blasphemy. Other races (or splinter groups of humans) merely hold it for us while we're busy elsewhere.