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Just getting into the hobby proper (I had the 1st version of Space Hulk and some 'beaky' Marines many years ago but I was pulled back to the GW warm bossom in December after seeing the 40k sized Baneblade and Warhounds on Forgeworld's site).
Anyway, I'm a real 'research and read before jumping in' type of guy - I haven't even painted a model yet (undercoat tomorrow) but I've bought and read: Codex IG, Codex SM, 40K rules, several issues of WD, Vol 2 of the Horus Heresey (yes, I know not a lot to read in that! AND Imperial Armour Vol 1 and 2004 update...
Before anyone points it out, yes - I realise that I could have a sizable force for the money I've laid out on books but I'm a real 'fluff buff™'.
Anyway, to my question: I like the tank markings in Imp Armour - bands down the front edge of the tank. I've seen them mentioned in the Epic: Armageddon rules pdf's on the GW website but it doesn't elaborate much. Does anyone know of any info/fluff/reference which covers these? (ie blue-white-blue stripes mean scout company). I know I can make my own up but I really would like to create an army that 'conforms to set doctrines'.
I've selected the Cadian 8th - 'The Lord Castellan's Own' because of the interesting background which exsists and which I hope to build on.
Secondly, has anyone thought of creating a Drop Troops Regiment which is COMPLETELY droppable? ie:
The only ground based armour is Sentinels - which the Forgeworld Support Sentinels suppling fire support (barrage weapons), Mixed pattern Sentinels for close support, All troops as drop troops (perhaps using the forthcoming Elysian drop troops from Forgeworld - the bullpup lasgun sound very cool), Elites could be carried by Valkyries, heavy support by Vultures and the HQ unit could be carried by the new Aquila shuttle.
I realise this is probably the most expensive/most undermanned IG army ever suggested but it would be cool! (Best not tell you about my all Baneblade Armoured Battlegroup than... *noobee shuffles away muttering...*
If anyone does know about the tank markings that would be great.
Thanks for listening!
I'm not sure there IS a defined set of colours for different unit-types. I think it's more like IG infantry colours, ie one colour for platoon and one for squad (or was it regiment/platoon?) The equivalent system on tanks would ofc be one colour for regment and one for the squadron to give you two colours per tank.
Since you're going to use a significant number of Imperial Armour units I think you should be aware that some tournaments don't allow them. Unfair? Probably, but it's the reality you'll have to live with. Smaller tournaments usually don't have anything against them as it gives them something interesting to look at, it's the grand tournaments and rouge trader tournaments you'll have to worry about. If you're not going to play in tournaments then this is obviously not a problem, but you should be aware of it. Check with other players in your area which tournaments there are and check up on their rules regarding IA.
I like the suggestion - makes sense and has a 'real world' grounding. I think I'll go down this route.
As for tournaments - I'll don't think I'll ever have to worry about them for two reasons:
1. I have to fit my hobby into the small pockets of time I have (usually late at night) so I don't play very many games at all - just enjoy the models/collecting/fluff mostly.
2. Due to the above I'm not very good!
Thanks for the response - much appreciated!
In the US Army, tanks have two sets of markings. One is the Battalion/Regiment number, such as 4(Battalion)-67 (Armor Regiment) and then the other is the company/ tank number such as B(ravo)-11 (1st Platoon, Tank 1) or in other words, 4-67 on one fender and B-11 on the other.
Tanks are formed into platoons of four vehicles. #1 is the Platoon Leaders vehicle, which is commanded by a 2nd Lt. #2 is his wingman, who is a Staff Sergeant. #3 is the wingman of the Platoon Sergeant, who is also a SSG. #4 is the Platoon Sergeant's vehicle.
There are three tank platoons in the company, plus two additional tanks. #65 is the company Executive Officer's vehicle (a 1st Lt.) and #66 is the company Commander's vehicle (a Captain). The company also has a tracked APC and two HUMVs attached to it.
A tank battalion is four tank companies, plus a scout platoon equipped with HUMVs, a mortar platoon equipped with APCs that carry mortars in the back, the support platoon which has HEMMIT trucks, and various other cooks, mechanics, intelligence and staff personnel. Then the Battalion XO and CO have their own tanks too. There's probably more people in the Battalion as well, but it's been a while since I was in one.
A tank brigade is two battalion, plus the brigade HQ. You probably won't be going any higher than that on the tabletop. I hope that helps.
The acronym is HMMWV.
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Sure, next you'll be telling me that infantrymen aren't really called "Crunchies" either...
I'm big on fluff but not that big. Look to real life, WWII has the best examples. Usally the crews named their tanks. somehow marked how many confirmed tank kills they had. A little Grafiti and lots of extra parts and gear. For winter they'd probably add white wash in blobs. in spring and summer they'd tie branches and bushes to get a camo apperence.
As for all droptroops, I've done that. Take example from the 101st airborne. (part of the 512th something or other)
Three Companies of the 26th Vinancium
143rd Airborne Badgers (99.9% done)
159th Corsair Rifles (35% done))
69th Armored Wall Busters (95% done)
Total 197 men, 12 tanks, 4 Heavy Artillery Pieces