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In the codex, under the stormtroopers, in the italics, it states something about the adaptus arbites. First question, other then what the codex says, does anyone have any information about them? Second question, would they be usable in an army? Thank you in advance.
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In fluff whize (spelling?) they are Imperial dudes who sit in gaint fortress, and when something goes worng they send a signal for help, and the any imperial forces ceom. Gaming whize, they'd bee good in games where your doing alot of assualting/moving (they are assault 2). unfortunaltley can't say anything else, as I've never used them.Originally posted by cropilot@Feb 24 2005, 14:44
In the codex, under the stormtroopers, in the italics, it states something about the adaptus arbites. First question, other then what the codex says, does anyone have any information about them? Second question, would they be usable in an army? Thank you in advance.[snapback]337391[/snapback]
Kind of, they indeed are on the floating monastaries and they do send signals for help, which often are answered by members of the inquisition. When this occurs, the inquisitor often requires an immidiate force, hence the arbites are used in battle. That's pretty much the short answer, the inquisitor wants some backup (if there ordo hereticus, beside the sisters) he'll get some arbites as there are plenty of men in the imperium to fill any vacancies.In fluff whize (spelling?) they are Imperial dudes who sit in gaint fortress, and when something goes worng they send a signal for help, and the any imperial forces ceom.
Have you ever been to a military base? well personally I think they are like the MPs, they notify the higher ups when things go wrong then do their best to resolve it, and by the fact that they are all armed with shotguns, I'm guessing they don't plan on talking. :shifty:
Interesting ideas on Adeptus Arbites.
Arbites are the police force of the imperium. You'll find them on every civilised world, upholding the law of the emporer. They don't just 'sit in a fortress' they are the law (they are pretty much a complete rip-off of Judge Dredd) In fluff terms, they'd often work with the Ordo Heriticus when operating against witches on imperial worlds, as the local police force providing support.
In game, they aren't great, but the models are so damn cool. The Judge particulary. I often run a pure arbites force, with some sentinals to give fire-support, in 40k in 40 mins games.
The main reason you'd use them would be to support CC units. They're much better then IST's or SoB for this, due to their assualt 2 weaponry.
You used to be able to have whole armies of them, and there is a totally unoffical 'codex' knocking around for them. It makes use of all the great 2nd ed weapons like webbers.
Yes the Adeptus Arbites are the police force of the Imperium. They are posted on every world in the Imperium. They are the first line of defense on a planet against IG uprisings, Imperial Governor rebellions, genestealer and chaos cults. They hold out long enough for the SOB or the SM to arrive and deal with the bulk of the insurgence.
In the current version of 40K they are just given lip service, but there is a group of us trying to convince GW to allow them to have their own army list once again. the Adeptus Arbites Garrison on Yahoo has been working on this for some time now. So far with little results, but we could use more help. I will be fielding a WH army at this years Boston GT which will comprise almost entirely of Adeptus Arbites models (4x 10 man squads). I am currently trying to get them painted but it is slow work.
Please check out the Garrison and lend us your support for this underestimated army. The Garrison also has most if not all the info available out there about the Arbites.
Thank you for your attention.
Going back to some really old background material, basically you have patrol teams equipped with Carapace Armour, shotguns with "smart" Executioner cartridges, and all the other miscellaneous kit that you'd need out on patrol.
I believe that the Arbites aren't necessarily the main police force on many Imperial worlds, more a form of riot police, who fall directly under the jurisdiction of a "Judge" who answers to no-one, not even the Governor of the world in question. This means that you have a totally independant, but small, force that is unswervingly loyal to the Emperor.
I think the distinction has been drawn mainly in the face that an entire world has only 300 Arbites on hand (from an old piece of fiction) and you have "sub-Arbites" like the Necromundan Enforcers, essentially equipped the same way but coming under the normal planetary chain of command (ie on Necromunda they would answer to Lord Helmawr).
That's just my take on things though, so it may well not be 100% accurate, or things might be outdated by later material, so don't take it as Canon
Sisters of Battle Record in 4th Edition
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