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Hello. I once posted an idea for army fluff some time ago, but am dumping the idea of a guard regiment equipping itself primarily with looted weaponry. Therefore, I have decided that for my army is the private bodyguard of a Rogue Trader.
The question I have is, what rules do I use for the Rogue Trader? Since no official rules exist, I have to proxy him using the rules for another model.
So what am I to use of the following choices? Note, I don't have Codex: Witchhunters, so I really don't know what they do.
Option 1: Just use the Senior Officer of my command platoon as Rogue Trader.
Option 2: The new White Dwarf just hit stores. I could use the rules for a Cadian High Command, with the High Commander being the trader.
Option 3: Play Daemonhunters, get an Inquisitor Lord and arm him with all sorts of exotic items like Digi-weapons and Needle Pistols, give him a bodyguard of Warriors armed w/ Plasma rifles (but modeled like Hrud warp-fusils).
Option 4: Get a Kroot Master Shaper; rationalize the increased Strength as carrying a Dark Eldar Punisher and Tormentor Helm (when it really is a Splinter Pistol&Power Sword), or say it's a really high-quality Frostblade/priceless sword. Attach him to a unit of Gland War Veterans w/ Jetpacks, Rippa Rifles, and dual knives equipped w/ Deathworld Toxins (really Vulture Kroot).
Option 5: Take a Deathwatch Kill-team, and assume the extra armor, strength&toughness come from being heavily cyborged.
I think the ideal choice would be an 'Elite' inquisitor from either inquisitor codecis. A HQ inquisitor would wear power armour, which is difficult not only to get but also to use and doesn't fit so well with the "trader" role. He wouldn't be the army commander but it's reasonable to assume that the soldiers would be more familiar with their officers anyway, the trader is probably to busy trading to spend all his time with the troops (or maybe he's just to posh!)
You could give him a small retinue of converted henchmen and bodyguards to help reinforce his image.
A lower level inquisitor would also give you more freedom to convert as carapace armour is easier to represent than power armour. A lot of Necromunda models would look good, for example Kal Jerico, and could also supply the retinue figures. The gang leaders would make great "weapon servitors" or acolytes (from Codex: DH)
Last edited by Tubal; June 20th, 2005 at 20:45.
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The other 2% are smart enough to question the 'science' behind that number...
And it's spelled EMPEROR!
Oh yeah, and one thing: I'm only using him in battles 2000 points and up. For lower-level games (1500, etc) he leaves the dirty work to his security chief (Command HQ). And I am doing this to fill the "second HQ" that Guard is unable to fill up otherwise; I have uses for my Elites slots (Hardened Veterans).