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This thought occured to me yesterday, thought I would share it all with you.
What if you could select, much like Chapter Traits, elements of Xeno technology to include in your weaponry?
Say for instance you belonged to a Chapter that was radical in that it believed that using Xeno technology against Xenos was the best way to protect the Empire. (Could this be what the Xeno Hunter codex will allow?) This'd be much like Radical Daemonhunters; they use the power of the enemy against them.
In game terms, you could select major or minor technological advances and pay a drawback for them. Major tech would include skimmers, plasma weaponry that didn't get hot, jet packs, Rail weaponry, etc. Minor tech would be individual items, like Howling Banshee masks, Gauss guns, Zapp guns, etc.
The items would be very expensive to use, but you could customise as you saw fit. There'd certainly be limits (Skimming Landraider?).
If you could do it, what Xeno technology would you equip your SMs with? For me, I'd equip with Starcannons, give my CC scouts marker lights and have assault squads with Jet packs.
I'm not sure about this myself, especially considering the ork tech you'd want them to use, and the Gauss weapons.
Gauss weapons disappear along with the warriors, and Ork gear plain doesn't work if there's not an ork working it.
"Some days you're the Mekboy building the kannon, the rest you're the grot being blown up by it."
- Quote attributed to Sorkrates, before his much mourned death due to ingestion of Hemsquig Juice.
"Dis iz my choppa, and herez me gun. Dat's for killin' and so'z dis one!"
- Bloodaxe Kommando Warchant
It's a pretty cool idea, but it's very unbalancing. It might work if restricted to just the inquister and his posse, but it might also make it a lot less interesting.
hmm... not necessarily since one can be equipped in inquisitor with a gauss rifle... and there was a catachan offshoot for armageddon that used ork weaponry...
I REALLY doubt that any space marines would use xeno-weaponry. it would royally piss off their techpreists... "no more armor for you until you repent to the machine god... and that goes for your tanks as well..." Basically, Space marines using technology that one doesn't have to pray to in order to get it to work just ARENT.
I could see Imperial guard using it though, in which case i could see Gue'vesa armies becoming much more popular if you could equip your sharpshooter guards with pulse rifles.
and the adeptus mechanicus would certainly be ticked off about a bunch of dudes runnin round with xeno tech as would the ordo xenos, they would be hunted down and killed, plus there is a reason why gw dictates what weaponry each army can have.....
Well although a cool idea, the space marines would never rely on xenos technology on the bettlefield, and would probably get purged at the speed of a crashing land speeder ^_^
Also, any Eldar tech would be unusable. They have technology which makes their power swords unusable to any wielder how doesn't fit the Eldar gene-space (you could still hit things with it, but the energy field wouldn't activate). I don't see them not using this tech with their other weapons.
The only thing I would see a marine using would be Heavy Close Combat weapons, such as choppa's.
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Oh well, scratch that idea.
I thought that like Radical Daemonhunters, those using the material had decided that it was better for the empire to use the tech. Kind of like Quixos using Daemonhosts to hunt daemons.
I know there would be puritans in the SM core that would be shocked, but that at least some would think it was a good idea. You could 'technically' use Eldar technology, if you tried to mirror it. Like using captured examples to make bad clones, kind of like how technology is cloned now in the third world.
Anyway, looks like I'm being shot down in flames. Maybe it would work better with IG....hmmm...skimming Demolishers and Chimeras with force fields....:huh:
I think the arguements about being purged and heretical, while true, don't really apply. DH armies that use Dhosts are heretical and will be purged if more orthodox inquisitors get a hold of them. Also, we all know plenty of Space Marine chapters that don't follow completely orthodox practice...hell the Relictors already used deamon weapons (although that didn't go all that well for them).
now if its xeno-hunters you're talking about, i could see how there might be radical xeno-hunters (oh, hiya Biel-tan, listen, you guys aren't so bad. would you mind lending a hand with destroying this tyranid hive fleet that's coming our way? by the way, those starcannons are really nice, how do they work?) and puritan xeno-hunters (right, we've inferno-bombed the orks, the eldar, the dark eldar, the kroot, the tau, the tyranids... and a few other worlds that weren't very pretty that they happened to be on... at one point or another).