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Since I have always disliked the Chimera transport, I have wanted to design my own cheap transport for the Imperial Guard. (I wasn't sure whether to put them in here or rules development).
Here is an idea I came up with base off of the old transport trucks from WW2 (not sure what they were called), using the Vehicle Design Rules.
Hermes Troop Transport
This transport may be attached to any HQ, Elite (except Tech-priests), or Troop (except Conscripts) choice, or Heavy Weapon team for +20 points per unit.
Crew: Imperial Guard
Open-topped, normal movement speed.
The Hermes can hold up to 10 models (and since it is open-topped, the Ogryns are not affected by the "Its Dark in Dere!" rule.), and a maximum of 3 heavy weapon teams. Heavy weapon teams cannot fire out of the vehicle under any circumstance.
The Hermes can have the following upgrades: Camo Netting, Rough Terrain Modifications, Pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber, and Searchlight.
The idea behind this vehicle is rapid deployment, for you stick a ten man squad in it, drive it up to some good cover as fast as possible, then drop off the troops. After that, it no longer becomes useful (except maybe harassing the enemy, or blocking roads with its charred remains.)
Any comments on it, good or bad are much appreciated, since this is my first attempt at making a vehicle.
Last edited by Jakester; December 16th, 2006 at 16:59. Reason: Changed the armour value, points cost, and the name
Interesting. Most vehicles can take all upgrades though. Why can't this one (other than ACC)?
Also, as it can only transport 10 models, and heavy weapons teams are two models, and the only squad that can have more than one is the Heavy Weapons squad, and that only has 6 models, why bother saying 'up to three?' Kind of redundant.
What does it look like? A truck?
How about the RamRod?
Armoured Crew Compartments- kinda defeats the purpose of the vehicle
Exrtra armour- being open topped, and such low AV, that ability is pointless
Hunter missile/pintle mounted anything- it really has no room for the weapon controls, ammo, or even the gun itself
Mine sweeper/improved comms- Again, no room for the components, and a mine sweeper would be too heavy for the little engine, and would be very hard on the chassis of the vehicle.
Track guards- (I know it has no tracks, but it could be something like plated wheels, a fancy tyre)- Way too expensive to put on something this fragile.
Click here for a picture of what the truck might look like
Thats the best pic I could find using a Google image search.
(and now that I think about it, they were used more then in just world war 2)
Basically, something like that, a flatbed truck, and the troops stand on the back. It would be longer then a Rhino transport, and a lot narrower.
Last edited by Jakester; December 16th, 2006 at 16:56. Reason: Made the picture a link, so it doesn't mess up the page.
Well, a dedicated transport or transport of any kind can only carry one unit IIRC, according to the BGB.
A light transport is a nice idea. I'd say it should get a heavy stubber standard- I've seen them mounted like under the driver's side mirror somewhere. Perhaps I just don't like something with no weapons.
I see what you mean about no room now.
For the heavy stubbers placement, I have an idea. In the danish army version of this unit, there is a hatch in the roof above the pasenger seat that you can open, and up there you can attach a browning .50 HMG like on the pintle of a tank, which a person standing on the passenger seat can operate. And .50 HMGs is pretty much what a heavy stubber is, right?
Other than that, I thing that AV 10 is too much for this vehicle, at least for the side armor. Everything fired at an unarmored truck like this would just go right through, and it would be dumb luck of it didnt hit anything. The front of the vehicle might be AV10 though, to represent a few extra armorplates, run flat tires heavy body armor for the driver and gunner and what not.
Cool idea though.
And for the name, how about calling it a Hermes transport? Hermes was the olympian god of boundaries and limitations, and the protector of those who crossed them.. that seems very IGish to me.
I like it, certainly fits with the IG. And no matter how much of a deathtrap it looks it'd actually improve a GM's durability.
I like it.
Might work very well.
would be very useful for a Mech Guard List and Armoured company.
Thats the thing I didn't like about Chimeras, they are just too darn expensive to be given to every infantry squad in your army. In most cases (at lest with my army lists), it costs more for the transport then it does for the infantry. This truck allows every infantry squad you have to get a transport, with only a slight cost (if I were to give every squad I have one of these trucks, with no upgrades, it would only cost me 280 points, to do that with chimeras.... would be a lot.)
Seems like something that the Guard would only use in unique situations - a guerrilla war where they yoinked some trunks from a civilian populace, a supply train behind friendly lines, or in a pinch if all the other transports were already out in the field.
I like the idea though! It'd be fun to have a transport that was cheap, fast, and suicidal. One hit and it's probably done. You might also want to allow for enemy infantry to target the contents of the truck, since that canvas top isn't going to stop anything, even lasgun fire! It also seems like the natural way to transport Ogryns too, like you said.