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Ok, I am in the process of creating a custom SM chapter called The Sons of Lew. I am basing them on a basically Celtic theme (Lew being a Celtic mythological figure). I began to think about Celtic warriors and how they would translate to SM. Well, a lot of people suggested kilts (but as some of you I am sure know the ancient Celts did not really wear kilts they wore â€śbreechesâ€? which were basically brightly colored pants). So, in the end I came up with the idea of using woad, a blue plant based die used by some of the ancient Celts to decorate themselves before battle. To make a long story short I decided that each and every space marine of the SOL would be given the right to paint their armor, based with bleached bone, in any design using woad (enchanted blue). This has turned out to be a rather daunting task, painting every SOL with a unique design, but it is also good for keeping the boredom away. Plus they look very impressive if I do say so myself. Now to my question; I had originally intended the SOL to be a vanilla SM chapter but I recently came across the (unofficial I believe) rules for the Cursed founding chapters in White Dwarf #278, namely the Minators and the Black Dragons. Well I really liked the fluff for the Black Dragons as well as their rules and I am wondering if it is considered ok to use their rules (or any chapters rules for that matter) while having an army not painted or named in accordance with the â€śrealâ€? chapter or any of its successor chapters. Now when I say this I mean that the rules for the specific chapter would be followed to the letter the only difference being the color scheme etc. For example could I play in a RT tournament with a Dark Angel Army painted pink etc. Thanks for the info in advance.
I don't see any problems with painting your SMs anyway you want (sounds like a cool concept BTW). The only thing you have to watch out for is using unofficial chapter rules since those are more likely to cause complaints from opponents or keep you out of a tournament. Of course you could always just switch over to vanilla rules (or any other official chapter rules) if that should happen.
OK in friendly games you should have no problems, in tourneys as a general rule,
you can paint them in whatever colour scheme you want (although painting blood angels as dark angels for example would cause grief) BUT you must be able to distinguish things (eg blood angels death company) in the same way as you can with the original chapter (to take death coy as an example, you wouldnt have to paint them balck but the minature must be easily distinguishable - this may be a reversal of the colour scheme, a completely different colour scheme or some visual clue)
Provided you stick to published rules there should be no issue
On the bright side if I remember the lost and the damed rules accuratley the rules do say you can use the same variants for your own army chapter so you are following rules although for tourneys WYSIWYG means you need to represent (if memory serves) the bone extensions that act as blades in black dragons rules
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Should work fine. Just something to note, if my memory serves me correctly, Lew is actually spelt Lu (with a dash like this.... /.... over the u called a "fada") As far as i am aware there is no w in irish (i don't know about the other gaelic languages). Any w sound is made by this "u fada". Fada tarnslated into english means long so it basically means make the u sound long. So both spellings are prounced in exactly the same way.
By the way i don't claim to be an expert in the Irish langauge, in fact i completly sucked at it in school so sorry if this is wrong.
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Just a thought but if you take bikers they could be woad wawwiors
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LoL, Woad Warriors, beautiful! (Now if I could just figure out how to use bikes properly) :unsure:
I am not sure but you may well be correct as to the spelling, (in the old irish at least) I will not presume to disagree with you seing you are from Ireland! I will venture to say that I believe there have been some changes in how the ancient galic languages are translated. The changes are similar to the fairly recent changes in the way chinese is done, for example the chinese nationalist leader who's name used to be spelled "Chiang Ki-Shek" is now spelled "Jiang Ji-Shi." (Did my senior thesis on the American Volunteer Group better know as the "Flying Tigers"-see my avatar pic-and he was in it a lot ). I am taking a lot of the more fanciful fluff (Llew's silver hand, the chaos beast Cythrawl etc.) from the works of Steven Lawhead (a GREAT author by the way). He is more of an expert in the celtic peoples of ancient Scotland and he spelled it "Llew." (Not "Lew", I was mistaken) I will have to do some more research on all of this. But spelling it Lu would look pretty cool although I might have to stick with "Llew" since my keyboard does not have a "fada" key
One more thing some of you might be interested in.
The Cythrawl is supposed to be a best of utter evil and chaos with no set form, constantly shifing and mutating in the best chaos fashion. In my fluff the founder of the chapter, Llew/Lu Silver Hand faced the Cythrawl in single combat in the midst of a epic battle between the fledgeling chapter and the minions of chaos who were bent on razing the SOL's homeworld. Llew fought with nothing save his bare hands (one of them being silver, the silver hand being the symbol of the SOL) and was, after a time slain. But before he was felled he managed to deal The Cythrawl such a mighty blow that it had no choice but to flee. This desertion by their leader threw the forces of chaos into such confusion that the outnumbered SOL were able to rout them. After the battle was over the survivors of the chapter found their great leader, dead. Cluched in his mighty silver hand was a remnant of the great beast's essance. In memory of their founder's valor and sacrifince the Chaplains and Librarians of the SOL took the piece of the Cythrawl (which had been ripped from its owner while in the form of a massive scaly hide) and fashioned it into several cloaks. These cloaks are the most treasured and honored artifacts of the Sons of Llew/Lu, given only to the greatest heroes of the chapter. I used several converted cloaks from the Salamander Chaplain and they turned out pretty well. Now obviously the Inquisition is not very pleased with a chapter having chunks of chaos in its purest form being worn by the commanders of the chapter. Hmmm... perhaps this close contact with chaos over a prolonged periond of time could have caused genetic defects, such as bony protrusions like the Black Dragons. . . sweet, I will have to think some more on this!