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I based my army on a 'red planet' paint scheme and I'm to the point where I want to make a custom insignia for my troops. I really have no clue about 40k fluff, and I was wondering if it would be totally strange to have a cadian style army as a 'Mars defense force'? I was going to make a symbol based on an embossed M, but if it would conflict to much I will just think of my own planet (haha doesn't warhammer make you feel important....creating planets and such).
Hmm. Well, if you're not entirely familiar with 40K... There's this group called the Adeptus Mechanicus, and their 'home planet' is Mars. I assume they would have some sort of defence force.
Actually, lexicanum has a much better idea about this than I. Check out their pages on the Adeptus Mechanicus and the Skitarii and you'll be well on your way to knowing some useful stuff.
It seems the Skitarii are effectively Imperial Guard regiments under the direct control of the Adeptus Mechanicus, so that seems to be exactly what you're after.
Mars is controlled by the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Tech-priests of Mars. They have their own army called the Skitarii which are not exactly like the Imperial Guard. They are often extensivly augmented with biotic implants and such often more machine than man.
If you want a planetary defensive force like you described it might be simpler to make your own red planet (and I think it would be more fun too!).
Hmmm...after much deliberation I think I will invent my own planet. It's cool to try and build for fluff, but I don't really want to be limited by it. I wanted to design my army around a defense force of a red plant in the process of being terraformed (sp?). Thanks for the insight guys....I guess I have some more brainstorming to do.