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-Since there are 1000 space marine chapters in the galaxy, each of 1000 men, then the ultra marines, space wolves, blood angles, dark angels, and black templar only number 5000 men, thus composing only 0.5% of the total space marines out there
-however, all the battles you see, and all the fluff you read involving space marines seems to feature these 5 chapters about 60% of the time. thus there is a stunning inequality between the proportion of marines these chapters are supposed to make up, and that which they do make up in peoples army's and such.
-I find this highly amusing, as those chapters would be entirely anihated, given the number of games that they play. for instance some newbie takes 3 land raiders, 2 chaplians, and 3 venerable dreads, and loses. he has now just destroyed about 50% of that chapters suply of those units!
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Well I guess as far as fluff goes, you could say that all these people who play the same chapter might just be controlling the chapter at different times, or that maybe since the Imperium is so filled with ineptitude, especially concerning the records of Space Marines, who are as independent from the Imperium as an Imperial military organization can be, that numbers of space marines are innacurate. It does say in the BT codex that nobody but the High Marshall knows how many Templars there are, and that there are probably much more than in other chapters, just spread out wider. It wouldn't surprise me if SW, BA and DA were the same, since all three of those chapters have a distrust for the Imperium that nearly borders on heresy.
Also, if you look at it from a semi-historical viewpoint, Could you name all the infantry units in the U.S. Army? If you can you're like, a savant, but you could probably name some of the more famous divisions like the 82nd Airborne and such. Although the 82nd is only a small part of the army, you hear a lot more about them than say, the 2nd Cavalry Division, even though both distinguished themselves in WWII. The same applies to Space Marines. Of course you'll hear more about he chapters that do amazing things in combat, so since stories get told, the chance to exaggerate happens, and then time passes and the exaggerations become facts.
Still, I guess even if the numbers are much more than what you say they are, it's still a microscopic number when placed alongside the full might of the Imperium. If it isn't exaggeration about the exploits of such chapters, then I guess that only proves that Space Marines are much more hardcore than what most people think.
I agree...its the same in the British army, you get the famous regiments like the Black Watch, or the Grenadier guards but you also get the others such as the Sherwood Forresters or the Cheshire Regiment who you never read about even though their regimental history is every bit as illustrious.Originally Posted by SimulatedSnowman
Also, if GW made a concerted effort to include all 1000 chapters then it would get confuseing, also it would take away the ability for people to make up their own chapters as it would be very proscribed.
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Also bear in mind that SM in "reality" are much, much harder than in game turns.
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Its possible that the majority of chapters are just average, you know the ones who joined for the college money.
Anyways concerning their hardness, it all depends on what novel you read. For instance in Nightbringer, I believe at varying parts throughout the book Space Marines died to guardsmen with missile launchers, dark eldar warp beasts, incubi, the Nightbringer, and necron warriors. For a group who "fluffwise" is supposed to have T6, W3, a 3+ armour save, and ward save that seems to fall into how they work in the game.
Just my 2 cents.
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I could see the conversation happening between a family on one of those feral worlds of which space marines recruit from.
"Dad, you know I've always wanted to be a bio-magus. But the Bioengiseriat costs too much, especially since grox profits are down. So... I'm thinking of joining the Doom Eagles."
"What?! The Warriors From The Sky?!"
"Well, I've always wanted to see the galaxy and get on the job training while serving the Emperor."