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A backstory for a 40K force
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:35:24 PM »
I am so happy for the new Guard codex but one thing bugs me. No rough riders.

I had planned my force as a mounted infantry force, that would keep a small force mounted to support breakthroughs. It would help show the theme of mounted infantry fighting dragoon style.

Now that is no longer possible. I am considering adjusting the theme to the Soviet naval infantry forces "Black death" during WWII.

However, I just started reading The unremembered empire by Dan Abnett and learned about the Pharos device.

It struck me that since Guilliam has formed a special corps of scribes whose mission it is to try and create an as accurate as possible history of the Imperium he would also be considering archaeological style field research. Sure, the Mechanicus is always on the look for STC:s and also forbidden tech, but Guilliman may want to be more proactive himself.

So I figured a force that is actually really an escort force for such an expedition would be cool. Also, considering the fact that half the Empire is blacked out by the mother of all warpstorms that the Astronomican cannot penetrate, something needs to be done.
Although having himself ordered the destruction of the original Pharos, Guilliman knows that it most likely were part of a larger network. Could another one, or better, more than one be found?
For such a task you need a specific task force. Most likely you will want a force that can defend itself in case of trouble, yes, even make limited assaults if you need to actually capture something that someone else controlls.

Having an trusted Inquisitor from Ordo Xenos in charge seems like a good idea. The main combat force being an Astra Militarium battle group also good. And a small force of Marines from Scythes of the Emperors. A Mechanicum presence seem appropriate as well.
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Re: A backstory for a 40K force
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 11:52:09 PM »
Sounds like a great base. Really too bad about the rough riders though. That was a great part of your army.
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Re: A backstory for a 40K force
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 07:55:22 AM »
Very interesting read. I must say that a Guard regiment with a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" vibe si something truly refreshing and cool! :smile2:
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Re: A backstory for a 40K force
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 08:43:39 AM »
I am so happy for the new Guard codex but one thing bugs me. No rough riders.

I had planned my force as a mounted infantry force, that would keep a small force mounted to support breakthroughs. It would help show the theme of mounted infantry fighting dragoon style.

Now that is no longer possible. I am considering adjusting the theme to the Soviet naval infantry forces "Black death" during WWII.

You can just continue using the Roughriders from the index, quite officially too. GW have said "use the most recent data sheet for any unit", and that's it. Same for CSM Biker Lords and others.

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Re: A backstory for a 40K force
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2017, 10:15:02 PM »
You can just continue using the Roughriders from the index, quite officially too. GW have said "use the most recent data sheet for any unit", and that's it.

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Re: A backstory for a 40K force
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017, 11:00:58 PM »
The policy seems to have been to include pretty much everything in the index to make it all playable, and then limit the codexes to units that actually have in production models. Hence, no roughriders and no biker lords for CSM in their respective codices. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use points costs from the codex though were applicable. Hunting lances for example aren't in the guard 'dex, so you'd use the index cost. Plasma guns do have a cost in the codex though, so you'd use the points cost from there since it's newer.