For the full story on the Emperor's Children, check the Legio Imprint. The short version, however, goes like this. Fulgrim froze the legion’s organisation and combat doctrine after their defeat of the Laer, making the Emperor’s Children the consummate pre-Heresy army. They have access to large stocks of old marks of armour, the superior ‘Raptor’ pattern jump pack, and even jetbikes.
They have never accepted chaplains into their ranks, and don’t take things like the post Heresy advancements such as assault cannons, storm bolters, the Tilvius APC (Razorback), Land Speeders, Vindicators, Land Raider variants other than the basic lascannon-armed vehicle and later versions of the Predator.
+++ Edit: They have small numbers, but strive to be an elite, fast-moving strike-force. In combat they are graceful, swift and deadly. +++
So regarding a ‘counts-as’ rule-set, there are a number of possibilities – if you can think of something, put it up here, and say how it would and wouldn’t fit with reference to the unit descriptions. There may well not be a perfect solution, and different codexes may fit different grand companies’ styles of combat. Rather than come up with one definitive ruling, I would rather lay out the options for people to choose the one that fits their preferred style or take on the army.
Throwing some ideas out now:
1) Codex: Chaos Space Marines – It misses off most of the post-Heresy things they don’t take anyway, like Speeders, LR variants, assault cannons, storm bolters and ‘Razorbacks’. They can take autocannons in their squads and combi-bolters ratherthan storm bolters on Terminators, pintle mounts and the like.
2) Codex: Dark Angels – If you want to run a jetbike-heavy army then the Ravenwing would give you access to a real jetbike... perhaps use speeders as ‘counts-as’ jetbikes, or even proxy normal bikes as jetbikes.
3) Codex: Blood Angels or Space Marines – If you want to go jump-pack heavy, the Vanguard squads and the like would be characterful.
OK, that’s an opening salvo of ideas with which to play... what do you think?
Edited by Aurelius Rex, 18 May 2010 - 08:51 PM.