I am reading the Death of Antagonis currently (approximately 3/4 of the way through), so on the subject of chapter specific info, this is what i have gleaned so far. I will not reveal any plot lines etc, just organisational and tactical observations.organisation/form
1. The first squad in the company is the command squad and its sergeant is the company 2 i/c. in addition, this command/first squad is obviously more than 5 men strong as it appears to break into combat squads at one point.
2. Terminator armour is worn by some members of that first squad, they are most certainly not cited as members of the first company.
3. Squads are not named after the Sergeant in charge, rather they have specific and set names
4. Those with mutation develop the horn growths on head and arm as is already known, however, some also experience mutation of parts of the skin towards scales. Those with a higher degree of mutation seem to have this.
5. in addition, the horn growths on the arms are retractable in some cases and not in others and some dragons do not have any mutation what so ever; it is speculated that it these warriors that provide the geneseed tithes
6. A form of 'over mutation' is some times experienced. It is implied that this has an effect on sanity as well. Certainly these marines are held captive away from the rest of the company in a way similar to the death company; indeed they are specifically compare to the death company. These are NOT THE DRAGON CLAWS and it is implied they are sometimes released in times of great need to die in the emperor's service
7. The Dragon Claws are made up of those dragons with forearms and wrist growths of a sufficient size to be of use in battle. in addition they seem to have the scale skin mutations on a regular basis. They are never mentioned as being 'elite' and seem to take the position of assault squads within the standard battle company; with no rank above that of other astartes.Tactics
1. no specific mention is made of any favouritism in weapons or tactics. however, marines seemed to be armed with flamers on a regular basis; bolters are also heavily utilised
2. It is explicitly stated that the number of vehicles available to the company is few, while it is not clear that this applies to the whole chapter, that is way that i read it. It is not stated that the Dragons shy away from using them, indeed one passage explains why they are not using them in a specific engagement
3. Drop pods are in extensive use during almost all engagements
4. Dragon Claws are explicitly compared to assault squads in one passage and whilst it explains a slightly different tactical use for them, they are very much in that mould. In addition, it appears that some have bolters, but never is one of them cited as using the chainsword. Also, there has yet to be any engagement where they did not use jump packs.
5. 'The talon' tactic is specifically cited, which seems to be a sort of MSU style approach using combat squads, speed of advance and multiple simultaneous angles of attack to overwhelm foes.
6. Use of terrain in a dynamic sense (blowing things up to cause further destruction from result/ trapping for tactical advantage is used a couple of timesOutlook
1. The Chapter takes heed of civilian casualties in its operations and takes care to avoid them if possible, however it will ignore this is situation demands
2. They view their mutation as a constant reminder of the need for purity of action; the standard transcendence of physical through deed.
3. They are fully aware of the inquisition's focus on them, and of the ordo malleus; they are not supposed to know any of this.
4. They have a nemesis (and are the nemesis in turn) for a band of renegades known as the Swords of Epiphany. can't say more without becoming embroiled in the plot
I will post some conclusions on this shortly, but for now, i leave it for others to mull over.
Edited by Guardian of the Rage, 20 February 2013 - 06:52 AM.