After having been lost in the warp for some 20 years, I have rejoined real space. Much happened within those years though, and perhaps most important of all - as I saw the light of the Astronomican - I had an epiphany, scraped the paint of my old Ultramarines, and gave them the Black.
So yes, I'm a (very) old 40k player who decided to return to the hobby with a Black Templar army, and I would appreciate if you would pass judgement on whether it is worthy of joining the Eternal Crusade. Because there's a twist.
See, I'm the somewhat proud owner of a big white snow dog that I take everywhere with me, including the local GW :
This led (at least on our first visit) to a certain amount of hilarity as people thought my Thunderwolf was a tad oversized.
So, ever since, I've been wondering if there would be a way to plug in one fenrisian wolf into a BT army. So here's the story, please let me know what you think of it !
+++ Marshal Remus, the lone wolf of the Black templars +++
During the second phase of the 13th Black Crusade, a fleet of Black Templars was sent to the relief of Thracian Primaris. The planet and its Departmento Munitorum facilities had been under space and ground siege by Chaos forces for several weeks.
Remus, then a Sword Bretheren under Marshal Gellert, was sent under the command of Castellan Sulagon as part of a strike force to make planet fall and secure the Munitorum.
Among the defenders was a small contingent of Space Wolves under Wolf Guard Svelok who were resupplying when the Chaos forces struck. Together with the Wolves, the Black Templars held the Munitorum for several days while in the void the fleet was scattering the Chaos forces.
During the defense of the munitorum, however, both Castellan Sulagon and Svelok were killed – along with most of Remus’ Sword Brethren squad – by a band of traitor marines led by a Champion and a Sorcerer. Remus managed to defeat the champion and held the defence of the sector of the complex in which both commanders had fallen, so that their wargear and gene-seed may be returned to their chapters. The Socerer and the rest of the warband, however, were able to flee into the warp when the space siege was broken.
Once the blockade was fully cleared and the Munitorum deemed safe; the Black Templars returned the fallen Wolves to the warship of Logan Grimnar. On this occasion, Remus swore an oath that he would not rest until both captains and their fallen brothers were avenged. At this, Romulus, the fenrisian wolf that had been fighting alongside Svelok rose and stood in front of the Templar.
With the approval of both the Great Wolf and the High Marshal, Remus was promoted to Marshal of the Thracian Vindication Crusade and tasked with hunting down the traitorous warband, followed each step of the way by the large fenrisian wolf Romulus.
In game terms, I have added a special (house) rule to my Marshal character :
Romulus: Marshal Remus is accompanied in battle by the fenrisian wolf Romulus (10 pts, C:SW pg 77)
The wolf as the same stats as per Codex: Space Wolf for a cost of 10 pts (regular wolves have 8 pt), other than that the Marshal is completely as per C:SM captain rules. Edit : I am aware this is not a valid composition as per actual rules, but I don't intend to enter it in a tourney anyway, the point is to fluff up the army.
This is the current status of the force (please excuse the phone quality photo)
It includes 2 squads of CC crusaders, 2 squads of ranged crusaders, a place-holder castellan for now (while I work on the marshal mini), a chaplain and a techmarine, as well as an assault squad, for circa 700 points. The chaplain, techmarine and assault are metal models dated circa 1992.
WIP include the content of the astrate strike force bundle (Merry Xmas me) : about 20 more crusaders (half CC, half ranged), a command squad, another 5 man assault squad, a razorback, a drop pod and a dread.
Long terms plans include converting deathwing knights into SB termies - does anyone care if you give them power swords instead of thunder hammers ? - repainting my old metal tac termies and some transports (3x LRC and more drop pods).
Edited by Ciler, 30 October 2018 - 07:09 PM.