Deep in the Segmentum Tempestus there is a small system called Lutum, with a lone planet of the same name. Boasting only a single hive of any note, it would be of little concern were it not for the resources it provides to - in galactic terms - the nearby Forge World of Stygies VIII. As the sole producer of the venerated Vanquisher cannon the importance of this Forge World can not be overstated so even the smallest of contributions is noticed when it ceases...
Skitarii were immediately sent to investigate only to find the worst case imaginable, that under Governor Luars Nadoun the planet had turned from the Emperor's light and he had set himself up as dictator, enjoying the planet's fruits that rightfully belonged the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Skitarii forces would have been captured - or worse - were it not for the appearance of an Inquisitor to spirited them back to Imperial controlled space. Although he didn't give his name, he reported that the heresy of Luars Nadoun had not gone unnoticed by the unblinking eye of the Inquisition and he was already assembling a Crusade to reclaim the system in the name of the Holy God Emperor.
Lutum is the Emperor's, and the Adeptus Mechanicus will have their due once again. The war materials of Stygies VIII must continue to flow at full capacity...
Welcome comrades to the new barracks event: Campaigns! These will be one off series of challenges that you may join in as and when you please, the focus is on the shared narrative as much as the modelling and painted and this is also have the different Campaigns will also be linked. Those familiar with Regiments of the B&C will find some similarities but there are numerous differences too so please read on to find out more and as ever if you have any questions let us know.
Each Campaign has three phases in the form of three modelling and painting challenges in succession, each running for a month. Once you have pledged to the Campaign you may participate in as many of the phases as you like in any order - there are no prerequisites, you can make a vow even if you failed previous ones.
Pledging to the Campaign
Does your regiment have what it takes to reclaim Lutum? For your first vow you will need to provide the following information:
Your regiment's official name, along with any nicknames they may have.
Regiment Commander's Name
This is the commander of your regiment's contributing forces. It doesn't have to be the regiment's overall commander, or your avatar - could be a character you make up (or model...) for this particular Campaign. Perhaps he might also lead your forces in future Campaigns..?
As mentioned previously the goal is also to form a narrative which is why we need this information. Maybe we can build up our own barracks alternate history and if we're really lucky some of it might work its way into your regiment's background Following on from this there is also a couple of optional extras you can help flesh your regiment out with. Just a little paragraph on each will do:
Regiment Commander Description
A small piece on your man at the top. Maybe he loves armoured assaults and hates Orks? Or perhaps he's incredibly stubborn and would rather die than surrender?
Regiment Type/Method of War
Is it an armoured company, or do they make use of massed artillery? Give a short description on how your regiment's participating forces prefer to make war in the Emperor's name.
Vowing for a Phase
Each phase must be vowed for as it comes in the same way you would normally - each vow is a single unit. Once officially vowed you are taking part in that phase but must re-vow later if you want to do the following ones. There is no cut off date save for the final deadline, you may vow for any phase during its run. Each phase shares the same primary rule of which you will be familiar: Guard models only from any Guard publication using GW, FW, counts as or kit bashing. For clarity; any traitor forces vowed will be "represented" as loyal (if perhaps ramshackle and dubious...) elements of Imperial forces for the purposes of the overall narrative.
Your official vow requires a WIP shot of the model(s)/bits which may be primed ready for painting as well as the total Points value from the appropriate publication you are vowing from. Your vow is only finished when you post a finished vow image stating your vow is complete. Note that unlike Regiments only the model(s) are part of a vow, the backstory part is done when pledging to the Campaign but you are more than welcome to add some fluff to your vow.
The Phases of War
Each campaign has three phases, all being identical save for one difference: the bonus FOC type. You can vow anything you like for each phase, any single unit without any associated limitations - for example a Special Weapons Squad without the rest of the Platoon, or a Chimera with no squad to transport. The phases are as follows:
Phase 1 - Landing and Recon
Bonus FOCs: Troop and Fast Attack
Phase 2 - Pitched Battles and Commando Raids
Bonus FOCs: Troop and Elite
Phase 3 - Sieges and Decisive Battles
Bonus FOCs: HQ, Heavy Support and Lords of War
Completing a vow in an associated bonus FOC selection grants you a bonus to the Points value of your vow. Unlike the ETL the points value isn't a direct competition, instead whoever has the most completed points across all Phases will be installed as the Lord Commander of the Campaign. Success or failure of the Campaign will rest solely on your regiment commander's shoulders, and his deeds of victory (or not) will be forever recorded in the narrative of the Campaign...
Each phase runs for a month in succession, so the Campaign is three months long. Once this time is spent and all phases completed the commissariat will retreat behind closed doors with all the stats and background armed with a good supply of tea, biscuits and steely resolve. The Lord (or Lady) Commander will be calculated and the narrative of the Campaign written up for publication. Whether the Campaign succeeds for fails will depend on the success at the hobby desk, and your own regiment's fate will be decided by your own completions... We can't make any guarantees this will be a quick process but we'll be as fast as we can
As you might expect we don't have the time to write small novels, instead there will be a variety of pieces written in potentially different ways - on the fate of the Campaign and planet and a piece on each regiment's participation. We're not planning on writing your army background nor killing everyone off, so whether the Campaign's results make their way into your regiment's official background is entirely up to you.
Of course you can't have a Campaign without shiny trinkets right? Everyone who participated will get a sig image, they will be customised to represent your successes and participation in each phase. The Lord Commander will get their own customisation to represent their status as the leader.
To clarify a few things, or pre-empt some potential questions here's a few FAQs - if your question isn't answered here please ask below
Q: How do I become the Lord (or Lady) Commander of the Campaign?
A: Vow and complete more Points than anyone else! Remember only one vow per phase and one unit per vow, so choose wisely... The bonus value for appropriate FOC choices is currently classified information. In the unlikely event two (or more) vow totals are the same we will let the Dice Gods decide.
Q: Will my regiment be destroyed/commander killed?
A: Your personal success rate dictates their fate - fail all your vows and they probably won't be winning much... We're not planning on writing Game of Thrones but this is the Campaign's narrative not your regiment's so maybe he goes missing during the Campaign but is found safe and well later for example? Of course the best protection is to complete all your vows
Q: What level of detail will there be in the write ups?
A: We're not going to be writing lots, but they will be a direct reflection of your vows and we can make use of whatever background you give us. Succeed and your regiment and commander will succeed with you. Vow lots of tanks and they will roll into battle upon them - but that also means they will fail with you... Their fate is in your hands don't let them, the commissariat or the Emperor down!
If you have any questions please let us know, otherwise make your vow soldier - glory waits for no man...
Special thanks to Brother Chaplain Kage for providing the planet image used!
Edited by WarriorFish, 02 January 2016 - 10:45 AM.