Deathwatch random tables? Personally I found the tables wanting... to each their own.
Eh, they are a little lackluster, sure. I simply used them to get a framework for my chapter, because they do hit pretty much all the major points.
So you're boy got their assess handed to them and they ran to daddy? I would think the Blood Angels would take the presence of these guys as unnecessary... though I could be mistaken... honestly I prefer to keep chapters away from the GW specified big shots if for no reason other than to keep them resistant to the flaky way GW manages their universe.
This is one of the ideas that I'm really on the fence about. I wanted to see if this might be a little much for people before I developed it, but I also didn't mean for it to read as they patrol space directly around Baal, but that they patrol "nearby." The problem is with my wording.
I don't see a problem here in and of itself. You want what you want. Though I would ask why doesn't their grey skin tone bother them in relation to their more perfect cousins?
Not much to say about these they add and remove not much... One question though are they called the gargoyles because they have grey skin or is their skin grey because they are called the gargoyles? Personally I would ask the author of the Carcarchadon's the same thing...
Their skin tone does bother them in relation to their cousins. They view themselves as disfigured, and shy away from superfluous contact with outsiders. This includes their brother chapters, though to a much lesser extent.
Also, their skin tone is unrelated to their chapter name. I had originally toyed with the idea that maybe they were names the Gargoyles for their skin, but I would have gone with a skin tone closer to the Salamaders' instead of closer to the Carcharadons'. In the end (it doesn't even matter?), I simply chose to give the chapter a benign geneseed mutation unrelated to them being descendants of Sanguinius.
So a chaplain is your founding chapter master? How has that affected their zeal? Chaplains as I've seen them presented aren't exactly the most stable of leaders... perhaps I've been reading the wrong books...
It has probably turned them into a slightly more zealous chapter than their parents, for sure. But I don't believe that just because Chaplains are known to be fervent believers, practitioners, and orators of the chapter's beliefs doesn't mean that they can't also be stable leaders. Otherwise why would they make good Chaplains in the first place? Sure, there's going to be those who go beyond "normal" and take things to the extreme, but I just don't honestly see that being the majority (maybe they just make for better storytelling?). But being chosen to lead the new chapter is a responsibility all its own, and so while he still has the zeal, oratory skills, and charisma that allowed him to succeed in the Chaplaincy, he's less focused on spreading the word (today's word is "Bird") and more focused on running an entire chapter.
Why kill off a world you obviously have idea's for?
I did it because that was one aspect I had for the chapter from the start; their homeworld had been lost, and using the 12th Black Crusade allowed me to tie my chapter into the lore in a way that wouldn't clash with established happenings. I also don't really have ideas for it, I just wanted to be able to have more than just a couple sentences on the subject. I may eliminate the homeworld section altogether, and just use what little is there as sidebars or excerpts elsewhere (perhaps in the Beliefs section).
So not much to say about the organization... I personally can't stand the 10 companies garbage the codex calls for. As for the combat doctrine why the focus on minimising collateral damage? Going for a "noble monsters" feel?
I ditched the standard 10 companies to once again distance the chapter from their cousins in a way wholly unrelated to them being descended from the Blood Angels. And regarding their method of combat, yea, it's something like that. It's born from seeing their homeworld destroyed, which in their minds was because the Crusade was "allowed" to continue for so long. They don't blame anyone in particular, at least not any of the Imperial forces, they just view it as something that could have been avoided.
Ok... special equipment... I'd ask the point, but this is 40k... belief alone is often enough... except when it's not.
Beliefs... seems normal...
Chapter Strength... ... ... why...
The special equipment tables from FFG are where I find the most issues. They're very unoriginal and mostly uninspiring. But in this case, I went with the blessed wargear because it ties in with the founding Chapter Master having once been a Chaplain.
Regarding the Chapter strength, between lacking a "traditional" means of recruitment, and having a higher than normal concentration of Brothers inducted into the Death Company, and coupled with the fact that they're a crusading chapter, I felt that being at full strength was a little too "having my cake and eating it too." Sure, if their homeworld was still around, they might warrant a "Nominal" strength rating, but that also deprives me of a concern (read: literary opportunity) for my Chapter Master to worry about.
Alright we have a serious problem... You are recruiting from Baal? The freakin Blood Angels homeworld? ...
... would they let you? last I knew even on a world with a compatible population they number of compatible individuals was limited... and via reason would be getting smaller as they are removed from the gene pool...
... would you even consider it? Is this something GW added that I'm unaware of where chapters send each other recruits?
I figured this would be the part to stick out the most.
No, the chapter does not recruit from Baal or its moons. You're right; even with recruiting happening only once per generation, there's still not enough to split with a second chapter. Rather, in times of great need, the Chapter Master might beseech the Blood Angels for even just a handful of recruits, if they can be spared (not aspirants who have already been inducted into the Blood Angels' Scout Company, but aspirants who are still waiting to receive their gene-seed implants and imbibe the blood of Sanguinius).
The majority of the chapter's recruiting comes from the populations of worlds they have saved (assuming they're not already claimed by other chapters, and that they can actually support even a small recruiting run).
As for the allies... if the Admech's arrangement with your chapter is ever discovered it would be bad for them... I'd just drop this personally as this is just a galactic scale can of worms you don't need. I don't see much reason to give the nutters in the Admech anymore reason to 'lose' technology and/or shipments of hardware for your chapter.
To be fair, it's already known that the geneseed from other Blood Angels successors has degraded and/or mutated, They aren't trying to hide that, as it's probably a foregone conclusion in most people's minds. What they are trying to hide is the effects of the degradation and mutation of the geneseed, and the methods they've used to attempt to "fix" it. So it's not really such a huge secret, especially since if I remember correctly, there's at least one canonical successor chapter with a similar agreement. I could quite possibly be wrong, but I'd swear I've read that somewhere.
Thanks for your thoughts, they definitely help.
Edited by Brother Mikael, 03 November 2016 - 03:50 AM.