Lutum is reclaimed for the Golden Throne, the heresies of Nadoun and his lackeys put to the torch - but all is not well. The Inquisition has traced the cause of rebellion to the nearby Ioria system and worse still to meddling xenos. Mustering the forces of the Imperial Guard once more they are tasked with cleansing Ioria of the alien taint no matter the cost to the planet and its long forgotten inhabitants.
Yet it is not so simple. Something has drawn the Dark Eldar to Ioria, something important enough to keep them there and to foster schemes against His devoted servants to keep them away. As a call is put out to the Guard so is a summons for aid to all Ordos of the Inquisition. Whatever is on Ioria must be kept from xenos hands at the least, but the Inquisitors may harbour different thoughts on how...
The sins of heresy. The taint of xenos. A mystery that must be unveiled. Will your regiment answer the call? Is your Inquisitor ready to put themselves into the most dangerous of investigations?
Welcome comrades and Inquisitors to the second barracks Campaigns! As with the Assault on Lutum Campaign this will be a series of challenges in the same way - 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.
Cleansing of Ioria has the Inquisition as a special guest, so will work slightly differently to Assault on Lutum. You may vow for both factions concurrently if you wish (so for a total of up to six vows, if you so choose) as they work independently of each other for the Campaign's processes.
Pledging to the Campaign
Does your regiment have what it takes to put the torch to Ioria? Is your Inquisitor ready for the most challenging of investigations? For your first vow you will need to provide the following information, depending on which faction you vow for:
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..?
Your Inquisitor's conclave/warband/cell/etc name, if it has one. Alternatively this could just be the Ordo they belong to.
This is the Inquisitor at the head of your investigation, in the same way as the Guard has a commander.
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/warband out with. Just a little paragraph on each will do:
Regiment Commander/Inquisitor Description
Some detail on the hero of your forces - what are they like? How do they take to war/investigations? Any particular preferences or tricks up their sleeve? Let us know what mischief they get up to in the Emperor's name...
Regiment Type/Method of War/Inquisitorial Speciality/etc
How is the regiment built? How does it make war in His name? For Inquisition vows, what type of servants does your Inquisitor have at his disposal, and how does he like to use them?
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.
For the Inquisition the requirements are the same: either the Inquisition e-codex or Codex: Imperial Agents (please state which) using GW, FW, counts as or kit bashing. Due to the nature of the Inquisition we're hoping to see a lot of creative conversions and kit bashes
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 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 each of your vows.
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 or an upgrade character (e.g. Nork, but they will only be worth the upgrade cost). 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 for the Guard, and Inquisitor Lord for the Inquisition. Success or failure of the Campaign will rest solely on your hero's shoulders, and his deeds of victory (or not) will be forever recorded in the narrative of the Campaign...
Each phase runs for about a month in succession, so the Campaign is approximately 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 and Inquisitor Lord (or Lady) 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 force's fate will be decided by your own completions...
While the overall success relies on both Guard and Inquisition vows, the Inquisition have their own secretive goal which will be calculated on their own successes. The fate of much more than Ioria itself may rest on their shoulders, so every effort should be made to complete their investigations! Last time we didn't get as much time as we'd hoped to write up the final narratives so we're hoping to expand on that Ioria. 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 and warband'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 or Inquisitor'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, as will the Inquisitor in charge of the Holy Ordos of the Inquisition on Ioria. Please note that for consistency the award levels remain at one to three successful vows only (leader status aside), so there are no special bonuses for completing more other than knowing you went above and beyond in the name of duty!
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: How do I become the Inquisitor of the Campaign?
A: In exactly the same was as above, except with Inquisition vows instead of Guard ones. The main difference is the FOC bonuses are less applicable given the nature of the Inquisition, but as this would be shared across all Inquisition vows the commissariat deemed it acceptable losses...
Q: How does the Inquisition Warband Formation work?
A: It works as a single unit entry, in the same way as a normal army choice. So you may pledge various elements of it (using the subset clause) if you wish, but it counts as no FOC element. Please note that non-Inquisition elements such as the Adepta Sororitas units for example are not valid for this Campaign.
Q: Will my regiment be destroyed/commander/Inquisitor 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 yours 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 pledged forces will too. Vow lots of tanks and they will roll into battle upon them for example - 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! Ioria must be saved from the clutches of foul xenos, and whatever is there must be snatched from their cold, dead hands if necessary!
Planet image once again provided by Brother Chaplain Kage
Edited by WarriorFish, 30 January 2017 - 01:14 PM.