Years ago I'd been working on my Crusade and building a bit of a visual campaign element into the painting and modelling. It's been shelved for a very long time but since I've renewed my interest in working on my Templars I wanted to revisit it. It was featured as an article on here but all the links are long dead so I wanted to post an updated and corrected version. (old article here: http://www.bolterand...-to-commander/)
Ages ago I'd read a web article on the GW site about crusade badges, honors etc and it got some gears turning in my head. I decided to create a mini game that I play by using my templars army. I will be using in-game acheivements to award honors and various badges to the models. I came up with a loose set of rules about how my crusade awards rank advancement from initiate up to sword bethern. I then designed a set of requirements for honors given out in commendation for notable moments that occur during game play. By adding numbers to the underside of each base, individual models and their acheivements can be tracked. Models that are killed during a game do not get awarded for achievements acomplished during that game, they must survive in order to earn rewards for their valor
This is an outline of the progression levels within my crusade (the Invictus Crusade). Gaining ranks does not effect the model stats in the mini campaign, just the paint patterns. (although with modification and opponent permission stat progression could be included as part of a larger campaign) The idea is to inject additional character and personality into the models and embellish the knight-like feel of the templars with scores of personal heraldry and heroic crusade badges.
If a model is killed during the course of a game they retain whatever previous honors they've held, however they lose any honors achieved during the current game and their survival count towards the next rank advancement is reset to 0. For example; I have a brother initiate with silver sword honors who dies in his 6th battle, the model keeps the silver sword badge and his brother initiate markings, but in order to advance to the next rank of brother superior markings he must survive all 7 consecutive games again.
Level 1: Beginning Initiate - no honors
This Initiate has earned enough field experience to advance up from the ranks of Neophyte, but has not seen combat as a true Templar Initiate.
Level 2: Initiate - basic battle honors
This Initiate has engaged the enemy and survived a battle, marines left knee pad and helmet receive a white band to indicate he has survived battle.
Marines that have not successfully killed an enemy model (by shooting or assault) are not awarded honors from surviving a battle in which they did not engage.
Below the knee is a record of their first successful battle engagement and a blessed litany.
Level 3: Veteran Initiate - Veteran Battle Honors
This Initiate has survived 3 or more consecutive battles without being killed. This is indicted be replacing the white banding on the knee with a checkered banding. Veteran battle honors often indicate possible candidacy for sword brethren training. More blessed litanies have been added to his armor.
Level 4: Brother Initiate - Veteran Battle Honors & Distinguished Service Cross
This Initiate has survived 5 or more consecutive games without being killed. He shows promise as material for promotion to sword betheren and begins elite training. He is being watched closely by command as he has shown dedication and skill underfire. This Initiate has also has earned a gold distinguished service cross for exceptional bravery and performing a heroic or very impressive feat. Facing down a superior enemy, or superior numbers, being the sole survivor of a squad, etc. Record of his feats and new litanies are placed below the gold service cross.
Level 5: Brother Superior
This Initiate has survived 7 or more consecutive games without being killed. He now bears a red service cross to denote his elite status as brother superior and mark his introductory membership into the ranks of sword bretheren. His new litanies are in red honoring his initiation into the sword bretheren. He may be called on to perform duties as an elite assault jump troop.
Level 5: Brother Superior - Jump Infantry
Level 6: Sword Bretheren
This Initiate has survived 8 or more consecutive games without being killed and has shown exceptional ability and resolve. He is promoted above the ranks of Initiate and now wears the full rank of the sword bretheren.
Level 7: Elite Sword Brethern - Terminator honors
This sword bretheren has survived 10 or more consecutive games without being killed. He has recieved the highest honors and now wears the elite terminator cross. He has numerous valor awards for his many campaings. He is one of the greatest warriors at the crusades disposal and is now worthy of assuming command posistions within the crusade.
Level 8: Sword Bretheren Command w/ various honors
The sword breathern command is the highest and most elite rank within the crusade, from it's ranks are drawn the senior officers and commanders. A command veteran often has survived hundreds of campaigns in order to rise to this level. They are the most powerful and experieced servants in service of the Emperor, their unshakable faith and unerring judgement drive the entire crusade.
Level 7: Sword Brethern Terminator w/ various honors
Level 8: HQ Sword Bretheren Terminator w/ various honors
Each Templar crusade typically uses heraldry unique to their fleet, so feel free to adjust the icons used and the requirements to suit the individual feel of your crusade. These are just rough guidelines, so modify them to tailor to your own enjoyment and knightly inspirations.
Distinguished service honors and awards:
White Shield w diagonal red line - Blood Honors, indicates being wounded in battle without being killed. Either through having multiple wounds or being saved by the feel no pain rule.
Gold Shield - Armor of Faith Honors, represents divine protection the templar has receive on behalf of the emperor due to his exceptional faith and piety, a model that is saved only by the 6+ invunerable save against a high AP or instant kill effect.
White Sword - Assault Honors, earned from defeating an enemy with higher WS.
Gold Sword - Exceptional Combat Honors, earned by defeating 5 or more enemies in assault combat within a single game.
Red Sword - First Sword honors, given to the first model to successfully strike in the very first charge of the game. If the opponent successfully charges before the templars do then no first sword honors are granted.
Black Axe - Executioner honors, given to surviving unit members that completely destroy a a full strength opposing unit in an assault during a single assault phase.
Gold Axe - Vengence honors, given to surviving unit members that destroy an opposing unit during an assault in which they were charged by the enemy.
Silver Skull - Defender honors, given to squad members that successfully held an objective while bing assaulted.
Gold Skull - Liberator honors, given to squad members that are successful in assaulting and capturing an objective held by enemy units, they must hold the objective for the remainder of the game.
White Cross - Mortem Honors, given to new squad members created from the geenseed of a fallen templar. When a model ranked as brother or higher is killed in a game which results in a win the marine generated from their geneseed is awarded mortem honors to denote the exemplary service of their surrogate.
Silver Cross - Bravery Honors, given to squad members surviving an assault they initiated while at less than 50% of their original squad size. This does not apply to independent characters.
Gold Cross - Exceptional Valor Honors, given to templars who successfully win an assault while being the sole survivor of their squad. Or successfully assaulting an enemy unit alone. This does not apply to independent characters.
Black Maltese Cross w Gold Spines on Red Field - Full Terminator honors
White or Black Litanies - Added to a model whenever rank is acquired, also awarded when the model performs an impressive feat in game that is not categorized by other honors.
Red Litanies - Added upon attaining rank of brother superior. May be added when a model of ranking at brother superior or higher performs exceptional feats.
Edited by Rogue Crusader, 09 October 2017 - 10:12 PM.