Although we currently don't know the rules for the game I'm going to get started on a warband so that when it hits the stores I'll be ready to roll. While I do regret that it's not actually Necromunda being a long time fan and player of the game the more I think about this game the more I like the idea of 40k armies being the focus rather than specific gangs. For starters if you have even a partially assembled and painted 40k army chances are you are good to go and secondly the range of possible warbands is HUGE compared to having to wait for a drip release of new plastic gangers.
The other good thing about this system is that there are so many models I'd love to have a sound reason to buy and paint but I really can't justify buying a box of models that will never see the table because the army doesn't interest me. So with this in mind, I'm taking a gamble and going with Chaos Marines.
The possibilities for narrative are amazing (even though I am keeping my expectations low) and one thing I did learn from my many hours of playing the likes of Necromunda and Gorkamorka is that it can be amazing fun as you watch your fledgling group of warriors step out into the harsh world of 40k and do their best to survive and thrive battling it out with your friends.
So with this in mind I am going with the narrative of a small group of Chaos Marines who captured a small Imperial transport and are surviving through raids on remote outposts or even turning up on far flung worlds declaring themselves to be servants of the Emperor and demanding tithes from locals who most likely have only ever seen a space marine in ancients texts or paintings. I find the idea of a large number of the Imperium never having set eyes on an Astartes fascinating and something I think that renegades might try to use to their advantage.
Basically these guys are nobodies in the greater scheme of things, they are not the Khans or Abaddons of the universe, they are forced to raid small outposts and scavenge wargear from the dead. They are not a tightly knit band of brothers, they are bought together out of a mutual need for survival and do not trust each other in the slightest.
The idea I am playing with is that after a raid on a remote agriworld they have entered the warp but due to a miscalculation they emerge in real space near Armageddon right in the middle of a battle between massive Imperial Battleships and Ork Kroozers as their tiny ship is heavily damaged in the cross fire forcing them to crash on Armageddon itself. From here their goal is simply to survive and escape no matter the cost.
I'm assuming Bolter, Chainsword and Bolt Pistol are fairly safe bets for a load out even though I've no idea how this will work beyond a list of options. This guy is a former Sergeant of the Death Guard that never turned with the rest of the Legion to Nurgle. A survivor of the Istvaan Massacre and with both sides of the conflict treating him and his men as the enemy, he and his surviving brothers were driven out to the Eye of Terror during the Scouring and now he has emerged ten thousand years later into a universe of utter madness. He's bitter to see the Empire he proudly fought to create during the Great Crusade turn against him despite his loyalty and curses the betrayal of his Primarch. Now he plunders worlds killing traitor and loyalist alike, the splendour of the Great Crusade little more than a distant memory.
Still early days at the moment as I am slowly building up the bone to an off white. I've given him a Blood Angels arm and Ultramarines leg to show how he has had to scavenge parts from dead enemies and I like how the arm is a nod to the Dusk Raiders which may or may not be intentional on his part. The other aspect of this I like is that each panel and plate is probably of huge significance to the Chapter which it came from, the plates probably were present at historic victories or belonged to great heroes but to him it's just armour to replace the damaged plates of his own suit. It's something that always struck me with the original Space Wolves 13th company with the models having various parts from traitor legions that they had looted on their war in the Eye.
I'm using the standard 40k embossed bases, partially to save time and partially because I think it fits well to the setting of the game. The lighting is not great on these but it will do for now till I can get some better ones up.