It's a simple yet effective scheme. Nice and grimdarkian - the only difference is that I intend to use Armageddon Dust for their bases instead of the modelling sand used here. I use it so much with my other armies I want to do something different!
Took me a while but I found the old fluff I wrote for the ancient Blood and Glory barracks event:
Like many other systems Swaibia was plunged into darkness during the Age of Strife and while all knowledge of what happened was
lost, Imperial records note that upon reintroduction to the rest of mankind after the warp storms ended the planet of Swaibia III
was the only planet with any life left, the other 2 habited planets being nothing more than barren husks. Whatever internal strife
that reduced them to ruin was unable to be discovered.
The inhabitants of Swaibia III, if indeed they knew anything, refused to give anything away to the inquiries of the Imperials. What
they did find was a series of independent kingdoms - 6 in total, each of which only too happy to tell all about why the other
kingdoms were not to be trusted, cowardly, traitorous and deserving nothing but death and destruction.
The various kingdoms were constantly at a state of war with at least one other faction, however they came about being lost to the
voids of time and presumably the reasons for them all being at each other throats constantly with it. Cut off from any forge World
and at a constant state of conflict their equipment was old technology, several editions behind the Imperial forces who came to the
planet. Soldiers re-used guns, armour, helmets, tanks, aircraft - everything was recycled and nothing could be wasted. Despite this
technological deficit the forces of the planet were battle hardened and disciplined. A fact that Imperial observers did not miss.
The Imperium wasted no time in threatening, coercing and persuading all the kingdoms to come together and accept Imperial rule.
Being backed up by a vast and powerful fleet and army most likely helped the Swaibians see the error of their ways. Though the
first few decades were a trial with no end of disagreements and misunderstandings (deliberate or otherwise), almost coming to blows
more times than anyone cares to remember. However the all encompassing comfort of being reunited with mankind under the leadership
of this new Emperor helped put things into perspective... not to mention first contact with Xenos.
A central location was selected to avoid insult to any of the Kingdoms and a manufactorum was set up to ensure the Swaibians would
be kept supplied. Over time military installations and training grounds sprung up around it as the font of all weapons and armour,
creating a miniature realm unto itself. Under the watchful eye of Imperial observers the Swaibians were brought into line and
prepared for joining the countless billions of humans under arms in the Emperor's name. During this acclimatisation period old
feuds still reared their ugly heads and despite outward appearances of unity there were still simmering tensions between the forces
of the 6 Kingdoms. This was to be expected and the Imperial liaisons were mostly prepared for any incident, after all Swaibia was
lucky to be far from any Xenos threat and it was all to easy for them to forget about the perils of the universe and concentrate on
their own petty rivals and conflicts. However, as the saying goes foreign travel narrows the mind wonderfully. After the first
battle against the Orks the Swaibians found it a lot easier to come together and unite against the common foe.
Which is not to say they had it easy. Their first battle was a pyrrhic victory at best, their armies only just holding back the Ork
onslaught with terrible casualties. The Swaibians were shocked and appalled at the ferocity of the greenskin and baffled by their
unconventional warfare. The Swaibians would have to learn quickly the new rules of war if they were to survive.
So the Swaibian armies moulded together in the crucible of war, their force shrinking after every campaign but becoming well versed
in the modern art of war against all the foes imaginable. Blood feuds hundreds of years old were forgotten, bonds were forged anew
in the light of the Emperor - kingdoms which spared no quarter to each other previously now competed for accolades and glory in the
Great Crusade... but it was not to last. The Horus Heresy was in motion and the terrible events of those years were to change
As with many chronicles of the Heresy, as indeed the Age of Strife before it, today no clear picture can be conjured of what
happened. It is certain that the Swabians sided with the loyalist forces but what they did, where they were and what happened to
most of them none can say. Many years after events had settled and the Imperial forces began to pick up the pieces one fragment of
the Swaibian army returned to their home world. The 501st numbered only just over half a million soldiers and they were exhausted
and broken. The survivors retreated to their barracks to lick their wounds, none of them returning to their original homes. These
were dark times for the whole Imperium, but the spirit of mankind cannot be broken. The 501st would rebuild the Swaibian war
machine and rejoin the fight for mankind's survival. The Imperium would climb back up the cliff it had fallen down and the
Swabiians vowed to do their part once more.
THE 7TH KINGDOM
After the loss of so many men and women in the Great Crusade the Swaibians declared that from henceforth there would always be a
501st Regiment under arms in honour of the few who made it home. The barracks and infrastructure around the Manufactorum were given
over to the 501st (a formality as any attempts to entice them out met with failure) and was enshrined in law for eternity as a
separate realm, independent of any of the other 6 Kingdoms. The 501st would be kept in existence by filling it with the best
soldiers from all the kingdoms, outfitted with the very weapons that the original members carried into the Great Crusade. This body
of men and women would carry with them the scarred lasguns, battle tanks and flags of their ancestors - with them they would smite
the foes of the Emperor like they did before at the pinnacle of human endeavour. Thus would those days never die and they would
stand eternal alongside the Emperor himself. So it has always been - the 501st is always kept at full strength, skimming the very
best from other regiments to keep it at fighting strength and leading from the front. The 501st are put in the most critical
positions, the most forlorn attacks and the most desperate defences. Each time they have not been found wanting.
Some say the light of the Emperor from the times of the Great Crusade still resides in the ancient wargear they use, spurring them
onto great acts of valour, always snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Whatever it is the men and women of the 501st rightly
believe they are the best that Swaibia has to offer. There is a unique esprit de corps in the regiment, surpassing all previous
fealty to Kingdom or ruler. They were nicknamed the 7th Kingdom - as a separate kingdom with no land, no history and no old
rivalries - and some say even then that the 7th Kingdom resides back in the legendary days of the Great Crusade when the Emperor
himself still strode among mortals.
So it is that to be in the 501st is to be closer to the glorious days of the Great Crusade, their brave ancestors and to the
Emperor himself. Who could not feel a part of something special, a part of a greater cause and belief when the humble lasgun in
your grip once crossed the stars in the name of the Emperor to unite the fragmented children of Mankind?
I am committed, then! I shall rustle up a squad or two over the next few days and start the ball rolling
Edited by Arkaniss, 07 August 2018 - 07:40 AM.