I got back into the hobby at the start of this year - my mental health was deteriorating, so I figured some sort of art project would be good to focus the mind and block out the stress of work. As as kid, I'd collected Dark Angels, and still being drawn to the more knightly chapters, but wanting a change, I started collecting Black Templars.
Seeing the introduction of primaris, and thus having the truescale marines I'd always wanted (I seriously considered doing that as a project in itself once), I decided I wanted to go down a fully-primaris route. Given the mismatch between the primaris lineup, and how the Black Templars fight, a bit of theorycrafting was required for how and why a primaris fighting company would work.
The Black Templars, along with the overwhelming majority of other space marine chapters, accepted primaris reinforcement at the beginning of M42. Initially, primaris marines within the chapter would have solely been veterans of the Indomitus Crusade, though within a couple of hundred years, there would be chapter-manufactured marines also. Thus, we would eventually come to see a mix of Unnumbered Sons of Dorn's genetic lineage fighting alongside marines from Templar recruiting worlds. These may, in some cases, act as small detachments alongside older marines, though in other cases may deploy as full crusading companies.
The Codex Astartes has historically not been closely followed by the Black Templars. However, with some of the dilution of chapter traditions by the induction of primaris marines, and the increased flexibility in the Codex since Guilliman's return, an all-primaris crusading company might show more similarities to a Codex-compliant company than an older Black Templars company. Thus, rather than a totally ad-hoc company of crusade squads with highly flexible armaments, we might see squad role designations, albeit with strong chapter traditions being maintained.
Command echelons would be much as expected from the Codex, albeit with the captain being designated "Marshal" and his lieutenants "Castellans". The company would have no librarian attached, the Templar's librarius being defunct, and the chapter still following the Edict of Nikea. Additionally, an Emperor's Champion (a brother having received a vision of the Emperor, and now carrying relics of the chapter) would accompany the marshal's household. Veterans would not be promoted out of the company, and instead would remain as the marshal's sword brethren.
The battle line would be made up of six ten-man intercessor squads, each led by a sword brother. Arms for close-quarters engagements would be favoured, thus squads would tend to be equipped with unmodified or auto bolt rifles, rather than stalker-pattern ones. Sword brothers would frequently carry power swords, power fists, and hand flamers. Vanguard formations of infiltrators or incursors would generally not be deployed.
Given the Black Templars' penchant for melee combat, the company's twenty close support marines would be much as one would expect from the Codex Astartes, with combat knife-armed reivers and assault bolter-armed inceptors being routinely deployed. However, rather than being deployed as terror troops, reivers would be used more aggressively, deploying where the fighting is thickest. The modularity of Mk X battle plate would allow them to be up-armoured compared to other chapters' phobos-clad troops, yet still lighter than those in tacticus armour.
Whilst favouring close combat, it is not possible to totally avoid longer-ranged engagements. Small, rapidly deployable squads of hellblasters would be fielded, though aggressors (both flamestorm and boltstorm-equipped) would be the favoured mode of deployment of the crusade's ranged support marines. Eliminators and suppressors generally would not be fielded.
The crusade's armoury would provide both transport for the rapid redeployment of squads, and also make up for shortfalls in infantry anti-armour firepower. Repulsors (standard and executioner-pattern) and redemptors would fill their conventional roles, but invictors would take on a role unique to the Templars, harking back to the knights errant of old Terran myth. Used as a steed by a particularly independent brother, they would rove the battlefield to smite the chapter's enemies with their power fist, or bathe them in the flames of their incendium cannon.
Proper DSLR photos will follow once the sets en route to me right now arrive and are painted, but in the meantime, here's a quick taster of what I've done so far.
Edited by SufficientAnonymity, 17 September 2019 - 02:25 PM.