Chaos warbands are raiders, they don't manufacture stuff if they can just take it. The Dark Mechanicum make stuff but they don't hand stuff out for free. STC vehicles like Rhinos and Predators are more likely to be stolen from Imperial manufacture while the daemon engines will be purchased directly from the Dark Mechanicum or taken from defeated rival warbands.
STC exists as a concept to explain how a limited model range can represent a supposedly diverse galaxy. If you want a chaos warband with custom vehicles you don't want Sandard Template Constructs, you want non-standard ones. Which chaos would and often do so since daemon engines aren't STC at all.
Yep. At the base, a STC is just blueprints and technical drawings. You still need those to make basic interchangeable parts, the "Fallen Future" aspect is just that the mechanicus started worshiping them as holy relics.
This thread is getting confused.
An Standard Template Construct is what the term implies, a object constructed to a standardized template.
A Standard Template Construct System is a ancient AI from the Dark Age of Technology that designs things to fit a human's requests. By the late part of the Dark Age of Technology the STC systems were worn out and in poor states of repair from millenia of use, then the Age of Strife put them through another bunch of millenia of abuse so that none of them survived in proper working order into the Age of the Imperium.
A chaos corrupted Standard Template Constructor factory appears in First and Only but it only makes killer robots so its not a fully functioning STC system.
STC data is blueprints and other designs created by an STC system for use by human colonists in factories and workshops. These survive in the 41st millenium only in incomplete form or in copies of copies rather than original STC system print outs. The admech design craft by piecing together fragments of STC data, no Imperium vehicle is created directly from STC data, even the rhino which was so common there's lots of fairly complete STC data on it has variations depending on the forgeworld that makes it. One source that I've never actually seen properly cited supposedly claims that the Leman Russ was actually based on STC data for an agricultural tractor, so the battle tank parts were all added by the admech.
Would they be able to? Yes, again. STCs are more than just blueprints. They can be used by anyone, even without proper technical training, and with all materials at hand. So even a stone age population would be able to use one if they stumble upon it.
STC data is just building instructions, they're as easy to use as possible for instructions to be but if you're highest technical expertise is in flint napping and animal hide curing then you're not going to be able to make any use out of it unless you're already in a mostly automated factory that just needs a few buttons to be pressed.
How righteous would it be if CSM rediscovered the STC for drop pods? Or storm shields?
Chaos have drop pods. They just can't use them on the table top for model kit reasons.
Edited by Closet Skeleton, 05 January 2020 - 10:28 AM.