What are DA in 40k and where is it going
This post is mostly to make a brief overview of my vision of our chapter and how the supplement need to be to keep the soul of our chapter alive.
in the past:
it's just a normal chapter for the most part, almost codex compliant for the company 3-10. the greenwing of DA are exactly the same as any other space marine chapter in 40k except marine are not trained in the use of bike and land speeder (in old fluff, all assault marine are trained for the use of bike and land speeder, and the 8th compagny can be fully mounted if need as the the codex dictated).
What make DA special is the first and second compagny, Deathwing and Ravenwing.
Deathwing are the first compagny, trained for the use of TDA, it regroup all the veteran of the chapter like any other chapter, but trained them to exclusively use TDA, they have dreadnought like all other and only use Land raider as transport
Ravenwing is the 2nd company, it regroup all the bike and speeder.
Greenwing become more divergent from codex space marine for no logical reason. The DA greenwing lost because it didn't get acces to new unit and it make it inferior vs all codex chapter for no reason.
Deathwing keep his soul, it's still the fearless terminator we all know, got expanded with Deathwing knight and new type of Land raider and dreadnought
Ravenwing got updated, they expand to included the aircraft of the chapter and add new unit as blacknight and LS vengence. It become alot more than just the bike and speeder company.
Future (post codex and supplement):
Greenwing will probably become codex compliant again, i see no reason to not get sternguard and vanguard instesd of compagny veteran and there is no reason to have anything different for all primaris unit.
Deathwing: Huge clash here with the inclusion of non terminator in the deathwing with the bladeguard, it open the door to all kind of option, but also it risk to lose it soul and become the vet compagny like any other SM chapter.
Ravenwing: The inclusion of outrider in the ravenwing is just the logical step for progression of our chapter history. Ravenwing will come back to is base lore of been the bike/speeder compagny and later hey can expand it with specific unit in a couple of year.
Now, about our supplement:
The DA supplement need to keep it realy simple for the greenwing, DA have nothing special vs other chapter, maybe bring back the 3 sacred banner, but for the most part, they are no reason to put any focus on this part of our chapter.
It need to have something about inner circle/deathwing that are not part of the Company, but not lock behind CP, Please retcon the stupid DA master entry that are not part of the deathwing, I think at this point in time, all Primaris master need to be included in the deathwing or have perish in battle.
The supplement need to focus on the Deathwing and Ravenwing, it need to remove acces to similar unit in the SM codex like all terminator, bladeguard, bike, ATV and speeder and make specific Deathwing and Ravenwing datasheet for us.
For the vehicule, they don't need to change anything except for the flyer, keep the ban on normal SM flyer, keep the Ravenwing flyer and make the stormraven available because many player already have it, maybe part of the ravenwing, maybe not.
I know we are getting a DA supplement, but for me, it need to be Deathwing/Ravenwing focus because greenwing are/will be cover with the basic SM codex and all the specific DA thing concerning the greenwing can be regroup in 1 page.