Can see this leading to them using xeno-tech taken from defeated xenos. Since their main enemies are orks and Dark Eldars, and the formers weapon more often then not are garbage, could that mean many Dark Eldar weapons among them.
Possibly as trophies, though I wasn't planing on them being tech heretics, I was more thinking along the lines of reclaming imperial tech/wrecks from Orc creations/dark eldar trophies.
Here are some concepts based on Plains Indians in general (RL and pop-cultural).
1. Feathers are used to mark honours.
2. Put war-paint on themselves and/or their armour before battle.
3. Above the Codex standard numbers of Bike units.
4. Scalp takers.
5. The chapter-master is marked out by a feather-bonnet over his armour.
6. The Chapter’s company captains are marked out by feather-bonnet over their armour.
7. One of the Chapter’s rituals involve battle-brothers dancing around a pole to which they are fastened by rawhide thongs pegged through the skin of their chests.
8. Finecrafted smoking pipes are marks of honour.
9. Each battle-brother carries a “medicine bag” containing objects that are sacred and/or symbolize personal well-being and Chapter identity.
10. As a last test aspirants are dropped in the wild (maybe on a Death World) and have to find and fight their way back, during the way back the Aspirant is expected to kill one of the world's beasts, eat it’s organs and skin it. This beast is now the Aspirant’s personal-totem animal.
11. Sand painting are part of battle-brothers' personal meditation rituals.
12. Sand painting is part of the Librarians’ rituals.
13. Dance is part of the Librarians' rituals.
14. Every warrior in the Chapter gets a geas.
15. The Chapter regards martial ability and daring as the signs of a worthy warrior and inspirational leader. As a result, a battle-brother often attempt to outperform those around him in so called shows of bravery and skill. These attempts are likely often extremely reckless, and Marines are probably eager for new opportunities to prove themselves.
16. Among the Chapter flamboyant displays of skill and bravery in the face of the enemy are viewed with the utmost respect and integral to a warrior’s standing within his Company. Officers regularly use such displays to cement their place as leader and inspire their forces to victory.
17. Lots of internal Warrior Societies that are made up by Marines with a certain focus, usually the focus is a one type of weapon or warfare, where they train and discuss the different and best uses of their focus. The brotherhood branch over companies and time of service, all are welcome to enter or stay; rank within the brotherhood is only decided upon your skill and understanding of the focus, not your outside rank or seniority.
18. Keep their hair long.
- since many NA tribes raided each other, and settlers, for captives to be either used as slaves, married into the tribe, or to be adopted by the tribe. Maybe the Storm Furies take human survivors of worlds they have pacified to serve as chapter-slaves, servitors, or possible recruites.
lots of info here so will respond point form as well
1. Planning on using feathers, spent quite a long time looking for where to find some online, more to come on that likely some time in the future.
2. I was thinking about using that as well, will likely make it faces, as my painting skills aren't up to free handing on armour.
3. Thats pretty much a give in given they are White Scar successors and have the same kind of mo for fast attack.
4. I'm still thinking this one over, I was potentially thinking that instead of taking the head of an important enemy/chapter sworn enemy that they take their scalp, having it turned into parchment the details of their crimes and the resulting death listed, in a tomb kinda like a book of grudges or the master of the hunt with silver skulls on spikes.
5. I'm going to avoid feather bonnets right now, A. trying to source the right size for 28mm is hard and B. I'm not sure they fit with the sm armour, I make work them into chapter ritual though.
6. see above
7. I'm likely going to work powwow's into the chapter rituals.
8. interesting idea will have to think it over.
9. was thinking of something along those lines as well.
10. Not really going to touch totem animals or that kind of thing. still working out how the aspirants are tested the death world might be an interesting shout,
11/12. possibly, I was also thinking of using sweat lodges
13. probably the case.
14. What is a geas? (google isn't helping me here all I am getting is celtic mythology stuff)
15. I was thinking of possibly incorporating that kind of idea for young marines kinda along the lines of how blood claws act.
16. I will have to have a think on that but its probable especially in the assult squads.
17. I'm still working this out, but I'm thinking that the companies are going to be distinct lodges kinda like the white scars brotherhoods, the Arapaho were slightly different then the other plains indians as their warrior societies were based on age catagories, I'm likely going to be using that kind of model similar to the space wolves, where most of the young marines are assult marines, the tactical ect.
18. Thats the plan at least for some, I do like veriety
19. Not sure that I want to go that route, I'm aiming for the chapter serfs to mostly be failed aspirants
Suggest also making a name list from those groups, or use the classical "English translation of Native Am. names" way for their names. If you know Latin could you go an extra mile by having their names being High Gothic tranlations of what their names mean in their native toung.
I'm not touching latin thats way too much effort, my goal is to try to mostly use Cheyenne and Arapaho words that I have then altered to be spelled more phonetically. An example being the current chapter master (or Arrow Keeper) listed above.
See nr. 17 in the list above. Can see Warrior Societies for those that are comparable to Tyrannic War Veterans but for specific xenos, maybe members of those Societies are allowed to use the weapons/gear of that specefic xeno group?
You could give the Chapter some character by just describing some warrior societies with what they specilise in and who they allow in.
I will have to think this over, I'm trying not to have dozens of different types of societies if I can avoid it.
Like this idea.
Thanks, more to come on that in the future
Since their symbol is an arrowhead (I guess) and you said they make use of heavy ambush tactics do I get in mind Robin Hood, maybe take something from his band of Merrymen? Or use Robin's enemies as inspiration for enemies of the Chapter.
By heavy ambush I meant more like leading a large ork force into Box canyon in which heavy weapons and vehicles have been set up along the ridges to turn it into a death trap I also went with the arrowhead symbol, as it looks pretty cool and I think won't be too hard to draw/paint/have 3d printed as its realitively simple