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#1 venkelos

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 07:04 AM

So, I'm not a huge fan of the Spinward Front, and the Margin Crusade. It has its high points, and all, but...meh. Meanwhile, these troops are serving as a cover action turned real "oh crap!" scenario for a much bigger, cooler, also never going to end war; the Angevin Crusade. Has anyone run a game of OW, but put it there, rather than in the Spinward Front? I don't see a big difference, other than fighting more protracted wars against more BA enemies, replacing Dark Eldar, Orks, and Chaos with Tau, Nids, and...um, Chaos. And the Necrons, a bit fewer Orks, and the occasional "better" Eldar round out the territory's players. Both have the Guard, in number, all of their supports, a Tetrarchus, or one of the other salient masters, rather than a Ghanzorik. They are big, nasty fights, and on. So, any stories? Would it work well? I sort of see the Margin Crusade as a smaller deal, where a player-group of Guardsmen might seem to make more of a difference, while pitting them against Necrons, Nids, and Tau tank-busting assets might seem harsh, by comparison, and seem to be more a place for the Zap Brannigan school of throwing wave after wave of our own men at them, and rendering a small group not as powerful. Of course, there have to be at least as many Boys, Guants, and evil cultists to fight as there are Genestealers, Crisis Suits, and CSM's, so plenty of foes "their speed", as the Guard is fighting there. Anyone know if I am right or wrong? I would very much like to hear some stories of the loyal Guardsmen pitting their balls of Adamantium against the hordes of the Hive Mind, and Tau whose sedition bites as deep as the rail cannons their tanks fire, and the endless douchbaggery that is Chaos.

 

If this is something you can describe, did you do anything different with your group, to reflect the potentially bigger, badder, more powerful threats, and scale of them? Thanks, and have a good one.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 08:31 AM

Well. I haven't yet but me and my group are working on a sort of idea for it, because although we like the Spinward Front, and being special snowflakes, we also like nitty gritty sort of things, in which we really are just grunts. With that in my mind, we are thinking of running two regiments. Our current one where it is in the Spinward Front, and another, new one in the Reach, although I can't decide who to have them face yet, or what kind of planet. However, I'll try and keep this page updated. I'll also need more Deathwatch supplements, as I only have the rulebook, and Rites of Battle. (It didn't strike a cord with us and we sorta ditched it.)


Edited by Drath, 19 August 2014 - 08:33 AM.

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#3 venkelos

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

Even if some modding would be necessary, I don't think I can strongly enough stress fishing up a copy of Mark of the Xenos; it has lots of nice stuff for Tau and Nids.



#4 Drath

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thanks for the advice. I took a look on Amazon and they themselves had none in, so I'll have to take a look on that dreaded, vast realm that is Ebay.


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:34 AM

Well the best places to get the profiles are Mark of the Xenos and The Jericho Reach. The Jericho Reach pulls double duty as it's a very "here's what's happening right now" sort of book, so you can ground any campaign in the current status of the Reach. The Achilus Assault is useful if you want the Reach's history and a good look into the high-level command for the Imperial Guard, plus it gives a good overview of the various combat theatres. And finally if you want to go a bit further, The Outer Reach is good if you want to introduce Necrons.

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