The Laughing God said:
I am having serious problems with Chaos Space Marines dressing up as servitors, as is seriously being suggested in the Hand of Corruption scenario. Something with oil-soaked rags they should wear ..
Come on people, these are Chaos Space Marines! Can you see regular Space Marines disguising, pretending to be something else? Chaos Space Marines are different, but in my eye they would still have the same thirst for (twisted) honour and (perverted) glory. They would never disguise as a filthy servitor and wait it out in the bowels of a conveyor ship until the regular human party members say it's okay for them to go out ...
Hiding the whole party in some kind of sorcerous cloak is imaginative, but still a bit too forced for me ...
Here's thinking that since most of BC groups will be mixed-race (humans and Chaos Space Marines), this will severily affect the types of scenario you can play. Infiltration missions into the Imperium are nigh impossible.
Some CSMs might be fine with the idea of hiding and pulling strings from the shadows. The Alpha Legion seems to favor such tactics. I do agree that many CSMs would/could not go for this, but then it falls upon the player to make a character suitable for the campaign. If the GM tells the group that infiltrating the Imperium is going to be required, they should avoid making characters that are unable/unwilling to accomplish that task.
What Happy Daze is saying here is very true. Pre-Heresy Alpha Legionnaires disguised themselves as common folk in the book "Legion". From memory, there were quite a few that had infiltrated a major city (held by the natives) on a planet they were actively bringing into compliance. Despite their natural size outside of their power armor, their disguise was very effective. This didn't seem out of the ordinary either, actually felt like this was standard operating procedure for the Legion; it's simply how they did things.
Now, granted, the Alpha Legion has always been somewhat of an exception when it comes to things like subterfuge. Still, I feel that given the prize at the end of the adventure (a whole freakin' planet claimed for the party's personal gain) that most CSM players will appropriately compromise certain aspects of their honor and pride to ensure the success of the compact. Simply stated, I don't think dressing up like a servitor, loyalist marine, skitarii, or any other common (and uncommon) stereotypical imperial really matters. I feel that while a solution to the whole infiltration issue (for CSM and human heretics alike) isn't entirely simple, a few clever players and some ingenuity on the GM's end can circumvent the problem believably.
Me personally, when I plan on running through this adventure as the GM for my group (the party includes between 2-5 CSMs and one obviously heretical tech priest) I'm probably going to include a side adventure that involves the taking of an astartes frigate of some sort by the party. The ship will be manned by a single squad of Storm Wardens. Once the ship is captured, the crew eliminated, and the brave Storm Wardens put to the sword (the party's Night Lord champion has a serious score to settle with the Wardens) the party can easily use the captured loyalist equipment to disguise themselves, as well as use the ship to freely navigate themselves to just about anywhere in the Koronus Expanse. From what I understand, Storm Warden patrols are fairly common throughout that sector of space, after all... very few people will give the party a sideways glance as they move towards their ultimate goal.