IMHO Stormtroopers (or Grenadiers or Heavy Infantry) should be Regiment Type or even Combat Doctrine for all players to be issued Hot-shots and Carpace Armors.
Yeah, I agree - but of course a lot of players would prefer the "mix & match" as it might make the game more interesting for them. FFG has a history of "tweaking" the setting in favour of such players in this regard.
It's a matter of preferences, plain and simple.
Well, the regiment size is no longer stated as being 10,000 as it did in second edition. In fact I think it still says it is the biggest
No Codex ever actually said they were the "biggest". It was said they are "unusually large", but that was in the same 2E Codex as the headcount. Both
is no longer in the 5E 'dex.
It comes down to how you, as an individual, interpret the fluff. Is anything "invalid" just because it's old, or would you only consider it as such if it is actively "overwritten" by a newer source? And which source does it have to be - GW, or anything published under the label? Or a fan's work? For good or for bad, the setting does not have a canon policy, which means that there is no such thing as "the one truth". Took me a while to accept this.
Sisters MIlitants are still vague though. They were specified at numbering at about 30-40,000 in 2nd edition (as far as I can remember), but now the way they are treated suggests they are now considered to be much bigger.
Treated by whom? GW writers never changed their portrayal of SoB numbers. If you browse through the the 6E rulebook, they even included the old Force Composition Charts from the Third War of Armageddon, as well as the 13th Black Crusade. Look how many Sisters (and Storm Troopers!) participated.
It's a fact that the portrayal of the Sisters Militant in particular simply varies immensely depending on the source you're looking at. But I have complained about that more than enough in the past.
My other point would be: in a regiment that is from, say, a penal world background, how do you alter it for stormtroopers, or even commissar characters, who would be extremely unlikely to come from such a background?
I think the most elegant solution would be to simply have them come from a different world. This may include houserule-granting them the mechanical bonuses of the Schola Progenium background, or simply saying that they come from there, but still having the same regimental bonuses as everyone else. You could possibly explain this by the character having grown accustomed to the regiment he was assigned to?
Given that the purposes of these guys is to provide the inquisition with a morally pure core of soldiers, then the exact numbers that are included is probably wide open to speculation. equally, their origins could range from mindwied penal legionaires to tithed officer cadets from the schola progenium.
Hmm, you could be mixing up source origins here. The Munitorum Storm Troopers all come from the Schola Progenium, and they have nothing to do with Inquisition Storm Troopers. The latter have been said (3E WH Codex) to "receive the same training and equipment" - which, to me, implies them working more like a parallel career instead of being recruited out of the "real" Storm Trooper regiment. To my knowledge, though, the exact origin has never been specified in studio sources, so there would be room for ISTs to have backgrounds like those you listed.
I would think that guard stormtroopers are seconded to the high command of a given war zone and thus slightly outside the normal chain of command.
That is how I am interpreting it as well. Sent out only to crisis warzones (and thus limiting their deployment somewhat instead of having them pop up all across the Imperium), and then attached to the local command.
Here's a bit from GW's old Armageddon 3 website, perhaps someone finds it interesting:
Thing is, the text on regiment size in the 2nd Edition Imperial Guard codex is contradictory.
In the entry on Storm Troopers, it mentions that The Storm Trooper Regiment is unusually large at 10,000 men… but the text on how a regiment is formed suggested that all the Guardsmen raised from a single world during a single muster are considered to be one regiment, and that each muster consisted of about 10% of the armed forces of that planet.
Well, it is contradictory only if you regard Hive World regiments to be the standard of the Imperial Guard compared to various Feral, Feudal or Agri worlds. Again, matter of interpretation.
It is true, however, that the 10% bit has been changed in later Codices, in that the Munitorum (in the GW vision) now attempts to keep the various regiments it recruits roughly equal in power, and that it uses the number of soldiers it would consist of to balance any lack of training or equipment. For example, a Cadian regiment would thus be much smaller than a regiment from Necromunda, simply because Cadian Shock Troops sport much better weapons and armour as well as superior discipline compared to a bunch of gangers conscripted into the army.
This new recruitment scheme fits much better to the number of Storm Troopers we were given by the studio - now depending on what you think is the standard of "quality" for a Planetary Defence Force, though, so again there is quite some room for interpretation.