So I'm compiling for my group a selection of custom Regiment choices for them to select from because I want them to have a say in the matter but I want to streamline character creation (plus I want to have a good idea what kind of campaign each of them would have). I'm trying to give them at least one choice in each "type" of Regiment so that the players can select what kind of campaign they want to run.
For the Armored Regiment I wanted to shape a Regiment that serves as a standing police force in a recently reconqeured world. After centuries of civil war on a Hive World one side has finally earned the spoils but a planet doesn't just submit after all that fighting: the military has to constantly deal with insurgents that still riddle the blasted out ruins of shell-hammered spires. I picked an armored regiment because I felt it would be a neat change of pace to have a Leman Russ driving down tight streets and emptied out buildings, making it vulnerable to guerrilla tactics of when a captured vehicle outflanks it and traps it in. On some level I want the Russ to feel like as much of a death trap as it is a bastion of defense, a coffin of iron essentially.
While building the Regiment I realized something: I have six players in the group, and each of those six players will have a commrade (no Specialities here, just the five "core"). A Leman Russ holds only five people, so I'm assuming the rest have to either ride on top or march alongside the tank (which has it's own interesting implications to scenario design, think of Full Metal Jacket when they're marching behind the tank, using the phone to talk to the crew.) This got me wondering how commrades would work in this situation. Obviously some of the players are going to want to ride IN the tank, but if their commrade comes along that takes up a slot, but it seems weird to let the players take advantage of the tank while leaving their commrades out in the cold.
Normally this isn't really an issue in a regiment because your commrade is just hanging out in the same situation you are, but what happens when you enter a vehicle that can't hold everyone. What would you guys advise?