I've run a dark heresy campaign before and i LOVE the imperial guard, I've been on the Dark Heresy forums for a while. First off a few questions.
I tend to run alot of "Death or Glory" missions with some investigations so would "Only War" be good for that style? (Most play guardsmen or Assassins)
But of course! The squad gets their mission and have to go do it to the letter. Killing things, reconnaissance, defending things… all sorts of missions!
I have the 2009 Imperial Guard codex and i am working on getting a pre Matt Ward (The Codex Heretic), also i have ordered the "Imperial Infantryman's Handbook" and my requisition should arrive on wednesday January 2 (they have it amazon GO BUY NOW).
Ward isn't even that bad. I'd love to see him handle Tau or Craftworld Eldar. Is there a question here? The Imperial Infantryman's Handbook is amazing and everyone should go buy it.
What kind of roleplay oppurtunities does this offer? I AM THE HAMMER OF THE EMPEROR vs I just wanna make it vs Chem Dog etc?
Anything you and your players can come up with. My parties have had everything from a "By-The-Book" Commissar to a Psyker with a severe disdain for authority, with any number of standard soldier archetypes. You get your fair share of grizzled veterans, terrified rookies, and looting scumbags.
How does it handle vehicle, i LOVE my calvary/mechanized infantry. So how do they work here?
Only War has really beefed up the 40kRPG vehicle system and made it great. Vehicle combat works much like character combat, with armor depending on facings and Critical Hit tables for the various areas on the vehicle. The corebook has Sentinels, Chimeras, Baneblades, and a few xenos vehicles. Cavalry are coming in a supplement.
How many books do i need to buy?
There's only the core rulebook for now, though this line's "Player's Handbook" (like the Inquisitor's Handbook, Into The Storm, Rites of Battle) is coming out soon and is called Hammer of the Emperor.
Thank you for your time. Long live the emperor.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: "Guardsmen never die little one, The Emperor just calls them back to Terra to regroup."
Attributed to Sergeant Johnson of the 117th Spartan Regiment, I'm sure.