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Squad Designation

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Hi all,

I am just looking for examples of what people have called their Kill-Teams.  I have seen the standard sergeant/leader designations or a greek alphabet letter or precious stone name.   I was thinking of something more fluffy and permanent, i.e. doesn't change with the mission or with a new leader being chosen.  All examples welcome.  Thanks!

~ alemander

 

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My Killteam is code-named Blackthorn. I have nine players of varying frequency, 4-5 of whom typically make it to a game, so the team of nine marines (one short of a full squad!) is usually devided into two squads, Blackthorn Alpha and Blackthorn Beta (designation determined randomly), and sent to seek the mission objective in separate areas. The team consisting of the players who made it to that game are the ones who find the objective; the other squad finds nothing of strategic value.

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In our game, we have Kill-team Tenebrae, led by Captain Ragnar, and Kill-team Equinox, commanded by Captain Elias.
In the campaign background, a third Kill-team under command of Captain Kalor was named Bellerophon, but it was dissolved after incurring too many casualties, the survivors being transferred into Tenebrae.

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Kill Team Epsilon, they have sustained heavy casualties. Heavy enough that for a certain duration no new veteran Space Marines may be created until a few years pass in game.

The two veterans still left alive from the beginning of the campaign (1.5 year in real life) are around Rank 4, but after this will be rank 5. One veteran just died as his insanity took over and he flew off to fight a Trygon single handed, a heroic sacrafice ensures the fight is easier for the group later. I houserule that because of their dire need of veterans that this Assault Marine would be entombed in a dreadnought, and they have just reocvered his body.

 

One character is a "veteran" in the sense his character was transfered to Kill Team Epsilon and has survived thus far, but has not actually been in the game and onyl joined within the last two months. So he doesn't know much of the sotry. He will soon be Rank 5 Apothecary.

 

One player from near the begninning just had his Assault Marine entombed and is now going to be playing a Psyker from the Blood Raven's (Rank 1). He has survived this initial session, but his player might play something else he isn't sure, which is good timing since a pause in the aciton is coming where they could get a higher rank person.

 

Another player is an actual newbie to TT games in general, but is also playing a Psyker and loving it. He is an Imperial Fist Psyker Rank 1.

 

Kill Team Epsilon

Rank 4 Dark Angel Techmarine (Soon Forgemaster)

Rank 4 Ulramarines Tactical Marine

Rank 4 Dark Angel Apothecary

Rank 4 Blood Angel Assault Marine (Soon Dreadnought)

Rank 4 Salamanders Devastator (Doesn't play much)

Rank 1 Blood Raven Psyker (Wants to play another Assault Marine, this time a Flesh Tearer *sigh*) 

Rank 1 Imperial Fist Psyker

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I went with 3 over the course of my game online:

Cruxus

Hostis

Imperator

A player also had his character rivals with a killteam designated Javelin.

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I read a couple of Steve Parker Deathwatch short stories (Headhunter being one of them) before our DW game started, so my Sally Techmarine suggested call-signs for each squad member for our training run. At the start of our first 'hot' mission, a team designation was suggested. A few names went around, but in the end we settled on 'Broadsword'. Though we spend our time calling 'Overwatch 1', our Watch Captain, rather than 'Danny Boy'.

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All the kill-teams operating in our game use a common 'theme' - where they are at the moment (Castobel), they're all named for swords.

 

The PCs are Scimitar squad, with Broadsword squad and Falchion squad having operated with them, Rapier squad having been destroyed by fiendish genestealer-related shenannigans, and Gladius squad being Mordrigael's terminator-armoured veterans.

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Kill Team Scary Bunny

 

And why not. We had a particularly scary daemon weapon which (due to an Inquisitor with a really odd sense of humour) was logged in the Ordo Malleus Reliquary as "The Sword Of Bunnies And Rainbows"...

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hehe nice. That name actually comes from an ancient Battletech campaign years and years ago. A friend of mine, when forming his splinter clan decided he needed something to fit in with the rest of the Clan names. Jade Falcon, Ghost Bear, Smoke Jaguar etc... Thus was born Clan Scary Bunny.

 

It's made an appearance in our games ever since. 

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