Fighting Tigers of Veda (pg 4)
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Using the Fighting Tigers Army List
Tigers army list is identical in structure to the standard army list in
Space Marines; the changes you’ll find here are purely stylistic,
to reflect the Chapter’s history and traditions. Unless noted in this volume,
all of the rules, options, and limitations that apply to a Space Marine
army also apply to a Fighting Tigers army.
When you are
choosing your army, you may make choices from the Codex: Space Marines
army list, staying within the normal limitations of the Force Organization
chart, points value of the battle, etc.
Tigers of Veda Organization
Tigers do not organize themselves into 10 companies, as do Chapters, like
the Ultramarines, who adhere strictly to the Codex Astartes. Instead, to
adequately patrol Veda, a large and mostly unsettled planet, the Fighting
Tigers divide themselves into two castes, or jatis, one based
on each of Veda’s continents,
Mahaduyana and Ghuyarashtra.
Each jatis is equivalent in size (about 500 Marines, plus attendants) and
organization. Each jatis takes its name from its home continent and its
markings from the tigers found there.
Rule: Jatis Mahaduyana emphasizes strength: with your opponent’s permission,
an all-Mahaduyanan Fighting Tigers army may replace two of its Fast Attack
units with one additional Heavy Support unit.
The Fighting Tigers
further divide each jatis into five sabhas, or associations,
of similar warriors, and each sabha names themselves for the ancient Vedic
god they venerate. The five sabhas are:
Rule: Jatis Ghuyarashtra emphasizes speed: with your opponent’s permission,
an all-Ghuyarashtran Fighting Tiger army may replace two of its Heavy Support
units with one additional Fast Attack unit.
as the two jatis almost always work together during off-planet missions,
almost all Fighting Tigers armies will include members of both jatis. In
these cases, you would use the Force Organization Chart as normal.
Thus, within the
Fighting Tigers chapter, there are, for example, two sabhas of Tigers of
Rudra, one for Jatis Mahaduyana, one for Jatis Ghuyarashtra. Barring casualties,
squads within each sabha are of a fixed size and membership, to promote
standardization and cohesion. Sabhas contain not only Marines but also
the vehicles they use; the Fighting Tigers give each machine larger than
a bike a name and consider those vehicles members as well.
Tigers of Indra:
Terminator Squads, Sternguard Squads, Vanguard Squads;
Tigers of Rudra:
Tactical Marine Squads, Land Speeder crews;
Tigers of Kali:
Assault Marine Squads, Space Marine Bike Squads, and Attack Bike Squads;
Tigers of Agni:
Devastator Marine Squads, Heavy Support vehicle crews; and,
Tigers of Puchan:
Scout Squads and Scout Biker Squads.
led into battle by tanadars: Captains (called kshatriyas)
and their associated Command Squads (called Singh Squads),
Librarians, Chaplains, etc. Tanadars exist outside of any sabha, and many
of them have a patron god to whom they are dedicated:
The Fighting Tigers
prefer to remain isolated from most of the Imperium, maintaining their
own fighting traditions. None of the special characters (Marneus Calgar,
Kor'sarro Khan, Sergeant Telion, Brother-Sergeant Chronus) or their equivalents
in Codex: Space Marines may be taken in a Fighting Tiger
Tigers of Brihaspati:
Tigers of Varuna:
Tigers of Tvashtri:
Master of the Forge and Techmarines; and,
Tigers of Savitri:
philosophy used by the Fighting Tigers is that sabhas are pools from which
leaders can draw upon when assembling a shikar, or campaign
army. Unlike Codex Astartes Space Marine Companies, individual sabhas are
not intended to effectively operate independently, but by having pools
of units, Fighting Tiger kshatriyas can, for example, call upon lots of
Assault and Devastator Squads when battling tank armies, or extra Tactical
and Veteran units when facing hordes of infantry.
squads usually number 5 or 10 members, as the numbers 6, 7, 8, and 9 are
favored by the forces of Chaos (Slaanesh, Nurgle, Khorne, and Tzeentch,
Tigers of Puchan (Scouts),
Rudra (Tactical Marines), and Kali (Assault Marines), led by a Tiger of
from report by Chief Xenobiomage Gupta to
Shiva Nagordarika, concerning Vedic lifeforms:
and psychic studies of the native people have confirmed that the tribesmen
are the descendants of colonists that came to Regulus Secundus during the
Dark Age of Technology.
the colonists brought gene samples and cloning equipment to duplicate Terran
bio-forms—dogs, cats, livestock, crops, etc.—intended to help support the
colonies. Other Terran lifeforms were cloned as well, perhaps to recreate
animal populations extinct on Earth or to control native herbivores that
threatened the colonists’ crops.
northern, or Mahaduyanan, tigers are most like the tigers of Earth (extinct
since the Third Millennium). These animals—the male is orange with black
stripes, the female white with black stripes—average 10 ½ feet in
length and 850 pounds in weight, though males up to 18 feet and females
up to 15 feet have been observed by villagers.
in mated pairs in the jungles, these sabertoothed cats swim and climb well.
Their favorite prey is the babirusa, a tusked, six-legged,
heavily armored boar-like omnivore. Mahaduyanan tigers usually wait for
their prey in high grass or large trees, then silently pounce, claws and
enlarged canines extended, in a boneshattering attack that can easily crack
open babirusa shells or even, as a few of your patrols have learned, Space
Marine power armor.
southern, or Ghuyarashtran, tigers average 8 ½ feet in length and
200 pounds in weight. Their tails and legs are longer and they lack
the heavy jaws and sabretooth fangs of their northern cousins, but the
most striking difference is coloration. The male is mustard tan with brown
stripes, the female white with brown stripes, perfect for the drier grasslands
where they dwell.
Ghuyarashtran tigers hunt in pairs at dawn and twilight, the female stampeding
herbivores towards the waiting male. These tigers can reach speeds of up
to 45 miles per hour for short bursts. They prey on deer, gazelle, wild
pigs and—like the Mahaduyanan tigers—humans.
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