Imperial Guard Themed Army Ideas
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I hear all the Imperial Guard players (especially the ones who really are
in the Army) howling in indignation. Well, pipe down, ya apes! This Themed
Army Idea aims to bring some respectability to the Imperial Navy
(you know, those pampered mama's boys who are kind enough to give you REAL
warriors rides to the big fights).
size of the Imperium makes it virtually impossible to adequately defend
every single world from the dangers of the 41st Millennium. Many planets
are left to develop their own militias: these frequently make the troops
of the Imperial Guard look like Space Marines in terms of training and
some protection and support to all of the planets, the Imperial Navy has
detached individual capital ships (usually cruisers or frigates) from the
fleet and assigned them to patrol routes throughout the Imperium.
these patrol ships will encounter hostile forces, whether it be Orks, Chaos
Marines, Traitor Guard, Eldar, Tyranids, or a multitude of other threats.
In these instances, help might be too far away or simply unavailable, leaving
the patrol ship to cope on its own.
in the Imperial Navy carries a contingent of troops for internal security
and boarding actions, but these troops are usually limited in number and
highly specialized for their ship-borne duties. To supply the patrol ships
with an effective land-based fighting force, the Imperial Navy developed
combat units patterned after the Imperial Guard. Thus, the Imperial Navy
Drop Troops were born.
Navy Drop Troops are essentially a “typical” Imperial Guard unit with a
few limitations and requirements that reflect their status as naval troops.
These units are typically assigned to patrolling cruisers and frigates
that operate independently of the fleet. Drop Troops provide these ships
with a rapid response force that can quickly deal with any minor threats
that are encountered. This army uses the rules found in Codex: Imperial
the additions and restrictions outlined below.
Navy Drop Troops army uses the following regimental doctrines:
See pages 55-56
of Codex: Imperial Guard for details.
Heavy Weapon Platoons;
Drop Troops are lead by a Commander if the detachment is 2000 points or
higher or a Lieutenant Commander if the detachment is less than 2000 points.
Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders have the same profile as Senior Heroic
Officers and Senior Officers, respectively, in Codex: Imperial Guard.
Squad must include a vox-caster for the points listed. Imperial Navy Drop
Troops maintain orbital communications with their command ship in addition
to the normal usage of the vox-caster on the ground.
either a Sentinel or a Chimera with the Improved Comms upgrade must be
included with the Command Platoon.
may be taken per the rules in Codex:
Imperial Guard (not
even the Imperial Navy is free from the prying eyes of the Imperial Cult!)
The Imperial Navy does not use Sanctioned Psykers or Priests on the battlefield.
Ratlings cannot belong to the Imperial Navy Drop Troops.
of one standard Infantry Platoon and one Armored Fist Squad must be taken
for Troop choices (this reflects the versatility of the Imperial Navy Drop
Troops). Conscript Infantry Platoons are not used.
of one Fast Attack unit must be selected. However, Imperial Navy Drop Troops
may not use Rough Riders. Only one Hellhound may be taken, as these are
relatively rare in the Imperial Navy (and potentially dangerous to transport
Due to the
rarity of tanks within the Imperial Navy and the limited storage capacity
aboard ship, a detachment may have no more than one of each type of tank
(e.g., an Imperial Navy Drop Troop army may have a Leman Russ and a Basilisk,
or a Basilisk and a Demolisher, but not two Demolishers). The Imperial
Navy Drop Troops supplement their firepower with Heavy Weapon Platoons.
Modeling and Painting
Drop Troops have a standard color scheme of Shadow Grey with Chaos Black
accents (boots, belts, pouches, etc.) and Boltgun Metal accents (buttons,
medals, weapons, ammunition). Some units have adopted an urban camouflage
variant of the standard color scheme that includes Chaos Black or Codex
Grey stripes. It is rare for Imperial Navy troops to adopt local camouflage
colors and patterns since their combat engagements are geared towards rapid
Drop Troops represent a solid combat unit that is designed to deal with
a wide variety of threats. While individual detachments may be tailored
to suit a particular foe, the naval doctrine of flexibility always takes
precedence. As a result, naval units aren’t nearly as rigid and stoic as
their Imperial Guard brethren (hence the mandatory Fast Attack and Armored
Fist units). The Drop Troops rely heavily on hammer-and-anvil tactics to
quickly smash their foes.
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