Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Space Marine Stormlord? WHA...

"The Stormlord is a super-heavy main battle tank and variant of the Shadowsword tank-hunter and Titan-killer tank used by the forces of the Imperial Guard. The Stormlord replaces the Volcano Cannon of the Shadowsword with a Vulcan Mega-Bolter. By removing the large capacitors and generators required for the Volcano Cannon to operate extra space has been opened up near the rear of the vehicle which allows the Stormlord to carry up to 40 infantrymen as an open-topped armoured transport. The Stormlord excels in the exact opposite role as the Shadowsword, as an infantry support vehicle, as its armament allows it to easily rip through infantry and light vehicles. Like every sanctioned Imperial variant of the Shadowsword and Baneblade, the Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World that manufactured each Stormlord records each tank's service number and tracks all of its accomplishments in the Emperor's service as each Stormlord is considered to be a divine servant of the Machine God....

-STORMLORD Warhammer 40,000 wiki

I recently acquired a Stormlord model at a steal, but I have a Space Marine Army... so how the heck am I going to use it with Space Marines? What is the Reason? Then it hit me, I am using Lias Issodon as my Chapter Master and the doctrine of the Raptors is basically win at any practical costs, well essentially. Yet I did not have a means of acquiring one through fluff. As plently of people that know me, know that I love fluff over competitiveness.  I truely prefer fluffy and themy armies, especially with my Raptors. So I did a little digging and found these passages as a perfect tie in.

"....Catachan Jungle Fighters - The Catachan Jungle Fighters often make use of the Stormlord's massive infantry support firepower and its large transport hold to enhance their highly mobile and powerful light infantry fighting forces."

-STORMLORD Warhammer 40,000 wiki

 "Third War for Armageddon (998.M41) - The Raptors deployed a task force of five companies from the Chapter throughout the equatorial jungles and vapour woods of the Hive World of Armageddon during the Third War for Armageddon. The Raptors served alongside the infamous Imperial Guard regiment known as the Armageddon Ork Hunters and the Catachan Jungle Fighters whose deadly jungle warfare skills and infiltration tactics were best suited to the terrain."

-RAPTORS Warhammer 40,000

After referencing these passages I found my reason of fielding one. My Raptors are going to have a Stormlord due to their actions during the Third War of Armageddon working hand in hand with Catachan Regiments in Armageddon's Jungles. I now have a Fluufly reason for my army to have a Stormlord. Awesome, but why field it, why on earth does my Raptors need to field such a treasured reward.

Why the heck not? I am fielding their Chapter Master, Lias "The Grim" Issodon. Infact I could even reason the Stormlord is out there for the simple fact it acts as a mobile training command platform for their Tenth Company in cases where the Chapter Master is involved in training some of their scouts. so what do you think? I apologize for this, but regardless of what you think I'm using it on the next Apocalypse game. Well it may just last a turn or two, well have to just see now don't we?

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