Re: [Epic] Space Marine Chapters

From: A. Allen McCarley <allen_at_...>
Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 14:28:09 -0500

> Hi guys,
> I have a question concerning Space Marine chapters.
> According to GW fluff, SM chapters have roughly 1000 fighting men, but if
> you consider the huge amount of IG troops available, these numbers are
> ridiculous.
> Ex: Every planet recruits 1% of its population. "Fluffing", Davin VII had
> 7 billion people (so it had an army of 70 million soldiers !). Could you
> imagine what a 1000 space marine force could do on a planet like this?
> NOTHING!!! Maybe destroy a few HQ's and then be completely wiped out!
> When you read the battle for Armageddon, 3 chapters led the liberation of
> the planet against the sprawling ork army of Ghazgull. Great! 3000 marines
> gainst a few million crazed green-skins.
> They say one marine is worth 10 "normal" men, but still ...
> Comments, flames, anything...
> Paulo Pombal

I've been complainging about this for years, Paulo. I was really hoping
that GW would change some of the background fluff for the marines with
the release of EPIC40K, but they left if the same as 2nd Edition.

Supposedly the size of each chapter was reduced, post-Heresy, to prevent
any one chapter from ever again posing a threat to the Imperium. (Never-
mind that a lot more than just one chapter defected in the first place.)
However, at a thousand men plus vehicles the chapters are now a threat
to no one except small groups of rabbits "invading" the fields of agri-worlds.

Allen (The Q&A guy)
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Received on Mon May 05 1997 - 19:28:09 UTC

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