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Most chapters don't have large armories and the rhinos/razorbacks are for the battle companies 2-5. I always assumed that they came from the tactical reserve company. Two squads could drive around an entire battle company.I also think we field more tanks in a game than most chapters use in regular battles.
I dont think the 1000 marine cap in each chapter fits the bill anymore especially when each tank needs a commander, driver and gunner at the least
Quote from: Hymirl on July 12, 2012, 10:58:20 AMAnd marine tanks enjoy a high level of automation, a chimera might have a commander, driver and gunner but a rhino/razorback has a single marine, or possibly two depending on configuration. Similarly heavy tanks like predators and land raiders have automatic everything, so you only need a driver and commander/gunner. Marines are hardcore, they multi-task!Except those pintle mounted storm bolters and multi meltas on land raiders. They are too much for the machine spirit and require a techmarine to fire them...
And marine tanks enjoy a high level of automation, a chimera might have a commander, driver and gunner but a rhino/razorback has a single marine, or possibly two depending on configuration. Similarly heavy tanks like predators and land raiders have automatic everything, so you only need a driver and commander/gunner. Marines are hardcore, they multi-task!
Tact is for people who are too slow witted to be sarcastic.
If you can't make fun of something, it's probably not worth taking seriously.You have to love the smell of science in the morning. It smells of learning.... or perhaps a gas leak.
in the Imperium, bureaucracy trumps common sense all the time.
... and that Marine Land Raiders were either built by the Adept Mech or by the Marine Chapter themselves at their own forges.
There never was a limit of 1000 marines. Thats just a general guideline for the marines in the main companies. It doesn't include command staff such as the chapter master, captains, the librarians, chaplains, apothecaries, techmarines and tech adepts who're part of the armoury and so on as they aren't strictly part of the fighting body of the chapter.
Even then, I believe the number "thousand" is supposed to be more reflective of the dark age mindset in the 40th millenium. Rather than try to memorize the exact numbers and dispositions of a largely independent fighting force, citizens and soldiers alike would be told, "thousand", because it is easy to envision. Most of the fluff is told as interpretation instead of fact, anyway.tl;dr - Poetic use of the number "thousand" is not necessarily literal.
I'm not so sure of that. If there is one thing the HH book series added to the universe that wasn't arguably ill-conceived, it's the idea that the Chapter had previously existed as a maneuver unit within the legions, a unit of approximately a thousand fighting men, somewhat similar to a battalion or somesuch. Regardless, the idea of a thousand fighting men isn't unique to the 40th millennium.