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« on: October 3, 2017, 11:13:47 PM »
Hi there, I've been working on a version of the Codex Astartes with a friend. We're looking for more collaborators. If interested, please send me a message and I'll give you more info. But basically, we're just looking for space marine fans who might want to write sections about their favorite space marine weapons, vehicles, etc. - along with the best tactics for their use.

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« Reply #1 on: October 3, 2017, 11:27:57 PM »
Throw some more information here please, you're trying for something so open ended you'll get more replies narrowing it down.
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« Reply #2 on: October 4, 2017, 01:02:46 AM »
Yeah, sorry, OK, here's the first volume of quite a few (the system won't allow me to post too much). The idea would be for people to add stuff to fill in the "classified" parts...


“They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give themselves to me. Like clay, I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies, and machines such that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines, and they shall know no fear.”

—The Emperor of Mankind

Volume I

Chapter I – Order of Battle

Verse I: “My will be done.”
Verse II: “Of the Ultramarines, I decree that they be divided into twenty-four Chapters of ten companies each. No longer shall they be a horde under a warlord that follows him, but instead a hundred of thousands of individual Legionaries each in support of the other.”
Verse IV: “Each of a Chapter’s ten companies shall consist of one hundred Space Marines. Each company shall have a Space Marine Captain, Apothecary, Company Standard, and Chaplain.”
Verse V: “Existing outside the company-level organisation, each Chapter shall have an Armoury consisting of the Chapter's Techmarines, main battle tanks, and other armoured vehicles, a Librarium consisting of the Chapter’s Librarians, a Chapter Fleet and the Chapter Master, plus various headquarters staff and the Chapter's Servitors and human Chapter Serfs.”
Verse VI: “The first of the ten companies shall be a Veteran company. This 1st Company shall consist of Veteran Squads and Terminator Squads. Support for the 1st Company shall consist of Land Raiders and Venerable Dreadnoughts. Only the 1st Company may have the honour of donning the hallowed suits of Tactical Dreadnought Armour.”
Verse VII: “The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Companies of a Chapter shall be known as Battle Companies. Each Battle Company shall be split into six Tactical Squads, two Assault Squads, and two Devastator Squads comprised of ten Space Marines each. Companies may also make use of Command Squads comprised solely of Veterans to protect their officers or other specialists such as Apothecaries and Chaplains. The Assault Squads may instead be deployed as Bike Squadrons or on Land Speeders. Battle Companies shall have access to Rhino and Razorback dedicated transports, and Dreadnoughts for heavy fire support.”
Verse VIII: “The 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Companies of a Chapter shall be its Reserve Companies. The 6th and 7th shall be comprised entirely of Tactical Squads, the 8th of Assault Squads, and the 9th of Devastator Squads. The 6th Company may be entirely deployed on Space Marine Assault Bikes, and the 7th on Land Speeders. The 8th Company may use either Space Marine Bikes or Land Speeders. These forces shall be held in reserve to be deployed at the discretion of Force Commanders as tactical situations evolve.”
Verse IX: “The 10th Company shall consist entirely of Scout Squads. Scout Marines may be mounted on Space Marine Bikes, but shall not use Rhino or Razorback transports.”
Verse X: “Of the Tactical Space Marine, bedrock of his Chapter and paragon to his brothers, I shall tell thee. He shall be steeped in the lore of battle and schooled in all manner of weapons and strategy. With Combat Blade, Boltgun and Grenade shall he assail the foe. But these are mere tools: a Tactical Marine’s true weapons are his courage, his wits and his dedication to his brothers. He will bring the foe to battle in a manner and time of his choosing, never himself caught unready or ill-prepared for the task at hand. In defence he shall be as stalwart as the mountain, a bulwark stood firm against the enemies of Man. In attack he shall strike with the wrath of the Immortal Emperor, felling the foe without mercy, remorse or fear.”
Verse XI: “The Tactical Squad shall draw the enemy’s fire, thus allowing the Devastator Squad to attack from a position of strength.”
Verse XII: “A Devastator’s reach shall be without limit and his touch without mercy. Fire shall roar from his fingertips, but it shall consume him not. Thunder will roar when he calls, yet it will swallow him not. Let the Devastator Squad be thy blazing wrath, bringing the light of the Emperor’s justice to the darkest corners of the battlefield. Wherever he stands, that shall be his fortress of righteousness. He shall hold in his gift the fate of all who pass before his unblinking gaze. All shall fear him, and he shall fear no one.”
Verse XIII: “And of the Assault Marine so do I decree: He shall descend upon the perfidious foe as an Angel of Judgement from on high. Let the jump pack be his wings and the roar of its engines a hymn of retribution. Know, though, that although speed be the essence of war, he shall not use the jump pack to leap blindly into enemy fire. Let him instead allow neophytes from the 10th Company to guide his way.”
Verse XIV: “Let the chainsword be his sceptre of decree, its harsh voice singing joyfully with each and every blow. With it shall the Assault Marine bring bloody retribution to the heretic, the traitor and all alien transgressors who trespass on the Emperor’s domains. So will the Assault Marine be the hunter of warlords and the slayer of kings. His armour shall run slick with the life blood of the vanquished, and all shall honour his name.”
Verse XV: “Use your Bike Squad as a blade, striking the enemy and turning aside his counter-blows in equal measure. But in all things beware that speed is nothing without direction, just as even the mightiest weapon is worthless without careful aim. A Biker’s stance should always be resolute and dauntless, but never immobile or rigid. Speed is his advantage, and surprise his deadliest weapon. In fluidity he will find success and in success shall he find renown.”
Verse XVI: “A Captain leads from the front. By his example shall his men know what it is to be of the Adeptus Astartes, and from his teachings shall they learn the trade of battle in the Emperor’s name. No ordinary man can a Captain be, for many are the paths to victory and he must be master of them all. His very being shall be an extension of the Emperor's work. With every strike of his sword, with every word of his speech, does he reaffirm the ideals of our honoured master. He will vanquish darkness and heresy with every thought, word, and deed. So shall his coming be a sign of deliverance to the dutiful, and a herald of dismay to all traitors. No living man shall stay his wrath.”
Verse XVII: “And within each company, the mightiest warrior shall be anointed as Champion. He shall bear arms and armour of great craftsmanship, and he shall protect his Captain from all harm, though it cost him his life. Great honour shall be bestowed upon him in life and in death, and he shall be lauded with great praise.”

Chapter II – On Heraldry

Verse I: “Of the Space Marine’s heraldry, I decree that he shall display his Chapter’s symbol upon his armour’s left pauldron, whilst his right shoulder guard shall be reserved for his squad markings. A Space Marine shall incorporate his company’s heraldic colour into his armour, displaying it on the trim of his pauldrons.”
Verse III: “Beware of friendly fire. Camouflage should not extend to the dishonour of the Chapter.”
Verse IV: “Each Chapter shall periodically revise its markings to confound the foe.”
Verse V: “Of the 1st Company, I decree that it shall wear White or Silver. Members of the 1st Company shall also paint their helmets in the company colour.”
Verse VI: “Of the 2nd Company, I decree that it shall wear Yellow or Gold.”
Verse VII: “Of the 3rd Company, I decree that it shall wear Red.”
Verse VIII: “Of the 4th Company, I decree that it shall wear Green.”
Verse IX: “Of the 5th Company, I decree that it shall wear Black.”
Verse X: “Of the 6th Company, I decree that it shall wear Orange.”
Verse XI: “Of the 7th Company, I decree that it shall wear Purple.”
Verse XII: “Of the 8th Company, I decree that it shall wear Grey.”
Verse XIII: “Of the 9th Company, I decree that it shall wear Blue.”
Verse XIV: “Of the 10th Company, I decree that it shall wear White.”
Verse XV: “Of Squad markings, I decree that the left pauldron of a Space Marine in Power Armour shall always display the Space Marine’s Chapter Badge. The right pauldron shall display the Squad Badge, which shall indicate the tactical specialty of the squad the Astartes belongs to, along with the number of his squad within his company.”
Verse XVI: “Of Veteran Squads, I decree that they shall bear the mark of a Cross of Malta.”
Verse XVII: “Of Tactical Squads, I decree that they shall bear the mark of an Arrow.”
Verse XVIII: “Of Assault Squads, I decree that they shall bear the mark of four Arrows pointing outwards.”
Verse XIX: “Of Devastator Squads, I decree that they shall bear the mark of an inverted V.”
Verse XX: “Of Terminators, I decree that they shall wear the Crux Terminatus on their left pauldron, and their Chapter Badge on their right.”
Verse XXI: “Of Sergeants, I decree that they shall bear the mark of a Red Skull. Back banners shall be left to the Sergeant’s discretion.”
Verse XXII: “Of helmets, I decree that those of Sergeants shall be Red.”
Verse XLII: “Of a Chapter’s war machines and armoured vehicles, I decree that they shall be painted in the livery of their Chapter. In addition to the Chapter’s Icon, the vehicle’s hull shall also be emblazoned with unit, squad, and company markings. However, beware of complacency and the danger enemy intelligence can pose. Chapter Masters shall occasionally review these markings.”
Verse CVIII: “A Chapter Master shall respect the most ancient vehicles, their mottos as well as honour badges and names; for their roll of battle victories is as illustrious as that of any breathing hero of the Chapter. Their colours shall not be marred.”
Verse CIX: “Of troop transports, Centurion warsuits, and armoured vehicles such as Assault Bikes, Attack Bikes, and Land Speeders, I decree that they shall carry the same heraldry and organisational squad markings as the Space Marines that crew, or ride inside them. Space Marine tank crew shall display their vehicle’s Chapter numerical designation within a roundel upon their right pauldron.”
Verse CX: “Of Space Marine battle tanks and Dreadnoughts, I decree that they shall be assigned a unique identification number within the company.”
Verse CLI: “Of Captains, I decree that they shall always wear the heraldry of their company in addition to—and regardless of—any personal heraldry.”
Verse CLII: “Of Librarians, I decree that they shall always wear armour that is Blue, regardless of Chapter.”
Verse CLIII: “Of Chaplains, I decree that they shall wear armour that is Black, regardless of Chapter.”
Verse CLIV: “Of Apothecaries, I decree that they shall wear armour that is White, regardless of Chapter.”
Verse CLV: “Of Techmarines, I decree that they shall wear armour that is Red, in respect for the Treaty of Mars.”

Chapter III – On Gene-seed

Verse I: “The Adeptus Astartes are autonomous, independent from the Administratum. The only tithe they shall pay is in the form of five per cent of gene-seed, to the Priests of Mars.”
Verse II: “Apothecaries shall harvest and protect the progenoid gland, protect it with their very lives.”
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« Reply #3 on: October 4, 2017, 08:40:11 AM »
You appear to be asking for narrative description to fill in the blanks, so to speak, in which case this is the correct place.  If you want input regarding tactics or strategy though, you need to use the Space Marine board for that, assuming you want input on units which exist in the current rules and how they play in eighth edition.

It's an interesting project that you have and I'm all in favour of encouraging creativity.  Just be sure that all of this is for personal use only and isn't distributed online in any way though, otherwise you might attract the wrong kind of attention from GW if you were to include any of their trademarks, stats, or rules.
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« Reply #4 on: October 5, 2017, 12:25:57 AM »
Yeah, good point. Definitely personal use. And yeah, it's strategy, but narrative strategy...
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