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Pooky
27-08-2007, 20:00
I was at my local GW recently and someone pulled out some Battlefleet Gothic ships (these things are tiny!) and I wondered who pilots them. Moreover, in the space marine case, do humans pilot them? Because that seems kinda weird to me. Here we have a SPACE MARINE vehicle being piloted by a crew of MERE HUMANS! But then it's not like 1000 SMs can pilot all of the capital ships. If it were a Thunderhawk, then yeah, sure, it only needs like 5 crew or something. But the capital ships need something like 100, or something crazy.

Alessander
27-08-2007, 20:12
Marine Chapters have plenty of non-marine servants to do their work. Do you think that a marine delagates himself to cooking the daily roast feast and unclogging the stopped up toilets over in barracks 12-B? *

With the Spacecraft, I'd assume that there are plenty of menial servants running the ship. Marine recruits that didn't pass their final exams, servitors welded into the pilot seats etc...


*then again a marine with a melta-melta would be pretty good at multitasking...

Master Bait
27-08-2007, 21:26
what the hell do you think navigators are?

so them and a bunch of servitors and humans crew the ships.

space marines are more concerned about getting their bolter up in the face of some cheeky heretics and xenos

Gorbad Ironclaw
27-08-2007, 22:01
By far the majority of the crew will be serves, servitors and other human servants of the chapter, but I'm sure there is a core of marines on board to command the ship.

Then 1000 marines in total simply doesn't work, so I just presume it means a standard fighting strength of 1000 boots on the ground, and then you have all the auxiliary staff on top of that.

xibo
27-08-2007, 23:17
Marine Chapters have plenty of non-marine servants to do their work. Do you think that a marine delagates himself to cooking the daily roast feast and unclogging the stopped up toilets over in barracks 12-B? *
What makes you think space marine barracks feature toilets?

*then again a marine with a melta-melta would be pretty good at multitasking...
I would bet marines don't even know how to clean a toilet... but as they know how to clean toilets heretics or traitors they would most probably end up cleaning the toilet with a hail of bolt shells...

what the hell do you think navigators are?
Mutants!

SM Ships are controlled by lowly humen, servitors, hovering skulls and the likes, although there is allways at least one SM on a ship... who it the ship's captain ( the one who commands the navigator ).

Kegluneq
28-08-2007, 00:03
You mean, asks the Navigator politely if he wouldn't mind awfully plotting a course to Hellworld IV, if it's not too much trouble? Offending a Navigator isn't a terribly good course of action, especially when he can literally kill you with a look...

ArtificerArmour
28-08-2007, 13:09
It's been written that serfs do the general dogsbodying.

Space marines will have a captain of a ship that is a Space Marine, I believe. He may be super human, but there's no reason he wouldn't full time command a starship. The drive their own tanks, so why not command a space vessel. Their superior tactical abilities could be turned towards spaceship command.

It's also been said a minimum of SM are onboard vessels. A company on a strike cruiser, a tactical squad on a escort/rapid strike vessel, etc. But personally I believe each ship (or at least, one per squadron) will be assigned one astartes to command it. whether it's temporary (with escorts I imagine this is the case) or permanant (strike cruisers and battle barges) is another matter.

CELS
28-08-2007, 16:14
Get it straight, folks. Navigators get the ship through the warp. They're not generally used as pilots in real space / the matterium. ;)

So yeah, a Space Marine captain with lots of serf crew and servitors run the ship.

Vaktathi
28-08-2007, 16:21
you have a Space Marine in command of the vessel, a few other Marines to serve as help for the captain and ship security (e.g. "marines") and the rest are Serfs, Servitors, Thralls, Navigators, maybe planetary Auxilia from their home planet depending on the chapter.

The_Patriot
28-08-2007, 16:47
Members of the Teamsters Union. ;)

I'm going to have to say that it's either serfs of the Marines or members of the Imperial Navy.

Chaos and Evil
30-08-2007, 17:25
A normal capital ship will have no more than 10-20 Marines aboard as 'crew'.

Acolyte of Bli'l'ab
30-08-2007, 17:44
It would seem kinda silly for *space* marines to not pilot their own spacecrafts :) so id expect they do hehe