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19-08-2010, 13:58
Does anyone know whether\where there is info on Household troops in 40k are? also, is there fluff anywhere for Rogue Trader troops (the merchantmen, not the Gen1 40k :p). Lastly, is there info on Skitarri anywhere, or is it just the hints in the IG Codex?

19-08-2010, 18:04
Your best sources for these tidbits are older editions of the game materials, or Black Library publications. Since a lot of these are difficult to acqure, Lexicanum is probably your best bet for initial information:

Household Guards: What specific organization are you discussing here? The private armies of the wealthy elite across the Imperium? The bodyguard of Imperial Commanders? The personal fighting forces of well-established Inquisitors? Each has been described as a 'household guard' at some point during the fluff. All would make awesome Imperial Guard Armies. If you're looking for information on the bodyguards of Imperial Commanders, then pretty much any piece of 40k fiction that doesn't centre on Space Marines has some little bits about how the household guard of any Imperial Noble might function. For the most part, they appear to be a variation on the standard Imperial Guard theme, though often with shinier, less practical weapons and armour that complement the curtains in the Imperial First Lady's dining room fabulously.

Rouge Traders (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Rogue_Trader): The fighting forces that a Rogue Trader might carry aboard their ship are as varied and unique as Rogue Traders themselves. Though not official, a good place to start looking for inspiration would be /tg/'s Homebrew Rogue Trader Codex (http://1d4chan.org/stuff/Rogue_Trader_Codex.pdf). That aside, your best resource is again, Black Library, since Rogue Traders do not often appear in the warfare-centric realm of the Tabletop Game. Books like Rogue Star and Star of Damocles are actually about Rouge Traders, but do not deal much with how they might handle a Ground Assault other than little throw-away fluff lines. Most books about Inquisitors (e.g., the Eisenhorn and Ravenor series would perform a similar function. Extrapolation and Guesswork from these sources would lead one to believe that a Rogue Trader's army could be comprised of anything, from attached Guard Regiments, Professional Mercenaries, sellsword Scum, Mutants, Xenos, etc, etc. They operate almost entirely outside Imperial Jurisdiction (and tend to think they operate COMPLETELY outside of Imperial Jurisdiction), so pinning down the 'average' Rogue Trader army would be a difficult task :)

Skitarii (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Skitarii): there are little hints at the fighting forces of the Mechanicum scattered throughout GW publications. If you're looking for descriptions of the organization and function of the Skitarii, then that lexicanum link is a good place to look (I believe those unit names are pulled from the Citadel Journal issue cited in the 'sources' section below). Some descriptions of Skitarii in action can be found in books like Mechanicum and Dark Adeptus. Additionally, some of the materials released for Inquisitor have had information concerning the Mechanicus, namely here (http://secteur-calixis.fr/docs/Corpus_Auxilla_Mechanicus.pdf) and here (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CCMQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.warseer.com%2Fforums%2Fattach ment.php%3Fattachmentid%3D94354%26d%3D1281839943&rct=j&q=inquisitor%20mechanicus&ei=7WptTK3oNoSdlge7rbWzDQ&usg=AFQjCNE-L1wB8FJWwUVUOD2v7uU6P3YEVA&cad=rja), along with the Dark Heresy books (The Inquisitor's Handbook, for example details the branch of Tech-Priests know as Secutors, who dedicate themselves to warfare). Finally, the traditional source of good information for a while now has been Tim Huckleberry's 'experimental' Mechanicus Codex, released eons ago, that can be found here (http://www.thedarkfortress.co.uk/downloads/codex_adeptusmechanicus.pdf).

Skitarii Legions are like Guard Regiments in their variety, specialties, and appearance. They are usually custom-configured to match the preferences and needs of the Magos: hence why they take so many forms in the various pieces of fiction they appear in.

That's all I've got :)

20-08-2010, 03:48
"The private armies of the wealthy elite across the Imperium?"

This is interesting. Any more background on this? I was thinking of something like this for some conversions - - a small warband with an aristocratic HQ - master crafted weapons and leashed xeno animals. A slight tinge of Slaanesh's influence maybe ;0

Not exactly a warband, more of a hunting cadre with a large retinue ..