First I will start with the Altered fluff story (please read, as it does give you a good laugh - and the reason behind this army):
A Space Marine Chapter using the home world of Kuba, they are descendants of the Salamanders Geneseed. Having a very tribalistic population, The salamanders believed that a chapter formed here would create very powerful marines. Much like the Salamanders, the Kubans are stoic and prideful, having much faith in not only the Emperor but in their home planet as well. They also have faith in a Saint from their home planet, recently given to sainthood due to acts of pure charity - in the language of the Kubans (also known as spaneesh), she is known as La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre [or for those in low-gothic Our Lady of Charity of Cobre]
One distinct feature of the planet is the cultivation of a drug known as tobacco. More potent and dangerous then the Guard issue Iho-stick, this drug was later banned to the imperium due to its ability to have anyone who smoked the substance hooked. The space marines take much pride in the fact that they can in fact smoke the drug, and take great efforts to roll them in the harsh conditions given in the factories of the planet. These skills in the forges have begun to transplant themselves in the ability for the chapter to produce and use flame weapons, since the process of creating these Kuban Tobacco's is quite harsh in the heat of the forge.
Inception of the Chapter:
The first leader of the Kuban Chapter was Martius, who believed essentially that everyone in the Imperium was as importatnt as the next. This obviously led to many a fight between the chapter and The Ministorium - but no scuffles were to voilent (until the Sedition Wars - see below). They tended to ignore his slightly heretical views, since they did not want to get involved fighting a space marine chapter and possibly their gene father's as well. However, as time went on, each Chapter Master continually began to view the imperium in a very distasteful tone, seeing that the idea that every human was created equal was far from being enacted in its leaders. Essentially, the Chapter began seeing that the Imperium monopolized the image of the Emperor, giving it a very distasteful capitalistic view. The believed that the Emperor was God, but that he was accessible to anyone, and that no person was more important than the next - and that all must contribute, and get payed equally, from working towards the greater good of the Imperium. They began having slight contacts with the Tau Empire to adopt some of their methodologies in creating this idea, however, it was by this time that the Inquisition and the Imperium had enough of this "communal" (or as they dubbed it communist) propaganda and they decided to act behind the banner of Heresy - that the chapter was in league with the Tau Empire.
The Sedition War
Known also as the "Freezing War," it was basically never a formal engagement, but rather a slow amassing of weapons. The Kubans, forewarned by their Librarians of what was going to happen, began amassing a greater fleet. Their Fortress Monastery was pulled back to the home planet, and they remodeled one of their BattleBarges - The Havana - to mimic the Famous Seditio Opprimere. In turn, the Imperium began ammasing more and more of a Fleet. It got to the point where if engaged, both fleets would enact horrible losses - and due to the impending Tyranid and Necron Threat, no other Space Marine Chapter wanted to have the heavy duty of destroying such a noble chapter that has proven themselves in war. Therefore, the Imperium, in an effort to hold their head high, blockaded the section of space used by the Kubans, in a hope that eventually, they will run out of resources and come back into the arms of the imperium.
Around the time of the Sedition War, a revolution happened in the Chapter as well. Chapter Master Batistaus wanted to return to the fold of the imperium, and by doing so he began exiling many of the Space Marines as well as killing many of his brothers. Fidelius, ashamed of his Chapter Master, began to fight back in many hit and run tactics, using quick lightening strikes and flamers to burn/destroy many supply lines. Eventually, Batistaus was forced to meet Fidelius in the battlefield, and in an Epic Dual said to have taken 2 days and nights, Fidelius finally executed Batistaus and took hold of the Chapter. It was his rule that began the blockading of space by the Imperium
As of now, no one knows what will happen. The current Chapter Master Fidelius Castrous is very old, and many are unsure if his successor - Raulous Castrous - will enact the same principles as all the other Chapter Masters. For now, the imperium has enacted certain sanctions on the space owned by Kuban Space Marines; meanwhile, the Kubans are biding their time to see what the future hold for the Chapter, and for the imperium as a whole.
Tactics and War Cry:
War Cry: Para la Revolucion!
This is based on the Revolution War - where the Kubans feared that Batistaus would eventually ruin the Chapter. It evokes a sense of revolution and pride in Kuban culture, while also making note of the fact that Kuban dogma is in stark contrast to Imperium dogma when they view the Imperium rule.
Tactics: The Kubans prefer Flame and heat based weapons, as it reminds them of more peaceful days of forging Kuban cigars in the furnaces of their home-planet. However, in contrast to their parent chapter the Salamanders, they prefer quick aerial assaults, raids, drops from space, and a type of warfare that the White Scars have dubbed "Guerilla warfare." While other Chapters view this as weak, and distasteful, none could question the effectiveness of lightening fast raids with heat based weapons during the Revolutionary war and other combats that saw them victorious. Therefore, they prefer tanks, assault squads, bikes, landspeeders, as well as other things that quickly get them in, and out of the battlefield, to plan their next assault. The one exception to this rule has been jokingly referred to as "Kuban pride" - where either the main vehicle, or Space fairing vessel, is decked out with as many adornments as possible as well as sometimes the slowest vehicle. They also enjoy teleportation techniques with their terminators - and have on one occasion beamed 30 terminators at once in the heart of an enemy army - needless to say the army was decimated. Therefore, many of their Landraiders, or the three battlebarges they own, are big, adorned with many symbols and honors, and sometimes, quite slow (as seen with the Battlebarge Havana). Of course, these are always supported by their quicker cousins on the battlefield, as so they never get overwhelmed. It is said that at times, Kubans will pridefully lure the army to attacking the main vehicle while the rest of the Kuban force outflanks the enemy - this is a sign of the deepest respect and honor to be that vehicle, and if you survive, all the more pride and honor is given to you.
Added Fluff by a Dakkadakka member
Chaplain Chi Guervo. A radical Chaplain tainted by Chaos who lived through several Chapter Master's reign, further poisoning each CM against the Emperor with his whispers of heresy and promises of Social Justice throughout all of the Empire.
While attempting to bring the planet Bolvia under Kuban, control Chaplain Guervo was ambushed by an entire company of Bolvian Guardsmen (with rumoured support from a mysterious Chapter of Space Marines also colored in Red White and Blue Armor calling themselves "Mercans"). Chaplain Guervo was handed over to the inquisition where he was declared Herecticus Diobolique and executed for treason against the Emperor.
This first Section is devoted to Battlefleet Gothic. First we will look at the three main Capitol ships of the Kuban Fleet: The Havana, The Guantanamo, And El Pinar del Rio
First up are pictures of the Capitol Battlebarge Havana
This Capitol Ship has been heavily modified ever since the Tyranid invasion. Taking lessons from the Ultramarines, the ship has been outfitted with bombardment cannons on both sides of this ship, however, the turrets themselves are shelved within the ship for further protection. It still maintains an undercarriage of launch bays to repel close range attacks, but most of its firepower comes from the bombardment cannons littered throughout the ship.
The next ship up is the Guantanamo. This is one of the newer ships added to the Kuban fleet, and because of that, the captain has been ever so attempting to bring it into the most dense fighting regions to prove their worth and their Kuban pride. Because this ship is so new, the weapons on it reflect the most common of all battlebarge types.
The final Capitol ship is the Battlebarge Pinar del Rio. This battlebarge, Much like the Havana, has been heavily modified to reflect the harsh fighting conditions of the region. This battlebarge, unlike others, has a reduced firing capacity on its Port and starboard bow, however, it has highly increased firepower in the fore of the ship. This includes two very large bombardment cannons that have heavier firepower than the turret centered ones, and a large nova cannon, outfitted to fire in a more conical shape when exploding - both of these weapons allow the ship to stay back and bombard from fairly lengthy distances. However, while this ship has powerful weapons, its true power lies in its complicated sensor arrays and its communications equipments. It rivals, if not excels, technology provided by Mars, and it is said that it is able to detect an oncoming fleet before they even plan to attack, or can hear a whisper from several planet systems downward. (needless to say the paint job is unfinished on this model... )
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