Friday, 11 December 2009

Non-Ravenwing Dark Angels Land Speeder Squadron

So, Dark Angels have black Land Speeders - the Ravenwing. But do they also have green Land Speeders that don't secretly hunt the Fallen (NOT OF TRANSFORMERS 2 FAME), jink out the path of enemy bullets and cover themselves in unaerodynamic feather motifs?

Mk1 Dark Angel Land Speeder Squadron.

1996's Codex: Angels of Death has this to say:

The 3rd, 4th and 5th [companies] are Battle Companies, each consisting of six squads of Tactical Space Marines, two of Assault and two of Devastators. These three Battle companies form the main battle lines and generally bear the brunt of the fighting. The Assault squads of the Battle company may be deployed as bike squadrons or land speeder crews.

Companies 6 and 7 are Tactical companies, each consisting of ten Tactical squads. They are intended to act as a reserve which may be used to bolster the main line, launch diversionary attacks to stem enemy flanking moves. Company 6 is also trained to use the Space Marine bike and the entire company may be deployed as bike squadrons. Similarly, Company 7 are trained to fight with land speeders and the company acts as a light vehicle reserve formation.

The 8th Company is an Assault company consisting of ten Assault squads. This is the most mobile company and is often equipped with jump packs, bikes and land speeders. The 8th Company is used in an assault role and wherever a strong hand-to-hand fighting force is needed.

But despite this apparent abundance of green Land Speeders, the Support section of the Dark Angel army list didn't include an entry for them. (Only the Tarantula, Dreadnought, Rapier, Whirlwind, Land Raider, Predator, Rhino and Razorback.) Though technically you could still get them by fielding them from an allied contingent selected through Codex Ultramarines. If you bothered to play by the rules that is, back in those days everyone just made it up as they went along.

Rock around to 1999 and Dark Angels get their own Codex, albeit a scant 24-page one that supplements Codex Space Marines. Still no green Land Speeders. No mention of anyone in the Battle or Reserve companies being able to pilot them as Games Workshop was in its fluff-lite phase.

Then, when Jervis penned the 2006 Dark Angels Codex, again the Assault Marines' ability to pilot Speeders is again overlooked.

Maybe Workshop ret-conned it all away?

But, in 2008 Matt Ward writes a beautifully in-depth Codex Space Marines, and rehashes the material from Angels of Death - there are lots of Marines floating around that can drive the floaty vehicles. Hurrah. We can extrapolate from this the current Dark Angels do have green Speeders.

And therefore, I can paint mine green. It also has the added benefit of making people less irate I'm not using the Epic UK Dark Angels list (whose Land Speeders are exclusively of the Ravenwing variety).

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Posted by Curis at 2:52 pm


At Monday, 11 January 2010 at 21:12:00 GMT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, as an avid Ravenwing/ Unforgiven collector, I can calm you a little by saying that in the update to the old thin codex from -99, there where in fact mentions of (and, I seem to remember, options to take) non-ravenwing speeders and bikers. Drawn from the reserve companies, as per the standard codex.


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