Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Alston, Cumbria
GW seem to have shot themselves in the foot slightly with the colours in the most recent codex, as previously they had held true to the "Red = Assault Squad, Green = Tac and Yellow = Devs" design. However the 6th Ed dex clearly has photographs of Tac marines with red trim, stating they're the 3rd Squad of the Third Company. They have knee numbers to support this, however there are also Vanguard with the number 3 on the knee, which contradicts the "knee number = company" design. The Assault marines have no company numbers at all, despite being part of Third company as well, and the Dev pictured has a 9 on his knee because he is in 9th squad, 2nd company.
So what we can take from this is that GW doesn't care enough about the Raven Guard to actually come up with a scheme for them, despite being able to name every individual squad in the Ultramarines Chapter...
If we use the most recent examples (and ignore the Tac squad as a mistake) then we get:
- Red Trim for Assault, Green Trim on Tacs, and Yellow Trim on Devs.
- 1st Company Members are entitled to wear a white helmet (as displayed on the banner bearer and veteran sergeant) but the Vanguard squad appears to have black helmets and white arms instead.
- The number on the left knee designates squad number instead of company number.
- The left shoulderpad is always the Raven, and the right is specialization colour trim with specialization symbol i.e. Arrow for Tacs, Cross for Assault, Triangle for Devs.
On a personal note, the way I did my army was to follow the colour = role route, but my 1st Company had white helmets, with the exception of Honour Guard who were entirely white. 1st Company maintained speciaization colours, so Sternguard and Tactical Terminators had Green shoulderpads, and Assault Terminators and Vanguard had red shoulderpads. However instead of using red and green as the trim colour, I used it on the whole pad and used white as the trim colour instead to make them stand out more.
So my normal marines were standard, and first company was:
Main armour: Black (White for Honour Guard)
Shoulder Trim and Helmet: White
Numbers: Squad numbers on knees and transports.
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