A custom chapter that build their own equipment. Feasible in-universe or no?
Hi. I have an idea for a custom chapter but wanted to check with the loremasters on here to see if the idea is viable in-universe or if I should try something else.
I'll work out the fine details later but the rough idea is that the chapter lost its homeworld (I've yet to decide what to) so are now completely fleet-based. They lost their world because they for some reason had troubles with resupply so now their fortress-monastery, a heavily modified and particularly large battle barge, has had much of its combat-oriented systems replaced with what is basically a massive foundry where they make all their own equipment, only taking on outside help for raw materials and some mass goods like ammunition or specialized goods they can't make themselves but are too valuable to pass up like terminator armour. They will have pretty close ties with the mechanicus to make this possible and have a very high amount of mechanicus staff and techmarines to man the various foundry systems. But since equipping an entire chapter from one battle barge, even a quite large one is impossible I imagine that the chapter will be very low on numbers. Half strength or less. Probably losing a lot of their forces in the fight for the homeworld and since they now don't have a place to draw new initiates the number of initiates is lower than ever, only picking up the occasional particularly promising aspirant. I imagine much of the art in making new Astartes has been lost with their homeworld as well, so making new ones is even harder than it was before. As such, every brother is valued much higher than in "standard" chapters, since even a single loss may be impossible to replace. My initial idea for progenitor is the Iron Hands since I think it fits pretty well with them being fleet-based and building their own stuff, as well as the close tie with the mechanicus, though ideas on this are also welcome.
That is the rough cut. As I said, I'll work out the finer details later but if I were to summarize the most important qualities I'm building this on it would be: They're fleet-based, have low numbers and they build the vast majority of equipment themselves.
Posting this here to, as mentioned, get the opinion of some of the loremasters out there. I'm not new to 40k but I know there are lots of things I don't know, and as the thing I love most about 40k is the universe I want my custom chapter to be feasible in said universe. Criticism and ideas are, as such, very welcome. Thanks in advance!
Last edited by Dave T Hobbit; 03-23-20 at 01:37 PM.