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I have not written fluff in centuries and i think its time i bring in some new installments. I need your help in doing so. i want to make lots of stories about on individual space marine, every single detail, how he earned each purity seal, his advances in rank, stuff like that. Plz vote on what type of individual he will be. Feel free to expand on your votes :D
 

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I dunno, Close Combat monster and Anti-Swarm is so...done. How often do we hear about the Anti-Tank guys? How about the Driver? My vote is for something different.

Driver may be a bit too blase, but an AT guy could be certainly doable.
 

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Yeah you never really hear of people who just do tactical firing, or take out tanks and dreadnaughts, its always Close combat associated. The last Marine who was dedicated to just shooting was Captain Lysander of the 3rd Company Imperial Fists and even he turned into a close combat orientated marine with terminator armour, thunder hammer and shield.
 

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Inclined to agree with Elc; you could take him from his early promise in the Scout Company - where he excels with ranged weapons, getting a sniper rifle and then a ML, chalking up kills on... whatever foul xeno craft your chapter specialises in fighting against, to his induction as a full SM, then leading on through some harrowing times in a dev squad, facing gargants and nidzillas and defilers and mutated baneblades; it could be quite exciting really.

This sounds really interesting - keep us informed!

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well actually, i would think hearing about the troubles of a APC driver or Pred gunner to be rather interesting. Especially land speeders, as they would be zooming around, dodging missiles and the like. And then they would crash and the Driver would dive out and save his gunner in the process and then be promoted to the squadron's leader.

thx for feed back :mrgreen:
 

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Anti-Tank all the way. CC is over done and swarm seems a little cliche where-as Anti-Tank is almost never touched on. Driver could be interesting but could also be very very hard to make interesting. Although the land speeder idea could work.
 

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You'd might have to take a flyboy angle to make driver work. rent "the battle for britain" if you don't know what I'm talking about. Anti tank is certainly fun to write about, but can get tedious to read. i.e.

"Brother Damien hefted his missile launcher and fired a krak round at the incoming chaos rhino. The missile flew straight and true, penetrating the foul machine's engines and causing a catastraphic explosion, which flung debris everywhere. Swiftly, he spun and fired another missile screamed towards a predator attempting to sneak up behind the rhino, and blew the turret off of the chaotic abomination. Damien turned, hearing the growl of treads, and stared into down the barrel of a leman russ."

you almost have to pull back and not detail each kill, merely hinting at them instead and passing time quickly, in order to keep the audience interested. I don't know why the kill parade concept doesn't work with vehicles like it does with infantry, but it never seems to click when I read or write a story about an AT guy.
 

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I think it's because it de-personalises it. A 'person' - even if it's an alien (well, maybe not a tyranid) - is still a person. There's gonna be a visceral thrill reading about one person killing another: that's almost what the phrase 'dramatic tension' was invented for. One person 'killing' a big metal box? Inherently less interesting.

One person repeatedly surviving being killed by a succession of ever more elaborate and fiendish metal boxes, while simultaneously constantly risking his neck to save certainly-doomed comrades, however, is much more exciting.

I think you have to concentrate on how small even a Space Marine is on a battlefield of Titans, Baneblades, Gargants etc.

Just an opinion, of course, but I think it makes sense.

Obviously, not a problem to tie this in with being a gunner in a speeder - it would give you a completely new view of the battlefield. A thought - maybe he could become a speeder gunner while injured (not so much walking wounded as sitting down wounded)?

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hm, i think ill write one story about AT and one about Driver and you can choose? How about that.


Here is AT and driver will come soon.

Brother-Scout Septimus regained his consciousness near a crater where an explosion had knocked him out. He jumped to his feet, picking up his shotgun. Almost immediately after getting up a bullet whizzed past his head. He swore to himself, he had already forgotten one of Brother-Sergeant Gerrick’s biggest lessons. Always make a small target. Standing up will cost your life. He remembered. Crouching into a combat stance, he activated his vox, saying, “Brother-Sergeant Gerrick, Brother Septimus reporting sir!” “You lived. Good.” Was his eventual answer, “Rendezvous 4 miles from your position. “
“Yessir!” Septimus sprinted, his newly enhanced skeleton launching him forward in long strides. He had recently been given this implant, and yet he had gotten shot twice this same battle without more than an agonizing wince. Still he knew a shot to the head would be fatal, especially without a helmet. He quickly covered most of the distance still sprinting but he soon tired and was reduced to a combat jog. Bullets flew past him on all directions, but Septimus ignored them. It was one of his greatest traits, his ability to stay calm despite thousands of creatures trying to kill him. He heard something and looked above him. He jumped back just in time as blood crazed orks with crude rockets strapped to their backs. They shot their pistols at him and raised their choppas. Septimus quickly set a slug or two in each their heads and wiping the blood from his face, he continued. He quickly regained his energy and started running once again. He checked his ammo, his had no more than four shots, he would have to scavenge what he could. There was a dead battle-brother a few yards off. Septimus ran up and picked up his weapon. A melta gun. He took a second to test out the buttons and triggers. He picked up the battle brother’s ammo and got on his way again. In the distance he saw the scouts, the smoke as a missile launcher was fired, then a scout would load another missile in. Septimus hurried to, he received a rough greeting from the sergeant. “I see you join us once again to purge the enemies of the Emperor brother-scout,” then he tapped the scout with the missile launcher on the shoulder, directing him at his targets, this time an ork dreadnought. A krak round was loaded in and fired, the dreadnought stumbled backwards, crushing a dozen gretchins.
Brother-Sergeant Gerrick put a finger onto his earpiece, listening to whatever orders he was receiving. “Squad we are needed at the front,” he gestured to Septimus, “I see you have acquired a melta gun. Do you know how to use it? Very well, you are to disable their dreadnought, aim at the legs, dreadnoughts can’t stand on half melted legs.” And with that they moved off. Septimus, being the least experienced in the squad, gulped. As they got closer, the dreadnought got bigger. Up close it looked huge. The scouts around him raised their chainswords, willing to protect Septimus so he could take out the giant war-machine. The orks pounced on them as soon as they neared. The scouts fought bravely but they had no chance against these bloodthirsty beasts. One by one the scouts died until only Septimus and Brother-Sergeant Gerrick remained.
“Ha! You have done well Brother-Scout, but let a veteran show how it’s really done!” Brother-Sergeant Gerrick said and he jumped into the fray, he fought bravely, taking out ork after ork until one gave an underhanded blow to Gerrick and lopped off his head. Septimus was enraged, he threw his body into the mass of orks, spraying pyrum-petrol into the orks. They screamed as they were reduced to bubbling slag. Suddenly he was knocked off his feet by a tremendous force, he managed to hang on to his weapon though and had already started to fire again at the orks closing in on him. Then he swallowed his tongue, there standing above him, was the orkish dreadnought. Aim for the legs. He thought, immediately firing the deadly contents of his melta gun. The dreadnought fell as his foot disappeared into the hot pool of molten chemicals. He rolled over just in time as the dreadnought landed not two inches away from his shoulder. There was an explosion and Septimus was smashed into the side of the dreadnought, making his eyes roll inside his head for the second time that day. His only thought was, No.
 

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on second thought, i cant make the driver really interesting lol. im gonna to AT
 

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I reckon that its boring to just say "anti tank" or "driver". You should begin by looking at all the different kinds of space marine ie chaplain, librarian, techmarine etc. Then after you have chosen the kind of marine you can chose how he goes to war. On the back of a turbo charged bike or with a totally massive heavy bolter?There are many ways to keep the marine moving between ways of combat like in one battle you could have him fight against tau then discover the ruins of a new type of opened topped rhino. If he was a techmarine he could repair it and then the next thing you know hes speeding along on an open topped rhino -heavy bolter in hand- towards a huge ork encampment.

But if I was to make a decent sized novel i'd make it about a ccm. It gives the most crazy options for ways he could have got all his medals and although heaps of people do it there are thousands of things about them that have not been explored yet.
 

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How about a story about a Space Marine Biker? I think the roaring heavy metal thunder of a biker is never uninteresting.
 
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