Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Onorevoli: Terminator Third Squad, The Un-Wolves
Bonus post today.
So. Having spent a few paragraphs these last two days describing the basic philosophical trajectory of the Onorevoli –and specifically how one inside visual joke has since informed the both the iconography and then the mythology of the entire army- today’s post outlines some of the modeling and gameplay repercussions of the way I’ve envisioned this Chapter.
Once I’d placed the Onorevoli on the threshold of heresy (but not yet through the door), once I had begun to think of them as a Chapter somehow blinded by the fanaticism of their own consuming obsession, I was then free to think about some other directions that would be the natural consequence of this insipid misdirection. Specifically, I was free to let my modeling imagination run away with any number of fanciful ideas that could quite easily be brought in under the heretical umbrella. That’s a great place to be for someone like me whose modeling interests are locked in step with more practical gaming concerns. It’s also quite handy when GW releases something as cool as the new Space Hulk game and the new Space Wolf Terminators in the same year.
At one point, I was even tempted to play the Onorevoli as proxy Wolves, but I’ve since abandoned that idea for a few reasons: because I was specifically impressed with the Terminators moreso than I was with the rest of the SW releases, and because of the way they’ve structured SW Scouts. This didn’t gel with one important idea that I had in mind about this Chapter. Namely, I wanted them to be an army of extremes -heavy both in Scouts and in Terminators, but remarkably thin in the everyday Tactical Marine.
Madness. I know. But such is the slippery slope to perdition.
I wanted the Onorevoli to be extreme -not because they were genuinely an Elite strike-force (as with a Deathwing army for example), but rather because the singularity of their obsession had removed any room for gray, mundane marines. The basic Tactical Marine is simply the high cost of constant campaigning and the interminably aggressive pursuit of a single enemy.
Although not in "traditional" Onorevoli orange, you'll still notice the turquoise accent color and the black and godl striping in places that I mentioned previously. These guys, however, have come to represent the dominant warrior-lodge (or cult) within the Onorevoli ranks. They are specifically linked and mentored by a single Librarian, who is responsible for introduction of this cult, and for this major digression from rigid Codex orthodoxy.
As with the second squad from yesterday, these guys are also designed to proxy on a Space Hulk table with relative ease (again, only requiring a Sergeant swap to meet tabletop standards for normal 40K).
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Librarians that act as the nervous system of the entire force, and again on Friday for some more Hailed vs. Hated.