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Using the Fighting Tigers Army List
The Fighting Tigers army list is identical in structure to the standard army list in Codex: Space Marines; the changes you’ll find here are purely stylistic, to reflect the Chapter’s history and traditions. Unless noted in this volume, all of the rules, options, and limitations that apply to a Space Marine army also apply to a Fighting Tigers army. 

Choosing Your Army
When you are choosing your army, you may make choices from the Codex: Space Marines army list, staying within the normal limitations of the Force Organization chart, points value of the battle, etc. 

Fighting Tigers of Veda Organization
The Fighting Tigers do not organize themselves into 10 companies, as do Chapters, like the Ultramarines, who adhere strictly to the Codex Astartes. Instead, to adequately patrol Veda, a large and mostly unsettled planet, the Fighting Tigers divide themselves into two castes, or jatis, one based on each of Veda’s continents, Mahaduyana and Ghuyarashtra. Each jatis is equivalent in size (about 500 Marines, plus attendants) and organization. Each jatis takes its name from its home continent and its markings from the tigers found there. 

Optional Rule: Jatis Mahaduyana emphasizes strength: with your opponent’s permission, an all-Mahaduyanan Fighting Tigers army may replace two of its Fast Attack units with one additional Heavy Support unit.

Optional Rule: Jatis Ghuyarashtra emphasizes speed: with your opponent’s permission, an all-Ghuyarashtran Fighting Tiger army may replace two of its Heavy Support units with one additional Fast Attack unit. 

Of course, as the two jatis almost always work together during off-planet missions, almost all Fighting Tigers armies will include members of both jatis. In these cases, you would use the Force Organization Chart as normal.

The Fighting Tigers further divide each jatis into five sabhas, or associations, of similar warriors, and each sabha names themselves for the ancient Vedic god they venerate. The five sabhas are:
  • Tigers of Indra: Terminator Squads, Sternguard Squads, Vanguard Squads;
  • Tigers of Rudra: Tactical Marine Squads, Land Speeder crews;
  • Tigers of Kali: Assault Marine Squads, Space Marine Bike Squads, and Attack Bike Squads;
  • Tigers of Agni: Devastator Marine Squads, Heavy Support vehicle crews; and,
  • Tigers of Puchan: Scout Squads and Scout Biker Squads.
Thus, within the Fighting Tigers chapter, there are, for example, two sabhas of Tigers of Rudra, one for Jatis Mahaduyana, one for Jatis Ghuyarashtra. Barring casualties, squads within each sabha are of a fixed size and membership, to promote standardization and cohesion. Sabhas contain not only Marines but also the vehicles they use; the Fighting Tigers give each machine larger than a bike a name and consider those vehicles members as well. 

Sabhas are led into battle by tanadars: Captains (called kshatriyas) and their associated Command Squads (called Singh Squads), Librarians, Chaplains, etc. Tanadars exist outside of any sabha, and many of them have a patron god to whom they are dedicated:

  • Tigers of Brihaspati: Librarians;
  • Tigers of Varuna: Chaplains;
  • Tigers of Tvashtri: Master of the Forge and Techmarines; and,
  • Tigers of Savitri: Apothecaries.
The Fighting Tigers prefer to remain isolated from most of the Imperium, maintaining their own fighting traditions. None of the special characters (Marneus Calgar, Kor'sarro Khan, Sergeant Telion, Brother-Sergeant Chronus) or their equivalents in Codex: Space Marines may be taken in a Fighting Tiger army.

The organizational philosophy used by the Fighting Tigers is that sabhas are pools from which leaders can draw upon when assembling a shikar, or campaign army. Unlike Codex Astartes Space Marine Companies, individual sabhas are not intended to effectively operate independently, but by having pools of units, Fighting Tiger kshatriyas can, for example, call upon lots of Assault and Devastator Squads when battling tank armies, or extra Tactical and Veteran units when facing hordes of infantry.

Fighting Tiger squads usually number 5 or 10 members, as the numbers 6, 7, 8, and 9 are favored by the forces of Chaos (Slaanesh, Nurgle, Khorne, and Tzeentch, respectively).

Tigers of Puchan (Scouts), Rudra (Tactical Marines), and Kali (Assault Marines), led by a Tiger of Brihaspati (Librarian)

Excerpt from report by Chief Xenobiomage Gupta to 
Maharaja Shiva Nagordarika, concerning Vedic lifeforms: 
Medical and psychic studies of the native people have confirmed that the tribesmen are the descendants of colonists that came to Regulus Secundus during the Dark Age of Technology. 

Apparently, the colonists brought gene samples and cloning equipment to duplicate Terran bio-forms—dogs, cats, livestock, crops, etc.—intended to help support the colonies. Other Terran lifeforms were cloned as well, perhaps to recreate animal populations extinct on Earth or to control native herbivores that threatened the colonists’ crops. 

The northern, or Mahaduyanan, tigers are most like the tigers of Earth (extinct since the Third Millennium). These animals—the male is orange with black stripes, the female white with black stripes—average 10 ½ feet in length and 850 pounds in weight, though males up to 18 feet and females up to 15 feet have been observed by villagers. 

Dwelling in mated pairs in the jungles, these sabertoothed cats swim and climb well.  Their favorite prey is the babirusa, a tusked, six-legged, heavily armored boar-like omnivore. Mahaduyanan tigers usually wait for their prey in high grass or large trees, then silently pounce, claws and enlarged canines extended, in a boneshattering attack that can easily crack open babirusa shells or even, as a few of your patrols have learned, Space Marine power armor. 

The southern, or Ghuyarashtran, tigers average 8 ½ feet in length and 200 pounds in weight.  Their tails and legs are longer and they lack the heavy jaws and sabretooth fangs of their northern cousins, but the most striking difference is coloration. The male is mustard tan with brown stripes, the female white with brown stripes, perfect for the drier grasslands where they dwell. 

The Ghuyarashtran tigers hunt in pairs at dawn and twilight, the female stampeding herbivores towards the waiting male. These tigers can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour for short bursts. They prey on deer, gazelle, wild pigs and—like the Mahaduyanan tigers—humans.

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Fighting Tiger HQ
Fighting Tiger Elites
Fighting Tiger Troops
Fighting Tiger Fast Attack
Fighting Tiger Heavy Support

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Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
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Last updated December 2008
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