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Fighting Tigers Black Ops

Fighting Tiger Black Ops: Introduction  by James Arnold

Make no mistake, Heretic. You may hide yourself in the darkest corners of the galaxy, surrounded by incomprehensible layers of the Warp. You may seal yourself away behind miles of rockcrete, with ten thousand men to protect your worthless hide. You may do as you wish, for it is of no consequence to me. Simply know that you are being watched. And, when the time is right, I will end you. 

--Note found on the body of a fallen Chaos Cultist during the Aruna Incursion, 6 weeks prior to the death of Chaos Sorcerer Gelnath

The entire idea for this project began with a thought that many of the more popular Space Marine chapters are a bit too showy for their own good sometimes. One can hardly expect a group of Imperial Fist Scouts to do a very good job of sneaking around with those nice bright yellow and red colors just begging someone to notice them. Granted, this is just a game and nothing has to be ultra-realistic, but I couldn't help but think a Space Marine squad would look great, and indeed unique, with some harder- edged colors. 

While this may not be a treatment that someone would want to use on an entire chapter, I thought it would be interesting to experiment with this different color scheme on a group of Marines who specialize in infiltration and concealment. The Imperial Fists, Ultramarines, Dark Angels: all would be excellent candidates. But when I think disappearing into the wilderness, I think of the Fighting Tigers

In the dark and wild jungles of Veda, a well-trained warrior could conceal him or herself for days on end, with no fear of discovery. Indeed, even a native inhabitant of the planet could outmaneuver a highly-trained adversary given the right circumstances. Scouts are a natural choice for this type of concealed exercise, but all Scouts who live to become full Space Marines retain the memory of those days spent hiding in the shadows, waiting for the moment to strike. It stands to reason that, as time progresses, some Marines continue to train in the art of stealth, and those who last to the honored title of Veteran have finally honed their skills to the point where they can conceal themselves even in the bulky ceramite of full Marine armor. 

Though not as strict as some of the more fanatical loyalist chapters, the Fighting Tigers are honorable warriors on the battlefield. However, there is nothing dishonorable about attacking an exposed flank or a vulnerable unit. As Kenton has repeatedly pointed out, mobility is a key issue in this game. A squad specializing in infiltration would be an ace in the hole, able to assault very early on, and prepared for almost any situation. I envision such a squad like so:

  • Sergeant w/ Terminator honors, power fist, bolt pistol, combat shield, frag grenades; 
  • Veteran w/ lightning claws, frag grenades;
  • Veteran w/ meltagun, frag grenades; and
  • Three Veterans w/ bolt pistols, close combat weapons, frag grenades.
  • All have Infiltrate
This team has been designed with sheer close-combat brutality in mind. The power fist carried by the Sergeant means that not only will the average unit be flattened by the attack, but even some of the largest creatures and vehicles have something to worry about. Speaking of vehicles, the meltagun in the squad can be devastating if ignored, and usually guarantees an instant kill against infantry as well. The three bolt pistol/ccw Marines help to fill out the squad's close combat ability, and the whole deal is tied together nicely with a pair of lightning claws. A power weapon would suffice, but what kind of Tigers squad would this be without a pair of proper claws?

Over the following months, I will be writing a story about one of these Fighting Tiger units that have become Veterans. I will also provide articles detailing the construction for a figure of one of the characters in the story itself. 

If you’re interested in creating a similar unit, with distinctive models and well-defined characters, for your army, follow this series. 

  • Chapter 1--Sergeant Janhavi Vera goes home and finds horror
  • Chapter 2--More visitors arrive as Sergeant Janhavi returns to Genja
  • Chapter 3--The Fighting Tiger Black Ops strike
  • Chapter 4--The Fighting Tiger Black Ops meet the man in blue--and his bodyguard
  • Chapter 5--The Fighting Tiger Black Ops and the Ultramarines face a new foe
  • Ajay--Two lightning claws, all attitude: how I built him
  • Kamal--A simple head swap and an interesting color scheme
  • Dahana--My first female Marine
  • Hadin--Kamal's brother, and some advice on painting
  • Maya--The next female Marine, and tips on coverting by painting
  • Janhavi--The born leader
Related Pages
Codex: Fighting Tigers--Veterans
Tactics for Fighting Tiger Veterans
Gallery of Fighting Tiger Veterans

Posted March 2006. Used with permission.


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