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Old 16 Oct 2007, 23:24   #1 (permalink)
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Ok everyone, hands up who has an organized background story for their army?

Hmmm a couple of you, good. But to those who don't I ask in all seriousness

'WHY THE HELL NOT?????'

Ok, so background, especially writing it, isn't everyones cup of tea. Just like not everyone fancies Cathrine Zeta Jones something rotten (again I might ask why the hell not!). But let me ask you another question.... when you fight are you pushing just fancy pieces of plastic around or are you using Space Marines vs Chaos, or Eldar vs Tau? Because if you are you are using the background. Thats right, just by using your races/factions name you are participating in a battle that fits the 40k fluff.

If thats the case, why not just use the background given in the codex's and be done with it, none of this sitting in front of a computer writing out your chapters/craftworld/Waaaghs history malarky?

The answer is simple. It gives you something unique, and it flavours your battles with far more interest than you had before.

Until now I had been in the non-background camp. Don't get me wrong, I always loved the fluff, and my Alpha Legion force just used the background for Alpha Legion and did nothing else. All was fine with the world and I didn't want anything else from my hobby, or so I thought.

Along came a friend of mine who was starting a campaign in my (then) local gaming club, much along the lines of Medusa. But an entry requirement was you submitted between 1 and 5 pages of fluff about your army.

So I got writing, only the briefest of pages, and handed it in, thinking that was it as far as I was concerned. I had a splinter company name for my Alpha Legion, the names of a couple of prominent commanders and a brief organisation set up... wouldn't interfere with my gaming what so ever.

I was wrong.

Just by having that page my games took on a whole new light. No longer was I just fighting a mechanized Imperial Guard army, my tech hungry Lord Shannow was trying to capture a tech priest to torture him for information. No longer would my terminators be happy to sit back and rain down fire, with the ancient Lord Cassius leading them they were hungry for close combat. I hadn't planned either of these things before the battle but as soon as i was fighting I saw my characters out there like they were in a story and started acting them as they would act themselves. Cassius did attack and capture a bunker, Shannow did send in his chosen to get that tech priest (he is too much of a coward to do it himself). I was basing actual tactical decisions on what my character would do if he were real!

And you know what?

It was much more fun.

40K at that point changed completely for me. Though I was never a tactical genius or a powergamer I did approach every game like I used to approach a game of chess (I used to play competitively), planning all moves, thinking clearly and dispassionately. Heck, I might even have had a khornate lord doing some shooting if I thought it was for the best! But one thing all that lacked for me was scope. The Warhammer 40k universe is a vast place, and just fighting battle after battle wears a bit thin. I didn't realize it at the time but I was looking for something, something that I could make an impact with.

So my army, the Triumvirate, a Alpha Legion splinter group, were formed. Now I had my vehicle to wreck havoc in the Imperium. Now I had a reason for my battles.

Now I am not saying that by writing a armies background you will gain such a massive epiphany as I did. And I am definitely not saying that you should base tactical decisions on your armies fluff (though if you only play for fun, try it, its a very liberating experience). What i am saying, be your a win at all costs powergamer, a happy go lucky bloke who likes the occasional game or a die hard campaigner, is that you will get much more satisfaction from your army with fluff in place.

It gives you a connection. No scrap that, it gives you a number of connections. It connects you to your commander, to your army, to your race. It connects you to the 40k universe, it gives you reasons as to why you are fighting this battle, this mission. It spawns new missions, home grown missions, gives you a chance to play with home grown special characters and units. It tailors the 40k universe to what YOU want it to be.

And all this can come from just 1 to 5 pages of writing.

So I ask you again, if you haven't got fluff written for your army, why the hell not?
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 00:20   #2 (permalink)
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*Raises hand* I have one!

It took me a while to get it all together, but I finally have some basic background fluff for my SM chapter. I agree, it is very helpful for giving a "purpose" to your battles.

And I love my battlecry, especially when I drop multiple tac squads in from orbit. ;D
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 01:05   #3 (permalink)
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I have written fluff for my Eldar army, but none for my Tau or Chaos.

Here's a cut and paste job of my fluff:


Farseer Marchias leads the force.

Vanelle the shadowseer leads her Harlequins since the death of the troupe's master.

The Wind Riders and Sky Tamers ride forth into battle on their jetbikes.

Denalden's Spiders use hit and run tactics to distract the enemy.

The heavy guns of Thunder and Lightning march closer to the enemy on their wraithbone legs.

During his travels of the threads of fate, Farseer Marchias of Ulthwe viewed the paths of many different craftworlds, exodite worlds, and maiden worlds. While viewing the threads of the exodite world known as Anaris, named for Vaul's blade, he found something interesting. The warriors of that particular world would play a vital role in the final battle against Chaos. However, currently they had little to no military. The only real combat they had seen was skirmishing against a nearby Tau outpost, that the planet now had a non-aggression pact with.
Marchias informed his superiors of the importance of this world, telling them that Ulthwe would have to lead them in their militarization. Though Ulthwe lacked in their number of aspect warriors, they sent the teachers they could. Realizing that still wasn't enough Marchias contacted Biel-Tan.
The Exarchs of Biel-Tan were reluctant to leave their posts to train Exodites when their skills could be used in battle. The Farseers of Biel-Tan, upon tracing the futures of Anaris, convinced the Exarchs that their legacy would help crush Chaos when the time came.
Marchias led the expedition to Anaris, becoming the planet's head farseer. Several years into his tenure a troupe of Harlequins appeared from the world's Webway gate. They too had learned of Anaris' role and had come to teach its people of the corruption of Chaos.
Now the residents of Anaris have begun training to prepare for their moment of greatness...

My army will have many guardian jetbikes accompanied by swift aspects. This is because Marchias was a shing spear prior to being a farseer.
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 02:06   #4 (permalink)
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I have fluff for all my armies and names for pretty much all my squads have names, a few are as follows:

Captain Vash Thalion of the Ultramarines 7th Company
Veteran Sergeant Tyriel of the 1st Tactical Squad
Veteran Sergeant Oscelo of the 2nd Tactical Squad

Captain Balthier Vincati of the Raven Guard 3rd Company
Veteran Sergeant Bailien of the 1st Veteran Assault Command Squad
Veteran Sergeant Farian of the 2nd Veteran Assault Squad
Veteran Sergeant Armand of the 3rd Veteran Assault Squad

Epistolary Captain Icarus of the Blood Ravens 5th Company
Epistolary Faustus Dorar of the Blood Ravens 5th Company

Captain Kharavahn Stonefist of the Imperial Fists 1st Company
Master of Sanctity Philanthos Soren of the 1st Company
Senior Epistolary Tassadar Valentine of the 1st Company

Company Master Tyriel of the Dark Angels 6th Company
Veteran Sergeant Anahel of Command Squad Anahel, 6th Company

Grand Master Alexian
Brother Captain Aurelius
Justicar Sigismund
Justicar Torvald
Justicar Bailien

Shas'O Ximoro'An of the Or'es Shi Cadre
Shas'el Ren'va

Indeed having names and background for your army gives them a unique feel. Shas'O Ximoro'An excels at gunning down Space Marine officers and commanders, Captain Balthier Vincati uses lighting raids to lure the enemy into ambushes where he leads his Assault Squads through the skies to tear apart the foes of the Emperor in bloody combat. Captain Icarus lays careful ambushes and meticulous defences against his foes, carefully picking apart his foes before rushing in to finish them off piecemeal and so on and so forth. Each army I build is constructed around a particular style, and that style is exemplefied through the commander and as the army grows and it's accomplishments mount up the style becomes more defined and unique.
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 04:03   #5 (permalink)
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The only fluff I'll write was for the campaign.

Besides that, I'm probably not going to. Why? Because I see WH40k as a tabletop wargame. Some people may enjoy making fluff, stories, whatever suits you, but this is a wargame in my eyes. I don't make fluff about Black's motives to topple White's king; it's just an objective of the game. That or play to a draw if I can't win. 40k is much the same to me. I have my forces, and they're going to play against yours, and I'll put up one hell of a fight! I hope you'll give me the same courtesy, or else it'll be a boring game.

Sorry about meandering there, but I can't think of any way else to explain it. I just don't see the point of making up fluff for a wargame...
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 07:39   #6 (permalink)
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The only fluff I'll write was for the campaign.

Besides that, I'm probably not going to. Why? Because I see WH40k as a tabletop wargame. Some people may enjoy making fluff, stories, whatever suits you, but this is a wargame in my eyes. I don't make fluff about Black's motives to topple White's king; it's just an objective of the game. That or play to a draw if I can't win. 40k is much the same to me. I have my forces, and they're going to play against yours, and I'll put up one hell of a fight! I hope you'll give me the same courtesy, or else it'll be a boring game.

Sorry about meandering there, but I can't think of any way else to explain it. I just don't see the point of making up fluff for a wargame...
Except it's more than just a wargame it's a "hobby" in general. No you don't give a name to "Black King" and "White King" in chess but then again you didn't assemble and paint chess pieces. Giving an army a backstory makes it more than just Force A and Force B, it makes it more than just a bunch of pieces of plastic, backstory makes the army YOUR army. Makes it unique and personal. That doesn't stop anyone from playing to win, just cause my Raven Guard Captain has a name isn't going to stop him from tearing a bloody swath through anything that gets in his way, nor is it going to stop the rest of the force from performing just as well. The only difference is that now it's the Raven Guard 3rd Company fighting back the hideous tides of chaos filth, instead of just "Random Marine army versus Random Chaos army take 1."

For instance I played a game with my Ultramarines versus Thousand Sons on a snow field. On Turn 2 I had a Greater Daemon of Tzeentch rampage through the lines of my Ultramarines 7th Company and Horrors of Tzeentch attacked my Captain, killing his bodyguard and wounding him before he could rush to the aid of his men. As the Daemon cleaved apart multiple marines a turn the Thousand Sons approached the combat warily, waiting for the Daemon to inflict as much punishment as possible before the Rubric Marines had to brave the burried power fists wielded by my Veteran Sergeants Tyriel and Oscelo. That hesitation was their undoing. Captain Thalion cleaved apart the horrors and stormed up the hill to join the fray, the combined might of Sergeants Oscelo and Tyriel and Captain Thalion cut down the Greater Daemon. Angered at the sudden turn more than twenty Daemons and the last 8 Rubric Marines charged into the fray against six Ultramarines, out of over 40 that had started the battle. Outnumbered, outgunned and facing certain doom (which meant I should have logically conceded) but instead the Ultramarines stood their ground against the hated Heretics and the vile Daemons, and with blessed blade and holy bolter they fought. Two turns later when the last blow had fallen four Ultramarines stood on the blood slick slope, the bodies of dozens of Daemons and Chaos Marines littering the field around them and not a living enemy in sight. A glorious victory for the sons of Guilliman!

Now that is a whole lot more interresting than blue painted marines having a lucky win against random chaos army.
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 08:18   #7 (permalink)
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Fluff for my armies and characters?
What makes you belive anyone would...

"Raises hand".

You bet I got fluff for them all! Fluff rules the 40K world! Canoness Mirjam bashes the traitors with her sisters from the Order of the Lily, son to be Order of the Amaranth. ;D

Trafalgar, to each his own, but WHFB and 40K are so much more than common wargames. They are a world of their own. IF I was only interested in the aspects you speak about, a WAAC aspect, then I would not play 40K but only play Boardgames or historical miniature games.
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I fluff my armies out, immensely.

I'd have to dig my Tau one out, but my Eldar:
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Zaineth-Tril lit: the broken sword.


The name of this craftworld can be loosly translated into Broken Sword, named for the the god-blade Anaris. While it was Faolchu who brought Anaris to Eldanesh, legend has it that it was this craftworld that brought the broken blade to Vaul, to be reforged into Anaris for the final battle. During the fall, Zaineth-Tril was on the borders of Eldar space, trading with a number of Exodite worlds when the fall occured. Because of this, they did not suffer as badly as craftworlds that were closer to the epicentre of the empire, and remained relatively unscathed. Zaineth-Tril is a lot smaller than most craftworlds, but has so far never been encountered by ships of the Imperium, so this cannot be verified. Oddly, the Tau seem to have met this craftworld before, which would put its position somewhere near their Empire, but this has never been verified.

The seers of this world number in the few, and only the largest of wars warrant a Farseer's presence on the battlefield, normally, an Autarch will lead their warriors to war. The reliance on Guardians that most craftworlds have is not shared by
Zaineth-Tril - rather, they look to their many Dire Avengers to take the place of Guardians, and making use of many of the aspects for their soldiers.

The craftworlds elders and seer council follow the same line of thinking as that of great Biel-Tan, that is, the reclamation of the Eldar realm by drenching the galaxy in the blood of the cruder races, and while peaceful and willing to trade with a lower race, are quick to take offence, and once angered, will not back down.

The craftworld is ruled by a Seer Council, where the greatest of their Farseers debate the strands of fate, and guide their world throught the void. They are attended by Autarchs, who advise them in matters of war, and military, and are typically seen leading the armies of Zaineth-Tril. Unusually, many of the Farseers are female, while Eldar culture places few differences between the genders, it can be noted that very few male farseers attain the rank of Seer Council, although the reasons for this are not known

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Autarch Kiardras
Long ago, Autarch Kiardras was a master craftsman, before walking the path of the warrior. He fought many campaigns as a Striking Scorpion, specialising in stealth assaults. He led an expedition to the crone worlds and found a long lost Eldar artifact, a wrist mounted weapon called the OriosaLir, or Starheart (fusion gun). Now, as an Autarch of Zaineth-Tril, he leads the armies of the craftworld to war, as their supreme Autarch. A master of both ship to ship war, and battlefield strategy, he has fought for over 800 years, mastering all aspects of war.


BattleSeer Lir-Anastari
Lir-Anastari is one of the best known Farseers of Zaineth-Tril, as she leads many armies into battle to reclaim the lost eldar empire. She is young, in Eldar terms, and were it not for her great control over her abilities, she would not be allowed to be leading the armies of Zaineth-Tril. It seems to be a mircale that she was able to attain the position of Battleseer. Were it not for time and again returning victorious, she would surely be removed from position, as she takes a great many risks, risks Zaineth-Tril cannot afford to lose. She typically carries into battle a potent witch blade called the Larstil-Lyeath, or the Sword of Despair. This artifact was fashioned by the founder of her line, many millenia ago, and is typically wielded by the eldest son of the house. Many question her carrying such a powerful weapon and breaking tradition, but since the destruction of her line by the Despoiler, leaving only Lir-Anastari, it has been left to her to wield this weapon, and represent her line in the Seer Council, whether she is ready or not.
And now, instead of an Autarch attacking an enemy squad, I have the tactiurn Kiardras leading his Scorpions into assault, whilst the young and reckless Lir-Anastari smashes the enemy down with incredible psychic powers.

Its the same for my Tau - Sub-Commander Ad'Rya was (killed) injured against necrons, and as a result had to spend time in a hospital because of the neural feedback from the wounds her suit sustained.

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I agree. Fluffing out an army, while not needed adds a whole new dimension to the game. It ceases to be Army A vs Army B, and becomes the epic war between Farseer Taldeer and Chaplain Cassius (for example), as they vow to destroy their hated enemy, each fight leaving one with the upper hand until the other can exact vengeance for what they did.

Great post, OP, makes a very good point.
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 09:15   #9 (permalink)
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I write fluff for my armies, but only starting it seriously during the beginning of this year. . Before writing any fluff, it is just like playing a game of Starcraft multiplayer, where there is nothing unique save for the fact that my army is coloured differently than the rest. But after some while I feel that my models need something more to make them even more unique, and thus the fluff comes in.

Needless to say, I have used some fluff and I have abandoned some fluff. After some while I have finalized the fluff for all three 40k armies of mine, and now when I played with them, I feel like I am playing in an RPG than a simple, mindless kill'em all game.For some unknown reason, I always noticed that if you write a fluff, you will have less tendency to powergame. But that is just me anyway.

To be honest, I believed that I am one of the only two people who writes fluff for their armies at my gaming store.
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For instance I played a game with my Ultramarines versus Thousand Sons on a snow field. On Turn 2 I had a Greater Daemon of Tzeentch rampage through the lines of my Ultramarines 7th Company and Horrors of Tzeentch attacked my Captain, killing his bodyguard and wounding him before he could rush to the aid of his men. As the Daemon cleaved apart multiple marines a turn the Thousand Sons approached the combat warily, waiting for the Daemon to inflict as much punishment as possible before the Rubric Marines had to brave the burried power fists wielded by my Veteran Sergeants Tyriel and Oscelo. That hesitation was their undoing. Captain Thalion cleaved apart the horrors and stormed up the hill to join the fray, the combined might of Sergeants Oscelo and Tyriel and Captain Thalion cut down the Greater Daemon. Angered at the sudden turn more than twenty Daemons and the last 8 Rubric Marines charged into the fray against six Ultramarines, out of over 40 that had started the battle. Outnumbered, outgunned and facing certain doom (which meant I should have logically conceded) but instead the Ultramarines stood their ground against the hated Heretics and the vile Daemons, and with blessed blade and holy bolter they fought. Two turns later when the last blow had fallen four Ultramarines stood on the blood slick slope, the bodies of dozens of Daemons and Chaos Marines littering the field around them and not a living enemy in sight. A glorious victory for the sons of Guilliman!

Now that is a whole lot more interresting than blue painted marines having a lucky win against random chaos army.
I have to admit, writing a background sounds silly, until you read something like that.
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