What is clear is that within the Imperial military structure there are nearly as many Special Forces as there are clans.
5x 32mm scale Resin models
5x 30mm bases
Type: Troop (MOW Warlord) or Support (Wolfbane Warlord),
Model count: 5 - 10 per unit
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In the war torn solar system the Imperial Corporation is known for many things: It is known as the Corporation that twice unleashed the Dark Symmetry, it is known for its aggressivemilitary stance and hostile geographical takeovers, its pomp and ceremony, its bureaucracy, its red tape and its sovereignty. Many of the Corporation’s naysayers state it really has nothing of significant note to be proud of, whenever such a statement is made it is quickly extinguished by the example that is the Imperial Special Forces. Superbly trained and fabulously diverse the mperial Special Forces are best characterised by the auspicious Blood Berets and the heavily armoured and infamous Golden Lions, but what is often overlooked is the abundance of privately owned crack (and not so crack) forces; some of these consist of hundreds ofindividuals others may be only a few men and women in size. Some have a long history others are transient or only realised in the last few years. What is clear is that within the Imperial military structure there are nearly as many Special Forces as there are clans. The reason a clan or group of clans sponsors its own Special Force can be as mundane as guarding clan assets, as is the case of the Sterlings which protect the Imperial banking institutions of Axelthorpe-Smythe & Smythe or as a lucrative money making scheme; the Hunters of the Dunsirn can and their Iron Mastiffs provide Venusian big game hunts as team building excursions and party days out to the rich and the Brannagan clan hire out their Azure Lions as medics to anyone able to pay the price. Others, such as the Morgan’s infamous Black Berets are recognised as the best interplanetary boarding craft based anti-Legion force that has ever existed. The Paladine’s Blue Berets and the Righteous Diadems of the Murdoch clan are honorific guards for the senior members of the two powerful clans. Some battalions, such as the Laughton’s Rams, Murray’s Shamrocks and Drougan’s Wild Roses are provided by their respective clans to help defend Imperial against another corporation or the Legion. Others such as the McDonald clan’s Terror Eagles seem to be there as nothing more than a status symbol for the up and coming clan. In recent years the Crusaders and their progeny battalion, the Acid Spitters, have been commissioned specifically
to conquer and defend Ganymede by the corporation itself. Not all the Special Forces have the greater good of Imperial in mind, like the clans themselves, there is a lot of politics and subterfuge involved, to the extent that some forces wear no iconography and appear to act against the Corporation that bore them, for example the O’Laughton’s seemingly insane Golden Panthers appear intent on destroying the Laughton’s
Rams to the detriment of everything else. Blood feuds run very deep in the Laughton clan. Availability of equipment, including armour and weaponry, is very dependent on the financial situation of the clan which owns the Special Force. The Harlequin Guards of the poor McRobert clan wear a mishmash of second-hand armour of different marks, manufacture and colours. Some Forces, such as the Black Berets specifically choose not to use certain equipment because it restricts their effectiveness in their chosen arena of war. Almost all Imperial Special Forces are highly resourceful and trained to survive many weeks in hostile environments. A large contingent of the Murray’s Black Sheep for example, survived on an asteroid when their ship crashed by utilising the contents of a Cybertronic outpost and even successfully defended themselves from a Dark Legion incursion. All in all, the diversity of the Imperial Special Forces, their application, resources and actions are as diverse as the Imperial Corporation itself. Many of the Forces are held in good stead and are considered as something to be proud of by their clan, other battalion’s roles may be more malign or unsavoury. Whatever the clan, the motive, the colour scheme, the theatre of war or the force’s tactics it is more than fair to acknowledge that Imperial would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for the diverse formations collectively known as the Imperial Special Forces.
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