Incoming: Stellan Hoplites



Hey Guys,

Here's the cover art of the upcoming Codex: Stellan Hoplites.A WIP document written by myself for recreational and professional purposes. If you dig them up out of the homebrew rules section on the BoLS Lounge you'll know these guys are a rather unique twist on Inquisitorial Storm Troopers. Specialized and elite the Stellans are, in game-play terms, an off-shoot of the Imperial Guard in much the same way as Space Wolves or Blood Angels are products of the Space Marine 'umbrella' codex. 

What I'm hoping to create is a race that does not enjoy any of the brute force organic enhancements common to space marines and other super soldier 'archetypes'. The Stellans, equal in prowess to the elite Storm Trooper regiments are nevertheless human with all the faults and shortcomings that suggests. 

However human beings can be surprisingly divergent - especially when left to the devious machinations of a wayward Lord Inquistor to whom the Adeptus Mechanicus owe a favor of some magnitude. The Stellans have more going for them even than their high-tech wargear and fierce disposition might suggest. Covert and mysterious a secret that would damn a whole world to extinction is hidden within the heart of every Hoplite. A weapon whose true potential shall forever be indeterminable but whose obvious power has the madman Inquisitor grinning in anticipation.

There are several themes I've attempted to build into the Stellans to make them more palatable and to give them authenticity and depth. I know the Greek theme has been done to death but hopefully this time it will be done right since it will have been done by an actual Greek. Also my fascination with space travel has made me add a 'star' theme (hence 'Stellans') which I hope will be more 'romantic' and more subtle than Angry Blood Vampires shooting Blood bullets from guns in their Blood Fists. Finally the enigmatic powers that drive the Stellans would not be complete without someone to personify them: The Lady Enchantress is a character based on a mixture of religious figures from mythology with a great deal of inspiration coming from my beautiful wife. 

In game terms the Stellans will play like a mixture of Imperial Guard and Eldar. They are fast and hard-hitting but fragile and unforgiving in the hands of a novice. More than anything I wanted them to be specialized in close-quarters shooting and mobility with melee capabilities if the player is careful in choosing his battles. Synergy is not as important in a Stellan army as each unit should be able to handle almost any target. This will favor players that are bold and good at calculating risks. Often I find that units I've written off as lost will overcome all the odds returning to play a pivotal role in the endgame. This is because I've endeavored to make every model a significant one unlike regular GW codecies that make each squad feel like a meltagun with ablative wounds.

Balancing is still taking place and so the full codex is still some months away. However, I wanted to put this teaser out there and see how people feel about this third part rules-source. The primary objective is not only to match but to surpass GW codex quality with this release and show my fellow gamers just what we can do from home to enhance our hobby. I don't want this to degenerate into a "you'll never be able to use this in a tournament so it's useless debate." There'll be a time for that later. Rather I'd like some comments on the cover art and the idea in general. I'll add a link to older work on the Stellans but keep in mind that all unit entries have been re-done and many are completely different.


- Atrotos


P.S. Posting this stuff elsewhere too so I apologize if you've already seen it.

Comments

Master Bryss said…
Lucky for you, if I want to use my Angels of Secrecy in a gaming store I must do so in...well, secret. Helps that they're divergent Marines.

That lighting is how I want the new Necron codex art to be lit.
Atrotos said…
@Tomek:

Maybe I should move to Poland. That sounds like fun.

@Bryss:

Are homebrew rules not allowed where you are?
Master Bryss said…
If I use custom stuff I usually have to do it on my own gaming table (or a friends). The closest gaming store to where I live is GW Aberdeen, and although some of the staff (especially the manager) are quite lenient (so long as the models are GWs or scratchbuilds), some aren't. It's a huge game of deception but the tables are pretty good.
Big Jim said…
Looking and sound great so far Atrotos.

Balancing can be one of the biggest bugbears of homebrew design; with the problem being compounded by the poor playtesting and unit design in some of the official GW books.

One word of advice from one fandex designer to another. Quadruple check that all the entries are the most up to date versions and match both the unit and army list entries identically.

I'm working on a one page errata for my Soul Reapers, as I had too many working documents on my computer and copy and pasted a few entries with slightly wrong info from an earlier version.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing more!

-Jim
I love the cover. Sorry, no, I LOVE the cover. <3
Atrotos said…
@Bryss:

Warhammer 5th ed. rulebook, page 87 paragraph titled "Non-Standard Missions". The book tells you to break the rules. The 4th ed. text even suggested writing your own codex. There is simply no grounds for disallowing custom rules.

@Big Jim:

It's great to have your input on this project. The Soul Reapers Codex is really what inspired me to take homebrew to the next level and give it that 'professional' sheen. I hope I can enjoy the same success.

@ TKE:

If you think the cover is exciting you won't believe the contents... ;)
I love the cover. Sorry, no, I LOVE the cover. <3
Big Jim said…
Looking and sound great so far Atrotos.

Balancing can be one of the biggest bugbears of homebrew design; with the problem being compounded by the poor playtesting and unit design in some of the official GW books.

One word of advice from one fandex designer to another. Quadruple check that all the entries are the most up to date versions and match both the unit and army list entries identically.

I'm working on a one page errata for my Soul Reapers, as I had too many working documents on my computer and copy and pasted a few entries with slightly wrong info from an earlier version.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing more!

-Jim
Joost said…
this is awesome, but I have one comment, I can't tell the which unit belongs to which class (HQ, Elite, Troops, Fast Attack and Heavy Support.
Atrotos said…
There's no FOC selection - options are limited only by the number of Stellan Hoplites you include. 

i'm glad you liked it!