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    If memory serves, the Dark Angels were never “native American” as a standard. Since they’re a fleet-based Chapter, they recruit from multiple different worlds, so they have always been culturally and ethnically quite mixed.
    I also think that the robed monks in monasteries with biblical names like Azrael and Belial was always their thing.

    The aboriginal element came from a short story in the aptly named anthology “Deathwing”, I believe, where a group of Deathwing terminators who had all happened to be recruited from a world that was obviously aboriginally inspired, did some heroic thing. I think they held off to the last man against some Genestealer swarm, if memory serves.

    They had a tradition of painting their faces white before battle, so in honour of them, all future Deahthwing squads painted their armour bone white and took that iconography. It’s why you see the feathers and such pop up on the Deathwing but not on their regular troops.

    I actually think the fleet-based Chapters are interesting in the sense that they would actually have troops from so many different cultures, and amalgamate them into the dominant Chapter traditions. It makes for interesting conversion and painting opportunities, as well as story telling. It’s partly why I think the Deathwatch are such a cool faction.


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    I think it is rather silly to expect a single world / system to only ever have a single culture.



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    Oh, 100%. Just like how silly it is that most worlds have a single climate, a single geography, or a single defining feature. It’s just part of making this kind of sci-fi accessible.

    Imagine if every single world in 40k had to be as diverse and vast in scope as our own world? It’d be impossible to even keep track of. In 40k, “countries” are replaced by “planets”.

    I always used to laugh when they’d write that “8 Million Guardsmen alone couldn’t hold the planet!”, meanwhile like… one country in ONE war on our planet lost that many soldiers, and somehow those guardsmen are supposed to subjugate an entire planet?

    It sounds ‘big’ until you actually think about it. Heck… how are 1000 Ultramarines currently fighting every major war in the storyline? 10% of their number would be occupied just piloting the ships that take them around, another 10% flying the dropships… they’d run out of boots on the ground really fast.

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