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16 Sep 2018 8:46 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 5:38 a.m. PST

There will be cake.

Science Fiction, not Special Forces (though there may be some overlap).


Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 5:59 a.m. PST

Herbert's Dune---the Fremen
Not that the movie was any good, but in my mind a whole division of troops shouting Muad'dib into the voice weapons would be just too cool

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 6:28 a.m. PST

Falkenburg's Mercenary Legion.
1st runners-up: the Dorsai.
2nd runners-up: the Covenanters.

Huscarle06 Sep 2018 6:29 a.m. PST

Another vote for Falkenberg's Legion

Oberlindes Sol LIC06 Sep 2018 6:37 a.m. PST

@Random Die Roll: The weirding way didn't involve sonic weapons in the book (books, I guess -- I only read the first one).

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART06 Sep 2018 6:43 a.m. PST

Fremen were all blade and Maula pistols. A couple of centuries later, things changed. Anyways, the infantry components of 'Hammer's Slammers' is pretty interesting.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 7:00 a.m. PST

Heinlien's Starship Troopers. Not the ones from those awful movies from which Mongoose produced figures.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 7:03 a.m. PST

I second starship troopers from the book. After that GW space marines.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 7:17 a.m. PST

Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers. They're iconic even if they don't usually hit what they aim at.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

Lieutenant-Colonel Anton "The Variag" Vereshchagin and his command, the 1st Battalion, 35th Imperial Infantry, from Frezza's A Small Colonial War.

And Heinlein's M.I.

charles popp06 Sep 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

Imperial Marines from Traveller. Your players know they messed up when the red Battledress guys show up

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 8:17 a.m. PST

3rd real starship trooper in ape suit.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 8:51 a.m. PST

Ouch! Embarrassing for an old Heinlein fan, but I forgot the M.I. Certainly a good pick.

tomrommel106 Sep 2018 8:58 a.m. PST

Gaunt's Ghosts

Micman Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 10:16 a.m. PST

Falkenberg's Legion

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

I second Micman.

Personal logo TheWhiteDog Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

From books: Hammer's Slammers

From Movies/TV: I love the look of the MCRN and MMC from The Expanse. The shipboard marines especially look very near-future to me.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 11:03 a.m. PST

From a miniatures standpoint, the GZG, 15mm, UNSC Hardsuit Marines, since they look to me like Traveller Imperial Marines.

Followed closely by the Light, UNSC troops.

The marines from The Expanse look very similar to them as well.

For light troops, the Marines from Aliens, as shown above.

emckinney06 Sep 2018 6:18 p.m. PST

Zhodani power armor infantry from Traveller, with the weird helmet that split down the middle and hinge out to the sides.

The reason for this design is one of the brilliant touches of Traveller world-building.

Calico Bill06 Sep 2018 7:19 p.m. PST

The Fifth Foreign Legion from the books by Andrew & William Keith.

Lion in the Stars06 Sep 2018 7:41 p.m. PST

Gotta start with Heinlein's Mobile Infantry.
A fun second is the troops from Jay Posey's Outriders series.
Third is probably Hammer's Slammers.
I don't remember the Imperial Legions showing up in any of the Eldraeverse stories yet, but they would also fit in nicely.

Visual media:
For sheer iconic stature, definitely SW Stormtroopers, but the Clone Troopers are much more competent.
Then the MCRN Marines from The Expanse.

If we're getting to game settings:
Well, the big Heavy Infantry from Infinity: Azrail, Al-Fassed, Yan Huo, Daiyokai, Taskmaster ESWAST, Kriza Boracs, and Sogarat.
I also like a lot of the regular power armored troops from Infinity, but the Silhouette 5 troops tend to look cooler. And a lot more imposing.

Forager06 Sep 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

Star Wars stormtroopers and Aliens colonial marines.

chuck05 Fezian06 Sep 2018 8:36 p.m. PST

I like the Junkers from Void

Vigilant07 Sep 2018 5:02 a.m. PST

Heinlein's MI. Star Wars Stormtroopers, Hammers Slammers. GZG's Stargrunt series. The Mongoose Starships Troopers figures are great sci-fi figures and the animated series was pretty good, shame they couldn't afford to finish it.

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

I liked the design of the infantry in Verhoeven's Starship Troopers. While not at all a representation of the MI from Heinlein's novel, the armour went on to be re-used in Firefly for the Alliance soldiers.


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

Call me biased but I like the Space Gorilla Force.


Outlaw Tor07 Sep 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

After Mantic, I have a preference for AT-43…prepainted variety.

jefritrout07 Sep 2018 2:27 p.m. PST

Second vote for Dorsai – though how to represent them is another matter.

John Leahy07 Sep 2018 5:54 p.m. PST

Yeah, I liked Colonial Marines, Movie Starship Troopers (book were tactical nuke launcher suits), Clone Troopers and Storm Troopers. I also like the Planet of the Apes Gorilla Army. I love the Slammers. But they aren't really an infantry force. Fifth Foreign Legion are also cool! Love those books.

Hamilton07 Sep 2018 6:27 p.m. PST

I like the Legion from the William Dietz Legion of the Damned series. I've been meaning to do them in 15mm for a long time.

Oberlindes Sol LIC07 Sep 2018 10:42 p.m. PST

This is a tough one. I guess that overall I'll vote for the Zhodani Consular Guard.

Those cool clamshell helmets:


Grav robots:


Available in 25mm (ignore the bipedal robots):


And all Consular Guard troops are psionic adepts!

zircher08 Sep 2018 5:42 p.m. PST

Still partial to Warframes, even if they are more space ninja than standard infantry.


Lion in the Stars09 Sep 2018 8:05 p.m. PST

There's a pretty good argument that any 'space marines' (or whatever you call them, 'espatier' seems to be the other leading candidate) will be more like space ninjas (or covert operations troops) than WW2 ground invasion marines.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

There's a pretty good argument that any 'space marines' (or whatever you call them, 'espatier' seems to be the other leading candidate) will be more like space ninjas (or covert operations troops) than WW2 ground invasion marines.

In 40K lore, Space Marines are indeed the elite special forces of mankind, genetically engineered supersoldiers without equal. Their latest offshoot, the towering "Primaris" space marines, are even more so.

The basic space infantry in the 40K universe is the so-called "Astra Militarum," formerly known as the Imperial Guard.

Lost Wolf10 Sep 2018 2:50 p.m. PST

I like Starship Troopers from the cartoon.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 5:20 p.m. PST




British Light Infantry

1st Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment

David Johansen12 Sep 2018 5:43 p.m. PST

Dorsai would dress much the same as the units they're commanding. The real indicator of their presence is the string of victories.

magical monstrous steve14 Sep 2018 4:06 p.m. PST


Legion 415 Sep 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

Hammers' Slammers of course ! My Slammer Grunts …


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 6:07 p.m. PST



BattleTech, Clan Elementals

P.S. You forgot to put the thread title in the form of a Poll suggestion!

Sargonarhes17 Sep 2018 5:17 p.m. PST

Imperial Panzer Grenadiers of the Lohengramm Dynasty.

Unlike the Empire in star wars, these guys actually win.
Sieg Kaiser Reinhard! Sieg neu Reich!


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2018 5:43 p.m. PST

40k Marines in Mk6 armor w/ Beakie helmets.

Runners up: 30k Marines in Mk4 armor with Sarum Pattern helmet.

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