As you might have seen, I am working on a new army. I am giving anything above corporal (so starting at sergeant) their full rank. I.e captain Vorlitz gets Cpt. Vorlitz on his base, Lieutenant Kurn has Lt. Kurn on his base, etc etc.
Now my question is as follows: I finished up a mini to serve as an Officer of the Fleet, and want to give him rank and name. What rank does an Officer of the Fleet hold? I've been looking at the Lexicanum but it doesn't say much about that. My gut says it's a junior officer but as I said, nothing decisive.
For the fluff I also came up with a character that's a friend to captain Vorlitz (leader of the CCXXVIIth in medium-scale conflicts) called Olan Victrius. What rules should I use for him? Is the Witch Hunter or Daemonhunter addition still alive with the newest codex or not?
In regards to the officer of the fleet, I'd go with Lieutenant (or first lieutenant if you're American and therefor don't know how to organise your naval rank structure), its the equivalent of a Guard Captain (or so I would presume based on modern rank structure and how its reflected within 40k.)
High enough in rank to bring together different sections of a force to serve his purpose. Not such a high rank as to be needed aboard ship at all times. Perfect.
Not sure on question number 2.
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You signed up just to help little old me out? Well, that's better than the time somebody signed up just to call my painting something nasty. Thanks, guys. I wonder, though, whether there's a title I can give the guy to distinguish him from Kurn, leader of my sentinel squad, who is also a lieutenant.
I might go with one of these:
Flag-Lieutenant or Lord-Lieutenant is the highest Lieutenant rank in the Navy, and may be the second in command of a ship.[10c] First Lieutenant[10c] Second Lieutenant[10c] Third Lieutenant[10c] Sub-Lieutenant or Ensign is the most junior Lieutenant rank.[10c]
Midshipman is the rank given to 'trainee' officers, who have to pass extensive examinations before becoming a Lieutenant.[10c]
I would think it would depend on what level the officer were attached at. If it were company level, a lieutenant would be appropriate. If they're attached at the regimental level (as with my regiment; the 482nd's size and structure fluctuates too much to attach an OoF at the comapny level) I'd think something along the lines of a Major would be better.
For your second question, I've seen nothing in the current IG codex about witchhunters or daemonhunters. What does the Captain's buddy do? I assume he's an Inquisition type, if so, maybe using the rules for a Lord Commissar, but with different fluff?
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Navy doesn't use Major. For me the size of the imperial guard force doesn't make a difference, the fleet still has it's own job a Lieutenant is easier to send than a higher rank as you have 3x more than the next rank and then you have like 5x as many of them as the next. The higher ranks also have to command their ships or squadrons of ships so their going to be needed. a Lieutenant just needs to relay whats going on up to the ships.
I decided to go with Flag-Lieutenant. His name is as of yet unknown, but there you have it.
I'm not sure what the Rogue Trader does. It started with a name and then I decided he should be a Rogue Trader.
I could, of course, go with the old Rogue Trader/Astronomican rules and just make him a secondary leader. Back in good old times, they just got entire armies to go with them so in that vein I imagine that he could just have gotten a smaller detachment. That, of course, means that Victrius gets to be platoon commander of a bunch of exotically armed and strange-looking soldiers.