Part of the challenge with the redevelopment of Heavy Gear was to make army construction intuitive and fast. Developing sub-lists for the game adds an acceptable level of complexity to army construction because it fully serves the purpose of allowing a player to focus a vary wide list of models as an army.
When developing the lists I placed an absolute restriction of two pages per sub-list. The first page would include all the background and fluff that we want to use to flesh out each army. The sub-list cannot radically change how a faction plays but it can should the player to specialize in a play style with a faction that they already want without mandating a particular choice.
In the case of the Northern Guard here we have a very large military organization drawn from several distinct cultures but with one over-riding military doctrine; Combined arms.
Combined arms is a term given to a mix of different capacities that when brought together are greater than the sum. Every army in the new Heavy Gear can freely mix and match different units so in order to direct a player towards using a characterful mix of units the rule for the force needed to exist without being absolute.
So I'm going to show a few of the details of the sublist but unlike many other sub-lists that are going to be released in alpha form for players to use this list will develop over time because one of the most distinctive things about the list is how the choice of your Commanding Officer will affect the choices you get to make about to army.
First is the organization special rules:
This is followed up by a pair of special rules:
This commander upgrade will be interesting for players since as more North faction sub-lists are released the available options for the commander will increase. This matches well to:
So if your CO is from the WFP then any one special unit organization from the same list can be used by your Northern Guard and benefit from being well equipped and combined arms. The note that there are no North models that are unavailable to the Northern Guard so it is the perfect army for players to transition from a Faction list to a Sub-list without fully committing to a League sub-list.
Adjustments to Unit Availability (UA) ratings: None
Support option limits: None.
This is an important rule if not a complex one, there is no need to remember that any models have changed the units they have always had a role in. Also there are no restrictions on the type of support units available to the army.