This army started off as a Chimera and an Infantry squad as a change of pace from Tau and also due to the differing fluff of a mass of soldiery used as a blunt hammer rather than the strategic deployment typical of the method of warfare utilised by the Tau Empire.
Originally the colour scheme was plain Cadian green but I found that quite boring and after sampling many an internet image and as it rang a chord with me (as I was deployed to Gulf War 1 in 1990 and had to wear a mix of desert and temperate equipment due to short notice) I plummeted for US-style six-color "chocolate chip" desert pattern uniforms mixed with plain green equipment alongside hastily sprayed vehicles.
Although the camouflage is a bit of a chore to paint I actually find it relaxing and it keeps me well motivated which can be seen as this collection was only started in 2013/14.
It is all painted by hand (less a Tamiya TS-61 NATO green primer on the vehicles) and all vehicle weapons are magnetised which means that every variant can be assembled from each kit including the Sentinel which can be converted from Scout to Armoured with a magnetised roof. The Baneblade can be converted into all 8 variants available in the box thanks to some careful planning on magnet placement.
This is under constant review with additional models and new fluff being added usually on a monthly basis so it will be evolving before your very eyes...
Without further ado - I present the:
The 711th CCAB is a mixed arms unit comprising of the 897th Infantry Company and their support vehicles, the 975th Armoured Battalion, the 201st Artillery Regiment (a mixed platform force), remnants of the 661st Air Support Squadron unit and a small force of Elysians.
The 711th was recently dispatched to Eridanus Tertiary, also known to the local population as "Rivers End" as, due to it's close orbit to it's sun, it is mainly covered by rolling dunes and scrappy vegetation. A significant force of Orks under Warboss Sturtuk had attacked smaller settlements and the Astra Militarum had been called to help the Planetary Governor whose only forces where a ceremonial bodyguard and they where fully unprepared to fight off the green horde.
On arrival, they discovered that due to a warp transit accident and extremely poor planning by the Departmento Munitorum, their full entitlement of desert adapted equipment had not arrived and they where only able to be outfitted in the distinctive camouflage clothing but not the equipment.
Sgt Major Nesh was heard to joke that the clothing reminded him of his mothers biscuits and so the Brigade unofficially adopted the name "Chocochip Rats".
The vehicles have adopted a mixed green/sand camouflage scheme which blends in well with the surrounding terrain although the constant abrasive effect of the wind blown sand does not take long to make a freshly painted vehicle look like it has been there for years.
The Brigade is currently shaking out prior to full deployment on a seek and destroy mission.
711th Brigade Command Company
2051st Kasrkin (3 squad detachment - assault and close protection duties)
975th Armoured Battalion "Iron Fists"
897th Infantry Company "Cadian Might" (Mechanised - light)
201st Artillery Regiment
661st Air Support Squadron
Elysian 195th Company (reduced)
293rd Abhuman Company
Munitorum and Ministorum support
Structures and defence emplacements
Battle of Ridge 582 North
37 days after the initial deployment of the 711th CCAB on Eridanus Teritary, High Command believed it was time to engage in a major battle. The Brigade was deployed in force to Smitts Plain, a large area of rocky outcrops rising above a firm sand surface. The main feature of this plain was a long, rocky ridge-line running east-west with the only available fresh water spring for 100 clicks. The defensibility of the ridge and availability of a water supply made it an ideal location for a staging base for further and farther reaching patrols to secure more of the Western Great Desert area. Unfortunately the orks had also seen the possibility behind this location.
Aerial reconnaissance carried out by 661st Air Support Squadron showed a medium sized ork force in residence on Ridge 582 including infantry with vehicle support.
A mixed force of infantry, artillery and armour was sent to destroy any ork resistance and occupy the ridge.
On approaching Ridge 582 the Cadians where assaulted by the orks, who true to their nature had no intention of fighting a defensive battle and had decided to attack the column during it's advance. Unfortunately they had not considered that the flat, firm desert surface was ideal for armoured formations and although the orcs where destroyed, their numbers and fanatical attack made the Battle of Ridge 582 North a battle that was entered into the history of the 711th with pride and earned the unit a citation to add to the Battalion standard.
Individual acts of courage where too numerous to recount in full. Sufficed to say that in the heat of battle the members of the 711th proved themselves worthy of The Emperor. The Chimera transports of the 897th Infantry Company where to be found in the thick of the action, multi-lasers and hull bolters glowing with the heat of continuous firing whilst the troops prepared themselves to deploy to winkle orks from rocks where they where too well hidden for the heavy weapons to have full effect. The Leman Russ variants (Battle Tanks, Demolishers and Vanquishers) targeted the fast moving ork Trukks and Buggies but the main force of the ork attack was aimed at the single Baneblade "Imperator" which had deployed directly opposite of the main assault, more out of luck than planning, and bore the main brunt of the orks anger.