Of all the 4th Danika’s infantry, it is C Company which is the most storied, has the most history and is generally the most experienced. Even after over a decade of combat, it is still comprised mostly of native Danikans from the original raising. There is a scattering of new recruits in the ranks, troops from various primitive or hive worlds – even places where the regiment has fought battles, but still, most of the men are hardened soldiers from Danika’s North Eastern continent, with a smattering of a few other regions.
As one of the most long standing Danikan formations, C Company is no longer completely an ‘infantry’ unit with two of the four platoons having a unique structure of their own (see the first and fourth platoons below). There is space on the TO&E for a Fifth Platoon, but there currently is no one assigned, so it exists only on paper.
While the First and Fourth platoons have their own transport, the infantry elements of the Company will either march, utilize mass transport available on world (trains etc.) or commandeer transport. Occasionally they may also ‘hitch a ride’ on the backs of other Danikan vehicles – but most of the Company has no organic transport.
The Company motto is “For the Imperium and Danika!”
C Company’s current commander is the colorful Captain Alaric Blackmoor, often called ‘Blackie’ by his friends. His command squad is an elite Danikan formation ‘Blackie’s Blackguards’ which include the Company Standard bearer, a medic, a pair of troopers carrying plasma rifiles and Blackmoor himself. The Blackguards wear black battle jackets and, like other elite Danikan formations, white trousers. Trim is the usual ‘command yellow’.
Company Support Squads
C Company usually has several support squads available. ‘Special’ weapon squads are rarely used – in this case simply a command preference by the captain. The equipment is available, but it’s used only seldom. Normally there are four Heavy support teams available and, as with other units, these are often ‘attached out’ to various platoons as needed. The teams are trained for various different heavy weapons, but lascannon are the most commonly used, followed by heavy bolters. C Company support squads are not elite formations and wear common Codex Grey uniforms and black flak armor found throughout the regiment.
As the longest standing and, some would claim, hardest working Company in the Regiment, C Company has a rather eclectic mix of platoons. While nominally an ‘infantry company’ there has been some variation over the years as the regiment has taken damage and ad hoc units have been thrown together. In most cases during re-organization these are returned to their parent units, in the case of C Company – they have remained with the company becoming their parent unit, despite the unusual nature of the mix.
Thunder – 1st Platoon, C Company
‘Thunder’ earned its name. It refers to the terrible roar of hooves during a cavalry charge, followed up by the explosions of hunting lances. The unit is comprised of Danikans from the steppe region of the central continent and is the first major anomaly in what is supposed to be an ‘infantry’ company. They are actually horse mounted cavalry. In the earliest iteration of the 4th Danika, shortly after their raising, there was an entire company of cavalry. In their very earliest actions, these were mostly destroyed, the horses and their riders being torn apart by rapid firing bolt weapons, before the survivors made contact and destroyed the shooters in close combat. When Danikans and horses proved hard to come by to create replacements the survivors were disseminated to the various recon elements of the regiment and to C company, who had lost their own first platoon in the same action.
While originally intended to support C company as a recon element, and they do this job from time to time, Thunder has become more of a shock troop under its current commander. Hunting lances with explosive tips make short work of all but the thickest armor, with the troopers backing this up by using krak grenades and melta bombs on enemy vehicles once their lances are gone or if no good infantry targets present themselves. This is dangerous work, and casualties are high, but it is also romantic and dashing. There is no shortage of interested trainees to join ‘Thunder’, but experienced cavalry commanders are very hard to come by.
Unusually, the First Platoon is commanded by a Sergeant, Gabriel Winters. Winters’ command is competent and normally this would cause a field or brevet promotion, but he is such a difficult man that neither Captain nor Colonel has been able to feel comfortable with making him an officer.
Platoon Command Squad
The Platoon command for Thunder is small. Sergeant Winters, an orderly and three other troopers. The Platoon command is considered an elite formation, marked with the usual white trousers and gold trim. Their battle jackets are a dark green.
There is no support section for the first platoon, normally. Periodically there have been some on rare occasions, but usually they are re-assigned as the required horses to haul heavy weapons are more urgently needed for fighting.
The first platoon combat squads are small, most of them only five men. There are usually four of them active at any time, making the platoon somewhat undersized.
The Seraph Greys – 2nd Platoon, C Company
Named for the Seraph Mountains on Danika, from which most of the original recruits came, the Seraph Greys wear standard Codex Grey uniforms and black flak vests. They are a long service unit, but as ‘workaday’ combat troops, they are not considered an elite formation.
Platoon Command Squad
Commanded by Carl, one of the Carrington Brothers – the second of the family to command this platoon, the command squad is fairly traditional. Lieutenant Carrington carries a plasma pistol and chainsword. His Command squad includes a medic, an orderly who often trades the Platoon banner for a plasma gun in combat and a pair of troopers who carry one of the Danikan ‘Stiletto’ shoulder fired lascannon, while the other trooper carries additional power cells and acts as a spotter.
Platoon Support Squads
The 2nd Platoon support section nominally has two support squads and a specialist squad but has been understrength for some time. Currently it consists of a single six man mortar team who are, in addition to their normal work supporting the platoon with indirect fire, known for their unusually good performance in hand to hand combat. While they do not seek out fights, all too often, when one comes their way the resulting melee does not got at all well for the attackers – even when they are super-human Astartes or similar powerful opponents!
Platoon Tactical Squads (2)
Currently understrength, the Seraph Greys only have two regular tactical squads. Both carry ‘Stilletto’ style lascannons. One has a grenade launcher and the other a plasma rifle. The first squad is commanded by Willem Ufand, the second by Benollow Questioner. Both are hard, long service veterans with a lot of experience.
Platoon Veteran Squad
On ‘paper’ there are normally 2-3 of these. Currently the platoon has only one. They are an eclectic mix of survivors with a wide variety of preferences for weapons and a decided informality about wearing their uniforms correctly. As this squad tends to support the others in the platoon with ‘hard’ but unconventional jobs, they’ve equipped themselves with a grenade launcher and a heavy bolter to give themselves more of an ‘anti troop’ focus, making up for the anti vehicle focus of the rest of the platoon. They generally try and take the enemy on the flanks where possible.
The Blood Rats – 3rd Platoon, C Company
Also a long service platoon, the ‘Blood Rats’ have deviated from the normal uniform conventions of the Danikans with their Codex Grey and black kit. The ‘rats’ instead wear a rusty brown colored uniform, and draw their platoon name from that. This tradition dates back to a battle in a shattered city over twelve years ago. In that battle, the platoons uniforms were heavily contaminated and had to be discarded. Industrial uniforms from a nearby factorum were quickly commandeered, and the squad proceeded to hold that factory for several weeks against incredibly difficult odds. All were injured, but the old blood didn’t show on the new uniforms so when the Colonel described them as being ‘tenacious as rats’ the name ‘Blood Rats’ was not a large stretch.
Platoon Command Squad
Commanded by Holstein, another one of the Carrington Brothers, the command squad is fairly traditional. This Lieutenant Carrington favors a standard laspistol and chainsword. His Command squad includes a medic, an orderly who also trades the Platoon banner for a plasma gun in combat and a pair of troopers as a heavy team. One carries a shoulder mounted heavy bolter, in a high tech suspensor harness, while the other acts as loader and ammunition bearer.
Platoon Support Squads
The 3rd platoon nominally has 2 support squads. Currently none are active due to casualties.
Platoon Tactical Squads (3)
The on ‘paper’ Danikan platoon strength is from 3 to 5 Tactical squads per platoon. With three the Blood Rats are at low but still nominal strength. They carry a mix of heavy bolters and lascannon.
Platoon Veteran Squad
There are currently no Veteran squads assigned to the 3rd Platoon.
The Speeder Boys – 4th Platoon, C Company
Like Thunder, The Speeder Boys is part of a larger, shattered formation that was eventually rolled up into C Company. This company, like several of the Regimental recon units, pilot light, open contragravity speeders.
Unlike Thunder the 4th Platoon doesn’t have the same kind of formal structure the rest of the company does. Instead it is grouped into four squadrons, each of three vehicles. One is led by the Lieutenant and the others by Senior Sergeants. There are also two dozen maintenance and supply personnel and a trio of Ithacas to carry them. Two of them are mostly for the maintenance teams, the third has the components for a mobile repair shop.