|1990 entry by John James|
|1992 entry by John James|
The mention of the upper hab layers is the first information which indicates what makes the brats special. To understand it, you have to look at the maps and cross-sections given to illustrate the hive.
You can see the hive concept is derived from the medieval castles and the vertical ranking of the time with the most powerful and leaders at the top and the poorest and working masses at the very bottom. The upper hab layers are under the Noble families facilities and under the protection devices but they are above everything else, including main habitation level, factories, and undercities.
They are the second rarest gang after Psyker gangs and mutant gangs (both having a 2,7% rate of getting rolled), far more rare than Clan gangs who represent a 3rd of rolled gangs :
The gang modifier chart indicates that Brats are not particularly talented fighters with Initiative and weapon skill being lower than average (though the text and chart don't state the same). They do rely on exotic equipment and drugs though :
With no surprise, the brats start with a lot of credits (the imperial currency) with a starting wealth 2nd to the techs only and with the same amount as the venators.
The modifiers on the trading charts also has some infos on the brats. They get a +5% bonus for guns, missiles, equipment but they get a +10% for drugs. Now we see that's easier to get spook when you're a noble.
4 types of combat drugs are available in confrontation but only spook is described in its effect though not in the rules.
- Spook: Increases the user's psychic potential, but makes their mind more susceptible to mental damage while they do so.
- tight pants
- padded vests
- big hair (called psychomanes in the sketch)
- fancy decorations like jewels and ribbons
- face decoration
|Note the grotesque mask in the bottom right corner which looks more like a Venator's|
The Dance Macabre :
I like the name of it, coming from the french "Danse macabre". You can note the bat-shaped pectoral and the exotic crystal gun.
I bet they are slightly less colourful than the rest of the brat bands, here is what the "danse macabre" was in medieval times :
|Taken from wikipedia|
The fright knights :
Those look a lot like the limited release model (well I guess it's the other way round) and I like the mention "scream a lot" written in the description...
The jaggers :
Described as Duelling Freaks, they display bolts and a rather eccentric look :
They display skull tatoos on the forehead and sport fencing style swords
Probably my personnal favourite, they sport white make up with beauty spots and coloured lips. They have exagerated neckties and ribbons everywhere.
Apart from having wigs, the strypers distinguish themselves by wearing stripes pattern in clothes, hair, ...well, everything.
Though the Brats do not appear in the rogue trader rulebook, there is picture of punks with big hair and fashionable clothes. They are clearly more on the punk side but the shape of the hairstyle is close to what the brats were going to have.:
|Taken form page 228 of the Wharhammer 40k : Rogue trader rulebook|
|Can you spot the famous studio members on this one?|
|Not excatly sure these are Brat gangers, they look more like regular gangers to me...|
|Limited edition Brat (Picture taken from Solegend)|
|Painted by Mark Dixon (Picture taken from Solegend)|
I'm sure you all know an inifnity of other references of colourful 80's madness...
The new romantics movement is full of those young people puting everything they are in their outfit :
For further informations, may I advise you to read the references here for example.
But after all, who said that all nobles of the imperium want to dress like predators with silly equipment? I have seen some interest in more elegant Brats lately and I am sure that we will some fashionable nobles come out of the hives ...
PS : Many thanks to Axiom for his aid to decipher Jes Goodwin notes. (If you fancy Brat gangs, check out his blog, you might have a good suprise in little time)