If you've read Blood Gorgons, there's a scene early on where the marines are doing training that shows how effective power armour and stealth can be.
Yes and no. Read Blood Reaver, where the Night Lords are infiltrating the Marines fortress, or Lord of the Night where Zho Sahaal is working over the underhive looking for info, and you'll see the effectiveness of stealth in terror.
Think of it this way. If you see what is doing the killing, you now have a point of reference. It may be huge and horrible, but you still know what it is.
If you don't know what it is, if you can't see what is doing the killing, your mind will fill in the most horrible things you can imagine, and they will be specifically tailored to what scares you most. That's the psychological aspect that the Night Lords work with. Fear cripples. It weakens. And someone can't fight what they can't see.
Whiles its true the two are highly related (and ive read all of those
) Terror and Stealth are different, to use the examples from the Night Lords novels, when they wanted to jump a station, did they sneak in silent and dark, leaving their enemies unaware of a problem untill the strike cruiser's boarding tubes peirced the stations side? No. They came in screaming scrapcode to jam everything, sure their enemy didnt know they were there, and attributed the scrambled sensors to generic issues, but they are much more towards 'the shadow thats haunting you' than 'the shadow sneaking up behind you'. Their victims generally know they are being attacked, just not by who, what, or how, until its far too late, they want to be feared
they cannot be feared if their foe does not realize they are there. This allows them to exploit the fear, something they excel
To contrast, in one of the White Scar novels, there is a company of Ravenguard, who have been a thorn in the bad-guy's side for some time, but those chaos forces have no idea whatsoever
that they are being attacked by such a powerful force, they feel safe, secure, their patrols will catch the 'bandits' eventually and that will be the end of it, this allows the ravenguard to bleed the enemy at their leisure, untill they find a weakness, and then OMG WHERE DID THE MARINES COME FROM? *dead*
I know some people argue the difference between the two is semantics (they are the same, just the ravenguard want to kill you, while the nightlords want to scare you, then kill you in unblievable ways), but i personally feel that their modus are actually radically different, no matter how similar they many seem at first glance. Stealth are Terror are highly similar, but ultimately incompatible forms of warfare, because they differ in a few key areas.
Now, if you want my suggestion (not saying you do, or need it) if i was going to play a NL sniper, id give him a vox leech and a good voxcaster, so he can listen in to his enemies, and when he wishes, tune in and talk to them, so he could whisper his victims name in a soft sibilant hiss, just as he pulls the trigger, so the target has a split second to appreciate their doom, and the entire enemy force is terrified of hearing their own name, they might even so so far as to ditch their vox units and comm beads, soldiers are nothing if not superstitious. Which of course would give any properly communicating force a large advantage over your victims.
its scary, its effective, and not only are you probably picking off leaders, but youve terrorized them into abandoning a pretty basic yet powerful battlefield asset. Its deliciously Night Lordy.
But all that said, thats just how i see it, 40K is such a amazing setting because theres always many ways to approach any given subject, we are both equally right in our interpretations, and your char is no less a Night Lord for going stalker/hunter instead of stalker/tormentor as i would (and vice versa) they are simply Night Lords By HH and Night Lords By Darkling. Even in the novels themselves, there is debate over the nature of various organizations from those within it, its a major theme towards the end of Blood Reaver if i recall.
If id didnt have my heart set on a human character, id almost be tempted to ask to play a NL too, just so we could play our differences off each other, its a very neat concept to explore in its self.
Quite possible. I prefer to think of the deamonic spirits of the armour whispering 'Ignore me' into the minds of anyone who gets close. Or maybe he has access to cameleoline (or however you spell it). Or he skinned a mandrake and wove its skin into the ceramite of his armour *grins*
Haha, thats a good one, i never thought of that. I blame my imperial habits, i default to a technological explanation, and rarely turn to chaos buggery to explain things. But thats why i proposed a Heretek!