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So, I decided to do up a Space Marine force for Warhammer 40K (yes, I'm a nerd) and after resolving to do something with a nice bright colour scheme, went looking through the fluff to find a chapter I liked. So of course I ended up with the Raven Guard, whose colour scheme is exactly what you'd expect from a chapter based on Edgar Allan Poe's best-known work.

Anyway, somewhere along the line I'll be doing some back banners for them, and it occurred to me that they need mottoes. For reasons beyond my ken, the language spoken by the genetically-engineered supermen of the far future is Latin, which presents the irresistible temptation for bad in-jokes. The only problem is, I've forgotten most of the Latin I ever knew.

So, anybody able to provide translations for the following? Preferably terse, since they need to fit on smallish banners, and I'd rather avoid versions that could be mistaken for racial epithets.

For the No. 1: "Dye it black!"
For the scouts: "Do Your Best" and "Made With Real Scouts".
For (not yet decided): "How much more black could it be?" and "None more black".
For the Dreadnought: "Caw! Caw! Bang! [profane expression of surprise and vexation!] I'm dead!" (I'm guessing this might not be practical, but worth a shot.)

Other suggestions for bad jokes welcome...

Date: 2008-02-15 08:30 am (UTC)
michiexile: (Default)
From: [personal profile] michiexile
"Dye it black" - "Infuscit!"
"Do your best" - "Optimum tuum fac"
"Made with real scouts" - "Excursoribus solidis fit"
"How much more black could it be?" - "Quam furvior potest?"
"None more black" - "Tam nemine!"
"Caw! Caw! Bang! **** I'm dead!" - this really surpasses my grasp of latin onomatopoeia... Sorry.

Date: 2008-02-15 08:30 am (UTC)
michiexile: (Default)
From: [personal profile] michiexile
Also - avoiding the whole nigr* family might make some of these suffer under slight semantic drift. Caveat emptor.

Date: 2008-02-15 01:53 pm (UTC)
michiexile: (Default)
From: [personal profile] michiexile
By the way. The "Tam nemine" is to be used -together- with the "Quam furvior potest"

On it's own, it'd be "Nemine furvior"

Date: 2008-02-15 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drzero.livejournal.com
Unfortunately, my Latin is about as good as my Urdu. But for slogans...

"Got any blacker?"
"The Fatal Two Step"

Date: 2008-02-15 01:06 pm (UTC)
michiexile: (Default)
From: [personal profile] michiexile
"Furvior habes?"
"Saltatus mortifer"

Date: 2008-02-15 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quatranoctal.livejournal.com
Don't think you could even get away with "Is it because I is black"?

Date: 2008-02-15 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lederhosen.livejournal.com
Ooh, that would work...

Date: 2008-02-16 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misnim.livejournal.com
"Never less"
"Black is the new black"
"Back in black"
"Black on the OUTSIDE, __(red? green? pink? hello kitty?)__ on the inside"
"Baby got black"
"Paint it black"
"Darth Raven"
"Knocking on heaven's door"
"THIS little black duck"?

*ducks thrown objects for unwarranted punnery*

Date: 2008-02-17 10:54 am (UTC)
michiexile: (Default)
From: [personal profile] michiexile
"Numquam sequius"
"Furvus furvus novus"
"Furvus redux"
"Furvus externus, purpureus/viridans/rubellus/heu nauta internus"
"Puellula furvus habet"
"Fuscit!" or "Infuscit!"
I'm NOT translating "Darth Raven". Sorry.
"Porta caeli pulsant"
"HAEC furva anatulla"


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