I was going over some Firefight squad concepts and it got me thinking:
What inspiration drives your armies, your squads, your color schemes, and how you name your units?
Even if it's directly inspired by another setting either directly or indirectly, or based on some idea you've cobbled together yourself, I'm interested in hearing what drives your choices and what some of it means. Be it Grimdark or Fantasy, I'm curious to see how other people go about their themes and designs.
I'd like my AoF games to have a bit more setting to them, so I made a map. But I haven't actually done anything with it since. I need to have more story. I haven't been naming things, but would like to. My armies are my own. I'm inspired by Tolkien, though not setting my games in Middle Earth. I just like his sense of myth and fantasy and Faerie. There's a scene in Smith of Wooten Major where the elves return in a ship from some war on the edges of Faerie, they sing, and are terrible. (Not terrible singers, but the old sense. The main character falls down in fear as they pass by.) My armies are GW LotR mostly, but combined in different ways.
For GF, I use 40K terminology, but can't take it so seriously. So my last battle report the Space Marines were led by Captain Cap'n. I was just being goofy, but I just can't bring myself to fall into the GW way of speaking.