"Endurance is all we have left. To steel ourselves and let Horus' venomous blade shatter against our righteousness. No more shock. No more mourning. No point in contemplating the future of the Imperium. The only difference between the traitorous lot that's coming for us and the next Ork invasion is that we know them. As far as I am concerned, that is an advantage."
Pramus Kholosk, The Castle, Sergeant of the Munchaust Squad
A Terran-born warrior from before the Emperor reunited with Rogal Dorn, Kholosk survived the Heresy, finally meeting his end at the very beginning of the Great Scouring, when he seemingly went berzerk during the boarding of the Iron Warriors' cruiser "Ferrus Candent". Though a cruel blow for the Legion, many saw the old veteran's reckless behaviour as liberating and natural, Kholosk having gone through the events of the Heresy with a stone-hard calm that was unsettling for all but the fire-and-ice collective mindset of the Imperial Fists.
Pramus Kholosk's most distinctive feature was his choice of Armour, the MKI Terminator Armour, of which he was one of the very few to sport, among Legionnaires. Though incredibly durable and providing immense strength to its wearer, MkI Tactical Dreadnought Armour (actually never having gone past 'Prototype' status) was extremely unwieldy and presented serious visibility issues. This made it almost prohibitive for boarding actions, but Rogal Dorn, appreciating Kholosk's valuing of his relic wargear, created the concept of boarding squads specialized in creating bulkwarks inside enemy ships. Over time, Pramus Kholosk became a legend among those Astartes companies and squads dedicated to void warfare.
This guy was a real challenge. As you may have noticed, his armour was inspired by this one [link] . I do hope Forgeworld gets to do it, someday. Thanks for watching and commenting, everyone. Cheers.
The Emperor's Shadows is a Loyalist Space Marines Chapter that is a Second Founding Successor Chapter of the Iron Hands. The Emperor's Shadows field many Dreadnoughts and prefer any weapon that projects bolts or slugs over energy weapons.
The Emperor's Shadows' Power Armour colour scheme is loosely based off of that of the Black Templars, with contrasting details in red and turquoise. Many historical references are subtly incorporated into the Chapter's squad iconography.
The Chapter badge is a Japanese bonsai tree silhouette with a rising sun behind it, on a white background, surrounded by Japanese Kanji characters
"...we...surrender...By the mercy of the God-Emperor...the war is over...we have surrendered ..."
— Final Vox-intercept, Void Colony Sigard VII
The Carcharodons are a Loyalist Space Marines Chapter of unknown Founding whose gene-seed may have originally been drawn from Raven Guard stock who participated in the latter stages of the Badab War. They were a fleet-based Chapter until in recompense for their role in the Badab War they were given control over the Mantis Warriors Chapter's territory in the Maelstrom Zone of the Ultima Segmentum, a group of Feral and Feudal Worlds called the Endymion Cluster. The Carcharodons may actually be the same Chapter as the Space Sharks; the term Carcharodons may simply be an alternate name for that unit of Astartes.
Tactically, during the Badab War, the Carcharodons operated almost exclusively as a rapid-strike force, disdaining any kind of protracted engagement whenever possible, preferring to approach their targets either with extreme speed or by stealth, which allowed them to strike with the element of surprise on their side whenever possible. In combat they endeavoured to close ground with their enemies swiftly and do battle either in hand-to-hand combat or unleash their ranged firepower at near point-blank range. For this reason each Carcharodons Space Marine, regardless of whether they were part of the Chapter's Devastator Squads or its dedicated Assault Marines units, was observed to carry a plethora of bayonets, blades and chain weapons in addition to their normal armaments so that they were always able to engage in vicious and bloody melee combat.
The Carcharodons conform roughly to the tactical and squad doctrines laid down in the Codex Astartes, but demonstrate considerable deviation from its approved command structure and company arrangements. In some instances it appears that the Chapter has abandoned wholesale the approved symbology and insignia of the Codex in favour of personal and often highly totemic markings. Only a few intelligible accounts of the Carcharodons exist that tell of the Chapter's very disciplined order of deployment and combat, despite the evidence from casual observers that they are a barbarous and savage Chapter in nature. Their tactical deployments and use of shock-assault tactics is highly reminiscent of the Black Templars. Although these Chapters are diametrically opposed in character, they both tend to display an overriding desire to close with the enemy and shatter their foes in bloody personal combat.
Each company of the Carcharodons operates similar to a Codex battle company, but is augmented with an attached auxiliary force of Scout Marines and spearheaded by dedicated Terminator Veterans who serve as personal bodyguards to the company's commanding Captain. There appears to be no reserve companies in the Carcharodon order of battle, but it is suspected that not all of the Carcharodon's companies conform to the same pattern of organisation.
The Chapter also includes both Chaplains and Librarians, although the forces observed in action during the Badab War seemed lower than recommended by the Codex in the number of Apothecaries and Techmarines in their ranks. These last two cadres may have been held in reserve in the Chapter's fleet, a not uncommon practice for fleet-based Chapters who spend large periods in isolation. This structure puts the effective strength of each company at around 100 to 120 Initiates and 20-30 Neophyte Scouts, although the exact size and disposition of the Carcharodons Chapter as a whole remains unknown.
During the Badab War the Charcarodons Chapter demonstrated a number of highly distinctive traits and trappings that set them apart from their brethren fighting on both sides of that conflict. Their equipment was observed to be of ancient provenance. Much of their arms, vehicles, wargear and other equipment were of designs and patterns that covered the span of the Imperium's breadth and history. Examples include such ancient weapons as the Phobos R/017 Bolter and the widespread use of Mark V "Heresy" pattern Power Armour by the Chapter's Battle-Brothers. The Chapter also seemed to possess an unusual contingent of Terminator Armour suits, of which many appeared to be heavily modified or augmented in unorthodox ways to keep them combat worthy.
In physical appearance the Astartes of the Carcharodons possess a greyish-pale pallor to their skin, with their more venerable members possessing liquid-like black eyes without a visible iris or sclera, much like the ancient Terran sharks for which the Chapter is named. Aside from these physical marks, there is no common type of physiognomy or genotype among them, pointing to the reality that Carcharodon Neophytes are taken from many different worlds across the galaxy rather than from a single source of new recruits like most Astartes Chapters. Gene-seed samples taken from the Chapter and tested for purity by the Adeptus Mechanicus have proven to be untainted although subject to some long-term degradation, and possessed of several markers found in the uncommon Raven Guard bloodline, a mutation of which may have resulted in their unusual physical appearance and is the basis of some of these Astartes' unusual phenotypical traits.
*This chapter is based on a existing chapter created by GW.
The Founding of the White Unicorns is unrecorded. The White Unicorns are almost entirely absent from Imperial records. The Chapter was first recorded in the works of the Administratum field notary Corwen Quilpin in the 3rd Century of the 40th Millennium. The Chapter was next referenced only a few decades later fighting alongside the Blood Angels. The White Unicorns are noted for bearing all manner of holy relics, and ancient patterns, of arms, armour and vehicles. They appear to have inherited the most revered arms and armour, preserving them, and bearing them down the through the ages against the foes of the Emperor of Mankind.
The White Unicorns are known for their extensive of shield and weapon combat styles from swords to lances. It appears that every ballte brother knows how to combine the defensive capabilities of a shield with the offensive power a weapon gives to produce ; charges repelled, enemy squads crushed under foot, gun emplacement over run, objectives taken and battles won.
Tactical Marines of the White Unicorns chapter use a Shields simular to ancient law enforcement of Terra except these shields have a slot for the marine's bolter to slide into allows the marine to use his shield and fire his Boltgun at the same time.
The White Unicorn chapter are known for being able to field a large amount of the sought after MK 4 Maximus pattern power armour which confuses members of Adaptus Machanicus, as if widley known chapters such as the Blood Angel and Ultramarines cannot supply but a hand full of their warriors with this rare armour, then how can the White Unicorns field so many.
The white Unicorns field two variants of the Mk 4 Power Armour the first is the standard version of the armour featuring almost no visable alterations baring the emblem of the White Unicorns.
The second variant is a modified version of the MK 4 Maximus which is mostly used by Veterens of the chapter to show they have proven themselves in the heat of battle, it feature the well known crest and "horn" on the helmet and the rest of the armour receives other astetic modifications such as triming to the leg guards and other areas.
"The sons of Lorgar have long claimed for their speech the properties of fire, they say it sets the spirits of men alight. Look now, brothers, how dark their babbling truly is.
There is good in this, though. Every chance of showing the true voice of fire to those who waste it on pompous metaphors is a blessing. Charge, warriors of Vulkan. Show this filth how well their torches work against a Salamander."
Mazad Vur'Me, The Magmaborne, The Immortal Cinder, Librarian of the Salamanders
This was Mazad Vur'Me's rallying cry to 150 Salamanders on the closing stages of the Dropsite Massacre. One hour later, Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters, walked through the torrent of fire melting his warriors around him and smashed the Salamander's head with a single punch.
Mazad was perhaps the greatest Pyromancer in the Imperium for millennia, his signature fire-breath becoming legend during the Great Crusade. So great was his admiration of fire, he conjured not only warp flames, like so many other psykers, but each and every chemical component required for combustion. This enabled him to enhance his attack by mounting four small promethium flamethrowers on his helm. Legend persists to this day among the Salamanders that in one ill-going battle, Vur'Me turned the tables by burning a whole enemy platoon to a cinderous vapour.
"Every librarium-borne swordsman will tell you the greatest warriors make their weapons an extension of themselves...Yet arm themselves with unyieldy slabs of metal or mauls whose biggest purpose is to be better at killing than all the other banner standards.
As ever, the answer is to be found in our instincts. For if my very blood burns for me to vanquish every traitor of Man with my hands and finish their life with the purest contempt, then those shall be my weapons."
Arslan Namdai, The Granite Lion, The Khan's Scribe
My first character in the Champions of the Heresy series, a grizzled White Scar veteran.
The powerfist is called The Paw, in keeping with Arslan's leonine theme ('Arslan' is mongolian for 'Lion'). I also tried to make the fingers look like thunderbolts.
Namdai's other weapon is the Spiteful Gaze, a ceremonial blade used in the sacrifice of deserters and dishonored warriors. It is not a power weapon, but its blade is made of an extremely dense metal, which means that, even against power-armoured opponents, it excels in its duty: delivering pulverizing finishing blows.
Loved drawing this fellow. Hope you like watching him, as well. Next...here be dragons.
Update: ShadowEngine has done a good job in bringing this old coot to life. Behold: [link]
This is a redesign of the previous Pegasus Assault Marine. Rather than giving them the steel-plated wings, I gave him energy based wings, which are NOT actually wings, its the excess energy coming off the jump pack. The exhaust just happens to be wing shaped!
I'm planning on making a codex for the White Unicorns with some friends, *JKAzrael and *Blazbaros.
"In the days after Isstvan, I saw my brothers frantically resorting to cybernetics. They claimed that weakness resides in flesh, that our father had preached the superiority of metal to our deaf ears. I did not think it possible but, during that time, my heart sank lower than what I thought possible since the death of Ferrus...
Yet I've managed to draw something from our tragedy and, in employing that new knowledge, to now stand before you the way our father would've truly wanted...coated in iron.
What is metal without flesh, brothers? What good is a blade lying inert in an armoury without a kindred warrior spirit to wield it? How does the best suit of Power Armour defend the Imperium without a Marine's heart bringing it to life against our foes? Is a Titan's potencial truly fulfilled without a princeps to meld with it?
Indeed, brothers, we are meant to become one with iron and steel, but not by replacing what makes us more. What makes us human. What makes us Astartes. What allows us to feel seething, pure, righteous hatred against those who've betrayed us.
We have ships. We have guns. We have blades and tanks and the hulls of Dreadnoughts from whence our revered brethren inspire us to greater feats. We have no shortage of steel with which to deliver our righteous vengeance to Fulgrim and his debauched lot. It falls to us to show them our flesh cuts just as deep."
Godfried of the Iron Hands
Hope you like Tinman, had a lot of fun drawing him. Cheers.
PS: If you think his speech is rather moderate, remember he's a Pre-Heresy character.