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"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.
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In an attempt to divide those loyalist legions he could not sway to Chaos, Horus dispatched them to the farthest reaches of space, where they unwittingly walked in traps of his and his masters devising. The Blood Angels mission to the Signus Cluster, near to the galactic core in the Ultima Segmentum, was one such venture, where the system of 7 planets and 15 moons had been taken over in bloody slaughter by the daemonic hordes of a Greater Daemon of Slaanesh, Kyriss the Perverse. Thinking that they were arriving to liberate humans from their xeno-overlords, Sanguinius had no reason to suspect that his best friend, the Warmaster Horus, would betray him.

When the Blood Angels fleet arrived in system, they were assaulted by Chaos energies, ravaging their Navigators and Astropaths, killing many outright, as well sending mad panic through the Legion's ship serfs and auxiliaries, who until then had not ever felt the effects of Chaos. Most Space Marines were immune to its effects due to their training and iron-will, leaving those few not driven mad to restrain the crazed crew members and erect psychic baffles. The daemon conqueror of Signus, Kyriss, had time however to beam an image of itself to the Legion's Primarch, challenging him to take back Slaanesh's newest conquest. At this Sanguinius gathered his senior officers and organised a counterattack against a foe they had no experience fighting, however, sure of their victory, Sanguinius declared This foul creature will know what it is to face my wrath. I shall strike him down, I shall be an Angel of Vengeance!

With Signus Prime covered from pole to pole with the result of daemonic invasion, with millions lying dead in the streets or held in prison camps to await daemonic whims, with cities razed, oceans boiled away and plains burn to cinders, the Blood Angels Legion struck in a furious counterattack, falling from the skies to engage crazed cultists and packs of hideous daemons upon the Plains of the Damned. Sanguinius swore to personally cast Kyriss down and vanquish him, so hence made for the Cathedral of the Mark, the daemon's lair. However outside its entrance, Sanguinius was faced by the single greatest foe who would have the greatest effect on his Legion and its descendants down the millenia, Ka'Bandha, Greater Daemon and Bloodthirster of Khorne.

During the conflict Sanguinius was nearly killed by the mighty Bloodthirster Lord Ka'Bandha. The Primarch's legs were crushed and broken, but instead of killing the defenseless Primarch, the daemon said "Your legs will heal but this wound will always fester." Then, as Sanguinius was powerless to help them, hundreds of the Primarch's Astartes were slaughtered by the daemon in a single rampage. The psychic backlash of so many Loyalist deaths at once caused Sanguinius to black out. While their Primarch was unconscious, the remaining Blood Angels felt a raging madness take over them as they slew the remaining Chaos cultists and daemonic legions without mercy. This, as much as Sanguinius' death, is the cause of the Black Rage. The daemonic legions of Khorne, normally nigh-invincible, were banished, and Ka'Bandha quit the field. When Sanguinius awoke, the surviving Space Marines were sullen and despairing, the berserker rage they experienced having left a brooding shadow on their souls. Shortly after, the Blood Angels were recalled to Terra to aid the defence of the Imperial Palace from the Traitor Legions, leaving behind grim memories of Signus Prime.

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Collaboration between myself and *Blazbaros

Here's the original sketch:
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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
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The picture makes "sense" (some what) when you listen to the song: [link]

The Black Dragons are one of the Loyalist Space Marine Chapters created during the Cursed 21st Founding; their gene-seed is suspected of having originated with the Salamanders. They were censured by the Inquisition due to the mutation of the Chapter's gene-seed, which causes certain Marines of the Chapter to develop blade-like outgrowths of bone on the head and forearms. Some Black Dragons afflicted in this way sharpened these bone growths and sheathed them in adamantium for use in close melee combat. These Black Dragons are then grouped together into specialist jump-pack-equipped Assault Marine squads known as Dragon Claws within the Chapter. The Black Dragons are also known for growing very long, poison-tipped fangs. This level of mutation strains the tolerance of the Inquisition and there are many recorded instances of other Space Marines Chapters (notably the Dark Angels and Marines Malevolent) refusing to fight alongside the Black Dragons.
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On Signus, while Sanguinius lay in the ground with his legs shattered and at the mercy of Ka'Bhanda, Givon Furiosangr was on the other side of the battleline, crushing a Slaaneshi beast's skull. Later, when the Angel recovered and brought the fight to the Bloodthirster's cathedral, the Company Champion of the 8th Company was about to turn on his brethren.

On Terra, while the Angel was being throttled by Horus, Furiosangr was defending one of the Palace's entrances against the Iron Warriors, despite his pleas to accompany the Primarch.

It is no wonder, then, that the man that came out of the Horus Heresy was vastly different from the humble, down-to-earth and good-humoured warrior who had served in the Blood Angels for nearly four centuries.

Darkening his armour and donning a tabard, Givon became a crusader, often being called the Vermillion Templar. Now shunning the company of most of his brethren, he fought with the cold rage of one who knows no amount of traitor dead can ease his own sense of failure for never being there to help his father.

As such, and though it was Givon's chainaxe, Tyrannus, that spelled the doom for thousands of heretics, it was the Angel's shield, The Wall of Sorrow, that became a relic for the Sons of Sanguinius. As detailed as a painting on the halls of the Legion's cathedral, the great shield depicts Furiosangr's view of the Blood Angels' responsibility for the death of their lord. Though the artificers of Baal claim no responsibility on it, the shield seems to exhude an aura of sorrow and despair.

So glad to be back to Power Armour. This is, so to speak, 'my own Astartes'. At first it was going to be a Black Templar, but then I figured I felt closer to Blood Angels.

I'll be finishing my Eldar next. Cheers, thanks for viewing and commenting.
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"...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.
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I DID NOT DRAW THIS, I JUST DID THE COLOUR

A little thing I did, I painted on top of the original picture and changed a few things here and there to make it more accurate and awesome. I also added some effects to bring out particular things.

Its not my best work, I didn't put much effort. Took me about 2-3 hours.


Original artist is Paul Dainton.


Games Workshop
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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.
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