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Laurentian Blood Brethren
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Published: February 13, 2019
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The Blood Brethren are the fighting force of Laurentia and favored companions in arms to the Astartes of the Hallowed Glaive. They are those of Laurentian kin who have chosen to serve on the path of blood in the trinity of service to the Imperium and the Chapter.

Blood Brethren of Laurentia carry the blessings of the Emperor's warrior angels and are endowed with augments and arms by the Cult Mechanicus Cambria. Throughout Sector Gondwana, they are renowned as elite heralds of the Astartes and as the chosen of the Triumvirate.

Service in Blood

"Service is perpetual. Forever must books be re-written, lest their knowledge falls to oblivion. Forever must steel be forged, lest the works of humanity fall and decay. Forever must blood be spilled, lest the enemies will conquer all which humanity learned and forged." - The Litany of Laurentia, v. 329132

Through blood the Brethren serve on a path of war, fighting the beast and the heretic and all which stands against the Imperium. Their service is dedicated wholly to the Astartes of the Hallowed Glaive. In training, in battle, in death, they seek to aid the emperor's angels in their crusades and conquest.

Recruitment and Augmentation

The Blood Brethren are drafted from both the proudest and the lowliest of their kin. 

Their elites are more often than not would-be initiates, valiant souls who braved the deadly seasons of the ring where they fought beast and machine to prove their worth as brothers to the chapter. Among all potential initiates, only a fraction may ever be chosen and those who may never ascend the Spire of Creation will continue to fight on, to find their way into the Castellum, where the path of war awaits them.

But into the ranks of the Brethren are also pushed those who fail to seek any other path and have descended from the spires into the underhives of their cities. In the chaotic catacombs where the Spires meet the ring, the weak of body and mind will perish, leaving only ruthless survivors to be forced into service by the elites of the Blood Brethren. There, they will serve as trainees either to be indoctrinated and recruited as proper brothers in arms or to die by the hands of more worthy recruits.

All who join the Blood Brethren undergo intensive training from a young age, growing up in their assigned units and receiving roles according to their talent and strength. In rituals performed by the Cult Mechanicus Cambria, they are changed and augmented, their minds cleansed and focused on their path.

Read the full codex entry here: brass-and-iron.fandom.com/wiki…

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Very nice banner. It has this really nice golden / metalish texture. Clearly no pixelart in that regard. Perhaps a battleworn variant would be interesting, with some weathering and slice mark and stuff. 
Good job.
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MartechiHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! A battleworn variant would be fun! perhaps I'll do a scene or two with brethren forces and have one hold up this banner after it has been shot to pieces! 
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Thanks! 
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Just another army to fight for. For them, their ideals, their principles, their beliefs.
But for me? Their money, as simple as that.
-Your local mercenary
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Thanks! 
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MartechiHobbyist Digital Artist
Another army, another banner. These are the Blood Brethren, mortal soldiers bred to fight alongside the Astartes Chapter. Favored by both Astartes and the Mechanicus, these have basically won the 40k lottery, getting decent equipment and space marines on their side at all times. Then again, they are not nearly as numerous as regular Imperial Guard chapters and well, fighting alongside Astartes, they're always the most expendable part of the army. 

Fun fact: This is the first image I created using fully custom textures, because I wanted to try doing that sorta thing myself as well. 
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