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so far they are a successor chapter based on the Salamander gene seed, they favor heavy firepower and forming strong fire points to cover the advancement of troops who will set up further fire points and let the rear squads advance (leapfrog style) or else they rapidly deploy to key points and then hold them.
very little in the way of jump pack or bike training is available on their earthquake wracked high gravity home world Legna VI and so those who do manage to fulfill these training regimes (78% failure rate - 35% mortality rate) are given wider access to the armory and great respect within the chapter.
the central icon of their chapter is the sword pointing down, symbolizing the threat hanging over every enemy of the imperium and the emperor. the wings are a reference to the angels of death they are also known by.
The Sword Angels most recent and well known exploit was there assistance in the Kildota campaign. a shrine world, besieged by traitor guard had called for assist ace, this assistance was met by both the Imperial guard and the ultramarines 3rd company. sadly for the defenders this was expected by the overall masters of the traitor guard, the Alpha legion, who wanted to destroy the ultramarines and the word bearers who wished to turn this world into a sacrifice to chaos creating a daemon world in the midst of the imperium.
the Alpha Legion had prepared for their hated foes the ultramarines and shortly after arriving the ultramarine found them selfs surrounded cut off and outnumbered and out gunned while dark magics prevented any calls for support or reinforcement. digging in the ultramarines refused to surrender and fought a desperate last stand lasting over 3 months of grueling warfare as the alpha legion slowly ground them down while the traitor guard and word bearers destroyed the imperial guard regiments and slowly began preparations for the dark gods ritual.
having also received the call for assistance the Sword angels responded, although their distance form the shrine world delayed their arrival. upon arriving the sword angels seeing their brother marine situation immediately moved to disrupt the enemy's plans while calling for further assistance.
the sword angels 4th company deployed en mass screaming in through drop pod assault to form a wall of sword angle marines between the traitorous alpha legion and the beleaguered ultramarines. 3 further drop pods followed shortly after deploying a full compliment of apothecaries and ammo and supplies for the ultramarines.
with the threat of being overwhelmed temporally removed the ultramarines captain and sword angels captain planned a counter attack strategy to forward the imperial advance on the planet, while the sword angels reinforcements came in the form of the full 7th and 8th reserve companies, both of which were deployed along the imperial guards lines, bolstering, strengthening and in some places pushing forward the imperial line with their arrival.
the surviving ultramarines and the 4th company of the sword angels were picked up and transported by thunderhawks to the center of the chaos command lines. deployed rapidly and gunning down the traitor guard in flurry of bolter and plasma the sword angels formed a protective cordon around the remaining ultramarines, fighting off traitor guard and word bearers whilst the ultramarines avenged their fallen and reclaimed their honour, fighting amidst the treacherous alpha legion.
many tales of heroism were created during these battles, the battle brother tempestus of the ultramarines assault squad who threw himself in front of the chaos powerfist bearing down on the sword angels captain, the sword angels veteran who prevented the ultramarines company standard from falling when its bearer was struck by lascannon fire.
the sword angels who pulled the battered remains of the ultramarines Chaplin clear of the defilers wrecked corpse after the battle between the two.
although many fell in both ultramarines and sword angels, and the 6th and 7th companies took heavy losses fighting against the fury of the centuries of experience of the word bearers the rituals were averted and slowly the chaos forces were pushed back to one last remaining cathedral fortress on the planet,
resolving that such a place would now be defiled by the foul touch of chaos the sword angels strike cruisers Drakus, kram'j's and invitor leveled the fortress with precise and furious orbital bombardment until nothing remained. a through sweep by the marines found no survivors.
After the battle and all the dead were recovered and the injured loaded back to the infirmary's on board their cruisers the sword angels and ultramarine departed after exchanging vows of battle and the promise to deliver aid whenever required again.
upon their return to the home world the sword angels 4th, 6th &7th company survivors were all awarded the honour of bearing the ultramarines omega symbol by decree of the lord of macragge himself on their chapter banners in recognition of services rendered to the ultramarines.
In addition, Captain Nagol of the sword angels 3rd company was given a suit of exquisite artificer Armour with lightning claws from the ultramarines bearing both the sword of the Sword angels and Omega of the ultramarines on its chest.
Other notable hero's of the Sword angels company include brother Sargent Thendex, who fought alongside the iron hands in the battle to reclaim the forge world AM-345627-G. Despite suffering heavy injuries he and his tactical squad ferrum fought and protected the broken remains of the iron hands venerable dreadnought Therux for 3 nights against the dark mechanicus skittari.
Although critically injured Thendex still lived when the iron hands managed to reclaim their lost venerable battle brother, the iron hands repaid this debt by replacing the destroyed legs, lower chest, left eye and left shoulder of Thendex with the finest bionics they could. he was also gifted a master crafted thunder hammer called Skud-u in gratitude for his Honorable act
battle brother Orez, a young warrior of only 90 years fought alongside the chapter master in the Battle of abrixis against the greenskin horde. in the darkest days of the battle, brother Orex sacrificed himself to protect the chapter master from a crude but powerful ork fighter bomb, throwing himself upon it in front of his commander before it exploded.
Despite the horrific wounds th apothecaries tended to the young battle brother but with little success. earlier in the conflict the honored dreadnought vertix had been mangled in a conflict with a pack of ork kans. the chapter master ordered the brave young marine to be interred in the salvaged and partial repaired remains of the dreadnought. despite initial protests against one so inexperienced and unproven been given such an honour, orez was interred in the armored and repaired sarcophagus before his battlefield interment in the armored dreadnought.
all those who had protested against the honour soon admitted that they had been in error, as the newly christened dreadnought Orez ploughed into the thickest fighting alongside his battle brothers, grimly placing himself in front of fire that would decimate his lesser armored battle brothers. He Even managed to avenge the fallen brother ventrix, slaying the pack of kans who had formerly defiled the venerated dreadnoughts hull.
now nearly 600 years later and 3 chapter masters later, Dreadnought orez is one of the most celebrated of the 3rd company dreadnoughts, renowned for its determination to protect its battle brother no matter what, a fitting testimony to the once young Marine prepared to give his life for his commander and brothers.
although the tactical dreadnought Armour suits are typically reserved for use by the First company of each chapter, the 3rd company has won such honour and acclaim in battle and with fellow chapters that fully 13 of these sacred suits have been placed aside and reserved for the sole use of the 3rd company. 1 for the captain, 1 for the senior chaplain and 1 for the most senior librarian, and the ten specially trained veterans of the 3rd company. each suit is carefully protected, and the whole company has taken a vow never to leave one of these hallowed and honored suits behind on the battlefield.
of all the Sword angels companies none have achieved success and honour to the level of the 3rd company. Indeed there are even those who believe that marine for marine the 3rd company of the sword angels is a match, in both deed, glory and skill for the 1st company of the sword angels. to this day the 3rd and 1st companies compete to gain the most accolades, the greatest glories and uphold the honour of the chapter.
any suggestion refinements or such for my fluff. the Kildota campaign was a 3 week campaign that comprised of 5 1500 point battles and culminated in a 6000.
thendex came from a joint 2v2 battle alongside iron hands against traitor guard with a lot of doctrine to make them a mechanicus themed army. each side had their commander and 1 elite unit marked as an objective, whoever held these objectives (if defeated) won. thendex survived 4 turns of CC against 2 units of ogryn (converted to look very cyborgy)
Orez is a marine who died in a minefield because he rolled higher for difficult terrain than the chapter master, instant kill mines were the game rules (S10 ap1...shudder)i Just felt making him a dread in the next battle seemed fair
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*imagines marine with thunder hammer* SKUDOOOOO!! And howdy to you!
All in all, a pretty solid foundation for your chapter, got your hero's, lots of sacrifice, notable battles, ect.
But...what's theier color scheme?
PM me about Aurora Prime Vassal fights! Willing and ready!
link to the colour scheme and some of the models
I got lost on the road of life