So I finally managed to get the new edition of the Space Hulk board game a couple of weeks ago. This resulted in two things: first of all, me happily spending lots of hours over the course of a week or so, getting rid of most of the Blood Angels symbols, any purity seals that could be safely scraped off, as well as the usual mold lines and bolter muzzle hole drilling. I then added a few bits to further increase their uniqueness. Second is me playing a few games with some people I met mostly through twitter on something called #boardgamesmeet – lots of fun. I even wrote an intro for Space Hulk on a fresh Romanian site dedicated to board games (article in Romanian, though – ye be warned).
Anyway, the plan is to paint them as Raven Guard. I’m generally not a fan of bright red stuff like the Blood Angel scheme on the box of the game, and I really dig the raven imagery and symbolism. And if I replace the yellow-greenish tint you see in the linked image with something more like dark blue, I should be very happy with my newfound favorite models. I’ve even toyed with the idea of a Warhammer 40k army list involving these guys (adding a few more Terminators I’d have a half an army already). Going even further, though, I got some inspiration to write a bit of fluff, or background if you prefer, for each of the Terminators. So for future reference, here it is.
Raven Guard 1st Company – The Nightwing
‘We go where we wilt. We slay who we wilt. Let the Emperor judge the righteousness of our deeds.’ – Sergeant D’Kestrel
Librarian Kristophor Levinth
– even though most librarians are generally loners shying away from the rest of the chapter, Levinth finds himself unable to attempt isolation. His talents include a power sense of empathy that help him communicate with virtually anyone. Thus the librarian has seen almost as many diplomatic missions as he has seen battles.
– equipment: power sword & storm bolter
– an old veteran even by space marine standards, brother sergeant Balethon has fought in virtually any type of battlefield conditions against nearly any foe imaginable. His calm voice can be heard over the vox net during even the worst fighting, always in control, always in command.
– equipment: heavy flamer & power fist
– there is nothing brother Theomachus would rather do than purge the entire Imperium of heresy. His place is in the heart of combat, using his heavy flamer to cleanse the enemies of mankind. When not in battle he spends most of his time meditating upon the duty and mission of his chapter; this has led to him being marked as a potential Chaplain.
– equipment: storm bolter & chain fist
– an artist at heart, brother Tizean enjoy creating works of art from the ruined hulks of enemy tanks, always striving to impress his brethren with his latest masterpiece. In combat brother Tizean is like a relentless juggernaut that never rests until the enemies of the Emperor lay dead at its feet.
– equipment: storm bolter with chainblade & power fist
– somewhat out of place in a terminator support squad, brother Voltan feels most at home in the violence of close quarters combat. After a long and brutal campaign fought against the Swords of Khargoth chaos warband, he had a chainblade fixed under the muzzle of his storm bolter – needless to say the techmarines were not pleased with his modification.
– equipment: storm bolter with scope & power fist
– an unrivaled marksman, brother Demodeus enjoys spending his time on Deliverance helping the sergeants of the 10th company with the training of the new recruits. His most remarkable kill is the slaying of a Carnifex by a perfectly accurate shot that obliterated the beast’s central nervous system.
– equipment: thunder hammer & storm shield
– after most of his squad was destroyed in a massive battle against the orks on the world of San Leor, Dorghan was given command of another terminator support squad that had lost its sergeant during the same engagement. He has taken to this new role with vigour, proving his versatility in command.
– equipment: assault cannon & power fist
– originally part of one the chapter’s few devastator squads, brother Hedothus is often taunted by his squad mates who say he is as loud as his favoured weapon. He always speaks his mind in any situation and the others value him for he always does so with wisdom.
– equipment: storm bolter & power fist with sensorium extension
– brother Shathur comes from a family of bounty hunters, a boon in and of itself, for he has retained some of the skills and instincts of his ancestors. There is nothing he enjoys more than a battlefield hunt for the enemy commander, whether xeno or traitorous human.
– storm bolter & power fist
– returned to his chapter after a tour of duty in the Deathwatch, brother Vaedoc almost never speaks, taking his vow of silence perhaps too literally. His brothers have come to jest that whenever Vaedoc speaks, bad things will happen. He is nevertheless a valued veteran with an intuition that almost seems unnatural.
– storm bolter & power fist with built-in auspex
– marked for promotion to be the squad’s next sergeant, brother Adrius possesses a keen, analytical mind that shines at analyzing and adapting to the battlefield. He is also quite an adept of technology, sporting some specialised auspex & sensorium equipment that help him gather data of the surrounding area.
Brother Logan Kelaxus
– equipment: pair of lightning claws
– the only other survivor of Dorghan’s terminator assault squad, brother Kelaxus is frighteningly fast even clad in his suit of terminator armour. He excels in boarding actions where his armour, speed and proficiency with his favoured lightning claws combine to create a fierce warrior who can by himself cut through entire enemy squads.