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The Order of the Broken Sword

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This is a Project for me to Flesh out my 40K Space Marine Chapter: The Order of the Broken Sword

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Librarian and Commander Based

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Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based
Librarian and Commander Based

Chaos Raptor Conversions

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Leading the Assault Section of the Rusted Blades is Former Sergeant Gaius PenheimLeading the Assault Section of the Rusted Blades is Former Sergeant Gaius Penheim
The Body is a Chaos Raptor, the Gun and Fist come from the Betrayal at Calth Set, the head is a Night Lord Head from 30K and the Mutated ARrm is from a WH Fantasy Treeman.The Body is a Chaos Raptor, the Gun and Fist come from the Betrayal at Calth Set, the head is a Night Lord Head from 30K and the Mutated ARrm is from a WH Fantasy Treeman.
Chaos Raptor Conversions
Chaos Raptor Conversions
These are old minis (5 or so years) and have followed me through 4 house moves forgotten at the bottom of a box so they're a bit beat up. The Arm is from a Nurgle Riding s giant Fly thing, I can't remember what it's called but all the claw arms come from that kitThese are old minis (5 or so years) and have followed me through 4 house moves forgotten at the bottom of a box so they're a bit beat up. The Arm is from a Nurgle Riding s giant Fly thing, I can't remember what it's called but all the claw arms come from that kit
Night Lord 30K Head shaved down with a Flamer sprouting some spikes and bellsNight Lord 30K Head shaved down with a Flamer sprouting some spikes and bells
Still trying to get this camera ranged in. Just a Raptor with a 30K HeadStill trying to get this camera ranged in. Just a Raptor with a 30K Head
Plaguebearer Sword. The head looks much better in person Plaguebearer Sword. The head looks much better in person
The Right Arm is a Horn from a Chaos Warrior Helmet and the Left Arm is actually the Tongue from a LOTR SBG Nazgul on FellbeastThe Right Arm is a Horn from a Chaos Warrior Helmet and the Left Arm is actually the Tongue from a LOTR SBG Nazgul on Fellbeast
A Mechanicus Head with a lot of Pipes and a Sword from a Skaven Warrior. The Bolter comes from Calth and the Tentacles from the Treeman KitA Mechanicus Head with a lot of Pipes and a Sword from a Skaven Warrior. The Bolter comes from Calth and the Tentacles from the Treeman Kit
Chaos Warrior from Dark Vengeance with an Axe Swap (or maybe his axe broke and I just reattached it but I found him and the broken axe in the same bits box)Chaos Warrior from Dark Vengeance with an Axe Swap (or maybe his axe broke and I just reattached it but I found him and the broken axe in the same bits box)
Standard Marines from Dark VengeanceStandard Marines from Dark Vengeance

The Men of the Rusted Blades

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The Marines of the Rusted Blades have given themselves over fully to Nurgle

I was very daunted by these minis when I first saw them but I approached them as I would any other minisI was very daunted by these minis when I first saw them but I approached them as I would any other minis
I started by painting them Death Guard Green which came with a Conquest MagazineI started by painting them Death Guard Green which came with a Conquest Magazine
After that I went about blocking in the coloursAfter that I went about blocking in the colours
Then a wash of Army Painter Dark Tone which is my go to for all minisThen a wash of Army Painter Dark Tone which is my go to for all minis
Then I went over the armour in Snot GreenThen I went over the armour in Snot Green
The rest of the colours were done again and another coat of Dark Tone was applied but much lighterThe rest of the colours were done again and another coat of Dark Tone was applied but much lighter
The Flames and Malignant Plaguecaster Fumes were done by heavily watering down Snot Green over a white Basecoat. i was very happy with the results. This was more of an even stain rather than a wash which would pool too much for what I was afterThe Flames and Malignant Plaguecaster Fumes were done by heavily watering down Snot Green over a white Basecoat. i was very happy with the results. This was more of an even stain rather than a wash which would pool too much for what I was after
The same method was used for the Bloat Drone as the Marines themselvesThe same method was used for the Bloat Drone as the Marines themselves
With the Traitor Mechanicus supporting them the Rusted Blades have access to a wide range of Daemonic Vehicles With the Traitor Mechanicus supporting them the Rusted Blades have access to a wide range of Daemonic Vehicles
The Men of the Rusted Blades
The Men of the Rusted Blades

The Rusted Blades

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The Traitors that were Once "The Knights of the Blade" now Call themselves The Rusted Blades and are Fully Dedicated to Grandfather Nurgle

Leading them is Former Chapter Master Villnis now calling himself the Lord of Rust and given the Honourific Leading them is Former Chapter Master Villnis now calling himself the Lord of Rust and given the Honourific "World Plaguer"
I initially thought the Green was too bright but after seeing the whole force together I think it worked out well. None of the Bases are Finished but the Minis themselves are.I initially thought the Green was too bright but after seeing the whole force together I think it worked out well. None of the Bases are Finished but the Minis themselves are.
Carrying a Blessed Bell of Nurgle into Combat is Ralphan Demetros who was no more than an ordinary Marine in his days as a loyal servant of the Emperor but fully embraced the teachings of his new LordCarrying a Blessed Bell of Nurgle into Combat is Ralphan Demetros who was no more than an ordinary Marine in his days as a loyal servant of the Emperor but fully embraced the teachings of his new Lord
He is the Leading Expert on all Matter relating to the Plague Father Nurgle in the Warband and holds Seven Ceremonies a Day where he and Seven Chosen Marines worship NurgleHe is the Leading Expert on all Matter relating to the Plague Father Nurgle in the Warband and holds Seven Ceremonies a Day where he and Seven Chosen Marines worship Nurgle
He was put in charge of purging the last Loyalists who might have slipped into the new Warband and went about it with vigor.He was put in charge of purging the last Loyalists who might have slipped into the new Warband and went about it with vigor.
It was Demetros who first summoned a Daemon of Nurgle in a Ritual where he sacrificed the captured Librarians of his old Chapter.It was Demetros who first summoned a Daemon of Nurgle in a Ritual where he sacrificed the captured Librarians of his old Chapter.
The Only Librarian who willingly went with the Traitors into Damnation was Tractuss Heiman.The Only Librarian who willingly went with the Traitors into Damnation was Tractuss Heiman.
The most inquisitive of all the Librarians he was sanctioned for digging too deeply into redacted parts of the Chapters HistoryThe most inquisitive of all the Librarians he was sanctioned for digging too deeply into redacted parts of the Chapters History
His research led to him accidentally uncovering extremely detailed accounts of a purge of the His research led to him accidentally uncovering extremely detailed accounts of a purge of the "Cult of Rot" that the Chapter had eliminated alongside the inquisition.
The Librarian who accompanied the Inquisitor kept extremely detailed records of the ceremonies and beliefs of the Cult and once Heiman started to dig he could not stop himself. Before long he was falsiying requests to other Chapters trying to get his hands on as much information about Chaos and Nurgle as he could find not out of devotion but out of sheer curiosity. It was this activity that drew the attention of the Chapter Master who brought him in to the Circle of Traitors. He flew into a Rage and attempted to reveal the whole plot but he was stricken with a deadly plague once his intentions were made clear. Knowing he had only one chance to survive he gave his soul over to Nurgle and ever since he has accepted his new path, justifying his actions as seeking knowledge not changing allegiancesThe Librarian who accompanied the Inquisitor kept extremely detailed records of the ceremonies and beliefs of the Cult and once Heiman started to dig he could not stop himself. Before long he was falsiying requests to other Chapters trying to get his hands on as much information about Chaos and Nurgle as he could find not out of devotion but out of sheer curiosity. It was this activity that drew the attention of the Chapter Master who brought him in to the Circle of Traitors. He flew into a Rage and attempted to reveal the whole plot but he was stricken with a deadly plague once his intentions were made clear. Knowing he had only one chance to survive he gave his soul over to Nurgle and ever since he has accepted his new path, justifying his actions as seeking knowledge not changing allegiances

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Leading the First Company of the Third Cohort is Commander Heinz Aldebonn

One of the Few Captains that were bought to the Chapter by Guilliman to keep his rank Aldebonn is now the Senior Captain of the Third CohortOne of the Few Captains that were bought to the Chapter by Guilliman to keep his rank Aldebonn is now the Senior Captain of the Third Cohort
His first honour was gained fighting the Ork Warboss Brain Smasha where he lead the precision strike that shattered the Ork Waaagh and personally killing the bodyguards of the Warboss which enabled the Deathwatch Kill Team to eliminate the WarbossHis first honour was gained fighting the Ork Warboss Brain Smasha where he lead the precision strike that shattered the Ork Waaagh and personally killing the bodyguards of the Warboss which enabled the Deathwatch Kill Team to eliminate the Warboss
As acting Order Commander of the Third Cohort while the previous Brother was recovering from wounds suffered he oversaw the recovery of four Blades and the destruction of a Genestealer Cult before handing command back to the Order Commander of the Third Cohort and organising the defence of Hive Quadrus on Galland VII against a Tyranid Invasion.As acting Order Commander of the Third Cohort while the previous Brother was recovering from wounds suffered he oversaw the recovery of four Blades and the destruction of a Genestealer Cult before handing command back to the Order Commander of the Third Cohort and organising the defence of Hive Quadrus on Galland VII against a Tyranid Invasion.
He earned his Shoulder Decoration for killing a former Captain on the Knights of the Blade who was attempting to ferment a Nurgle Cult which the Commander later destroyedHe earned his Shoulder Decoration for killing a former Captain on the Knights of the Blade who was attempting to ferment a Nurgle Cult which the Commander later destroyed
His helmet was a gift from his Sub Commander Allistair Gollan after the Sub Commander was gifted a Helmet from the Chapter's Relics for his outstanding bravery. The Commander's helmet was destroyed by a Tyranid on Galland VII and he fought the rest of the action bareheaded and horrifically disfigured until he was gifted a replacement and extensive facial reconstruction.His helmet was a gift from his Sub Commander Allistair Gollan after the Sub Commander was gifted a Helmet from the Chapter's Relics for his outstanding bravery. The Commander's helmet was destroyed by a Tyranid on Galland VII and he fought the rest of the action bareheaded and horrifically disfigured until he was gifted a replacement and extensive facial reconstruction.

Attached to the Third Cohort is Arch Librarian Elias Wissender, Deputy of the Librarian Conclave of the Order of the Broken Sword.

Wissender's Job is to record the actions of the Third Cohort and since the Third Company is the Senior of the Three in the Cohort h serves with them in action. Another two Librarian's are attached to the other Two Companies.Wissender's Job is to record the actions of the Third Cohort and since the Third Company is the Senior of the Three in the Cohort h serves with them in action. Another two Librarian's are attached to the other Two Companies.
He wears the Blue armour of his Profession but forgoes the coloured robes for a subtle Grey to reinforce his allegiance to his Chapter.He wears the Blue armour of his Profession but forgoes the coloured robes for a subtle Grey to reinforce his allegiance to his Chapter.
As a Librarian he is treated with extreme distrust. This is somewhat lesser within the Cohort with whom he has served for some time now. Still he is not permitted to break his sword, to use the Companies Battlecry in Combat, speak without invitation in open meetings with non-Astartes or claim battle honoursAs a Librarian he is treated with extreme distrust. This is somewhat lesser within the Cohort with whom he has served for some time now. Still he is not permitted to break his sword, to use the Companies Battlecry in Combat, speak without invitation in open meetings with non-Astartes or claim battle honours
Arch Librarian Wissender becomes a ranking Officer of the Chapter on the field of Battle where he is ranked equivalent to a Commander. He can give orders, speak on the Chapter's Behalf and interpret his orders as he sees fit.Arch Librarian Wissender becomes a ranking Officer of the Chapter on the field of Battle where he is ranked equivalent to a Commander. He can give orders, speak on the Chapter's Behalf and interpret his orders as he sees fit.

I really enjoyed painting these mins. The larger details and the Blue Armour were very nice to paint.

Villnis, Champion of Nurgle, Lord of Rust, World Plaguer

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Villnis has Long Discarded his Shield, Nurlge's Boon of Endurance being his New Protector.Villnis has Long Discarded his Shield, Nurlge's Boon of Endurance being his New Protector.
The Adepts of the Dark Mechanicus Reforged the Fist of the Order into Rust Bringer, a wicked Axe that blesses any Blade it comes into contact with. Nurgle Blesses the opponents weapons with his gift of Decay, Blades crumble to powdered Rust in their owners hands, the armour of tanks fester and disolve in Rust as though Acid was thrown on them and even the armour of an Astartes is no defence against it's Unholy Touch.The Adepts of the Dark Mechanicus Reforged the Fist of the Order into Rust Bringer, a wicked Axe that blesses any Blade it comes into contact with. Nurgle Blesses the opponents weapons with his gift of Decay, Blades crumble to powdered Rust in their owners hands, the armour of tanks fester and disolve in Rust as though Acid was thrown on them and even the armour of an Astartes is no defence against it's Unholy Touch.
Ever Tempted to Shift his Allegiances to Slaneesh Villnis Never the Less Persists with his Path to Nurgle's Favour. The Resilience and Pestilence of Nurgle Being Far Greater than the Wild Promises of Pleasure from SlaneeshEver Tempted to Shift his Allegiances to Slaneesh Villnis Never the Less Persists with his Path to Nurgle's Favour. The Resilience and Pestilence of Nurgle Being Far Greater than the Wild Promises of Pleasure from Slaneesh
His Hood Long Since Made Useless Nurgle has Instead Blessed his Champion with Putrefied Flame. Any touched by Nurgles Flames find their Skin Covered in Pustules and Boils which then Burst and Act as Entry Points for the Hordes of Maggots and Flies that Obey the Plague Father's Every Wish.His Hood Long Since Made Useless Nurgle has Instead Blessed his Champion with Putrefied Flame. Any touched by Nurgles Flames find their Skin Covered in Pustules and Boils which then Burst and Act as Entry Points for the Hordes of Maggots and Flies that Obey the Plague Father's Every Wish.
Villnis, Champion of Nurgle, Lord of Rust, World Plaguer
The Copper Rust was Achieved with GW Citadel Nhilikakh Oxide. I'd Still playing around with it but very please with the effects so far.The Copper Rust was Achieved with GW Citadel Nhilikakh Oxide. I'd Still playing around with it but very please with the effects so far.
Villnis, Champion of Nurgle, Lord of Rust, World Plaguer

A Dirty Secret

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Though the Official Histories of the Knights of the Blade Show An Honourable Chapter Bought Low by the Foul Xenos Scum this is the 41st Millennium and Chaos Lurks Everywhere.

The Story of the Downfall of the Knights of the Blade is True. The Order’s Home Planet was attacked by Eldar, they were wiped out and the Mechanicus took over from there.

But the Notion that the Eldar attacked the Chapter because of Spirit Stones is a lie perpetuated by the Mechanicus Forces.

The Amplification Hood Given to Chapter Master Villnis didn’t just amplify his ability to communicate with the physical realm. It utilised the Warp to broadcast far further than any conventional Vox, the Hood was permanently fixed to his brain and the line was permanently open. After several years Dark things began to Whisper to the Chapter Master.

Hundreds of Years Earlier the Mechnicus of Galland had turned their back on the Imperium and secretly began to look for new masters to serve, second to the Omnissiah. While excavating a Battlefield of the Horus Heresy they found what they had been searching for.

Chaos corrupted them over the course of decades, time being but a trivial thing for the Sons of Mars. In return for their worship of these Dark Powers they were given unnatural knowledge and all limitations on the research vanished.

On the Battlefield they discovered two Companies worth of Mk.III Suits of Power Armour filled with what remained of the bones of Astartes. During the fighting the ground the Astartes stood upon gave way and crushed them all to death, the armour, weapons and artifacts lay dormant for Millennia.

The Weapons and Armour were given as gifts to the Knights of the Blade who took them with great thanks and issued them to their Battle Brothers never knowing the Dark pact they had just sealed with Chaos.

The Armour all belonged to members of the Death Guard and carried the taint of Grandfather Nurgle’s Gift. Slowly Nurgle and his followers whispered to those men who wore the Heresy Armour, tempting them with visions of Power and Invincibility.

Once the Corruption of the Chapter Master was complete he set his Dark plans in Motion.

The Galland Massacre

With the Corruption of the Chapter Complete Villnis planned his secession.

All Company besides the First would be sent from the Planet to various places in the nearby system in staggered intervals. Chapter Master Villnis would then take those men loyal to himself and Nurgle and position them on the Moon.

The Dark Mechanicus Forces would then attack the First Company, the power of Nurgle would disturb their calls for help and the information of the Mechanicus’ betrayal. As the Companies returned Chapter Master Villnis would use his Hood to demand they immediately engage the enemy on the Planet, himself claiming to be in the thick of the desperate fighting all the while he lurked on the Moon with his followers.

Then once all the Kngihts of the Blade had been Slaughtered the Civilians of Galland that operated the Mining Equipment would be sacrificed to Nurgle and Villnis would ascend to Daemonhood.

The Knights of the Blade would be slaughtered, the Dark Mechanicus would continue to be seen as loyal followers of the Imperium and Villnis would take his place among Nurgle’s Champions.

The Eldar

Partially seeing the events unfolding the Eldar made haste to Galland.

In their Visions they Marines of the Knights of the Blade ravaging their Nearby Craftworlds, shattering their Spirit Stones and bringing unholy decay to their homes. They saw the Forces of Mankind descending on their beloved Craftworlds in pursuit of their wayward sons. A Son of the Emperor himself would lead them in a crusade of Fire and Blood that would extinguish the light of Millions of Eldar. They saw the Emperor’s Son himself pierce the Heart of the Daemon Prince, banishing him to the Warp. The Imperium of Man then left the Craftworlds, shattered and corrupted, and the Eldar would slave for Millennia to make them whole again.

The Farseer saw this and could not let it come to pass. If the Imperium would not put down it’s Rabid Offspring then the Eldar would.

The Battle fo Galland V

Seeking to stop their Perception of the Future before it began the Eldar launched their attack the day before Villnis planned his own. The Eldar knew to strike at this moment because the felt a great disturbance in the Warp caused by Villnis’ Hood and had picked up fragments of his messages to the Dark Mechanicum Warriors naming this date as their “Time of Assention”.

Striking early and hoping to disrupt their plans the Eldar made an enourmous blunder and sealed their fate.

Rather than the Dark Mechanicum launching the attack Villnis simply held them all back with his own men and allowed the Eldar to slaughter the drip fed reinforcements.

When the last of the Astartes had fallen, Vandels lying mortally wounded, only then did Villnis strike. His men descended on the Eldar, Nurgle’s Warp presence blinding their Farseers to their imminent arrival until it was upon them.

The Eldar that did not escape were butchered and their souls given as gifts to Slaneesh, their Skulls to Khorne, their failed plans to Tzeench and their putrefying corpses to their patron Nurgle. However Nurgle was displeased that Galland itself would not be sacrificed to him, the cover of the traitors still intact they were reluctant to blow it with a sacrifice.

Instead Nurgle Demanded the Sacrifice of Seven Hundred and Seventy-Seven Worlds for his boon to be granted to the failed Villnis who took up the challenge with relish.

Reluctant to attack the Worlds of Man and so expose his allegiance he set his sights on those of the Eldar.

A Prophecy Misread

The Eldar had acted rashly, foolishly and arrogantly. They saw in the future was what would happen if they did not act but did not stop to think what would come to pass if they did act. Villnis would betray the Imperium alongside the Mechanicum, he would sacrifice Galland V to Nurgle and ascend to Daemonhood.

If they did not act then Villnis would be exposed and hunted by Guilliman himself upon his return but since he was not exposed Villnis was free to ravage and destroy all the nearby Craftworlds, condemning Billions to Oblivion. Without the Forces of Mankind to deffeat him he only grew stronger and the Eldar could not contain him. He would only be destroyed when he ventured into Imperial Space and met his match but the extermination of the Eldar in this part of the Galaxy would be complete.

The Awakening

Villnis upon discovering his old First Captain still lived he had the idea of interring him in a Dreadnought and forcing him to see the lies of his Corpse Emperor for all eternity, deliberatley inserting Documents like the Imperial Truth, Lecticio Devinitatus and Primordial Truth into his required materials. Those recruits sent to the newly founded Order of the Broken Sword found to be susceptible to the whispers of Chaos would be sent to Villnis’ Warband and ensure a steady stream of recruits.

That was until the arrival of Guilliman and the Awakening of Vandels.

The Third Company is Made Whole

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I Recently Picked Up the 40K Starter Set, I'll Only Show the Few Extremely Limited Conversions I did, Everything Else is Standard.

Commander Heinz Aldebonn of the 3rd Company III/I Cohort. Commander Heinz Earned his Place of Honour in the Chapter's Hall of Legends with Countless Victories Against the Eldar and Mechanicus.Commander Heinz Aldebonn of the 3rd Company III/I Cohort. Commander Heinz Earned his Place of Honour in the Chapter's Hall of Legends with Countless Victories Against the Eldar and Mechanicus.
The Head is Taken from the Venerable Dreadnought Kit and the Sword was Broken as is the Chapters Tradition but Otherwise the Minis is as it Comes in the BoxThe Head is Taken from the Venerable Dreadnought Kit and the Sword was Broken as is the Chapters Tradition but Otherwise the Minis is as it Comes in the Box
Originally One of the Primaris Captains Given to the Order by Guilliman he Didn't Hold that Rank for Long. Chapter Master Vandels Stripped all Sergeants and Officers of their Ranks and Forced them all to Re-Apply for their Positions. Over Half of the Men did not Meet his Standards and were Returned to the Ranks of Brothers without Shame or Dishonour, it was not they who Declared Themselves but others. Never the Less many Brothers took Decades to Forgive the Slight. Originally One of the Primaris Captains Given to the Order by Guilliman he Didn't Hold that Rank for Long. Chapter Master Vandels Stripped all Sergeants and Officers of their Ranks and Forced them all to Re-Apply for their Positions. Over Half of the Men did not Meet his Standards and were Returned to the Ranks of Brothers without Shame or Dishonour, it was not they who Declared Themselves but others. Never the Less many Brothers took Decades to Forgive the Slight.
Lieutenant Allistair Gollan. He Came to the Chapter as a Brother and Now Leads the Second Half of 3rd Company III/I Cohort.Lieutenant Allistair Gollan. He Came to the Chapter as a Brother and Now Leads the Second Half of 3rd Company III/I Cohort.
Given the Honour of Selecting a Venerable Piece of Wargear from the Chapter's Relics he Selected a Mk.III Helmet Once Worn by the Knight's of the Blade's First Chapter MasterGiven the Honour of Selecting a Venerable Piece of Wargear from the Chapter's Relics he Selected a Mk.III Helmet Once Worn by the Knight's of the Blade's First Chapter Master
The Contents of Dark Imperium for Reference. But what Shall I do with the Chaos? Remember Chapter Master Villnis' Amplification Hood the Mechanicus Gave Him?The Contents of Dark Imperium for Reference. But what Shall I do with the Chaos? Remember Chapter Master Villnis' Amplification Hood the Mechanicus Gave Him?

Statues of the Old Chapter

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I Was Given A Terminator Librarian, an Aquila and Part of a Space Marine Statue a Few Years Ago so it was About Time I did Something with Them.

The Statue is going to be put on a Ruined Base and is meant to represent a relic of the Knights of the Blade left to rot for Millennia.The Statue is going to be put on a Ruined Base and is meant to represent a relic of the Knights of the Blade left to rot for Millennia.
I Had a Librarian Missing His Right Arm and Left Hand. So with a Donation from a Hammer-nator I made a StatueI Had a Librarian Missing His Right Arm and Left Hand. So with a Donation from a Hammer-nator I made a Statue
I Deliberately put a Heavy Undercoat and Two Thick Layers of Paint on the Mini to Make it Look More Like a Statue and Less Like a MiniI Deliberately put a Heavy Undercoat and Two Thick Layers of Paint on the Mini to Make it Look More Like a Statue and Less Like a Mini
This Statue is a Representation of Chapter Master Villnis Bracken of the Knights of the Blade. This Statue is a Representation of Chapter Master Villnis Bracken of the Knights of the Blade.
Shown Here with his Hammer, Fist of the Order, and his Mechanicus Designed Ampification Hood that allowed him to Directly Communicate with Vox Networks in Orbit Around a Planet with a mere thought, but that was not it's only Function...Shown Here with his Hammer, Fist of the Order, and his Mechanicus Designed Ampification Hood that allowed him to Directly Communicate with Vox Networks in Orbit Around a Planet with a mere thought, but that was not it's only Function...
Statues of the Old Chapter
Statues of the Old Chapter
The Statue of the Chapter Master will be Placed on this Plinth taken from the Space Marine StatueThe Statue of the Chapter Master will be Placed on this Plinth taken from the Space Marine Statue
During my Routine Cleanups I found a Storm Talon. It was Missing it's Engines but I could still use it.During my Routine Cleanups I found a Storm Talon. It was Missing it's Engines but I could still use it.
I Also Found an Engine from a Storm Eagle (30K Again) that I have for no reason and Decided that the Best Position for it was Smack Bang on Top of the Flying Potato err Storm EagleI Also Found an Engine from a Storm Eagle (30K Again) that I have for no reason and Decided that the Best Position for it was Smack Bang on Top of the Flying Potato err Storm Eagle
The Two Side Engines are Dark Angels Plasma Cannons that I found in my Bitz Box/Tub and they worked perfectly with the Sword Motif. The Lascannons are from an Imperial Guard Project on Pause. The Two Side Engines are Dark Angels Plasma Cannons that I found in my Bitz Box/Tub and they worked perfectly with the Sword Motif. The Lascannons are from an Imperial Guard Project on Pause.

More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.

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More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.
More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.
More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.
More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.
More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.
More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.
More Work on Brother Sergeant Sauer.

Chaplain Ritter and Chapter Master Vandels Plus Work on Sergeant Sauer

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Seeing to the Purity of Spirit and Promotion of the Imperial Truth Among his Brothers of the Third Company is Brother Chaplain Ritter

The Original Mini was a Forge World Night Lords Contemptor that I have left over from my 30K Night Lords Army (We'll be seeing more of them in this Project)The Original Mini was a Forge World Night Lords Contemptor that I have left over from my 30K Night Lords Army (We'll be seeing more of them in this Project)
Brother Sergeant Sauer was also Left over from my 30K Days but he's just a Dreadnought from Betrayal at Calth with no ModificationsBrother Sergeant Sauer was also Left over from my 30K Days but he's just a Dreadnought from Betrayal at Calth with no Modifications
Brother Chaplain Ritter Had Two Assault Cannons taken from Dark Vengance Terminators (Counts as a single High Powered Assault Cannon in Game) and his Left Arm is a Contemptor Dreadnoughts Leg Stripped and Turned Upside Down with a Standard Dreadnoughts Weapon and Stormbolter Taken from a Kit we'll look at in a Minute.Brother Chaplain Ritter Had Two Assault Cannons taken from Dark Vengance Terminators (Counts as a single High Powered Assault Cannon in Game) and his Left Arm is a Contemptor Dreadnoughts Leg Stripped and Turned Upside Down with a Standard Dreadnoughts Weapon and Stormbolter Taken from a Kit we'll look at in a Minute.
Brother Chaplain Ritter was only Recently Interred in the Dreadnoughts Sarcophagus. As Such he is not as effective as he could otherwise be and hence uses just the Standard Contemptor Dreadnought Rules in Game... for now.Brother Chaplain Ritter was only Recently Interred in the Dreadnoughts Sarcophagus. As Such he is not as effective as he could otherwise be and hence uses just the Standard Contemptor Dreadnought Rules in Game... for now.
Brother Ritters Right Shoulder Pauldron was Damaged when worn by it's previous occupant and while repairs are being organised the damage is covered by the Tattered Remains of the Chaplains Robes.Brother Ritters Right Shoulder Pauldron was Damaged when worn by it's previous occupant and while repairs are being organised the damage is covered by the Tattered Remains of the Chaplains Robes.
Progress on Chapter Master Vandels. He is a Venerable Dreadnought and in keeping with his former Position as First Company Captain of the Knights of the Blades his Dreadnought Maintains their colours.Progress on Chapter Master Vandels. He is a Venerable Dreadnought and in keeping with his former Position as First Company Captain of the Knights of the Blades his Dreadnought Maintains their colours.
Covered in Purity Seals Chapter Master Vandels is no Armchair Grand MasterCovered in Purity Seals Chapter Master Vandels is no Armchair Grand Master
Order Master Vandels Wears his old MKIII Helmet (Yet another relic of my 30K Days)Order Master Vandels Wears his old MKIII Helmet (Yet another relic of my 30K Days)
The Chapter Banner of the Order of the Broken SwordThe Chapter Banner of the Order of the Broken Sword

All the Dreadnoughts are Relics from the Knights of the Blade and as such they retain the Chapters Crossed Swords Symbols on the rear of their Pauldrons to calm the Dreadnought’s Machine Spirit.

The Dreadnoughts Symbols are as Follows

  • Left Shoulder Outside Face. The Chapters Symbol of a Broken Sword
  • Left Shoulder Front. A Personalisation Plate, some Dreadnoughts will have their Brothers make Kill Markings on it, others will keep a record of their years of interment while others still keep it blank.
  • Left Shoulder Rear. The Chapter Symbol of the Knights of the Blade. This is done to both calm the Machine Spirit and Honour the Chapter’s History.
  • Left Shoulder Top. The Interred Brothers Name. This will often be spread over both shoulders unless one shoulder is too damaged to accommodate it.
  • Chest. This is the Branch of the Chapter the Marine Belongs to. Brother Chaplains wear a Skull. Officers Wear an Iron Cross. The Rest of the Men Wear the Chapter Symbol. Librarians and Techmarines are not Permitted the Honour of Interment in a Dreadnought Sarcophagus. The Former because they are mistrusted in life let alone in Death, the latter because a Techmarine is not a Battle Brother.
  • Right Shoulder Outside Face. The Cohort the Marine Belongs to. The First Cohort are Companies I, IV and VII. The Second Cohort are Companies II, V and VIII. The Third Cohort are Companies III, VI and IX. Each is Overseen by an Order Commander.
  • Right Shoulder Front. This is the Place within the Cohort the Company occupies. I, II or III.
  • Right Shoulder Rear. The Chapter Symbol of the Knights of the Blade. This is done to both calm the Machine Spirit and Honour the Chapter’s History.
  • Right Shoulder Top. The Interred Brothers Name. This will often be spread over both shoulders unless one shoulder is too damaged to accommodate it.
  • The Crotch Plate will sometimes but not always have the Chapter Symbol on it.

Demi Company "Adalhard" Detached from 3rd Company

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First Squad, Third Company Lead by Brother Sergeant Ernst First Squad, Third Company Lead by Brother Sergeant Ernst
Third Squad, Third Company Lead by Brother Sergeant BeckerThird Squad, Third Company Lead by Brother Sergeant Becker
Fifth Squad, Third Company Lead by Brother Sergeant KrauseFifth Squad, Third Company Lead by Brother Sergeant Krause
Sub Commander Adalhard, Means Noble and Hardy, Leads the Demi CompanySub Commander Adalhard, Means Noble and Hardy, Leads the Demi Company
Demi Company
Demi Company
Veteran Brother Sergeant Sauer, Interred in a Dreadnought as a newly inducted Sergeant he Received both Veteran Status and 2iC of the Demi Company Since his Interment.Veteran Brother Sergeant Sauer, Interred in a Dreadnought as a newly inducted Sergeant he Received both Veteran Status and 2iC of the Demi Company Since his Interment.
Demi Company
Demi Company
Demi Company

The Demi Company is Lead by Sub Commander Adalhard.

The Demi Company has Brother Sergeant Wagner interred in a Redemptor Dreadnought.

White Helmet Markings Denote an Officer or NCO.

Red Hoods or Helmet Markings denote a Veteran.

White Helmet Stripes indicate the Chain of Command for the Demi Company. When the Lieutenant is taken out of action the Sergeant with a White Stripe will take Command and if the Sergeants are taken out of action the Marine with the White Stripe will take Command.

Veteran Status is not a Rank but an award for Bravery and Valour, they do not outrank Brothers in the same way a more decorated Soldier does not outrank his fellows.

Following in the Tradition of the Chapter Dreadnoughts can receive promotions even after interment and can lead their brothers at the Company Level so long as their service warrants such an honour.

The Beliefs of the Order of the Broken Sword

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After Several Millennia of Torture, Forbidden Wisdom and Reflection had Left Chapter Master Vandels with a Series of Reforms to Implement

Here is a list of the things that Chapter Master Vandels knows.

  • That the Lectitio Divinitatus was Written by one of the Chaos Primarchs
  • That the Emperor did not want to be worshiped as a God
  • The Basics of the Imperial Truth from the writings of Remembrancers
  • The Names of Four Traitor Primarchs: Horus, Angron, Mortarion and Fulgrim.
  • That A Traitor Primarch wrote the Lectitio Divinitatus, he does not know who, why or when.
  • That the Mechanicus operates almost separately from the Imperium or at least many of it’s smaller organisations do.
  • That the Fallen exist although they are not his duty to hunt.
  • That the Emperor wanted an Atheist State devoid of all worship, he does not know or care why.

Each Marine is given a Sword upon initiation, the style and length of which is entirely up to the individual.

The final step to his initiation is to break the blade with his own hands. The broken shard of the blade is then taken to the Great Hall and it is here that the Brother’s Deeds and History will be recorded.

Upon Promotion to Officer the Brother is given a new Sword to represent his rank. He will still carry his old Sword however.

The Chapter does not follow the standard naming designation for it’s ranks.

  • The Standard Marine is Known as a “Brother”
  • The Squad Leader is Known as a “Brother Sergeant”
  • The Lieutenant is Known as a “Sub Commander”
  • The Captain is Known as a “Commander”
  • Three Companies are Lead by an “Order Commander”
  • The Marine Leader of the Order is Known as the “Order Master”
  • The Leader of the Order is Known as the “Grand Master”
  • Chaplains are Known as “Brother Chaplain” and are treated with immense respect and admiration.
  • The Librarian’s are Known as “Librarian” they are treated as any other Brother but intensely monitored. Grand Master Vandels considered outlawing them but was persuaded from it by his Officers.
  • Apothecaries are Known as “Brother Surgeons”
  • Marines interred in Dreadnoughts keep their Rank and are known as that Rank.
  • As a whole the Dreadnoughts are Known as “The Enduring Brothers”
  • The Dead are Known as “The Eternal Brothers”

Worship of the Emperor as a God is strictly forbidden.

The Chaplains have extra duties mainly that they ensure that no worship of any kind takes place among the Brothers of the Order.

When the Primaris reinforcements were sent there were no Techmarines included in their ranks. The belief being that a Chapter so linked to the Mechanics had no use for them.

Instead the Chapter loaned Techmarines from their fellow Dark Angels until they could send their own members to be trained as Techmarines.

This is perhaps the biggest difference between the Order of the Broken Sword and other Chapters. The Chapter has no Space Marine Techmarines. Instead being a Techmarine is the worst punishment that can be issued to a Brother of the Order.

If a Brother of the Order disgraces himself, the Order or the Imperium he is stripped of his membership and his Status as an Astartes. He is then demoted to a mere Chapter Servant, equal to any servitor or data entry specialist, and banished to a Forge World to learn his craft before returning to the Order.

Upon his return he is stripped of any name, known only as “Techmarine” followed by a binary number. His helmet is permanently fixed to his armour and cannot be removed under any circumstances, such is his shame.

The disgraced Brother’s Sword is reforged and placed in it’s plinth, all deeds, history and name removed.

Finally, the greatest insult of all, the Gene Seed of the Techmarines are considered tainted by their worship of the Omnissiah and are never recovered from fallen Marines, such is the hatred of the Mechanicus.

Hatred of the Mechanicus

The Order of the broken Sword is tasked with hunting down Rogue members of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Not necessarily Chaos worshiping Cults or even disloyal Cults but any groups that the Inquisition has denounced.

Any Adeptus Mechanicus groups that attempt Innovation, Go to Extreme Lengths to secure new STC’s or deal with Xenos will find themselves on the ‘Hit List’ of the Order of the Broken Sword.

Of course the Adeptus Mechanicus that formerly occupied Galland V are a constant target for the Order, the Recovery of the Swords of “The Knights of the Blade” is one of their main objectives regardless of any orders.

To oversee their hunt for the Mechanicus Traitors the Inquisition has sent an Inquisitor from the Ordo Machinum, a branch of the Inquisition tasked with overseeing the Adeptus Mechanicus.

Inquisitor Alonso Fredericus Cohannan

Inquisitor Alonso Fredericus Cohannan is out of his mind. He sees all technology as Heresy and an enemy of Mankind. Fortunately he also considers himself to be a Radical Inquisitor and so doesn’t mind the use of Technology so long as it’s used with the goal of eliminating the enemies of Mankind.

The Inquisitor and the Order Master get along extremely well and both give the other a wide berth and plenty of trust. Even though the Order Master is basically just a Machine he tirelessly fights the enemies of Mankind and so is permitted to exist.

The Order of the Broken Sword is Born

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For Four Thousand Years the Order of the Broken Sword was a Single Dreadnought Wired into a Database used as a Glorified Scanner

After the Destruction of Galland V the Mechanicus moved all of the equipment, infrastructure and machinery of their mining operation to the moon “Galland Seniorem” which possessed the same resources only in smaller quantities.

They reconstructed the Chapter Monastery although it was only a shell and possessed no decorations or anything of significance to the Chapter. Their Swords were taken and distributed among the high ranking members of the Adeptus Mechanicus on the Moon who treated them as curiosities and badges of office.

Only the Former First Captain, Brother Captain Vandels Excitor, had his sword preserved.

In his duel with the Eldar Autarch Brother Captain Vandels’ Sword was broken in half. He managed to mortally wound his opponent with the remnants of his sword before delivering the deathblow with the top of the blade that had broken off. His Sword, seen as useless by the Local Mechanicus, was attached to his Dreadnought Sarcophagus.

When Brother Captain Vandels Discovered that he was Being Interred in a Dreadnought he Imagined another Chance to Slay the Enemies of Mankind.When Brother Captain Vandels Discovered that he was Being Interred in a Dreadnought he Imagined another Chance to Slay the Enemies of Mankind.
Magos Scribe ATPQT-01100010, Overseer of the Mechanicus' Date Retention EffortsMagos Scribe ATPQT-01100010, Overseer of the Mechanicus' Date Retention Efforts
Fabricator-General RTMGUI-100100100111, Fabricator-General of Galland SenioremFabricator-General RTMGUI-100100100111, Fabricator-General of Galland Seniorem
Fabricator Locum GTPOISDU-1001111001, Officer in Charge of the Order of the Broken Sword he was the Point of Contact for any External Communiques and Maintaining the Illusion of a Space Marine ChapterFabricator Locum GTPOISDU-1001111001, Officer in Charge of the Order of the Broken Sword he was the Point of Contact for any External Communiques and Maintaining the Illusion of a Space Marine Chapter
The Sword of Brother Genric seen in the Hands of a Skitarii Alpha. All Blades are of Equal Value to Vandels and All are to be RecoveredThe Sword of Brother Genric seen in the Hands of a Skitarii Alpha. All Blades are of Equal Value to Vandels and All are to be Recovered

Vandels was made into the Chapter Master of the Order of the Broken Sword. His Dreadnought was outfitted with a close combat weapon and a Plasma Cannon although both were deactivated. For millennia he was kept in a limited stasis, his only function to scan the vast collections of Imperial Records, Data and History collected by the Mechanicus and upload it to a database.

Normally such tasks were unnecessary, the data is transferred from Database to Database but with the loss of Galland V the Mechanicus also lost their Database. It was destroyed by Vandels when he and his First Company retreated into the Fortress Monastery to prevent it falling into the hands of the Eldar.

Any nearby Forge World could easily have sent a portable Data Transfer to the system and instantly create a new Database but this would result in the shame, demotion and reduction to being a servitor for those charged with it’s protection.

Rather than face this ordeal Fabricator-General RTMGUI-100100100111 decided to manually upload all the trillions of files by “hand” using the enormous backups that the Mechanicus carried with it in case of critical Database Failure. The process has lasted Four Millennia and it is almost complete.

The Files range from arbitrary troops deployments several millennia old, entire histories of planets that no longer exist all the way to a copy of the Lectitio Divinitatus, written by Lorgar Himself.

Unknown to the Imperium, this faction of the Mechanicus had horded copies of Remembrancers Images, Poetry and Histories dating back to the Great Crusade that they could get their cybernetic hands on.

When the decision was made to reinforce the Adeptus Astartes with Primaris Marines those Chapters which had suffered the worst were given priority.

When the great fleet of Primarch Guilliman arrived at Galland Seniorem they brought with them nearly a full Chapter of Marines all ready for action.

When the presence of Chapter Master Vandels was requested and denied the issue was pressed further until the Mechanicum was forced to relent. Reluctantly they reactivated the Ancient Dreadnought and connected him via video link to the new Marines.

Upon being powered up Chapter Master Vandels took his Vengeance. He incinerated the Servitors, crushed his Techpriest babysitter before going on a rampage.

After killing hundreds of servants of the Mechanicus Vandels addressed his new Chapter

With the Fleet of a Primarch in Orbit the Demand could not be RefusedWith the Fleet of a Primarch in Orbit the Demand could not be Refused

Brothers these Heretical Filth have bound me in chains but no more shall I be a slave to their machines. Rise my Friends for we are all Brothers in the Order of the Broken Sword. Destroy these Heretics, Liberate your Chapter, Scour Our Enemies and Serve the Emperor.

The Primaris Marines immediately deployed to the Planet and wrought a terrible vengeance on the forces of the Mechanicus. Despite their best efforts many of the Mechanicus escaped and fled in all directions, taking with them the precious Blades of the former Chapter.

After being informed of their betrayal the Order of the Broken Sword was given a mandate to undertake a Crusade to destroy the remnants of Forge World Galland wherever they may hide and avenge the Knights of the Blade.

After retaking their Fortress Monastery Chapter Master Vandels personally destroyed all the Mechanicus Banners in the Great Hall of the Monastery. He then gathered to him the entire Chapter and laid down the new rules of the order, several Millennia of torture, forbidden wisdom and reflection had left Chapter Master Vandels with a series of reforms to implement.

The Knights of the Blade

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Before The Order of the Broken Sword there was The Knights of the Blade

The Insignia of The Knights of the BladeThe Insignia of The Knights of the Blade

Created during the Second Founding The Knights of the Blade took no part in the hunting of the Fallen and instead assisted the Adeptus Mechanicus in hunting their own traitors. As a Result The Knights of the Blade knew about the Fallen and would hunt them if they came across them but were far more likely to just pass the information on. If they ever captured a Member of the Fallen they would be sent under escort to the Dark Angels.

The Colour Scheme of The Knights of the BladeThe Colour Scheme of The Knights of the Blade

The Knights of the Blade took extraordinary care of their Swords. Every rank, posting, battle, commendation and reprimand a Brother ever received was personally engraved on his sword.

The Halls of the Chapters Home Planet of Galland V were filled with the recovered swords of the dead Battle Brothers and the Chapters history was not in books or on Data-Pads but on the Blades of it’s Warriors. This gave rise to the Chapter Motto

Our Blades are our Glory

And the Chapter’s Battle Cry

Steel Hearts! Steel Deeds!

The Knights of the Blade accompanied the Mechanicus until their Homeworld was attacked by Eldar. Galland V was secretly a world that contained Spirit Stones and the newly arrived mining activities of the Mechanicus were threatening them.

The Eldar came swiftly and wiped out the Two Reserve Companies that held the Planet and Drove the First Company back into their Fortress Monastery. The remaining Seven Companies returned the the Planet and the First Three were destroyed in Piecemeal as they rushed to reinforce the First Company.

The remaining Companies massed on the planets moon and launched a surprise drop pod assault on the Eldar besiegers as the First Company sallied forth from the Fortress Monastery.

First Captain, Brother Captain Vandels Excitor, Leader of the First CompanyFirst Captain, Brother Captain Vandels Excitor, Leader of the First Company

The fighting was fierce and before long only a handful or Marines survived. Lead by Brother Captain Vandels the last handful of The Knights of the Blade died fighting hand to hand with the Eldar. Brother Captain Vandels’ Sword was broken in single combat with an Eldar Autarch and he was found clutching it with the last of his strength.

When the nearest Imperial help arrived on Galland V only Brother Captain Vandels survived and even he was shattered beyond repair and was immediately interred in a Dreadnought.

Believing the Chapter destroyed The Knights of the Blade were officially declared destroyed and Former Brother Captain Vandels was transferred to the Mechanicus for safekeeping.

Rather than finding him a new Chapter to Serve the Mechanicus created a false Chapter known as “The Order of the Broken Sword” in M.37 shortly after the fall of Galland V.

“The Order of the Broken Sword” had no official connections to the Adeptus Mechanicus and existed only so they could take in the best of the new recruits destined for a Space Marine Chapter but who would instead find themselves in the ranks of the Skitarii.

Kept in a limited stasis Brother Captain Vandels was turned into little more than a glorified scanner, reading and transcribing documents before uploading them to the Private Data Frame of the local Forge World. Among the Documents he read over the Millenia was the Lectitio Divinitatus and many writings on “The Imperial Truth”. This Document and his treatment at the hands of the Mechanicus would set the groundwork for the Philosophy of “The Order of the Broken Sword”.

The “Order of the Broken Sword” were always listed as having taken heavy casualties in combat and so were constantly receiving new recruits and equipment that could be stolen by the local Adeptus Mechanicus.

This High Rate of Attrition Would Become the Chapter's Salvation.