Forging the Iron Hands Narrative
In this blog post I describe how I am going to create my 40k Iron Hands army along the lines of the 40k universe (or fluff). I intend to make this the first post of two.
This post will cover the chapter and squads, while the second will list known and living characters.
In later joint posts I will also cover my 30k Iron Hands Legion, units and characters.
Guilliman’s Codex Astartes
Firstly a review of how a Space Marine Chapter is formed post heresy. Every chapter is no greater than one thousand marines and split between ten companies, plus supporting divisions with their own heraldry, titles, symbols and history.
The first company is the elite soldiers and veterans of the chapter. The second to fifth are battle companies; the front line of the chapter. The sixth to ninth are the specialist reserve companies and the tenth are formed of scouts. Scout companies are posed of fresh recruits from the chapter home world who later go on to join other companies within the chapter.
The chapter also consists of an Armoury (tech marines, tanks and flyers), Reclusiam (chaplains), Apothecarion (Apothecaries), Librarius (Librarians), and Chapter Command.
The Iron Hands Chapter
Companies are referred to by the Iron Hands as Clans. Clans once represented the competing organisations on the Iron Hands home world of Medusa before the coming of the Great Crusade. Ferrus Manus, primarch of the Iron Hands, kept the formation of Clans in order to encourage their competitive nature historically formed when once fighting for scarce planetary resources.
Each Clan has its own history and character which marines emulate upon joining or being promoted (i.e going from a recruit of the 10th to a full battle-brother of the 3rd).
There is some contradiction around this as previous materials (codexes and novels) state that clans do their own recruitment. However the Clan Ruakaan Supplement differs. I personally think this makes sense given the first companies status as the veteran company.
This is how the Iron Hands Chapter looks under the codex composition:
- Chapter Command
- 1st Clan Avernii – Veteran Company
- 2nd Clan Garrsak – Battle Company
- 3rd Clan Raukaan – Battle Company
- 4th Clan Kaargul – Battle Company
- 5th Clan Haarmek – Battle Company
- 6th Clan Sorrgol – Reserve Tactical Company
- 7th Clan Borrgos – Reserve Tactical Company
- 8th Clan Morlaag – Reserve Assault Company
- 9th Clan Vurgaan – Reserve Devastator Company
- 10th Clan Company Dorrvok – Scout Company (recruits)
I will be basing my army primarily around Clan Raukaan, but also drawing from Squads in the 1st, 6th, and the 10th companies. This works well for me because it means I don’t waste most of my Forge World transfers 😉 and I can also use known characters and units from more than one clan.
Known Squads of the Clan Ruakaan
Just as companies are known as Clans, so too are squads known as Clave’s.
I’ve listed them here by Clave number, name, unit type, and any known characteristics in brackets.
- 1st Clave Taloch, Tactical
- 2nd Clave Riise, Tactical (bellicose, drop pod – assault specialists, excess choler and fury)
- 3rd Clave Arx, Tactical
- 4th Clave Nycter, Tactical
- 5th Clave Kalag, Tactical (methodical, efficient; don’t waste shots, heavy augmentation)
- 6th Clave Broesus, Assault
- 7th Clave Neim, Assault (expert support unit)
- 8th Clave Kebire, Devastator
- 9th Clave Selax, Devastator (nickname “Ferrus’ Vengeance”, record grievances and avenge them)
- 10th Clave Valan, Scouts
Other mentioned squads:
Unfortunately these squads have only been mentioned by number and not name, but I have put them in because their existence and unit type is known.
- Clan Garrsak, 6th Squad, Tactical.
- Clan Avernii, 3rd Squad, Terminator.
- Clan Haarmek, 10th Squad, Devastator.
- Clan Kaargul, 4th Squad, Tactical.
Clan and Squad Markings
Squad members marked with the icon of their chapter on the left shoulder pad, and their clan on their right. On their left knee pad is marked the number of their Clave and on the right shin is the unit type (tactical, assault, veteran etc.)
- Codex Adeptus Astartes Space Marine, Games Workshop, 2015-06.
- Clan Ruakaan a Codex: Space Marines Supplement, Games Workshop, 2013.
- Wrath of Iron by Chris Wraight, Black Library, 2012.
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