So, I've took the plunge, bought models, paint and tools and I am officially fully back into the hobby.
And what better way to start than with a new home-brew chapter that will eventually be joined by inquisition, sisters, custodes and become a crusade force.
I'm mainly doing it for the modelling and narrative play, building models I like.
Anyway, the background and scheme of the chapter using the B&C space marine painter. The whole army will be primaris but this is the scheme. Some building of models is planned this week and hopefully my paint order will be shipped this weekend, but this is a slow burn project anyway, I hope you enjoy the background.
EDIT: First Squad is now complete. Individual pics are in a later post
The Shroud of Vigilance Chapter
The colour scheme of the shroud of vigilance dark angel successor chapter. Tasked with keeping close ties to the inquisition by the unforgivens Grand Master Azrael to intel for any infiltration of the Fallen into the holy ordos. To maintain a level of secrecy the chapter does not maintain an official badge, that which suits the chapter and also the inquisition to perform clandestine operations, sometimes against the inquisition itself where no survivors are permitted. Each of the chapters 8 companies typically are assigned to a specific ordo within the inquisition, with one each for the major ordos and the other five covering multiple minor ordos between them.
Each company is presided over by a Grand Master, with an inner council of a Chief librarian, Master of Interrogations, The Master of the Dreadbringers and the Master of the Corvus Venators. This council is then supported by the full inner circle of the company, comprised of the librarians, Interrogator chaplains and Judicier and the Barons of Maledictum and Barons of Trepidation. The chapter is lead by a further circle of Grand Masters, each on an even parity of power and influence, with the deciding power in the case of a stalled vote going to a supreme grand master of another of the unforgiven chapters. The nature of this organisation is to aid the chapters autonomy when investigating the inquisition. In light of this, it is very rare for the grand master to meet in a formal meeting of the circle of grand masters, and typically only when a fellow grand master wants to council his peers on a certain sensitive matter, either within or outside of the chapter. Each company is comprised of roughly 80 Battle line Marines of the regular company formation, 40 corvus venators, 30 Dreadbringers, then a small formation, usually comprising of 10-20 Barons for each of the Barons of Maledictum and Barons of Trepidation.
The Corvus Venators
The Corvus Venators. The chapters vanguard, reconnaissance, scout and guerrilla operatives. The formation is a twist on the more traditional ravenwing formation of the unforgiven, with the inclusion of infantry exclusively in phobos pattern or omnis pattern armour, allowing the formation to deploy assets on long recon and surveillance missions as well as the chapters outrider, ATV and storm speeder squadrons for hard, swift strike and hit and run missions. Finally, in fitting with it’s phobos base, this is also where the chapters invictor war suits are also maintained, though rare due to the potential to be spotted during infiltration missions, they are piloted by a member of the small elite force within the corvus venators, the ‘Barons of Maledictum’.
The elite shock troops of the chapter. Maintained in a small number within each company rather than a distinct formation. The company makes extensive use of gravis armour to achieve it’s needs as well as some specially modified terminator plate to accomodate the primaris frame. In addition this is where the chapters bladeguard veterans are maintained. The true modus operandi of the formation is to act as a search and destroy, sweeping up any breaches of secrecy outside of the chapter and within, performing purge operations to ensure secrecy at all costs, to the extent that burnt earth tactics have been used to ensure no evidence is found, with unfavourable rumours of sanctioned exterminates that falls far below the codex astartes thresholds for such an actions. Whilst many different configurations of squads make up the Dreadbringers, only the bladeguard and Terminator squads are members of the chapters inner circle and take up the additional mantle of ‘The Barons of Trepidation’.
The Barons of Maledictum
The Barons of Maledictum are the Corvus Venators elite warriors. Inducted into the inner circle of the chapter, they form a council within the Corvus Venators to aid and guide the master of the formation as well as being the chapters most specialised clandestine operatives and assassins, deploying often and providing crucial intel for the Dreadbringers search and destroy, and burnt earth operations. Sometimes working closely with the ‘The Barons of Trepidation’ within the Dreadbringers on their in-house purges. Whilst aware of the role the ‘Barons of Trepidation’ fulfil within the chapter, and providing support, they keep their fellow Barons at arms length, understanding how volatile they can be and also being aware that the Barons of Trepidation may bring their captious modus operandi upon the corvus venators themselves. In itself these lends clues to how the chapter command is organised. New grand masters of a company are promoted from either the corvus venators master or the dreadbringers master, with a vote taking place by the 7 other grand masters of the chapters companies. Naturally, the appointment of either lends to the direction the company will take, ruthlessly zealous in it’s pursuit of maintained secrecy, or a more pragmatic approach, choosing to operate in a manor of innocent till proven guilty in regards to investigations within the chapter. This can come into direct conflict with the Barons of Trepidations allowed autonomy, with an ex corvus venator master often utilising his own barons of maledictum surveillance mastery to keep an unrelenting watchful eye on their fellow barons, aware that speed and swiftness is of the essence if they want to curtail an internal purge.
The Barons of Trepidation
Meet the elite of the Dreadbringers, ‘The Barons of Trepidation’. Permanent allocations to the Barons of trepidation within the formations are the companies senior librarian, the apprentice of the reclusiarch and the companies Judicier, to aid this role, with the companies master of the Dreadbringers being in overall charge, and only he and the companies grand master can order a baron of trepidation to stand down, that is if they hear of the impending sanctions in time. In this role they act as gatekeepers to the chapters dark motives, ruthlessly watching members below their rank of the Dreadbringers for any lapses of secrecy and given prior autonomy to handle any threats to the chapters true motives within the chapter without the requirement of an official trial of the accused, with the Judicier performing the final judgement once the threats have been isolated. Rumours within the inner circle at present suggests that the the barons of trepidation of the 8th company summarily executed the rest of the companies dreadbringers recently. Grand Master Ophaniel Ezekane has displayed discontent for their actions when the matter was investigated, unsure of the true motives. In consequence to this, the company is still to return the Dreadbringers to full strength, Grand Master Ezekane choosing to let it operate at understrength, recognising and limiting the scope and reach of the barons of trepidation under his charge.