Thanks for the good luck messages, given my fascination with new shiny things I'm going to need it. I must avoid thinking about Dark Angel Fellblades
First day back at work yesterday so I didn't get too much done, other than to start on building a second Whirlwind. I had hoped to get everything out on display and take a few pictures of where I am starting from. I did manage to get this one picture of my project storage corner (main storage for inactive/completed armies is the attic), it all looks fiarly neat in the B&C bag
Looking at the images above the Background text for my Company Master looks pretty unreadable at that photo resolution. Hopefully the text below helps:
Originally from Piscina, Master Ramiel was born into a family with strong ties to the Dark Angels. For countless generations, at least one of his family had attended the Gathering of Warriors and more often than not had been selected to leave for the stars. With such a birthright it is no surprise that he learned to use a sword and pistol as soon as he could walk, that he threw all that he had into being stronger, faster and smarter than any of his peers. When the once a generation Gathering came around, Ramiel faced others with the same commitment and skill, and yet again proved his worth.
It was not until the first Dark Angel arrived that Ramiel faced someone he could not compete with, for a full battle-brother is a god amongst men. All the effort Ramiel had expended only to realise that this was but the first step on a long road, it often broke many aspirants to realise that they would be the least amongst their fellow marines and that their path was one of pain and suffering. But for Ramiel it was another challenge to defeat, another obstacle to overcome. As he was the best Piscina had to offer, so too one day would he be the best that the Dark Angels could offer.
Despite the rigorous screening as part of the Gathering of Warrior, many fail on the path of the battle-brother, and so to was it with many of Ramiel’s fellow recruits. Some rejected the gene-seed, some failed the psychic screening, and others the tests of loyalty. For those the role of Servitor awaited, and for the few who pass the tests and can survive the pain of the gene therapy promotion to the Scout company awaits.
With his sharp mind Ramiel prospered in the scout company, rising rapidly to become a combat squad leader and often leading his team on protracted missions deep within enemy territory. Ramiel earned his name in 804.M41, when he took part in putting down the Galloway’s World Rebellion, his unit had been assigned to a Rapid Reaction Force comprised mainly of marines from the 5th Battle Company aboard the Strike Cruiser Pride of Caliban. Responding to calls from the Sector Governor the Dark Angels were one of the first units to arrive in the Sector and were immediately sent to investigate the disappearance of the Arbites ships that had previously been sent to Galloway’s World. Upon arriving in system the Pride of Caliban was immediately contacted by the port authorities and ordered to approach no further as the system was under quarantine following an outbreak of plague. At the same time the ship’s navigator and librarian could detect the presence of a powerful psychic beacon reaching deep into the immaterium. Whilst suspicious negotiations continued between the Dark Angels and Galloway’s World, Ramiel’s squad was dispatched via drop pod to the planet. In order to prevent the drop pod being noticed it was launched on a pure ballistic course towards the planet, drifting in-system with all but emergency power shut down for several days. Once on the ground, and recalling the stories of the old Plains World warriors, Ramiel’s team was quickly able to identify the Genestealer infection at the heart of rebellion and to mark they key locations where the leaders were holed up. With this information in their possession, the Pride of Caliban feigned agreement to withdraw from the system only to make an immediate return close in system before launching a full combat drop. With the exact locations of the key leadership the Dark Angels were able to destroy the majority of the Genestealer infection within hours. Once the psychic and influence of the Patriarch was gone the people of Galloway’s World swarmed onto the streets smashing the remaining stealers and their kin under sheer weight of numbers. The swiftness and decisive nature of the victory were credited to the intelligence gathered by Ramiel and his team, and although they had not fired a single shot many battle-brothers and millions of citizens knew that they owed their lives to the Dark Angel scouts.
Following the Galloway’s World Rebellion, Ramiel was promoted to a full battle-brother. The training never stops though, and Ramiel worked his way through the ranks, first as a bolter armed marine in the Devastator squads then as an Assault marine before transferring to a tactical squad. In 846.M41 he was a Brother Marine in the 3rd Squad 5th Battle Company during the Eldar invasion of the newly colonised world of Valeria Secondus. When his Sergeant fell, it was Ramiel who stepped forward and led his brothers in some of the fiercest fighting the Dark Angels had seen in many years. Although a brutal and bloody campaign the Dark Angels were able to repel the Eldar from Valeria Secondus re-claiming the world in the name of the Emperor. For his part in the action Ramiel was promoted to Sergeant of his squad.
In 897.M41 Ramiel was serving as the Sergeant of the 1st squad, the 5th company’s hardened veterans, when contact was made the techno-recidivists of Faze V. The 5th company had been assigned to assist Rouge Traders from Clan Arcadius in investigating a region of space that had been cut off by warp storms for several centuries. When the fleet entered orbit around Faze V it was immediately fired upon by a previously unseen form of powerful energy weapon, adapting quickly the 5th Company completed a full combat drop. Upon the surface the company found itself engaged by Men altered by the cybernetic arts, and held entirely in the thrall of some blasphemous machine intelligence. Such a thing was outlawed by ancient decree and the Dark Angels fought with a vengeful fury. Smashing through the hordes of machine-enslaved humans, the Dark Angels launched an attack on the massive logic engines of the sacrilegious entity, disabling them and freeing the population from the machines control. But the people had never existed alone and they craved union with the machine and soon rejected the newly installed rule for Terra. Millions rose up crying for the voice of the machine to be returned to them. The Imperium’s response was swift and predictably brutal with the Dark Angels leading the counter-attack. In a gruelling campaign lasting four months the techno-recidivists were beaten back to their fortresses and eventually wiped from the surface of their world and from the annals of Imperial history for all time. The Dark Angels last act was to destroy the great logic stacks of the disabled machine entity but not before Grand Master Bekenel, Master of the Deathwing, and a party of tech-marines retrieved a last undisclosed scrap of data from the machine complex. It was this last act that was to prove Ramiel’s next promotion, with the sudden arrival of Master Bekenel and many of his Deathwing brothers the 5th Company was pulled back from great complex. Too curious for his own good and already showing the skills and leadership required of a senior Dark Angel Ramiel was marked for entry to the Deathwing
The tests of loyalty before joining the Dark Angels are extreme, but they are as nothing compared to the tests for entry to the Deathwing. Ramiels curiosity about the events on Faze V could have been his undoing as the Masters of the Dark Angels have many secrets they wish to keep hidden. But with his undoubted skill it would be a waste to remove Ramiel, so instead the decision was taken to test his ability to live with the truth of the Dark Angels shame, and whether knowledge that some secrets are best left unknown would curtail his curiosity. So Ramiel was forced to undergo the trials of Deathwing, and as with any other challenge his sheer stubbornness and ability would not let him quit. Ramiel was never quite the same afterwards, more guarded and more cautious with his trust, but nevertheless he was now a member of Deathwing, the elite of the Dark Angels and as such one of the very best warriors the universe had to offer.
Much of Ramiel’s life over the next half century is shrouded in secrecy. It is known that he once more rose to the rank of Sergeant, this time within the elite ranks of the Deathwing, but of his campaigns and battles little is known. The next time Ramiel is seen in the spotlight is in 956.M41 after he his promoted to Master of the 6th Reserve Company. Although the Reserve companies are not deployed in the same independent roles as the battle companies, it is they who are brought in when the situation is desperate and they who bolster the line in the darkest hours. During the Arcadia campaign Ramiel’s 6th Company was called upon to bolster elements of the 3rd and 5th Battle Companies that had been engaged in a brutal campaign against the Emperor’s Children legion. Ramiel’s timely arrival and the use of the Thunderhawks he had brought with him allowed the Dark Angels to pin the Emperor’s Children in place, with their manoeuvrability gone the chaos forces were no match for the heavier weapons and determination of the Dark Angels.
In 997.M41 Ghazgull Thrakka launched his invasion of Piscina through the use of his telly-porta technology. It was here that Master Belial led the 3rd Company in valiant defence of one of the Dark Angels most precious recruiting worlds, in the process earning the title of Hero of Pescina and earning a hatred from Ghazgull that had previously been reserved only for Commisar Yarrick. Ramiel and the 6th Company were sent along with the bulk of the Dark Angels Chapter to Piscina, and for many it was a desperate race to save their birth world from the Ork menace. Despite the small forces at his disposal Master Belial had fought the Orks to a near stand-still, but for every one he killed a dozen were waiting to stream through the telly-portas. Yet the brilliance of Belial meant that when the full might of the Dark Angels fell upon the Orks that outcome was never in doubt. Ramiel and the 6th company again distinguished themselves in the short bloody war, as doctrine dictated they were held as the reserve only committed to exploit a breakthrough or steam a breach. It is though that it was during this time that Belial was able to study Ramiel up close, for it is not often the full Chapter is committed to battle, and to decide that Ramiel should be his successor as commander of the 3rd Battle Company.
In 005.M42, after Grandmaster Gabriel fell aboard the Space Hulk Charnel Shrine, Master Belial was promoted to Grand Master and given command of the Deathwing. It was Belial that proposed Ramiel should take over the 3rd Battle Company, and although there were some who felt a promotion from within 3rd Company was due, the majority of the Dark Angel Masters agreed that it was time Ramiel was given an independent command. In the 4 years since Ramiel has finally restored the 3rd Company to full strength after the devastation of the Piscina conflict, he has led the Third Company on several victorious campaigns, repaying the trust given to him by his fellow Masters and the Inner Circle. Over 200 years old, a veteran of countless campaigns, trained as a specialist on every weapon system the marines operate, an inspirational leader and a brutal combatant, Ramiel is truly an Angel of Death