Caal Acheron, Knight-Chaplain
7th Chapter of the 3rd Host,
Ordination of the Deathwing,
The Dark Angels Legion
A Terran Legionary of the 7th Chapter, Caal Acheron served as one of three Knight-Chaplains aboard the infamous Mortuary Class battle barge, the Forlorn Hope. Similar in role to the Brother-Redemptors that were prevalent in many Dark Angel Companies, the Knight-Chaplains of the Seventh were responsible for enforcing discipline and preserving the myriad traditions and doctrines of the ideosyncratic First Legion.
The Forlorn Hope served as both the base of operations for the 7th Chapter and the principle war-ship of the 38th Expeditionary Fleet. As such, it operated independantly of the main body of the Dark Angels Legion and was not part of the battle groups assembled to undertake the Thramas Crusade.
Immediately prior to the outbreak of the Heresy, the Warmaster dispatched the entire 38th Expeditionary Fleet into the Golgothan Wastes on an extermination campaign against xenos marauders, a task for which the 7th Chapter, many of them veterans of the Rangdan Xenocides, appeared to be particularly well suited. By the time the Warmaster's treachery was revealed at Istvaan, the Seventh were already embattled deep within the Wastes, embroiled in a seemingly untenable situation and deemed to no longer pose a credible threat to the traitor's plans.
That the warriors of the 38th Fleet should not only survive, but also prove such a persistent thorn in the Traitor Legion's side, is a testament to both their skill at arms and the relentless determination of the First Legion and their allied Imperial Army forces, combined with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance against those that had so callously betrayed their oaths of brotherhood.
Arms, Armour & Livery
As usual for a member of the Dark Angels, Acheron displays an eclectic mixture of heraldry and iconography, representing his rank, chapter, host and position within the complex organisation of the First Legion. Of particular note are the crossed blades on the right pauldron, denoting his membership of the Deathwing Order, the Legion's veteran elite.
Acheron is clad in Anvillus pattern Mark III power armour, a rare variant which by the time of the Heresy was already fading from use, replaced by the more heavily armoured Mars pattern Mark III and advanced Mark IV types. Acheron's battle plate has been further modified by his Chapter's artificers, including a more efficient and embellished power pack to prolong the suit's peformance.
Unusually for a Chaplain of the Space Marine Legions, Acheron wields a powered long sword instead of the crozius mace typically associated with his rank. The sword is of Caliban manufacture, and displays a number of features common to the highly skilled weapon smiths of the Legion's home world, although it is neither as baroque or as ornate as similar war-blades of the same period. The addition of an extended hilt and ricasso allows for a variety of one or two handed fighting styles, enabling the user to switch grips easily during combat.
A more morbid addition to the Chaplain's panoply of war are the pair of polished human skulls attached to his belt. Unlike the more barbarous Astartes Legions, for example the Twelth, with whom the 7th Chapter would clash so viciously in the later stages of the Golgothan Campaign, the Dark Angels would not necessarily display such items as trophies of war. It is equally probable that in Acheron's case, these skulls represent important relics or memorials from the warrior's past. It should also be noted that the Chaplain's informal title of 'Kinslayer' actually predates the Civil War, and may instead relate to the harsh and deliberately callous recruitment practices of the original Terran First Legion.
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Thank you all for the comments and likes . Chaplain Acheron is my first model for my 30K Dark Angels, and although I might try to tidy up the freehand a bit more more in the future, for now I'm calling him finished. The first wave of the army is going to mainly consist of Veteran Tac squads (to be run as Pride of the Legion list), so I'm hoping I might get better (or at least quicker) at painting the Deathwing crossed swords .
Incidentally, the long sword is kind of based on the one from this piece of artwork:
Thanks for reading, C&C are always welcome . The next update will be a Prologue and the start of my first squad, a unit of Rangdan Veterans.