So if you're looking at this thread, chances are you can see a lot of pictures are missing. That is because Photobucket changed their policies so I went from paying $5 a month for an account with... I don't remember, 100 gigs or something AND supported 3rd party hosting to needing to pay $49.99 for 50 gigs and 3rd party hosting. So I was hosting images on Photobucket and linking them here. Well I'm not paying $50 a month for that, so yeah a bunch of my images will be missing for a bit. I'll be going through and switching hosting of said images to my private server. But that takes time. Bear with me.
Anyway, updates! I am working on 40k stuff again. In this case I'm working on painting up a Space Marine chapter that I've been bouncing back and forth developing for about 9 years now. The Blood Brother space marines now come to the work bench!
In kind of a weird bit of irony what got me started down this particular project path was that template image that Games Workshop released a few weeks back showing the Primaris Marines. I downloaded it, started tossing colors on it, playing with some other stuff and before long I was motivated to actually paint the Blood Brothers.
So with an approach plotted out, I grabbed the Dark Imperium set and went to work.
Part of this project has been developing the background for the chapter. What makes them unique? What are their methods of war? What is their association with other chapters? Ect. well I am working on answering many of those question through developing an Index Astartes article covering the Blood Brothers, but that is not ready yet and in truth I'm working in spurts and fits right now. So like in this case right now these are just generic Blood Brothers because I haven't decided what Cadre I'm going to make them yet. I have some information about the 17th and 14th Cadre, more for the 14th right now but I'm also not sure I'm going to make these guys members of either of those Cadres just yet. So time and tell and all that.
But as I said, I do have some material regarding the 14th Cadre to share, and that is the iconography on the right shoulders designating battle field role. Now one of the big things to understand about the Blood Brothers in so far as organization is that they do not continually use the same numbers for their Cadres (roughly company equivalents). A Cadre is formed by a given lord and draws much of its character and design from that particular lord. What that means is when a Lord dies, the Cadre dies with him. So lets say we had the 7th Cadre lead by Reaper Master Sevik. The 7th Cadre is undertaking an operation when Sevik is killed. His second in command, Les'ka takes command of the 7th Cadre and thus the 7th will continue in that theater of war until the conclusion of that engagement. At that point the 7th Cadre is disbanded, and a new cadre will be formed around Les'ka who takes the title of Excoriator, and it will be designated as the 11th Cadre, or whatever the next available number in sequence is. As the Lord of this Cadre, Les'ka is allowed to change pretty much whatever he wishes to about the organization and Iconography of the cadre, though generally what happens is the new lord will adapt the existing iconography and combine it with their own personal iconography. This practice has only further drawn suspicion from members of the Inquisition who fear that the Blood Brothers may be attempting to form a legion sized army and hiding the numbers in the ever changing roster, much like how Lugft Huron did during the Badab wars. The reality is that the Blood Brothers have been heavily decimated in recent decades and currently stand at roughly equivalent to 6 or 7 companies in total strength.
First thing to understand is that the 14th Cadre is lead by Storm Master Ikara, at present the only captain level officer of the Blood Brothers to have ascended to the position after serving in the role of a Storm Runner and his Winged heraldry is a result of his mastery of the tactics associated with that position, that is fast moving disruptive attacks intended to sever enemy supply lines and decapitate enemy command structures leaving the opposing army is disarray. Not a superstitious individual per say, he does hold that the folk tales and stories of his home world of Micah hold some value of truth, and because of this he has used Mican traditional rune and language structure to signify his Cadre's organization.
from left to right:
Full Bloods icongraphy. Full Bloods are the Blood Brother very rough tactical marine equivalent. Taken from old Mican legends of warriors shielding their homes from invaders, the rune represents the idea of protection or guard, but is typically translated to mean "Military service". Paired with Ikara's personal icon of the Wing it reads as "I am a solder who gains strength from Ikara".
Chooser of the dead: The Blood Brothers Apothecary, though the role is regarded somewhat differently then in other space marine chapters. While a standard Apothecary is charged with tending to the physical well being of the chapter members, Choosers of the Dead are also tasked with hearing the final words of the Brothers elite, and seeking out signs of the unending anger with in injured Brothers. Drawing on his linage from Mica, Ikara has chosen to pair the rune for solder with the eye of Darzoth, believed to be an incarnation of a fragment of the Emperor, Darzoth was said to be able to see into the heart of any man and glean the truth of their words.
Command: The command squad for the 14th Cadre.
Unblooded: The Unblooded are initiates who have not yet been elevated to Full Blooded status. While other chapters use these members as scouts, the Blood Brothers allow them to fight alongside their full blooded brothers so they learn the meaning of control in battle. The lack of spikes and the white coloring of the rune denote the 'untested' nature of the Unblooded, they have yet to truly bleed.
Decimator Elite: Because of Ikara preferance for fast moving tactics, his Cadre maintains few Devastator units, and thus those who find effective service in this role are regarded as elite with in the cadre. Mican language has no word for "Devastator" or "devastation", but they have a series of runes that translate to "Hammer of foes" and is reference to an ancient figure wielding a massive war hammer against his foes. The 2/3 circle depiction of the rune is based on the belief that the hammer this figure wielded was 2/3s the weight of a man. Paired with the solder rune and Ikara's own icon, it translates as "I give my strength to Ikara to destroy our enemies."
Storm Runner: the Micah system of planets are frequently fraught by terrible storms and it's a frequent response by the inhabitants to avoid these storms is possible, or to take cover and wait them out. Because of this, the Blood Brothers maintain comparatively few units of assault marines equivalents. Unlike in Codex adherent chapters, the assault squads of the Blood Brothers are not an early duty rotation for the Blood Brothers. It is a position that an individual must choose to obtain, and they must train hard to achieve the posting. Viewed with a combination of aw and horror by the majority of the Blood Brothers, the Storm Runners are Veteran warriors with what appears to be an utterly reckless abandon for prosecuting their charges in battle. Appearing to be utterly fearless, even among the ranks of space Marines because after all what sane minded son of Micah would risk angering the storm itself? The 14th Cadre currently has the largest contingent of these Storm Runners currently boasting 43 members when Ikara himself does not take to the battle field in this role.