Just a bit more about Elphinstone:
Elphinstone was born into the PDF of Sionsa, before being transferred into the Black Fist at 18. After two years of service as a sponson gunner in a Leman Russ, he was awarded command of his own Leman Russ Punisher due to excellent service. During this time Elphinstone took part in many campaigns and battles, including during the Siege of the Phantomforge. A small number of Leman Russes and Wyverns were stationed there and Elphinstone was in command of them while Company Commander Harlan Cliffe led a team of mortars and infnatry squads manning the perimeter. As the first Chaos forces began their planetary assault on Cydonia, Phantomforge was quickly under attack and casualties were high. Masses of cultists, daemons and other mutants lay siege to the defenders, who responded with Wyvern and mortar fire while the infantry kept their heads well down. After several hours, they finally broke through the gate, and were met in return by a barrage of fire from Elphinstone's Russes and the remaining infantry who had taken up positions around the gate. The piles of bodies grew ever higher, the killzone turning into a mass slaughter as more and more enemies poured through the opening. Inch by inch they managed to claw towards the Imperial line, and by the next day, the majority of the infantry and Russes were gone but the Archenemy were relentless in their attack which never once stopped entirely. By noon that day only Elphinstone's tank and a wyvern were left, who were holding the outpost at all costs. Just when Elphinstone thought they would be overwhelmed, the attack slackened and then suddenly stopped. But it wasn't over as just a few minutes later a hulking brutish monstrosity came bounding towards them and the fight was on once again. Both the Punisher and the Wyvern poured all their fire into the lumbering juggernaut but it didn't stop that thing. When it was only a few metres away, Elphinstone slammed the tank forwards towards the brute and fired its Punisher straight into its snarling mouth (its weakest area), killing it. It then fell onto the Leman Russ. The attack had stopped so Elphinstone clambered out of the hatch and went over to the Wyvern to congratulate them some ten metres away but the creature's blood must have had some explosive property for the Leman Russ exploded wiping out its crew. Elphinstone watched as it burned, knowing that his crew which were like family to him were dead whilst Imperial reinforcements resecured the area. He swore vengeance on the enemies of the Emperor and began his endless crusade in his new vehicle, the Baneblade Fortress of Defiance.
He was famously known for his devastating use of firepower when he was promoted to be in command of several companies of tanks, wiping out key targets efficiently and holding the line at all cost. A few years later he had been promoted to overall commander of the Black Fist, and he commanded his companies of tanks from his Baneblade Fortress of Defiance against the Emperor's foes.
When he was approached by various mercenaries and PMCs willing to fight for him at a a price, he realised he could better serve the Imperium without the endless bureaucracy, whilst making fortunes of wealth. The new Black Fist was born to be an organisation separate from the Imperium, but fighting for them by contacting in other militaries to fight for the Imperium. The Black Fist gains wealth through charging each world they fight on in return for the Black Fist's services - they often comply to their fee due to their fearsome reputation.
Edited by The Black Guard, 14 January 2019 - 07:43 AM.