Typically, the Company Veterans are not members of the Deathwing. They are simply veteran members of their respective companies that have been gathered into a single squad.
Each company from the 3rd to the 9th has a complement of Veterans. These experienced warriors often form into elite squads for single missions, or for the duration of specific campaigns, but while so assembled they fight with complete surety and mutual trust. It is from such close-knit brotherhoods that the warriors of the Deathwing are chosen...
has an open path to giving the Unforgiven Chapters Primaris veterans without having to change the composition of the [all-TDA
As far as Gravis armour goes, we all get that it isn't a true replacement for TDA
. If GW
ever fully replaces the legacy Adeptus Astartes with Primaris, though, among the issues they'll have to resolve is whether or not the composition of the Deathwing changes. If GW
sticks with the concept of the current all-TDA
Deathwing and evolves it for a pure Primaris construct, they'll need some sort of special armour. At present, Gravis armour looks like the closest thing we have as a replacement. GW
could always find some other replacement for TDA
, however (and judging by the trends, it would be a solution that applies across all
Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes, not just an Unforgiven thing).
As the speculation in this discussion, shows, though, it's always possible that GW
might decide to evolve the Unforgiven Chapters so that the Deathwing changes from all-TDA
to a mixed company such as is found in most other Chapters. If they do that, they can get rid of the Company Veterans, replacing them with Sternguard and Vanguard. The Bladeguard will likely be an indicator of where GW
decides to go with this decision. Some of us believe that GW
will stick to the current all-TDA
Deathwing (i.e., no Bladeguard), while others think that the Bladeguard might be incorporated into the Deathwing.