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The Hounds Imperialis

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THE HOUNDS IMPERIALIS
 
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Chapter Designation: The Hounds Imperialis
Founding Chapter: Imperial Fists
Founding: Unknown - Active since at least M35
Homeworld: Orios - Feudal World
Fortress Monastery: The Argos
Codex Adherence: Codex Adherent - Minor Deviations
Chapter Master: Tallius Ironhelm
 
The Hounds Imperialis are an unknown founding of the Imperial Fists, although records show them in action from as early as the 35th Millenium. Although founded from Imperial Fist Geneseed, The Hounds Imperialis show little in common with their Primogenitors, preferring Speed and Shock Tactics to the Siege Warfare implemented by the First Sons of Dorn.
 
The Chapter is largely Codex Adherent, following the Structure of having 10 Companies at 100 Space Marine strength. Eschewing Company markings and colours, aside from the First Company that retains its Codex-Compliant White Trim and Helmets, each Battle Brother is outfitted in Turquoise Power Armour, with Black Trim. The Chapter also does not observe the practice of Reserve Companies, with Companies 2 through 9 being active Battle Companies with squads of varying battlefield roles within them.
 
Although The Hounds Imperialis have had a degree of success in keeping their numbers close to the 1000 mark outlined by the Codex Astartes, following the Destruction of Krippilia Prime 300 Standard Terran Years ago, The Hounds Imperialis stand at a strength of just over 300 Battle Brothers. 
During the Destruction of Krippilia Prime, exterminatus via Cyclonic Torpedoes was carried out by the orders of Lord Inquisitor Victus Tarrax, whilst the main strength of the Chapter was defending the planet's Capital against the Plague Hordes of Lord Pestus. Due to the absolute destruction of the planet, the gene seed of hundreds of Battle Brothers was lost and The Hounds Imperialis have made countless demands for gene seed from the Genebanks located on Terra, to no avail. Some believe this is tied to the sudden disappearance of Lord Inquisitor Victus Tarrax following the end of the Krippilia System Campaign.
 
Due to the loss of much of the Chapters wargear, The Hounds Imperialis have been forced to rely on their Chapter Relics in recent campaigns, and it is no longer a rare sight to see ancient tanks and Dreadnought Chassis' used in battle by the Chapter. Of note however, is the Chapter as a whole has been seen equipped in a variant of MK IV Maximus Power Armour, believed to have been manufactured by the Astartes themselves in their Fortress Monastery on Orios. How the Chapter has come about a rare STC such as this is undetermined, but they have been known to trade this ancient suit of armour on occasion for much needed wargear with other Astartes Chapters.
 
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With the upcoming release of the Indomitus Box, and inspired by the likes of Apologist, St. Lazarus, and Chapter Master Valrak to name but a few hobbyists on these boards that have done fantastic things with the Primaris line of Space Marines, I have been bitten by the Primaris bug that I have long since resisted since they were first released. My 30K Ultramarines project is currently on the back burner having hardly gotten started, but I will be going back and forth between the two projects as and when I feel like it. The main downside to the 30K Ultramarines is that I have very few friends that play Warhammer, and none that show interest in 30K, so I have no opponent for that part of the hobby. I do however have friends that play 40K, and so this is my main project going forward.
 
I have always wanted to do a DIY chapter, accompanied by lore and history written by myself, and with the release of 9th Edition very close now I felt this was the perfect time to get started. The Project itself is hopefully going to be part of a wider narrative I hope to write, with other armies eventually added that I am slowly writing lore for as well, but that is a while off yet, at least until I have fleshed out The Hounds Imperialis to a point that I'm happy with, and I have a fully painted 2000 points army.
 
The Marines in this log are going to represent True Scale Space Marines rather than Primaris Marines, with the Wider Narrative being set in the 38th Millenium, following the near destruction of The Hounds Imperialis at the hands of a power-mad Lord Inquisitor. Hopefully the future lore I write pads this out and is easy to follow, as I have a head full of ideas but I struggle to put it into words that others may find legible.
 
Anyway, I feel like this was a lot of text, so I hope to have more pictures to show over the following days and weeks as I work on The Hounds Imperialis!
 
Thanks for looking!
James

Edited by Centurion Jay, 23 July 2020 - 10:50 PM.

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That’s a solid beginning. I imagine a lot of people are in the same boat as you, starting projects for 9th edition.

Have you got any units you’re particularly looking forward to?

Keep up the good work.

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So yeah, long story short.

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Great backstory and color scheme! I really like the re-use of the old school SW symbol on his chest. I think a Chapter fighting against the odds fits wells with all that goes into the background. Sounds like the Inquisition maybe a problem though in the future for your battle brothers (SEE Celestial Lions background)
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Very nice start and very nice colours. :tu:


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You're off to a good start. In your mind, is the Chapter actually an Imperial Fists descendant, or
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That’s a solid beginning. I imagine a lot of people are in the same boat as you, starting projects for 9th edition.

Have you got any units you’re particularly looking forward to?

Keep up the good work.

Dallo

 

Thank you! I've got a squad of Veteran Intercessors in the middle of being built now, but I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some of the Assault Intercessors from the Indomitus Box. I'm thinking about putting Jump Packs on them so they can portray Assault Marines, even if I'll still be using Assault Intercessor rules for them!

 

Great backstory and color scheme! I really like the re-use of the old school SW symbol on his chest. I think a Chapter fighting against the odds fits wells with all that goes into the background. Sounds like the Inquisition maybe a problem though in the future for your battle brothers (SEE Celestial Lions background)

 

Cheers, and good eye! I love that old RT Wolves Decal and knew I had to use it. It's going to be the Chapter Icon, managed to get a fair amount of them off Ebay for a decent price! The background isn't fully fleshed out yet regarding their problems with the Inquisition, so I'm not sure where I am going to take it myself yet. I just wanted a reason to explain why the army is going to have a few of the more fancy Forge World tanks in it than you'd usually see, and I've always loved stories about Chapters fighting against the odds to remain in existence such as the Crimson Fists, Scythes of the Emperor, and like you mentioned the Celestial Lions!

 

Very nice start and very nice colours. thumbsup.gif

 

Thank you very much! I consider this high praise as I have been a fan of your work for years, going all the way back to your first attempts at true scaling with stuff like the Chaos Warrior legs and that fantastic sculpt of True Scale MK IV armour you did!

 

You're off to a good start. In your mind, is the Chapter actually an Imperial Fists descendant, or

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Cheers! I settled on them being Imperial Fist descendants after a lot of thought as it was one part of their lore I was struggling to decide upon. My other main army is my 30K Ultramarines and originally I had planned to tie this force into them, but these guys are doing to have a bit of a Roman theme so I changed my mind on their geneseed as I didn't want them to just be Ultramarines in a different shade of blue. Whilst I love the idea of using Traitor Geneseed for loyalist chapters, it isn't something I really wanted to go into myself as I find the lore required to make it believable above my talents unfortunately!

 

 

I'm currently working on building some Veteran Intercessors, so I should hopefully have some pics to show over the coming days once they are built. I am an incredibly slow painter but hopefully I can speed things up a bit as it a reasonably simple scheme to paint, and I have foregone battle-damage that I usually paint on my miniatures this time, with the only weathering being the dirt around the boots and lower greaves.

 

Thanks for looking!
James


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The Hounds Imperialis - True Scale Custom Chapter WIP Log: http://www.bolterand...nds-imperialis/

 

30K Ultramarine WIP Log: http://www.bolterand...e-38th-company/


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Very nice start and very nice colours. thumbsup.gif

 

Thank you very much! I consider this high praise as I have been a fan of your work for years, going all the way back to your first attempts at true scaling with stuff like the Chaos Warrior legs and that fantastic sculpt of True Scale MK IV armour you did!

 

Well I think you've genuinely done a really nice job on this guy and look forward to seeing more, The colours are great, painting is really nice with great subtle weathering and a great use of the old school Space Wolves icon. The background is very nicely thought out as well.


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Man missed your work Doghouse. Been awhile looking forward to more.

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The only Companies to remain unscathed during Krippilia Prime's destruction were the 3rd, 6th and 7th Companies, with small elements of the 1st and 10th spread amongst them. Chapter Master Talius had remained aboard the Chapters Flagship Blade of Orios with his Honour Guard to oversee the defence of the planet, and so was unharmed when the planet's crust was shattered. With the loss of the majority of the Chapter, The Hounds Imperialis have been forced to reduce the overall strength of each Battle Company. The Chapter currently operates with 6 Battle Companies, most at half strength, rebuilt via splitting the remaining Companies in two. 
 
Due to this, in recent time The Hounds Imperialis have not operated in Campaigns that require them to deploy any more than a standard Companies' worth of Marines at a time, preferring Spearhead strikes to remove the head of the enemy to lessen the chance of a drawn out battle that could cost the Chapter any more lives. Fortunately, this suits the Chapter's style of warfare, and recent losses have been minimal, with what little recruitment they have performed filling any holes in the Chapters current strength. This has left the Chapter in a Status Quo for near 300 years, and without the assistance of the Genelabs of Terra it is unlikely The Hounds Imperialis will ever fight at full Chapter strength again.

 

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So I haven't painted anything in the past few days but I have been busy with building some Intercessors and a few Character models for my army which I'm quite proud of.  With my late arrival into buying Primaris, I'm currently trying to snap up all the various Limited Edition figures that I thought looked cool when they were first released, but thought I'd never use so didn't bother buying them. I'm regretting that decision deeply at the moment, and paying through my teeth for some of them. So far I've acquired Lt Amulius and Lt Calsius, and I'm waiting for Sgt Jovan to arrive in the mail. I'm also currently keeping my eyes out for the Lt with his helmet in his hand, and the Plasma Pistol/PF Captain.

 

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I've gone back and added a few extra details on Chapter Master Talius as he was looking a bit "Bare" for somebody of his status, I'll post him up again once he is painted! Waiting on some bits for the Champion too, he's going to be a Chapter Champion in-game with the Blade of Triumph relic, simply because that unit profile to me looks like an absolute beatstick at such a low points cost. Probably rubbish in-game, but that doesn't really bother me.

 

 

Very nice start and very nice colours. thumbsup.gif

 

Thank you very much! I consider this high praise as I have been a fan of your work for years, going all the way back to your first attempts at true scaling with stuff like the Chaos Warrior legs and that fantastic sculpt of True Scale MK IV armour you did!

 

Well I think you've genuinely done a really nice job on this guy and look forward to seeing more, The colours are great, painting is really nice with great subtle weathering and a great use of the old school Space Wolves icon. The background is very nicely thought out as well.

 

 

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate the kind words! Writing background isn't my forte, my head is swimming with ideas I think are cool but I really struggle at putting pen to paper to speak and make it sound good.

 

Currently have a few more Intercessors built on my desk, and Leviathan Dread Culln waiting to be washed, shaved of Scorpion iconagraphy, and built. 

 

Thanks for looking!

James


Edited by Centurion Jay, 28 July 2020 - 05:34 PM.

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Quite an enjoyable read, the background you have written that is. And I do love the colour scheme you have chosen, a very striking and unique blue. I have fallen in love with the mix-match primaris look myself after following Apologist's and other peoples versions of it and you are doing it very well. Tempted myself to try and so something like it. What successor chapter tactics do you imagine the Hounds will be fielded with? If you intend to play with them, of course.


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Your models are well-customized and posed. I hope to see them painted and completed soon.
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No lore written today, just wanted to post this guy up now I have received him. Seeing the Chaplain from the Indomitus box is one of the biggest factors that pushed me into starting a force using the Primaris marines. He's a stunning model and one of the best GW has released in a long time in my opinion. Had to put my own spin on him of course, I've had Sevetars backpack and the Night Lord upgrades helmet sat in my bitzbox for a long time from a plan I had years ago of starting a 30K blackshield force. Swapped his Primaris pistol for a Vanguard Veteran pistol as well.

 

I've also managed to finish off building the entire first tactical squad, and have just finished building the second over the weekend. I'll get some pics up of them soon hopefully. I've sprayed the first squad and the champion and have started to lay down the basecoat of Sotek Green on them. Currently building a squad of Assault Intercessors in between painting as well. I'm replacing all the arms on them as I didn't like the large vambrace on the left arm, and wanted to put MK III Shoulder pads on them all as well.

I still have Culln sat in the box at the moment, really need to start building him!

 

 

Quite an enjoyable read, the background you have written that is. And I do love the colour scheme you have chosen, a very striking and unique blue. I have fallen in love with the mix-match primaris look myself after following Apologist's and other peoples versions of it and you are doing it very well. Tempted myself to try and so something like it. What successor chapter tactics do you imagine the Hounds will be fielded with? If you intend to play with them, of course.

 

Thank you for the kind words! I'm currently thinking of using Whirlwind of Rage and either Hungry for Battle or Rapid Assault. I want it to be an army that gets stuck in, with Intercessor squads with Auto Bolt Rifles and squads of Assault Intercessors. I'm not a power gamer, and neither is my main opponent who plays Orks so I just want to get into combat with his mobs of Boyz for fun.

 

Your models are well-customized and posed. I hope to see them painted and completed soon.

 

Thank you! I'm not happy unless every model in my army is somehow customized! Hopefully I can get them painted up relatively fast, I'm a notoriously slow painter because I'm not that good so I have to take my time on every model to get them to a decent table-top standard I'm happy with. Because I have a tendency to convert everything and spend hours doing it, I don't want to give them a paintjob that I'm not happy with!

 

Thank you for looking!

James


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The triumphs and deeds committed by 1st Tactical Squad Borsus of the 3rd Company would have seen them promoted to the ranks of the 1st Company if they were part of any other Chapter, but The Hound's need for Battle Brothers requires them to remain amongst the front-line within the battle companies. Unwavering and battle hungry, they have held the line countless times where even other Astartes would have retreated to consolidate their position. Veteran Sergeant Borsus has seen more campaigns than some of the Chapter's Command Staff, but his bellicose character has seen him passed over for higher command. Unphased by this, Borsus knows he and his Brothers belong where the fighting is thickest, and leaves tactical analysis to those more suited to the role.

 

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So I've been working away at The Hounds Slowly, I am unfortunately an incredibly slow painter but I'm getting faster the more I do it. I've written a 1000 Point list that I am currently aiming to achieve before anything else, but no doubt I will have to change it up a bit when the new codex is released. I'm not a power gamer or anything so my list building is pretty simple. The list I am currently working towards:

 

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Got a load of other marines basecoated and a lot in grey plastic still. On my desk at the minute I've got 15 more Intercessors/Tactical Marines, 5 Assault Intercessors/Assault Marines, a Contemptor, Leviathan and about 8 various characters I have built. I'll try and get a picture of it all tomorrow so that this WIP log has a bit more substance to it!

 

Thanks for looking!


Edited by Centurion Jay, 23 September 2020 - 09:10 PM.

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Love your work, excellent painting and modelling. Looking forward for more! Where is Captain Jaht's body from? 


Maybe you could model TWC-sized "were-templars" who's inner Templar took over in the fury of battle transforming them into a giant half man - half templar?

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Good job on Demi-Squad Borsus.

Edited by Bjorn Firewalker, 24 September 2020 - 07:02 AM.

Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)

Warhammer 40,000+ Star Wars- Rian Johnson- Reylo= AWESOME! (Knights of Renaissance)

Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement) or the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.





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