Time to start my Deathwatch army. First, a little bit of lore for one of the watch fortresses I have seen on a wiki before, so I am going to give it my own take.
Watch Fortress Sentinel IX
Sentinel IX is a former Aeldari Haven Spire space station, now occupied used by the Deathwatch as a watch fortress.
Pict-capture presumed to be of Sentinnel IX prior to capture by Imperial and Deathwatch forces
Sentinel IX is located in the Gamma Orionis system, a star situated at a nexus of several stable warp trade routes recently discovered. Previously the Haven Spire and system were infested with foul Eldar, to include the fleet of pirates known as the Bellatrix Corsairs. The Eldar were scoured from the system by the Deathwatch in centuries past, though the threat of future raids remains extremely high.
Planet Banjan Major
Sentinel IX orbits the planet Banjan Major; a large asteroid-ringed deathworld with several different biomes including oceans, forest, plains, blistering deserts, equatorial jungles, and polar ice caps. Many of the harsher environments and dangerous megafauna are used in training exercises by the Deathwath veterans. The ancient Aeldari infestations have been neutralized, though ruins still remain, and are now populated by human colonists, many the descendants of settlers believed to be under the thumb of their xenos oppressors. The human population provides both supplies and recruits for watch fortress PDF and serfs.
Sentinel IX Haven Spire structure:
The Haven Spire orbiting within the rings of Banjan Major is a gigantic space station of Eldar origin, now conquered by the Imperium and upgraded with large amounts of Mechanicus weaponry and tech. Five large solar sails capture energy that provide power to the station itself, and many batteries of Eldar lance weaponry have been repurposed by the Deathwatch for defense of the station. The many docking ports have been retrofit for Imperium voidcraft, and include berthing docks for the large strike-cruiser fleet of the Watch Fortress. The wide array of sensors keep a steady stream of data for the watch servitors to process for any hints of xenos presence within the system or in the surrounding void.
The station is run by a large compliment of subservient serfs, technicians, armorists, and menials, as well as several thousand servitors.
Watch Fortress Company Structure:
Sentinel IX Watch Fortress is the home of four companies, comprised of roughly 200 marines when at full strength, not including officers and support staff. Companies nominally contain 50 marines including command element and specialists.
Each company includes one Captain, two Lieutenants, and one company Senior Veteran Sergeant. Companies each contain four kill teams of up to ten marines each led by a Sergeant, varying between the companies in composition (Indomitor, Spectrus, Fortis, or Terminator squads).
Watch Fortress Heraldry:
The veterans of Sentinel IX differ only slightly from the standard Deathwatch color scheme. All marines repaint their armor black upon arrival to the watch fortress, save for their right shoulderpad which remains their original company colors, and their left arm which is repainted the color of steel. Instead of painting weapons, stripes, or other markings red, the forces of Sentinel IX instead use green.
This includes the company markings, which are variations of black and green.
Sentinel IX Company Markings
Helmet coloration for the Deathwatch marines of Sentinel IX is as follows:
Veterans- black helmet
Veteran Sergeants- black helmet, green stripe, silver skull
Lieutenant- black helmet, green stripe with white edges, silver skull
Captain- black helmet, gold skull
Sentinel IX Helmet colorations
Non-marine crew serfs:
Serfs assigned to the fortress include a cohort of some 4000 serfs assigned directly to the marines themselves. Duties include but are not limited to care of housing facilities, armor, weapons, food, and maintenance.
In addition there is a formal Haven Spire station crew compliment of well over 10,000 serfs responsible for station operations and control, technical adepts assigned from the Mechanicus, ecclesiastical and inquisitorial staff, medical personnel, and secondary defense personnel for the station.
This estimate does not include the servitors assigned to much of the stations physical labor, and who may themselves be hard-wired into the station for maximum efficiency.
The Watch Commanders of Sentinel IX have long been able to request the highlest levels of support and armament from the Adeptus Mechanicus, and maintain a large presence of tech priests and adepts within the ranks of the chapter’s support personnel. Most of the support the chapter receives is from the forgeworld Ryza, but out of necessity they tend to be the most radical elements of the forgeworld due to the large amount of xenos tech that has made its way into the fortress’ inventory.
...takes off lore hat...
Really looking forward to this army. I had a lot of fun putting together the models and a bit of lore. Its been a while since doing any marines, so the primaris are a big change. Plan is to make the entire army primaris (save for a few choice vehicles) with plenty of options for kill teams, using primaris models in place of the firstborn marines.
Current Army List Plans:
- Watch Captain- hammer or xenophase blade with stormshield and jumpack
- Primaris lieutenant with storm shield/power sword
- Primaris Librarian- force sword
- Fortis Team- Sergeant with power sword, x4 intercessors (assault) and hellblasters (assault)
- Fortis Team- Sergeant with power sword, x4 intercessors (stalker) and hellblasters (heavy)
- Aggressor Squad- boltstorm gauntlets and and fragstorm launchers
- Primaris Apothecary
- Fast- Thunderstrike Stormspeeder (can swap for Hammerstrike)
- Heavy- Stalker AA tank (can swap for Hunter)
This is what I currently have on hand, gotta start small before I spend too much! I would love to expand into a full Indomitor kill team with some heavy intercessors, and some spectrus kill teams. Also hope to get a watch commander and some more officers, along with some of the new dreadnoughts.
From what I have read vehicles don't seem to be great options for marines/deathwatch in particular, but I love the stalker so that was an auto pick for me (gotta get that drone defense somehow!) and I also like the new speeder variants too even if they are essentially a flying brick. Hope they can be some fast moving sacrificial anti-tank firepower.
Next up will be pics of army assembly and my first attempts to paint marines in over a decade.
Edited by Smoke Frog, 24 July 2021 - 03:29 PM.