|The Mawdryn chaps assemble|
|The Chapter Badge, based on the Late Roman "Chi-Rho"|
The Chapter has been largely unremarkable in the history of the Imperium, but now fights for its very survival after the Coraniaid Cataclysm devastated the Chapter and left them with barely three hundred Marines. Led by the Druid Librarians, it now searches for the Thirteen Lost Relics ("borrowed" from the Thirteen Treasures of Britain) which the Druids claim hold the key to preventing the total annihilation of the Chapter. It doesn't help that the Chapter's geneseed flaw means that they have a defective Larraman's Organ (sounds painful...), which means whilst they heal faster than a normal human it's nowhere near the effectiveness of the standard Marine.
Besides the Druids, the other iconic troops of the Chapter are its Cataphract Bikes, the Chariots, and Barrow-Raised Dreadnoughts. But particularly, its Helwyr and Saethwyr Scouts. The Helwyr are veteran Marines that have elected to remain within the Scouts. They are the true infiltrators, deploying behind enemy lines for extended periods. The Saethwyr are the new recurits of the Chapter, the Neophytes. On the battlefield they take a role closer to that of skirmishers, harrying the flanks, providing disruptive fire. Below are a few of the Saethwyr.
|The Sergant, with a Scout Sniper torso. His bolt pistol arm was added rather hastily and looks a little odd from some perspectives. A lack of green stuff meant I couldn't fix it this time round.|
|Need to find out where the spears were from as they worked perfectly. Next on the to do list is to drill the bolt pistol barrels.|
|Probably my favourite conversion, this chap has Catachan arms with a simple Laspistol for Bolt Pistol swap. He's going to have tattooed arms eventually (going to practice my free hand first...)|
|An elite "Helwyr" Scout|
|"In the Hood..."|
The search for their lost relics recently took a Mawdryn patrol to Edethor. Myself and Ed got the chance to play a quick Patrol Clash game with the Mawdryn chaps led by the Druid Librarian taking on a patrol of the Palladian Guard. A jolly good game all round, but the Mawdryn force got wiped out to a man, although they did manage to take a fair chunk of the Palladian force with them. The game saw some clear favouritism by the dice gods, with some tremendously lucky and unlucky rolls all round. I managed to roll four 1s at one point when I really needed a better result. Certainly no excuse for my bad generalship (it was a bit iffy) but Ed will concur that my dice rolling was spectacularly bad. It was good to play 40k again after a year away from the game, and particularly good to use the Druid Librarian in anger for the first time.
Dan's Blades of Fire Blog
I would like to give a quick shout out to the new blog of another comrade in arms, Dan, with his superb Blades of Fire blog. Named after his Space Marine Chapter (with some lovely looking but treacherous Chaos renegades which I've fallen in love with a bit :P), he's already got some fantastic posts about the Chapter background, his conversions and an epic clash with Ed's Palladian Guard in a self-penned scenario. Check it out now, that's an order ;)
|An epic battle between Dan's Blades of Fire and Ed's Palladian Guard|
Keep the flag flying folks..