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    A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Being an account of the Secession of Aren Prime and the interventions of the Iron Talons Adeptus Astartes therein.


    “When they told us the Astartes were coming, that the Astartes would be fighting alongside us, we rejoiced. How could we not? The famed Astartes, warrior-knights of legend clad in polished steel, magnificent and terrible in their wrath. How blessed we were, to bear witness to their holy retribution?
    When the Talons arrived, we swiftly realised just how foolish we had been and how quickly our dreams would fade.”

    First Captain Morlan Assant, 3rd platoon 131st Malaz Heavy Infantry. Acting field commander following the Namas Highway Incident, Aren Prime Secession.

    “They told us that we had wounded the xeno-beast immeasurably. They told us that our Chapter had been wounded almost to death in return. They told us that to stay was to see the end of our Chapter and our glory. All of this is true. All of this is lies.
    We have been taken from the place of our glory and scattered across the Imperium in the name of preservation and recuperation. My brothers and I have been tasked with bringing this sole lonely world back into the arms of the Emperor. This is work for the Guard, not for my brothers and I. The sons of the 5th will not remove their helms to let the people of this world see the shame in their eyes.
    They tell us that this is holy work. They tell us that we are needed here. They tell us that we will not die here and will not die in ignominy. All of this is true. All of this is lies.”

    Praetor Corvin Varras, 5th Blade of the Iron Talon Adeptus Astartes.


    Pict-cap of Praetor Varras, rumoured post Namas Highway Incident. Source unknown
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    An interesting start, not giving it all up in one post eh?
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Excellent opener, I really do enjoy your writing (as I've said in the House of Chains plog, I normally hate fan fiction).

    Looking forward to more, subscribed just to be sure!

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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    He's not wearing a helmet . . .

    Lovely fluff mate, really sets a tone. Look forward to more writing, and models if they are all going to have as much character as the character there.
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Nice start, can't wait to see how you progress this.

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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Hurrah, a new PLOG with some intriguing fluff to get us started. I like the idea of the pict capture although as Sheep says, he's not wearing a helmet, which is kinda the opposite to what the fluff says. In fact I think I can see the shame in his eyes already....
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Afternoon everyone, and thanks for the enthusiastic response to the early days of this plog - stuff like this really gets me inspired.

    As you may have guessed, this will be the plog for my Iron Talons Adeptus Astartes, a homebrew chapter descended from my joint-favourite Founding Legion, the White Scars. Anyone who's seen my Druchii plog will know what to expect - more units, loads of fluff, and a few surprises/shocks along the way. I'm going to try and keep the wip pics to a minimum and only post up completed units, unless that is people want to see wip stuff. Let me know folks. The army runs to about 2k, everything is assembled so far aside from the flyer which will happen next month.

    @ Blissful Brushes - sorry mate, I am a massive tease Stay tuned though, meaty Astartes goodness to come soon

    @ Memnon - cheers buddy, good to see you along for the ride. The fluff will be coming with each unit, as well as a few colour pieces here and there. I'm finding it a little more challenging than the Druchii stuff though.

    @ Sheep - your kind words are much appreciated mate, specially considering the awesomeness of your Sons plog. In the current glut of HH plogs, yours is one of the few that stands out. There will be plenty more fluff to come - anyone whos seen my Druchii plog can attest to that. And yes, the helmet. There is a reason why the Praetor specifically isn't wearing one, but I can't go into that yet. On the other hand, part of me does want to helm him up, just for completeness...

    @ Lillloser2010 - cheers mate, hope you like where this will be going.

    @ Jonahmaul - yeah yeah no helmet. I'm in two minds about it - the fluff reason might change so don't be surprised if he suddenly sports a natty mkIV helm next time you see him. The shame though...the shame is important.
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    A Systematic Breakdown of Civility

    ***Aren Prime Hive World, Logros sub-syst.
    ***Routine Arbite reports note increase in anti-Imperialist sentiment amongst primary Aren Prime Hives. Large scale demonstration and rioting affecting Namas Highway on-ramps at Junctions 14-alpha, 46-lambda and 35-theta are broken up by massed Arbite response and deployment of anti-personnel ordinance. Actions of Arbites approved in retrospect by Administratum.

    No comments received from Aren Prime governance (ref The Triarchy).

    ***Rioting and demonstrations continue to occur in all major Aren Prime settlements, affecting output of materiel from manufactorums and factoria complexes adjacent to settlements. Arbites deploy in force, supported by local Magistratum forces, however their efforts achieve little. Adeptus Administratum recommends that non-local Imperial citizens arrange transport off-world, housing sub-sists and accommodations local to Journeys End Starport report marked increase in housing applications from non-indigenous citizens.

    No comments received from Aren Prime governance (ref The Triarchy).

    ***Approximately eighteen (18) months from first Arbite submitted report of unrest, Inquisitorial agencies make themselves known on Aren Prime, beginning investigation into causes of anti-Imperial sentiment and uncooperative attitude of Aren Prime governance. To date, no other settled worlds in Logros sub-syst have displayed similar behavior, but Inquisitorial scrutiny is increased on each world as a prophylactic measure.

    No comments received from Aren Prime governance, despite formal demands submitted by Inquisitorial envoys.

    ***Approximately three (3) months from Inquistorial intervention, Arne Prime erupts in full-scale revolt and militarised action against representatives of Imperial government. Early reports indicate that several Inquisitorial agents are lost, including Inquisitor Aros Specere, formally recognised as leading the investigation into this matter.

    Primary hives are completely removed from Imperial control, along with large number of manufactoria complexes adjacent to Namas Highway. The Highway itself, along with Journeys End Starport, remains in Imperial control.

    Inquisitorial demands for support are met by the 131st Malaz Heavy Infantry who deploy in regiment strength on Aren Prime and begin suppression and reclamation actions in the Emperors name.

    No comments received from Aren Prime governance, despite formal demands submitted by Inquisitorial envoys.

    ***6 months from the date of deployment of the 131st Malaz Heavy Infantry, the coastal hive of Emmer's Dock is removed in its entirety by the focused deployment of several nuclear and fusion warheads. The resultant miles-wide crater and subsequent new bay created in the coastal wall of Aren Prime's northern continent is henceforth referred to as 'The Cut'. Approximately 30% of the 131st are lost.

    Aren Prime governance formally declares its secession from the Imperium and deploys PDF and localised militia in open warfare. Specialised military units are rumoured to be equipped with non-standard equipment and armaments bearing no similarity to current Imperial and Mechanicum approved design.

    Inquisitorial envoys request further aid from the Adeptus Astartes, claiming malevolent influence on the population of Aren Prime and stating that only the Astartes can bring this to a swift conclusion.

    ***Approximately thirty-six (36) months from first reports of unrest, the 5th Blade of the Iron Talons Adeptus Astartes arrive in system, diverted from crusade actions against the Orkoid xeno-beast (ref Blackmaw Subjugation) and begin the pacification of Aren Prime and its localised star-system.


    [SIZE=2]Fleet elements of the Iron Talons breach the warp and enter in-system. [/SIZE


    The Cobra Destroyer squadron 'Fury's Daughters' claim the first kills, wrecking 4 system defense ships operated by Secessionist forces


    'The Wicked Sisters', an under-strength Sword frigate squadron begin picket duties, ruthlessly prosecuting actions against further in and out-system traffic that has not been approved by Imperial governance


    The Adeptus Astartes Strike Cruiser 'Kiss the Blade' remains in close orbit above Aren Prime. All attempts to communicate with the Astartes cruiser are met with silence.


    ***14 days after arriving in-system via warp-breach, the first elements of the Iron Talons Adeptus Astartes are deployed planet-side. The system is formally declared compliant within 8 months by representatives of the Inquistion. Representatives of the Iron Talon Adeptus Astartes are unavailable for comment.
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Cool! Now I can be subscribed to this one from the start. I've yet to take the time to read the Druchii one through.
    I like the feel you're setting at the start here.
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Oew, this is promising. LIke the pose, and definitely like the fluff. Especially the Guard point of view.
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    I'm going to try and keep the wip pics to a minimum and only post up completed units
    No, no and no again!

    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    unless that is people want to see wip stuff.
    Yes, yes and yes again! Although WIP of every thing that you do may get laborious (for you as well with having to take more photos) seeing how things develop is a fun part of the thread. You should do a step by step guide as well....
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Moar WIP, moar fluff, moar moar moar

    Thanks for the compliments mate, seeing those BFG ships in chapter colours makes me want to reprint my stuff in SoH colours, so thanks for that, moar work
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    Re: A Holy Work – The Three Hives Rebellion

    Quote Originally Posted by sheep View Post
    Moar WIP, moar fluff, moar moar moar

    Thanks for the compliments mate, seeing those BFG ships in chapter colours makes me want to reprint my stuff in SoH colours, so thanks for that, moar work
    +1 to this. And JackDaw your BFG ships have made me feel nostalgic and are tempting me into adding more stuff to my workload
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    Ha, so wasn't expecting this plog to be this popular already lol. Hopefully I won't let you all down.

    @ Solun - glad to hear it mate. Trust me, things will get a lot darker before the end. This isn't likely to be the normal kind of Astartes plog, I'm sort of using the army to explore other aspects of the Imperium rather than just Astartes bolter-porn.

    @ Drazhk - thanks for the kind words fella, happy to hear you're hooked already. Guard viewpoints will be plentiful.

    @ Jonahmaul - ok, some Wip stuff then. Not too much though. I might sort out a step-by-step guide for the Astartes once you guys get a proper look at some painted ones if its wanted.

    @ Sheep = lol ok ok, moar everything. And you're welcome - I found the BFG stuff to be nice and easy to paint, and quick too. Those 5 ships only took maybe 2 hours from start to finish, the trick is keeping the chapter colour panels to a minimum - less is more and makes them look more brutal and realistic in my eyes.

    @ Deathcat147 - cheers buddy Lots more it is then. Do it man, the BFG stuff is pretty fun to paint and pretty quick depending on what look you want. Well worth the time.

    Er right, suppose I'd better get cracking on some wip pics for you lot and some more finished stuff. Hmm, need to get a Razorback sorted for the first squad to make planetfall, but the squad itself is done - let's see what I can do with that.

    Cheers all
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    Planetfall – The footsteps of giants.

    ‘Jesker was the one to spot them. Must have been no more than a hundred metres away, a stone’s throw really. They were huge. No one tells you that. No one says how frakking huge they are. Three of them, clad in cold bone war-plate. We got maybe three, four seconds of contact before they disappeared into the chem-fog. Moving up, we found maybe a score enemies casualties, torn abart by bolter fire, no sign that they’d even fired a round back in anger. Of the Astartes, there was no sign. They hadn’t even acknowledged our presence.’
    Field report of fire-team leader Calin Droost, recon section, 131st Malaz Heavy Infantry
    Raseen Commercia District, reclamation action 34/Mh-7



    Helmet-cam capture of Astartes forces, Reclamation action 34/mh-7

    ***Begin record

    2nd Combat Edge, Tactical Blade Rashan
    Deployed without fanfare or ceremony to planetside, the 2nd Edge of Tactical Blade Rashan claim the dubious honour of both the first Astartes footsteps upon Aren Prime and the first shots fired in anger by the Astartes during this intervention. While the 1st Edge secured the immediate dropsite and surrounding square two kilometres for use by the Astartes, the 2nd Edge performed hunt-and-kill sweeps, systematically clearing all Secessionist forces from the initial theatre of operations. Early reports relayed to the orbiting strike cruiser Kiss The Blade were despondent at best, detailing weak resistance by medium to low numbers of enemy combatants that required little to no tactical nous on the part of the Astartes and cursing the vagaries of destiny that had brought them to this place. It is notable that contact with pro-Imperial forces was limited to the point of avoidance by the Astartes, with no representatives present at any briefings or communications made by the Talons. Contact with elements of the 131st Malaz Heavy in-field were brief and few, with many Imperial persons doubtful that the Astartes had even deployed planet-side at all.


    The 2nd Edge are seen here clad in the standard bone-lacquered plate of the Iron Talons, bearing the red right arm as is traditional for fully inducted Astartes battle-brothers. As is usual for the Astartes, each brother displays a mix of various armour marks and bolters, ranging from the standard Godwyn pattern to older marks such as the venerable Tigrus. The Talons are renowned for a somewhat lax approach to the arms and armaments dictats of the Codex Astartes, instead allowing each brother to arm himself with whichever pattern bolter best fits his own desires and turning a blind eye to non-standard mixes of armour plate sections. Closer observation of individual Iron Talon Astartes will further the idiosyncrasies of this Chapter. In a similar manner to that of their Primogenitors, the lauded but savage White Scars, the Talons employ non-codex squad and company markings displayed on the right shoulder pauldron and left kneepad respectively. Enemy combatants and even friendly forces from outside of the Chapter will be hard-pressed to positively identify a particular squad or Astartes from these markings, a confusion that the Talons encourage and do not attempt to clear.



    Removed from the ongoing crusade against the Blackmaw orkoid xeno, several members of the 2nd Edge display kill tokens and trophies taken from notable kills. Often these will be the tusks and canine teeth ripped from the jaws of the xeno-forms, although other tokens carved from sections of larger bones are also common. Note that all tokens are stained black due to the documented traditions of this particular xenos clan-brood.

    Review of after-action reports and missives submitted by combat veterans of the 131st Malaz Heavy Infantry and other pro-Imperial agencies clearly picture an Imperial presence disappointed and disenfranchised with the presence of the Iron Talons. Whilst many of the Imperial commanders might have expected a more co-operative Chapter, possibly influenced by the depiction of the so-called 'Space Marines' of the penny-dreadful prop-lit publications and more lurid entertainment vid-progs, it is clear that much of the Imperial strength in-theatre was unsure how to deal with these elusive and silent Astartes. For their part, the Inquisition remained silent and choose to concentrate on their continuing investigations and infiltration of Secessionist-held territory. It was only with the Stane Service Township clash (ref Reclamation Action 82/db-3) that Imperial forces would see the Astartes deployed in more than combat team strength, an event that established both the Astartes' feelings towards this Compliance and the combat doctrines by which they would prosecute this war.

    ***End record
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    I'm not normally a fan of 40K logs, but for you, sir, I'll happily make an exception!

    First of all, aren't you tired of painting bone? The models are looking great. That single red arm reminds me a bit of the old GW ogre color scheme with the bloody hand tribe, or whatever it was called. I will say that I think they need a bit more color in some way, however I'm not sure how that could be added without changing the color scheme completely.

    Your writing, as ever, is a joy to read. I particularly like the bits from the point of view of people sighting your marines, as your ability to write in slang/vernacular of non UK regions really shows off your skill as a writer. There was one in particular that I couldn't help but read with a Texan drawl, whether it was your intention or not.
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    I'm really digging the one red arm. Please, let's see some more.
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    Really nice start. I love armies tied to fluff.
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    This is just a great log, fluff, great painted Marines, superb pictures and great story. All you could wish for!
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    Really interesting stuff so far, great fluff to accompany. Subscribed.

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