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    The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    Introductions to the End

    Out- out are the lights- out all!
    And, over each quivering form,
    The curtain, a funeral pall,
    Comes down with the rush of a storm,
    While the angels, all pallid and wan,
    Uprising, unveiling, affirm
    That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
    And its hero the Conqueror Worm.”

    Fragment from the lost Pre-Unification works of Edal Len’Po, circa late M1.

    “Betrayal. Resentment. Arrogance. These were the wounds that killed the Imperial Truth. Mankind at its very worst, the self-devouring worm, rancid in its own desire to consume at the expense of everything else. Is it any wonder we slipped from grace so easily? This is our legacy.”

    From Lessons We Should Learn, outlawed text published in the years following the Siege.
    Queller Hirraupt of the Remembrancer order

    “It is hard to put into words the sorrow and tragedy of those days. Pain, both of the body and the soul, was our constant companion. We were numbed, insensate, drowning in loss and madness. But still we fought. We could do little else but spite them with our every breath, remind them that every step they took was won with their own blood and pain. And amongst all the pain of those days, the great horrors of the Angel’s End and the wounding of Him, we forget the other losses, the other tragedies. Seraph fell. They all fell. Unwitnessed. Save by me. And the knowing of this breaks my heart.”

    From Blood on the Steel: the lives of Seraph
    Bastian Ortega, once named Icarium, of the IXth Legion Astartes.

    “...No more heroes anymore...”
    Graffiti found at the ruins of AnMonal sub-district, Palace of Terra.
    Author unknown.



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    Reflections of their Father

    "I see them always, those faces of Seraph. I see them in life and I see them in death. I carry a hundred ghosts in my head, and each of them whispers their story to me."

    From Blood on the Steel: the lives of Seraph
    Bastian Ortega, once named Icarium, of the IXth Legion Astartes.

    *Image Codicium accessed*



    Sirio Dumas, named Azariel, of Leopard-9 Tactical


    Nemet Khyr, Paragon of Leopard-9 Tactical


    Legionary Hawl of Leopard-9 Tactical

    *Image Codicium released*

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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    Yay!! Jack is back!
    I would just like to say how much your plogs have inspired me (and sometimes kept me patient during night time baby duty). Keep it up mate!

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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    If you're about to launch into a Heresy-era log that's focused on the Blood Angels by mixing the lovely plastic parts with 30K Forge World goodness, then this will be the best thing since sliced bread. I've wanted to do this myself for the last few months, but time and money get in the way. If I ever do a Heresy force, this will be it.

    There is no finer Chapter (or Legion!) than the Sons of Sanguinius - best of luck, Jackdaw!
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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    Yay! Subbed

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    Wooohoooooo! JackDaw and 30k! And the woefully underrepresented IX Legion as well? Excitement levels through the roof

    Cheers,
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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    Subbed, excited to see more

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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    Yay. He's back!

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    Afternoon chaps. Damn, wasn't expecting quite that kinda response to what was just a small intro. Seem to have given myself quite the billing to live up to

    As you may have guessed, this will be charting my foray into Heresy-era gaming, specifically the IXth Legion at the Siege of Terra. I've held out against 30k for a long long time for several reasons - Marine clang-offs time and time again aren't exactly fun and pretty much every HH army I've seen looks the same (with a few notable exceptions) in terms of unit choice and so on. To be honest, it didn't interest me at all. Until recently.

    Having said all that, this will primarily be a story and art driven army than a gaming army - I'm aiming for a looser Blanche feel to the Angels and the way I paint them over the hyper-realism and weathering love that seems to be the norm for HH stuff. Sounds a bit pretentious maybe, but hey-ho. I want some beautiful looking angels rather than a tip-top gaming army.

    There is off course a large fluff drive beind this as well, got a storyline worked out so those of you who followed my Three Hives Rebellion plog will know what to expect. Of course, the Angels of Seraph are a lot nicer than the Talons....

    Oboc -thanks for the welcome back buddy, hopefully I can give you some more inspiration and night-time reading to enjoy

    Tybalt - oh yes, FW goodness with the glorious Angel plastics. Always had a soft spot for the Blood Angels, ever since 2nd Ed, but this will be the first actual army of them I do. Complete change to my Talons as well, which will be nice.

    Red Skullz - haha thanks man

    BeatTheBeat - the IXth are pretty slim in numbers arent they? Its a shame, there's a lot of potential there for some real nice armies with a lot of depth. Fingers crossed I can do them justice.

    Phatsquirre1 - thanks man, more updates will come soon, promise.

    PrimeMinisterSinister
    - yeah you know how it is, some RL stuff goes wrong and you loose all inclination and time for any hobby. Almost back on track now, but not as prolifically as before so updates will be semi-regular.

    Again, thanks for your support already chaps, and your enthusiam. I'll try and get some pics and fluff up for the sole fully painted Angel I've done so far while I work out how to structure the storyline along with the pics and updates.

    Jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    I've held out against 30k for a long long time for several reasons - Marine clang-offs time and time again aren't exactly fun and pretty much every HH army I've seen looks the same (with a few notable exceptions) in terms of unit choice and so on. To be honest, it didn't interest me at all. Until recently.

    Tybalt - oh yes, FW goodness with the glorious Angel plastics. Always had a soft spot for the Blood Angels, ever since 2nd Ed, but this will be the first actual army of them I do. Complete change to my Talons as well, which will be nice.
    I hear ya! My thought would be to find something that screams 30K, so it's visually different from anything 40K. With the Blood Angels, I suspect I'd got for a core of Legion Tactical and Assualt Squads, and back them up with a Command Squad, a Warden, some Scimitar Jetbikes, Contemptors, a Sicaran and probably some Cataphractii in an early Mark of Land Raider. Then I'd add some Sanguinary Guard and the minor figure of a Primarch... Of course, I'm saying all of this without knowing what FW are going to produce for the Angels - that might be when my resistance breaks and I have to do this!

    Looking forward to more soon.
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    Opening Chapters - the Fall begins

    "But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
    Assailed the monarch's high estate.
    (Ah, let us mourn!- for never morrow
    Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
    And round about his home the glory
    That blushed and bloomed,
    Is but a dim-remembered story
    Of the old time entombed. "

    From the Pre-Unification works of Edal Len’Po, circa late M1

    "Amidst the chaos and madness of those days, it is hard to know where to start this tale. The Siege is well-documented, the exact moment of the Breach known to all. Where then to speak of Seraph? I carry all their lives in my mind, can recite every detail from the moment they became Astartes to the moment they died. Do you, reader, require that knowledge? This is to be the tale of their end, so that they do not fall unwitnessed. Thus, I must start this tale with bloodshed, with the thunder of bolter-fire, and with the first of Seraph to awaken his wrath in the face of the Eaters."
    From Blood on the Steel: the lives of Seraph
    Bastian Ortega, once named Icarium, of the IXth Legion Astartes.

    ***accessing memory-core: auto-quill engaged
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    Smoke blanketed the streets of AnMonal, throwing a deathshroud across the once-glorious district of the Palace, rendering it as cold and silent as the grave. The dim rumble of war could just be heard by Astartes ears, the unceasing assault of the Traitors fury against those they once called brothers shattering this world piece by piece. False Dawn was a constant occurrence, the unending orbital bombardment and near-orbit void war eclipsing the natural rhythms of days on Terra, leaving each side fighting in a constant flickering dawnlight. Through the grill of his helm, Afio Lorenz of the Ninth could taste ash, and bone. And blood. Not the clean coppery tang of fresh blood, but the bitter iron of clotted gore, of days-old slaughter.

    The Twelfth then. Not the Fourth as Azariel had wagered - he should be thankful, no brutal uneven death by creeping bombardment for Seraph. No, instead this would be close, intimate. Decided with blades and won in blood on the hands.

    Afio felt a vulpine grin stretch across his mouth, lips peeling back over the tips of his eyeteeth. He was ready, as were all of the Blooded of Seraph, almost eager for this to begin. Almost. The Rage simmered in his augmented chest, ready to unsheathe claws and teeth and rend and tear and bite and suck down that crimson copper-tasting liquid, hot in the mouth and sweet, so sweet.... Warning icons blinked to life in front of his eyes, elevated heartrates, rising adrenaline, increased limbic activity. With an effort, Afio pushed the Rage away, calmed himself and found the cold centre that all warriors needed in battle. Ran the routine checks that were almost ritual - bolter loaded, primed. Blade oiled and loosened in the sheath. Back to vigilance, watching the smoke-blown streets like a raptor.

    There. Some three hundred metres away, coming up the main thorough-fare through the ash, a half dozen figures, Astartes big. Clad in hulking shambolic Mark Three plate, marble-white sections now scarred and shattered, stained with dried and rotting gore. Brutal chainblades held loosely in gauntlets, a mismatch of sidearms and longer bolt pieces. No order to their advance, no evidence of urban tactics, just these six Astartes wandering almost aimlessly through the streets of the cradle of Mankind as though they thought they belonged there.

    Afio felt the grin become something more feral, something more fitting to a snarl. A few seconds clarity of thought, a subvocalised vox-blurt to Seraph.

    "It is the Eaters, my location. Limited threat, Samiel engaging."

    And then....the cold fury of combat. Exploding from cover, bolter already braced and firing. Sabot rounds punched into the helm of the lead Eater, shattered ceramite and bone beneath. Switching targets, three rounds into the weaker hip armour of the next, sending him crashing to the concrete, almost severed at the waist. The hot copper-spiced tang of Astartes blood filled the air and now the Eaters reacted, chainblades roaring, sidearms firing wildly as they raced towards him. No art to their fury, no grace or style to their rage-fuelled flailing. Another Eater smashed from his feet by concentrated fire to his chestplate, the ceramite buckling and splintering into the Black Carapace it covered. Mere feet away now, close enough to smell their stink and hear the barking shouts they made over the roar of their blades and the thunder of his bolter. The first Eater reached him, swung an over-large chainsword clotted with gore in a horizontal curve that Afio simply ducked under, coming up in the face of the second Eater, inside the reach of his long hafted chainaxe. The Eater howled, battered at Afio's crimson plate with iron gauntlets before registering the solid length of steel through its gut. Afio twisted, pulled his blade free in a welter of blood and viscera in time to hammer the first Eater in the back with bolter-fire. No time to think, the Eater he had gutted came at him again, ropes of intestines hanging from his ruined armour, chainaxe raised in both hands. A side-step this time, taking Afio past the Eater, a twist and parry with his blade sending the Eater crashing over onto his comrade, chainaxe chewing into the ruined back armour, sending blood flying into the air. Sneering, Afio of the Ninth emptied the rest of his bolter clip into the pair, sabot rounds punching ceramite apart. They stilled and then the only sound was the heavy wet breathing and idling chainaxe of the last Eater. Half-buried markings on once-white armour marked him as Gladiator Primus, a squad leader ranking.

    Breathing steady, heartrates even. Afio locked gazes with the Samus-pattern helm of the Eater, raised blood-slick blade before his face in salute. The Eater grunted in response, raised brutal chainaxe in fist.

    Now the war would begin in earnest.
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    "You call your Primarch the Red Angel, no? This is a jest surely? Some sly humour of the Twelfth?
    Come then, let me show you how a son of a true Angel fights..."

    Afio Lorenz, named Samiel, of the Blooded of Seraph Company, IXth Legion Astartes




    Afio as I remember him, perhaps the closest to a brother I had amongst Seraph. Clad as most of us were in Mark IV plate, filigreed and decorated by his own hand but bearing the scars of war. Afio had a poet’s touch, a mind sharp in wit and deft in the creation of emotive works. He was, I think, the best of us, the ideal son of Sanguinius, beautiful in his wrath and as quick in his mind as our Father was on the wing. A member of the Blooded, the veteran cadre of Seraph, Afio had wrought the ruin of our foes for scores of years, honours heaped upon him as heavy as any cloak. He was the first of Seraph to draw blood against the Eaters during the Fall, and one of the last to die, still spitting his defiance into their faces but never succumbing to the Rage inside him. In that, he stood alone from Seraph in the end. For Afio, more than any other of Seraph, I weep.

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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    I'm glad you're back at it. When you're writing, I'm way more likely to add fluff to my posts.
    I hope everything is okay with you, friend. I've still got an unpainted Talon here I've been meaning to whip up.

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    Wow. Really well-written and visceral fluff, a beautifully converted and painted model to accompany it. I'm subscribed, and anxious to see what comes next!

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    My goodness, that's some excellent fluff. Followed with great interest.
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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    I like the foreshadowing of the black rage, it always seemed odd that the excuse was always wholly resting on the death of sanguinus

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    Evening chaps, hope you all enjoyed Afio's little introduction and the first look into the storyline of the Fall Of Seraph. In terms of what's coming up next, well it depends on what I can get written next to be honest. The 15 man Tactical squad for the army is assembled and just needs the basing finished and some small greenstuff work, so more than likely it will be those chaps. But who knows.

    On a related note, those of you who enjoy my writing might be interested to hear that after my publishing success with Mantic earlier this year (my short story was printed in the Nexus Psi campaign book for Deadzone) I've won another competition - Studio Coulrophobia's Ars Scribendi - this time with an entirely from-scratch piece in my own homebrew setting. It might not be the biggest competition in the world but I'm inordinately proud of my homebrew setting winning and it's given me the push I need to start working on my own non-GW writing properly and try and get published on my own.

    By the way, if anyone needs some freelance writing done......you know where to find me

    Right, back to the Angels of the Ninth. I've been working on a few random bits recently - I try and get a tester model done for each unit first just to work out if the idea works yet. The other night I worked up this chap as a test for the Assault Squad and I'm pretty happy with him. Nice mix of brutality and Angelic elegance. He's still awaiting the mk IV jump pack but I'm happy with how the squad will look.


    I've also been working on this chap on and off - he will play an important part in the Fall as one of the two HQ's for the army as well as being fairly central to the storyline. I have found a nice BA head to pop on him and a backpack is en route. No other clues as to who or what he is yet though.


    Tybalt - I'm keeping my Angels fairly simple unit wise, but thats a storyline choice. There was loads I wanted to take but just didn't feel right about having based on the story I'd come up with. And you definitely need to get on some 30k action.

    PrimeMinisterSinister - Things are still a bit rough mate, but coming back on here is giving me the little boost I need day to day And it's great to hear I inspire you, means a lot. Your Sabres are looking damn sweet by the way, as I said on your thread.

    Naryn - ah thanks man, glad you liked it all. Good to have you onboard for the ride.

    Formerly Wu - cheers man, I do try my best with the fluff. Now if only I could get published properly...

    Oboc - when Fear To Tread came out I was initially all against the Rage existing before Sanguinius' death. However after thinking on it, I've come round to the idea and it makes sense for it to have always been there - Sanguinius dying only opened the floodgates to an already existent flaw.

    That's it for tonight chaps, will try and show off a few more of Leopard-9 Tactical over the weekend.

    Cheers,
    Jack

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    The Mailed Fist

    "When the Eaters came for us, it was the Tacticals who blunted their teeth, who held them at bay for all the long Fall. Leopard-9 was the oldest of Seraph's Tacticals, the most decorated, and the Eaters choked on their deaths. We still bore the wounds of Signus, all of us, both physical and mental, but we were Astartes. We were Angels. Nothing could take that from us."

    From Blood on the Steel: the lives of Seraph
    Bastian Ortega, once named Icarium, of the IXth Legion Astartes.

    *Image Codicium accessed*

    Display: Fireteam Secundus, Leopard-9 Tactical, Seraph Company: IXth Legion Astartes



    Legionary Tiest. KIA day 12 of the Fall. Legionary Fallon. KIA day 12 of the Fall.


    Legionary Suron. KIA day 5 of the Fall. Legionary Rasmus. KIA day 2 of the Fall.


    Nemet Khyr, Paragon of Leopard-9. KIA day 20 of the Fall.

    *Image Codicium access released*

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    Re: The Fall Of Seraph - Histories of the IXth Legion.

    I love the fact that even though they are (currently) unpainted, they still give off an air of battle-weariness.

    Superb work sir.

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    Excellent and inspiring work! I look forward to watching this story and army unfold before us. This makes me want to pick up a brush again.
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    Jackdaw + Heresy = auto-subscribe.

    Fantastic modeling work so far, very evocative poses. That and the fact that we already know that most of these guys are going to be KIA by the end of the log really makes it grimdark XD

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