Entropic Ascent

Category: Of the Grim Future

Rancid Angel Auxiliary Airforce (RAAA!) Incoming


More coming soon.

Onus Telegarion, Founder of the Vengeance Host, formerly Demi-Praetor of the Death Guard 4th Grand Company


Thirty Years before the atrocities of Isstvan III, some fifty Death Guard Legionaries from all seven of Grand Companies who had been deemed too hot-headed and wayward were formed into a unit under tutelage of a handful of old veterans who embodied the stoic and taciturn aspects of the Legion, in a bid to reign the insubordinates back. Amongst the longest lived Astartes within the 14th Legion, a Terran born officer by the name of Onus Telegarion was selected to be the chief mentor of the unit and was granted the unusual title of Demi-Praetor. The unit was sent away from the main body of the Legion and over the years was all but forgotten, until Mortarion called his assets to Isstvan III in 005.M31.


Note the stencilled winged skull motif fully replacing Telegarion’s former Death Guard livery.

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The Vengeance Host, Raven Guard Specialists


Formerly of the Mor Deythan, these Astartes fight with the Vengeance Host after the Drop Site Massacre.

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Scrappers of War World Sargovo Part II

Whilst the Lord Inheritor has many indentured scrappers he has been known to hire the labour of some kind of reclaimer-for-hire when a job requires specific equipment or skill sets. These mercenaries are extremely eclectic in appearance and role and usually very resourceful. DSCF6116

To allow the ‘barrow wights and reclaimers to toil undisturbed, this cyborg has been hired to keep watch for approaching threats, may they be the survivors of war or competing gangs and tribes.

DSCF6117 This particular example appears to have been hired principally for his combat abilities and armaments which seem to be of a quality that rarely survives the wars that scour Sargovo. It is likely some of this tech and weaponry was given as payment by the Lord Inheritor.


This man’s extensive and high quality cybernetics suggest he may once have been affiliated with the Adeptus Mechanicus.




Scrappers of War World Sargovo

On the War World of Sargovo, a great many tribes, gangs and cultures scrape a life from the remains left by almighty battles that scar its surface. One such tribe, led by a rogue Mechanicus adept of the Lachrimallus order known as the Lord Inheritor, exist as bone pickers, harvesting the flesh and tech spared from total destruction.DSCF6100 DSCF6101 DSCF6106 DSCF6107

‘Barrow Wights are one of the many roles that the Lord Inheritor fills with the mutants, the survivors and the lost of this War World. This particular specimen looks like some sort of possibly unique abhuman strain, though the extremely pale skin and malnourished frame are likely due to living most of its life underground, not seeing the sun for most of its life as catastrophic battles scour the surface world. When the tides of war ebb, the Lord Inheritor begins his salvage operations and amongst the first to emerge from the underworld and behold the vast destruction under the sun are the ‘Barrow Wights.


Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor and his Arco Flagellant


He was once an extremely able bodied man of the Amalthian Puritanical Faction. Now he is very old and has fallen out of favour with his order. It appears as though he will spend his last few years with his only remaining servant, Octobe 1007.

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The Vengeance Host, The Shattered Legions, Loyalist Astartes


Matt Bell’s Iron Hands pictured alongside JS-D’s Raven Guard and Death Guard.


Two Death Guard Legionaries under the command of Onus Telegarion, formerly a Demi-Praetor of the Death Guard, now commander of the Vengeance Host.


Pictured: Acciptab the Spurned, Mor Deythan sergeant, XIX Legion. Also note the ad hoc repairs on the Raven Guard Armour, utilising parts from other armour marks, even using pieces from other Legions.

I urge you, go and see Matt Bell’s blog, Born in Iron: The Tenth Legion, great stuff.



Mortarion the Reaper, Primarch of the Death Guard


The shadowed and sinister Mortarion was Primarch and Commander of the Death Guard Legion. Raised upon a nightmare world of fell secrets and necromantic horror where humans were hunted like animals, the darkness that surrounded him seeped into his soul and would never leave him. Fiercely driven and relentless, the reaper-Primarch led his Legion to become wrathful liberators, spectres of death and judgment to whom no battlefield was insurmountable and no foe too terrible to face. With lies and half-truths did Horus sway Mortarion to his cause, and the price that he and his Legion would pay for their role in the Heresy would be nightmarish beyond imagining.


Pictured with some Raven Guard I recently finished and some of Matt Bell’s Iron Hands which will feature in a post soon.








Brother Abdul’Dolon or ‘Lon’ of the Rancid Angels

Lon is a character I am currently roleplaying in a Black Crusade RP, in which he and the other characters have found themselves in an unusual situation on a feudal world, hence his lack of power armour and practically all distinctly Space Marine equipment. I wanted to make a vaguely art scale Astartes without any of his standard weapons or trappings, being replaced by far more primitive attire. I also wanted him to be recognisable as Nurgle affiliated, but very subtly and keeping in line the the aesthetic I have been giving to the Rancid Angels recently; no overt putridity or slimy, bloated rolls of fat, focussing on a more realistic but extreme weathering, corrosion and instilling a general mien of entropy about the character. I also wanted to make the colour palette so cold to be almost ethereal, straddling this ground between hyper realism and  hyper atrophy. The modelling took quite a long time, but the painting only took a couple of hours.

The Rancid Angel Astartes known as Abdul’dolon or Lon was born on an unknown world in 758691 M41. At the age of five, the Adeptus Astartes Chapter the Angels of Purgatory took Lon from his family and began the long and painful process to become one of the Emperor’s Finest, which he did, although it is noted that this ascension was perhaps by dint of chance and perseverance rather than being the noble embodiment of the Imperium’s militant will. The Angels of Purgatory kept few records of this time, the previously stated fact regarding the mystery of Lon’s homeworld stands as a sound example of this. It is known that Lon’s surgery and psycho conditioning was completed but he never progressed beyond the ranks of the scout company. An assessment by the company chaplain on the subject of Neophyte Abdul’dolon when he was aged twenty years un-adjusted, reads; “resourceful and capable, respected by some, shunned by others, certainly a rogue. Close examination and supervision required.”


The chaplain was not blind to the aspects of Lon’s personality that made him quite unsuitable for service amongst the Adeptus Astartes, moreover a chapter so stringently conceited as the Angels of Purgatory. These incompatibilities came to a head when Lon was twenty two, when, during an operation in the Jericho Reach, he quietly deserted his brothers for good and with no remorse.

After several months exhibiting the “resourceful and capable” aspects of his skillset, living alone across several warzones in the Jericho Reach, Lon was found by a small coterie of Rancid Angels, the Brotherhood of Seydon’s Secret, who had a small presence in the warfront at the time. Upon meeting, Lon saw Space Marines that were nothing like the mentors and comrades he had half obeyed in the past. These Astartes had chosen their own destiny amongst the stars.

Lon saw no reason not to go with these renegades and the Rancid Angels duly and gratefully  accepted him into the lower ranks as they are often want to do. Here, Lon fought alongside cultists, troopers and other neophytes for several months before proving his dedication, prowess and reliability on several occasions and eventually he claimed and salvaged a full suit of power armour.


Lon was placed in the Brotherhood of Antithantrop and remained there for several years as one of fourteen warriors. The Champion of Nurgle who often led the Brotherhood of Antithantrop, Gogmagon, was once asked by the Apostle of the Entropic Malady, Ahmad, how an unusual case such as Lon was adapting to the warband. Gogmagon described him as “well liked”, “of balanced humours” and “unambitious apart from some minor, private goals I can only guess at.”

In 758732 M41. the bloodiest campaign the Rancid Angels had ever enacted began to move away from the Calixis Sector and moved fully into the Ultima Segmentum, where it would come to a devastating climax. Lon, like many of the Astartes in the Warhost, was eager for a place amongst the vanguard in some of the final battles of the greatest war his otherworldly liege-lord, Vexvile had ever commanded. He requested a transition from the Brotherhood of Antithantrop, though he enjoyed the company his fellow warriors offered here. Surprisingly, Lon was granted his wish and was placed in the much smaller unit, the Horror Truth Coterie, part of the Rancid Angels 4th Host, led by the controversial and dreaded Spawnherd.

It was against the old enemy, the Napthean Thunderstorms on the war-world of Quarv 7, where the viscous campaign ended and where Lon had the honour to fight on the same field as Prince Vexvile and gained some reputation for himself within the Warhost. Outside the walls of Ataô Civitas, where the Thunderstorms had dug in and awaited assault, the armoured transport the Horror Truth Coterie was embarked in took a direct ordnance hit a mere thirty metres from the Imperial lines. The vehicle was so violently destroyed that it wounded many of the Rancid Angels inside and they were forced to dismount in front of the gunline. As could be expected, the ensuing several hundred las bolts and several more ordnance hits saw all seven of the Coterie downed, though only six were killed outright. Badly burned and bleeding, Lon arose in the smoke, melta-carbine in one hand and bolt pistol in the other and remarkably was not broken enough to stop him defending the bodies of his brothers until the apothecaries could arrive. At a staggeringly high cost, the battle was won swiftly afterwards.

After his recovery, Lon found himself quite well known within the Warhost as a whole, a noted survivor within an army of survivors who prided themselves on their resilience.


A general mien for Abdul’dolon can be established by what little has been recorded of him. He appears friendly to almost all servants of dissention, chaos and decay and seems to bear no particular overwhelming grudge or hatred against any faction, creed or race although it should be noted that like all his Rancid Angel brethren, he would never ally directly with xenos or seek a redemptive path back to the Imperium. The previously mentioned champion known as Gogmagon was surprisingly perceptive in his appraisal of Lon, it is true that his open character is hard to dislike even for the more embittered legionaries of the Warhost. It is also largely true that Lon has little or no ambition to command or to rule, very happy to live a life based on his existential, even humanistic philosophies that he seemed to develop internally before he was united with the Rancid Angels. It is of little doubt that it was these beliefs that led his personality to resonate so comfortably with those amongst the Rancid Angels.

Birth-world and Gene Seed Speculation
Lon genuinely does not remember the name of his birth world, neither does he remember much at all about his life before induction into the Angels of Purgatory. Rather taciturnly, all Lon claims to remember is a temperate climate and an older sister with black hair. Some records from other Imperial sources are varied but suggest the Angels of Purgatory Chapter was operating near the Spinward Front or on the border between the Segmentum Obscurus and Segmentum Pacificus, maybe even close to the outskirts of the Segmentum Solar in the Galactic West. A World such as Kulth have been Lon’s home, though it is very unlikely the truth will ever be discovered.
The technology and ability to test Gene Seed provenance is extremely scarce within the Imperium and far rarer outside of its domain, so the likelihood of revealing Lon’s heritage is close to impossible. Imperial documents pertaining to the Angels of Purgatory do not make their origin clear and Lon does believes his former Chapter did not know the truth either. We can assume that the gene seed may be from a Second Founding or later tithe due to the Angels of Purgatory clearly being founded after M34 and the lack of fame or influence they held within the Imperium.
As for the origins of the Gene Seed, it is almost certainly from one of the Loyal Legions. Space Wolves and Salamanders can be removed from the discussion since Lon shows none of the extreme physical traits universal to these legions and his gene seed appears stable, though he is still comparatively young for an Astartes (Fifty One at time of writing). Since Lon’s Betcher’s Gland is fully functional, Rogal Dorn’s genetics are extremely unlikely. For his Gene Seed to have come from the Ist or XIIIth legion, due to the apparent stability, lack of mutation and the fully functioning zygotes, as well as the fact that both both are used regularly for the founding of new Chapters, especially the Ultramarines. Xth Legion provenance is a possibility as it is worth noting theories that claim the hatred of physical frailty and weakness may be a genetic flaw in the Iron Hands and though Lon does not appear to be overtly repulsed by weakness, certainly less so than most Astartes, he does value fortitude highly.

Rancid Angels: Drejtor and Breaching Auxiliary


Pictured: Drejtor, Champion of The Brotherhood of Seydon’s Secret, II Host of the Rancid Angels and a human auxiliary attached to Drejtor’s service.


Note iconography on left pauldron. This appears to be a non-specific Rancid Angel Warhost imagery consistent with that worn post 758733 M41, replacing the former rejection of any unifying livery other than the mark of Nurgle, praise to our paradoxical Lord.


Drejtor’s brotherhood specialised in close assault like most of the Astartes in the Warhost, but showed preference for siege and room to room combat in addition.


Pictured: Human Auxiliary attached to the Brotherhood of Seydon’s Secret. Note: rare pattern autogun, light plasteel armour and breathing apparatus for operations in hazardous environs, a common staging area for the Rancid Angels.


Pictured: Auxiliary siege shield. Note: Pict recorder embedded in eye socket.

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