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Black Wings
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Black and Crimson, halved-pattern

Black Wings Scheme

Black Wings Chapter Colour Scheme

The Black Wings are a Loyalist Codex Astartes-compliant Space Marine Chapter of unknown origins and Founding. Little is known of this Chapter's history within the Imperial archives. In 700.M35, for unknown reasons, half the Chapter renounced their vows and turned upon their former brethren. In the ensuing internecine conflict, much of the Black Wings' Fortress-Monastery was devastated and a number of their fleet vessels were destroyed until their traitorous kin were driven off-world. Swearing an eternal oath of vendetta, the Black Wings changed their livery to a halved-pattern of crimson and black, until justice is finally visited upon their erstwhile kin and the Chapter's soul is fully healed.

Notable CampaignsEdit

  • The Sorrowful Pursuit (ca.118-418.M33) - Chapter Master Khardin Gol of the Black Wings Chapter and numerous Lords of the Imperium were brutally murdered during the infamous Hour of Shadow, which plunged the world of Lorin Alpha into riot and madness. In the aftermath, the Black Wings Chapter pursued the Chaos renegades known as the Tenebrae into the Veiled Region beyond the edge of Imperial space seeking revenge. Three centuries later, a single damaged Strike Cruiser returned from the outer void bearing a handful of survivors. They would speak of what they had endured to none save the Ordo Malleus of the Inquisition. The Chapter was slowly rebuilt to full strength from its reserve stocks of gene-seed over the next several decades and swore an eternal oath of vendetta against the Tenebrae and its nightmarish works.
  • Cleaving of the Black Wings (700.M35) - Five entire companies of the Black Wings Chapter renounced their vows of service, turning upon their brethren at the height of the Chapter's centennial Ritual of Remembrance. The battle that followed saw hundreds slain and several Strike Cruisers destroyed, and laid waste to much of the Chapter's Fortress-Monastery before the renegades were finally driven off. The cause of this base treachery was never fully ascertained, although some came to suspect a deep seated Warp taint that took root in the Chapter's soul centuries before, slowly twisting the Chapter's rituals and doctrines. The Black Wings Chapter changed its livery, painting half of its crimson armour black until such time as the renegade brethren are hunted down and made to pay for their heinous crime.
  • Garanhir Rebellion (649.M40) - The militant Inquisitor Malphas Kroh of the Ordo Malleus employed a precog-coven to predict an assault by Chaos Space Marines of a World Eaters warband at Garanhir. The World Eaters found the Inquisitor and a large force of Grey Knights, as well as Black Wings and Dark Swords Space Marines, waiting for them and were slain wholesale, though not without significant cost to the Imperium's forces.

Chapter AppearanceEdit

Chapter ColoursEdit

The Black Wings' once wore crimson coloured Power Armour. After the treachery of some of their brethren in the late 35th Millennium, the Black Wings changed their livery, painting half of their armour black and crimson in a halved-pattern, until such time as all their wayward former brethren are captured or killed. The Aquila or Imperialis on the chest is silver in colour. The white-coloured squad specialty symbol (Tactical, Assault, Devastator, or Veteran), is indicated on the right shoulder guard. A black-coloured Gothic numeral is stenciled in the centre of the squad specialist symbol, indicating the squad number. The shoulder pad trim displays the Company colour in accordance to the Codex -- i.e. White (1st Company), Yellow (2nd Company), Red (3rd Company), etc. Veterans of the elite 1st Company are also identified by their white helmets.

Chapter BadgeEdit

The Black Wing's Chapter badge is a single, black, leathery bat wing stretched outward to the right, centred on a field of red.


  • Adeptus Astartes: Successor Chapters (Limited Release Booklet)
  • Imperial Armour Volume Two, Second Edition - War Machines of the Adeptus Astartes, pp. 17, 19
  • Insignium Astartes, pg. 56


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