Sunburst Yellow and Black
The Destroyers is a Loyalist Second Founding and rare Space Marine Successor Chapter of the White Scars. Though it has won great victories in the Imperium's name, the stability of its gene-seed has come into question as well as concerns surrounding its savage conduct in battle.
As Second Founding successors of the White Scars Chapter, the Destroyers can trace their history back to a time when Jaghatai Khan hunted across the stars. The Destroyers were founded in the wake of the tragic events of the Horus Heresy in the early 31st Millennium. Their gene-seed was derived from the gene-stocks of the White Scars, who famously defended the Imperial Palace during the Battle of Terra in the closing days of the Horus Heresy. Sharing their forefather's battle lust and aggressive style of lightning warfare, the Destroyers have a troubled history.
The Destroyers' colours are black with sunburst yellow on the shoulder guards, helmet and chest icon (Aquila or Imperialis). The yellow squad specialty symbol (Tactical, Assault, Devastator or Veteran) is indicated on the right shoulder guard whilst the Chapter iconography is painted on the left shoulder guard. Squad designation is indicated by a yellow gothic numeral stenciled on the centre of the squad specialty symbol. The colour of the left knee guard indicates Company in accordance with the Codex Astartes.
The Destroyers' Chapter badge is a black skull surrounded by four lightning bolts, centered on a field of sun-burst yellow.
The Codex: Space Marines (7th Edition) states that the Destroyers were established during the Second Founding, while the old Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) states that the Chapter is a Successor of the Mantis Warriors (through the lineage of the White Scars). As this is the most current lore change, the older lore is no longer considered canon.
- Codex: Space Marines (7th Edition) (Digital Edition), pg. 137
- Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition), pg. 47