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Legio Metalica (Iron Skulls)
Iron Skulls Icon
Warcry

Unknown

Founding

Pre-Imperium (Suspected)

Homeworld

Metalica (Forge World)

Allegiance

Imperium of Man

Colours

Red, White, Black & Yellow

Legio Metalica

Legio Metalica Legion Icon

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Legio Metalica Colour Scheme

The Legio Metalica (Iron Skulls) is one of the oldest and most esteemed Titan Legions within the Collegia Titanica, one of the military arms of the Adeptus Mechanicus. There is very little information in Imperial records about this Titan Legion's founding, though it is believed that it was founded before the Age of the Imperium, during the Age of Strife. The Iron Skulls are veterans of centuries of conflict, predating even the Unification Wars of Terra and the Great Crusade. The Iron Skulls' home Forge World of Metalica lies within the Ultima Segmentum, situated in one of the most dangerous parts of the galaxy, near the Ork Empire of Charadon. They live in a constant state of readiness as they are always threatened by war.

Legion HistoryEdit

Notable CampaignsEdit

  • Second War for Armageddon (941.M41) - The Legio Metalica is most famous for the tragic part it played in the Second War for Armageddon. The Iron Skulls were stationed on that Hive World to protect its vital industry. At the time, Armageddon suffered beneath the rule of its foolish and erratic Overlord, Herman von Strab, who refused to believe warnings of an impending invasion of the largest Ork WAAAGH! seen in centuries. Failing to heed the dire portents, Armageddon was invaded in 941.M41 by the mighty Ork Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka. Ghazghkull smashed through von Strab’s inadequate defences. Desperate, the Overlord commanded the Legio Metalica to perform the impossible task of stemming the massive greenskinned tide of Orks from overrunning the planet. Holding temporary command of the Legion after the death (suspected to be an assassination) of its Grand Master, Princeps Senioris Kurt Mannheim reluctantly obeyed the Overlord. By Imperial law he was required to perform his duties, and so Mannheim put on his best dress uniform, told his family goodbye and prepared to sell his life dearly. Unable to betray his oath of loyalty to the Emperor, Mannheim climbed aboard his Titan Steel Hammer and led his battle group to their inevitable destruction. The Legion fought long and hard, and Steel Hammer accounted for the destruction of three Ork Gargants before it was severely damaged. Not going down without a fight, Mannheim ordered his war machine to be taken into the centre of the Ork forces before his Titan’s reactor melted down. When the reactor detonated, a half dozen Gargants were taken out, delivering a powerful message to Ghazghkull that the Collegia Titanica would never rest whilst a single Ork lived to taint Armageddon’s soil. But outnumbered three to one, the Legio Metalica was severely outmatched. The Legion was almost completely wiped out and took no further part in the Armageddon campaign. At the end of the campaign Princeps Senioris Mannheim was posthumously awarded the Emperor’s Star for his bravery and loyalty to the Imperium. The Legion was rebuilt and has since won acclaim in every campaign it has fought in due to its dedication and determination. To date the Legio Metalica 's tally of victories is unsurpassed by that of any other Titan Legion. Mannheim remains a shining example of the dutiful warrior to all in the Imperium.
  • Third War for Armageddon (998.M41) - Once again, the Legio Metalica played an important role in the defence of Armageddon from the Orks. In 998.M41, Ghazghkull Thraka returned, leading a second, larger WAAAGH! to smash and subjugate the humans of Armageddon. The famous Commissar Yarrick and many other Imperial heroes who had fought in the previous war fifty-seven years earlier were recalled to defend the Hive World once again. Ork Roks (makeshift asteroid fortresses) made landings in the verdant equatorial jungles of the world and across the continents of Armageddon Primus and Secundus. Many were lost to ground fire or accidents but each one that survived became a bastion for the Orks, a rallying point and a ready-made fortress. As well as their huge gun and missile batteries, the Roks contained giant teleport arrays like those first used by Ghazghkull during his Piscina Campaign. These were employed to teleport down Ork reinforcements, including Gargants and heavy artillery, in an endless stream. Fighting alongside the Legio Ignatum (Fire Wasps), Regiments of Cadian Shock Troops and elements drawn from various Space Marine Chapters, the Legio Metalica was personally led by Commissar Yarrick in the destruction of several of the fortresses.
  • 13th Black Crusade (999.M41) - When Abaddon the Despoiler and his Forces of Chaos assaulted the world of Cadia during the 13th Black Crusade in 999.M41, the Legio Metalica was one of the Loyalist Titan Legions of the Collegia Titanica to help in the defence of that beleaguered Imperial Fortress World by providing a battlegroup to assist in holding back the tidal wave of Chaotic fanatics.

Notable Titan Battle GroupsEdit

  • Legio Metalica "Hades V" Battle Group - This Warlord-class Titan Battle Group was deployed in the defence of the Hades V during the Second War for Armageddon when Ork Warlord Ghazghkull Thraka invaded Armageddon. The Custodire Pius and Custodire Invidia were armed with support weapons, enabling them to pound their foes from the greatest possible distance. Since their main objective was to keep the Ork Gargants from piling shots into the structure of Hades Hive, they were armed to keep the Gargants at arms length. Custodire Faex, with its shorter-ranged weapons, was prepared to engage the Ork Gargants if any of them managed to survive the long-range wall of death set up by the other two Titans. This weapons format enabled the Battle Group to destroy many Gargants before any serious return fire started, but once several Gargants closed in, their superior number of short ranged weapons smashed aside the Battle Group. The Titans of "Hades V" Battle Group were armed with a large number of weapons that could destroy buildings, ensuring that valuable cover was denied to the Orks and Gargants were forced to advance in the open.

Notable TitansEdit

  • Custodire Faex - A Warlord-class Titan that was a part of "Hades V" Battle Group that took part in the valiant defence of Hades Hive during the Second War for Armageddon against several Ork Gargants.
  • Custodire Invidia - A Warlord-class Titan that was a part of "Hades V" Battle Group that took part in the valiant defence of Hades Hive during the Second War for Armageddon against several Ork Gargants.
  • Custodire Pius - A Warlord-class Titan that was a part of "Hades V" Battle Group that took part in the valiant defence of Hades Hive during the Second War for Armageddon against several Ork Gargants.
  • Steel Hammer - A Titan of unknown class that fought during the Second War for Armageddon and had been the war machine of the Legion's acting commander -- Princeps Senioris Kurt Mannheim. Steel Hammer accounted for the destruction of three Ork Gargants before it was severely damaged. Not going down without a fight, Mannheim ordered his war machine to be taken into the centre of the Ork forces before his Titan’s reactor melted down. When the reactor detonated, a half dozen Gargants were taken out, delivering a powerful message to Ghazghkull that the Collegia Titanica would never rest whilst a single Ork lived to taint Armageddon’s soil.

Notable PersonnelEdit

  • Kurt Mannheim - Princeps Senioris of the Legio Metalica and it's acting commander during the Second War for Armageddon following the death of it's Grand Master. Kurt Mannheim had been ordered by the inept Overlord Herman von Strab to perform the impossible task of stemming the massive greenskinned tide of Orks from overrunning the planet. Unable to betray his oath of loyalty to the Emperor, Mannheim climbed aboard his Titan Steel Hammer and led his battle group to their inevitable destruction. After his Titan suffered severe damage Mannheim ordered his war machine to be taken into the centre of the Ork forces before his Titan’s reactor melted down. When the reactor detonated, a half dozen Gargants were taken out, delivering a powerful blow to the Greenskin horde. At the end of the campaign Princeps Senioris Mannheim was posthumously awarded the Emperor’s Star for his bravery and loyalty to the Imperium and to this day remains a shining example of the dutiful warrior to all in the Imperium.

Legion AppearanceEdit

Legion ColoursEdit

The Legio Metalica's colours are red, black, white and yellow.

Legion BadgeEdit

The Legio Metalica's badge is a skull wearing a helm. Sometimes it is portrayed as a winged skull with lightning bolts behind it.

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