Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Swords of Dawn - a new army for a new edition!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this first post in the GD Brotherhood blog for 8th edition!

It is our intention to get the blog really running with much more content now that we know what is happening with 8th edition - we can build towards our first events and keep you up to speed with the armies we're building, along with bringing you battle reports using those armies.

So, without further ado - let me introduce to you my new army for 8th edition - yes, it's the Primaris marines from the boxed set, and as with the philosophy of the brotherhood placing narrative at the forefront of the games, rather than show you some models first, here's the background fluff for them.

I am proud to present - the Swords of Dawn!

The Swords of Dawn are a newly founded chapter of Primaris Marines, created during the Ultima Founding to reinforce the defences around the world of St Olav’s Fall near the Hadex Anomaly, on the coreward side of the Cicatrix Maledictum.

Claiming the Praetorian of Terra, the noble Lord Rogal Dorn as their genetic primogenitor, the Swords of Dawn follow the proud martial traditions of Lord Sigismund, venerating the blade as a symbol of the power of humanity and its right to dominate the galaxy.

Consequently, the chapter organisation is closely linked to the blade in its various forms, with each company favouring a particular fighting style derived from ancient sword-forms. Some companies therefore favour a fluid fighting style, slipping around the enemy guard to strike a piercing blow to its heart, whilst others favour a more brutal approach, cleaving all before them in a single devastating strike.

Deriving from the chapter name, its iconography depicts a rising sun pierced by a falling blade.

The Chapter broadly follows standard codex organisation, with the companies arranged and titled as follows:

1st - Broadsword Company (White)
2nd - Katana Company (Gold)
3rd - Rapier Company (Red)
4th - Scimitar Company (Green)
5th - Sabre Company (Black)
6th - Spatha Company (Yellow)
7th - Cutlass Company (Purple)
8th - Talwar Company (Grey)
9th - Machete Company (Blue)
10th - Kukri Company (None)

My collection will initially be focusing on 5th Company, commanded by Captain Lox Kaitana and Lieutenants Nero Vanderling and Dante Terios

Sabre Company uses several key techniques in battle derived from the fighting style of its name-blade.

Killing thrust

This technique is most frequently used in combination with carefully planned feints, drawing enemy forces away from key objectives before a rapid strike to the heart cuts through their defence. A second use of the technique however puts most of the company’s strength into the thrust, cutting right through the heart of whatever defences are laid before them, often using mobility of surrounding units to provide weight to the thrust and disguising the true aim of the strike until the last moment.


Often executed as a refused flank, the sweep-cut concentrates the strongest elements of the company on a single part of the enemy’s position, overwhelming a defence spread thin and uses that strength to clear a location of opposing forces. Other specific uses of the sweep cut however carry more finesse, and include surgical strikes to remove key elements of an opponent’s defence, and counter-strikes to blunt enemy offensive strategies.


A well-executed feint is the single key building block of an effective offensive strategy, and Sabre Company make extensive use of them to drag opposing forces out of prime position, allowing strikes at other key points to hit harder and more effectively than would otherwise be the case. The feint is such a key element of the Sabre Company philosophy that even strikes that gain more purchase than originally anticipated remain as feints in the overall strategy, and enemy forces rushing to plug a gap in their defences often find the 5th Company has moved on to a new target rather than attempting to force through the opening they have created. Patience is the key element of a successful feint, and it is a matter of immense pride to Captain Kaitana that his forces know exactly when to withdraw from a feint for maximum effect - too soon and the feint becomes obvious, too late and the enemy’s response will catch the feinting forces before they can withdraw. Kaitana is the master of this tactic.


The most unusual of the tactics employed by Sabre Company, the stop-cut is used in one of two scenarios, first as a method of allowing units to join a thrust, and second in allowing the company to withdraw from a protracted engagement if necessary. It consists of a swift concentration of firepower, halting an enemy's progress and forcing them to take cover. Fire is layered at this stage, with longer ranged units taking over the firestorm as the shorter ranged elements pull back. By the time the fire ceases, and the enemy once again attempts to advance, the Swords of Dawn have fallen back and are nowhere to be seen.

Till next time - when I hope to have a test miniature done - may the hobby inspire you.