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Title: The 'Dark Mechanicum of Horus'
Description: Some info about appearance


VESPASIAN - September 9, 2008 11:56 AM (GMT)
The members of the Mechanicum that pledged their allegiance to Horus and his cause, wore black robes as a visual demonstration of their loyalty to him (and no doubt to help differentiate them from their False Emperor following brethren). This detail is mentioned in Battle for the Abyss:

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...yet here he [The Fabricator General] stood swathed in black robes, a symbol of his allegiance to the Warmaster and his commitment to his cause.
(Page 16)

Magos Epsolon is likewise described as being robed in black. There is also a description of Magos Guerod, who is serving with the Word Bearers Legion which adds a little detail to the attire of the 'Dark Mechanicum'.

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Amongst the piteous menials, a tall figure stood out. Looming from the darkness, he was swathed in black robes and bore the cog symbol of the Mechanicum around his neck on a chain of bolts.
(Page 47)

I hope that this may be of some interest to all you haters of weak flesh! ;)

Magos Explorator - September 9, 2008 12:03 PM (GMT)
I think that sadly we don't have much fluff on the matter, so thanks for postng this!

I'd assumed that since the Imperium at large didn't appear to know about the divisions in the Mechanicum before Horus' open revolt, the struggle within the Mechanicum would've been more covert in nature. So on the one hand while the Fabricator General may have worn black robes in front of Horus, I don't know whether at this point he'd be appearing any differently if he were, for example, given an audience with Dorn or the Emperor.

On the other hand he may have worn black, as the traditions and appearance of the Mechanicum may not have been known to outsiders! I guess we have to wait for the next novel...

As an aside, I'm painting my Mechanicum priests in mixtures of red, off-white and grey robes with an idea that different ranks may use the colours in different ways. I'm constructing my Magos Explorator to lead my force at the moment, but don't know which colours I'll pick for him.

Torg - September 10, 2008 09:19 AM (GMT)
Hmm...this does indeed give me some ideas in my
head for conversions and what not,Specially the idea
of using some of the current old tech marines and techpriests
as Dark mechanicum,and the thought of cyborging out some
other models like my ogres....(Evil grin!)(then meniacal laughter!)
..."And thus, Torg of the sons of Horus, started on his road to becoming a
true champion of chaos,next to his legion and Warmaster!"

Kharn - September 22, 2008 05:40 AM (GMT)
This angers me quite a great deal ( 1) because the book was horrible and I wasted a week trying to read it, on and off) but also because when I posted pictures of my Ad Mech Skitarri in their black robes, people told me it was wrong and that the Ad Mech ONLY wear red with white trimming. Needless to say, I changed them to red and white, and now this, coupled with the numerous pictures in the Collected Visions book of Ad Mech guys in blue and purple robes, has made me very very angry :angry:

Lord_Mortirion - October 5, 2008 09:49 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kharn @ Sep 22 2008, 05:40 AM)
but also because when I posted pictures of my Ad Mech Skitarri in their black robes, people told me it was wrong and that the Ad Mech ONLY wear red with white trimming.

the mech character in inquisitor was wearing white (cream?) robes...
pain them in what ever colour you want... it is 30k... maybe the mech only wear red post heresy???

who knows, all we have to work with is 3 people wear black...

Pacific - October 5, 2008 10:42 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kharn @ Sep 22 2008, 05:40 AM)
This angers me quite a great deal ( 1) because the book was horrible and I wasted a week trying to read it, on and off) but also because when I posted pictures of my Ad Mech Skitarri in their black robes, people told me it was wrong and that the Ad Mech ONLY wear red with white trimming. Needless to say, I changed them to red and white, and now this, coupled with the numerous pictures in the Collected Visions book of Ad Mech guys in blue and purple robes, has made me very very angry :angry:

Thats why you should never feel peer-pressure to do something, especially when its based on a fantasy universe! ;)

Kharn - December 4, 2008 05:47 AM (GMT)
Ok, I see your points, I'm going back to repaint them and no one can stop me this time!

malika - April 4, 2009 04:34 PM (GMT)
The "Dark Mechanicum"...hmm who do the worship? Do they still worship the Machine God or do they worship the Chaos Gods? Or do they view the Machine God as a Minor Chaos God?

Also...why the hell would they call themselves the "Dark Mechanicum"? I mean...do they consider themselves "evil" or something? Like those b-movie villains?

malika - May 6, 2009 01:48 PM (GMT)
Sorry for the double post, but a little question here. How warped was the Dark Mechanicum during the Horus Heresy? I'm currently constructing two servitors who are part daemonic part mechanical. Would that be fitting for the Horus Heresy?

Iron Corsair - May 6, 2009 11:53 PM (GMT)
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The "Dark Mechanicum"...hmm who do the worship? Do they still worship the Machine God or do they worship the Chaos Gods? Or do they view the Machine God as a Minor Chaos God?

Also...why the hell would they call themselves the "Dark Mechanicum"? I mean...do they consider themselves "evil" or something? Like those b-movie villains?


It depends on the Dark Adept. Some worship Chaos, others are just rogues, follow no master, only searching for tech. Still some others believe in the Machine God, and use/search for any technology they wish.

Beats me why they're called the 'Dark Mechnicum'. But you're right, it does sound like a b-movie Lillian who thinks he's evil.

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Sorry for the double post, but a little question here. How warped was the Dark Mechanicum during the Horus Heresy? I'm currently constructing two servitors who are part daemonic part mechanical. Would that be fitting for the Horus Heresy?


Based on 'Mechnicum', I'd say yes, in that if you read you'll hear how the Warped Skitarii have weapons made for inflicting more pain. If Skitarii are given such weapons, I'm sure that the Servitors might be Daemonically Possessed.




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