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 Formative Armour, A History of Space Marine Armour
Gagoc TheAncient
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This work is based on an article written by Rick Priestley in the late 80's early 90's.

Formative Armour A History of Space Marine Armour. Based on an article by Rick Priestley

Mk I, Thunder Armour
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When the Emperor began his conquest of Earth his retinue was equipped and armed in a similar way as those warriors of other Warlords. The armour they wore were not the single enclosing power suits of later ages, and as such offered no atmospheric protection or life-support facilities, these being unnecessary whilst fighting planetary actions.

The armour itself was of a fairly standard design with variances to the exact design due to the fact their production was on an entirely local basis, and they conformed to the personal tastes of the maker and commissioner.
All types of this armour had certain pieces, underlying technology and design ethos in common. The helmet was conical based with a rounded top, round ear guards / filters and were open faced with some form of a clear visor, and had some form of adornment of either a topknot or a horse hair crest in the ancient Greco-Roman style. The main part of the armour was a massive powered torso, with a cuirass over it enclosing the chest and arms. Beneath this cuirass are the coiled energy cables that transmit power into the arms, effectively increasing the wearers strength and fighting abilities.

During the long period of the Unification Wars most fighting consisted of close combat, with warriors preferring to look the enemy in the eye, rather than use long range weapons, therefore the power of a warrior’s chest and arms was of paramount importance.
There was also the backpack, which provided the suit with power. Most of its bulk being occupied by cooling mechanisms meant to prevent the power unit from overheating.
The warriors legs are not powered at all, but enclosed in tough padded breeches sometimes with chain mail as an additional layer of protection.

The Emperors warriors bore his personal Thunderbolt and Lightning emblem on their chests, leading to the armour being called Thunder Armour. By the latter stages of the wars to unify the Solar system the Emperors forces also had thigh armour, armoured boots and greaves, bearing a derivative of the Thunderbolt & Lightning emblem, as part of their armour.
Warriors equipped this way fought during all the Emperor’s wars on Earth, as well as those on the Moon and Mars, which had Earth-type atmospheres at this time.

This armour was originally equipped to the Emperors techno-barbarian forces, then to the Custodian Guard and, when they were eventually created, the Legions of the Astartes. Space Marines were provided with this suit as their first armour.

Mk 1 Armour was rarely seen worn by Space Marines near the end of the Great Crusade, though it does form the basis of the Custodian Guards Armour, and is unlikely to be seen at all on the 41st Millennium battlefield, though ceremonial units are sometimes equipped with them.

It is safe to say that most if not all Imperial power armour is derived, at least in part, from this type of armour.

Mk II, Crusade Suit
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Once the Terran system was secure and the process of rebuilding was in hand, the Emperor and his forces could look to Galactic conquest. Even before the Warp Storms and the Age Of Strife had ended, the Emperor had started to make provisions for his Great Crusade. Part of these plans included re-equipping the Space Marine Legions with a more sophisticated combat armour suitable for the hostile environments and forces they would face.

With its advanced technology, the newly conquered Mars became the centre for the development of military technology. A new type of armour was developed and produced in great numbers in the Martian factories, under the direction of the Adeptus Mechanicus. This enabled the entire Space Marines Corps to be re-equipped.

This new type of armour was totally enclosed and life-sustaining, so it was suitable for fighting on alien worlds and in the depths of space.
It has, as part of its integral design, an arrangement of articulated hoop-shaped plates for ease of movement, similar to the ancient Roman Loricum Segmentata (or Lorica Segmentata), with the plates now protecting the arms and legs as well as the chest. This design has visible additional energy cabling for the legs whilst the chest coils are enclosed by the armoured plates. The only exception to the ease of movement inherent in the design, was the original helmet. The early Mk II helmet was fixed in place like those of primitive diving suits.
Mk I armour had deliberately placed the chest coils on the outside to help keep the armour cool, but the more efficient coolers of the Mk II did away with this necessity.

The backpack retained a similar shape to its predecessor but was much more efficient and contained all the extra equipment needed to maintain life-support, air recycling, fluid recovery, and various automatic medical functions, which have remained common to Space Marine armour ever since.

The Mark 2’s helmet came fitted with automated sensory devices, developed in the Martian workshops. These consist of external sensors that gathered Audiovisual input from the immediate environment, effectively acting as eyes and ears. The input gathered by this method was then processed by a computerised unit and transmitted directly into the wearers brain via neural connector. This allowed the wearer to seemingly see and hear quite normally whilst providing the ability to see into the Infra-Red and Ultraviolet spectrum of light, and hear a broader frequency of sound than normal. A plus is that the wearer can also selectively filter or enhance an image or sound.

If exposed stimuli beyond tolerance limits, IE. blinding lights and deafening noises, the processor acted to prevent damage and dampened down the incoming signal.

This type, and variants, were used throughout the Great Crusade. Many Legions, and subsequently Chapters, maintain that it is the most efficient basic design of Space Marine armour, although the overlapping plates were and are notoriously difficult to repair. Examples of this armour, much repaired and carefully maintained, are still used in small numbers, by those Space Marine Chapters who have them, into the 41st Millennium.
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Hybrid Mk II & Mk I Armour
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Hybrid armours have been produced from time to time when a need or deficiency is identified. Some are meant only as a stop-gap whilst a new mark of suit is created, others are created solely for individuals as Artificer armour. This was further enabled by the advent of dual circuit technology created for the Mk VI. Sometimes these hybrids could be more effective than the armours that replace them, but were not as feasible to manufacture due to higher cost or rarity of parts. Either way examples of such suits do survive, and are used by Chapters of the 41st Millennium. Such a hybrid came about due to actions of conflicts such as the Inner Galactic Wars.

During the early stages of the Great Crusade, especially the initial actions of the Inner Galactic wars, it was concluded that a heavy armour type of suit was needed to supplement the Mk II and even take the leading role it in certain situations, boarding actions for example.
Whilst a new suit design was under development to fulfil this role, the artificers of the Space Marine Legions found a stopgap. Basically they took the armour plates from the Mk I suit and attached them to the Mk II on the chest and legs, thereby increasing its forward protection. In some cases they even created a hybrid or artificer helmet, usually based on the Mk I with either a Mk II face plate, a Death Mask or a hideous face mask akin to the Oni style of ancient Nippon. The honour of wearing a hybrid suit tended to be reserved for field officers and those that earned it through valour, such as some veteran sergeants.

Mk III Iron Suit (Armorum Ferrum)
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The Mark 3 armour dates from the Inner Galactic wars between the Emperor’s forces and the inhabitants of worlds close to the Galactic core. Mark 3 armour was never intended to replace its predecessor, but to provide an optional heavy armour type suitable for fighting onboard spacecraft and in tunnel complexes. High casualties suffered in such situations demonstrated a need for such armour, and thus the Mk III was born. Considerable emphasis was placed on frontal protection, whilst the rear armour plates were lightened to compensate. This armour was believed to be ideal where cover was limited and combat was a matter of frontal assault.

The basic design of the suit is a heavily modified Mk II, with the addition of fixed armour plates to the body and limbs, flexible joints for the limbs, as well as a new heavily armoured helmet. The sloping plates of this new helm were intended to deflect shots to the left or right, and was to inspire similar features in the Mk IV and Mk VI helmet designs. Though the early form of Mk III helmet had a design drawback, like its predecessor the early Mk II, this helmet was fixed in place. This was due to the belief that it provided greater protection without the neck seals.
No Space Marine forces were equipped solely with this mark and surviving examples are seen even in the 41st Millennium, many modern Chapters still use Mk III armour for boarding actions, tunnel fighting and similar combat situations, though these may be modified to individual chapters tastes.

Whilst a successful solution to a specific need, the Mk III was considered too clumsy and uncomfortable for everyday use.
As the most visually brutal of all Marine armour, it did get used as a basic uniform for ceremonial guards.
The name Armorum Ferrum, or Iron suit, derives from its great strength.

Addendums: It should be noted that a number of campaigns of the Inner Galactic wars were fought against a civilisation of diminutive Abhumans. A great number of these worlds have lately been devastated by Tyranid Hivefleets.
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Mk IV, Maximus Suit
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The Great Crusade lasted for approximately 200 years, towards the end of which came a period of consolidation. At this time the Legions were scattered far and wide throughout the known galaxy, many now serving as garrison forces rather then crusading and campaigning armies.
Much of the equipment of the past was rapidly wearing out, especially the earlier suits of power armour produced on Mars.
Whilst some Legions chose to continue local production and maintenance, the Martian factory hives of the Cult Mechanicus set about development and production of a new suit of armour. This was to become the Mark 4 or Imperial Maximus suit.

The main design change of the Mk IV was to abandon the separate abutting or overlapping plates of previous designs, in favour of larger inflexible armour casings incorporating the flexible joint design that was originally developed for the Mk III. The resulting armour was only marginally less mobile than earlier types, and considerably easier to produce and maintain.
Technical secrets and STC's, uncovered on newly conquered worlds, enabled the Martian Labs to further develop more efficient armour for the suits, improving protection whilst reducing the suits weight at the same time. Improved armour sheathing of the power cables enabled the main arm and chest supply to be safely relocated to the exterior of the armour, whilst new construction materials and methods allowed the size and number of cables to be reduced.

The Mk IV’s helmet was an entirely new design, with the first designs basic shape inspired by the sweeping front of the Mark 3. Thought the Mk IV-a helmet owed its design to the Mk III, the subsequent designs of Mk IV helmets, -b -c -d, owed their shapes to other design factors.
In some of the earliest Mk II and III helmets, the helmet was fixed in place with the wearers head free to move inside, not unlike a primitive diving suit, though this was corrected in these two designs at a later date. The Mk IV and subsequent helmet designs, were not fixed but moved with the wearers head. This facility reflected the increasing experience with neural connector gear and new materials, by the designers and constructors.

The Mark 4 armour was designed to be the ultimate and final type of Space Marine armour of its time, able to offer the best protection in a variety of conditions.
The Martian factories were turned over to its production and many Legions were entirely or partially re-equipped with it as their standard armour.

Mk V, Heresy Suit
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The General issue of the Mk IV suit was only half complete when the Horus Heresy erupted. This threw the entire Mk IV supply program into turmoil. In fact many of the most recently equipped Legions joined Horus in rebellion, while many loyalist Legions were forced to continue using the older marks of armour. The resulting confusion was considerable. The Space Marine armourers (Techmarines and Artificers) had hardly grown familiar with the new armour, and many were as yet unable to properly maintain, let alone duplicate it, as was originally intended.

With the Mk 4 newly in service, the need for large amounts of Mk IV spares had not been anticipated, resulting in suits rapidly becoming unusable due to even quite minor battle damage. It was soon found that the new and rather specialised materials used in construction of the Mark 4, were generally unavailable locally, and this increasingly became a problem as Legions moved from battle-zone to battle-zone. Loyal Imperial forces were soon forced into a fallback position.
Production of Mk IV armour was suspended indefinitely, and a new type of armour was designed literally overnight to address the situation at hand, improvised suits of armour made from what they had to hand and could acquire. This armour was the Mk 5 or Heresy suit.

Mk V used as many pre-Mk IV components as possible. Large stocks of such existed and the Marine armourers were already familiar with their application.
Once supplies of the new materials used for the Mk IV armour dried up, it became necessary to re-use older substances. The Mk IVs lighter chest, arm and leg cabling were replaced by older and heavier style cabling manufactured from more readily available materials. These cables were now exposed, due to being to bulky to fit under the new style chest plate. This was a consistent weak spot in the design, leading to the fitting of various forms of improvised extra chest armour.

A distinguishing feature of the Mk V was the heavily studded armour plates. This was an attempt to reinforce the Mk IV pattern plates when inferior materials were used, due to lack of proper supplies. An extra skin of plate was fitted using molecular bonding studs.
The extra weight could be considerable, especially if further chest armour had been added, leading to increased pressure for energy from the power pack. As a result the wearer either had to turn up the power output and suffer from heat build-up, or leave the power settings as it was and accept reduced power levels.

The helmet associated with the Mk V was a spin-off from the Terminator development program, an early type of post-Cataphractii helmet design, sharing the same type of auto-sense components as contemporary Terminator suits and fitting a respiration unit. Such respiration systems, such as the M.30 'Mantilla' pattern unit and the 'Sarum' type mask appear to be an uncommon contemporary with the Mk IV helmet, maybe even dating from earlier in the Great Crusade, but would later become standard issue for the Mk V.

Being something of a stop-gap, it was common for Mk V suits to vary a great deal. Where Mk IV helmets, armoured plates and cabling were available, these were often used.

Despite an inauspicious origin, the Mk V armour proved remarkably durable and equally important, it was easy to produce and maintain. Huge quantities were shipped out to various Legions during the Heresy, including to Legions which subsequently went over to Horus. As Horus’s own supply position became tenuous, armour was scavenged from fallen enemies and used by his forces, especially Mk Vs.
After the Heresy most of the Mk V suits were broken up or dismantled to provide spares. Few Chapters maintain examples of the design, or at least entire suits, preferring perhaps to forget the dark days of the Heresy.
Traitor Legions may still be equipped with Mk Vs, though they may be unrecognisable as such due to the influence of the warp.

It should be noted that this design of armour may have been derived, at least in part, from improvised suits of armour that pre-existed the Horus Heresy, and there were cases were such improvised suits of armour were just re-classified as Mk V's.

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Mk VI, Corvus Suit
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At the same time as Mk IV armour production was suspended, work was begun on a long term development program to replace it with a more durable suit. The Mk VI or Corvus suit, was only ever perceived as a stop-gap design. The weapon development workshops on Mars began to experiment with a mixture of new and old technology, making the newer materials more durable where possible.

A notable feature of the resulting armour type, and its successors, is the provision of dual technology circuits. These permit relatively rare or sophisticated functions to be temporarily replaced or repaired using common components or very simple technology. Although development was incomplete, the new armour was rushed into production during the advance of Horus’s forces throughout the Solar System. Hastily equipped Space Marines wore the new style Mk VI armour into battle while the development laboratories were disassembled and prepared for transport to Terra. During the Martian campaign the traitor forces eventually overran the production facilities for Space Marine armour and soon began to manufacture new suits for their own use, a large proportion if not all being Mk VI. Consignments were distributed to other forces in the Galaxy, so that this new type of armour became relatively prominent.

Distinguishing features of the Mk VI are its relatively clean appearance, due to rehousing the main power cables under the armour plates. The exterior chest and arm cables are duplicated under the chest plate and are automatically isolated from the main system if damaged, thus providing a failsafe and overcoming one vulnerability of the Mk V.
The helmet is an improved version of the Mk IV, -b -c -d patterns rather than a new type, and may have been in use already under the name Corvus, although a new type was under development.
The left shoulder armour retains the same construction method as the earlier Mk V, and for the same reasons. Where supplies of material were short it is the right side of the warrior which needs the greater protection while he fires his weapon, thus the left side could be most easily replaced by slightly less effective plates. The need to economise in this way was very real at the time.
Later the studded pad became associated with the Defence Of Terra Campaign, and the final heroism of the Space Marines, so that it became a traditional emblem and act of remembrance of those days.

The name Corvus derives from the fact that the Raven Guard were the first to receive and field test the suits. This was some time after the Dropsite Massacre.

Mk VII, Armorum Impetor or Eagle Armour
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During what would become the final battle of Mars, the Imperium realised the planet would eventually fall and so set about duplicating and transferring the munitions and weapon production lines to Terra.
The armour development teams were transferred wholesale, to continue the ongoing development program, and incorporate their latest work into a new armour type.
As Horus’ forces finally overcame the defenders of Mars, new Mk VII suits began to reach the Space Marines on Terra and the Moon. The Mk VII represents the fulfilment of the new design program which was really only half complete in the Mk VI. In fact, so effective is the Mk VI, that both types continued in service thereafter, so that many Legions and Chapters chose to continue with the Mk VI rather than adopt the Mk VII.

The main design improvement of the Mk VII is the newly designed chest plastron, which covers the chest and arm cabling. This bears the Imperial Eagle device (Aquila) and gives the armour its common name of Armorum Impetor or Eagle Armour.
The other main difference is the abandonment of the studded shoulder pad, and the substitution of the new helmet for the Mk IV derived model. Improvements were made to the knee joint articulation, but this design modification had already been incorporated into many of the later Mk VI suits.
On the whole it is fair to say that Mk VII represents the final development of the Mk VI, and that the two sets of armour have a great deal in common. Parts from one are readily interchangeable with parts of the other, so that a Mk VII helmet will fit a Mk VI suit, and vice versa.

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Mk IIX, Errant Armour
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In the millennia since the Heresy there has been a further development of power armour, though this new suit may be considered more of a refinement of Mk VII rather than an entirely new design. These refinements generally take the form of increases in the protection of the wearer.
The obvious difference between the two suits are primarily protective, a piece of armour covering the inside ankle joint which may increase flexibility of this joint, Mk III-like vambraces covering the forearms, an armour plate that covers the power cables on the stomach, an armoured collar which increases protection to the neck joint and lower part of the helmet, and finally a helmet which is definitely a refinement of the Mk VII's.
There are also improvements to the inner workings of the suit.

It is rare to see a complete Errant suit, but there appears to be relatively widespread use of the Mk IIX breastplate with collar and stomach armour, though these may in part be upgraded Mk VII's.

Pre-Existing Armour Elements

It should be noted that certain elements of armour existed before the suit they are associated with. For example, Though the Corvus Helm is most associated with the Mk VI or “Corvus” Armour it actually was part of the Mk IV development project. This means that the Corvus helm could have been in use shortly after the Mk IV went into production, which would explain why there are reports that it was seen during the early stages of the Horus Heresy.

This pre-existence is probably due to either of two processes, one being where innovations are created by Techmarines and artificers when faced with a problem or problems, and were then incorporated in some way into a later Mark's design by the Adeptus Mechanicus. This kind of development led to the Hybrid Mk I/II and probably contributed to the final design of the Mk III.
The other process is due to the possibility that experimental armour pieces or entire suits were issued to combat units for field testing. This would explain why elements of an armour turn up before the armour has finished its design process.

For a Mk V the former is most likely, whilst the latter is probable for the Mk IV.

Legion & Chapter Variants

The seven basic marks of Space Marine armour were all developed up to and during the period of the Horus Heresy. During the production history of each mark various improvements were incorporated in the light of experiences in the field, combat doctrine and resources available. Thus there is a certain degree variation, even within each mark, peculiar to companies, Chapters, and pre-second founding Legions. Though these variations are usually limited to the types of material used or design ethos rather than to stylistic changes. This did not prevent some Legions utilising a particular style of variant to the near exclusion of others.

Following the end of the Heresy much in the Imperium changed, including the organisation and number of the Space Marine Legions. Whereas before this time there had only been twenty Legions of the first founding, the huge Pre-Heresy sized forces were broken up into many smaller Chapters. These new Chapters of the second founding were equipped with whatever suitable armour and weaponry was available. For the most part this comprised Mk VI and VII armour with modern weaponry, but with a fair sprinkling of older types and marks.

Since that time each chapter has largely taken over the production of its own equipment. That is not to say that every Chapter produces every single item of hardware it uses. Some Chapters trade items with brother Chapters, or commission work from local fabricators. This latter option is especially common where Chapters hold governorship of the world they are based on, and as such is effectively owned by Chapter with its resources organised by the Space Marines as they wish. For Chapters with operations more mobile, supplies are usually procured through the Adeptus Mechanicus and from Forge Worlds.
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Marine Artificers

Within each Chapter the Space Marines armour is maintained by the Techmarines and skilled Artificers. These Artificers are not Space Marines themselves, but highly trained and dedicated craftspeople who can spend their entire lives working for the Chapter. Artificers are just one of the myriad type of ‘civilian’ servants who work for their Space Marine masters.
In some Chapters these Artificers traditionally work together in a single huge workshop with their products distributed amongst the Chapter as a whole. In others, individual Artificers are the personal servants of either a Company, Squad or individual officers. These Artificers are particularly proud of their masters, considering the status and reputation of their unit or officer to be of the utmost importance. In their turn the Space Marines are as equally proud of the Artificers, whose fine workmanship adorns their armour and weapons.
Over the history of a Chapter especially talented Artificers become famous and justly celebrated as Master Craftsmen and women, with examples of their work being much sought after

In many Chapters it is traditional for Artificers to come from special families or tribal groups, with fathers passing their skills on to their sons. In other Chapters the position is open to all, but involves a long period of apprenticeship to a senior Artificer.

The Artificers’ job is to decorate and maintain the Chapters armour and weapons. The Chapter has Engineer Adepts and Techmarines whose role is to manufacture much of the equipment, so the Artificers are involved more with decoration, engraving, customising and modifying the basic equipment.
For example, when a Marine earns a combat honour, it is the Artificers who make the honour the badge and affix it to the Marines armour. Similarly, the Artificers make rank, campaign and long service badges as well as other marks of distinction that are used by their Chapter.

Older types of armour become associated with the history of many Chapters and often with the deeds of heroic individuals. Artificers will carefully seek out examples of these ancient armour to use as the base on which they can engrave honour marks or purely decorative features. Such pieces will be lovingly restored, often plated with precious metals, and then painstakingly engraved, and with dual technology circuits, incorporated into a Marines armour.
As successful Space Marine Officers are often presented with ancient pieces of armour, a single armoured plate or helmet might belong to a whole succession of Space Marine heroes and been worked on by many famous Artificers.

Individualised Armour

As well as resurrecting old pieces of armour for notable Space Marines, the Artificers also decorate and customise new armour as well as modify armour to suit particular individuals or needs. Usually it is only Space Marines who have earned some kind of reward or honour who would receive such items.
As a result of their efforts over the millennia most Chapters have been in existence, it is quite common to find suits which combine elements of different marks of armour, as well as quite unique suits with custom armour plates or helmets.

Some Chapters reserve such armour for special individuals, officers, offices, or high ranking commanders. There is no fixed rule on this, it is a matter of Chapter tradition and preference how such armour is used.
However, it is the general case that very high ranking officials inherit such suits of armour, which they may then combine with their existing armour so that they retain their individual honours or personal pieces of armour when appointed to a new position, wear the inherited suit and transferring across their personal awards and heraldry, or combine their own suit with the inherited armour in a new configuration.


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I've updated some of the pics.

I recently got hold of the missing Mk5 model I've been after, so new pics.
I've also included the Mk5 pieces, and the closest bits to Mk5, GW has in the current plastics.

Now I just need that missing Mk4 model!
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hey, this might seem like a silly question, but what did the backpacks for the Mk IV, Maximus Suit look like? any chance of a description or pic please???
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The backpacks for the Mk IV would normally either be those from third edition or the current SM ones.
There may have even been the Chaos-type long-armed backpacks.

Basically, at the moment there are only four basic choices of backpack, the RT one, the third edition one, the current SM ones, or the long-armed Chaos ones.

Some people just use the ones they feel appropriate for that particular model, others just tend to use one particular one, and then there are those who convert the CSM ones by removing the chaos insignia and the arms.

I personally mix and match based on what I think is appropriate for each model. My own models tend to be a mix of SM and CSM parts which I either balance out between the two, or tend to favour the SM parts.
My hybrid champion is somethign of an example of this, the body, arms, legs and weapons are SM parts but the backpack is CSM to bring a little balance to my choice of parts.
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ah tyvm!!!
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Hi

Does anyone know when the new style Jump Pack was introduced?
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I got hold of some bits and models that were previously missing from my collection.
So I've updated the pics.
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were can i get some Mk IV, Maximus Suit and helmets at? my bad i see you can get some at forgeworld so anyone needs some red scorpions bits lol
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QUOTE (army310 @ Mar 19 2010, 07:20 PM)
were can i get some Mk IV, Maximus Suit and helmets at? my bad i see you can get some at forgeworld so anyone needs some red scorpions bits lol

The Black templar sprue also has a Mk 4 head and chest front.
Web-based bits shops might have those in.
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A small update to the Mk V Heresy armour part of the article, due to information from Deliverance Lost.

As always, comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

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I believe it is time that I posted up the information gleaned from FW.

Mk II, Crusade Suit
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MkII Armour represented a significant technological step forward compared to the original Mk I Thunder Armour, and was supplied by the Adeptus Mechanicus, who hand-crafted each component to the highest specification. The few surviving examples of this pattern are still maintained by some of the oldest Space Marine Chapters, venerated as sacred relics.

Phobos Pattern Bolter
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The Phobos Pattern Bolter is closely associated with Mk II ‘Crusade’ Armour and is perhaps the most venerable design of the sacred Bolter used by the Astartes. Both were hand-crafted by the Fabricators of Mars at the very birth of the Imperium, to ensure that every Marine had the finest wargear with which to reunite the scattered elements of Humanity.

Mk III Iron Suit (Armorum Ferrum)
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The MkIII ‘Iron’ Armour is a variant of the previous ‘Crusade’ pattern adapted with additional armour plates to the front, as well as a reinforced helmet faceplate and strengthened vambraces for the savage fire fights of fleet-based boarding actions. This extra armour turns an already resilient Marine into an almost unstoppable juggernaut within the cramped confines of a ship.

Mk IV, Maximus Suit
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This pattern of power armour was developed towards the end of the Great Crusade, using advanced technologies recovered by Astartes forces from scattered Forge Worlds across the Imperium. Despite being intended as the pinnacle of power armour technology, and containing many advanced systems, MkIV armour remains a valued rarity among most Chapters.

Umbra Pattern Bolter
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Like power armour, the sacred Bolter of the Astartes has undergone various design changes over the millennia, and the Umbra pattern first saw use during the latter years of the Great Crusade, produced in huge numbers to ensure that the Astartes were constantly supplied with effective firepower.

Mk V, Heresy Suit
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The iconic MkV ‘Heresy’ Armour Set is an archaic pattern of Power Armour, first created during the dark and shadowed days of the Great Betrayal, which saw several layers of inferior-quality materials bonded with adamantium studs. As some Forge Worlds sided with Horus and some remained loyal to the Emperor, the supply lines from the Forge Worlds that manufactured arms and armour for the Legions were heavily disrupted, forcing the Legions to develop the Mk V pattern.

Umbra Ferrox Pattern Bolter
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The Umbra Ferrox bolter variant was mass-produced by Chapter Techmarines in order to ensure a continuous supply of arms and munitions during the dark days of the Horus Heresy. The Ferrox-pattern weapon exchanges the sickle clip for a box magazine, allowing for a greater ammunition capacity. The weapon features an inbuilt long-range gunsight, incorporating additional Target Reciprocator Systems that mesh with the Autosenses of power armour.

Mk VI, Corvus Suit
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Designed as a successor to the advanced MkIV ‘Maximus’ armour that was derailed by the Horus Heresy, MkVI ‘Corvus’ Armour is distinctive for its’ relatively clean appearance and elongated, conical nose – designed to house additional systems including advanced Autosenses. The studded left shoulder pad, taken from the previous MkV pattern, commemorates the glory of those heroes who stood at the Eternity Gate alongside the Emperor himself.

Tigrus Pattern Bolters
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There are many types and patterns of the mighty and iconic boltgun used by the Adeptus Astartes, and the Tigrus Pattern Bolter is one such variant. First discovered in the depths of Forge World Tigrus, the STC data for this sleek weapon was quickly disseminated throughout the Imperium before the outbreak of the shadowed Horus Heresy. This noble bastion of Mars suffered irreparable damage at the hands of the Traitor Legions, yet the bolters that bear its name continue to see service in the 41st Millennium; revered and honoured as ancient relics of Mankind’s lost glory.
This pattern of bolter covers Storm Bolters, Combi-Bolters, Bolt Pistols, as well as the quintessential Boltgun.

Godwyn Pattern Bolter

This is the current pattern of bolter. It is a development of the Umbra, but constructed from harder-wearing materials.


The Armours and Bolter Patterns have been arranged into a single timeline, though its accuracy is debateable.
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Gagoc TheAncient
Posted: Nov 12 2012, 10:38 PM


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I've just added some information to the section on Mark V Heresy Armour based on what I have read in Betrayal.
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