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A question on Primarch Honour Guard.
, Some Primarchs appear to go solo.
|The Red Sorcerer
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To be honest, I think the Primarch most likely to have no honour guard is, in fact, Kurze himself. Going by his background, he's the most likely to have preferred operating alone. The other likely candidate would be Alpharius, who clearly preferred to conceal himself among the rank and file.
As for the Primarchs in general, most seem to have (usually) taken to the field with a Honour Guard/bodyguard unit of some sort. However, it seems some were more formalised formations than others - many Primarchs merely were accompanied by their First Company (their most experienced veterans) rather than having a more formal 'named' bodyguard unit. The ones we know about so far:
Dark Angels - The Lion Guard (Horus Heresy CCG)
Emperor's Children - The Phoenix Guard (Fulgrim)
Space Wolves - Wolf Guard - Russ, like the Wolf Lords that commanded each Company, had his own personal retinue of Wolf Guard; Bjorn the Fell Handed is mentioned as being the only member left behind by the Primarch (Codex - Space Wolves)
Imperial Fists - The Huscarls (The Lightning Tower)
Blood Angels - The Sanguinary Guard (Codex - Blood Angels)
World Eaters - The Devourers (Horus Heresy CCG)
Death Guard - The Deathshroud (Flight of the Eisenstein)
Thousand Sons - The Rehahti (Horus Heresy CCG)
Salamanders - The Pyre Guard (Promethean Sun)
Alpha Legion - Effrit Stealth Squad (Legion) - although this is Omegon's squad rather than Alpharius', and it is not clear weather Omegon's position as head of the squad is a permenant position or merely adopted as and when he wishes.
As for the rest:
Night Lords - None mentioned. Most likely accompanying unit would be the Unguis Raptus, the comand company of the Raptors, led by Captain Zso Sahaal (Lord of the Night)
Iron Hands - Ferrus fights with the Morlocks, the Legion's terminator elite. There are several companies of Morlocks at least, so they are not a bodyguard unit per se.
Ultramarines - The First Heretic mentions a Honour Guard unit, but they are not named.
Sons of Horus - As you say, the best matches are the Mournival (a council of senior Captains) or the Justaerin (the Legions Terminator elite lead by Abaddon the First Captain).
Word Bearers - Lorgar fights with the First Company, but no actual 'bodyguard' unit is mentioned
Raven Guard, Iron Warriros, White Scars - Nothing mentioned.
This post has been edited by The Red Sorcerer on Jul 26 2011, 10:35 AM