Archon of Hamartia
Epistolary Judge of the Crusader Nation
Pariah-Colonel of the Armageddon Steel Legion
Corrin Craterus was a promising junior officer from Atar-Median of Segmentum Pacificus, who was inducted into the service of the Imperial Guard by his noble family. To his great delight, the beginning of his officer career would be spent serving at legendary Lord Solar Macharius's side. The young cadet followed his renowned warlord-master for the majority of Lord Solar's last campaigns, gaining knowledge, passion and inspiration from the divine imperial commander. After Lord Solar's demise, his officer chamber went into mourning and much of his crusade army was disbanded to guard the thousands of star colonies Macharius had conquered. Seeing the embracing of Lord Solar's legacy as his destiny, Craterus pursued glory at the footsteps of his commander and mentor. He was determined to become the heir Macharius never had.
Lieutenant Craterus made his commanding debut at the defense of Ryza Secundus. His battle plans were solid and the Militarum phalanx he had formed had constructed fortifications of no equal in time for the invasion. As the big guns lighted up the night sky in the dawn of the traitor invasion, Craterus's eyes gleamed with the promise of zealous glory. But as the coming day turned into night, casualties piled up and the daemonic planetfall revealed its true nature, the resilience of his forces faltered. A breach after another weakened the Imperial battle lines and before long the war engines of the great enemy threatened the primary space port itself. The young warlord of the defending forces had to be dragged away from the command console by his headquarters staff. The city was lost and the Imperial forces were forced to retreat from Ryza Secundus.
Craterus's fall would continue. After the battle of Ryza he would serve temporarily as a naval officer in the Emperor's fleet, overseeing the gunnery operations of the Divine Invader. After weeks of patrolling in the deep space the cruiser and its escorts suffered an ambush raid in the hands of the strange and sophisticated machine-race of galactic north. The crippled cruiser just made it to warp space before the xenos could deliver the killing blow, but its entire escort retinue and millions of crew members were lost in the void. Devastated Corrin Craterus couldn't believe the xeno fleet had withstood his macro cannon batteries and relentless torpedo strikes. After all, everything had been prepared and executed as the brilliance of Lord Solar had once instructed.
Today Corrin Craterus serves at the front lines of Armageddon's ground operations as commander of his regiment "Hounds of Hamartia". In the eyes of the echelon commanders he is viewed as a maverick and a pariah, whose veneration has diminished much below his current rank. Frankly, the hierarchy of the Imperial Guard weighs heavily on tradition and Craterus has been kept in service merely because of his presence in Macharius's organization long ago. Colonel Craterus's current missions are grim and almost suicidal, as he now serves at the helm of Armageddon's most desperate undertakings. Most of these are drop operations, which are known to kill half of the company's strength upon planetfall. However, all the commander asks is a chance to serve the imperium and his late master Solar Macharius, who hopefully watches over his old pupil from the side of the God-Emperor.
|Kaartiviikon myötä oon saanut kovan driven päälle myös omaan Armageddon Steel Legion -armeijaprojektiini! Jo moneen kertaan uudelleenstartattu Imperial Guard -jengi on hakenut suunnitelmissani fiilistä ja punaista lankaa jo kohta vuosikymmenen ja nyt ollaan viimein inspiroiduttu toden teolla. Armeijan komentaja, Pariah-Colonel Craterus edustaa sitä tyylisuuntaa jota kohti koko armeijan fiilis ja lookki hakeutuvat. Miniatyyri on kitbashattu lukuisista FB- ja 40K-figuista ja eversti liikkuukin tätä nykyä taistelukentällä ratsain.
|Hamartian maaherran lähipiiriin kuuluu Machariuksen "Crusader Nationin" jälkeläisiä ja lojaaleja sotilaita, jotka ovat päättäneet seurata Craterusta tämän matkassa aina kunniaan tai tuhoon saakka.
|Crateruksen hoviin on liittynyt myös muuan Marsin delegaatti, joka on karkotettu kultin palveluksesta tämän kyseenalaisten metodien ja kunnianhimon vuoksi. Eversti osaa kuitenkin arvostaa ikivanhan tutkijan tietämystä ja laskelmoivaa neuvonantokykyä.
|Servitoreja tietysti tulee ja menee, mutta tämänhetkisen palvelijan tehtävänä on luotien tielle asettumisen lisäksi kantaa pahoja henkiä karkottavaa suitsukelyhtyä.
|Peli on nyt avattu Steel Legion -armeijan valmistumisen osalta! Tämän kirjoitettuani pitäisi käydä maksamassa vuokra ja vähän kuumottaa, oonko käyttänyt kaikki rahat lähiaikoina hamstraamiini konversio-osiin, siisteihin blistereihin ja täysin kosmeettisiin fiilistelyfiguihin, joille ei edes ole mitään slottia armeijalistassa... Armeijan tarina ja blogivirta kuitenkin jatkuvat, kävi miten kävi!
Artikkelin alussa esitellyn muotokuvan on tehnyt Joel Kinnunen. Thanks!