Sunday, March 6, 2011

Captain Herophilos Konstantin

Name; Captain Herophilos Konstantin
Rank; Captain 5th Company. Lamenters. Protector of the Iconostasis, Master of the Parastas.

The 5th Company of the Lamenters has had a distinguished history and it's latest Captain is filled with pride to be given such a chance to serve the Emperor and Sanguinus as it's leader. The 5th Company known by it's nickname the "bolts" after it's first Captain cleaved an eldar warlock in two like a bolt of lightning as he sped past on his jet bike just after the Company came to full strength in M36.

As Captain of the 5th Company, Konstantin is known as the Protector of the Iconostasis and Master of the Parastas, both internal Lamenter titles awarded to each 5th Company Captain as he is appointed and inducted into the deeper mysteries of the Chapter. Imperial Scholars note that the Iconostasis is old High Gothic from the M31 and the word roughly translates as the place of division between where a body is laid to rest and the greater cathedral. The title of Master of the Parastas also is an old High Gothic title not used since the last burial of Primarch in M32. The Prastas was the musical and prayer component sung or spoken at the internment of these heros of the Imperium. The last one actually completed was for Rogal Dorn sometime after the recovery of his skeletal hands before their incasement in amber by the Imperial Fists.

Captain Konstantin. Protector of the Iconostasis.

Whether or not the Lamenters had something or have something to do with the funeral rite or burial of Sanguinus is open to conjecture, as they were not founded until M36. However the investigations of Ordo Hereticus Legate Taipan after the events of the Badab War have uncovered links between the Lamenters and the aftermath of the Heresy. Taipan had been investigating an archeotech discovery that supposedly had been used in the modification of geneseed sometime around M36, the same time of the Lamenter founding. All records pertaining to Taipan's investigation however are now gone, lost along with him, his retinue and supposedly the Lamenter's themselves when he arrived at Malovolion just a few short hours before Kraken struck the planet consuming all biological matter in the system. What the young Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor discovered or feared is now lost.

Konstantin had only served a short time as Captain, since 958.M41, but had already distinguished himself as a leader amongst his peers and the marines under his command never wavered or faltered in battle. Konstantin had been a Veteran Sergeant of the 1st Company prior to his Captaincy and had fought with Chapter Master Malakim Phorus serving in his honor guard as early as 899.M41. Konstantin was a fearless marine and when named Champion of the 1st Company in 900.M41 took any challenge presented to him on behalf of the company. Konstantin's skill with a blade was matched only by members of the Sepluchre Guard and he spent much of his time sparing with the ancient warriors even when he became Captain. His greatest desire is to one day be uplifted to their hallowed ranks.

Note the Shoulder pad depiciting Sanguinus. Sanguinus is wearing a blue robe, often associated with his funerary robe when he was interred in M31. Most other scion Chapters depict the Primarch in a white or red robe.

Konstantin know fights with "Judgement" the sceptre of office of the 5th Company Captain, a power weapon that has not been manufactured since M35 and has fallen out of use in the Astrates generally due to their increased power drain compared to later models. Konstantin now practices constantly with the mace like weapon and understands that after he finally masters it, only then will he be worthy of the rank he now holds.  The Captain also wields a rare combi melta, which he has lovingly restored since it's discovery in the Armory. The Chapter's techmarines so impressed with his artisan skills presented a servo skull to the Captain to assist him in the field.

Konstantin wears MkVI armor his black helm denoting his status as having served in the 1st Company and as a veteran of those fabled warriors. The leg plates are highly ornamented with script and designs depicting the former owners of the armor.  His right shoulder pad holds a green laurel denoting his former title of 1st Company Champion and the right pad denotes the "Sanguinus Penitent" an award common amongst the scions of Sanguinus for the ability to resist the Red Thirst even in the most dire of circumstances. His backpack is also decorated with skulls, in this case loyal Chapter retainers who even in death continue to serve their Captain. The chequered panel tabard is another award from his time in the 1st Company when he led Strike Force "Sanguine Victus" against the Dark Eldar pirate warband that was terrorizing the Griessan Shipping Lanes. Konstantin's bold boarding tactics caught the pirates unaware and within 3 months he had restored security to the Shipping Lanes of the Sector.  Hanging from his neck is his Terminator Crux, awarded to all members who are honored to fight in the few remaining suits of Terminator Armor that the Chapter holds.

The Laurels also common for Company Champions are awarded to any Lamenter who has the authority to carry the Company banner. The skull device in the centre depicts that the wearer has carried the banner and not let it fall in combat.

Konstantin's banner is that held by every 5th Company Captain since its inception. The four paneled background with the central red heart. The censer hanging from the banner was awarded to the 5th Company by the Hawk Lords Chapter sometime in M38 for the saving of several of their land raiders from destruction around the Eye of Terror in the now forgotten "Helios Campaign". The Censer is a sacred artifact of the 5th Company and it is traditionally carried into battle by the Captain. Lastly Konstantin wears a black cloak, as all those of Command Rank do in the Lamenters which is common amoghts the entire Astrates, it's blue braid honors Konstantin as a 150 year veteran of the Chapter.

From behind the polished skulls of two of the Companies favored retainers have been honored with being used on the Captains backpack. The censer as noted was a gift from the Hawk Lord Chapter sometime in the distant past. At his feet, his servo skull projects data constantly into the view screen of the Type VI helmet that Konstantin wears.

Notes!: Left arm is from the DA veteran sprue, chest is from the Templar sprue, Left Shoulder pad is from the DC sprue, Combi Weapon from the SM Commander, Cloak from the SM Commander, Legs from the DC sprue. Servo Skull from the Dev Box, Censer from the DA veteran sprue. Laurel Pad from the SM Command Squad. Helmet from the SM Tactical set. Backpack is a standard AOBR backpack with two skulls from WFP Vampire Counts cut to fit the sides.  Servo skull has been attached with a small brass rod to ensure it stays attached to base. The banner is from the SM Command Squad.


  1. Nice model and even better fluff. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Max. Appreciate your comments. The fluff is always a growing thing...I have an over all theme of use with the Lamenters. But will get to that revelation when the Sepluchre Guard take the field.