Monday, April 16, 2012

The Howling Griffons

The Howling Griffons are an Ultramarine successor. The Chapter is almost continually at war and does not shy away from campaigns of attrition. They have extensive forges on their homeworld to allow quick replacement of battlefield losses. Their production capacity is so large that they can not only maintain their aggressive stance, but have access to large amounts of advanced equipment, such as Mk VIII power armor and the Land Raider Prometheus.

The Howling Griffons follow the Codex Astartes, but view it as a fine military treatise rather than holy doctrine. They are a generalist Chapter and maintain the ability to engage in any type of warfare at any time. Finally, the Chapter has a strong core of Librarians thanks to recruiting from a planet with a high incidence of psyker-births.

Chaplain Dreadnought Titus

Titus is a Venerable Dreadnought, with all that that entails. He comes with a Dreadnought close-combat weapon, either a lascannon or assault cannon, and extra armor. As a Chaplain Dreadnought, Titus re-rolls missed “to hit” rolls when he charges and makes all friendly Space Marine models within 12” Fearless.

That’s pretty much it. He’s an option for an HQ Dreadnought if that’s your thing but he doesn’t bring much to the army. I would have liked to see his re-roll extended to an aura, so all units charging within 6” of him re-rolled missed “to hits.” In my mind, the main role of Chaplains is supporting the squads around them.

In my experience, the Howling Griffons are the most common of the Badab War armies (other than Salamanders) to appear on the table. I think this is mostly because of their very distinct and bright color scheme. While yellow and red are both difficult colors to paint, a well-done Howling Griffon is really impressive. 

As far as I know, that's the last Chapter from IA: 9. Next week, I'll start in on IA:10. I haven't written anything yet, so if there's a chapter that you would like me to cover first, let me know. Otherwise, I'll just go in the order they're presented in the book.


  1. I liked them so much I stole the Livery for my chapter.. :D

  2. I've only seen 3 Howling Griffon armies and 2 were in White Dwarf, but they do look absolutely stunning if done well.

  3. In my (admittedly limited) experience it's the Charcaradons who are the most common of the Badab chapters to see table time. I've yet to see Howling Griffons, though my sample size is likely far smaller than your own. I just thought I would share :)

  4. Sounds like I've been lucky in seeing Howling Griffons on the table. I don't think I've seen any other Badab War armies personally (again, except Salamanders). I know my co-author Chris is working on Carcharodons but I don't think they've hit the table yet (just like my Executioners).

  5. My vote on next chapter has to be minotaurs as they are getting some forgeworld loving at the moment.


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