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  1. The Beginning. The first war for Armageddon began with a series of Chaos rebellions in the hive populace as the Daemon Space Hulk Devourer of Souls came out of the warp above the planet. Much of the World Eaters chaos space marine legion was aboard the hulk, and they made planetfall amid the bloody rebellions, slaughtering all resistance on the main continent.
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Armageddon is a perpetual clusterfuck an ImperialHive World in Segmentum Solar. It is one of the most well-known Hive Worlds in the galaxy, with an industrial output surpassing that of many Forge Worlds. As it supplies dozens of worlds with materials and protection, Armageddon is a strategically vital world and is heavily garrisoned. Climate-wise, Armageddon is an ash-filled polluted hellhole. On the main continent there is little more than ash filled deserts, though its southern regions and the secondary continent have jungles home to carnivorous plants like the Helsrich Monsters. It is home to the Steel Legion, one of the most recognized Imperial Guard Regiments in the galaxy and Armageddon was also the location of some of the largest wars in the history of the galaxy, including the Third War for Armageddon which was the largest land and space battle in the history of the Imperium of man, barring none, and the subject of numerous failed Imperial Assaults during a *small* occurrence called The War of The Beast. Notably it was also the largest gathering of Space Marine ships in history, including during the Siege of Terra or the Ullanor Crusade (the latter of which was what led The Emperor to declare Horus his Warmaster).

Speaking of which, it turns out there's a reason for why the place is an Ork magnet. A 'special', CS Goto level retcon made Armageddon into the teleported Ullanor itself, ancestral home of two of the greatest Ork Empires to have ever existed. So, perhaps unknowingly, the Orks aren't invading. They're coming home.

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First War for Armageddon[edit]

A typical Tuesday on Armageddon

The Beginning[edit]

The first war for Armageddon began with a series of Chaos rebellions in the hive populace as the DaemonSpace HulkDevourer of Souls came out of the warp above the planet. Much of the World Eaters chaos space marine legion was aboard the hulk, and they made planetfall amid the bloody rebellions, slaughtering all resistance on the main continent. Realizing that the main hives were lost, what was left of the loyalist populations on Armageddon retreated to the smaller continent across the sea to regroup and resupply at the small military bases and outposts located there. For a few short weeks while the Khornate hordes busied themselves with sacrificing civilians to summon daemons to bolster their ranks, and the Loyalists used this time to fortify as well as they could, but they had little more to offer their foes than flashlights and insults. As the Blood God's hordes turned their eyes to the last defenders, now bolstered by daemons and the Daemon PrimarchAngron himself. The ragged refugees and soldiers could do little more than pray for deliverance when...

The Cavalry Arrives[edit]

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Out of the fucking blue with no real lore explanation the Vlka Fenryka showed up, led by the Old Wolf himself! The wolves blasted the fuck out of the Devourer of Souls and made planetfall to help the remaining Planetary Defense Force and Steel Legion forces defend the remaining civilians while they awaited the help that Logan had called for. They actually started gaining ground against the World Eaters, until Angron and his Cruor Praetoria, his bodyguard of twelve Bloodthirsters, charged the Imperial line and started chopping up everything that stood between them and Armageddon's south pole, the Grey Knights fucking finally showed up to the party. This 'ragged brotherhood' fought Angron and his Bloodthirster posse and won when their brotherhood's Grandmaster was able to banish Angron after Hyperion shattered the daemon Primarch's blade. Of the 109 Grey Knights who took to the field, 13 survived.

The Months of Shame[edit]

Following Angron's banishment the Wolves and Steel Legion were able to destroy the few Khornate forces that remained. Given that the whole planet had been contaminated by chaos, by the sanction of an Inquisitor Lord the remaining population of Armageddon, civilians and soldiers alike, were to be sterilized and sent to Inquisitorial compounds to be worked to death, and any Space Wolves who had seen the Grey Knights were to be mindwiped, save for Grimnar. The Space Wolves were not fucking amused. Logan politely and calmly explained to the Inquisitor that by punishing the citizens of Armageddon for their heroism and survival, the Inquisition were sullying the honor of the men that yet lived and disrespecting the memories of the dead. The Inquisitor more or less told Logan to go fuck himself. The Old Wolf was not amused. Shortly after this exchange the refugees and soldier survivors started to mysteriously 'disappear' from Inquisitorial custody. The Wolves pretty quickly figured out was up and called the Inquisition to explain their deeds, but they weren't feeling talkative. The Inquisition began firing on any civilian craft leaving the planet, including the ones escorted by the Space Wolves, who blocked the Inquisitorial fire, first with their void shields and then with the hulls of their ships, but never fired back. After months of tense standoffs and passive resistance against the Inquisition, the Space Wolves finally got sick of the Inquisiton's shit when they destroyed the relic Battle BargeScramsaex and the space vikings started shooting back. Evidently the Inquisitor Lord thought it was a good idea to be in a void war with Logan Grimnar, a dude who can call on EIGHT battle barges and FUCKING THIRTY Strike Cruisers. He was wrong.

The End[edit]

After months of the Inquisition getting its ass kicked the Inquisitor finally called on every resource he could muster and set off to Fenris with an entire Imperial Navy fleet, a Grey Knights Strike Cruiser and the entire Red Hunters chapter fleet. To make a long story short the Wolves lost some ships and some men, the Inquisition lost a lot of ships and men, and everything ended with Logan Grimnar teleported onto the Grey Knight's Strike Cruiser, killed the Inquisitor and Grand Master, and threw Hyperion a beating, but was forced to stand down when Bjorn teleported up into the party and had what is quite possibly the single most 'Bjorn' moment ever. Not only did he tell the Inquisition to get off his damn lawn, not only did he tell Logan to quit making so much damn noise with his out-of-hand party, Bjorn actually came onto a Fenrisian Inquisitor, calling her a 'beautiful frost-born maiden' (or some other flowery shit, it's been a couple years since I read The Emperor's Gift, okay?) revealing himself to be a krachety old romantic neckbeard. Everyone was pretty fucking dumbfounded, and the Inquisitor was dead, so everybody pretty much went their own way.

Second War for Armageddon[edit]

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To make a short story even shorter, the Second War for Armageddon was a massive fucking meatgrinder full of happy Orks and pissed off Humans. Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka arrived on the planet with a bunch of Roks and a few billion Orks and decided to make things more interesting. Armaggeddon's ruler at the time was a fucker by the name of Herman von Strab. A man so delusionally assured of his own abilities and decisions, Strab ignored every piece of sensible tactical advice given and sent numerically inferior, split focus forces to fight against the uncharacteristically clever Ork hordes. Examples of his shittery include deploying a Titan Legion without any kind of support, resulting in their total defeat. When things really started going south, he evacuated to his private bunker and bombarded his own cities with past-the-use-by-date Virus Bombs, killing millions of his own people as well as the Orks. The planet was only saved due to the actions of a few loyal but disobedient commanders, including Commissar Yarrick, the Old Man himself, who took over and started getting shit done. Yarrick managed to hold things together with his half-whipped and half-starved forces until the Marines arrived to help out. Commander Dante arrives with a taskforce to finish the fight. Ghazghkull fucked off to space. Kinda like WWI. All this war did was: create Mephiston and set the scene for the big war that came after, which brings us to...

Third War for Armageddon[edit]

The third war for Armageddon was the biggest land war in the history of the Imperium and the galaxy's mosh pit. FUCKING EVERYONE was there. Well. All the Orks and Humans anyway. Seriously, all nine former Space Marine legions were there along with a lot of successors, there were a dozen Titan Legions and a metric fuckton of Guard regiments, along with a few billion Orks. There were more Void Ships and ground forces at the third war for Armageddon than any other war in the history of mankind, surpassing even the Siege of Holy Terra and the Ullanor Crusade (though this has been partially retconned by our overlords). Commanding this clusterfuck you had High Marshal Helbrecht in charge of the Void Battle, as the Templars are void specialists and Commissar Yarrick in overall command on the ground (says a lot about how hardcore Yarrick is that even the Astartes were willing to take orders from this guy). Short story shorter Ghazghkull was annoyed that he had to fuck off to space last time, so he came back with even MORE Orks to come back and get Yarrick, though this time the Imperium was prepared and eventually forced a stalemate. Ghazghkull got bored and fucked off to space again, with Yarrick joining the Templars on an epic road trip to go smite the green fucker, only to be left in the proverbial dust when Gork and Mork intervened on Ghazghkull's behalf. The conflict has kept going ever since, with no sign of slowing down.

Meanwhile, the events of the Gathering Storm ended up putting Armageddon directly in the path of the Blood Crusade- a colossal legion of Khorne Daemons who almost certainly are ready for a second round. Given the recent activity of the other Daemon Primarchs, it's not a stretch to assume that Angron will be involved with this invasion as well. As of Dark Imperium he almost was! The Blood Crusade tried to summon Angron, but the Salamanders managed to muck up the ritual. While the Chaos warbands were fighting each other, the Orks and the Steel Legion actually teamed up to banish them on occasion before going back to fighting each other. At this point, half of the planet is now a Daemon World occupied by the forces of Khorne and Tzeentch (which as usual are fighting among themselves as well) And the other half is presumably waiting for Old Man Yarrick to come back to fuck shit up.

Armageddon indeed.

Timeline of Warhammer 40,000
The Times of OldWars of Secession - War in Heaven (60.000.000 BC) - Fall of the Eldar (M30)
Pre-HeresyAge of Terra (M1-M15) - Dark Age of Technology (M15-M25) - Age of Strife (M25-M30)
Great Crusade (M31)The Last Church - Rangdan Xenocides - Interex - Gardinaal - Faash - Council of Nikaea
Horus Heresy (M31)Battle of Isstvan III - The Burning of Prospero - Drop Site Massacre - Thramas Crusade
The Battle of Phall - Battle of Calth - Signus Campaign - Imperium Secundus - Siege of Terra
Time of Rebirth (M31-M32)The Great Scouring (M31) - Start of The Long War (M31) - The Legion Wars (M31)
The Battle of Skalathrax (M31) - Creation of the Codex Astartes (M31) - Second Founding (021.M31)
The Forging (M32-M34)The War of The Beast (544.M32-546.M32) - The Beheading (546.M32)
Nova Terra Interregnum (M34-M36)21st Founding (M36)
Age of Apostasy (M36-37)Plague of Unbelief (310.M36)
Age of Redemption (M37-M38)Abyssal Crusade (321.M37-121.M38)
The Waning (M40-M41)Gothic War (143-151.M41) - The Macharian Crusade (392-399.M41) - The Macharian Heresy (400-470.M41)
Wars for Armageddon (444.M41, 941.M41 and 991.M41) - Damocles Crusade (742.M41)
Time of Ending (M41)The Vaxi Atrocity (731.M41) - First Tyrannic War (745-746.M41) - Sabbat Worlds Crusade (755.M41-780.M41)
Siege of Vraks (813.M41-830.M41) - Massacre at Sanctuary 101 (897.M41) - Badab War (901-912.M41)
The Vaxhallian Genocide (926.M41) - Second Tyrannic War (990.M41-993.M41) - Third Tyrannic War (997.M41-999.M41)
Taros Campaign (998.M41) - Octarius War (999.M41) - 13th Black Crusade (999.M41-M42)
Age of the Dark Imperium (M42-ongoing)Indomitus Crusade (999.M41-111.M42) - Ultima Founding (M42) - War of Beasts (001.M42-025.M42) - Plague Wars (~111.M42) - Psychic Awakening (M42)
The Planets, Systems, Regions and Sectors of the Galaxy
Imperial Homeworlds:Holy Terra - Sacred Mars
Primarch Homeworlds:Baal - Barbarus - Caliban - Chemos - Chogoris - Colchis
Cthonia - Deliverance - Fenris - Inwit - Medusa - Nostramo
Nocturne - Nuceria - Olympia - Prospero - Macragge
Notable Imperial Worlds:Armageddon - Bakka - Cadia - Catachan - Cretacia - Ganymede
Hydraphur - Necromunda - Phyrr - Pythos - Krieg - Kronus - Sacris
Sanctuary 101 - Scelus - Scintilla - Tanith - Tartarus - Titan - Vigilus
Vraks - Zayth - 108/Beta-Kalapus-9.2
Daemon Worlds:Plague Planet - Sortiarius - Sicarus - Medrengard - Glass Moon
Fleshworld - Bathamor - Black Marble
Systems and Regions:Ghoul Stars - Halo Zone - Jericho Reach - Kaurava System
Solar System - Stygius Sector - T'au Septs - Taelus System - Ultramar
Types of Worlds:Agri-World - Craftworld - Daemon World - Death World - Eldar World
Forge World - Fortress World - Hive World - Civilised World - Tomb World
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Armageddon Steel Legionnaires outside of their natural habitat of MEHTAL BAWKSES.

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'If the tanks succeed, then victory follows.'-Heinz Guderian

Take the Death Korps of Krieg, replace the doom and gloom with slightly less doom and gloom, throw them into the largest land war in modern Imperial history, and give each man his own ChimeraBEEEIIHHHNNBLLAAAAIIDDDEE. What you get is the Armageddon Steel Legion, one of the most heavily mechanized Imperial Guard units in the galaxy, with a penchant for fighting Orks. They're basically a mixed bag of the myriad forces that fought for the Axis in World War Two, probably primarily the mechanized/motorized encirclements attempted by the Germans that are known as Blitzkrieg. They wear bitchin' trench coats and gas masks, they fight Orks on a regular basis, and they have access to a metric fuckton of armored vehicles. They probably use Chimeras as condo[m]s.

The Steel Legion are not the only regiment on Armageddon however; there's the Armageddon Ork Hunters. Basically, they're a regiment of mini-Marbos, so good at fighting the Orks they can use Ork weapons; a damn-near impossible (or stupid depending on who you ask) feat considering that most Ork weapons either fall apart or backfire when used by a non-Ork. So they're all so badass they've become Orky in their own right, or they're, in fact, all Orks in disguise trolling other Orks and waiting for the opportune moment to krump the humies.

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Armageddon is covered in ash, skulls, and skeletons. The ash is what used to be the flesh attached to those skulls and skeletons. The Steel Legion keeps fighting anyway. FUCK YEAH!

The First War for Armageddon[edit]

So, minor bit of history. Armageddon is pretty much a big ass factory, that on three occasions has been trashed. The first time, Angron decided it would make for a nice summer home, and decided to party for a while with a couple thousand Bloodletters and fifty thousand KhorneBerserkers of the World Eaters. Much partying was to be had before someone called the cops with a noise complaint, and the Grey Knights, Space Wolves and whoever hadn't been killed managed to take back the planet, with ninety Grey Knights dying to banish Angron.

When the party was over, the Inquisition decided to take out the trash, meaning that they forced the entire population of Armageddon into labor camps and worked them to death on suspicion of HERESY, before repopulating the planet and pissing off Logan Grimnar and his altruistic Space Wolves to no end. This escalated into a catastrophically wasteful standoff between the Inquisition and the Space Wolves that ended with the Lord Inquisitor being chopped into an idiot salad. Baba Booey.

Armageddon 2: Electric Boogaloo[edit]

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Jump ahead a few hundred years, and we get the real origins of the Steel Legion. Warboss Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka thought that Armageddon would be a nice place for a WAAAGH and so there was a big ass fight. Commissar Yarrick led the defense of Hades Hive, holding out for months without support against a gigantic Ork offensive. This is where Yarrick first earned Ghazghkull's respect; countering every attack plan the warboss had, and sending crackheads on suicidal charges into ork camps with explosives strapped to them.

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With the Guardsmen stretched thin, the Blood Angels arrived to pull their asses out of the fire (See Deux Ex Machina), doing what Indrick Boreale couldn't and performing a successful STEHL REIN attack. The entire company dropped into the Ork Horde and fought nonstop until the Orks fled. Ghazghkull said he'd be back, so the Guardsmen began prepping for war.

Having lost the majority of its PDF and most of the off-world regiments, all that was left was charred corpses and scorched metal. As the spess mahreen apothecaries solemnly collected their fallen brothers' gene-seed, thousands of medicae could be seen retrieving countless standard issue adamantium balls, as well as the odd pair of power balls. Manly tears were shed on both sides and the repariation of the planets defences would begin.

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Armageddon 3: Revenge of the Ork[edit]

Preparing for his return, the Steel Legion became insanely fortified, with the Munitorium granting them a lessened tithe to keep local forces numerous enough to defend the planet. Millions of tanks, transports, and any other vehicle they could build were used in a gigantic buildup for the Orks return.

When they finally did, the Third War quickly escalated into the largest Ork WAAAAGH in history, drawing in dozens of Space Marine chapters, Imperial Guard regiments and even Titan Legions. After a mostly successful initial defense, the Steel Legion was slowly pushed back into heavy street fighting, turning the war from the Africa Campaign into Stalingrad, with tanks rolling off the factory floor directly into combat zones. The war mostly stopped, when Armageddon entered its 'Season of Fire' (a major period of volcanic activity), so while the Orks managed to successfully capture almost half of hive-cities, the cities in which they were defeated became unreachable. Orks got bored, and withdrew most of their forces to space, though still a lot of them remained on Armageddon and continued to fight. Both sides declared this as their victory. Steel Legion units now use the permanent Ork infestation for training purposes, keeping them away from the remaining major hives. What happened to the others or if they were retaken is unknown. The peoples there likely were liberated. Unlike most aliens in 40k, orks generally don’t care about non-combatants and will usually not bother with them. Enslave them, yes, but that’s about it (unless you were nearby when their battlelust was raging). Which ironically makes them among the most humane aliens of 40k.

When the Great Rift opened, the war started back up again with the return of Chaos to the planet. Currently, the Steel Legion is now stuck fighting not only the Orks, but also the forces of Khorne and Tzeentch. Moreover, the Legionnaires are actually teaming up with the Orks (Albeit in the extremely short term) for the defense of the planet that's THEIRS to destroy

Alternative Modeling Options[edit]

Essentially, if you want to play a regiment that looks as bitchin' as the Death Korps but with the ability to have some personality and tanks, the Steel Legion are for you. Unfortunately, despite being from a major warzone, they're only in metal. At least, from GW. Both Anvil Industry and Mad Robot Miniatures make affordable conversion bits that can be used to represent Steel Legion. Of course, if you are willing, painting Krieg minis mustard yellow is more likely to be allowed in official games (unless your Local Game Storewon’t allowForge World). Another solid option is the plastic Raumjäger Infantry from Wargames Atlantic.

See Also[edit]

Regiments of the Imperial Guard
Armageddon Ork Hunters - Armageddon Steel Legion
Attilan Rough Riders - Brontian Longknives
Cadian Shock Troops - Catachan Jungle Fighters
Death Korps of Krieg - Dieprian Mountain Men
Drookian Fen Guard - Elysian Drop Troops
Harakoni Warhawks - Jopall Indentured Guard
Kanak Skull Takers - Last Chancers
Maccabian Janissaries - Mordant Acid Dogs
Mordian Iron Guard - Phantine Air Corps
Phantine Skyborne - Praetorian Guard
Savlar Chem Dogs - Scintillan Fusiliers
Tallarn Desert Raiders - Tanith First (And Only)
Terrax Guard - Valhallan Ice Warriors
Vostroyan Firstborn - Ventrillian Nobles
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