|This article is about the Battleship, for the planet see Ironblood|
The Iron Blood was a Gloriana Class Battleship of the Iron Warriors, and the personal flagship of its primarch, Perturabo.[1b] Built in the shipyards of Olympia, it was one of the mightiest capital ships in the galaxy, capable of single-handedly annihilating fleets and entire planets.[1b] The Iron Blood was among the largest Gloriana-class Vessels alongside the Vengeful Spirit, Hrafnkel, and Conqueror.
One of the oddities of the Iron Blood was its lack of viewports, even on the bridge. Perturabo, who had a hand in its design, scorned the need for them, decreeing that visual contact with the enemy added nothing to the cold logic of a battle which could be directed through auspex scans and tactical displays. Ironically, he could not resist the urge to watch the progress of the Battle at the Phall system with his own eyes, and so resorted to looking out an open launch bay, protected from the vacuum by the seals of his power armour.[1a]
- 1: The Crimson Fist (Novella) by John French - Shadows of Treachery (Anthology):
- 2: The Horus Heresy Book Three, pg. 53
- 3: Wolf King (Novella)