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"They may spend every off-duty minute polishing their shiny boots and marching up and down the parade ground in perfect formation, but don't let that fool you. These men are steel-eyed, cold-blooded killers and I'd as soon have a platoon of them in my force as I would a company of other troops."
-Gharan O'Hen, Army 212 Chief of Staff, on the Mordian Iron Guard
[3a]

The Mordian Iron Guard are Imperial Guard regiments from the planet Mordian. A harsh and unforgiving planet given to extremes, it is ruled in the Emperor's name by a body known as the Tetrarchs. The rule of the Tetrarchs is harsh, autocratic and above all absolute, a necessity due to planet's scarce and strictly-rationed resources. This environment has bred a regimental system dedicated to the chain of command and an iron discipline at all levels. The Mordian Iron Guard are named and renowned for their iron resolve and their dour and unforgiving natures.

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- Mordian Iron Guard -
Homeworld: Mordian
Regiment Name: Mordian Iron Guard
Specialities: Discipline, Drill
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Recruitment & Training

Training for the Iron Guard is as rigorous as possible, instilling in each Guardsman fierce loyalty and determination to their cause: the destruction of the Emperor's enemies and the preservation of Mordian. It is only through their legendary discipline and ruthless pursuit of the enemy that the Iron Guard can prevent their world from descending into starvation and savagery.[1a] Among the most dependable troops in the entire Imperium, a Mordian Guardsman will follow orders to the letter and without a moment's hesitation, firing and reloading his lasgun in the heat of battle until he or his enemy has been destroyed.[3a] These die-hard soldiers are all accomplished sharpshooters and proficient in close order drills.[2c]

A Mordian Iron Guard Trooper

Doctrine

A Mordian Iron Guard regiment in battle is a solid wall of brightly-uniformed, perfectly-formed soldiers who cut through the enemy's ranks with precisely-timed volleys of fire behind a hedge of polished bayonets.[3a] Even in the face of the overwhelming daemonic hordes of Chaos, Iron Guard regiments will stand their ground, striking down their foe with disciplined fire; if forced to withdraw their lines will never break.[1b] They organize their support weapons into separate Heavy Weapons Platoons and make use of both Ratling Snipers and Sanctioned Psykers on the battlefield.[2c]

Equipment

The Iron Guards prefer to go into combat wearing the same dress-style uniforms they do on the parade ground. The bright colors and elaborate decoration on Mordian uniforms often mislead their enemies into thinking they are facing ceremonial troops with little combat experience, though this misapprehension is usually corrected as soon as they attempt to advance in the face of the Iron Guards' precise volleys and unyielding resolve. Upon their formation each regiment is presented a lavish banner, created within the Tetrarchal Palace, during a ceremony at which every Guardsman swears to never let it fall or be captured.[3a] Their preferred squad special weapon is the Grenade Launcher while the Lascannon is the principle heavy weapon.[2c]

Notable Engagements

Mordian Iron Guards in battle

Notable Regiments

Infantry

Regiment Notes
2nd The Mordian 2nd were part of the Macharian Crusade and were victorious in their objectives during the Invasion of Jucha.[2a]
3rd The Mordian 3rd is one of the most decorated and celebrated Iron Guard regiments on Mordian. It took part in the defence of Hive Barbarossa against an Ork Waaagh! during the Battle of the Marble Garden[3a]
4th Known only by saying of its Captain Macros[11]
10th The Mordian 10th fought in the 13th Black Crusade.[6]
11th The Mordian 11th fought in the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, notably at the Battle of Balhaut.[4]
26th The Mordian 26th served under Lord Marshal Graf Harazahn of the Vostroyan Firstborn, supreme commander of the Imperial forces on Medusa V.[8]
56th The 56th Mordian is a mechanised force,[1b] responsible for ending the Komarl Revolt. Their execution of a tenth of the planet's population for failing in their duty to the Emperor, and the fear of further reprisals, ensured the planet's future loyalty to His divine rule.[3b]
201st The Cyclops Demolition Vehicle of the 201th Mordian used for crowd control during the occupation of Hive Secundus of the Hive World Vaust.[5e]

Armoured

Regiment Notes
12th Armoured Extremely well-drilled and efficient, the 15 Companies of the Mordian 12th Armoured each consists of thirteen Leman Russ Battle Tanks. They have recently been deployed to the Calixis Sector. Currently commanded by Colonel Halon Tanz.[9]
16th Armoured The Mordian 16th Armoured regiment contains a Stygies VIII pattern Leman Russ Vanquisher. It is either of the first company or of the third, depending on the markings of the vehicle.[5a] The Hydra Flak Tanks of this Regiment fought with the secessionist fighter wing during the struggle on Kaanis Scriptoria.[10] Also the Regiment includes Tarantula sentry guns.[5f]
84th Armoured The Mordian 84th Armoured regiment contains a Chimeras with Heavy Flamers.[5c]
278th Armoured The Mordian 278th took part in the Battle for Baric Six when it lost two entire armored companies due to a Deathstrike Missile Launcher stolen by Ork Lootas.[3c]
3rd Heavy Tank Company The 3rd Mordian Heavy Tank Company is known to include a Mars pattern Shadowsword (possibly known as Alpha Three[7]) as the third tank of the company, although the rest of the company is a mix of Baneblades, Shadowswords and Stormblades. It is possible that this tank has had two confirmed titan kills.[5b] Also contains Salamander Command as utility and support vehicles.[5d]

Notable Members

Notable Named Vehicle

Gallery

See also

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