|This article is about the Battleship; for the planet, see Ironblood.|
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. The Iron Blood took part in many battles of the Great Crusade, and was badly damaged by a Hrud temporal shockwave during the Sak'trada Deeps Campaign.
One of the oddities of the Iron Blood's design 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] By the time of First Siege of Hydra Cordatus, the command chamber had been fitted with windows, perhaps as a result of the events in the Phall system.[5a]
The forward segment of the Iron Blood was known as the Dodekatheon. It was here that the Iron Warrior's Warrior Lodge was housed, and was the site of busied war simulations between various Iron Warriors. Members would play mock battles against the other using classic miniatures or digital screens.
- 1: The Crimson Fist (Novella) by John French - Shadows of Treachery (Anthology)
- 2: The Horus Heresy Book Three, pg. 53
- 3: Wolf King (Novella)
- 4: Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia (Novel), Chapter 10
- 5: Angel Exterminatus (Novel)