Ultramarines Honour Guard
|This article is about the Ultramarines Honour Guard. For other uses of Honour Guard, see Honour Guard (disambiguation).|
The Ultramarines Honour Guard is a highly elite group of Space Marines unique to the Ultramarines Chapter. In battle they act either as a group or as squad leaders. Each bears an Axe of Ultramar, potent weapons constructed from a rare metal found on Prandium. Only the most courageous of the Ultramarines ever come close to earning this honour, and then only some of them will achieve it. They are responsible for guarding the Chapter's ancient banner, the Banner of Macragge. Members of the Honour Guard are dispersed throughout the Chapter's companies. When the banner is taken into battle by a company, a squad will be formed from the company's Honour Guard members.
In battle, the Honour Guard Squad numbers between two and seven Honour Guards as well as the Chapter Ancient (Bearer of the Chapter Banner) and the Chapter Champion. They are armed with bolters, Axes of Ultramar, frags and krak grenades. The Chapter Ancient is the bearer of the sacred Banner of Macragge and is entrusted with a suit of Artificer Armour. The Champion is equipped with Powered weapons and artificer armour. They may be mounted in a Rhino, Razorback or Land Raider. They may also replace a single unit in a Command, Tactical or Devastator Squad.
Notable Honour Guard
- Commander of the Guard Aloysius — sacrificed his life to single-handily hold back the Swarmlord and its attending Tyrant Guard at Cold Steel Ridge during the Battle for Macragge to allow Marneus Calgar, gravely wounded by the Swarmlord, to be evacuated off-world by the rest of his Honour Guard.
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition) — Ultramarines Honour Guard
- 2: Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition), pg. 13