The Deathwing is the First Company of the Dark Angels Space Marines Chapter. The Deathwing are not part of the standard Codex Astartes structure system. The Dark Angels’ successor Chapters (collectively known as the Unforgiven) also have similar formations, although they are not referred to by the same title. The Deathwing is an honored position within all Unforgiven Chapters, and only upon ascension to the Deathwing can one eventually be admitted to the Inner Circle. The Current Master of the Deathwing is Belial.


The Deathwing is unique among the Space Marine chapters in that the entire company fights exclusively in Terminator armor. The company’s armor is a bone white color, rather than the dark green of the majority of the Chapter, or the black of the original Legion. This alteration of the color scheme applies only to the Dark Angels, not to their successor Chapters. The Deathwing’s insignia is a variation of winged sword worn by the rest of the Chapter – the blade of the sword is depicted as being broken in Deathwing iconography. More so even than the regular Dark Angels, the Deathwing are notoriously stubborn and resistant, refusing to buckle under extreme pressure from enemy advances, even when it would be more advantageous to retreat.

The Deathwing is not solely a tactical formation – promotion to the Deathwing also means that an individual is bestowed many of the darkest secrets of the Chapter.

The Deathwing itself contains multiple specialized sub-formations, such as Deathwing Command Squads and the dreaded Deathwing Knights, who comprise the elite of this already veteran Company.


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