Within the war-host of the Vlka Fenryka there are those warriors who stand apart, inductees of the Fenrisian cults, priests in training and in more rare cases fated individuals who’s wyrd has set them upon a differing path to that of their battle brothers. It is common for these individuals, as a rare as they are, to be adopted into the services of the Priests of Fenris. It was within the ranks of these unofficial appointments and divergent elements of the Rout that the formation of the Nullificators stemmed, specifically among the Rune Watchers who served as guards and adjutants to the Rune Casters, clad in bone white armour and daubed in runic inscriptions and talismans. As the daemonic threats grew and the Gothi turned their attention to combating the nether-born menace, these warriors took to the field alongside their masters, their ranks bolstered with other inductees chosen by the Priests. Trappings of protection adorned these warriors in the form of inscribed runic designs, bone talismans and charms of precious stones and metals. It was the power embodied in these Hexagrammatic wards that although pagan in appearance, gave them the protection they needed to face the maleficarum head on. While few of these valiant warriors would survive, the wisdom bought with their lives armed their successors all the better and by the final years of the Horus Heresy, the newly codified Nullificators had become a highly disciplined arm of the Legions, the Rune Watchers of the Sixth Legion being counted among their numbers.
The colour scheme for this unit was derived from a fantastic piece of lore in the book Wolf King, were the Rune Priest Kva is protected by a bodyguard of two warriors clad in bone-white armour etched with runes. Nullificators were the perfect opportunity to bring this concept to the table.
Extracts from Wolf King, by Chris Wraight;
‘The first two down the ramp were warriors in bone-white Mark II Legion armour, the overlapping plates covered in black-inked runes. They bore images of Morkai on their breastplates and carried long-handled, single-bladed axes the length of force halberds.’
‘One of the Runewatchers raised his axe, ready to bring it down across the warrior’s neck.’
Until Next Winter…