This is another drawing I posted on my old blog and I though it was worth rescuing. I remember I was starting to draw on an A3 sketchbook and loving the format size. I don’t have access to an A3 scanner anymore so I’m back sketching on A4.
From the Lexicanum:
“The Adeptus Custodes are the guardians of the Imperial Palace and the Golden Throne, as well as being the personal bodyguard to the Emperor. A small elite of three hundred Custodes, known as the Companions, form the Emperor’s personal bodyguard and never leave his side. Due to the vast size of the Imperial Palace, the Custodes always act as a defensive army. The Custodes themselves never leave Terra, and only rarely leave the Palace.
It is the Adeptus Custodes that decide who may enter the throne room of the Emperor, and when.”
The Adeptus Custodes are larger and stronger than the Space Marines, they are not mass produced as the Astartes are. They are trained as bodyguards rather than soldiers; they excel in the art of assassination – in order to counter possible assassination attempts to the Emperor.
An interesting fact about the Custodes training is what they call the Blood Games: an exercise were some members of the Custodes act as enemy fighters and attempt to penetrate the security of the Imperial Palace on Terra. On the subject, there is a short novel by Dan Abnett contained in Tales of Heresy (the 10th book in the Horus Heresy series) called… Blood Games. Worth reading – I’m a confessed Herr Abnett fan.
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