Palatine Aquila

The Great Crusade-era Palatine Aquila -- personal heraldry of the Emperor of Mankind.

The Bucephelus was a golden Battle Barge or Battleship of unknown class that served as the personal flagship of the Emperor during part of the Great Crusade.

The Bucephelus maintained a garrison of the Legio Custodes and took part in the titanic Battle of Gyros-Thravian when the Emperor was forced to deploy the Custodians to reinforce the Space Marines of the Imperial Fists, Luna Wolves and Death Guard Legions in their fight against the Orks of Warboss Gharkul Blackfang.

At some time during the Great Crusade, the Emperor moved His flag to the Imperator Somnium.


Bucephalus was the name given to the beloved warhorse of Alexander the Great.

See Also


  • The Horus Heresy: Collected Visions (Art Book), "The Custodian Guard," pg. 143
  • The Wolf of Ash and Fire (Short Story) by Graham McNeill
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