Crimson Shades Scheme

Crimson Shades Chapter Colour Scheme as displayed by a Firstborn Space Marine.

The Crimson Shades is a Loyalist Space Marine Chapter of unknown origin and Founding.

The Librarians of the Crimson Shades, like their counterparts of the Space Wolves and the White Scars, are one of the noteworthy examples that take exception to the doctrines of the Codex Astartes.

Though the role of this Chapter's Librarians is not so different from the traditional role found for Librarians in more orthodox Chapters, it is in the methods they employ that they differ significantly from the majority of the Adeptus Astartes.

Exactly what this difference is has not yet been recorded.

Notable Crimson Shades

  • Apothecary Herodytes - Herodytes is an Apothecary of the Crimson Shades Chapter.

Chapter Appearance

Chapter Colours

The Crimson Shades primarily wear red Power Armour, which includes the helmet, torso, groin and legs. The power pack, shoulder plates and arms are white.

The open-faced, red squad specialty symbol -- battleline, close support, fire support, Veteran or command -- is indicated on the right shoulder plate.

A red Low Gothic numeral centred on the squad specialty symbol indicates squad number.

The colour of the wings of the Aquila or Imperialis on the chest indicates company number in accordance with the Codex -- i.e. White (1st Company), Yellow (2nd Company), Red (3rd Company), etc.

Chapter Badge

The Crimson Shades' Chapter badge is a large, red human skull in the centre of a red, open-faced roundlet, surrounded by four lightning bolts, on a field of white.


  • Adeptus Astartes: Successor Chapters (Limited Release Booklet), pg. 28
  • Index Astartes I - "Psykana Librarius, Space Marine Librarian", pg. 61
  • Inferno! Vol. 4, No. 4, "Blackout" by J.C. Stearns
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