A Daemon Shrike, also called a Ruinstorm Daemon Shrike, are the winged Daemons of Chaos who emerged during the Horus Heresy from the galaxy-spanning Warp Storm known as the Ruinstorm.

They have no set physical form, but appear in a variety of horrid guises, but always possessing wings and being capable of flight in each iteration.

They were used as airborne fast attack troops alongside other Traitor Legion or daemonic forces.

Role

The cavalry of the Daemon hosts is as varied as its foot soldiers, from lithe and swift coursers to vast, plodding juggernauts, and rarely bound to the vagaries of mortal military tactics.

Shrikes are among the towering champions of the daemonic hosts and boast wings vast enough, or sorcery powerful enough, to bear their huge forms into the air, some in the form of bat-winged beasts and others scaled and dragonlike monstrosities or even vast, rotting vultures.

The sight of these creatures circling in the skies has become one of the most enduring legends of the dark age of the Horus Heresy, bat-winged avatars of destruction to mark the fall of an empire and what was perceived at the time as the end of days.

Unit Composition

  • 1 Ruinstorm Daemon Shrike

Wargear

  • Close combat weapons (claws, daemonic swords, axes, warhammers, horns, etc.)

Sources

  • The Horus Heresy Book Eight: Malevolence (Forge World Series) by Neil Wylie and Anuj Malhotra, pg. 250
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