Many Chapter historical references are subtly incorporated into the Chapter's squad iconography which allude to the ancient Japanese samurai.
The Emperor's Shadows' Chapter badge is stenciled onto a white leather papyrus material -- a black bonsai tree silhouette with a red rising sun behind it, surrounded by Japanese Kanji characters. This leather is strapped over a field of turquoise, secured by small cords.
The Emperor's Shadows were originally created by Victoria Lamb using the colour scheme of the Black Templars as a starting point for the "Creating a Chapter" article in White Dwarf 299.
- How to Paint Space Marines (2004), pg. 97 (inside back cover) [created by Victoria Lamb]
- White Dwarf 299 (UK), "Creating a Chapter," pg. 77