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The Iron Fists is a Loyalist Chapter of Space Marines and a Successor Chapter of the Iron Hands of unknown Founding.

The Iron Fists make use of Land-Behemoths, massive mobile fortresses, to travel across the surface of their homeworld much like their parent Chapter.

Chapter History

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Iron Fists Chapter Colour Scheme as displayed by a Firstborn Space Marine.

Notable Campaigns

  • Assault on Hive Vortis (Unknown Date) - It was the Iron Fists who first developed the extended range variant of missile for the Whirlwind. The Techmarines of the Iron Fists Chapter developed this missile to turn the short-ranged support of the Whirlwind into long-range bombardment artillery during the Assault on Hive Vortis. It was not regarded as a success, but several other Chapters have since attempted to emulate the Iron Fists. The necessary increase in fuel, and the size of the missile's rocket engine, resulted in a reduction in the amount of high explosive carried in the warhead, and a reduction in the size of the resulting explosion. The loss of destructive power meant that the long-ranged missiles failed to cause sufficient damage to be effective in the bombardment role.

Chapter Traditions

The Iron Fists revere Ferrus Manus as their primarch, and follow many of the same Chapter traditions as the Iron Hands. 

The Iron Fists Chapter's Astartes are also known to wield Storm Shields "molded into the shape of a medieval gauntlet."

Notable Iron Fists

  • Chapter Master Kastal Verchen - Kastal Verchen is the current Chapter Master of the Iron Fists.
  • Dreadnought Wotan - Wotan was a Dreadnought of the Iron Fists.

Chapter Appearance

Chapter Colours

The Iron Fists primarily wear light blue-grey silver power armour. The Aquila or Imperialis on the chest guard, as well as the arms and gauntlets, are golden.

The inset of the shoulder plates are black. The open-faced, golden squad tactical specialty symbol -- battleline, fire support, close support, Veteran or command -- is indicated on the right shoulder plate.

A black Low Gothic numeral stenciled on the right knee guard indicates squad number.

Chapter Badge

The Iron Fists' Chapter Badge is a golden gauntlet in the shape of a clenched fist centred upon a field of light, bluish-grey silver.

Canon Conflict

The Iron Fists were listed as a successor of the Imperial Fists, rather than the Iron Hands, in the 6th Edition Codex: Space Marines, pg. 47. The 2023 First Founding art book put this inconsistency to rest by definitively stating that they are indeed successors of the Iron Hands.


  • Adeptus Astartes: Successor Chapters (Limited Release Booklet), pg. 59
  • Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 47
  • First Founding (Art Book)
  • How to Paint Space Marines (2004), pg. 88
  • Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pg. 58
  • Realms of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness (1st Edition), pg. 251
  • Iron Hands (Novel) by Jonathan Green, Ch. 12
  • Battlefleet Gothic - To Cleanse the Stars: Vessels of the Imperium by Andy Chambers and Matt Keefe, pg. 26
  • Warhammer 40,000 Chapter Approved - The Book of the Astronomican (1st Edition), pg. 106