These squads were composed of the most experienced warriors within a Legion and were singled out for their acumen and honoured with additional training in all aspects of warfare.
The Astartes of these squads received the highest quality and most advanced weaponry available to the Legion.
In the ancient Legiones Astartes a common tactical formation was the Veteran Tactical Squad. These Legionary Veterans were amongst a Space Marine Legion's most experienced warriors. They were consummate fighters who had ground the armies of scores of worlds under their armoured boots.
These exceptional and experienced Astartes within the ranks of the Space Marine Legions were quickly singled out by their officers, equipped with the finest wargear and trained in all aspects of combat to further enhance their battlefield power.
Certain Legions would further separate their Veterans from the rank-and-file and raise them above the common ranks of Astartes by inducting them into warrior brotherhoods, martial cults or specified veteran companies.
This served to create an elite body within the Legion to which other warriors could aspire to ascend, and from which new officers were drawn.
Notable Veteran Formations
|Legion Number||Legion Name||Veteran Formation Name|
|III||Emperor's Children||Palatine Blades|
|V||White Scars||Brotherhood of the Storm|
|VI||Space Wolves||Grey Hunters|
|VIII||Night Lords||Unguis Raptus|
|XVI||Sons of Horus||Catulan Reavers|
|XVI||Sons of Horus||Justaerin|
|XVII||Word Bearers||Gal Vorbak|
|XVII||Word Bearers||Vakrah Jal|
|XX||Alpha Legion||Effrit Stealth Squad|
- 4-9 Legion Veteran Space Marines
- 1 Legion Veteran Sergeant
- Legion Vexilla (Legion Standard)
- Melta Bombs
- Volkite Serpenta or Volkite Charger
- Power Weapon
- Melta Gun
- Plasma Gun
- Heavy Flamer
- Heavy Bolter and Suspensor Web
- Missile Launcher (with Frag and Krak Missiles)
- Suspensor Web
Optional Wargear (Veteran Sergeant Only)
- The Horus Heresy - Book One: Betrayal by Alan Bligh, pg. 194