The Pallid Hand is a warband or vectorium of the Death Guard Traitor Legion's 2nd Plague Company. Masters of the armoured assault, the Pallid Hand employ a greater number of Chaos Predators and Chaos Land Raiders than any other vectorium of the Death Guard. Those enemies that are not crushed beneath their rusted treads are blasted apart by indiscriminate artillery bombardments. The Pallid Hand are part of the 2nd Plague Company of the Death Guard, and thus are willing hosts of the Warp-spawned plague known as the Ferric Blight, which furs their armour and tanks alike with flaking, contagious rust.
- The Rusthounds Arrive (Unknown Date.M42) - Amidst the ruins of Chambakh, Knights of House Krast battle the mechanised infantry of the Pallid Hand. Shrugging off salvo after salvo of Blight Launcher rounds, the Knights trample the Death Guard and claim victory. Yet in doing so their mechanical steeds are infected with Ferric Blight. What emerges from that festering war zone is a warband of Renegade Knights rusted through in body and soul, limbs shrieking and seized, Thrones Mechanicum tainted beyond recovery. Renaming themselves the Rusthounds, the Knights set off on the hunt for their former allies' souls.
- Battle of Hollowfall (Unknown Date.M42) - The Pallid Hand are ambushed by overwhelming Necron forces from the Novokh Dynasty amidst the ruins of Hollowfall. During a fighting retreat, Mortarion's sons infect a number of Necron Warriors with Ferric Blight. Phasing out, the undying android warriors bear the deadly contagion back to the stasis crypts of their Tomb World, beginning an epidemic of catastrophic proportions.
The Pallid Hand's Power Armour is the same as that of the Death Guard, composed of decayed and cracked plates of ceramite in bleak yellow. Pallid Hand Chaos Space Marines, like those of the Death Guard, often wear grotesquely warped suits of antique Mark III Iron Power Armour.
The Pallid Hand's warband badge is usually a modified version of the standard Mark of Nurgle, similar to that used by the rest of the Death Guard.
- Codex Heretic Astartes - Death Guard (8th Edition), pp. 15, 22-23, 64
- Dark Imperium (Game), Death Guard Booklet, "Death Guard Vectoriums," pg. 12