Brother-Sergeant

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Red Scorpions Brother-Sergeant. In case you didn't know, that white helmet denotes that he is special.

A Brother-Sergeant is basically what his name implies; he's a black sergeant. Wait, no, we got that wrong...

A Brother-Sergeant is basically what his name implies; he's the Space Marine equivalent of a sergeant in the Imperial Guard (except with thicker armor, bigger guns, higher statline, and pauldrons), an Eldar Exarch (debatable, this point is), and the Shas'ui of the Tau. Basically, he's the guy in charge of a squad of SPESS MEHREENZ, a step above Battle-Brother, and a step below Brother-Captain. Typically, he's there by virtue of duration of service, or by virtue of the previous sergeant getting cut the fuck apart by Tyranids, which seems to be the most popular way for them to die in canon. They're usually the guys who, if they don't get killed early in the story, have plot armor that is thicker than the armor on an Imperator Titan. This typically manifests in the most cheesy (and admittedly awesome) ways, one of the most popular of which is their ability to charge into thousands of enemies with guns who fire ineffectually or inaccurately at the literal giant adorned in vividly-painted armor, and once in close quarters everything dies. EVERYTHING. Including Chaos Marines.

Weaponry and wargear[edit]

Your average Sergeant comes equipped with a bolt pistol and a chainsword because of tradition. A Sergeant's rank is represented on his power armor by the Iron Skull, which dates to the era of the Legiones Astartes. One piece of advice recommended by the Codex Astartes is to identify the Sergeant with a red helmet. This originally dates back to the Great Crusade where a red helmet was a mark of censure under the Ultramarines Legion, something they borrowed from the Night Lords Legion's use of sinners-red gauntlets to mark condemned Legionaries. However, during the Battle of Calth, Sergeant Aeonid Thiel of the 135th Company, who had been marked for censure for forming theoreticals against Space Marines, proved instrumental in leading the counter-assault on the Word Bearers, so Roboute Guilliman ordered all Sergeants to repaint their helmets red, saying it would be a mark of honour.

Variants[edit]

There's a few different kinds of Sergeants.

  • Veteran Sergeant: Well, Brother-Sergeants are already veterans of hundreds of battles, so these guys are veteran veterans. They typically are part of the Chapter's 1st Company and have received their Terminator Honors, though they may not actually wear Terminator armor themselves. They're often seconded to other companies' squads to impart their centuries of wisdom onto the lesser-experienced Astartes in the Chapter to keep everyone up to snuff. They also tend to be attached to Command Squads. This is often actually a dead-end sort of rank to have; Veteran Sergeants don't typically advance to Brother-Captains, though this largely because the Brother-Captains don't take to the field as much, whereas Brother-Sergeants ALWAYS take to the field if their squad is deployed, thus making them more the aspect of "might" in the Chapter, where the Captains are the aspect of the "mind," if you will. They get better equipment in general and it's a foregone conclusion that if one of them is bearing down on you...well, you're fucked, should've prayed harder. Or not have been born a filthy xenos.
  • Terminator Sergeant: A Sergeant in command of a Terminator Squad. Hard as an Imperial Guardsman's standard-issue adamantium balls but not quite as manly, Terminator Sergeants are still beastly as hell. Funny thing is, though, this beastliness doesn't actually tend to show up much in fluff. In fact, they largely serve as the faceless icons of unimaginable toughness who get cut apart like a katana through paper. Their place is that of the Eldar Avatar, when Space Marines have to die instead of Eldar in order to give the big-bad (or the protagonist) street cred.

On the tabletop[edit]

These guys are basically the one guy in the squad who looks a little different than the others for whatever reason you want to think up. Generally-speaking, they aren't very different from the other units in the squad other than that they typically have one more attack (without special wargear taken into account) and Leadership, and have all that 7th8th edition character rule and challenge stuff going on. Nothing very remarkable, for the most part.

Forces of the Codex Compliant Astartes
Command: Apothecary - Brother-Captain - Brother-Sergeant - Chaplain - Chapter Master
Command Squad - Honour Guard - Librarian - Techmarine
Troops: Assault Squad - Centurion Squad - Chapter Serf - Devastator Squad
Scout Squad - Tactical Squad - Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad
Transports: Drop Pod - Land Raider - Mastodon Heavy Assault Transport
Razorback Transport - Rhino Transport - Spartan Assault Tank
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Dreadnought - Javelin Attack Speeder - Jetbike - Land Speeder
Predator Tank - Sabre Tank Hunter - Sicaran Battle Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance: Hunter - Rapier Armoured Carrier - Stalker - Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind
Flyers: Caestus Assault Ram - Fire Raptor - Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird
Stormhawk - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Thunderhawk - Xiphon Interceptor
Superheavy Tanks Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer - Fellblade Super-Heavy Tank
Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Allied Space Marines: Fallen Angel - Primaris Marine - Blood Angels - Dark Angels
Deathwatch - Grey Knights - Space Wolves
Forces of the Blood Angels
Command: Apothecary - Brother-Captain - Brother-Sergeant - Chaplain
Chapter Master - Librarian - Sanguinary Priest - Techmarine
Troops: Assault Squad - Devastator Squad - Sanguinary Guard - Scout Squad
Tactical Squad - Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad
Death Company: Death Company - Death Company Chaplain - Death Company Terminator
Walkers: Contemptor-Furioso Dreadnought - Death Company Dreadnought
Dreadnought - Furioso Dreadnought - Librarian Dreadnought
Transports: Drop Pod - Razorback - Rhino
Vehicles: Baal Predator - Land Raider (Land Raider Crusader - Land Raider Phobos
Land Raider Redeemer - Land Raider Angel Infernus)
Predator Tank - Vindicator - Hunter - Stalker - Whirlwind
Flyers: Stormhawk - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Storm Eagle - Thunderhawk
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines