Techmarine

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Although red, they generally don't go very fast.

Techmarines are Space Marines who have been trained by the Adeptus Mechanicus in the ways of the Machine God. The senior Techmarine in a Chapter is generally known as the Master of the Forge.

Techmarines often start as Marines with an aptitude for machinery; if they attract the notice of their Chapter leadership, they may be sent to Mars for a number of years to train with the tech-priests. After their training is complete, their armour is modified to fit their new servo-arms and backpack and is usually painted red to show allegiance to the Mechanicus - leaving only the pauldrons to display the Chapter colors and badge. This sets them apart from their battle-brothers and means they are not often completely trusted, though to technophilic Chapters like the Iron Hands it is a badge of honour.

When they return to their Chapter, Techmarines join their Chapter's Armoury and maintain the Chapter's vehicles and weapons. In some Chapters like the Salamanders all Marines know the basic maintenance procedures for their equipment, leaving the Techmarines free to work on more exotic weapons and war machines.

Among the Space Wolves, Techmarines are called Iron Priests, and will noticeably not paint their armour red, leaving it grey. The Iron Hands have two types of Techmarines. The first are Iron Fathers, who oversee the more "spiritual" aspect of the machine, like a Mechanicum version of Chaplains. The second rank is Ironwrought, who are full Techmarines.

A Techmarine's Power Armour is also modified to help work with his cybernetic enhancements and his armour's backpack is aupgraded with several robo-arms. His armour bears the rust-red colours of the Adeptus Mechanicus, but his Chapter badge is kept and displayed on one of the shoulder guards, so as not to piss off the armour's machine spirit, like the Death Watch. Techmarines are also able to wear full servo-harnesses. These are basically huge harnesses armed with robo-arms, plasma cutters, and flamers. Techmarines can also be accompanied by a retinue of Servitors; Gun Servitors, Combat Servitors, and Tech Servitors. Their usual weapon is a Power Axe with the Adeptus Mechanicus symbol on the head, as both a symbol of rank and as a weapon.

Warpsmiths are their evil counterparts among the Chaos Space Marines as well as Death Guard's variations, Biologus Putrifiers and Foul Blightspawns. Primaris Marines also get their own version of Techmarines.

According to Amberley Vail, in terms of personality, there is a strong tendency for them to be "somewhat eccentric at best" and as a result, chapters tolerate techmarines deviating from norms a bit. (Example of such deviance: Becoming friends with a human and eventually having sparing sessions with said human).

Dawn of War II[edit]

Relic Entertainment decided to use the the Techmarine in Dawn of War II as one of the three commanders for the Space Marines. The techmarine is the least aggressive of the marine commanders; he's built as a ranged unit (while the Force Commander and Apothecary are intended to lead assaults, he's expected to stand back and shoot things, and does inflict more damage shooting than they do), and focuses on improving ranged damage of friendly units, has abilities that support vehicles, and can bring emplacements that reinforce squads without needing to go back the base, along with bringing in sentry turrets. His style generally focuses on getting to a position and holding. He's trickier to use than the Force Commander and Apothecary, but his abilities can be quite deadly on certain maps, especially ones where he can place his turrets in strategically important locations that maximize what their firing arcs can hit while minimizing the directions the enemy can come at them.

Gallery[edit]

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 - Termite
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
Spacecraft: Battle Barge - Strike Cruiser
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
Forces of the Dark Angels
Command: Apothecary - Company Master - Interrogator-Chaplain
Chaplain - Librarian - Techmarine - Deathwing Knight
Dark Angels Grand Master
Troops: Assault Squad - Deathwing - Company Veterans
Devastator Squad - Scout Squad - Tactical Squad
Ravenwing Black Knight - Watcher in the Dark
Walkers: Dreadnought (Deathwing Dreadnought - Contemptor Dreadnought)
Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought - Mortis Dreadnought
Transports: Land Raider (Land Raider Phobos - Land Raider Crusader
Land Raider Redeemer - Land Raider Ares
Land Raider Solemnus Aggressor) - Rhino - Drop Pod
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Razorback - Predator - Vindicator - Hunter
Stalker - Whirlwind - Land Speeder Vengeance
Ravenwing Darkshroud
Flyers: Dark Talon - Nephilim Jetfighter - Stormraven - Storm Eagle
Thunderhawk
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Grey Knights
Command: Brotherhood Champion - Grand Master - Librarian
Techmarine - Chaplain - Apothecary
Troops: Grey Knight Paladin - Interceptor Squad - Justicar
Purgation Squad - Purifier - Strike Squad - Terminator Squad
Walkers: Dreadknight - Doomglaive Dreadnought - Venerable Dreadnought
Vehicles: Land Raider (Land Raider Crusader - Land Raider Vortimer)
Rhino - Razorback
Flyers: Stormraven - Stormtalon - Stormhawk - Thunderhawk
Allies: Inquisition - Sisters of Battle