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1st May '16 11:55:03 AM Theriocephalus
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* Logan Grimnar. After the first war for Armageddon, when any witnesses to the armies of Chaos were shipped off-world to be worked to death, he was the only man in the entire Imperium who had the balls to stare down both the Inquisition and the High Lords of Terra, and call them on their shit, and the only one who could get away with it. Nearly anyone else would have been branded a heretic, nearly any other chapter would have been declared Excommunicate Traitoris. Not him, and not the Space Wolves. Ever since, the Inquisition has walked softly when the Great Wolf is in town. It didn't save the people of Armageddon unfortunately, but that moment of unshakable loyalty to the common men and women of the Imperium, rather then to the heartless machine known as the Administratum, was the closest thing this setting has ever gotten to a CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming.

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* Logan Grimnar. After the first war for Armageddon, when any witnesses to the armies of Chaos were shipped off-world to be worked to death, he was the only man in the entire Imperium who had the balls to stare down both the Inquisition and the High Lords of Terra, Terra and call them on their shit, and the only one who could get away with it. Nearly anyone else would have been branded a heretic, nearly any other chapter would have been declared Excommunicate Traitoris. Not him, and not the Space Wolves. Ever since, the Inquisition has walked softly when the Great Wolf is in town. It didn't save the people of Armageddon unfortunately, but that moment of unshakable loyalty to the common men and women of the Imperium, rather then to the heartless machine known as the Administratum, was the closest thing this setting has ever gotten to a CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming.



** Actually, "call them on their shit" is just too lenient (and too weak) for choices of words about his and Wolves' deeds: That period is called as ''Months of Shame'', when Logan Grimnar and Wolves (in honour and trust to those BadassNormal who fought alongside with them during the First War for Armageddon) ''openly defied the Inquisition's orders'' to "contain" those who might be tainted by Chaos, by ''using their own vessels'' to shield those spaceships (full of survivors from the War) from being fired upon, and eventually, led to direct armed confrontation between the two parties, up to the point that the Inquisition lay siege upon Wolves' homeworld of Fernis. And despite their heavy losses, Grimnar and Wolves stand firm for their ideals. This is both a CMOA and CMOH in itself......Even more so when one considered Grimnar ''personally killed the two people responsible'' (one Inquisitor, and one '''Grey Knights Grand Master''') by making their way to their bridge outnumbered (granted at one time he chose to take the bait, but still), and walked away from it unharmed. '''BAD.''' '''ASS.'''

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** Actually, "call them on their shit" is just too lenient (and too weak) for choices of words about his and Wolves' deeds: That period is called as ''Months of Shame'', when Logan Grimnar and Wolves (in honour and trust to those BadassNormal {{Badass Normal}}s who fought alongside with them during the First War for Armageddon) ''openly defied the Inquisition's orders'' to "contain" those who might be tainted by Chaos, by ''using their own vessels'' to shield those spaceships (full of survivors from the War) from being fired upon, and eventually, led to direct armed confrontation between the two parties, up to the point that the Inquisition lay siege upon Wolves' homeworld of Fernis. And despite their heavy losses, Grimnar and Wolves stand stood firm for to their ideals. This is both a CMOA and CMOH in itself......Even itself, even more so when one considered Grimnar ''personally killed the two people responsible'' (one Inquisitor, and one '''Grey Knights Grand Master''') by making their way to their bridge outnumbered (granted at one time he chose to take the bait, but still), and walked away from it unharmed. '''BAD.''' '''ASS.'''
1st May '16 11:50:45 AM Theriocephalus
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** Hell, even without the sheer awesome of that story, Wazdakka gets a few. For example- he once fitted a scavenged ''Battle Cannon'' to his warbike. For reference- a Battle Cannon is the primary armament of a Leman Russ ''Main Battle Tank'', and he had it bolted to his frickin' ''bike''... Quite aside from the inherent ammunition problems of bike mounted tank guns (Battle Cannon shells being almost the size of a human torso); every time it fired the recoil not only slowed or even stopped him, but sent his bike hurtling ''backwards''. Given the average speed and mass of a Speed Freek and his warbike (around 70mph is considered slow, and orks are both physically larger and proportionally more massive than humans, with bikes built in proportion), that implies the sheer scary awesome hugeness of his BFG.
* Speaking of Orks, Warlord Grizgutz was prepared to launch his WAAAGH! into the Warp, however, due to a freak Warp Storm he and his WAAGH! travel back in time before they set off. He then attacks his past self in order to have two sets of his favorite gun. The two time-displaced armies then declare war on themselves/each other, inadvertently saving millions of human lives.
* Perhaps the best Ork story ever: The Great Boss Tuska fought a demon, decided that the Warp would be fun, and lead a WAAAAGH!, first to Prosan, an Imperial hostile environment training world, for practise, and then into the Eye of Terror itself. While there, they demolished every world they came across, until they met a [[GeniusLoci sentient world]], which spawned creatures that were more than a match for the Orks. A Blood Prince came up and slaughtered what was left of the warband. Tuska's Weirdboyz threw pure psychic force at it, and it killed them "with a gesture". With his final breath, Tuska reached between the Blood Prince's legs with his power klaw and [[GroinAttack "made a gesture of his own".]] Now, every dawn, the Orks are returned to life, fighting-fit, and are set against opponents they can never beat. In essence, they'd found [[WarriorHeaven Ork Valhalla]].
* Just Orks. They invent a man portable teleportation device, and use it to shoot snotlings (smaller ork sub-species) inside people. They build spaceships so large they have their own gravity well, and shoot asteroids as small arms fire. They use nuclear reactors to power guns (kustom mega-blastas), armour (mega-armour) and just about everything else. In hand to hand they are the equal of a fully equiped space marine in power armour with boltgun (armour that surpasses most modern tanks, armed with a rapid fire grenade launcher) with only an axe and armour that's basically a leather jacket with bits of metal stapled to it. Also see Deffrollaz, Power Klaws and gargants. Oh, and did we mention that all of the above only works BECAUSE THE ORKS BELIEVE IT DOES?

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** Hell, even without the sheer awesome of that story, Wazdakka gets a few. For example- example, he once fitted a scavenged ''Battle Cannon'' to his warbike. For reference- reference, a Battle Cannon is the primary armament of a Leman Russ ''Main Battle Tank'', and he had it bolted to his frickin' ''bike''... Quite aside ''bike''. Aside from the inherent ammunition problems of bike mounted bike-mounted tank guns (Battle Cannon shells being almost the size of a human torso); torso), every time it fired the recoil not only slowed or even stopped him, but sent his bike hurtling ''backwards''. Given the average speed and mass of a Speed Freek and his warbike (around 70mph is considered slow, and orks are both physically larger and proportionally more massive than humans, with bikes built in proportion), to scale), that implies the sheer scary awesome hugeness of his BFG.
* Speaking of Orks, Warlord Grizgutz was prepared to launch his WAAAGH! into the Warp, Warp; however, due to a freak Warp Storm he and his WAAGH! WAAAGH! travel back in time before they set off. He then attacks his past self in order to have two sets of his favorite gun. The two time-displaced armies then declare war on themselves/each other, inadvertently saving millions of human lives.
* Perhaps the best Ork story ever: The the Great Boss Tuska fought a demon, decided that the Warp would be fun, and lead led a WAAAAGH!, WAAAAGH! first to Prosan, an Imperial hostile environment training world, for practise, and then into the Eye of Terror itself. While there, they demolished every world they came across, until they met a [[GeniusLoci sentient world]], which spawned creatures that were more than a match for the Orks. A Blood Daemon Prince of Khorne, the Blood Prince, came up and slaughtered what was left of the warband. Tuska's Weirdboyz threw pure psychic force at it, and it killed them "with with a gesture".gesture. With his final breath, Tuska reached between the Blood Prince's legs with his power klaw and [[GroinAttack "made a gesture of his own".]] But that wasn't the end of Tuska, oh no. [[WarGod Khorne]] was so impressed with Tuska and his boyz' mindless battle-lust that he brought them all back to life--to be slaughtered all over again. And again. And again. Now, every dawn, the Orks are returned to life, fighting-fit, and are set against opponents they can never beat. beat -- a waking nightmare for anyone else. [[BloodKnight The Orks]]? In essence, they'd found [[WarriorHeaven Ork Valhalla]].
Valhalla]]. To quote Tuska:
-->"I told you I knew where da best fightin' woz!"
* Just Orks. They invent a man portable teleportation device, and use it to shoot snotlings (smaller (a smaller ork sub-species) inside people. They build spaceships so large they have their own gravity well, and shoot asteroids as small arms fire. They use nuclear reactors to power guns (kustom mega-blastas), armour (mega-armour) and just about everything else. In hand to hand they are the equal of a fully equiped space marine in power armour with boltgun (armour that surpasses most modern tanks, armed with a rapid fire grenade launcher) with only an axe and armour that's basically a leather jacket with bits of metal stapled to it. Also see Deffrollaz, Power Klaws and gargants. Oh, and did we mention that all of the above only works BECAUSE THE ORKS BELIEVE IT DOES?



*** There´s also the time he broke a glacier with a single punch. A GLACIER.

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*** There´s There's also the time he broke a glacier with a single punch. A GLACIER.
5th Mar '16 10:17:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Redeemer. A batshit crazy Priest from ''{{Necromunda}}''. Picture Batman with his head on fire, a chainsaw sword, snappy one liners and henchmen who sing a modified version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic in his honor as he kills the alien, mutant, the heretic. Yeah, it's good. "IF IT DOESN'T HURT! IT DOESN'T COUNT!"

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* The Redeemer. A batshit crazy Priest from ''{{Necromunda}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}''. Picture Batman with his head on fire, a chainsaw sword, snappy one liners and henchmen who sing a modified version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic in his honor as he kills the alien, mutant, the heretic. Yeah, it's good. "IF IT DOESN'T HURT! IT DOESN'T COUNT!"
16th Feb '16 1:57:55 PM Theriocephalus
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** The Sanguinor, implied to be a reincarnation of Sanguinus' noble, idealistic spirit, got a huge one in his first recorded sighting, the Khartas incident. The Blood Angels are chasing some Ork Freebooterz onto a world when it's warp drive opens a rift, allowing Daemons of Khorne to pour through. The Daemons are led by Ka'Bandha, the same asshole Greater Daemon of Khorne who is to Bloodthristers what Bloodthristers are to Gretchin, and fought Sanguinus during the Horus Heresy. Ka'Bandha makes mincemeat of nearly all of the thirty Blood Angels who made planetfall, and the few survivors prepare to make a LastStand inside a ruined cathedral, when Sanguinor turns up (and by that, I mean he pulls an aerial DynamicEntry which knocks him out of the sky) and proceeds to utterly ''own'' the Greater Daemon, breaking his axe, impaling him through the chest on his sword, and then picking him up, flying into orbit, and body slamming him, reducing the mighty daemon to a giant blood-filled crater (which is ''still there'' to this day) and single-handedly fucks up the hordes of lesser Daemons, buying enough time for the survivors to bail.

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** The Sanguinor, implied to be a reincarnation of Sanguinus' noble, idealistic spirit, got a huge one in his first recorded sighting, the Khartas incident. The Blood Angels are chasing some Ork Freebooterz onto a world when it's the pirates' warp drive break down and opens a rift, allowing Daemons of Khorne to pour through. The Daemons are led by Ka'Bandha, the same asshole a Greater Daemon of Khorne who is to regular Bloodthristers what Bloodthristers are to Gretchin, and who fought Sanguinus during the Horus Heresy. Ka'Bandha makes mincemeat of nearly all of the thirty Blood Angels who made planetfall, and the few survivors prepare to make a LastStand inside a ruined cathedral, when Sanguinor turns up (and by that, I mean he pulls an aerial DynamicEntry which knocks him Ka'Bandha out of the sky) and proceeds to utterly ''own'' the Greater Daemon, breaking his axe, impaling him through the chest on his sword, and then picking him up, flying into orbit, and body slamming him, him onto the planet's surface, reducing the mighty daemon to a giant blood-filled crater (which is ''still there'' to this day) and single-handedly fucks fucking up the hordes of lesser Daemons, buying enough time for the survivors to bail.



** In the ''Valedor'' books Yriel topped this, how? By wounding the Hive Mind itself.

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** In the ''Valedor'' books Yriel topped this, how? this. How? By wounding the Hive Mind itself.



* The Fall of Shadowbrink is a [=CMoA=] for the Tyranids. When their invasion wakes a Daemonic portal that allows the [[TheDreaded Quadrifold Abominatum]], an alliance of a single Greater Daemon from each of the Chaos Gods, the Tyranids at first ignore them because Daemons have no biomass. They '''ignored''' the Primordial Annihilator. Only when a fortress containing millions of Daemons arises does the Hive Mind realize that it isn't dealing with prey, it's facing a fellow predator. It wastes no time in responding appropriately by sending millions of Tyranids in a suicidal attack to distract the Daemon Lords while elsewhere the Ripper swarms continue to devour Shadowbrink. This allows the Hive Mind to focus on creating more ranged bioforms, numbering in the tens of millions, before sending them against the Daemons. The combined firepower of the Tyranid horde tears apart the Great Unclean One, which in turn makes the Lord of Change flee the battle. Finally only the Bloodthirster and Keeper of Secrets remain, the two lead a charge against the Tyranid line and are met by many Tyrannofexes and Trygons, the Hive Mind having absorbed the Daemons strategies and formed a counter-strategy. The Daemonic lines falter and the Bloodthirster is dragged back into the Warp as he wrestles with three Trygons simultaenously. With the Daemons bested, the Tyranids consume Shadowbrink.

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* The Fall of Shadowbrink is a [=CMoA=] for the Tyranids. When their invasion wakes a Daemonic portal that allows the [[TheDreaded Quadrifold Abominatum]], an alliance of a single Greater Daemon from each of the Chaos Gods, the Tyranids at first ignore them because Daemons have no biomass. They '''ignored''' the Primordial Annihilator. Only when a fortress containing millions of Daemons arises does the Hive Mind realize that it isn't dealing with prey, it's facing a fellow predator. It wastes no time in responding appropriately by sending millions of Tyranids in a suicidal attack to distract the Daemon Lords while elsewhere the Ripper swarms continue to devour Shadowbrink. This allows the Hive Mind to focus on creating more ranged bioforms, numbering in the tens of millions, before sending them against the Daemons. The combined firepower of the Tyranid horde tears apart the Great Unclean One, which in turn makes the Lord of Change flee the battle. Finally only the Bloodthirster and Keeper of Secrets remain, the two lead a charge against the Tyranid line and are met by many Tyrannofexes and Trygons, the Hive Mind having absorbed the Daemons Daemons' strategies and formed a counter-strategy. The Daemonic lines falter and the Bloodthirster is dragged back into the Warp as he wrestles with three Trygons simultaenously. With the Daemons bested, the Tyranids consume Shadowbrink.
16th Feb '16 1:48:11 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Fall of Shadowbrink is a CMoA for the Tyranids. When their invasion wakes a Daemonic portal that allows the [[TheDreaded Quadrifold Abominatum]], [[UnholyAlliance an alliance of a single Greater Daemon from each of the Chaos Gods]], the Tyranids at first ignore them because Daemons have no biomass. They '''ignored''' the Primordial Annihilator. Only when a fortress containing millions of Daemons arises does the Hive Mind realize that it isn't dealing with prey, it's facing a fellow predator. It wastes no time in responding appropriately by sending millions of Tyranids in a suicidal attack to distract the Daemon Lords while elsewhere the Ripper swarms continue to devour Shadowbrink. This allows the Hive Mind to focus on creating more ranged bioforms, numbering in the tens of millions, before sending them against the Daemons. The combined firepower of the Tyranid horde tears apart the Great Unclean One, which in turn makes the Lord of Change flee the battle. Finally only the Bloodthirster and Keeper of Secrets remain, the two lead a charge against the Tyranid line and are met by many Tyrannofexes and Trygons, the Hive Mind having absorbed the Daemons strategies and formed a counter-strategy. The Daemonic lines falter and the Bloodthirster is dragged back into the Warp as he wrestles with three Trygons simultaenously. With the Daemons bested, the Tyranids consume Shadowbrink.

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* The Fall of Shadowbrink is a CMoA [=CMoA=] for the Tyranids. When their invasion wakes a Daemonic portal that allows the [[TheDreaded Quadrifold Abominatum]], [[UnholyAlliance an alliance of a single Greater Daemon from each of the Chaos Gods]], Gods, the Tyranids at first ignore them because Daemons have no biomass. They '''ignored''' the Primordial Annihilator. Only when a fortress containing millions of Daemons arises does the Hive Mind realize that it isn't dealing with prey, it's facing a fellow predator. It wastes no time in responding appropriately by sending millions of Tyranids in a suicidal attack to distract the Daemon Lords while elsewhere the Ripper swarms continue to devour Shadowbrink. This allows the Hive Mind to focus on creating more ranged bioforms, numbering in the tens of millions, before sending them against the Daemons. The combined firepower of the Tyranid horde tears apart the Great Unclean One, which in turn makes the Lord of Change flee the battle. Finally only the Bloodthirster and Keeper of Secrets remain, the two lead a charge against the Tyranid line and are met by many Tyrannofexes and Trygons, the Hive Mind having absorbed the Daemons strategies and formed a counter-strategy. The Daemonic lines falter and the Bloodthirster is dragged back into the Warp as he wrestles with three Trygons simultaenously. With the Daemons bested, the Tyranids consume Shadowbrink.
28th Dec '15 1:48:51 AM WillBGood
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--> Gimzod: [[RideTheBomb Oh yeah, he's been deployed too.]]

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--> Gimzod: [[RideTheBomb [[RidingTheBomb Oh yeah, he's been deployed too.]]
24th Dec '15 3:11:16 PM Sorantheman
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** Let's put things into perspective. Gav, a regular Ogryn Bonehead, managed through his career survive countless battles against Chaos, Orcs, Tyranids, Eldar and Necrons, but his two biggest victories were against [[spoiler: a Chaos Marine Sorcerer of The Thousand Sons and a Keeper Of Secrets, all through a serious case of unwavering faith in The Emperor, ManlyTears and RoaringRampageOfRevenge]]. And to top it all off, he was [[spoiler: spared by the freaking Inquisition and was allowed to work for one of them as a bodyguard when all seemed as if he would be executed like everyone else who had faced much lesser threats of Chaos]].
14th Dec '15 11:10:03 PM jormis29
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* The ork warboss known appropriately as Killaboss had not one, but TWO massive [=CMOAs=] in the most recent WhiteDwarf's apocalypse battle report. His first was taking down a [[HumongousMecha warhound scout titan]] with what was described as a "classic right haymaker against the somewhat higher chin of the titan". Killaboss then survived a DIRECT HIT from a KillSat fired at him by the warboss whose position he was trying to usurp, and was only taken down when a good deal of the combined remaining imperial forces, including [[TankGoodness super-heavy tanks]] all opened fire on him.

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* The ork warboss known appropriately as Killaboss had not one, but TWO massive [=CMOAs=] in the most recent WhiteDwarf's ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'''s apocalypse battle report. His first was taking down a [[HumongousMecha warhound scout titan]] with what was described as a "classic right haymaker against the somewhat higher chin of the titan". Killaboss then survived a DIRECT HIT from a KillSat fired at him by the warboss whose position he was trying to usurp, and was only taken down when a good deal of the combined remaining imperial forces, including [[TankGoodness super-heavy tanks]] all opened fire on him.



* One White Dwarf issue a few years back featured someone who had built a diorama of a Tau Stealth Suit ([[http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m490157a_UK_WD319_TauStealthSuits.pdf page 2 of this PDF]]) which blends in so well with the backdrop from the right angle that you can barely see it. Bear in mind that the backdrop isn't just some vague shape; it's a pretty heavily detailed Imperial-made wall, with panels, grilles and even skulls. Now ''that'' is stealth.

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* One White Dwarf ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' issue a few years back featured someone who had built a diorama of a Tau Stealth Suit ([[http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m490157a_UK_WD319_TauStealthSuits.pdf page 2 of this PDF]]) which blends in so well with the backdrop from the right angle that you can barely see it. Bear in mind that the backdrop isn't just some vague shape; it's a pretty heavily detailed Imperial-made wall, with panels, grilles and even skulls. Now ''that'' is stealth.
4th Nov '15 10:39:43 PM msq
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** Even more awesome is how this event is implied to have left an impact on the Emperor later on, considering how he listens to the long-lived but very human Malcador the Sigilite.
22nd Sep '15 12:29:24 PM LordoftheNight
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* The Fall of Shadowbrink is a CMoA for the Tyranids. When their invasion wakes a Daemonic portal that allows the [[TheDreaded Quadrifold Abominatum]], [[UnholyAlliance an alliance of a single Greater Daemon from each of the Chaos Gods]], the Tyranids at first ignore them because Daemons have no biomass. They '''ignored''' the Primordial Annihilator. Only when a fortress containing millions of Daemons arises does the Hive Mind realize that it isn't dealing with prey, it's facing a fellow predator. It wastes no time in responding appropriately by sending millions of Tyranids in a suicidal attack to distract the Daemon Lords while elsewhere the Ripper swarms continue to devour Shadowbrink. This allows the Hive Mind to focus on creating more ranged bioforms, numbering in the tens of millions, before sending them against the Daemons. The combined firepower of the Tyranid horde tears apart the Great Unclean One, which in turn makes the Lord of Change flee the battle. Finally only the Bloodthirster and Keeper of Secrets remain, the two lead a charge against the Tyranid line and are met by many Tyrannofexes and Trygons, the Hive Mind having absorbed the Daemons strategies and formed a counter-strategy. The Daemonic lines falter and the Bloodthirster is dragged back into the Warp as he wrestles with three Trygons simultaenously. With the Daemons bested, the Tyranids consume Shadowbrink.
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