The Tiger Claws are a Space Marines chapter from the forty first millennium. Originally descended from the Astral Claws Chapter they were declared destroyed almost fourteen centuries earlier. Although thought a dead chapter, a lone Strike Cruiser, the Bakasurra, reappeared after having been lost in the Warp (subject of severe time distortion) on the edge of the Segmentum Pacificus. The ship contained over a hundred battle brothers of the once lost chapter.
Although attempting to recover their gene-seed stores on Holy Terra the Tiger Claws envoy (Captain Vetala) mysteriously went missing whilst awaiting the petition hearing. The remaining survivors supposedly sought refuge in the ranks of the Astral Claws where they took part in the Badab War on the side of the rebel forces. Supposedly joining the Astral Claws in their defeat at the hands of the loyalist chapters and their transition into the renegade space marine warband, the Red Corsairs.
- Founding – 36th Millennium (21st ‘Cursed’ Founding)
- Successors of – Astral Claws (Excommunicate Traitoris)
- Chapter Master – Captain Vetala (de facto Chapter Master)
- Homeworld – Krodha (Dead World)
For more information on the Tiger Claws please follow the wiki link here.
Why the Tiger Claws?
I chose this chapter, not only because their great colour scheme, but also because of the interesting back story. Although a rebel chapter, which justifies Space Marine vs Space marine battles nicely (in the backdrop of the Badab War), I can imagine another Strike Cruiser similar to the Bakasurra, coming out to the warp to reclaim the chapter’s gene-seed and continue to fight for man-kind. Lots of possibilities and it allows me the opportunity to theme them either way for battles!
Images of some of my Tiger Claws figures can be found at their gallery here.