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The Paladin conclaves are the elite reserve of a chamber, identified by a crescent moon adorning their right shoulder. As the strongest members of their chamber, they bring their terrifying might into the thickest fighting, overwhelming the enemy with their power.[3a][3b][3c]
They are the footsoldiers of the Warrior-Chambers of the Stormcast Eternals, sent into the mortal realms to cleanse the corruption of Chaos. They are forged in the purest celestial light and the fury of Sigmar made flesh, divided into three classes, Decimators, Protectors and Retributors. The warriors of Paladin Conclaves wears armour called Bastion armour.[3d]
Less commonly, a paladin may shirk the weapon of his class and wield a Starsoul Mace which unleashes a shock wave of celestial energy with every strike that not only shatters the bones of the foe, but blasts their very souls out of synchronicity with their mortal forms to slay them surely as any physical death blow.
Decimators are fearless paladins that wade into the fray, unafraid of superior enemy numbers, slaying many with each swing of their Thunderaxes. Soon after entering battle they are surrounded by corpses of their foes. Decimators rely on their exacting training in the Gladitorium to judge the location and actions of each of their brothers amid the confusion of melee to avoid hitting their allies while all those within reach are cleaved with gruesome ease.[1a][2a]
They are the Destroyer Paladins, the Axemen of Azyr. Enemy hordes slough away into twitching gore beneath the onslaught of a Decimator retinue. With thunderaxes whirling side by sidein well-trained harmony, Decimators can quickly annihilate hundreds of foes with a deadly efficiency.
Decimators plunge deep into enemy formations, driving all before them. Armed with the formidable thunderaxe, a lone Decimator can slay half a dozen lesser foes with each great sweep of his blade. A retinue of these Paladins can carve a gore-ridden path straight through an attacking foe’s lines. Even when they are buried beneath heaving tides of the enemy, it is possible to mark the Decimators’ progress. Where they fight, severed limbs and decapitated heads are flung skywards with each axe swipe, and many foes flee rather than face such destruction.
Decimators are more than able to triumph against powerful foes, such has Sourbreath Troggoths or Blood Warriors, but it is against enemy hordes where the broad sweeps of their deadly axes reap the greatest harvest. Swarming skaven, green tides of orruks, or droves of lesser foes have all been cut down like so much wheat before the scythe.
All Stormhosts boast retinues of Decimators, but some, like the Sons of Mallus and the Helden Sons , favour them above all other Paladin retinues. No Decimators have earned more fame thus far than those of the Astral Templars . It was in the Gnarlwood of Ghur that four chambers of the Astral Templars were ambushed, encircled by beastmen and hulking monsters beyond count. Five sorties were led to break out of the ever-closing encirclement, yet all met with failure. Only when the Decimators massed together did the Stormcasts make any headway. The Decimator formation hacked a bloody path way through the enemy – felling beast-foes and treegrowth alike. At last, by following in the Decimators’wake, the Astral Templars fought their way to freedom.
Protectors move with speed and purpose that even strikes fear in the hearts of the followers of Chaos. They can use their Stormstrike Glaives to create shields of celestial energy, by weaving them into intricate patterns, protecting the Stormcast from projectiles. Their masterful bladework executes infantry and monsters alike.[1b][2b]
Retributors are the golden wrath of the heavens made flesh, dealing justice to the enemies of Order. Their Lighting Hammers are forged from the purest ensorcelled sigmarite and, by calling forth the power of the storm, unleash shocking bursts of sky magic that reduce their enemies to ash.[1c][2c]
Five Retributors miniatures, the one on the top right is wielding a Starsoul mace, while the others wield Lighting Hammers. The Retributor-Prime on the bottom right wields a upgraded version of a Lighting Hammer.
Five Protectors miniatures, the one on the top right is wielding a Starsoul Mace and the one in the center is a Protector-Prime wielding a imbued Stormstrike Glaive, while the other three miniatures wield regular Stormstrike Glaives.
Five Decimators miniature, the one on the center is wielding a Starsoul Mace and the rest is armed with Thunderaxe. The one on the bottom right, armed with a double-edged Thunderaxe is a Decimator-Prime.
- 1: Paladin product description
- 2: Warscrolls
- 3: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (2017)
- 4: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (2015)
- 5: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (2018) - Hammer of the Paladins, pg. 80