Shortly after releasing Rogue Trader, Games Workshop began publishing background fluff in White Dwarf magazine. One early article, famously republished in the Warhammer 40000 Compendium, introduced a number of additional Space Marine chapters including some oddball but cool selections like the Sons of Medusa, along with simply baffling ones like the Space Sharks.
I favored the Firehawks of all of these new chapters, primarily because of the more futuristic slant of their chapter insignia: a (presumably nuclear) mushroom cloud.
Designing my own homebrew chapter, I decided to blend obviously "space-age" iconography with other symbols at home on a medieval banner. The first symbol below, came amazingly quick, as did the chapter's name. I eschewed the more obvious "Atomic Swords" or "Atomic Blades"; "Atomic Scars" popped into my head first and still sounds the best to me.
A second insignia design followed the first, after concerns that the original symbol may prove too difficult to draw/paint by hand. I'm hoping a set of custom decal paper eliminates the need for hand-painting dozens of tiny shoulder insignia; regardless, I've kind of warmed to this second symbol.
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