General Arnault Blackridge began his career as an enlisted soldier in the 227th Tank Regiment of the Planetary Defense Forces of Geminion Secundus. Hailing from the cold and rugged Blackridge region of the Thoric Alps, from which he took his name, Arnault soon impressed both his peers and superiors with his imposing physical presence, his natural leadership ability, and a rapidly acquired tactical and technical proficiency which was second to none.
|Advancing through jungle mists and the blurry work of a bad photographer, Dutch and his platoon continue their advance toward a suspected Genestealer nest site.|
Having quickly exhausted the opportunities for advancement available in the Geminions PDF, where higher leadership positions were by this time open only to members of the aristocracy, Arnault applied for transfer to the 13th Geminons Imperial Guard regiment and was accepted.
In the world of the Imperial Guard, Arnault Blackridge found a place in which he could thrive. His awesome physique, tactical acumen and easy confidence soon won him the respect of his officers and comrades, while his affability, concern for his men, and thick Thoric accent earned him the affectionate nickname of 'Dutch'. In battles against Ork, Eldar and human enemies alike, Dutch proved himself an unbeatable opponent.
Still in his twenties, Dutch, who routinely volunteered for the sort of exceedingly dangerous and difficult long range reconnaissance and deep strike missions which other Guard officers preferred to avoid, was promoted to Major and assumed command of the Geminions Imperial Guard Corps' Long Range Reconnaissance Group. Under Dutch's command the Corps LRRG came to be known as 'The Blackridge Boys' a name which inspired fear and respect throughout the Wailing Reach and even beyond.
Within a short time, however, Arnault's carreer took a down turn. Three years after assuming his new command, Dutch was invited to attend the training school of the Dead Men Space Marines chapter, and did the unthinkable. He declined the offer. Though he loved military life, Dutch also loved women, and the monastic life of a Marine simply held no appeal for him.
'I ain't got time to bleed!' A hulking gunner of the 1st squad wielding an enormous heavy stubber.
Merc Champion with missile Launcher
The two trooper assault team known within the platoon as 'Beauty and the Beast' killed Genestealers in their deepest holes with a combination of naptha and heavy auto-shotgun fire.
|'Scuse me. Gotta go kill me a whole bunch a people now.'|
Improbably, almost impossibly, Dutch survived the Great 'Stealer War, though none of his original companions did. Before returning to Terra, a grateful Grand Inquisitor Terrasque bestowed upon him the honorary rank of General and the position of Inspector General of Auxiliary forces in the Wailing Reach. Jealous rivals unseated Dutch soon after the Grand Inquisitor's departure, but he got to keep his pension.
1st Squad Advances
|'If dey bleed...we can kill dem!'|