"The cleaved head no longer plots, the severed arm cannot fight back. So shall my thunderaxe make peace, one stroke at a time."
- —Decimator-Prime Thetaleas, Astral Templars
The Decimators 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.[1a]
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.[1a]
Decimators are more than able to triumph against powerful foes, such as 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.[1a]
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.[1a]
- Thetaleas - Decimator-Prime of the Astral Templars.
- Occus - Decimator-Prime of the Hammerhands, warrior chamber of the Hammers of Sigmar.[2a]
- Malascon - Decimator-Prime of the Hammerhands, warrior chamber of the Hammers of Sigmar.[2b]
A unit of Decimators has 5 or more members. They are armed with Thunderaxes. 2 in every 5 may instead be armed with a Starsoul Mace.The leader of this unit is the Decimator-Prime.[1b]