Saturday, 11 March 2017

From DavidB: Dark Angels (65 Points)


Before I get to the eyecandy, Above is a Dark Angel from the venerable terminator box set. I liked the black armor and the crazy checks and painted my first Spacemarine force as black clad Dark Angels. Mostly I played the terminators in Space Hulk.

Enter the first novel I purchased from a hobbyshop. 


The primary story was how a group of Dark Angels had returned to their recruiting world which was a population of  AmerIndians. Needless to say I purged a lot of my black Dark Angels and went full bore Deathwing Armor. I even built a full squad of metal marine scouts complete in warpaint. discovering their world was overrun by a genestealer cult that had enslaved their tribes, The group went native. They painted their armor white and inscribed tribe and clan markings on their armor, sang their death-songs, and went to war. They won and divided the untainted among them and taught them the old ways.


By this time, GW had changed the Dark Angels to a dark green armor, so I built a couple squads up in the green livery to back the Deathwing troops. Codexes and new editions pulled the story of a small band of DA Terminators going native on a genestealer invasion. I gave and sold all of them away. My nephew got a lot of em.


GW only hints about the old story and Deathwing's origin now, but I picked up Dark Vengance that had a strike force of Dark Angels. The idea that my tribe could still be around 40,000 years in the future and part of a Anglo scifi knight force is a strong clarion call! ;)

Interrogator Chaplain Asmodai is leading the advance party.


He was primered green for some odd reason. I had to paint over all that green primer and the only green he sports is a single shoulder plate.


An assault cannon and a come at me pose, the plastic termies from the game are excellent sculpts and I went full tribal on them. The glyphs are Ojibwa for war, bear, deer, vengence, etcetera. 


I did paint their shoulder plates and a few other armor plates in the dark angel green. Just because they are Ojibwa, doesn't mean they have forsakken sworn allegiance.


These fellows are same pose-itis, but I altered the paint a touch. I goofed up the wolf pictograph on the right one and it kept getting worse as I attempted a fix! I think in the future I may try micro pens!


This is my favorite of the bunch, He is off to avenge the tribe!

Ravenwing bikers, I never used Ravenwing before so this will be different.

I gave the brother sgt. a darker complexion, He must be Cheyenne!


The bikers were my favorite to paint so far of the force. lots of detail on them and the black and white livery reminds me a lot of my first Dark Angel force....wish I had them still!


A plasma gunner completes the troop. The game is filled with plasma guns which is fine for me, I prefer plasma pistols, guns, and cannons. Stops most traitors fast!

I still have a few more Dark Angels and some other miniatures to clear the desk.

At least I'm getting back in stride. I have work in the early AM, but I will try to catch up with what I've missed. I've only been following via the email notices as I've been on the bounce lately to make up for missed time from sickness and accident.

So 6 infantry and 3 scifi cav. I'm only claiming the Deathwing and Ravenwing sgt as natives so Millsy can mark me for 5 as only the Deathwing boys are geared up in the right totems.

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Glorious stuff David! I remember reading Deathwing when it first came out and really liked the Terminator background story. The whole idea of these various Space Marine chapters going around the galaxy to get new recruits from low-tech feral worlds was very interesting and opened up the 40K narrative to something very cool. I suppose the Space Wolves would be something similar with their references to a quasi Nordic/Viking background. They really needed to do a chapter with a Samurai origin - that would make for some nice conversions as well. Anyway, I digress once again.

I really like the tribal Ojibwa markings you created for their Terminator armour, especially the Assault Cannon marine with the war feathers at his waist. I agree with you, the fellow with the chainfist is my favourite as well - he looks like he's going all-out, sending folks to the Dream Lands at 4/4 time. The bikes are excellent as well. I quite like the wing-shield motif as their wind fairings. I was thinking, to follow the Ojibwa theme, you could make some Dream Catchers to suspend between their twin-linked bolters. :)

Great work David! With your 60 points here you've vaulted the Saturday team well into the 800 point mark and provided a great start to our march to the Challenge's 76K final target.  Well done!
 

16 comments:

  1. Awesome work David! I also remember reading this when it came out (and having the death wing expansion for space hulk) and these are the best realised miniatures of that story I've seen. It's great when people personalise their miniatures to this extent.

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! I too have the deathwing expansion. I still play 1st edition Spacehulk, but only because it is the only copy I have and it is complete with all the White Dwarf suppliments!

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  2. David, this is a brilliant story with figures to match! While I am not that long engaged wiyh the hobby to have had the early miniatures you referred to I did have the second ones you mentioned. I have sold almost all my GW stuff except the two armies I love most, my Dwarfs for WFB and my DarkAngels.Be sure to read ip on using the Ravenwing because while they really pack a punch they are also vulnerable.

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    1. Thanks for the tip on Ravenwing! I found some old landspeeders that may add to them! I should't have gotten rid of the Black DA. They could've been used for 30k! ;)

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  3. Great work David. I love the use of your tribal symbols on these figures! If I'm not mistaken that gets you another notch in your side duel too.

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    1. Thanks, Peter! I have planned on marking them up since i got hem last year! And yes, I did get another 5 natives in the tally! ;)

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  4. Lovely work on these terminators, I remember buying deathwing for my nephew, it was the only novel he voluntarily read until his late 20s! Love the tribal markings.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! It is still my favorite bit of fluff and the only book that wasn't osprey or rules purchased in a hobbyshop!

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  5. Lovely work on the terminators!

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  6. I have a soft spot for classic Dark Angels, nice work!

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    1. Thank you, Barks! More are on the way!

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