Hi all, incoming wall of text.
The IX have been an omnipresent since I was a small child. I started collecting them in 1996 and have had several iterations of them since. However, there was always had an itch of sorts I’d never managed to scratch in collecting: that of depicting the sons of Sanguinius in their legion form. 20 years on it’s high time to start rectifying that.
Much of this fascination stems from the background in the 2nd Ed Codex Imperialis, especially the account of the siege by Bill King and the angel’s noble, if doomed defiance of Horus. At that age, practically all the stories I’d been read (and had stuck) were Greek Myths, Homer and CS Lewis stories; so the sheer scale of the battles, the tragedy, pathos and courage displayed in the heresy hooked me.
The IXth haven’t had the full forgeworld treatment (or black library for that matter) yet, so sources in planning this force have been scarce. Consequently, I’ve had to plot how I intend to paint/model the force conservatively, with what details I can get out of the existing books, and rely heavily on the community for inspiration. As ever, they’ve delivered. Myles’s (Lillegend/lilloser) plog has been invaluable – http://loserstudio.b...bra-alarum.html with a database of images, a similar background/philosophy in how he views the legion and how he wants to collect/paint/model (though I’m not sure if mine will be siege of terra or instead a company separated, fighting a rearguard towards Terra). Along with some top-notch painting. Monolith’s plog http://www.bolterand...e-081216/page-2 has provided me with my paint scheme and been an otherwise great bank of images to draw from.
Along with visual sources, I like having a written primer on things I want to adhere to, which this post constitutes. It'll be updated as the plog progresses
I do have some of my own thoughts on how I want to approach painting and modelling my legion. In Fear to Tread, the blood angels are shown as being less divided than many of the other legions, without lodges or schisms between Baalites or marines from terra. There was, however, some hints at a class division, reflected visually, between the Sanguinary Guard and other ‘golden boys’ (non-line officers) within the legion, and the ‘regulars’. Even Raldoron, the Chapter Master, wore relatively unadorned red (at least in fear to tread). Consequently, I don’t believe I will be painting any gold at this point, even for my command and elites. Instead, I will be using black, white and limited bronzes, which, though more associated with traitor forces, have looked somewhat striking in my tests and carry a sense of antiquity across. This is quite a change from my very gilded 40k angels (one of my strengths is painting gold – my tip is mixing it with boltgun metal for a light but aged gold, with a good consistency, and washing down) but a welcome one.
While typically the legion have been shown as a shock and awe force of angelic exemplars, I figure this is a force low on resupply, a company constantly fighting a rearguard toward terra; and so (relatively) necessarily functional, as opposed to my 40k angels who’ve had millennia to work on their armour and weapons. Consequently, I want a relatively 'vanilla' looking force, compared to most others I've seen - saving murals or ornamentation for vehicles or other objects more likely to have endured.
For similar reasons, there will be almost no purity seals (an oath of the moment or two on my praetor, a terran, is the sole one so far) and few cloths, icons or other devotionals – the emperor is not (yet) worshipped as a god and these are still ‘just’ trans-human soldiers fighting for a secular truth, not warrior-monks/templars. The saltire will not appear anywhere, on any miniature, if I can help it, to further visually distinguish them from their 40k descendants and the two flaws; and I'm hoping to avoid the 40K Blood Angels badge in favour of the flatter one forge world have been using on their pads.
My own background is for the force (in short) is that they represent a company (currently the 112th, unless an official sources takes it from me!). During the crusade they were a dour lot, largely unremarkable besides having a relatively high contingent of terrans, and were used more as a reserve force during the crusade - acting as part of the 'anvil' in campaigns while other companies got on with the typical BAngels MO of shock and awe, especially in instances where the legion's fleets fought independently. It fit with the humours of their company, while they didn't have a remarkable service record, they performed a useful role well when called upon. Leaving Signus, they become separated from the bulk of Legion forces and fight a dogged (doomed?) rearguard to Terra (a BEF parallel?) where despite not having a great impact on the war, they come into their own.
Though I’m following Monolith’s scheme (sons of sanguinius paint guide) I haven’t learnt how to use an airbrush. Consequently, I’ll be undercoating my miniatures white rather than black to try and get as smooth a hand painted red as I can manage – I’m confident in being able to shade well enough to offset that.
Weathering will appear once FW finally produce transfers - would be odd to have battered armour but untouched symbols.
To start with, I have a Praetor, tactical veteran squad (mkIV), contemptor and the contents of prospero burns. I’ll try and stay focused and paint/assemble in batches. This plog will be intermittent, and slow though pic-heavy. I'm hoping for (painting wise) a good gaming standard, my modelling is not very strong however.
Here is a very WIP shot of my Praetor. (Skin near done, everything else at first basecoat - basing not even started)
-(REDACTED)- Master of the 112th,
Sources regarding the master of the 112th company of the IX legion remain scant at best. Whilst his eventual fate is uncertain, his armour (held as a relic of the Angels Encarmine) bears the aquilla bearing breastplate typical of loyalists who fought on the walls of the imperial palace, implying that at least the suit joined the imperial forces at the Siege of Terra.
Edited by Mirbeau, 20 June 2017 - 07:07 PM.