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Gederas' Dark Angels: Paint it Black

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I had always liked the Dark Angels. The blending of Arthurian mythos combined with the monastic traditions was such an interesting thing to me. Though, reading more of the lore, the... Flanderization of the Chapter has irked me. I like the tactical, variable forces the First have with the Ravenwing, Deathwing and 'Greenwing'.

 

However, I always liked black more than the green. Then I found out the original colour scheme.

 

 

 

 

Oh yes. I can deal with the First's original scheme. So, my force is designed to be a 30k/40k Crossover force, with a logic of the eventual return of the Lion making the First return to their original colours. And mostly the Mark III and Mark IV armours (because I like those two a lot more than Mark VII laugh.png)

 

Enough rambling. This is what I have to show you:
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This marine here is the first of my 30k/40k Crossover Dark Angels in the 'new' colour scheme I'm going for them.


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And just to show more, my (first) Sammael:
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I say first because it's the pewter model, and I'm planning on getting the finecast one to actually be able to play games because the pewter one terrifies me to play with :lol:

And some Hellblasters:
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Currently, I've got quite a few Primaris Marines to work on.


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Squad 1 has begun taking shape:

 

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And the Sergeant, Special and Heavy Weapons marines. Mmmm... Plasma

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First game with my Dark Angels in forever. Was against my friend's Black Legion. These are the lists.

 

Black Legion:

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Dark Angels:

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(different formatting because he sent me the list he made with Battlescribe, I wrote mine up without it)

 

He went first, I failed to seize. His HORDES of bikers managed to mow down one of my Scout squads, and almost kill the other two. Ended up losing two of the Black Knights in my deployment zone (joy). Things didn't go well for me, but I managed to kill the Rhino the Havocs were in through the smoke (Hellblasters + Azrael rerolls ftw). One of the Havocs died getting out :lol:

Then two of my Black Knights squads advanced out, one getting close enough to the bike Sorcerer to shoot him in my shooting phase. Advanced and then used Speed of the Raven on another Black Knight squad to get them close enough to the Daemon Prince to shoot him and then charge him. Sammael and the Talonmaster joined Black Knight Squad 1 and 2 in attempting to thin the herd of bikers. They managed to do a decent enough dent in the bikes. Then the Talonmaster charged the bikes, followed by Sammael and the Black Knights. One squad of bikers dead, Sammael consolidates into the Havocs. Honour the Chapter, and Sammael kills those Havocs. Then my friend's next turn happens, Sammy gets Death Hex'd and lit up because he ended up being closer than the Talonmaster, oops. The Daemon Prince charges Sammael, kills him. Only In Death.... Sammael shoots back at the Daemon Prince, bringing him down a few wounds.

 

By turn three, I had lost Sammael, the Talonmaster, all the Black Knight squads, and all but two scouts. I had removed one Biker Squad, his Rhino and a havoc squad. Not good.

 

Then the Hellblasters and Azrael start lighting up the traitors, picking them off one by one until only the 4-man Havoc Squad, the (heavily) wounded Daemon Prince [1 wound remaining], the Mauler Fiend, one full squad of bikers and a 2-man squad of bikers ended up at my base. I ended up with THREE models by my turn 4. The Lieutenant, Azrael and the Hellblaster Sergeant.

 

No guts, no glory. The Lieutenant, followed by the Hellblaster Sergeant and Azrael charge the bikers. One squad of bikers down, the Lieutenant dies to the Autocannons and the Daemon Prince's Warp Bolter. Then the Sergeant goes down to the Maulerfiend's Lasher Tendrils, leaving Azrael by his lonesome against the Daemon Prince and Maulerfiend.

 

And then Azrael goes full Weaboo Fightan Magic and kills both in one round of attacks, then kills the two Bikers.

 

Leaving both me and him at two squads. Azrael and 2 scouts for me, the Bike Sorcerer and Havocs for him

Game ends on turn 5, we considered it a draw because I realized I had been rolling for Azrael as if he had a 2+ save, meaning he should have had more wounds when he 'died' to the Autocannon havocs.

 

Was fun, but I really need to read the datasheets more :lol:


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Good to see you are heaving fun! Keep up the good work in the Lion's name.
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Good to see you are heaving fun! Keep up the good work in the Lion's name.

Thanks! And I'll be having more fun on Saturday when I get my Darkshroud which will open up more options for me :lol:

 

Once I finish the base for my Chaos Lord I vowed for Grotsmasha's 12 Months of Hobby Challenge, I'll be working on my Hellblasters. I need to figure out what colour to make the Sergeant's robes, since all my Dark Angels are black, even the new Primaris. Probably gonna go the Dark Angels green since I don't feel a non-HQ/Elite Primaris should have the bone-coloured robes.



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Things I learned from making Primaris Ezekiel from the Vanguard Librarian:

  1. Trying to splice a bionic eye into the Vanguard Librarian's face is extremely annoying.
  2. Trying to get a decent POSE using the Primaris Vanguard and Primaris Librarian arms is difficult.
  3. It is downright impossible to perfectly copy or emulate the actual Ezekiel model's pose due to there being no arms that fit on Primaris bodies that are like that.

However, I'm quite happy with the result.

 

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Plus, it looks like he's actually in a proper fighting stance. As my friend who does more regarding swordfighting said "he looks like he's maneuvering to get to a better position.  Notice how he is leaning onto his right leg and pushing with his left.  He is sidestepping".


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Smashing job Gederas!!!

I just changed the angle on the original sword arm (facing up)!!!

Props for getting the bionic eye in there!!!

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Smashing job Gederas!!!

I just changed the angle on the original sword arm (facing up)!!!

Props for getting the bionic eye in there!!!

Thanks!

And yeah, getting the bionic eye in there was the most difficult part, definitely :lol:

Additionally, he's now gotten the greenstuff gap-filling and a coat of primer. Makes everything look like it belongs together:
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Now I need to wait until later on tonight/tomorrow for the greenstuff to fully cure before I try painting him :lol:


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Great conversion!



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He looks good Gederas. When I first saw the model I though primaris Ezekiel. I don’t mind the leather waist coat but I’m not a fan of the buckles on the robes. How much work is it to remove them.

You know you haven’t had enough sleep when you have to edit the same short post for typo’s 3 times. I give up now if there are any more.

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Great conversion!

Thanks! I'll be painting him today, so hopefully I'll have a result later today.

 

He looks good Gederas. When I first saw the model I though primaris Ezekiel. I don’t mind the leather waist coat but I’m not a fan of the buckles on the robes. How much work is it to remove them.

You know you haven’t had enough sleep when you have to edit the same short post for typo’s 3 times. I give up now if there are any more.

Same here :lol: And I only got rid of the leather waist coat because I have a Vanguard Librarian as well, so I needed to differentiate between the two of them more visually.

 

And the buckles weren't too difficult to remove, just an Xacto knife was necessary. But once the buckles are removed, you definitely need to smooth it out, either with sandpaper or greenstuff.



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'These are the sons of the Lion, and it is no small task to impress them. I have fought in almost a hundred engagements since joining my brethren on the Rock, leading Squad Grellius to complete every mission assigned, yet not a ward of praise have i heard. And rightly so - for such duty we were created and trained. Yet against the cultist waves and Daemon tides invading Hive Trall, our squad alone held a crucial hab-complex against the enemy. When Grand Master Belial arrived to retake the area and recover the gene-seed of the dead, he was surprised find we had held the line. I think I even saw him smile. In that moment, I believed our acceptance amongst our brethren was complete.'
- Hellblaster Sergeant Grellius

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The ACTUAL first model I've fully painted for my Dark Angels. The blending of the Horus Heresy scheme with the "modern" Dark Angel colours for the shoulders on the Primaris looks VERY striking.


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Rubicon Primaris Supreme Grand Master Azrael has taken shape:
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Just need to find a scrollwork shoulder pad and wait for my Company Veterans to come in so I can put one of those little angels on Azrael's chest.


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Nice! I like the use of all the classic Azrael bits. Also good head choice


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Nice! I like the use of all the classic Azrael bits. Also good head choice

Thanks! I specifically tried to use as much of the actual Azrael model as possible, but I specifically avoided the head because it does NOT match current depictions of Azrael at all.

 

I was originally planning on using one of the bald, but not shouting, heads from either the Mark III or Mark IV marines. Then I saw that head in the Intercessors kit and thought "oh hey, this works".


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Update on Primaris Ezekiel:

Most of the colours are blocked in, waiting on the Nuln Oil on the blue armour to dry before I go to doing the silver areas (soft armour and his bionic eye)

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I'll continue painting him after I get back from work today.


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And aside from the backpack, Primaris Ezekiel is done, barring some highlights here and there:
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And as always, writing the name on the scrollwork is the hardest part :lol:


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"I stand before you, the Holder of the Keys. A great many of the mysteries of our Order are known to me. Our secrets are laid bare before my eyes. It is I and I alone who can grant passage to our most inner circle, who can judge the weak from the strong, the truth from falsehood. I alone bear the Book of Salvation, the sacred record of our unforgiven past and of the tortuous road we had trodden to absolve our great sin. I alone known the names of all those who have Fallen from the Emperor's grace and have been returned to him, through repentance of the soul or absolution of the body. I alone bear these most terrible burdens, for on my shoulders sit the sins of the Dark Angels Legion and I cannot rest while they still remain to stain our honour."
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And that's Rubicon'd Ezekiel finished. Man, was painting that banner annoying.



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Nice conversion of the Shadowspear Librarian, the bionic eye is particularly well done 👍. I've been tempted to make some Rubicon versions of the classic characters myself, but it seems inevitable that GW will be releasing official versions themselves, probably with the next version of the DA codex.

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Nice conversion of the Shadowspear Librarian, the bionic eye is particularly well done . I've been tempted to make some Rubicon versions of the classic characters myself, but it seems inevitable that GW will be releasing official versions themselves, probably with the next version of the DA codex.

Thanks! And I'm glad the eye at least looks well-done. It was pure and utter pain to shave the eye off of the Primaris Captain who donated it :lol:

And the thing with the updated characters... I can honestly only really seeing Azrael getting Rubicon'd. If they do any more than him, I'll be honestly astounded.



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Didn't realize you'd 'surgically removed' the eye from another head, I'd assumed it was green stuff work. Kudos brother! 👍

I'd say Azrael is a dead cert for 'Primarisation', and Ezekiel highly probable, just because of the age of the sculpts. It's a testament to the quality of Jes Goodwin's original sculpts that they haven't been updated previously, but I think it's inevitable that they will be upgraded into Primaris now. I mean, Azrael and Ezekiel look small compared to classic marines, let alone the new range 😉

The other characters are more debatable, particularly Belial and Sammael. I suppose it will depend on how Primaris end up being incorporated into the Deathwing and Ravenwing.

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Didn't realize you'd 'surgically removed' the eye from another head, I'd assumed it was green stuff work. Kudos brother!

I'd say Azrael is a dead cert for 'Primarisation', and Ezekiel highly probable, just because of the age of the sculpts. It's a testament to the quality of Jes Goodwin's original sculpts that they haven't been updated previously, but I think it's inevitable that they will be upgraded into Primaris now. I mean, Azrael and Ezekiel look small compared to classic marines, let alone the new range

The other characters are more debatable, particularly Belial and Sammael. I suppose it will depend on how Primaris end up being incorporated into the Deathwing and Ravenwing.

Nope, surgical removal :lol: I had to drill into the eye socket to make a hole for the bionic, shaved off the bionic from the Primaris Captain, then dropped a little plastic glue into the hole and poked the bionic into it. The friction alone held it in place, but the plastic glue made it completely one piece :lol:

And yeah. The Azrael and Ezekiel sculpts are beautiful, they're just hilariously out of scale, even with the non-Primaris marines.

 

Though I don't see Primaris in the Ravenwing or Deathwing unless they come out with Primaris Bikers or a Primaris Terminator Equivalent (no, Aggressors don't count :lol:). If they do though, I'm buying a ton of boxes :lol:



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Barring the transfers on 8 of them, Squad Grellius of the 5th Company is done:
 

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Finished third in a six person 1750 tourney today. My list was as such:

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Game 1 was The Relic against Black Legion (Daemon Prince with Wings, 6 Bikers, 2 10-man Chaos Marines, 1 30-man Cultist Blob, 2 Venomcralwers, a Chaos Lord and a Sorcerer). I went first. Thanks to the Infiltrators.... infiltrating, they got the objective upon the start of turn 1 and just pulled it all the way to my deployment zone, making the heretics come to me. The Darkshroud managed to not die all game, which meant that -1 to hit came in super handy. laugh.png

 

Game 2 was Big Guns never Tire against Salamanders (Bray'arth, 2 3-man Aggressors, 2 5-man Sniper scouts, 1 5-man normal scouts, Hammernators & a Terminator Librarian) with a Knight Valiant. He had no Heavy Support (didn't realize that until we started), which ended up being the deciding factor, as he won by ONE POINT because the Knight Valiant and two squads of Aggressors killed the Eliminators. It took three rounds, but yeah.

 

Game 3 was The Scouring against Tyranids (Behemoth: Swarmlord, 2 Tyrannofexes, 3 Dimachaeron in Tyrannocytes, and 27 Termagaunts). Hoo boy did I have a hard time with those :lol: I only won because I YOLO'd with Sammael onto the Major objective and killed the Tyrannofex that was sitting on it, and managed to NOT have any Infantry models get eaten by the (one) Dimachaeron that got into melee. The Swarmlord managed to kill Azrael at the end though, sadly. I actually almost tabled him (he only had the Swarmlord and Tyrannocytes left), but it went to turn 5 and we had 10 minutes left of the 2-hour time limit


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