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First images of Dark Angels with Green armor


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Hey, everyone.
I’m hoping someone can help me out, looking for first images from GW with Dark Angels armor being painted green. I have Angels of Death 2nd ed codex, but I’m sure there were published images before that. Thank you all in advance.

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Interesting question. The transition between RT black and modern green probably happened fairly gradually; and I'd be inclined to guess that the change occurred as the Space Hulk expansion Deathwing was being developed. Prior to that, there wasn't really much info on the various Chapters, to be honest.

 

On a quick skim, the first green Dark Angel I can find is WD132, which has a green-armoured Dark Angel scout (p35), though in an advert for the Terminators and Tyranids box in WD133, the sergeant was still black armoured.

 

WD133 also had an advert for the Space Marine painting set, which included the four 'big Chapters' of the time. At this point, Salamanders were still the 'green option' (though still with their cool pattern).

 

BY WD137/138/139 (I'd have to check), Dark Angels were 'officially' green, presented in a colour panel alongside Blood Angels and Ultramarines. 


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From a text standpoint, the change happened during 1st edition (Rogue Trader era). In the Deathwing expansion to the Space Hulk game, the Dark Angels wear black armour - both the power armoured troops as well as the tactical dreadnought armoured troops (the change to white happened as a result of the story in that book). That expansion was published in 1990. In the Genestealer expansion, which was published in 1991, the "Terminators of the Deathwing" wear white while "other Dark Angels wear dark green armour." No images of green-armoured Dark Angels are shown in that book since Space Hulk focuses on Terminators.
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Isn't the infamous story of paints being called the wrong name, with Dark Angels Black accidentally being produced as Dark Angels Green? Or is that just a myth?


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Isn't the infamous story of paints being called the wrong name, with Dark Angels Black accidentally being produced as Dark Angels Green? Or is that just a myth?


Just a myth. Same with the idea that Blood Angels were once orange - again because of paint names. There was a Blood Angels Orange paint, but it was formulated in order to highlight Blood Red.

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Swingin’ on that info, apologist and Brother Tyler
Those WD’s and that spot for the Genestealer expansion seem somewhat things I need to look at procuring.
Now something to look about on is when did GW start having publication mentions of The Fallen.

Edited by Harleqvin, 20 February 2020 - 08:53 PM.

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I'm not absolutely sure, but the first time I remember it was from this (dated 1990): 

 

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Obviously the marines on the back are in Deathwing white, but the cover clearly shows them as green. I've heard stories that they were supposed to be Salamanders but the artist made a mistake, although I can't see how the art would have been released if that was the case.

 

There was also this, which I *think* came from around the same time (possibly the Compendium or the Compilation) which clearly shows them in green:

 

early-marines-paintschemes.jpg

 

The very basic level of the art suggests it was early in the release life of the Mk VI armour, as well as the fact the Blood Angel in black armour "has taken the infamous blood oath" rather than being part of the Death Company which were introduced in 1993.

 

So my guess would be one of those two, from sometime around 1990 / 1993.

 

Edit - the linked picture keeps breaking, but you can see it here in this review of WD 129 https://recalcitrant...ot.com/2016/07/ That also dates it to September 1990)


Edited by Spottswoode, 23 February 2020 - 06:04 PM.

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From what i learned DA turned from black to green during the First edition of Epic (that was callef Space Marine if i Remember right) and the story about the Fall of Caliban and the fallen was invented later
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I love that art, black but with a tinge of green, it's the root of my green wing scheme now.. try and make them almost appear black from a distance...

Well.. y'know it's never perfect ;-)

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The same art work on the strike force was the box cover art for the game Space Marine epic released 1989. It is to my knowledge the first time Dark Angels picked up a hint on green.
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