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vintagephreak
16-02-2012, 10:12
Well since my Krieg army got too big and unwieldy- not to mention that I rarely play large-scale 40K games for which an armoured Krieg regiment is more suited- I decided to have another go at 40K. This time in the form of a small pre-heresy Blood Angels army. I love the heresy fluff and imagery, plus the general aesthetic and design harken back to the old days when I got into the hobby 25 years ago. So I am basing the army on both Rogue Trader-era models and conversions utilising all kinds of bitz, GW or not. I am no expert on Space Marines, Blood Angels or what is considered canon or not, but I get the impression that as long as one avoids the post-Sanguinius effects like Black Rage/Death Company and the like, I will be on safe ground. If I am off-base here, please enlighten me ;)

I am doing the core troops and some terminators at the moment, and I am trying to figure out a suitable colour scheme. I love dark colours on my Warhammer models, in keeping with the gritty and gloomy atmosphere. So I am airbrushing the basic (Vallejo Air) reds on the models and adding simple highlights with the regular brush. To offset the reds I choose a golden yellow trim and try to keep it from becoming too flashy or immaculate. Not sure if I should add paint chipping and weathering, since this would have to be done carefully and well planned or it will end up looking crap. Plus I believe the Blood Angels are flashy lads who like to keep their armour and equipment nice and shiny to impress the girls...
Here are a few early WIP pics:

RT armour variants:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/2012-02-08205202.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/2012-02-08205148.jpg

Terminator:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/2012-02-08205034.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/2012-02-08205023.jpg

Marine (thinking of painting the shoulder gem in green):
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/2012-02-08204826.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/2012-02-08204929.jpg

I also have 5 RT Rhinos and one RT Land Raider waiting for some paint. My airbrush needs cleaning so Ill get them done sometime next week...

Any input appreciated, since I am new to both Marines and this particular chapter. Are the insignia and markings different for a pre-heresy SM army?

Cheers,
Martin

BrotherTearz
16-02-2012, 10:43
From what I understand (Which isn't a lot about pre heresy) I dont belive they have Aquilla's

Red Skullz
16-02-2012, 17:31
Mentioned it at 2d6 as well but I`m subbing this one here as well since I love BAs :)

Great start, keep it up :)

R

vintagephreak
16-02-2012, 18:33
From what I understand (Which isn't a lot about pre heresy) I dont belive they have Aquilla's

they don't? Lots of my models have them. Anybody know if this is true?

superdupermatt
16-02-2012, 19:10
they don't? Lots of my models have them. Anybody know if this is true?

Yeah its true, only the Emperor's Children were allowed to wear it en masse, but certainly marines had them in various guises. Garro had one, for instance. If you limit them I doubt you'd upset the fluff nuts too much (if you are bothered by them that is).

Commissar Goddard
16-02-2012, 19:10
The wearing of the Aquilla was limited to the Emperor's Children Legion among the Astartes. I believe it was seen as an honour to be given the right to wear it among the other legions.

The Blood Angels are really looking good though. Keep up the good work.

vintagephreak
16-02-2012, 19:22
Yeah its true, only the Emperor's Children were allowed to wear it en masses, but certainly marines had them in various guises. Garrison had one, for instance. If you limit them I doubt you'd upset the fluff nuts too much (if you are bothered by them that is).

Balls to the fluff nuts! (Now there's a sentence...)

Thanks, I believe fewer models than feared have the Aquila so it's of little concern.

superdupermatt
16-02-2012, 19:53
Balls to the fluff nuts! (Now there's a sentence...)

Thanks, I believe fewer models than feared have the Aquila so it's of little concern.

Balls to the fluff nuts indeed. Your angels are brilliantly done, so if anyone has any issues because of a few double headed birds are just nit picking. What are you planning to do?

BrotherTearz
16-02-2012, 21:45
I wouldn't be a fluff nut, just putting in my two cents just incase you didn't know

These Angels do look good :)

superdupermatt
16-02-2012, 22:06
I wouldn't be a fluff nut, just putting in my two cents just incase you didn't know

These Angels do look good :)

Please don't think I was aiming anything towards you BrotherTearz, you raised a valid point that was gonna be said sooner or later anyway.

Vintagephreak, in terms of pre-heresy markings as far as I am aware there isn't any information regarding it, so presume there isn't and go crazy on the kneepad markings :-D

vintagephreak
17-02-2012, 18:23
Quick update:

Same trooper as above. The green gem fit quite well, methinks:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/WP_000004-1.jpg

CC termie; still not sure how to paint the flat parts of the shoulder pads...
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/WP_000003.jpg

Another trooper with helmet from Maxmini's great conversion bitz range:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/WP_000006.jpg

And one RT trooper, banner obviously still to be done:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/vintagephreak/WP_000009.jpg

Did the pre-Heresy markings and insignia differ much from the current ones? Not sure about this so the shoulder pads remain untouched... Hope you're right, SDMatt ;)

Martin

Sinisterfence
18-02-2012, 14:07
Very nice! One thing you want to avoid insignia wise if you want to keep it canon, is aquilla's on the armour. Space Marines didn't use the Emperor's symbol until the heresy itself, to distinguish allies from the traitor forces. Also keep armour marks in mind.

baphomael
18-02-2012, 14:34
On the chest aquilla, as noted the Emps Kids were the only legion as a whole to be granted that honour... but individuals from other legions, it seems, were given thy honour of wearing the aquilla, or some variation of it, for their own merits. Garro, for example, was noted for having the honour of wearing the 'Aquilla Cuirass'. So, having some marines with aquilla is entirely appropriate.

It's just that the Emps Kids were the only legion who, as a whole, were granted it. They rrceived the honour of the aquilla by virtue of who they were, where other astartes would, presumably, have to earn it.

vintagephreak
18-02-2012, 21:33
On the chest aquilla, as noted the Emps Kids were the only legion as a whole to be granted that honour... but individuals from other legions, it seems, were given thy honour of wearing the aquilla, or some variation of it, for their own merits. Garro, for example, was noted for having the honour of wearing the 'Aquilla Cuirass'. So, having some marines with aquilla is entirely appropriate.

It's just that the Emps Kids were the only legion who, as a whole, were granted it. They rrceived the honour of the aquilla by virtue of who they were, where other astartes would, presumably, have to earn it.

Lovely, thanks for the input. Seems I have a lot to learn 40K/BA fluff-/mythos-wise!

Cheers,
Martin