White Dwarf: Blood Angels

I’ve started making my way through some of the old White Dwarves I bought recently. Issues 139, 141, 143 and 146 (I’m missing some of the issues in between) are the original inspiration I had for my first army – Blood Angels. Seeing some of the articles in these Dwarves takes me right back to being an 11 year old! I can’t describe how exciting this is for me!!!

This was the start – I remember first seeing this list in WD139 (July ’91) and deciding this is the way I wanted to go with my army. I pretty much just copied most of this list exactly.

Blood Angels

And just two months later, in WD141, there was a bat rep between Blood Angels and Eldar. The army used here is exactly what I created. The only thing I didn’t include was the Thudd Gun.

Blood Angels

Can you tell the difference? 🙂

Blood Angels

I know, basically identical, right?!

Here are a few more shots of the army that first inspired me.

Blood Angels

Blood Angels - Captain Tycho

Blood Angels - Terminators

Blood Angels - Devastators

I mentioned the bat rep in WD141. This is how battle reports looked back in the 90s. It was a pretty good battle that could have gone either way, ending in a marginal win for the Blood Angels. It was quite nicely written with plenty of tactics and plans described. It’s interesting to see how basic the armies were, with Space Marine Tactical Squads actually mattering, instead of just being a ‘tax’!

Blood Angels - Bat Rep

Onto WD143, and the Blood Angels are the stars of ‘Eavy Metal. Again, the inspiration for my characters and you can see just how close I didn’t get with them in the photo of my old minis above!

Blood Angels - 'Eavy Metal

There’s also a nice Modelling Workshop article on building a tavern – which I did build back in the day and it’s still kicking around at my bro’s. I’m sure it still sees a battlefield from time to time, despite not really fitting the 40k aesthetic!

Modelling Workshop - Tavern

WD146 has a section on dreadnoughts, including these ‘Eavy Metal models. Again, can you tell the difference between my dreadnought and the ‘Eavy Metal one?

Dreadnoughts - 'Eavy Metal

Blood Angels Dreadnought

Finally, a couple of Golden Demon entries from WD141.

The original Goff Rockers on a Battlewagon! Love it!

Golden Demon Entries

This is long before there was a model for the baneblade, so this is scratch built based on plans in WD132. I’ll be getting a copy of that at some point and might give this build a try!

Golden Demon - Scratch-built Baneblade

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I ❤ White Dwarf

Of course I love White Dwarf, who doesn’t? But you also know my love of Oldhammer, so imagine my excitement when I picked up 89 copies of White Dwarf ranging from ’91 to ’99.

White Dwarf 1990s

WD135 – March 1991

White Dwarf 135

I’m not sure which White Dwarf was the first we got as kids, but it was HeroQuest, Space Crusade and White Dwarf that got us into Warhammer 40k in the early 90s. The first one in this pile is issue 135 from March ’91 – classic 1st ed/Rogue Trader era. It looks familiar and must be one of the first issues we got. This has really got my nostalgia juices flowing!

The first thing to love is the art. Modern White Dwarves are all about showcasing the models (and nothing wrong with that), but back in the 90s is was all about the art, stimulating the imagination, telling a story. The front cover has orcs, goblins, knights and wizards and loads of detail and little stories. The back cover is Ork Freebooterz. There was also a large focus on modelling and customising, especially terrain, which has been lost in modern White Dwarves.

Inside we learn about D-Rok and their debut album, Oblivion, on the Warhammer record label. I need to check this out at some point! There’s also tickets to the ’91 Golden Demon Grand Finals. A bargain at £2.50!! 🙂

Included in this issue is Modelling Workshop – a regular feature back then, showing you how to make your own terrain. Something that’s been lost in favour of just buying expensive terrain from GW now! This month was ruined temples and the article goes as far as detailing where to source some of the materials. I used to love these articles and still have (somewhere) ruins, a tavern, a barn, some hills and a river – all made based on Modelling Workshop articles.

White Dwarf 135

There’s also a modelling guide, showing you how to make and convert a Tzeentch warband. Quite a difference from today’s Tzeentch models! Again, this is quite a change compared to modern White Dwarves – conversions and modelling has been lost in favour of buying models and playing the game. That said, modern models and painting styles and standards are waaaay better. Let’s face it, this Tzeentch warband is pretty derpy now!

A rules article has the targeting diagram for some jetbikes (I think this was about the time the Vehicle Manual was released) and there are some Space Hulk missions, but the highlight of this issue is a big section on Ork Freebooterz and Kustom weapons. I know this was a great source of inspiration for my bro when we first got started and he still has all his converted Freebooterz where he’s tried to copy the models in this article as closely as possible. 24 years and he’s still not quite finished!

White Dwarf 135

White Dwarf 135

There’s loads of rules, army lists and points for Freebooterz, various odd models and units (like the Squig-brained dreadnought!) and even Ork Genestealer Hybrids – only in Rogue Trader! But the more I look at this the more I think there should be an 8th ed Freebooterz Codex! 🙂

White Dwarf 135

The section on kustom weapons for Orks is incredible. There’s loads of detail, Orky sketches of the gunz, rules for including them – 10 pages in all and no less than 11 different randomising charts! It’s so very Rogue Trader! An insane way to play the game, but so very, very Orky!

Roll a dice to see if it’s a Kombi or Kustom weapon. Roll to see how many barrels your Kombi weapon has. Roll for each barrel – auto-cannon, flamer, las pistol? Who knows! Then we customise it – range, to hit, damage – all variable. We’re not done yet. Wanna snaz it up? Seriously, there’s a Snazzy Bitz chart where you can get “loudspeakers which amplifies the blast when fired” or “a spotted squigskin handle”. Amazing!

And then there’s the classic ‘Eavy Metal shots like this. It’s this kind of photo that really got me and my bro into the game initially.

White Dwarf 135

WD136 – April 1991

White Dwarf 136

I’ve also taken a look through issue 136. Some more lovely classic GW artwork on the front cover!

This has a great modelling article on how to build your own Ork vehicles – the Gobsmasha, Braincrusha, Bonecruncha and Lungbursta. It even has templates so you can make the vehicles out of card or plasticard. Maybe I’ll give it a try some day!

White Dwarf 136

White Dwarf 136

That’s all I’ve really had chance to look at so far. Only 87 more issues to go. So I might write a few more of these ‘love letters’ to White Dwarf. Watch this space!

Blood Bowl: Cheerleader

This is my first post for about 4 months, and the last of 2017! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

I’ve not been painting a lot since the arrival of my own little Nurgling, but I have been trying to get a Blood Bowl team together. So far, this pretty lady is all I’ve got finished.

Blood Bowl Orc Cheerleader

Blood Bowl Orc Cheerleader

Blood Bowl Orc Cheerleader

Blood Bowl Orc Cheerleader

Watch out for more of my Blood Bowl team (but not necessarily soon!).

Stark Crusaders: Sternguard Veterans

Sternguard Veterans

These are my finished Sternguard Veterans. These are a mix of the old RT metal marines with plastic arms, and some equally old all metal mono-pose models. They’ve been given new Sternguard shoulder pads to differentiate them from regular marines.

Sternguard Veterans

I’ve got some of them magnetised, so the serge can swap out that storm bolter for a combi-weapon, and a few others can have special or combi-weapons too.

Sternguard Veterans

Sternguard Veterans

 

Sternguard Veterans

Sternguard Veterans

Stark Crusaders: Captain Lando Stratos

I’m sure you’ve seen Captain Lando Stratos in his original 80s form. Now he’s got himself a jump pack.

Captain Lando Stratos

Both wrists are magnetised, so he can swap out weapons, but I’ve got him here armed with a relic blade and combi-flamer. The combi-flamer should work well for an assault based captain.

Captain Lando Stratos

Captain Lando Stratos

I’m not happy with the relic blade, so it’s getting re-painted at some point. Not sure yet if it just needs some touching up or if it’ll get stripped and re-painted.

Captain Lando Stratos

Captain Lando Stratos

Captain Lando Stratos

Stark Crusaders: Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

Some good old beaky RTB01 marines for my tactical squad. I got these finished off recently for the game we had at Warhammer World. These guys have a lot of nostalgia for me, and are a fun unit to have, but they’re actually quite hard to paint. The details are pretty vauge, there are no real defining lines between one piece of detail and the next. But they were pretty quick to paint (for me!) and I’m reasonably happy with the result.

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad