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.
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.
Can you tell the difference? 🙂
I know, basically identical, right?!
Here are a few more shots of the army that first inspired me.
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’!
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!
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!
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?
Finally, a couple of Golden Demon entries from WD141.
The original Goff Rockers on a Battlewagon! Love it!
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!