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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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

Stark Crusaders: Armorium Cherub

Armorium Cherub

The armorium cherub is basically a flying-zombie-baby, so I wanted to paint it to be pretty creepy. The pictures don’t really show its glowing eye, but I think the pallid skin comes across pretty well in the photos. Maybe it could have done with a more contrasting colour on it somewhere, but I guess the lack of colour adds to its undead feeling.

Armorium Cherub

Armorium Cherub

Armorium Cherub