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  1. Hi, Since getting into a bit of mini photography lately, and inspired post FAQ to abandon thoughts of other armies in the near future, I've decided to spruce up my mechanized 3rd company and some suppporting units. I will try to touch up and repaint where necessary a new unit every week or so, these first ones took last week to touch up and highlight. I am unsure about the new green highlights and may change them to a lighter shade, in photos they still look very dark. First up for viewing, Master Ramiel and his command squad: Ramiel himself; I am wondering about adding detail to his shoulders. EDIT: ON MIGRATION TO THE NEW SITE MANY PICS GOT STRETCHED, CLICK ON THEM FOR A PROPER VIEW. His command squad; And together with their ride; C and C welcome, should I change the highlights etc? HUGE EDIT: Thought I'd add my Completed Pics to the First post because this thread is getting long. Stobz
  2. Greetings ladies and gentlemen, It's been many a moon since I've posted something on here, almost 15 years or so. Uncle Sam and real life have kept me from pretty much playing any 40k since the end of 2nd edition/start of 3rd edition. That being said I've always had opportunity to swing back by the Rock and get inspired by the myriad of awesome painting, story telling, and modeling this community presents. My son is old enough to where he has shown an interest in war gaming and so, him and I being WW2 buffs, picked up a set of US and German paras to put together and paint. While at the local game store I came across the new primaris Dark Angel character. I know feelings are mixed when it comes to these new upstarts...I still have 200+ Marines and vehicles in foam lined boxes. However, you have to admit these new models are really nice and detailed. So I picked one up with the hopes of using him in some sort of board game or even this new kill-team game. I was a bit nervous, $30 on one single guy, is a bit of money to invest in a little plastic dude. I really wanted this guy to look good but the problem was that I hadn't painted a darn mini since my break from playing the game. So I looked at lots of videos, lots of advice from this board, and I can honestly say this guy turned out to be my best work. He took a BLEEP ton of time but I'm glad I took it nice and slow. He still is not quite done yet as I'm gonna try and pull off a white marble effect on his right shoulder pad and place a decal there before sealing him with some flat sealer. I would appreciate any comments, suggestions and advice concerning this guy right here. As a side note, I'm not a fan of these new wanna be MK4 helms or skull motifs. Beakies for the win. I tried to emulate the excellent tutorial by Sekhmet in his thread. Thank you! Work in progress. Trying out this new contrast. Also, white paint...ugh. More WIP. Also attempted to do a fancy sword blending technique I found online for something non traditional. Really happy how these wings came out. Was inspired by Lostrael's white/blue technique. Thank you! Some better (?) lighting pic. Still some work to fix some smudges. Actually managed to get some legible script on the shoulder pad. Pretty darn happy with this. So thanks for having a looksy. Looking forward to any advice from all of you. Edited for grammar.
  3. A brand new 1st Post! if the first replies dont make sense, well its because the whole entirety of this post has changed. This post will now reflect the most current and up to date chapter fluff. lots has changed in these last 3.5 years. thanks for stopping by and please contribute to the conversation! Index Astartes http://bolterandchainsword.com/uploads/gallery/album_11085/med_gallery_86595_11085_107117.jpg http://bolterandchainsword.com/uploads/gallery/album_11085/gallery_86595_11085_178195.jpg Origins The War of the Beats brought large amounts of destruction to the Imperium. Lord Commander of the Imperium Maximus Thane had decreed that the Imperium would raise as many new Chapters as they had gene-seed in the great vaults of Terra to sustain. A Fourth Founding chapter, the Legion of the Iron Lion was created with one goal in mind, to engage with the orks. Invictumos, a world that prides itself in its martial ability, and one that has been fighting the orks since the days before the Imperium, would be the homeworld to such a chapter. As to which of the successors of the First Legion provided its veterans to raise the new chapter, it is not known. Only a legend told to initiates remains, "Just as the red halo engulfed the Flame of Consecration, the consecrated Iron engulfs the Sword of the Lion. And as the wings gave flight to the sword of the Angels, the Angels gave flight to the Legion of the Iron Lion" Homeworld: Invictumos To be fleshed out in the future. The Legion and the Unforgiven http://bolterandchainsword.com/uploads/gallery/album_11085/med_gallery_86595_11085_476195.jpg Circles within circles. Truth within lies. Lies within truth. Each cog has its role to play. Only one Legionnaire is ever truly aware of the treacherous acts of Luther and the Fallen, the Grand Arbiter. Personally trained by the Interrogator Chaplains of the Dark Angels, the Grand Arbiter's purpose is to be an extension of the will of the Unforgiven, and guide his Master of the Legion in the Hunt. Fully indoctrinated into the higher levels of the Inner Circle, more so than the Master of the Legion, the Grand Arbiter is the sole Legionnaire to perform interrogations and deliver Judgement and Redemption. As with the other Unforgiven, many lies exist within the truth that is told to those who have been indoctrinated into the Hunt, but how much is truth, and how much is a lie? Rework in progress. Going for a more traditional relationship. The Wings of Judgement and Redemption The Hunt is omnipresent. In honor of the I Legion, the veterans of the first and second century carry the moniker of Wing. The Lion Wing of Cohort Leonus, their pauldron painted bronze underneath the Sword and Cog of the Legion signifying judgment for traitors of the I Legion, they are the Old Guard of the Hunt. The Iron Wing of Cohort Ferrum, their pauldron painted silver underneath the Sword and Cog of the Legion signifying redemption for the loyalist of the I Legion, they are the New Blood of the Hunt. At inception, the Iron Wing and Lion Wing were mirrors of each other. Every space marine had a suit of terminator plate, cataphractii, tartaros, or indomius, and a bike, speeder, or Unforgiven aircraft assigned to him. The veterans would deploy as the mission dictated. Experts in all aspects of war, the coordination achievable by the Iron and Lion Wings was without peer. Of the 100 Legionnaires assigned the century, 30 are selected to be Iron Guard or Lion Guard. These legionnaires would be issued special equipment, a storm shield and Mace of Absolution (Flail of the Unforgiven for sergeants) for use in terminator armor, and a Corvus Hammer and Plasma Talon for use on their bikes. It is from the Iron Guard and Lion Guard that lieutenants were chosen from. All this changed after the devastation of the Legion. After the much needed primaris reinforcements arrived, it was only a decade before the first primaris legionnaire made it into the severely undermanned Iron Wing. He fought alongside the other legionnaires in gravis armor when they were in terminator armor, and in tacticus armor in a land speeder when part of the fast attack detachment. Soon after, one became two, two became ten, and after decades of attrition, ¾ of a century worth of primaris had been inducted into Iron or Lion Wing. After the reorganization of the Legion, all primaris were consolidated into the Cohort Ferrum, and all space marines into Cohort Leonus. From this point on, the Lion Wing became known as the Old Guard of the Hunt and the Iron Wing as the New Blood of the Hunt. The Lion Wing still fights as it has since its inception, but the Iron Wing deploys almost exclusively in gravis armor, mission dictating aggressor or inceptor pattern. Three squadrons of Nephilim and one of Dark Talons sit in their armory for use when needed. The Iron Guard deploy in gravis armor with specially fitted storm shields, Maces of Absolution (Flails of the Unforgiven for sergeants) and fragstorm grenade launchers or jump pack. As is tradition, all Cohort Ferrum lieutenants are drawn from the Iron Guard. The Iron and the Lion http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/357137-the-iron-and-the-lion-prologue/ In current development. this story is very important to me. its this concept that really set the DIY into motion. Only In Death Does Duty End Under repair rename characters with new established naming conventions check for continuity of lore (its a 3 year old story, much has changed since) http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/353770-legion-of-the-iron-lions/?p=5253154 Siege of Liamane Planned for the future
  4. Greetings fellow Unforgiven, After dabbling in a few other armies in recent years, I am excited to return to my favourite army, the First Legion. It's been over 10 years since I first started collecting the Unforgiven, so it's great to be back. This thread will (hopefully) serve to document everything about this fantastic hobby - naturally I will post up models as I paint them, but I also hope to include battle reports, tactics ideas, and even some fluff/fan fiction as my Ravenwing army grows. My amazing wife gave me this journal for Christmas, so I'm looking forward to recording my games in that as well. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my Ravenwing journey Prologue: On Ravens' Wings +++ Archive Retrieval Begins+++ +++Log Date: 256.M35+++ The air in The Avery was cold and still. Situated behind the observation deck on the strike cruiser Nevermore, The Avery housed the cyber-ravens used by the Dark Angels' Second Company. It also provided Jacques with a quiet place to think. The newly elected 151st Grand Master of the Ravenwing was still adjusting to his new role. Everyone, including Jacques himself, had expected Talonmaster Elijah to succeed the recently departed Master Arvhael. The oldest warrior in the legendary Second Company, Elijah had more than enough experience to lead, and as Arvhael's closest advisor, represented a familiar hand. But, in the words of the Supreme Grand Master, a familiar hand was not what the Ravenwing needed right now. The galaxy was changing, and a fresh perspective was needed in this difficult time. Dark whispers had reached the ears of the Unforgiven, and Jacques represented a new approach to combatting the new threats. As Huntmaster of a squadron of Black Knights, Jacques had earned a reputation for bold and innovative tactics, a reputation he was expected to maintain and extend as Grand Master. A cybernetic squawk broke Jacques' reverie - it was time. Time for Jacques to take up the leadership of the Second Company. Time to don the mantle of a Knight of Caliban. Time to Hunt the Fallen.
  5. With the new Armor of Contempt rule, and the shafting Custodes got, I'm looking into Dark Angels again as a competitive option. Transhuman terminators + AOC, promises to be good right? So without further ado, here's what I came up with, assume a competitive scene in mind. Bear in mind this is also fairly unconventional for a DA list, so please keep an open mind. Secondaries: Stubborn Defiance/Oaths of Moment, Stranglehold and a third one based on matchup, with RnD/Banner being the default third pick. How it plays: Everything starts on the board. Infiltrators on one point, the command squad on the other. Infiltrators score Stubborn Defiance if selected, and the Command Squad is a cheap objective grabber for the other point. Advance the terminators/bladeguard on the points, and use the captain/lieutenant/leviathan/plasceptors as a threat to deal with units threatening those objectives. If you selected Stubborn Defiance, use the Leviathan as a cheap way of deepstrike denial until the opponent has nothing in reserve, and proceed with the above plan. If the mission has 3 points in your home turf, use the inceptors as a point holder, preferably behind obscuring terrain. Otherwise, they go in deepstrike. Thought process behind this list: General thoughts: The Tyranids, Eldar, Space Marines and the Thousand Sons is what this list is mainly designed to deal with. The Deathwing units *should* deal with big bugs pretty well due to AoC/Transhuman and the Deathwing Super-Doctrine, as well as being durable and killy enough if I get a marine match-up. They also contest the objectives well (think stranglehold objective) due to the Ancient's super-obsec aura (and their native obsec), and other tools that make the units super-efficient at what they do. Similarly, this list deals with the MW's from the psychic phase pretty well - it has five sources of deny, and one auto-deny if I need it, as well as Lazarus 5+ FNP bubble against MW (which becomes a 4+ against him, and works on the Leviathan). On top of this, the Lieutenant has the reliquary that subtracts 1 from the psychic test, and on a 4+ on any failed test, the unit takes D3 mortal wounds, which when paired due to the melee potential this list has, should ensure anything gets whittled down quickly enough. There is also enough bolter fire (Deathwing Terminators) and plasma (Inceptors) in this list to deal with T3 units such as Eldar guardians or Tyranid small bugs. Then you have Lazarus, with his sword, fight twice, 5+ FNP and D4 swings against things with the Psyker keyword..which should be more prevaliant than before on the account of Tyranids, Eldar and the Thousand Sons. Now this list doesn't have any PSYKER units which means I can take Abhor the Witch if I need to, which suits the list's name perfectly! Unit inclusion thought process: I'm going to cover the units you typically wouldn't see in a DA list, the other ones are more or less staples in most competitive DA lists. Primaris Lieutenant: Due to the melee potential with the list, with the volume of attacks, this unit ensures units get that extra bit of efficiency out of them. He also is a character that can slap the anti-psychic reliquary on. Bladeguard Veteran Squad: Cheaper than Deathwing units, but cheaper and with more attacks. Plus, I had 5 painted up already, so wanted to include them in. There are also big synergies with the Ancient which are covered down later. Plasceptors: I couldn't find the points for Azrael and the typical hellblaster castle. With the AoC, the gravis +1 to save strat, and the fly keyword, I argue they are better than hellblasters anyway. Sadly there was no way I could give them an invuln, but you lose some and you win some I guess. Lazarus: Controversial pick, but there is a method to the madness. He's cheap, has a 5+ FNP aura against MW (which is rampant this edition), D4 against PSYKER units which you will be seeing, fighting twice ( with the old fight on death rule!) and decent volume of attacks for a Deathwing character. Think a better chaplain for less points. Bladeguard Ancient: Ah yes, the glue that makes this list work. Due to my inclusion of Bladeguard Veterans, he has an aura of +1 to hit for Bladeguard units. So now those bladeguard are extra efficient with the Lt, hit on 2's, and on a 4+ get back up. He's also Deathwing, giving me access to the -1 Damage to DEATHWING units banner, of which I have about 25 models of in this list with that keyword. Now because my belief that Rites of War is practically due to other factions have ready access to super obsec auras, I'd give him that ability as well, as well as making him a super ancient. That ensures that in the command phase, two DEATHWING units now hit on 2's in melee. Now on top of all the above synergies, that turns my durable units into killy units as well. DEATHWING units even before the AoC rule were a pain to shift, but now with all those synergies on top of that? Hoo boy. Then I'd slap the watched ability on top, for that extra spiciness and the ability to auto-deny a critical ability. And of course he has that option for units to get back up on a 4+, which is useful for plasceptors and things that get in melee, which we will definitely be in. Now normally, I would shell out the points for a Deathwing Ancient with same abilities, but because I have a Bladeguard presence, and not enough points, I'd have to settle for him. Not that I think he's a bad pick to begin with. Leviathan Dreadnought: Mainly for the rule of cool, but there is a more or less logical reason for this inclusion. Firstly, let's get the subjective biases out of the way - he's a cool model. There, that was mainly the reason why I included him. Secondly, with the general consensus arguing that Redemptors (a unit with a very very similar profile to the Leviathan) is a competitive choice, I wonder why not this. Now yes, he doesn't have the CORE keyword, but seeing how he's DEATHWING (through the Rites of Initiation), he can re-roll wounds against things with 8W/characters in the assault doctrine, while having a 2+, 5++, -1 to damage, and more importantly the SMOKESCREEN keyword. None of which the Redemptor has (except a worse save and -1 to damage). And on top of all this, you'd be including a librarian to babysit the castle you'd typically run if you run a Redemptor in any list. This saves you points and makes your eligible for Abhor the Witch secondary if you run into the psychic armies. The Redemptor has range on his plasma which is better, than the 18" on the Leviathan melta lance, but his intention was to always get into melee/screen units either in shooting/auspex scan. So here we are. Admittedly, I modelled my Leviathan with a Melta Lance (which I think is overpriced), and a grav-flux would be a better pick, for sure. Even running him with a drill isn't competitive, but this list could use another instance of a big threat like Lazarus/Lt/Plasceptors, so here we are. Plus if I ever do run into a Knight list or anything with the VEHICLE keyword (think Custodes Dreadnoughts), Dam 6 anyone with re-rolls to wound in the assault doctrine? He also has effectively 7 melta gun shots, which this list, outside of plasceptors lacks. The volkites on his chest is mainly a moot point, but the MW potential is nice, and I'm not convinced flamers are a better pick anyway. So this is the reason why he's in this list. There are better options for sure, not disputing that fact. At the very least, if all the above fails, then he's a big distraction to protect my other, more important units on the board. Now with all this synergy in mind, what do you think of the above list?
  6. Brothers and Sisters of the Rock, the day has finally come to make my glorious return to the hobby! I haven’t built a model since I think 2000-2001? And I haven’t played a game since 5th edition came out. I have read books, lurked forums, and my interest is always high, but for financial and family reasons it hasn’t been something I have a lot of time for, until now! This topic will serve as my build log and painting showcase. There are so many talented and experienced builders and painters here that I’m not looking to wow you all with my skills, but I do like to get feedback, share ideas, and keep myself motivated. Comments are always appreciated.
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    Blades of Alaric custom Dark Angel successor chapter. By commission of Brother Arkley. White with 'Mephiston Red' background.
  8. Ok people, I’m taking the plunge and I’m going to build an HH Dark Angels force. I have recently read Descent of Angels and now I’m hooked. Also imo Lion’el Johnson is the best Primarch model. Before I get too carried away I’m thinking of painting them black, green and bone rather than the usual black and red. (I’m currently working on a Black Templars project so I’d like there to be some differentiation between the two armies) So is there any lore reason I can’t use the traditional palette on my 30k Dark Angels? Any help would be appreciated.
  9. Hello there. This is a small battle report with some images to introduce someone who is completely new to wargames and Warhammer 40k. MANY rules have been cut out to let the newcomer enjoy the game in a simple way, the game is inspired by Recruit Editions. Lists are: DARK ANGELS Librarian in Terminator Armor 5 x Deathwing Terminators (1 Thunder Hammer, 1 Cyclone Missle Launcher, Sarge with Power sword) 7 x Intercessor Squad (Sarge with Chainsword) NECRONS Overlord 10 x Necron Warriors 5 x Immortals 3 x Skorpeth Destroyers +1 Plasmacyte 1 x Canoptek Scarab Swarm Both lists are 465 points simply because I didn't have enough Necrons to reach 500. Terrain was set up pretty qucikly and without thinking too much, we only had 2 hours. Objective was simple: In 5 turns destroy the enemy. If the opponent remains with some models on the table, the winner is the one who destroyed more units / models. The newcomer chooses Dark Angels to play. LET US BEGIN! +++ TRANSMISSION # 7897690843345598 | VOX IMPERIALIS | PRIORITY: MAXIMUM +++ The emergency arrived seven parsecs ago via imperial astropate with the request for immediate help: the presence of Xeno contaminates the main mining megastructures. The mining world Lemnos supplies an important quantity of raw materials to the imperial forces of instance in the Orar system, Gothic sector, for each solar cycle. From the readable data Necron activity is suspected at an exponential rate resulting in sub-sector economic disaster. ... ... > STRATEGIC VALUE: ABSOLUTE ... ... > XENO INVASION IN PROGRESS > RECOMMENDED COURSE OF ACTION ... PROCESSING ... > EXTERMINATUS? ... ... > NEGATIVE: ABSOLUTE PLANETARY STRATEGIC VALUE, UNACCEPTABLE LOSSES ... ... > EXECUTING ADEPTUS ASTARTES PROTOCOL ... WAITING ... PROCESSING ... PROCESSING ... > REQUEST SENT. ... ... > REQUEST CONFIRMED. > DEPLOYING DARK ANGELS. > END OF TRANSMISSION TURN 1 Necrons start first since they win iniative roll. Warriors fire and wound 1 intercessors, Immortals fire and wound 1 Terminator, the rest advance, only Scarabs charge with a roll of 11! They manage to get in close combat with Terminators, resulting in a sad charge with the death of 2 scarab models. Fortunately 1 renimates! They did their job: Terminators cannot fire. Dark Angels fire with intercessors killing 2 Necron Warriors, Terminators destroy the remaining Scarabs while the help of Librarian, which uses Trephination on them. Also, he uses Smite on Destroyers resulting in only 1 Mortal Wound. TURN 2 Necrons move, their fire is completely against Terminators since they are now free from melee combat. They fire poorly, even the Overlord fails his Tacbgon Arrow! Fortunately the Skorpeth Destroyers charge and buffed by the Plasmacyte they REAP Terminators with their incredible Glaives! They retaliate, helped by Librarian who heroically enters the scuffle! The Overlord is unable to charge, waiting patiently for his turn... Sadly for him the Dark Angels retaliate! Intercessors kill 3 Warriors but 2 Reanimates, meanwhile the Librarian Smites the Overlord (3 Wounds!) and helps Terminators with Trephination. Fight phase is intense, with Terminators and Destroyers killing each other, ultimately the Librarian uses his stuff and gives an hard blow to the filthy Xenos! Only a Destroyers Remians. Turn 3 sees Necron Immortals and Warriors move, shooting and killing one Intercessor and wounding another. The last Destroyer attacks and kills the Terminator Sergeant, but the Librarian finishes his job! Overlord failed again to charge the Librarian with a double roll of 1! Immediately Dark Angels take the advantage: The Librarian falls back and with an incredible roll of 10 Smites the Overlord which dies! Meanwhile the Intercessors can shoot at the Destroyer which fails his reanimation protocol. The tides of battle are in favor of the Imperium! In Turn 4 Necrons are desperate, they fire everything they have against Intercessors killing three of them. The Librarian fails his Smite, and Trephination helps the Intercessors to kill some Warriors. Turn 5 sees the remaining Xeno forces charging the Intercessors in which nothing happens, while the Librarian suffered two wounds and decides to Smite Immortals, move and try to charge Warriors but fails. The battle ends with Necrons scoring 360 points and Dark Angels 354 which are the total points of models killed in action! Close one! Sadly for the forces of Imperium the Xenos took over the planet, their Awakening complete...and humanity's darkest day is yet to come...
  10. Greetings Brothers, I'm in the process of converting a Interrogator Chaplain, but I can't decide between giving him a Bolt pistol or a Plasma pistol. I'm aware of the current Teeth of Terra- meta, but I want to resist modelling for the current flavour of the day. Which pistol would be more or less futureproof?
  11. From the album: Heresy Dark Angels

    12 Months hobby entry, Feb 22.
  12. As said in my vow on the ETL thread http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.p...2368&st=175 I am vowing a 5-man Assault Squad with a Rhino (Power fist, 3 Plasma pistols, Combat shield, Meltabomb, Pintle-mounted Storm bolter and Hunter-killer missile,) and a Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought (Heavy Conversion Beamer, Graviton Gun, Extra Armor, Searchlight, Carapace-mounted Cyclone Missile Launcher and Targeting Augury, from IA: Apocalypse 2nd Edition pages 24-25,) from Codex: Dark Angels of total value 526 points I will update later with a full break down if it is needed (let me know if it's needed.) Here are 3 pics of the units. Edit - I deleted links as Photobucket sucks!!! Sadly lost the three photos...
  13. Hi all, Having embarked on the 12 Months Hobby Challenge for 2022 by GrotSmasha, I thought I would track my progress here for general pointers and thoughts. As an FYI, this will be my first time using enamels, and anything outside of GW, and I dont own an airbrush. This is also my foray back into painting after about 5-6 years. I am seeking to play also, which has been a bit longer since I last did. First up, I posted a Leviathan in the 2022 hobby; Because I am on leave, and probably as I was too keen to get the model done this month, I am done already! However I am going to take a day to see if I want to go further; Couple of points, the black base has very much come out a Grey/Brown. Next model I will be using a better drybrush method on the black, and the AK Brown Wash, might be switched out for streaking grime, with less focus the higher up the model. The base does need more life, however I'm going to see how it sits with me over the coming weeks. It was just some All purpose filler with stones, and some spare plastic bits. However the legs do blend in well with the surrounding. Thoughts?
  14. Hail fraters! I have long wanted an overview of the available Dark Angel fiction, and have thus compiled a list, which I will here share. I might have missed a story or two, but if so, please let me know and I will update. So, without further ado - fantastic tales of the Unforgiven and where to find them: Warhammer 30k - The Horus Heresy – The Age of Darkness Leman Russ - The Great Wolf (The Primarchs vol. II) (by Chris Wraight) Leman Russ and the Lion clash on the world of Dulan, starting the feud between the Lion and the Wolf that lasts for 10.000 years. Once I get the book, I will read it and update here with my opinion on it. So, bought the book, read it, loved it. It is truly a fantastic tale. Extremely well written. Though it is not a thick book by any means, it manages to portray the Dulan conflict in new light, while still remaining true to the original piece of fluff. Now, finally, we Dark Angels have a novel that presents the Lion in a flattering light, a novel where his tactical and strategic expertise is aptly demonstrated. Finally, we have a Lion who is not written by Gav Thorpe! I can only give this novel my highest recommendations! It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/whats-coming-soon/january/leman-russ-ebook.html. Exocytosis (by James Swallow) A 2016 Advent quick read concerning Luther of Caliban and his friend Calas Typhon of the Death Guard. I have not read it, but will update with my thoughts once I get it. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/new-titles/new-feat/exocytosis-ebook.html. Descent of Angels (by Mitchel Scanlon) Concerning the early history of Caliban before the coming of the Emperor. I liked it a lot, but it has been dished for not being particularly relevant to the overall Horus Heresy storyline. With more in common with a fantasy novel than W40k, it has divided the fans. I liked it, and would have liked Scanlon to have written more. The one thing I did not like about it was that the ending felt incredibly rushed, and that the author should have spent another 50-100 pages rounding it off. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/descent-of-angels-ebook.html. Fallen Angels (by Mike Lee) Mike Lee continues the tale of the Dark Angels in “Fallen Angels” and this time the action continues on the world of Diamat, where the Lion tries to stymie Horus´ efforts to win the war. I like it, and would have preferred Lee to handle the Dark Angels instead of Gav Thorpe. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/fallen-angels-hardback.html. Call of the Lion (by Gav Thorpe) Astelan turns up here, and is in conflict with another Dark Angel commander. It continues the plot that there is a schism between the Calibanite Angels and the Terrans. Which IMHO is a horrible plot line. The story is not half bad, though. Generally I am of the opinion that Mr. Thorpe does short stories better than he does novels (of the Dark Angels variety, that is). It is available in audio drama here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/horus-heresy/hh-audio/call-of-the-lion-audio.html. Savage Weapons (by Aaron Dempski-Bowden) This is fantastic! The Lion portrayed as he should be, facing off against Konrad Curze. I am a huge fan of this, and have read it a number of times. Go read it. Now. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/savage-weapons-ebook.html The Lion (by Gav Thorpe) Another short, portraying the Lion as a lunatic unable to control his emotions, slaying advisors who gainsay him. The Iron Hands and Death Guard have short cameos in this as well. Horrible stuff really, and yet another example of Thorpe mishandling the First Legion. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-lion-ebook.html. Grey Angel (by Gav Thorpe) A Knight-Errant in the bowls of a Caliban dungeon being interrogated. I will have to listen to it again, or track it down in prose form, in order to decide whether it is actually good or not. Ok - so I got it in prose form. This was actually a lot better than I remembered it to be. The basic premise of the novel is that Loken is being interrogated by Luther, while trying to figure out whether the 1st Legion is loyal or not. It is mostly "filler", but does serve to advance the Dark Angel storyline a tiny bit. It is available in audio here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/grey-angel-mp3.html or in writing here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/grey-angel-eshort.html. Master of the First (by Gav Thorpe) Astelan and Luther scheme on Caliban, and a rebellion is afoot. The voice acting is superb and the story is a lot better than what I have come to expect from Mr. Thorpe. I enjoyed it, so take it at that. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/master-of-the-first-mp3.html. By the Lion´s Command (by Gav Thorpe) I have not read this yet, so will update when I have actually done so. Might be good…might be Thorpe-ish. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/by-the-lions-command-ebook.html. The Prince of Crows (by Aaron Dempski-Bowden) The Dark Angels and Night Lords clash in what I gather to be the final battle of the Thramas campaign. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. ADB shows once again that he is a very, very capable author and does justice to both legions. Read it. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/prince-of-crows-ebook.html. Wolf King (by Chris Wraight) A Horus Heresy novella, detailing what happens to Leman Russ following "The Burning of Prospero" and the opening scenes of "Scars". I have not read it, but the Dark Angels play a pivotal role, I have been told. Once it is released as part of the a mass market paperback omnibus, I will read it and update. It is currently available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/new-titles/new-feat/wolf-king-ebook.html The Unremembered Empire (by Dan Abnett) Though the Ultramarines are the star of the show, the Lion and the 1st Legion do have a rather important role to play throughout the novel. Abnett´s portrayal of the Lion is one that I like, and though Curze does the “I am Batman” throughout the novel and handles three Primarchs in close combat rather efficiently, it is an ok book. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-unremembered-empire-hardback-edition.html. The Long Night (by Aaron Dempski-Bowden) More concerned with Sevatar of the Night Lords, the Dark Angels feature as his gaolers following the events in The Prince of Crows. I have not read it, but would very much like to. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-long-night-eshort.html. Angels of Caliban (by Gav Thorpe) I have not read the book yet, but am looking forward to it. I have read that the author (who I am not a fan of) was rather micromanaged by the IP director at Games Workshop/Black Library during the writing of the novel, and that this has had a very positive effect on the author´s product. Though written by Gav Thorpe, I am looking forward to reading it. Once I have read it (ie. when it comes out in mass market paperback) I will update this post with my thoughts on it. The book is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/angels-of-caliban-ebook.html. Warhammer 40k - Age of War Azrael (by Gav Thorpe) Concerns Azrael, Supreme Grand Master of the Dark Angels. I have not read it yet, but have bought the Limited Edition, despite it having been written by Gav Thorpe. My expectations are very low, so I can only be happily surprised. Once I have actually read the book, I will edit this post and provide further thoughts on it. So - I have read the book. It did have some good parts, but mostly it was what I have come to expect of Mr. Thorpe, when he writes about the Dark Angels. Bland writing and a plot that was telegraphed from miles away. Nothing really stands out about this book. It is pretty much a by-the-numbers book. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/sml-azrael-ebook.html. Azrael: Protector of Secrets (by C.Z. Dunn) A well-written quick read, about the final assault on a renegade governor´s fortress, and how the Dark Angels cooperate with trusted allies of the Astra Militarum. It is a short three pager, and I enjoyed it for what it is. With only so much space to work with, the level of depth is limited. I feel, however, that C.Z. Dunn has done a good job in the space available. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/advent-day-five-azrael-protector-of-secrets-ebook.html. Sammael: Lord of the Eternal Hunt (by Ben Counter) A very short quick read, concerning the difficulties faced by Sammael when trying to balance the Chapter´s obligations to erstwhile allies and the obligations on the Chapter on account of the events following the Horus Heresy. It is interesting, but all too brief to allow for any real storytelling or depth. During a short commute, it can be used to idle the time away, but it provides nothing of real relevance or surprise and is as easily forgotten, as it is read. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/advent-day-twenty-four-sammael-lord-of-the-eternal-hunt.html. Trials of Azrael (by C.Z . Dunn) This audio drama is a tie-in with the Pandorax novel written by the same author. It takes place during the opening phases of the campaign, when the Dark Angels are just intervening. Supreme Grand Master Azrael gets separated from his men and is led on a cat and mouse chase through the bowls of an Imperial warship, along with the infamous Khârn the Betrayer. All in all, I found this to be an interesting and exciting yarn, full of enough twists to keep me more attentive on this, than on painting. The voice acting is nothing short of excellent and the atmospherics throughout are brilliant. I rate this as an A+ production! The audio drama is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/trials-of-azrael-mp3.html. The Last Guardian (by C.Z . Dunn) The Deathwatch along with an inquisitor board an abandoned and desolate Eldar Craftworld. It continues the character development of Balthasar, later Company Master of the 5th Company. The voice acting and effects are good, the story is for a Dark Angels fan delicious! I would recommend listening to it while you paint up some Dark Angels! It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/deathwatch-last-guardian-mp3.html.... The Ascension of Balthasar (by C.Z . Dunn) Following leads on the Fallen, the Dark Angels fall into a trap laid by the Crimson Slaughter and must fight their way out. As I have come to expect from the various audio dramas, the voice acting is extremely good, the effects magnificient. This is a fantastic production and I am happy that I got it. It – just as Pandorax and (probably) also Deathwatch: The Last Guardian, ties in with the Dark Vengeance novella by the same author. If you have not gotten it, I would recommend it to any Dark Angel fan. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/ascension-of-balthasar-mp3.html. Malediction (by C.Z . Dunn) Featuring Master Tigraine from the App game Freeblade, it details a victory feast held in honour of a retiring Astra Militarum Colonel. The feast is unexpectedly attended by Master Tigraine of the Dark Angels 6th Company, who asks the Colonel to recount the tale of how he became a hero. I enjoyed it immensely, the twists and turns of the story along with brilliant voice acting made this a hit with me. I would highly recommend it! It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/malediction-mp3.html. Pandorax (by C.Z . Dunn) What to make of this one. I have only read the book, and not listened to the audio version. The book ties in heavily with Dark Vengeance, also by the same author. Though the writing in this one is not exactly stellar, the story of the Pandorax Campaign is nevertheless an interesting one. I bought both this and the campaign Warzone supplement, and have generally been happy with the purchase. It details the fight against the Black Legion and their Red Corsair allies by the Dark Angels, Astra Militarum and Grey Knights. The most interesting bit is without a doubt, the side tale of a mysterious Grey Knight, who wants to deal with neither the Dark Angels nor his supposed brothers of the 666th Chapter. As to who this Grey Knight is, I hope we will find out in the future… It can be found here as an audio book: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/pandorax-unabridged-audiobook-mp3.html Dark Vengeance (by C.Z . Dunn) Released as a supplement to the Dark Vengeance starter box, it reads much like a video game; the story is told from several viewpoint characters, who all feature in the box set. I found it an entertaining light read, and though it is almost entirely “bolter porn”, the viewpoints of Turmiel the Librarian I found to be of particular interest. The Dark Angels are fighting against the dastardly Crimson Slaughter, who are trying to enact a ritual with the Hellfire Stone mentioned in the Pandorax tale as well. It follows on the audio drama The Ascension of Balthasar. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/dark-vengeance-ebook.html. The Purging of Kadillus (by Gav Thorpe) Oh, where to begin. The Dark Angels had their very own campaign supplement back in the days of yore. It was called Storm of Vengeance and featured the Dark Angels defending a little known world against the Orks led by two infamous warbosses. Gav Thorpe has used the campaign supplement to write this novel, and while it does shine in places, for the most part it portrays Master Belial of the 3rd Company as an angst ridden, indecisive “leader”, who seeks affirmation in juniors prior to giving orders. I am not a fan of this novel, and would not recommend it, as it is generally poorly written with stilted dialogue and dull battle scenes. And, oh yes, the interrogator-chaplains are again portrayed as blinkered fools. It is part of the Space Marine Battles series, and is the worst of those I have read. Mind you, I have not read the “Hunt for Voldorius”, which supposedly is terrible. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/The-Purging-of-Kadillus-ebook.html. It can be bought cheaper on Amazon Prime (almost half price) and the Book Depository . Unforgiven (by Graham McNeill) The Dark Angels fight in multiple campaigns across the galaxy, defending the Emperor´s domains against traitors and heretics. In one such campaign, Sergeant Kaelen comes into contact with his Chapter´s dark past – and it is a thrilling, well-penned read, also providing a view into how a battle-brother can advance in the ranks of the Circle. It is available as a short story here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/unforgiven-ebook.html. Deathwing (by William King & Bryan Ansell) The seminal story about the origins of the Deathwing, and the tale of Cloud Runner fighting to prevent his home world, a Dark Angel recruiting planet, from falling into darkness at the hands of a Genestealer Cult. It is well-written, gripping and provides insight into this most prestigious of the Dark Angel companies; the first company. Highly recommended…and one can almost not claim allegiance to the Dark Angels without having read this fantastic tale! It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/deathwing-short-story-ebook.html. The Black Pearl (by Chris Pramas) To my knowledge, this was first released as part of the Inferno! magazine. It is a gripping tale of a Chaplain´s obsession with finding a relic from the time of the Heresy, and the lengths to which he will go to procure it. The tale is broken into two story lines, one being the present battle the Chaplain finds himself in, the other being the interrogation of a Fallen. I remember the story as one of the first I read about the Dark Angels, along with Deathwing and Unforgiven, and thus it rates high in my opinion. It is available here as a short story: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-black-pearl-ebook.html The Falls of Marakross (by Steve Parker) From the same collection of short stories as A Balance of Faith, Vindicare and Tears of Blood, it is without a doubt the best of the four stories. Well written and with an interesting plot, it is solely the language used in the interaction between the Dark Angel protagonist and an inquisitor, which comes off as odd at times. Still, I enjoyed it immensely, and would happily read another piece of Dark Angel fiction by Mr. Parker. The short story can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-falls-of-marakross-ebook.html. Tears of Blood (by C.S. Goto) Hunting rumours of the Fallen, the Dark Angels are drawn to the world of Tyrine, which has fallen to the Arch-Enemy. Also drawn to it, are the Eldar of Craftworld Kaelor, as they try to avert catastrophy befalling their world. The short story is actually more about the Eldar, than the Dark Angels, and ties directly into the events following those of C.S. Goto´s “Eldar Prophecy”. Its relevance to the Dark Angels is minor and almost entirely irrelevant. The Marines of the First Legion could easily have been replaced with those of any other Chapter and there is next to zero character development for the Angels. The Eldar, as they are characters continuing from “Eldar Prophecy” are far more developed. Overall, I would rate this one as barely worth the time it took to read the 33 Ipad pages. The short story can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/tears-of-blood-ebook.html. Vindicare (by C.S. Goto) The Biel-Tan Swordwind has descended, and a lone Vindicare Assassin is poised to try and thwart them. Aiding the defense of the planet is a considerable number of Dark Angels…who get the Imperial Fist treatment. Suffering horrific losses in no time, the Dark Angels receive a very harsh treatment at the hands of the author. Generally, the story is very straightforward without any particular surprises or literary memorable moments. Overall, the Dark Angels are not the protagonists of the story, it adds nothing to our annals besides a grim defeat supervised by a nameless captain. Further, our Terminators and Tactical Marines are fielded in “squadrons”, and Terminators evidently vault into battle wielding chainswords… Give it pass, unless you really have nothing else to do… The short story can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/vindicare-ebook.html. A Balance of Faith (by Darren-Jon Ashmore) A short story, where a Dark Angel librarian is the side character to a Sister Hospitaliers crisis of faith. For what it is, it is alright. By no means essential, and its age does show. Black Library writing has come a long way since this was published in 2006. The short story can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/balance-of-faith-ebook.html. Sons of Fenris (by Lee Lightner) Book 5 of the Space Wolves series featuring an invincible and invulnerable Ragnar Blackmane. It also portrays the Dark Angels in a most unflattering light, being the prime antagonists of the Dark Angels. I believe that the entire book has been retconned, as the actions of both Chapters would have grievous repercussions of both and the Imperium as a whole. The tale is moderately interesting, and I bought it on a whim years ago, so that I would have something to read, while I commuted to work. I bought it solely on account of the Dark Angels being in it, as I have not read the other books in the Space Wolves series, nor anything else about Ragnar Blackmane…though I might get the new Legends of the Space Marines Ragnar Blackmane by Aaron Dempski-Bowden, which feature the Dark Angels as well… On a whole, I would not recommend this novel. The writing is uninspired, and the Space Wolves are depicted as being levels above the Dark Angels in ability, tactical acumen, battlecraft skills and…well…everything. Available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/sons-of-fenris-ebook.html. Easy Prey (by C.Z. Dunn) It is a very brief, 2½ Ipad page, quick read about a Dark Angel Tactical Marine hunting down a sniper. Though brief, it is well written and immediately got me in the mood, as we follow the tense hunt for an unknown sniper. I liked it, and would actually like to read more about the outcome of the campaign in which the quick read takes place. I would recommend it, for any who have a brief commute to do… It is available as a quick read here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/easy-prey-ebook.html Reparation (by Andy Smilie) To my knowledge, this is the only piece of Dark Angel fiction penned by Andy Smilie. It is a short read of about 13 Ipad pages, and I did enjoy the twist of it. I had not figured it out, though I was aware that something was off. The Dark Eldar antagonists of the read are suitably unpleasant and alien to make one want not to fall into their clutches. As with “Easy Prey” by C.Z. Dunn, I will happily recommend this to fans of the 1st Legion. Flesh of the Angel (by Robbie MacNiven) Concerning the exploits of brother Zameon Gydrael of the Deathwatch. It ties into the Deathwatch: Overkill game and was released as part of the Deathwatch: Ignition omnibus. I have not read it, but am thinking of buying just this short, so that I can read more Dark Angel fiction... It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/40k-qu-re/flesh-of-the-angel-ebook.html Vox Tenebris (by Robbie MacNiven) Taking place during the Warzone: Fenris conflict, it continues the tale of Zameon Gydrael, now a member of the Deathwing, and the Space Wolf from Deathwatch: Ignition series. I have not heard the audio drama, but once I do, I will update this with my opinion. Bought it, and listened to it! This is a brilliant audio drama! Well worth every penny I spent on it. The voice acting is well done, the plot is (for a dungeon crawler) very, very good, and the two protagonists have a wonderful back-and-forth dialogue. If Robbie MacNiven ever does a full Dark Angels novel, then, well, sign me up for it! It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/vox-tenebris-mp3.html Ragnar Blackmane (by Aaron Dempski-Bowden) The Young Wolf remembers old battles in order to fight new ones. One of the old conflicts in question, is the ancient feud between the Dark Angels and the Space Wolves. I have not read the book, but am thinking of getting it. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/ragnar-blackmane-ebook.html Angels of Darkness (by Gav Thorpe) As far as I know, this was the first full length piece of Dark Angels fiction released. It shows its age now, and ties into the old 90´ campaign set “Storm of Vengeance”. It tells the tale of Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas who has been left on Piscina IV following the Ork invasion. It is split between the present and a past interrogation he conducted. The novel split the community back then, though the author has explicitly stated that one should not trust the biased view and self-aggrandizing statements. As an early work of Black Library, it is worthy of a place on the shelf…but it comes with the major caveat of it having been written by Mr. Thorpe. It is far, far better, though, than his dismal “The Purging of Kadillus”. It is available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/angels-of-darkness-ebook.html, though it can be bought cheaper on Amazon Prime. Ravenwing (Legacy of Caliban vol. I) (by Gav Thorpe) Once I have bought and read the Omnibus, I will update this and post my review. The first of the Legacy of Caliban trilogy. It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/ravenwing-ebook.html Master of Sanctity (Legacy of Caliban vol. II) (by Gav Thorpe) Once I have bought and read the Omnibus, I will update this and post my review. The second of the Legacy of Caliban trilogy. It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/master-of-sanctity-ebook.html. Unforgiven (Legacy of Caliban vol. III) (by Gav Thorpe) Once I have bought and read the Omnibus, I will update this and post my review. The third and concluding part of the Legacy of Caliban trilogy. It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-unforgiven-ebook.html . Lords of Caliban anthology (by Gav Thorpe) An anthology of Dark Angel quick reads and short stories. It ties into the Legacy of Caliban series, and has now been released as part of the Legacy of Caliban Omnibus, which renders this particular anthology obsolete. It contains the following six quick reads & short stories: Accept No Failure Grand Master Belial deliberates his failure on Piscina IV against the Great Beast, Gharzaghkull Thraka, and debates whether to cut the losses of Dark Angels and simply order Exterminatus on the planet. He is aided by Asmodai, who is suitably psychotic and as always entirely unreliable. The portrayal of both Belial and Asmodai is suitably Gav Thorpe-ish, in that they are caricatures of supposedly brilliant military leaders, who are raked by self-doubt and unable to reach a decision. This does not apply to Asmodai, who is simply a far gone madman, who wants to see the galaxy burn. I am not a fan the portrayal of either. Azrael also has a showing, and he is done considerably better than either of the other two. Also available here as an audio drama: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/accept-no-failure-mp3.html. Holder of the Keys One of the Fallen is compelled to relive his memories of the fall of Caliban. The voice acting is good, even if the story is very short and seems to be without bearing to an overarching story line. It is interesting solely for the view it provides on what it is to be on the receiving end of an interrogation… Also available here as an audio drama: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/holder-of-the-keys-mp3.html. A Hunt in the Dark It is the tale of Sammaels ascension to the rank of Grand Master of the Ravenwing, and the trial he is subjected to, prior to him being affirmed in that august office. Though written by Gav Thorpe, it is actually not half-bad, and is one of his better pieces of Dark Angel fiction. I am luke warm about it, but mainly that is because it is written by Gav Thorpe, which makes for there being oddities in how one would conduct a military organization…even if it is in the far future, and we have space ships, and magic and daemons… It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/a-hunt-in-the-dark-ebook.html Honour of the Third Details the very early exploits of Belial, where he is evidently not the same insecure, angst ridden leader, that shows up in “The Purging of Kadillus”. It is a very short read, and is as easily forgettable as it is read. It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/honour-of-the-third-ebook.html Battle-Brothers Hunting through the bowls of a space station, the Ravenwing face some hard choices. I have read somewhere, that what happens in this story is set during the first few chapters of “Ravenwing”. It is ok, and might make more sense, if one had read “Ravenwing”. It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/battle-brothers-ebook.html. All Must End Tying in with the Legacy of Caliban trilogy, it details a librarian trying to glean clues from the warp, whilst the major players of the Dark Angels watch over him. Though written by Thorpe, it is not half bad, and I found it sufficiently interesting. Not his worst work by far. It can be found here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/lords-of-caliban-ebook.html. The novels “Ravenwing”, “Master of Sanctity” and “Unforgiven”, as well as the anthology Lords of Caliban, have all been released as the Legacy of Caliban omnibus, available here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/legacies-of-caliban-ebook.html. As far as I can tell, it is cheapest to buy on Amazon Prime. Rage of Asmodai (by C.Z. Dunn) Another C.Z. Dunn piece. I am not entirely sure how this one fits in with the rest of the Mr. Dunn's Dark Angels-storyline, but it was a fun, if too brief, tale of a number of Relictor Space Marines being aided by the infamous Chaplain Asmodai, trying to retrieve an artifact, whilst Asmodai wants a certain black armoured traitor Space Marine. Though it is not the best piece of fiction from Dunn's hand, the audio drama was well enough crafted to be entertaining. If you have a few pennies to spare, there are certainly worse purchases to be made out there. The audio drama is available here: https://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-rage-of-asmodai-mp3.html. War of Secrets (by Phil Kelly) I have not heard particularly good things about this book - but nor have I read it. If I ever get my grubby hands on it, I will update this review. That said and done, this is all I have been able to find. Happy reading! Kind regards, Master Ciaphas
  15. Hail Fraters! After a very, very long hiatus, I have decided to return to Warhammer 40k and have decided to give 9th edition a try. I have not played 40k since the early days of 8th edition, where I soured in the skewed Codices, stratagems everywhere, command point optimization and where it seemed that the way to go was to have as many overlapping auras as physically possible. Having talked with friends who also gave up on 8th, we have decided to give 9th a spin - specifically 9th Crusade rules. To that end, I have gone and bought the 9th Rulebook second-hand, and have also closed a deal for the current 9th Dark Angel Codex second hand. That leads to the first question: 1) Are there any other rule books I need? (Because GW has NEVER been nice enough to have all the rules in one place...) As for the starting armies - since I have no Codex, it is still a bit in the wind, as to what will constitute the initial Crusade force. As I have been collecing Dark Angels since 1992 - and then only seriously since 2001, I could field an army of painted Firstborn...but then what would be the purpose of this thread? Instead I have decided to try out the new toys on the block: the Primaris usurpers. Therefore I spent January 1st putting together all the Primaris that I got in the Dark Imperium starter box back in what, 2017? I only ever managed to finish one of them - a lieutenant, but almost finished the Gravis Captian, the Ancient and the Hellblasters. They are therefore probably the ones that will get done first. Below you can all see what I have to work with for the Crusade coming up: As for their background, it is still a work in progress...but I know that the Firstborn Termintor Chaplain is there to provide spiritual advice to the good, newbie Gravis Captian (and not at all to supervise, monitor and surveil him). My friends will be playing, respectively, Necrons, Sisters of Battle, Grey Knights and Black Templars. In other words - lots of power amour saves. I am really looking forward to painting some Dark Angels again, after not having painted any in years. Till the Sword is reforged! Faithfully, Master Ciaphas
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