Friday, 24 June 2011

Dark Angels Army Project

Greetings all! Well I thought it was about time I make myself known and add a post to the fine work already done by my comrades here at the Cupboard.

So thoughts went immediately to what should my first post be about? I play with three main armies, and first started playing 40k over 20 years ago so there were a whole host of things I could post. Then it hit me.

This post is dedicated to all those out there, like me, who love the game, love the story and myth behind all the races, love building a good army even when you end up getting annihilated, BUT when it comes to modelling and painting you're not right good...

That's me. When it comes to painting I'm absolutely useless. I always have a picture in my head of how amazingly well painted each miniature is going to come out, but somewhere along the way it all goes pear shaped. Ah well, ones for the one god and all that.

So what's this post all about? Well whenever I have idea's for modding or painting, I'll go have a look all over t'intarweb for guides and you see all these guides where someone takes a coat hanger and stick and builds the emperor's Gothic palace in fine detail all in 3 steps. I just end up with a coat hanger that's got a stick sello taped to it. So this post, will be one for those of us who aren't so good at painting or modding but make up for it with enthusiasm and love of the game itself.

As I say I started playing the game many years ago, and had quite a long break off and have recently been pulled back in by O'Shashar. Now I've always wanted a Dark Angel army list and had a few marines back from when I started to play so have decided on a 1750 point list of DA and I'm now building this up using the bits I have, as well as adding newer pieces and painting them up.

So first of all, what's the list?

HQ 1
Ravenwing master on Jetbike

Ravenwing Squadron
6 Marine Bikers + 1 Attack Bike
Included in here are 1 Sergeant with Power Weapon, 1 Apothecary, 1 Plasma Gun, 1 Melta Gun and a Multi-Melta on the Attack Bike

Marine Tactical Squad in a Razorback
4 Marines & 1 Sergeant
1 Plasma Gun & Melta bombs
Razorback has Twin Linked Lascannon

HQ 2
Deathwing master with Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield

Deathwing Terminators
4 Terminators & 1 Sergeant
1 Cyclone Missile Launcher, 2 with Lightning Claws and 3 with Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield

Deathwing Terminators
3 Terminators, 1 Sergeant & 1 Apothecary
1 Cyclone Missile Launcher, 2 with Lightning Claws and 3 with Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield

Twin-linked Autocannon & Missile Launcher

Twin-linked Autocannon & Missile Launcher

Autocannon & Lascannons on side sponsons

So thats my list where I want to end up. So what's my starting material?

Marine Cleric on Jetbike
This is quite an old miniature that you can no longer buy. Also, as the only marine who still rides a jetbike is Sammael I thought this would be ideal.

5 Terminators
Bought around the time of the original Space Hulk game, 2 with LC and 2 with TH/SS.

5 Space Marines

1 Rhino
This is being converted using a Lascannon turret from the Space Crusade game to turn it into a Razorback.

1 Terminator Librarian
From the Space Hulk Deathwing addon, this is being converted into Belial.

1 Dreadnought
From the Assault on Blackreach pack.

6 Marine Bikers in various states of repair.

To add to the above I will then just need 1 more pack of Terminators, a Predator and a Dreadnought. Then look to get the Ravenwing attachments sprue to customise the marine bikes.

So for my first post I'm starting with the easiest bit of modding and painting. The Razorback.

First of all we take 1 Rhino. This Rhino is one I procured from O'Shashar and was painted plain black for his Templars army. I've added a little detail on to the exhaust pipes and side panels, not a lot, but it helps to break up the plain black. All that was used was some Boltgun Metal paint.

Next we take the lascannon turret from the old Space Crusade game. Here modelled in a lovely shade of yellow.

Next Stage is to separate the cannon from the base and paint it up so it matches the rest of the Rhino, as I'm not sure the yellow would really go. Again looking at Chaos Black with some of the pipes in Boltgun Metal, then dry brushed with Boltgun metal to give it a kind of metallic look.

Finally we then magnetise the turret and attach. This can then be removed should I just need a plain old Rhino any time.

And there we have it. It's not amazing, it's not going to win any Golden Demon awards, but on the board I have to say it looks pretty damn good and I like it.

Next post will look at the Terminators I have and converting them to my first Deathwing Squad.


  1. Great first post, my poor rogue trade Rhino being brutalised by your converting. Though the turrets do suit them a lot better than the new style ones would.

  2. welcome aboard :) I have to say the Rhino conversion looks simply effective! Just goes to show you don't have know much to make good conversions.

  3. Not too sure about both special characters in the same army, I think you would be spending too many points on unlocking troops when you should be buying troops. I would say pick one or the other and go with that, no saying you cant have bikes in a terminator army as support but there's no need to make them troops.

    Like the razorback, very interesting take on the standard one and use of old stuff.

    Now, go here -

    And buy lots :)

  4. Thanks for the comments guys.

    Dal as to the 2 characters, Sammael is a must have on the jetbike, could potentially look to drop Belial but then lose an apothecary in one of the deathwing squads also, but the points freed up would allow either another dread or predator so I guess its swings and roundabouts.

  5. I think what he is getting at as since the recent FAQ dark angels have become competitive using a deathwing heavy list with a recent list using six five man termie squads as troops, one as elite and a couple of speeders as that much terminator armour with 3++ from storm shields is tough to move along with each shooting 2 missiles on the move makes the dreads, preds and standard troops a poorer choice for the points.

    The same with the ravenwing HQ it doesn't add enough to the army in the same way as the vehicles sadly. At the end of the day it's your list to do with as you please though the termie spam is currently strong until the meta changes to accommodate as usual.


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