Monday, November 3, 2014

30k Hobby Blog - Blood Angels



A new blog series on Blood Angels.

Hi, Grey Area here from the Heresy30k forums. I've decided to start a blog about the Heresy era Blood Angels army I'm building.

First off a quick look at how the army started.

Since reading a short story about the siege of Terra in White Dwarf in the early 90s I've wanted to paint a Blood Angels force to represent the loyalist defenders. When Forge World released the Space Marine Legion rules in Betrayal I decided it was finally a good tme to start.
  
I should probably admit I'm not a fan of the way Blood Angels look in 40k (I find them a bit too bright and I think the different coloured helmets look a bit odd) so I decided to go for something a bit darker and dirtier that fitted with my vision of the Heresy. After a few test models I came up with a paint scheme I liked.

Horus Heresy Blood Angels
Horus Heresy Blood Angels

I used paints from the Vallejo Model Air range because the colours are quite muted compared to GW colours and this suited the style I was going for. Plenty of paint chipping and some dirty ankles (courtesy of pigments) completed the look.

I tested the colours out on a Jetbike too so I could see how they looked on bigger models.

30k Heresy Jetbike
Scimitar Jetbike

When it came to choosing what units to start the army with I decided to get the main troops choices out of the way first before moving on to the more interesting things.

The first full unit to be painted was a 20 man blob squad of Tactical marines.

30k Heresy Tactical Squad
Tactical Squad
30k Tactical Squad Sergeant
Tactical Squad Sergeant
30k Heresy Tactical Marines
Tactical Marines
30k Legion Vexilla and Vox
Vexilla and Vox

Following on from the Tactical squad came the first ten assault marines. A must have unit in a fluffy Blood Angels force, but unfortunately they are pretty much just cannon fodder in 30k.

30k Heresy Assault Squad
Assault squad

In the next couple of blog entries I'll go through the rest of the units that I've completed, before catching up with what I'm working on at present (tanks mostly). Leave a comment or contact me on the Heresy 30k Forum if there is anything you want me to go into more detail with and I'll do my best to oblige.


Grey Area



8 comments:

Byron Linturn said...

Wow! I love that nitty gritty weathering. Fantastic!

Paul Chappell said...

Really nice! I have my Fleshtearers force (40K) done in similar colors, but not nearly so nicely I think...

DarianZG said...

I love the gritty style. I paint mine to be rather shiny and new, but I love your weathered look.

Chaplain Sam said...

Very cool and great paint job! As a fellow BA player I am jealous. Great looking stuff.

WolflordAkela said...

I look forward to your progress posts

Greg Hess said...

This is great. Very gritty, loving that red as well! Very muted but still easy to identify them as angels.

judgingjester.com said...

I really the colour you've achieved which model reds did you use? Over a base coat of black I've been using a game air burnt umber base followed by a scarlet red highlight. It looks good but it seems to missing that deep red color which you've achieved. Any suggestions?

Grey Area said...

Thanks for the comments guys :)

@judgingjester - I use a black basecoat, then Model Air Burnt Umber, then Model Air Fire Red sprayed down at an angle, then highlights of Model Colour Orange Red. It can take few coats of Fire Red to look right. Also bear in mind the photos I've taken are under bright lights that bring out the colours a lot.

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