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“The Dark Angels Are Considered The Most Powerful…”

Updated: Jan 6, 2022



“…And secretive of the Loyalist Space Marine Chapters.”

These 6mm scale plastic models of a Conqueror Robot, Rhino, and five Assault Adeptus Astartes all used to be produced by “Games Workshop” as part of their now long out of production (OOP) “Epic” range. However, I was fortunate enough to obtain the vast majority of them either when the Nottingham-based company first released its “Space Marines” boxed set in 1991, or via the second-hand market.


In the past I painted “my finest warriors” as Black Templars due to the softy-detailed miniatures having already been primed in a thick black paint by their previous owner/s. However, both the Robot and Assault Space Marines were actually untouched, so along with a previously-primed black Rhino, I applied a couple of coats “Vallejo” Dark Green across all the models.

"Mongoose Publishing" WIPs - Walter The Wobot

Next, I splashed plenty of “Citadel” Nuln Oil over the entire ensemble and later dry-brushed them all with (more) “Vallejo” Dark Green. I then ‘picked out’ all the tiny figures’ chainswords, bolters, lascanon, heavy bolters and numerous objects on the transporter with a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


Finally, I dotted the eyes of the Robot with a little “Vallejo” Heavy Red, shaded them with “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson, and subsequently highlighted the pupils with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Red. I did consider potentially painting some of the Dark Angels’ weapons in red, but ultimately decided that I’d leave such finicky brushwork to any Chapters which would otherwise potentially clash with the First Legion’s colour scheme – such as the Salamanders; where I intend to give them black shoulder-pads.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - These Panzergrenadiers have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Alongside my latest contribution to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) I have been working on a sculpt of Walter The Wobot by “Mongoose Publishing” for Dave Stone’s Paint What You’ve Got Challenge. This 28mm metal figure was part of the manufacturer’s long-running “Judge Dredd Miniatures Game” Kickstarter, and will hopefully be the first of a handful of “2000 A.D.” related robots I will complete over the coming four weeks.


In addition, I’m already beavering away at the “Battlefront Miniatures” set aside for my third AHPC painting block. Over the next seven days I plan to get a few more stands of Grenadiers finished for my “Flames Of War” force German Beach Defence Force, and perhaps a four-model strong Panzer IV Tank Company too. These reinforcements should enable me to field a second Infantry platoon, as well as a sizeable armour contingent, alongside my already completed Command HQ, Grenadier Platoon and 12cm Mortar teams...

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undercoat2670
2022年1月07日

Great collection of minis! I take issue with the Dark Angels being the most powerful space marines though! As cool as they look I have other favourites!! Nice to see more FoW Germans as they are always a treat for me and Walter the robot is coming along nicely. I like the metallics on him so far.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年1月07日
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Cheers Undercoat. I only post the quotes as headlines - I don't always believe them myself, LOL!!! Plenty of FoW Germans coming, and indeed the three featured here are already finished, based and awaiting their groundwork to be completed. Walter the Wobot is also done - but, along with the Germans, hasn't yet been submitted to the AHPC.

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planetmut
2022年1月06日

Lovely work on the Dark Angels, Simon, especially getting those tiny bits picked out well. The Rhino looks like it's kept its detail despite the black primer. Looking forward to seeing your 2000AD minis!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年1月06日
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Thanks Matt. Expect a torrent of finished 2000AD related minis from the end of next week - once they've been entered into the AHPC.

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wsd50
2022年1月05日

Yep those 6mm fig's look "epic" (sorry), simple but very effective stuff.


Walter is a nice fig too, looking forward to seeing him finished.


and more 15mm Germans, you know I like the way you paint these already. 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年1月05日
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Cheers Roger. Let me help you get your coat, LOL!!!


I'm actually quite a bit ahead with my 2000 A.D. minis, so Walter is already finished, along with another figure. But I've yet to either varnish or submit them to the AHPC, so they won't be posted until the end of next week at the earliest - I've got quite the posting log-jam this year already. 😁


Lots more 15mm Germans coming, along with some armour (hopefully). I'll be sure to get some camo in... 😉

いいね!

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
2022年1月05日

Great work on the epic miniatures Simon, the dark green scheme works well on this scale. Off to a great start on Walter, and the Germans are coming along nicely to.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年1月05日
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Thanks Dave. I'm especially pleased with the Rhino, as despite its gloopy black prime, I think there's still enough detail to see with the additional dark green coats. Walter's already finished, so I can simply focus upon the FoW Germans for a few days unhindered.

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