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“The Deathwing Is The Elite First Company…”


“…Of The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter.”

These 6mm scale metal models of five Adeptus Astartes terminators used to be produced by “Games Workshop” as part of their now long out of production (OOP) “Epic” range, and were recently bought second-hand off of “eBay”. The sculpts had all previously been undercoated with a deep blue paint, however, as their details still appeared to be crisp, I figured their tactical dreadnought armour could withstand some more layers in order for me to field them as part of the Deathwing.


Resultantly, all of the miniatures were given a couple of coats of “Vallejo” White, before being shaded using some heavily-watered down “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. They were then dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” White, before I treated their storm bolters to a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

A second-hand collection of non-official vessels for "Battlefleet Gothic"

With my latest submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) completed, I have spent some time sorting through a box of second-hand 1:20000 scale spaceships I found on one of the shelves of my local wargaming store. I did initially believe I had bought two official large-sized Imperial Fleets for “Battlefleet Gothic”. However, having subsequently scrutinised the vessels much more closely, they would appear to actually be 3D-printed resin models, as opposed to something historically produced by “Forge World” or “Games Workshop”.


Fortunately, the detail on these miniatures is absolutely insane, with the craft more than favourably matching up with their genuine cousins, such as the Space Marine Battlebarge or Strike Cruiser. Indeed, apart from the models’ material, it is only the complete absence of an Aquila anywhere on the vessels which really gives away that they’re not the genuine article. Perhaps therefore my only frustration with my thirty pound purchase is that I can’t locate who actually produces the models so I can potentially add to the fleets in the future.

"Battlefleet Gothic" WIPs - Several of the spaceships have snapped off their resin stands

Due to owning two identical spacefaring forces, I thought the best thing to do with them was to re-paint them as two different Space Marine Chapters – thus I could pit one against another (due to some misunderstanding) or combine the two against an even larger threat should I ever decide to expand my collection. To this end I have taken one of the smallest ships – a Nova Class Frigate, whose resin base had already snapped off, and started to paint it as a Dark Angels Chapter vessel.


In addition, I have drilled out the rest of the broken stem from its underbelly – which was easier said than done – and superglued one of the widgets produced for the new “Dropzone Commander” flying stands in its place. Once I’ve finished pigmenting the Frigate, I then intend to paint the widget “Citadel” Abaddon Black, so it should become partially lost from sight when the spaceship is being used on my Deep Space “Hotz” mat…

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undercoat2670
Feb 08, 2022

Nice Deathwing terminators. I do think a red shoulder insignia or green chest eagle would elevate them to superb, but then I have to remind myself they are only slightly bigger than a flake of dandruff and what you have done is pretty good! Those ships are a good purchase, although those 40K Imperial ships were never my cup of tea to be honest. I prefer a stardestroyer!


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 08, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I was actually tempted to spot a bit of green on the Terminators' chests. But struggled to see any detail on the models which would need such a colour.


I've never been into Battlefleet Gothic myself, tbh. But such a packed box for £30 seemed like an absolute bargain - especially as they were two identical fleets inside.

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wsd50
Feb 05, 2022

Nice work on the Deathwing, nice level of detail too.


As for the ships they are very nice, as for colour schemes I'm probably the worst person in the world to ask as I hate "official" paint scheme's, someone asked me as a show once if there was an "official" colour chart for uniforms for our Dick Garrison range, I was so tempted to yell at him... it's Sci/Fi for gods sake paint them whatever colour you like!, I just said no sorry there isn't, I'd take inspiration from any 50's pulp material. 🙄


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 05, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I am enjoying my Epic stuff currently so am pleased with how the Deathwing have turned out. I'm still thinking Dark Angels vs Space Wolves currently, as that'd allow me to easily merge the two together against a non-Imperial foe. Plus I might paint up a few of the smaller vessels as some of the other Chapters too (along with the Deathwing) just to give them some other colour schemes.

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planetmut
Feb 05, 2022

Nice job on the Deathwing, Simon, certainly better than my one attempt! As for the ships, first off, what a purchase! The fact they're not official but still have all that detail is pretty amazing.


As for colours, could you go pre-Heresy and paint them up in their 30K colours? Alpha Legion v Dark Anges, Ultramarines v Word Bearers or Imperial Fists v Iron Warriors? Looking forward to seeing what you do with them!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 05, 2022
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Cheers Matt. I was rather pleased with how the Deathwing turned out, especially as I now plan to use the technique on at least one of my Dark Angels Battlefleet Gothic vessels - so I can mark it out as a Deathwing battle-barge or some such - maybe for boarding actions..?


I'm going to stick to post Heresy tbh., as my Adeptus Titanicus force is already HH - and I do intend on getting some Necrons & Tau etc for Battlefleet Gothic once these are painted up. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 04, 2022

The Deathwing look very effective Simon, and nice find on the ships, at first glance I thought they were official ones, you may find someone selling more of these on the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/177344692442713 as for the second fleet you could do red corsairs, as they would have the same vessels just turned to Chaos, they're colour scheme, is whatever chapter they came from with red splashes to mark they're new allegiance

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 05, 2022
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Ah, now the Badab War and Astral Claws I have heard of, Matt. I didn't realise though that they turned into Red Corsairs afterwards. There's quite a few colourful space marine chapters involved in that as I recall, so I might sneak a few in - especially if I can pick up some extra vessels etc.

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