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"The Origins Of The Dark Angels Remain Shrouded In Mystery."

"Few Imperial records of the Chapter's beginnings still exist."

This 15mm scale Orange Adder Combat Lifter is sold by “Alternative Armies” and can be purchased as Pack Code IAF036D from the company’s "The Ion Age" range. Supplied as a multi-piece metal and resin vehicle, it carries a Hermit Grenade Launcher, and is approximately 60mm long, 30mm wide and 25mm tall.


The model was super-glued on to a large-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, and was primed in "Vallejo" Dark Green in order to be the start of a new (not) Dark Angels army. "Used for a variety of purposes and in many variants", the automobile was then enthusiastically drowned in “Citadel” Nuln Oil, before receiving a heavy dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Dark Green using a soft-bristled make-up brush.

"Nor are there many mentions of the part it played in the Emperor's Great Crusade."

I next applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Combat Lifter's flexible skirt, side panel/window, rear vents, front headlamp frames and big gun. Some of these areas were subsequently 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. In addition, I used a dollop of "Two Thin Coats" White Star and a wash of "Vallejo" Pale Grey on the hover-tank's trio of lights, and lastly applied some old(ish) "Games Workshop" Dark Angels decals to mark the vehicle out as belonging to the First Legion.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, I also took this opportunity to simultaneously pigment another Black Adder Combat Lifter too. Available from “Alternative Armies” as Pack Code IAF036C, this hover tank comes "armed with a Fretan Rail Gun in a turret mount", and was painted in exactly the same manner as the other vehicle, predominantly using "Vallejo" Dark Green and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Forged In Battle" WIPs - The lower hull is slowly being camouflaged

With my latest entries for the Fourteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) completed, I have stuck with the theme of 15mm armoured automobiles by pushing on with the fiddly camouflage pattern I have been piloting on my hefty resin Maus by "Forged In Battle". This three-colour 'camo' technique is precisely the same as the one I've always used on my "Flames Of War" D-Day Beach Defence German infantry. However, I've never attempted it on such a large-sized miniature before.


Indeed I specifically purchased this tank from "Westwind Productions" at last year's "Warfare" wargaming show, after a previous attempt to apply camouflage to a plastic Panzer IV went horribly wrong, and resulted in my stripping the model back down to its bare-bones. This time round I'm trying to maintain my 'less is more' approach to Maus - albeit I have gone a little made with the pattern in a couple of places...

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undercoat2670
1월 28일

Good job on the Black Adder vehicle. Dark angels? You are painting a variety of space marine Legions/chapters at this scale so I am interested to see what you end up doing with them all.

What a fantastic looking Flames of War tank! I do like the German WW2 camouflage scheme so keep plugging away on it. Good to see so.e smaller scale vehicles again.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
1월 28일
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Thanks Undercoat. I've painted so many 15mm vehicles for the Crimson Fists, Blood Angels and Sons of Hours, that I fancied doing a different Legion/Chapter. LOL!!! 😁


Still got a way to go on the Forged In Battle Maus. But I'm slowly getting there in between other painting projects.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
1월 18일

Great work on your Dark Angel tank Simon, you must have quite a few of these finished now. Nice progress on the tank, and the camo pattern is moving along well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
1월 18일
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Cheers Dave. These two Dark Angel Tanks do give me a fair few vehicles now. But I have loads more Ion Age minis waiting in the wings - I bought a load of it a couple of years ago and then stored it all away.


Fingers crossed with the camo on the Maus - I really don't want to strip the model and start again, like I did on a Panzer IV before.

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
1월 17일
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Legendary Maus!

Love it :)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
1월 17일
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Thanks Michal. Hopefully I can get all the camo finished over the next few days. 😀

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