The Emperor’s Angels – Part 11

As well as getting two more space marines painted for my nascent force I’ve also been kitbashing away, getting some more of the Emperor’s finest built. First up here’s the Captain who’ll be leading the army (at least until I get around to making a suitably imposing Chapter Master). At the moment I’m still working on a name and suitably pugnacious background for him, and indeed for the chapter as a whole. I’ve got a few ideas sloshing around in my head however and I’m planning to write them out soon as they’ll feed into the development of the army as it grows.

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I’ve also tried to add a bit of gothic flair to the company ancient. The warrior given the honour of carrying the battle standard should be dressed to impress both the brave warriors of the Imperium and the craven scum they face and the base model is just a little bit plain for my taste.

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Even though I doubt I’ll have many war engines in the army (beyond a Dreadnought or two of course because as every sane person knows Dreadnought are amazing) I knew from the get-go that I’d have to include a tech-marine. To me this is one of the most iconic units in 40k and the chance to include one was one of the things that attracted me to the space marines in the first place.

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As it stands these are all still WIPs so as ever I’m all ears for feedback if there’s any improvements you think are called for before they go under the brush.

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20 responses to “The Emperor’s Angels – Part 11

  • Azazel

    These guys look fantastic. Are you planning to run them as Normal Space Marines, or as Primaris?

    • Wudugast

      Well my brain hasn’t entirely stretched to accommodate the existence of Primaris in the background yet so I’ve been very much viewing the Primaris release as a straightforward way to get some truescale marines on the go. Plus the background I’m working on for these has them very much isolated from the rest of the galaxy – for them Roboute’s Return* would be a rumour at most. Ruleswise I’m not so sure though, but most likely these will just be a modelling project (with possibly some narrative based shenanigans at some vague point in the future, maybe) so I’ll look at that bridge more closely when/if I get to it.

      *which would also make a fine name for a pub…

  • Alexis West

    Looking great! One of the things I love about 8th is that a Bolt Pistol and Power Sword is a perfectly solid setup for a Captain. Maybe not for a full on combat monster, but for someone who’s mostly passing out a re-roll aura and fending off harassment Units, it’ll totally do the job. It’s good that such an iconic and cool-looking build is usable again.

    I also totally agree with you on Techmarines being iconic, and they’re also very fun to kitbash. Yours is looking great so far.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Good to hear that actually, even though these are more about modelling than gaming for meI’m glad to hear that a classic set-up like bolt-pistol and sword is still considered decent. Out of curiosity what would make for a full-on space marine combat monster in 40k these days? I’m thinking about the Chapter Master and want him to come across as a beast in battle but also as a competent commander (he’s not Angron #2 but more of a thinking man’s berserker).

      • Alexis West

        Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield is the usual set up. Almost always with either a Bike or a Jump Pack. If on a Bike, typically takes the Shield Eternal Relic. If Crimson Fists, take a PowerFist and upgrade to the Fist of Vengeance Relic instead.

        The Blood Angels version (which has more combat buff Stratagems and other options available) can generally solo an Imperial Knight. The Biker version with Shield Eternal has decent odds of managing that, too, but it’s riskier, and will take longer. Just sort of as a benchmark for what weight class these guys are in.

      • Wudugast

        Wow, pretty tough then! Thunderhammer and Stormshield – good suggestions, think that might be the way I end up going πŸ˜€

      • Alexis West

        For all-out offense, you can take a Combi-Melta instead of the Storm Shield, but dropping down to just a 4++ gets significantly more dangerous for someone like this who’s getting up close and personal.

  • imperialrebelork

    Great man. I think Archibald Wellard (as in well-hard) the Third is a fine and suitable name.

  • Faust

    Look great, really like the Tech Marine. Where did his wrench hand come from??

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