The Emperor’s Angels – Part 13

Never let it be said that the Imperium fails to respond to an escalating Ork threat on its borders. Why the part of the display shelf given over to the greenskins is positively groaning under all those models, and less said about the Chaos area the better – whilst the Imperials have only a handful of Guardsmen and a few Space Marines. To be honest that’s not going to change significantly any time soon but at least the marines can now identify the guy in charge by something more than just “he’s the one pointing”.

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Here’s the whole squad ready to smite heretics!

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And of course this makes for a victory in Azazel’s challenge, to complete a squad of models in October, although I have plans to finish off a few more by the end of the month.

32 responses to “The Emperor’s Angels – Part 13

  • Thomas

    Great crew! Not a big fan of the Roman/legionary head piece but you made it work.

  • Alex

    Excellent mate – that pauldron is perfect! I’ve got to ask though, how come you haven’t drilled all the barrels on this squad? My OCD is twitching… From whence are the righteous munitions of smiting supposed to flow? :-O

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – that pauldron may well be the first time I’ve painted gold and been really happy with it.

      You’re right to be OCD about drilled barrels but I have been doing it on the bolters (he said defensively – unless there’s one I’ve missed, always a fear). I only do it with the barrel tip on the bolters though and just paint in the vents on the sides, in my opinion this works quite well on Primaris bolters (and drilling out the sides would probably end up being a right butcher’s job knowing me).

      As for this guy in particular I always assumed that plasma guns end in a lens that focusses the energy creating the superheated plasma and so there’s no barrel to drill out (or perhaps more accurately the barrel is covered over by the lens so shouldn’t be drilled). Probably there’s a GW publication somewhere that would answer this definitively and I don’t think I’ve ever looked it up so I could be talking bollocks, but I always assumed this to be the case. I do however aim to paint the lens properly and, erm… you’ve drawn my attention to the fact that on this occasion I forgot. A quick trip back to the painting desk will soon fix that though! 🙂

      • Alex

        Ah, now I always assumed a hole for plasma, (and for Las weapons as well!), but that’s a good point – it has always been an assumption on my side too… Now I need to go find out! 🙂

      • Wudugast

        I would at this point like to state firmly that I’m not a weapons expert by any means, my guesses aren’t even educated ones 🙂

        I’ve been pouring over pictures of plasma guns and rummaging around online and it seems that at least some of them do have holes in the end, so you may be quite right. I did find a few references to focussing crystals in lasguns though, which I think is probably where my idea about lenses originated from.
        I did find this on lexicanum “Plasma guns, like most plasma weaponry, work by energizing liquid hydrogen fuel into plasma, and held in the weapon by powerful magnetic containment fields. When fired the fields dilate open and the plasma is ejected via a linear electromagnetic accelerator in a bolt of superheated matter akin to a solar flare in appearance and temperature”. I have to admit it all sounds like pseudo-scientific nonsense to me but does offer the third possibility that what we have at the end of the gun is in fact a magnetic bubble .

        I always reckoned that lasguns just end in a tiny light bulb that guardsmen can use as a torch to stop themselves being frightened in the dark, all the while wishing they were armed with a proper manly-man’s weapon like a chain axe 😉 Silliness aside I did think they ended in a lens as well and that the barrel was somehow involved in projecting the laser beam. There is a lot of talk about how easy it is to maintain a lasgun, just a quick wipe clean and it’s good to go, and I would have thought (again, without any practical weapons experience) that cleaning a lens with your shirt sleeve in a trench would count as easy and declogging a barrel whilst an Ork smacks you about wouldn’t.

        Anyway, I’m now faced with deciding whether to drill out this particular barrel or paint it as a lens like I’ve done of previous ones. Watch this space I guess! 🙂

      • Alexis West

        Plasma is actually a form of matter. GW really doesn’t understand how it works, but they did manage to get that much right. Some of the older strips from the webcomic Schlock Mercenary have a pretty good run-down on how plasma weaponry might work. Short version, yeah, they should have a hollow barrel.

        Lasguns could go either way. The final lens could be right at the end, or it could be recessed back a ways into the barrel to help keep from scratching/cracking it. I always go with the lens at the end approach, because those barrels are a way, way smaller bit of plastic than I feel comfortable drilling into.

      • Wudugast

        I’m still going round on this issue (which is fine, it’s certainly fuelling some very interesting food for thought). I know plasma is matter but I’ve always worked on the assumption that the point of ignition (for want of a better word) would not actually be inside the gun but at some point midway between the gun and the target. What exits the gun (in my highly subjective headcannon) is a massive discharge of energy which results in the ionisation of gas in the air and the resulting plasma is what strikes the enemy (fair enough this would mean it couldn’t fire in a hard vacuum but this is the first time I’ve really subjected the issue to this much thought!). My assumption was that ignition within the gun itself would consume the gun and its fuel source and the process of ionisation, combined with the explosion of any surviving fuel cooking off, is what blows a space marine’s arm off or turns a guardsman and his mates into a cloud of ash. The actual process by which the plasma is created, in other words, is so damn destructive that you don’t want it anywhere near you when it happens. That said I think perhaps it should be the case that the lens, if there is one, should be tucked back slightly inside a barrel, rather than exposed on the end of the gun where any crack or dirt could distort it (with potentially explosive results).

        Never heard of Schlock Mercenary but I’ll have to give it a look at some point and see what they have to say.

        Agreed, anyone that drills out lasgun barrels is a special kind of crazy. Fair play to them but that’s far more than I’d ever dare to attempt.

      • Alexis West

        There are bits in the fluff stating that the guns have canisters of plasma that they use as “magazines”, but that’s actually really stupid, it’s easier to generate plasma than store it.

        Regardless, I always figured that it was generated inside the gun, and that the glowing coils were part of a magnetic containment system that kept it from actually touching any part of the gun itself. A “gets hot” result is then a failure of this containment field that lets the plasma out in some direction other than along the barrel.

        There are also illustrations that show Plasma Pistols with clearly hollow barrels, but the artists have (by and large) even less of a grasp of physics and mechanics than the writers, so take that with a handful of salt.

      • Wudugast

        All compelling and sensible points. I’ve just finished correcting him – I’ll get some new pictures up in the next few days – and in the end I’ve decided to combine the two ideas. I’ve drilled out a barrel and painted a lens inside it. Actually really pleased with how he’s looking now, it’s such a small detail but it’s made such a big difference to the model 😀

      • Alexis West

        There are a number of things that seem minor, but really make a huge difference in the final effect. Drilling out barrels, getting the rims on bases cleaned up, etc.

    • imperialrebelork

      Haha I had a feeling you’d mention the barrels as soon as I saw them.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work. I do like that the colour scheme.



  • Argentbadger

    Nice one!

    It seems that your Space Marines are as powerful as those in the stories. Whole shelves full of Orcs and Chaos, and all that is needed to handle them is a single squad of Astartes.

  • Faust

    Nice to see all these minis together. Great job getting them all painted. I’m with Alex on the gold pauldron. Really nice tones and highlights on that one.

  • Alexis West

    Looks good! I’m very happy that Plasma Pistols are finally priced reasonably again, because they look so cool, and it’s great to actually see them on Models.

  • Azazel

    Agreed with the others – he looks very nice there. And he’s still pointing – though he’s using his pistol to do so!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, true enough, he may have a weapon in his hand, in suitably bellicose space marine fashion, but he is still pointing (probably for the best, modelling a space marine sergeant that isn’t pointing at all is probably be kind of heresy that leads to the Inquisition kicking the door down).

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  • imperialrebelork

    Beauty mate. Love the squad. Sorry I was late to the party in this one

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