||My Dark Angels were done around 40K 2nd Edition, so many
of them are conversions of, ironically enough, Space Wolf models (the nicest
models available at the time). This is an old Space Wolf scout sergeant
with a haircut and a Dark Angels paint job. Gold, red and white are
fair trim colors for Dark Angels.
|One of the first really nice Dark Angels specific models
to come out was this Sergeant. No conversions here- just your standard
paint job on a fine miniature. I seem to be one of the few "beardy"
Dark Angels fans that actually prefers the "dark green" color scheme to
the original black colors. I find you can get more color depth with
a green drybrush than with a grey one. Besides, there are PLENTY of black
chapters to go around nowadays...
||Another example of looting the Space Wolves for models-
a barely converted Ulrik the Slayer in Dark Angels colors. Now that
plenty of other nice chaplains are out, I've been tempted to repaint this
model for my Space Wolves, but I just like the way the paint came out on
this guy too much to repaint it. My favorite element is the Leopard
skin cloak. The inside of the cloak is painted white with little
black splotches on it.
|A back shot of the cloak. I start with a light
brown-orange color, then put some black splotches down with unusual shapes
on them, then use a rusty reddish brown to put a small splotch inside the
black splotches. You can then drybrush for highlights if you want.
||The Dark Angels have no less than three color schemes (the
greedy bastards)- Dark Green, Black (Ravenwing) and White (Deathwing).
I do like the look of a white terminator though. This sergeant has
a back banner top added to his back, but is otherwise stock. I primed
the model in white, used a brown wash for shading, and painted other details
black, red, or gold for contrast.
|My favorite "old" Marine model has to be the old Terminator Captain.
Even though my Deathwing Terminators were new style, I went ahead and painted
this classic model in deathwing colors. When washed with
dark brown, gold is actually a nice color for parts like the grenade launcher.Black
and red stripes on the leg and power glove add even more contrast detail
to an already nicely detailed model.
||The new Devastator models are awesome, as are the new Dark Angels veterans.
So I combined the two! I added the new Heavy Plasma Gun, arms
and pack to a Veteran torso, complete with metal shoulder pad. Aside
from the Purity seal on his shoulder, this is an all-metal conversion!
The picture below is a front view of this model.
|This is the first time I felt like I had made a Space Marine model
that captured the feel of John Blanche's paintings. Menacing, gritty,
and unique- not just a "stamp-em-out" clone of every other marine.
I painted the armor dark green and the robes white with a brown wash.
The plasma gun is dark grey, with dark brown, steel, red, and blue.
The shoulder trim is brass with a dark brown wash to tone it down..
||Another all metal veteran conversion, this time starting with a metal
Plasma Gun Biker upper torso attached to a veteran lower torso. The
sword arm is from the Master of the Ravenwing. The under robe is
painted black for contrast, the outer robe white with brown wash. Otherwise
this is my standard color scheme for Dark Angels.
|Another shot of the plasma gunner. You can see the purity seal
added to the shoulder. The grips on the plasma gun were painted leather
and drybrushed tan for that classic "wooden" look. The "Dirt" along
the bottom of the robes was done with a dark brown wash- much more realistic
looking than perfectly clean marines.
||I painted Azrael with the same colors as the rest of my veterans- so
he's pretty gritty looking as a result. I might try to get his chest
icon to stand out a bit more by putting some gold into it, but otherwise
I'm pretty happy with the way he came out. It's obvious he was an
inspiration when the new veteran models were sculpted, they share many
traits! Now I just need to build a few more of those veterans...
|My veteran Missile Launcher model is a standard veteran
body and shoulder pad, with a special missile launcher added on similar
to the one I made for the Iron Hands. (See
how I made it HERE). The dagger is from
the plastic Berzerker sprue. Even while bearing heavy weapons,
the veteran models still have a classy yet formidable look to them.
||A better view of the missile launcher.
|I was having so much fun doing conversions with the veteran models,
I decided to make my own standard bearer rather than use the Bethor model.
First off, I wanted him to have a power glove, so I used one from the new
Space Wolf accessory sprue, with a veteran pad added over it. I like
to give my standard bearers power gloves- helps 'em keep a grip on that
standard! The sword on the back is from an old High Elf Chariot model-
I just liked the way it looked on the back (a bit hard to use a 2 handed
sword with a power glove).
||The standard (and the arm holding it) are from a completely seperate
standard bearer model (the one that comes in the command squad, I believe).
To make the laurels stand out from the dark green armor, I highlighted
the green with yellow.
|This model is so damn nice, I just couldn't bring myself to do any
conversions at all. I painted Ezekiel with the same colors as all
my veterans. The robes are surprisingly dirty for a character- but
there's no doubt he's been in the field that way. Rather than go
for a garish color on the force sword, I painted it black and just drybrushed
it steel. Quick, easy, and effective.