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For eleven hundred years, I have fought and I have seen the darkness in our galaxy. I have seen the vileness of the alien and the heresy of the mutant. I have witnessed the sin of possession. I have seen all the evil that the galaxy harbours, and I have slain all whose presence defiles the Emperor. I have seen what you will see. I have fought what you must fight, and I have slain what you must slay… so fear not and be proud, for we are the sons of Sanguinius, the protectors of Mankind. Aye, we are indeed the Angels of Death.

– Dante, Commander of the Blood Angels

I’ve always loved the idea of the Blood Angels. The hunger, the loss, the pain and the rage. Back in 2nd ed I even had a small Blood Angles force.

But I have always struggled with the idea of space marines (but not Death Guard for some reason…) on the tabletop. Not because I don’t think they should be there, more because I don’t think they represent what the background makes them out to be. They aren’t large enough, or tough enough. But that has been solved… Ladies and gentlepersons, I give you the…

Primaris Marines

Oh yes, this is the gravy. Finally we have marines that represent the size of the Space Marines, and the detail is gorgeous. On top of that, they come with 2 wounds!! Count them both!

Primaris Space Marines

Yeah yeah, I know it’s been over a year since 8th came out, and with it the Primaris. But it’s taken me that long to figure out how I was going to use them.

The Plan

So, the plan is to build a force using the Blood Angles codex with one simple rule…

The one and only rule: No models that have a single wound

So, all Primaris profiles are in, Terminators and Sanguinary Guard too. It also means I can’t take any of the old Space Marine infantry profiles but I’m cool with that. Well, cool with all but one, I can’t take Death Company. This is a bit of a blow but one I think I can live with seeing as how I still have the Sanguinary Guard. Plus, I still have the Death Company Dreadnought. I’m sure I can come up with a reason why they don’t have any Death Guard units…

This means that I get to build a Space Marine force that has ‘true scale’ models and have it pretty ‘elite’ on model numbers.

Oh, actually, there is a second rule – I will do doing them with a alternative colour scheme.

It’s Not All Red

I wanted to do a non-standard colour scheme as, well, you know… why not?

This took me a little while to figure out what colour scheme I was wanting to go for. I wanted to keep red in it but I also wanted a colour to represent the loss they live with on a daily basis. A colour that represents not just the loss but the pain too. A colour that drags at their souls. I figured grey has to be a  good contender.

Colour Scheme

It is a pretty easy scheme to paint, it has the red to represent their vengeance and the grey to represent their sorry. I will still use the Blood Angel iconography but I won’t necessarily be adhering to their heraldry.

I’ll be posting up more as I go along, showing progress and what have ya. So stay tuned!

 

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