[Elite] Dreadnoughts

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   When I had finished my two firts tactical squads, a logical choice would have been to paint a HQ choice.
But I did not.
I was too impatient to have a dreadnought under my brushes.

   I started with the same dreadnought than in Down of War: assault canon, heavy flamer. I added to the Games Workshop kit a Dark Angel symbol and a buckler to represent the reinforced armor. Some other armor pieces are using the DA kit.

   To finish the job, I painted some impacts and added a metallic vets banner on the roof top.

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   One month later, I started an Assault for Black Reach dreadnought. I was disappointed by the kit: the arms are hollow and with less details. But I had to have such a squat dreadnought in my army.

   The roof top was equiped with a small DA symbol. I added barbed wire and some wall parts on the base.

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   One year later, I decided to play Gaïus as an Ironclad dreadnought.

   I replaced the assault canon arm with a chainsaw combat arm. This arm is made with parts coming from both right and left arms of the Ironclad Games Workshop kit. I added two grenade lauchers on the roof top to finish the Ironclad transformation.

   All I need now is a dreadnought drop pod.


[Troops] Tactical squads

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   The first thing to paint when you start a new army is the two tactical squads you need in any army. It allows you to fix the painting scheme and some details.

   At the beginning, I wanted to have a successor chapter from the Dark Angels, founded after the Great Heresyand named the Doom Angels. This army will have colors based on the old Dark Angel codex, W40k second edition.

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   Their armor are painted in Orkhide Shade, with red stripes in Baal Red. To mark the difference between the Dark Angels and the Doom Angels, the sword in the DA symbol will be painted in red, so will their guns. I added a three colors tag on every left leg or knee pad. These three colors are black, red and green. The black represents the Dark Angels origin, the red the Horus Heresy and the green their chapter.

   Having Dark Angels army allows you to play with beautiful minis like the Dark Angel sergent with a bolt pistol and an energetic blade. I added him a DA banner et voilà.

   The tunic was painted in Foundation Khemri Brown, darker than the Bleach Bone from the Deathwing. I added a skull on the base to show that's a commanding mini.

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   The second tactical squad was created on the same philosophy: having cool minis to play with. I bought spare parts from the Iron Hands vets to convert some marines and add some  more variation.

   The last DA codex and the 5th Space Marines codex edition introduced a big modification in the tactical squads: you can split them in two. But while the sergent goes with one part, who commands the second one?

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   That's why I created the "half squad sergents". These minis aren't sergents, they don't wear a red  helmet and a tunic. They just have a loosy t-shirt DoA symbol on the top of their backpack.

   The second Sergent was based on another cool DA sergent mini. The banner was differently painted. I chosed to emphasize the three colors tag and added a winged skull. The chainsword is a bit damaged, because Doom Angels are a fighting army :-).


Doom Angels: who are they?

   Before playing Doom Angels, I tried Chaos Space Marines (Alpha Legion), Tau , Necron and... Dark Angels. But I wasn't satisfied with the gameplay and I deceided to play wih vanilla marines.

   Obviously, Doom Angels colors seems to be the same than the Dark Angels colors. If you take a look, you can see I choosed a red sword with white wings... where Dark Angels have the same thing in full white. It's because this army is prepared to be played as Dark Angels when I want to play a Deathwing or Ravenwing only army.

   In the nexts posts, I'll try to describe the differents units and the choices I made to paint them... and follow the End Of the World Challenge.


The end of the world challenge: are you ready?

   The Challenge is launched and we actually are… two. The others didn't send their photographs to present the armies in progress.

Tunio decided to assemble its phalange of Necron, already with 1800pts.

While your servant will assemble his Doom Angels, currently at 1875pts.