Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dark Angels Legion (thoughts for the future and what I have been up to)

Hey folks,

Bob here with an overdue update. Things have been hectic lately with academia and travel messing up my schedule. I shouldn't really be complaining about the travel though. I got to visit Glasgow in Scotland for a few days to attend the European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting and give a paper on behalf of my French colleague and mentor. I had a blast and the presentation was well received so a kickass time was had all around.
On the campus of the University of Glasgow
With my final semester of undergrad getting into full swing and the disruption of international travel my routine has yet to settle and my hobby time has suffered for it. That being said, I have managed to get a few things worked on and play a game or two. First up, I managed to get around to building the Sherman Tank I had gotten as part of a trade deal with Noble Knight Games (more on these good folks later).

This thing was a bit of a pain in the back side to put together. I love the Warlord Games plastics, but their resin/metal vehicle kits not so much. After a lot of filing down and cursing I have managed to get it to sit (reasonably) level on the table top and not have the turret listing to one side. I decided to magnetize the turret for the hell of it and it seems to have been a good choice. Stays on a lot more securely and rotates on a mostly even level.

Now on to the main focus of this article. In case you haven't noticed, Forge World has released some upgrade components for the Dark Angels Legion. Needless to say I will be getting more than a few of these. This release along with the now less fanciful prospect of plastic Heresy kits has got me thinking about just what I will want out of my I Legion army and how I can get the most use out of them. Like all of my interest in 30k gaming, my Dark Angles Legion will be more of a long term project. Although, it may start seeing more of my time and money with the death of Warhammer Fantasy and the prospect of plastic Heresy kits. Thankfully there is interest in doing 30k in my gaming group which the release of plastics would only help to give a kick in the ass to jump start. So where do I see my Legion collections going? Well, to begin with I will be shooting for table ready forces for games of 1500 to 1750 points. This seems like the easiest thing to do and would allow me to get actual games in. Beyond this I will be letting my imagination (and wallet) decide on how I expand. Ideally I want each Legion to be around 3000 points total. The Dark Angels will likely be my largest collection. I am really anxious to see the Legion profile for them and how they were organized. The Dark Angels Legion was very different from the Chapter of the 41st millennium. I want to include most if not all of the 6 ( I believe) mentioned special formations as well as the regular Legionaries. The Lion is a must of course.

Above is my own concept model of what the Legion colors and armour might look like. The shield on the right shoulder pad is an homage to the knightly aspect of the Legion and I had planned on using this in lieu of the normal marking for squad type and number. Then this got released 

The official I Legion color scheme?
So this is the "official" color scheme of the Legion? It may take some time for this to grow on me. I would really like some better photos in order to see all of the markings and details. Hopefully Forgeworld will be getting some more pictures out soon. And of course, nothing says I have to paint my forces this way so time will tell.

Until next time good readers!


  1. Well, unless plastic Mk I & Mk II kits come out (along with breacher kits) in plastic, I'm still out of 30k. The Mk IV's look too much like regular marines to me. That, along with GW's "we're not telling you shit in hopes of creating 'limited release' panicked impulse buys" method of marketing means that my plastic 30k fund went into my new 15mm Gruntz army instead.

    1. When I was last at my folk's place I found some of the old Troll magazines that had prices and some of the future releases in it. I really miss the days of knowing what was coming out at least a month ahead of time so I could budget for it or not. The whole secrecy thing is getting really old. I would love to see plastics of the Mk II and III armour as well as the breachers. Mk IV works for the look of the Emperor's Children that I am going for. The peacocks would have the latest and greatest non clunky armour in my opinion. At this point in I can't say that I really care much about what has been coming out from GW. Ad Mech is cool and all, but the whole splitting of the books kind of soured me on them. The price point of doing Forge World is rapidly approaching what GW prices are so my qualms about dumping money into them are rapidly disappearing. All it means is that the frequency of my purchases is going to slow down dramatically. My current game plan is the finish out my Fantasy armies and Bolt Action.

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  3. I haven't had the heart to paint anymore WHFB, although there is a little Empire powder monkey that stares accusingly at me every time I sit down at my computer/hobby desk...

    1. I don't blame you. I will cycle back around to Fantasy here in a bit after I get some stuff finished and out of the paint/build roster (whenever the hell that will be at this point). I really need to get back in the routine my Dad and I had come up with. Paint in batches of 5 models with each group being from a different army. It helped with the painting ADD haha.