Category: Dark Angels

Space Hulk Deathwing – the painting

With a deep breath and clenched cheeks, I began converting the beautiful Blood Angel Terminators from the new Space Hulk boxed set into Dark Angel Deathwing and posted progress pics on this very blog 

Thankfully, I’m pretty pleased with the results – a testament to the quality of GW’s kits that they can so easily and seamlessly be converted

After a lick of paint, they join the Deathwing

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The Deathwing weigh in

Ever wonder what 1.2kg of Deathwing looks like?

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Three men walk into a bar

Three men walk into a bar; a Englishman, a Serbian and an idiot

They’re 40k players; Black Templars, Tyranids and Deathwing, respectively

After several beers, the conversation naturally drifts towards hobby. Spurring each other on, their plans become increasingly grandiose

“Oh man, wouldn’t it be cool to recreate a battle like the Tyranid invasion of Macgragge? ‘Nids vs Terminators. Back-to-back fighting until they die to a man!”

“Well… I have a LOT of Tyranids. Somewhere between ‘bucket loads’ and ‘zounds’. How many Terminators do you two actually have between you?”

*both Imperial players mentally tot up their collections*


And with that, the battle was set

100 Terminators. An entire First Company. An alliance of Deathwing and Black Templars. Deployed in the centre of the field against an endless Tyranid horde until all the Terminators are dead. We kept a tally of Kill Points (whole squads) to determine the ‘winner’

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Custom objectives – Deathwing

Six Deathwing themed objectives for Warhammer 40k

Using a mixture of the objectives from Space Hulk, scenery from Lord of the Rings and spares from the Terminator sprue

All painted to match the colour palette of my Deathwing army 

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Oubliette Gate

Saturday 16 May the Innsmouth lads will battle it out in a unique dual-table, narrative ‘fluff’ 40K game; The Oubliette Gate.

Two games will be played side-by-side on separate boards representing the struggle between Imperial and Chaos forces; aboard the Chaos strike cruiser, Hell’s Fury, in low-orbit above the planet Viridian Prime and upon the planet’s surface itself, near the site of the recently discovered Oubliette Gate artefact.

Victory points are scored on both tables and added together to determine the overall winning team using a combination of tactical and narrative-based objectives to keep play varied. Uniquely, each table will be able to affect the flow of battle on the other using special rules representing orbital bombardment and planetary defence cannons exchanging fire with one

Play will be balanced throughout the game by supplying reinforcements to the current losing side and the game will conclude with a spectacular ‘end game’ event involving a Daemonic incursion.

Blood will be spilt. Beer will be drunk.

The Oubliette Gate

The Fallen Angels are a menace to the galaxy like no other. Traitors and heretics all, their existence is
a stain upon the honour of the chapter they previously pledged allegiance to; the Dark Angels.

Wherever the Fallen appear, chaos, intrigue, and anarchy consistently follows in their wake.
Individually, each is an ancient and deadly immortal warrior from the time of the Horus Heresy,
impossibly knowledgeable and wise, hardened from of years of warfare, and able to orchestrate and
implement the most Machiavellian of plots to further their own ends. As a group, it is simply
terrifying the scale of destruction their devious plans can accomplish – whole systems find themselves
in turmoil, succumbing to plague, famine, civil war, and even sector-wide daemonic incursions.

Only the highest ranking Dark Angels, the Deathwing, are aware of the true origin of the Fallen
Angels and they tirelessly hunt down and exterminate them wherever possible, following-up on any
trace or a clue that could lead to their presence.

Our battle tells of one such incident; The Oubliette Gate.

The narrative
A group of Fallen Angels have discovered the location of the Oubliette Gate, an ancient relic originating from Caliban, the now destroyed homeworld of the Dark Angels. This small, unassuming-looking piece of technology dates back to before the Horus Heresy, over 10,000 years ago, and has been discovered on the planet of Viridian Prime – a valuable Imperial mining world, rich in promethium and heavily protected by a planetary defence force.

Through the implementation of warp technology, the Oubliette Gate was originally used by the Dark Angels as an imprisonment device – this handheld instrument could project a beam that would put a captive into stasis and transport them to another realm where they could be kept indefinitely and forgotten about – a trans-dimensional oubliette not bound by time or space. Likewise, the operator could reverse the process, freeing a captive from the oubliette and summoning them for interrogation or even execution. Though buried somewhere on Viridian Prime’s sun-baked surface, the rediscovery of this relic is absolutely tantalising to the Fallen as they could use it to free everyone contained within, potentially unleashing many more of their dark brethren… or worse. It is believed by some that a few reckless Dark Angels used the relic to imprison Daemons and that these Space Marines later turned to Chaos…

Pinpointing the relic’s location but unable to overcome the Imperial defences stationed on Viridian Prime on their own, a small group of Fallen disguised themselves as traders and used stolen Imperial credentials to make planetfall. Journeying to Viridian’s northern most continent they placed cloaked’s.planetary defence cannons with the intention to draw-in a Tyranid splinter fleet to overwhelm the Imperial defence force, causing enough confusion and terror to give them time to take the relic for themselves.

The Deathwing cannot allow this to happen and will stop at nothing to secure the relic and destroy the Fallen trying to steal it.

With the splinter fleet approaching, the Astropath stationed on Viridian sent a distress call that was hastily answered by the Grey Knights.They were already in the sector pursuing their Chief Librarian’s confused visions foretelling great loss of life and the coming of Daemons, which became increasingly amplified and intensified the closer they got to the psi-emitters. Thankfully for the Dark Angels, the Grey Knights remain unaware of the presence of the Oubliette Gate but remain drawn to it nonetheless.

As the Tyranid invasion begins, the Imperial Guard ready their defences. The Fallen’s Chaos strike cruiser is in low orbit to allow them to make a clean getaway once they’ve secured the relic, safe in the knowledge that the psi-emitter’s powerful emanations will draw the Tyranid’s attentions away from them. Several squads of Deathwing have been despatched to intercept and board the strike cruiser, and exterminate all life on board. They must also ensure the relic is either captured or destroyed, for if it is activated, who knows what terrors will be unleashed…?

Full rules can be downloaded as a PDF; The Oubliette Gate (1)

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Today, a magical thing happened. Today I was able to combine work and play. Today, I was a winner.

Let me tell you the tale of how Brother Gorkana joined the Deathwing…

This morning I received an email from the lovely people at Gorkana announcing the launch of their new competition; #LoveGorkana. These guys are very well known for their media database, media monitoring/analysis tools, and their PR/press management system – which might sound like techno-mumbo-jumbo to a lot of readers, but they’re business critical tools for any and all PR folk out there, and things I use in my day job all the time.


The rules are pretty broad: “Share your thoughts via social media using images/100 characters (max) and the hashtag #LoveGorkana for your chance to win a luxury night for two in a top UK hotel!”

Not one to back away from a challenge, I took a punt at joining the conversation with a few PR industry related tweets but they didn’t really stand out from the hundreds of other people taking part. So I played the ace up my sleeve… I tweeted a few pictures of my models and drew on the power of HASHTAG WARMONGERS #warmongers (for those not in the know about such geekery, #warmongers is the go-to hashtag used by wargamers who share pictures of their models, games, advice, tips, rules queries etc… there’s a wealth of cool stuff under that hashtag to share). I just wanted to send a quirky tweet that would make people smile, but also help spread #LoveGorkana


Suddenly, things start to pick up as this rather odd post begins to stand out from all the ‘normal tweets’ of memes and text. Even Gorkana themselves chime in, revealing that TWO of their guys are fellow wargamers! What are the odds? It never ceases to amaze me that us gamers are everywhere!


But things really started to heat up when it looked as if someone was cheating and using bots to increase their retweets, gaming the system. Even the Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum PR (a massive and very famous PR agency) and president of the CIPR waded in to show his disapproval (which was all, hilariously, unfolding beneath the pictures of my little Warhammer models!). In the ‘cheaters’ defence, he was only trying to prove a point and it actually provoked an interesting, light-hearted discussion with some nice banter (have a read and share a tweet if you’re interested in such things).


Already on a high, and more than content with this nice bit of engagement, I then couldn’t believe my eyes when this lovely email came in…. Gorkana (the cheeky monkeys) had sent me a Games Workshop gift voucher! It was such a lovely and unexpected gesture (and unnecessary too!)… but I was more than happy to put it to good use!


That very same evening, I visited the Games Workshop website knowing exactly what I was going to get. The one thing my Deathwing force was missing… a Dreadnought! And how do I plan to honour my digital benefactors? By naming it after them of course! Meet ‘Brother Gorkana, Venerable Deathwing Dreadnought of the Dark Angel Chapter.’ (luckily, I feel ‘Gorkana’ doesn’t sound too out of place amongst other Dark Angel names like Belial, Nathaniel, Samael, Claudio, Omino etc…).


But this is merely the beginning of the story… my twitter feed is crammed with work-in-progress pictures of models I’m building and painting. As the #LoveGorkana competition doesn’t close until the end of June, I plan to regularly tweet progress pictures of Brother Gorkana under the hashtag. I can’t wait to share pictures of him in battle – perhaps he’ll be a PR extraordinaire, able to negotiate and diffuse potential conflict by establishing mutual and beneficial goodwill and understanding between the Imperium of Man and her enemies… or perhaps he’ll just smash-face and kick some ass!

Thank you Gorkana!

UPDATE: 5/3/2016

Other projects got in the way (isn’t that always the case?!) but finally Brother Gorkana is built and fully painted! (Including a selection of weaponry)

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I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of the re-released edition of Space Hulk. Though the Blood Angel Terminator models are absolutely beautiful, the temptation to convert them to match my existing Deathwing army was just too strong. Some of the models were trickier to convert than others, requiring the shoulder pads to be dug out or a little remodeling of the chest piece, while others were a simple case of filing off any Blood Angel iconography and swapping an arm/weapon. Where possible, I tried to stay true to the original model, keeping the same silhouette, pose and facing.



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A small drawback is that when mounted on 40mm bases, the Terminators don’t fit on the Space Hulk tiles. It’s most noticeable when they’re side-by-side, but shouldn’t be a massive problem during game play if you’re a little forgiving. When out on their own, it shouldn’t matter.

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I also speed-painted a Genestealer, testing a lightning fast method using washes.

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From a base coat of white with a boltgun metal base, I washed the whole model in black. Then I washed the fleshy areas in purple and the carapace in blue. I gave the whole model a light drybrush of bone, and painted the claws and teeth in the same colour, finishing them off with a sepia wash.

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UPDATE – based on this method, the wonderful Scott Ferguson has developed the technique a few steps further, and produced some incredible miniatures. To vary the colours and add depth, he used a second coat of both the blue and purple. Another nice variation Scott used was to paint the top of the Genestealer head white again after the black wash – this really helps bring the face to life by adding highlights to the top of the head once the purple wash has been added. He’s also lavished lots of attention on the bases which really makes the models sing. See Scott’s fantastic blog for more details


As a group, we have a good representation in most of Games Workshop’s gaming systems. I’ve personally never really played much Warhammer 40,000 always preferring to invest my gaming and painting time into Warhammer Fantasy. But now I’ve joined the rest of the group with a foray into Warhammer 40k, putting the Fantasy projects and my Wood Elves to one side. Swapping swords, shields, bows and arrows, for guns, lasers, bunkers and battle tanks, I’ve started my collection in earnest, plumping for the stalwart Dark Angels.

Space Marine Tactical squad – The wonderfully hairy @BearMcRowdy kindly donated his Dark Vengeance Space Marine models to the cause. A spray of Caliban green, some green drybrushing, a wash of Nuln Oil, and these guys were practically complete. Some final details (chapter badge, chest eagle, Bolter case) and basing finished them off nicely.

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Deathwing Terminator – two coats of Seraphim Sepia over a white undercoat provided a solid foundation for 90% of this model. Some quick Bleached Bone drybrushing using a large brush finished off the armour. A few details added and the model was complete.

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As I had duplicate models from the Dark Vengeance boxed set, I converted some to have Thunder Hammers and Storm Shields, and another to have a Cyclone Missile Launcher.

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Not enamored with the pose of Games Workshop’s Fine Cast Belial, I decided to convert my own version. I wanted a pose that was less static. I also didn’t want to risk getting Fine Cast ‘droopy sword’ syndrome (oooh matron!) so used this classic metal Terminator Captain as the base of the conversion.


I’m also planning to convert a Librarian in Terminator armour.


After raiding our old gaming haunt from when we were kids (our mate’s mum’s attic!) we rediscovered a whole bunch of cool scenery, including these great objective markers and city fight ruins.

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