Well it has been a busy time in my life lately but I have managed to get some Hobby Time in. The preparations for the trip to England continue with assembly of the main portion of the army: the Assault Squads. The weekend event that the fine folks at the Tempus Fugitives are putting on in March is set during the Great Crusade and has a mission that seems right up the Blood Angels alley. The Skyhook Mission found in the Hammer of the Gods Campaign Pack is perfect for the way I play Blood Angels.
I knew that I wanted to do big 20man Assault Squads which was the norm during the Great Crusade but I didn't want to make 'special Crusade-era only minis' so I went ahead and assembled my Assault Squads as normal 40k-era Marines and I will have to deal with any flak I might get for not having exact Crusade-era models. Here is a couple of views of the assembled mass of jump troops:
Here is a close up view of the 2 Chainsword wielding Squad Leaders (for when I want to save some points by not having power weapon equipped Squad Leaders):
Blood Angel Assault Squads are allowed 2 Meltaguns per Squad and while that is a nice anti-armor punch I think 2 is a bit expensive points-wise. I have 1 Meltagun per Assault Squad and I wanted to make them all a little different; I even managed to use one of my old metal Assault Marines as a Meltagunner. Here is the 'anti-armor' punch for the 4 Assault Squads:
Here are a couple of shots of some of the actual trooper minis (I love the dynamic poses you can achieve with the Marine Assault bodies):
During the Crusade the Blood Angels had a pair of biological twin brothers (Perada & Lorator). Their *fluff* reads as:
Though they would separately go on after the Siege of Terra to carve out their own separate legends for the Sons of Sanguinius, it was during the Great Crusade that these two biological twin brothers were inducted into the Legion. Each mirrored the other in aspect and finesse and it is said that only the Primarch could tell them apart. While he was alive, Sanguinius never separated the brothers, calling them his muse vitae.
I knew that I wanted to make these guys look like twins as much as possible so I used exactly the same pieces to put these guys together. However I did not want them to be in the exact same pose so it was a bit of a challenge to make them look similar but not exactly the same (as that would be boring). Here is a look at what I came up with for Perada and Lorator:
If that was not enough jump troops to fill the skies I decided to add a couple of jump Sanguinary Priests. I have at least 5 of the Blood Angel Sanguinary Priest Minis so I wanted to make a 'right-handed' and a 'left-handed' version using the same mini. I think they turned out fairly decent especially for being the same exact metal mini. Here is a look:
Well that is all the assembled and primered troops; the skies will be filled with a sea of Blood Red Vengeance. I will leave you with a couple of looks at what is currently on the workbench (Vanguard Vets and Combi-Plasma guns):
As always thank you for taking the time to take a look! Comments are always welcome!