Lately, I've been putting the finishing touches on my Blood Angels army and here are a few of the remaining squads. First off are my Assaults squads. I have three Assault Squads that are 5-marine strong, each mounted in a Rhino with Over Charged Engines. I'm a fan of Jawaballs' blog and I really liked how his Mechanized Assault Army worked so I decided to build a few of these small assault squads so that I have the option to play that way. Mind you, I've also got plenty of Tactical Marines, Terminators and Devastators to keep the army builds varied from game to game.
I've painted in squad markings to make sure I can distinguish who belongs to which squad during the game. One of the things I learned while painting this army is how to paint a yellow that pleased me. I didn't want a comic book yellow and I didn't want a bone yellow so I found something in between. This is done by first starting with a solid basecoat of Iyanden Darksun, a wash of Gyphonne Sepia and then a coat of Sunburst Yellow mixed with Iyanden Darksun. I then added bleached bone to the mix for the highlights and finally coated it with a watered down wash of Gyphonne Sepia as a finishing touch.
The Baal Predator was loads of fun. I really wanted to make it stand out with all the battle damage and etched brass markings. This was my first time using etched brass from Forge World and I am not sure if I will continue. The pieces are so finely sculpted that it is almost impossible to paint them so that you can read what is written.
The Baal Predator is an absolute joy to field on the tabletop. Not only do you get a nice handful of dice to roll when it shoots, but you also get the chance to move as a fast vehicle. In a recent cityfight game, I had this thing race up a street, only to flank Tau force and hit them from the side, negating their cover. I believe the order was "flank 'em and finish 'em!"
The gun sergeant's head is taken from the Space Wolves sprue. I just love mohawks! I used to sport one in my punk rock days as a teenager. A number of my Blood Angels have mohawks and my Death Company squad, which is up to paint next, has a heavy punk rock theme to it. Updates on that to follow as I finish them up. Enjoy!