I had previously mentioned that the newly released Blood Angels codex got me to rediscover my nostalgia for the Red Marines. And well, with some spare Space Marine models lying around, why not try my hand at some of them? And if I like it, why not start a small army?
Now, as you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of red. That was probably one of the reasons why I tried to start them… man… more than a decade back. I gave up all that while ago, but well it’s been quite a while. 😉
While Blood Angels are a relatively elite army, they still have more models than the usual Warmachine/Hordes army which I have been used to all this time (1750 pts GW vs 50 pts PP). So the key goal that I had going into this was speed while not reneging on a baseline level of quality. They don’t all need to be display pieces, but I want them to be able to handle some scrutiny.
And that’s where the Angels of Mercy come in. A successor chapter (because I don’t like my paintschemes being dictated to me), the Angels of Mercy will be primarily clad in Red, with there being more and more white the more veteran/elite you are. Two main colours (red and white), two secondary colours (blue and brown) and metals.
Red: Sanguine Base/Skorne Red
White: Hammerfall Khaki/Menoth White Highlight
I still prefer the P3 non-metal colours.. for some reason I think the paints come out less powdery, hold together better and seem to come out a bit richer, but that’s me. The reds and whites have about 4 layers of paints on them (1 base, 1 shadow and 2 highlights) and the metals were just washed with that magic known as GW washes and P3 armor wash.
I think the key to decency is to be quick while keeping it neat. And as such you can see that there are clean breaks and edgelining between the armor plates. Also, it’s good to pick out one or two things and work on them. That way it draws the viewers eye and makes it look like everything had extra attention lavished on to them. For example, I made sure that the sergeant’s face was decent, and that all marines had a freehand angel wing painted on.
Now I’ll still be painting my Khador and Trolls, but, I don’t know if I should expand into 40k with my Angels of Mercy (Blood Angels) or Bruvverhood of Steal (Orks).