Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dusting the Cases Part 3 - Angels of Absolution

If anyone has followed the blog for a while you'll know that my main army is my Angels of Absolution. All I need to do is put a few tactical markings on the Dread in the picture and complete one single guy for my Devastator Squad and this force will finally exceed 1500 points fully painted.

Angels of Absolution:
Just shy of 1500 points.
Chaplain Vitus.
This was the first plastic veteran I painted. He's been used as a sergeant and as a company master. He'll have a permanent position and name some day.
Kicking it old school! I have two of these ancient scout models painted. I keep them around as chapter serfs. Cool for objectives or to make my chapter master wanna-be look more important in the display case.
Two close ups of my 3 man Devastator Squad. I finished the 4th dude just hours after I took this picture, and the 5th member of the Squad is on the painting table now. You'll notice they are standing behind some objective counters.
A couple of Tactical Marines. One is current generation and one is a 2nd Edition plastic that's been updated with purity seals and a current bolter.
If you look closely you will notice the 5th company pattern repeated on multiple areas of many of my Assault Marines. The left one has it not only on his knee but on his left shoulder pad. The Assault Marine on the right has it on jump pack harness buckle and on just the rim of his left shoulder pad. He also has the squad number on his right knee pad.
And finally, of course, the matching crater.

One day this army will reach 2000 points and beyond. I have so many models awaiting painting or assembly - 2 drop pods, multiple tanks, multiple landspeeders, a couple terminator squads, several scout squads, a couple bike squads, enough marines to finish out the 5th and possibly the 6th company. The Angels are sort of my "forever" army. I'll just keep going and going. If the rumors of the plastic Thunderhawk are true, you can expect I will eventually own enough to transport a company. I want to be able to portray them as they genuinely go to war and be able to do full scale campaigns from Scout skirmishes to Apocalypse scale planet fall. That's the ultimate goal! Maybe in another decade, haha.


sovietspace said...

This army is so sickeningly pretty, it makes me want to give up. Thats a truly superb job mate, it must be great for you to see it all together.

I would love some larger/higher res pictures, if you can supply a link?

Itkovian said...

These are absolutely amazing. I love your crisp, clean painting style.

Simon said...

There are some really well done models in this army. I second soviet's request for some large photos - I'd love to get a better look at some of the models.

Siph_Horridus said...

Absolutely beautiful crisp bone-coloured paintjob. Love them, well done fella... look forward to the next 1500pts! Ha Ha

Master Darksol said...

Beautifully done. Easily an army to be proud of. :) Love the matching crater. Extra little touches like that are always awesome.

oni said...

I love your army. I also love how you incorporated the chapter markings through out the models. Very well done.

xNickBaranx said...

Thank you all for all of the kind words. It means a lot. I'll see what I can do about larger high res photos. All of these photos are larger than how they appear on blogspot. Maybe I should link them from a site like flicker.

Scott said...

Very nice pictures Nick. I really enjoy playing against your angels. I enjoy a well-painted opponent.

Sknight567 said...

Truly inspirational army, amazingly clean and well laid out. I don't know how you do it. One question: How do you manage to retain the bright bone colour through years of gaming? Do you varnish them?

xNickBaranx said...

To be honest I haven't varnished a model in a long time. I used to, but probably the last 20 models I've added haven't been.

Its more about the sharp contrast that makes them pop - going from the brown ink in the recesses to the skull white on the sharpest edges. They're even in my glass display case, though not under direct sunlight.

Maybe the oldest ones aren't as vibrant, but they also didn't have the same care taken to ensure maximum opacity to their base layers either.