By their martial prowess and valor is Mankind preserved from extinction at the hands of a galaxy filled with unimaginable terrors. With bolter and chainsword they hold the foes of Mankind at bay in an unending battle for survival. Yet the Blood Angels are touched by a terrible flaw that threatens to undo their endless centuries of heroism, a dark madness that only strength of will can hope to contain. The Blood Angels are the masters of war in all its forms, but they excel in the savage arena of close assault above all others. Assault Squads, Death Company, Sanguinary Guard - these are the spearhead of your host, but the rest of the army must follow close behind. Stormraven Gunships roar over the battlefield, bringing fresh troops into the maelstrom.
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They existed way back in the Rogue Trader era as one of the suggested schemes in that book, along with their eventual successors the Flesh Tearers and Blood Drinkers, but the making of them came with 2nd edition and the Angels of Death codex.
This book, shared with the Dark Angels, introduced a bunch of their key characters and unique units, as well as the first iteration of rules and a greatly-expanded fluff background for them. After that, they have a slightly rockier history — they received a slimline Codex: Blood Angels in 3rd edition, but then had to suffice with a White Dwarf codex in 4th.
What did show up was the insanely cool plastic Death Company box, the plastic Blood Angels Dreadnought, and the Sanguinary Guard, as well as a couple of new special characters. Some of the original Blood Angels art from back in 2nd edition. Credit: Games Workshop Following that, their next book was 4 years later in early 7th edition, and then came 8th edition and the current Codex: Blood Angels, which added the new Primaris units.
Along with this unpleasant habit, they were well-known as shock troops who sometimes took things way too far — known for their hunger for blood and death, the IXth Legion were a force which seemed to encapsulate all the worst aspects of the Imperium.
This all changed with the discovery of Sanguinius. Living in the blasted hellscape of Baal, Sanguinius had united the humans of Baal against the mutant tribes who warred with them. Upon meeting the Emperor he immediately bent the knee, and took command of the IXth. Sanguinius had long known that he would meet his death at the hands of his brother Horus, but he pressed on anyway, and was the first to encounter Horus deep within the halls of the battle barge.
The two fought a titanic battle, but Sanguinius was unable to harm the warp-fuelled Horus, and was eventually struck down. It got us this absolutely sick artwork, so all was not lost. When the Legion was forced to split into smaller Chapters, this curse was taken to their successors too, with some like the Flesh Tearers experiencing the Black Rage even more powerfully than their founders.
Those Marines who became lost to the rage were formed into the Death Company, a combination of elite shock troops and fearless berserkers lost to their own madness. Throughout the millennia that followed the Horus Heresy, the Blood Angels were tireless defenders of the Imperium, warring on all fronts.
The Blood Angels fought in both the 2nd and 3rd Wars for Armageddon, battled multiple Hive Fleets, and took part in thousands of other wars. In the current timeline, they have been led for over 1, years by Commander Dante, the oldest serving Space Marine who is not interred in a Dreadnought. During this war Dante personally slew the Swarmlord, but was eventually struck down and lay close to death.
Thinking himself finally at the end of his long life of service to the Imperium, Dante readied himself to finally be released from his duty — but in a vision, he saw Sanguinius beseeching him to live, and was restored. Mephiston, Dante, Astorath and Lemartes all have their own individual novels available — Mephiston even has a series!
If your main desire is to read the most about Blood Angels you can, then this is the page book for you! Goonhammer takes no responsibility for the actual quality of that book. Additionally, Blood Angels appear throughout the events of the Horus Heresy and Siege of Terra series — Sanguinius life and death are key parts of that narrative, and he and his Legion show up all the time Playing Blood Angels Warhammer 40, Blood Angels have their own Codex in 40k, and several unique units.
They lose a little for all this — no Centurions and no Thunderfire Cannon — but otherwise, this is a bunch of cool stuff maybe not the Baal Predators.
They also have their own psychic lore, the Sanguinary Discipline, and their own relics, Warlord traits, and stratagems. Following the Space Marines codex, Blood Angels are in a slightly weird position, since they got some but not all of those updates.
The most common place that the Sons of Sanguinius show up is in soup lists, sharing the stage with other Imperial factions, often Imperial Knights or Astra Militarum, where they provide some great counter-charging options. They can also take hand flamers and inferno pistols. This is a great set of assets to have available, and it makes your Blood Angels even better at what they want to do — charging into the enemy lines and hitting them very, very hard.
Credit: Jack Hunter After spending a year painting my Imperial Fists , my return to Blood Angels was accompanied by a new paint scheme. Blood Angels were my first army when returning to the hobby with 8th edition, so I had followed the standard GW scheme that Duncan demonstrates nicely on YouTube.
I wanted to push a lot more contrast into my scheme, and fortunately for me Luther over at The Mighty Brush had written an absolutely fantastic tutorial.
He also sells an updated PDF version of the tutorial, using slightly different paints and methods, which I have yet to try — but even without using the specific the tutorial is absolutely worth it for his thoughts on how to get easy airbrush highlights and painting eyes. I use Liquitex Acrylic Ink, as I find it gives me much smoother transitions than any traditional white paint. Airbrush VMA Red over the entire model. Gloss varnish and apply any decals Wash the entire model with Gloss Nuln Oil, taking care to avoid pooling.
Matte varnish, then proceed with any highlighting you want to do. This gives me a pretty quick method of getting large units of troops ready, and with just a little bit more effort can have characters particularly stand out. There are a ton of different tonalities that can be used for gold, but this is my favorite appearance for my army.
I tend to use a lot more different colors on it than I might on other colors — all the models wearing gold tend to be important, so I want them to stand out. Prime black, and apply a base coat of Scale 75 Necro Gold with an airbrush. Airbrush Scale 75 Viking Gold heavily over the model, leaving Necro Gold just in the lowest recesses. Airbrush Scale 75 Dwarven Gold over most of the upper surfaces of the model, again leaving the Viking gold mostly from the mid-point down.
Airbrush Scale 75 Elven gold on the uppermost parts of the surfaces. This should only be a very light coat, stopping as soon as it starts being noticable. Gloss varnish the entire model, then wash everything with Gloss Reikland Fleshshade. Carefully wash Druchii Violet into recesses between armor plates, undersides of filigree, and anywhere else that needs contrast. Matte varnish the model, then do a final set of edge highlights with Scale 75 Citrine Alchemy.
Painting Black Blood Angels Moritat. My strategy for the black armor is based on some of the techniques I used on the red, specifically laying down highlights with the airbrush, blocking in details, then slathering the same wash over everything. Prime the model black. Carefully airbrush highlight using VMA Black Grey, covering about a third of the surface with a fairly long transition to black. Block in all the silvers and golds, using the same method as above on the red.
Gloss varnish and apply decals. Wash with Gloss Nuln Oil, taking care to avoid pooling. Matte varnish, and apply some final quick edge highlights with Scale 75 Graphite.
Basecoat the model Mephiston Red. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 2. Basecoat the purity seal paper with Rakarth Flesh. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 3. Wash the model with a matte coat of Agrax Earthshade. I apply this liberally since I like my shadows deep and I can always clean up any overflow later with more Mephiston Red.
Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 4. Paint every area that is going to be black or silver with Abaddon Black. I also clean up the overspill from step three here and correct any errors I make with the black with more Mephiston Red. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 5. Paint all silver parts of the model with Leadbelcher. Wash these sections with Nuln Oil. Highlight all the edges of the armor with Evil Sunz Scarlet. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 6.
Paint inside the edges of the previous highlight with Troll Slayer Orange. I try to only do this on the edges of the armor that would be lit from above. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 7. Highlight all black areas of the model leather, bolter casing, shoulder trim, and chest eagle on my model with Eshin Grey.
Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 8. Paint a smaller highlight inside of the previous one with Dawnstone. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd 9.
Paint the lower half of the eye lenses, the gun sights, and all the edges of the purity seals with Warpstone Glow. Credit: Samuel Brody-Boyd Finally, paint the tiniest tips of the eye lenses, the gun sights, and the purity seal with a thin highlight of Moot Green. Put a tiny dot of White Scar at the back of the eye lenses and your Blood Angel is ready for the basing technique of your choice!
Hopefully that gives you everything you need to start painting up your own Blood Angels, including the iconic Death Company and Sanguinary Guard. Blood Angels can be a very striking army on the tabletop, with their mix of red, black, and gold. Check back on Thursday for reader Samuel who contributed his method above to do exactly that, as we show off his full Blood Angels army!
Warhammer 40,000/5th Edition Tactics/Blood Angels
Pretty awesome , unlike the prissy Twilight sparkling shit you see elsewhere. Did we mention deep-striking Land Raiders? He can deal with pretty much any kind of enemy in the game with a decent chance of winning. Take him and Mephiston for extra lulz. Instead of making his normal attacks, he can instead inflict an automatic hit on every enemy model in base contact with him, which can be extremely useful against hordes. Also, if an enemy rolls a one to hit him, Seth kicks them in the fucking balls. And he removes the limit on Death Company.
Blood Angels Army Lists
They existed way back in the Rogue Trader era as one of the suggested schemes in that book, along with their eventual successors the Flesh Tearers and Blood Drinkers, but the making of them came with 2nd edition and the Angels of Death codex. This book, shared with the Dark Angels, introduced a bunch of their key characters and unique units, as well as the first iteration of rules and a greatly-expanded fluff background for them. After that, they have a slightly rockier history — they received a slimline Codex: Blood Angels in 3rd edition, but then had to suffice with a White Dwarf codex in 4th. What did show up was the insanely cool plastic Death Company box, the plastic Blood Angels Dreadnought, and the Sanguinary Guard, as well as a couple of new special characters. Some of the original Blood Angels art from back in 2nd edition. Credit: Games Workshop Following that, their next book was 4 years later in early 7th edition, and then came 8th edition and the current Codex: Blood Angels, which added the new Primaris units. Along with this unpleasant habit, they were well-known as shock troops who sometimes took things way too far — known for their hunger for blood and death, the IXth Legion were a force which seemed to encapsulate all the worst aspects of the Imperium.
Codex: Blood Angels 8th Edition
Jump to navigation Jump to search Example early 3rd edition Codex Imperial Guard Each codex had its own lettering style for the title. Example late 3rd edition Codex Imperial Guard All of these longer codexes had a standard black border and common title style. Example 4th edition Codex Space Marines All codexes had a standard grey metal-effect border and common title style. Example 6th edition Codex Space Marines All codexes had a standard grey name and the word codex.