My Warhammer 40k Blood Angels army

I assembled my first Blood Angel, Sergeant Karios, on March 10, 2020 (8th Edition), and after a few months of painting — when I decided to update my army for 9th Edition — I realized that I needed a permanent place here on Yore to record my force organization, character names, wargear, and other details. Since I write up a color guide for every unit type I paint, and reference them often, it seemed like a good idea to include links to those here as well — and heck, why not link to all my posts showcasing finished minis, too?

Since this page is essentially an omnibus compiling months of miniature painting, it’s pretty long. Here are quick links to my current army, my overall force, the color guides, and my unassembled kits.

If you enjoy this page, you might also like my other 40k pages: my Deathskulls Ork army, Moonkrumpa’s Megalootas, and my 40k terrain.

All of my painted Blood Angels as of November 20, 2020

This is my first proper Warhammer 40k army — something I’ve wanted to own since I was around 10 years old. My choices are guided by the Rule of Cool (if I think it’s cool, I use it) and some sound advice from an issue of White Dwarf: Pick an army you love, and love to paint, and don’t worry about its effectiveness as 40k changes and new editions emerge.

The Rhino Relentless, 2nd Company (May 2020)

If you have any questions about my Blood Angels army, feel free to drop me a line.

Space fascism vs. actual fascism

I love the Blood Angels because they’re so over the top: space vampires doomed to be consumed by their own bloodlust, fighting to do what they think is right despite — like all Space Marines — clearly being the bad guys.

But I love these evil little bastards because they’re a hoot, not because I agree with their values or their religious zealotry, nor with the equally evil feudal theocracy that is the Imperium of Man. Fictional villains are fun — one reason why I love horror movies so much! — and so is the gonzo, grimdark 40k universe.

I don’t take anything about the Warhammer universe seriously. But in real life? Fuck Nazis, fuck fascists, fuck bigots, fuck racists, fuck sexists, fuck misogynists, and fuck hatemongers of all stripes. 40k should be an inclusive hobby, diverse and welcoming for all — except for bigots and other hateful fuckwits. And as Games Workshop says, if you disagree you will not be missed.

Furioso Dreadnought Turiel, 2nd Company (July 2020)

Current 2,000-point army list

I started my army in March 2020 based on 8th Edition point values, and revised it for 9th Edition in August 2020. From the day I assembled my first Blood Angel, March 10, to the day I finished varnishing my final squad (November 20), it took me 255 days to complete my army. (Links go to blog posts for the finished minis.)

My first-ever 40k army (November 21, 2020)

Under 9th Edition rules, my army is exactly 2,000 points:

  • HQ
    • Chapter Master, Commander Dante, Master of the Blood Angels, Lord of the Angelic Host
    • Librarian Dreadnought Narses (Furioso Fist, Force Halberd, Storm Bolter)
    • Chaplain Arrius
  • Troops
    • Tactical Marines, Squad Karios2nd Company, 1st Squad – 5 Space Marines led by Sergeant Karios (Chain Sword and Hand Flamer; 3x Bolter, 1x Heavy Bolter; I’m running this squad at half-size)
    • Tactical Marines, Squad Caedes – 2nd Company, 2nd Squad – 5 Space Marines led by Sergeant Caedes (Storm Bolter and Power Axe; 3x Bolter, 1x Missile Launcher)
    • Primaris Infiltrators, Squad Dolos2nd Company, 3rd Squad – 5 Space Marines led by Sergeant Dolos (5x Marksman Bolt Carbine)
  • Elites
    • Close Combat Terminators, Squad Barakiel – 1st Company, 1st Squad – 5 Terminators led by Sergeant Barakiel (5x Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield)
    • Terminators, Squad Ultio1st Company, 2nd Squad – 5 Terminators led by Sergeant Ultio (Power Sword and Storm Bolter; 2x Storm Bolter and Chain Fist, 1x Storm Bolter and Power Fist, 1x Assault Cannon and Power Fist)
    • Scouts, Squad Cain10th Company – 5 Scouts led by Sergeant Cain (5x Camouflage Cloak, Sniper Rifle)
    • Death Company Marines, Squad Zahariel – 5 Space Marines; named for Sergeant Zahariel, who fell to the Black Rage and is part of this squad (5x Bolt Pistol and Chain Sword)
    • Furioso Dreadnought Turiel2nd Company, Dreadnought #1 (Frag Cannon, Furioso Fist, Storm Bolter)
  • Fast Attack
    • Assault Marines, Squad Adamo2nd Company, 9th Squad – 5 Assault Marines with Jump Packs led by Sergeant Adamo (Eviscerator; 4x Chain Sword and Bolt Pistol)
  • Heavy Support
    • Land Raider Crusader Judgment1st Company, Land Raider #7 – Dedicated transport for Squad Barakiel (Multi-Melta)
  • Dedicated Transport
    • Rhino Relentless2nd Company, Rhino #3 – Dedicated Transport for Squad Karios (Storm Bolter)
My first painted Blood Angel: Sergeant Karios, 2nd Company, 1st Squad (March 2020)

Complete army (everything I’ve painted)

This is a simple record of every painted Blood Angel I own. My army is WYSIWYG to a reasonable standard (i.e. my Furioso Dreadnought has a decorative light mounted where his smoke launcher would go, but the unit has a smoke launcher by default; he’s got one, it’s just not visible — just like Space Marine Bolt Pistols), so I’ve noted their wargear choices where applicable. Links to go blog posts for finished minis.

Squad Ultio, 1st Company, 2nd Squad (April 2020)

In terms of lore and related guiding principles:

  • My army is post-Devastation of Baal
  • Their bases represent the plains of Armageddon
  • Every base includes at least one scenic element (usually several)
  • Everyone wears a helmet
  • No two figures are exact duplicates (even with identical poses, at least one thing is different)
  • All “special” figures and squad leaders are named
  • I follow the rule of thumb that 90%+ of the mini is GW parts

My names are generally a mix of Latin words, angel names, Italian words, and names from Renaissance Italy, and I bounce them off a list of Blood Angels names to make sure I’m not using a well-known character. I try to follow the canon force organization as much as possible.

My original 2,000-point Blood Angels army, built using 8th Edition point values (May 19, 2020)

A unit with a bold and/or hyperlinked name is one I’ve finished painting; the link goes to their page of lightbox photos. Units in italics are placeholders, and they fall into two general categories: named characters/squads I’m planning to paint, and reminders of the force organization (for example, I’ve decided that the 9th and 10th Squads are close support).

Chapter Command

  • Chapter Master, Commander Dante, Master of the Blood Angels, Lord of the Angelic Host
  • Librarian Dreadnought Narses (Furioso Fist, Force Halberd, Storm Bolter)
  • Chaplain Arrius
  • Sanguinary Guard, Squad Remiel
  • Sanguinary Ancient Abaoz

Death Company

  • Squad Zahariel – 5 Space Marines; named for Sergeant Zahariel, who fell to the Black Rage and is part of this squad (5x Bolt Pistol and Chain Sword)

1st Company, “Archangels”

  • Captain Arenos Karlaen, Shield of Baal
  • 1st Lieutenant – TBD
  • 2nd Lieutenant – TBD
  • Unnamed Terminator Ancient (combining the banner and other bits from my Terminator kits with spare Termie bits, notably Captain Karlaen’s torso, that I bought on Ebay)
  • 1st Squad, veterans – Close Combat Terminators, Squad Barakiel – 5 Terminators led by Sergeant Barakiel (5x Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield), 1 Teleport Homer
  • 2nd Squad, veterans – Terminators, Squad Ultio – 5 Terminators led by Sergeant Ultio (Power Sword and Storm Bolter; 2x Storm Bolter and Chain Fist, 1x Storm Bolter and Power Fist, 1x Assault Cannon and Power Fist), 1 Teleport Homer
  • 3rd Squad, veterans – Sternguard Veterans, Squad Amedeo – 5 Sternguard led by Sergeant Amedeo (Power Sword and special issue Bolter; 3x special issue Bolter, 1x Combi-Flamer)
  • 4th Squad, veterans
  • 5th Squad, veterans
  • 6th Squad, veterans
  • 7th Squad, veterans
  • 8th Squad, veterans
  • 9th Squad, veterans
  • 10th Squad, veterans
  • Contemptor Dreadnought Duro – Dreadnought #TBD
  • Land Raider Crusader JudgmentLand Raider #7 – Dedicated transport for Squad Barakiel (Multi-Melta)

2nd Company, “The Blooded”

  • Captain Donatos Aphael, Master of the Watch (kitbash of elements from the Blood Angels Tactical Squad box and the standalone Space Marine Commander kit)
  • 1st Lieutenant – TBD
  • 2nd Lieutenant – TBD
  • 1st Squad, battleline – Tactical Marines, Squad Karios – 10 Space Marines led by Sergeant Karios (Chain Sword and Hand Flamer; 7x Bolter, 1x Heavy Bolter, 1x Plasma Gun)
  • 2nd Squad, battleline – Tactical Marines, Squad Caedes – 5 Space Marines led by Sergeant Caedes (Storm Bolter and Power Axe; 3x Bolter, 1x Missile Launcher)
  • 3rd Squad, battleline – Primaris Infiltrators, Squad Dolos – 5 Space Marines led by Sergeant Dolos (5x Marksman Bolt Carbine)
  • 4th Squad, battleline – Primaris Infiltrators (I have 5x assembled; they could also become the back half of Squad Dolos)
  • 5th Squad, battleline – TBD
  • 6th Squad, battleline – TBD
  • 7th Squad, fire support – TBD
  • 8th Squad, fire support – TBD
  • 9th Squad, close support – Assault Marines, Squad Adamo – 5 Assault Marines with Jump Packs led by Sergeant Adamo (Eviscerator; 4x Chain Sword and Bolt Pistol)
  • 10th Squad, close support – TBD
  • Furioso Dreadnought TurielDreadnought #1 (Frag Cannon, Furioso Fist, Storm Bolter; alternate arm with Furioso Fist/Heavy Flamer also painted)
  • Redemptor Dreadnought Feo – Dreadnought #TBD
  • Rhino RelentlessRhino #3 – Dedicated Transport for Squad Karios (Storm Bolter)

3rd Company, “Ironhelms”

  • 10th Squad, close support – Space Marine Bikers, Squad Ariete – 3 Space Marines on Assault Bikes led by Sergeant Ariete (Chain Sword; 2x Bolt Pistols)

10th Company, “Redeemers”

  • Scouts, Squad Cain – 5 Scouts led by Sergeant Cain (5x Camouflage Cloak, Sniper Rifle)
Narses, Librarian Dreadnought (April 2020)

As of October 2020, I’m not positive whether I’ll be painting 10-man squads for every “slot” as per the canon force organization (100 Battle-Brothers per company), or leaving some at 5-man strength. This will probably resolve itself as I paint more Blood Angels, so for now I’m just not worrying about it.

The Land Raider Crusader Judgment, 1st Company (retouched October 2020)

Color guide links

One thing I’ve learned from the ebb and flow of my interest in painting miniatures over the years is that it’s good to plan for periods of dormancy and renewal. To that end, I write a color guide for every unit type I paint.

WIP bases for Squad Karios (March 2020)

These are based on Citadel’s Parade Ready color guides on the GW website, sometimes tweaked by me, so their format is [base coat] > [shade/wash] > [layer] > [layer]. I don’t drybrush much on my Angels, so if I’ve used that technique it’s noted in the guide.

Squad Caedes, 2nd Company, 2nd Squad, on the plains of Armageddon

Unassembled kits

It’s fun to have plans, so this list catalogs the Space Marine kits I own but haven’t built yet (what some folks call their “pile of shame,” which has never made much sense to me).

WIP Librarian Dreadnought (March 2020)

Preordering a second-wave Indomitus box is what made me realize that I needed this list. It’s a simple way to keep track of what I might want to work on next, figure out what I’m missing, and avoid accidentally picking up duplicate models.

Classic Marines

  • Assault Squad: 5x Assault Marines
  • Attack Bike: 1x Attack Bike
  • Chaplain: Chap with Jump Pack
  • Chaplain: Terminator Chaplain Tarentus
  • Death Company: 5x Death Company Marines
  • Devastator Squad: 5x Devastators
  • Furioso Dreadnought: 1x of Librarian, Furioso, or Death Company Dread
  • Kitbashes/loose figures:
    • 1x Terminator Ancient
    • 1x Captain Aphael
  • Razorback: 1x Razorback or Rhino
  • Start Collecting: Blood Angels:
    • 1x Baal Predator
    • 1x Captain Karlaen
    • 10x Blood Angels Space Marines
  • Sternguard Veteran Squad: 5x Sternguard
  • Stormhawk Interceptor: 1x Stormhawk or Stormtalon
  • Tactical Squad: 5x vanilla Space Marines (the back half of Squad Caedes)
  • Terminator Assault Squad: 5x BA-specific close-combat Termies
  • Terminator Assault Squad: 5x BA-specific close-combat Termies
  • Terminator Assault Squad: 5x vanilla close-combat Termies
  • Vanguard Veteran Squad: 5x veteran Assault Marines
  • Vindicator: 1x Vindicator

Primaris Marines

  • Blood Angels Combat Patrol (preordered, “2021”):
    • 1x Librarian
    • 5x Intercessors
    • 5x Incursors or Infiltrators
    • 3x Aggressors
    • 1x Impulsor
  • Hellblasters: 10x Blood Angels-specific Hellblasters
  • Indomitus box (preordered, Nov/Dec 2020):
    • 1x Captain
    • 1x Lieutenant
    • 1x Chaplain
    • 1x Judiciar
    • 3x Bladeguard Veterans
    • 1x Bladeguard Ancient
    • 3x Eradicators
    • 10x Assault Intercessors
    • 3x Outriders
  • Invictor Tactical Warsuit: 1x Invictor
  • Invictor Tactical Warsuit: 1x Invictor
  • Redemptor Dreadnought: 1x Redemptor
  • Repulsor: 1x Repulsor
The Land Raider Crusader Judgment, with Squads Barakiel and Ultio (November 2020)