My Warhammer 40k Blood Angels army

I assembled my first Blood Angel, Sergeant Karios, on March 10, 2020 (8th Edition), but 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, and the color guides.

All of my painted Blood Angels as of August 4, 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)

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 for all, diverse and welcoming — 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. Links go to blog posts for the finished minis.

My first painted Blood Angel: Sergeant Karios, 2nd Company, 1st Squad (March 2020)

1,996 points per 9th Edition rules (47 Space Marines, 2 Dreads, 2 tanks, 2 Teleport Homers):

  • Commander Dante
  • Librarian DreadnoughtNarses (Furioso Fist, Force Halberd, Storm Bolter)
  • ChaplainArrius
  • Terminator SquadSquad Ultio – 1st 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), 1 Teleport Homer
  • [Terminator Assault Squad – Squad Barakiel – 1st Company, 1st Squad – 5 Terminators led by Sergeant Barakiel (5x Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield), 1 Teleport Homer]
  • Sternguard Veteran SquadSquad Amedeo – 3rd Squad – 5 Sternguard led by Sergeant Amedeo (Power Sword and special issue Bolter; 3x special issue Bolters, 1x Combi-Flamer)
  • Land Raider CrusaderJudgment – 1st Company, Land Raider 7- Dedicated transport for Squad Barakiel (Multi-Melta)
  • Furioso DreadnoughtTuriel – 2nd Company, Dreadnought 1 (Frag Cannon, Furioso Fist, Storm Bolter)
  • Tactical SquadSquad Karios – 2nd Company, 1st Squad – 10 Battleline Space Marines led by Sergeant Karios (Chain Sword and Hand Flamer; 7x Bolter, 1x Heavy Bolter, 1x Plasma Gun)
  • Infiltrator SquadSquad Dolos – 2nd Company, 3rd Squad – 5 Battleline Space Marines led by Sergeant Dolos (5x Marksman Bolt Carbine)
  • [Assault Squad – Squad Adamo – 2nd Company, 7th Squad – 5 Fast Attack Space Marines led by Sergeant Adamo (Eviscerator; 4x Bolt Pistol and Chain Sword)]
  • RhinoRelentless – 2nd Company, Rhino 3 – Dedicated Transport for Squad Karios (Storm Bolter)
  • Scout SquadSquad Cain – 10th Company – Led by Sergeant Cain (5x Camouflage Cloak, Sniper Rifle)
  • [Death Company Squad – Squad Zahariel – Named for Sergeant Zahariel, who fell to the Black Rage and is part of this squad (5x Bolt Pistol and Chain Sword)]
Squad Ultio, 1st Company, 2nd Squad (April 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 — like Space Marine Bolt Pistols), so I’ve noted their wargear choices where applicable. Links to go blog posts for finished minis.

Lore-wise, my army is post-Devastation of Baal, their bases represent the Plains of Armageddon, everyone wears a helmet, and all “special” figures and squad leaders are named. (My names are generally a mix of Latin words, angel names, 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)

Chapter Command

Librarius

  • Librarian DreadnoughtNarses (Furioso Fist, Force Halberd, Storm Bolter)

Reclusiam

1st Company

  • Terminator SquadSquad Ultio – 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), 1 Teleport Homer
  • Sternguard Veteran SquadSquad Amedeo – 3rd Squad – 5 Sternguard led by Sergeant Amedeo (Power Sword and special issue Bolter; 3x special issue Bolter, 1x Combi-Flamer)
  • Land Raider CrusaderJudgment – Land Raider 7- Dedicated transport for Squad Barakiel (Multi-Melta)

2nd Company

  • Furioso DreadnoughtTuriel – Dreadnought 1 (Frag Cannon, Furioso Fist, Storm Bolter; alternate arm with Furioso Fist/Heavy Flamer also painted)
  • Tactical SquadSquad Karios – 1st Squad – 10 Battleline Space Marines led by Sergeant Karios (Chain Sword and Hand Flamer; 7x Bolter, 1x Heavy Bolter, 1x Plasma Gun)
  • Infiltrator SquadSquad Dolos – 3rd Squad – 5 Battleline Space Marines led by Sergeant Dolos (5x Marksman Bolt Carbine)
  • RhinoRelentless – Rhino 3 – Dedicated Transport for Squad Karios (Storm Bolter)

10th Company

  • Scout SquadSquad Cain – Led by Sergeant Cain (5x Camouflage Cloak, Sniper Rifle)
Narses, Librarian Dreadnought (April 2020)

Assembled and named, but unpainted

When BattleScribe updated from 8th to 9th and blew away all of my favorites — where I was originally storing this information — I decided to add a section for “stuff I know that isn’t tied to a painted unit.”

  • Squad Barakiel, 1st Company, 1st Squad — Close combat Terminators plus Teleport Homer
  • Squad Remiel, Sanguinary Guard
  • Brother Abaoz, Sanguinary Guard — Sanguinary Ancient
  • Squad Zahariel, Death Company
  • Squad Adamo, 2nd Company, 7th Squad — Jump Assault Marines
  • Judgment, 1st Company, designated transport for Squad Barakiel — Land Raider Crusader
  • 5x assembled Infiltrators who will either become the back half of Squad Dolos or a separate squad
WIP Librarian Dreadnought (March 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.

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