Dark Angels Veterans Squad

Hi all,

I was thinking recently just how long it has actually been since I last did a post for my Dark Angels, and came to the conclusion that the Unforgiven Angels was almost ignoring the reason for its creation! Therefore over the past few weeks I have been working on a squad of Veterans to compliment my Dark Angels force, images of which can be seen above. I decided to go for as varied a squad as I could, including a Power Fist, Plasma Pistol, Missile Launcher, Flamer, Storm Bolter and Combat Shield. The main reasons I chose to model them like this was rather than being specialists, they could become a right royal pain to any opposing unit they may face with a variation of combat abilities!

Now this was the first time I’d chosen to use a metallic colour for my Dark Angels, and I actually like the slight contrast the Boltgun Metal weapon parts have in comparison to my regular selection of colours I use when painting my models. As with my Deathwing Terminators , I stuck to my basic pallet; Graveyard Earth, Kommando Khaki and Dheneb Stone for the robes, Vallejo Black Green, Dark Angels Green, Catachan Green and Camo Green for the armour(obviously not Deathwing!), Adeptus Battlegrey, Codex Grey and Fortress Grey for the icons, and for the Plasma Pistol’s coils I started with Regal Blue, Shadow Grey, Ice Blue, and then Space Wolves Grey. Any metal was basecoated Boltgun Metal, washed with thinned down Chaos Black, drybrushed with Boltgun Metal again, and highlighted with Mithril Silver. I chose to colour the robes as they are to visually link the fact that the Veterans are the closest a Space Marine can get to becoming a Deathwing Terminator without actually being one, therefore all weapon casing and robes were painted to represent that link, although all of my Space marines will share that scheme for their weapon casings to tie the army in as a whole.

I am hoping to get started on a Dreadnought soon, so watch this space!

All the best,


10 thoughts on “Dark Angels Veterans Squad”

  1. Well, I really like what you’ve done with your vets, they are very impressive. I particularly like your use of a termi power fist complete with Crux Terminatus, it really ties them in to the Deathwing.

    I think your relatively strong highlights on the robes really work. I’ve just finished a few robes myself and stuck to quite a subtle highlight, something your making me reconsider!

    Anyway, its always good to see some new stuff on here 🙂

  2. Thanks very much mate! Glad you like the highlights… at first I thought it may be a mistake, but you’ve reassured me now. I am actually planning on following your steps on ‘painting power weapons’ for my next squad of Termies, so I look forward to testing that method again!

  3. Yeah, I really think you’ve done a good thing there – keep it up. I normally find it really hard to get my head around strong highlights, so if I do like some, they must be impressive!

    And ooooh, someone using a tutorial I wrote? You are a brave man indeed. I can’t wait to see what you do with it…

  4. Thanks! Really nice of you to say. Your tutorial is very accurate, and I’m hoping to apply it to any models that involve a Power Weapon, and can’t wait to try it on my company master! I will let you know how it goes matey!

  5. I agree- the red underside of the robe gives them a very nice touch. Very convincing paintjob. I was wondering though- is the stormbolter part of the veterans box?

  6. Hello mate,

    I cut the storm bolter from a terminator arm and roughly fitted it with thin wire, although in the veterans box a whole terminator arm is provided with DA insignia. I was going to use that like I did with the power fist veteran but thought I may aswell use the free one from the terminator in one of the previous White Dwarfs!

    Thanks for the compliments, and thanks for stopping by!

  7. i have used the terminators from the 40k ‘black reach’ box set for my deathwing, but i have to say that the box set this time round is no where near the quality of previous box sets. the terminators are ok, as is the dreadnought, but the rulebook and the marines themselves are not upto the standard of previous versions. thats not to say i ain’t pleased with the price! i have made my d.a. force as “the Sons of Caliban”, using nearly the same colour scheme as the “Disciples” successor Chapter.
    Keep up the good work,
    “the FU”

  8. Hey FU!

    I agree with your about the quality of the minis and even the rulebook provided, it almost seemed like GW had a few spare coins laying around to throw a box set together!

    The Sons Of Caliban with the Disciples colour scheme sounds fantastic. I recently finished up my 1500 points of DA and am now working on 1500 points of Space Wolves to ally with them on the field!

    Thanks for stopping by my friend

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