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Manda’s (Amachan) Dark Angels 5th Battle Company

Manda’s (Amachan) Dark Angels 5th Battle Company

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About the Project

This is my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company from around the 13th Black Crusade era. This means before Primaris. This army started out as me and a friend sharing a Dark Vengeance box set, he took Chaos I took Dark Angels, just thinking of it as a nice simple painting project. That kind of grew out of proportions and I wanted to create something according to the 40k lore. And thus the 5th Battle Company idea was born. It does however include limitations to what I can include in the army, so no Deathwing or Ravenwing. I found this limitation interesting and thus this army is very marine focused. There will be their support vehicles and such. I won't be building the full battle company, just enough to have nice lore friendly army to field in a fun game.

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Squad 4 Progress Update 6

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Since I’m taking a break from painting 40k for about a month here is a quick in between shot of the finished first half of squad 4 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company or otherwise known as Squad Raphael from the Dark Vengeance box set.

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Squad 4 Progress Update 5

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Some more progress was mode on squad 4 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company or otherwise known as Squad Raphael from the Dark Vengeance box set.

Squad 4 Progress Update 5

Squad 4 Progress Update 4

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I made a lot more progress on squad 4 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company or otherwise known as Squad Raphael from the Dark Vengeance box set.

Squad 4 Progress Update 4

Squad 4 Progress Update 3

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I made quite a bit more progress on squad 4 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company or otherwise known as Squad Raphael from the Dark Vengeance box set.

Squad 4 Progress Update 3

Shiny Syndrome Pounding

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My veteran squad got their shiny syndrome pounding today, they survived the Hormagaunts without any hiccups, but the Swarmlord that came after slaughtered them.

Shiny Syndrome Pounding

Squad 4 Progress Update 2

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I made a start on squad 4 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company or otherwise known as Squad Raphael from the Dark Vengeance box set.

Squad 4 Progress Update 2

Veteran Squad

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Veteran Squad

The veteran squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Veteran Squad Progress Update 5

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I got more work done on my veteran squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company, just some shading left. I probably won’t post any more updates on the veterans until they’re varnished, since it’s mostly going to put paint on and let dry work.

Veteran Squad Progress Update 5

Veteran Squad Progress Update 4

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More work was done on my veteran squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Veteran Squad Progress Update 4

Veteran Squad Progress Update 3

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I got quite a bit more work done on my veteran squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Veteran Squad Progress Update 3

Veteran Squad Progress Update 2

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I got a little more work done on my veteran squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Veteran Squad Progress Update 2

Veteran Squad Progress Update 1

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Some more work on my Dark Angels. I started painting my veteran squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Veteran Squad Progress Update 1

Squad 3

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Squad 3

This is squad 3 of my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Rakiel, the Predator

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Rakiel, the Predator

Rakiel, the 5th predator of my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Squad 3 Progress Update 7

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The second half of squad 3 is now almost ready for their varnishes, just waiting for them to dry, apply some desert dust and they’re ready.

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Squad 3 Progress Update 6

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I got a lot of work done tonight on the second half of squad 3 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

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Squad 3 Progress Update 5

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The first half of squad 3 is now ready for their varnishes and finishing touches.

Squad 3 Progress Update 5

I made a start on the second half of squad 3. Basecoats, iconography and chipping done.

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Squad 3 Progress Update 4

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I got more work done on the first half of squad 3 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company, they’re getting there.

Squad 3 Progress Update 4

Predator Progress Update 9

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Most of you will probably know how demoralizing it can be to ruin weeks or months worth of work. Well this is what happened to my predator, I did the weathering with pigments and then ruined it with my airbrush.

Predator Progress Update 9

I have now redone it using pigment binder instead of water, but not that happy with the results. Let’s hope it’ll stay on after the varnish. If so I’ll apply my pigments with water next time and then sprinkle some pigment binder over it.

Predator Progress Update 9

It’s just not the same as before……

Squad 3 Progress Update 3

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I got a little more work done on the first half of squad 3 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Squad 3 Progress Update 3

Predator Progress Update 8

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The final stage of weathering is done on my Dark Angels Predator, now it’s just varnishes to seal it all in and matte coat it and such and done.

Predator Progress Update 8

Squad 7

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Squad 7

Squad 7, an assault squad for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Turmiel

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Turmiel, the librarian attached to my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Predator Progress Update 7

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I got one more stage of weathering done on my Dark Angels Predator. I do think I overdid the weathering a bit on this stage.

Predator Progress Update 7

Squad 3 Progress Update 2

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More progress was made on the first half of squad 3 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Squad 3 Progress Update 2

Squad 3 Progress Update 1

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I have made a start on the first half of squad 3 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Squad 3 Progress Update 1

Squad 7 Progress Update 12

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The second half of squad 7 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company is now ready for their varnish coats.

Squad 7 Progress Update 12

Predator Progress Update 6

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I got another stage of weathering done on my Dark Angels Predator.

Predator Progress Update 6

Squad 7 Progress Update 11

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More progress was made this morning on the second half of Squad 7 for my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Squad 7 Progress Update 11

Squad 7 Progress Update 10

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Slowly making more progress on the second half of Squad 7 when I can.

Squad 7 Progress Update 10

Predator Progress Update 5

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The predator is ready for a gloss coat to protect it from the enamel washes. I also glued the lascannons to the hull to blend the weathering in with the hull of the vehicle.

Predator Progress Update 5

Squad 7 Progress Update 9

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Some progress on the second half of Squad 7. I’m still not feeling well and struggling to keep a brush steady, but trying at least.

Squad 7 Progress Update 9

Predator Progress Update 4

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I updated the weathering on my predator to bring it more in line with the other marines of my 5th Battle Company. Still waiting on supplies before I can really continue with it.

Predator Progress Update 4

Squad 7 Progress Update 8

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I did the weathering on the second half of squad 7.

Squad 7 Progress Update 8

Turmiel Progress Update 3

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I put some Desert Dust on Turmiel, the librarian attached to my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company. He is ready for his varnishes when dry.

Turmiel Progress Update 3

Balthazar

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Balthazar, the company master for my Dark Angels.

Turmiel Progress Update 2

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I did a lot more work on Turmiel, the librarian attached to my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company. Just a couple of things to do when he’s dry and then he can go get varnished.

Turmiel Progress Update 2

Turmiel Progress Update 1

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I made a start on basecoating Turmiel, the librarian attached to my Dark Angels 5th Battle Company.

Turmiel Progress Update 1

Balthazar Progress Update 3

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Balthazar, the company master for my Dark Angels is now ready for his varnish coats.

Balthazar Progress Update 3

Squad 7 Progress Update 7

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The transfers are applied on Squad 7 and once the varnish on the shoulder pads has cured I can start painting them.

Squad 7 Progress Update 7

Balthazar Progress Update 2

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I did some more work on Balthazar, the company master for my Dark Angels. Just waiting on things to dry before I can continue.

Balthazar Progress Update 2

Squad 7 Progress Update 6

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The second half of squad 7 has been base coated and I have started applying the decals.

Squad 7 Progress Update 6

Balthazar Progress Update 1

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I made a big start on Balthazar, the company master for my Dark Angels.

Balthazar Progress Update 1

Squad 7 Progress Update 5

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I finished most of the last details on squad 7 for my Dark Angels. Just varnishes and then they’re done. I won’t make finished pictures until the full 10-men squad is done.

Squad 7 Progress Update 5

Squad 7 Progress Update 4

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I made quite a lot more progress on squad 7 for my Dark Angels today. They’re still not done, but getting close.

Squad 7 Progress Update 4

New Acquisitions.

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The twin assault cannon for my Dark Angels Razorback I ordered from Wargames Exclusive came in today. I wasn’t aware the gun would come with headlights, so I ordered a set of headlights with it and now I have 2 sets. Perfect excuse to also get a Vindicator for my Dark Angels.

New Acquisitions.

Company Ancient

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The company ancient for my Dark Angels is now done.

The Disco Doctor

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The Disco Doctor or otherwise known as the apothecary for my Dark Angels with an afro is now completely finished.

Squad 7 Progress Update 3

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I made quite a lot of progress on squad 7 for my Dark Angels today.

Squad 7 Progress Update 3

Squad 4 Progress Update 1

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Squad 4 for my Dark Angels has been re-based from their 25mm bases to the 32mm bases like the rest of the army has. These models are from the Dark Vengeance box set.

Squad 4 Progress Update 1

Squad 7 Progress Update 2

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Over the last 2 days I have been nursing the transfers on, first one and then the second over that on half of squad 7 for my Dark Angels. 2 men of that half can’t have transfers on their shoulder pads.

Squad 7 Progress Update 2

Squad 7 Progress Update 1

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After about an hour of doing the details on my assault squad, came to the conclusion that I should do the weathering after the transfers and before the detailing. 🤦 So now the shoulder pads have a coat of gloss varnish drying on them to prepare them for the transfers.

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Predator Progress Update 3

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I got work done on my predator for my Dark Angels, mostly on the lascannons and I got the top gunner finished as well.

Predator Progress Update 3

Company Ancient Progress Update 5

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I have shaded the banner and some more on the base and the model. Once this is dry my company ancient is ready for it’s final varnishes.

Company Ancient Progress Update 5

Predator Progress Update 2

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I got a lot more work done on my predator for my Dark Angels.

Predator Progress Update 2

Company Ancient Progress Update 4

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I applied transfers to the banner and did a drybrush on the cloth on the marine and it’s waiting for things to dry again before I can continue.

Company Ancient Progress Update 4

Company Ancient Progress Update 3

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Got a lot more work done on the company ancient for my Dark Angels. Just waiting on things to dry before I can continue.

Company Ancient Progress Update 3

Company Ancient Progress Update 2

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More progress on my company ancient for my Dark Angels. Started on the banner as well, just about a million more coats remaining to get it smooth.

Company Ancient Progress Update 2

Apothecary Progress Update 3

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My Disco Doctor or otherwise known as the apothecary for my Dark Angels with an afro has got some shading done after a gloss coat. He is now ready for the final varnishes.

Apothecary Progress Update 3

Company Ancient Progress Update 1

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I made a start on the company ancient for my Dark Angels.

Company Ancient Progress Update 1

Predator Progress Update 1

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I got the basecoat done on my predator for my Dark Angels.

Predator Progress Update 1

Apothecary Progress Update 2

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Got some weathering done on my Dark Angels apothecary with afro. Just waiting for things to dry and then a gloss varnish before I do the washes so I can preserve the white.

Apothecary Progress Update 2

Apothecary Progress Update 1

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Made quite a start on the apothecary for my Dark Angels.

Apothecary Progress Update 1

Other Dark Angels models

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These models are not part of the 5th Battle Company for obvious reasons, but are still Dark Angels model that I have painted.

Deathwing Terminators.Deathwing Terminators.

The Deathwing terminators were painted up for the Space Hulk challenge and can be found here: https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1281699/

My Ravenwing bikes will be painted up at some point and will most likely end up in my GW project here: https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1311042/

Paint Scheme Continued.

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Bases

The base colour on the bases and the sand will be painted Vallejo Model Color Desert Yellow (70.977). The rocks and sandstone bits will be painted Vallejo Model Color Sand Yellow (70.916). They will then receive a drybrush of Vallejo Game Color Bonewhite (72.034).

It will all be shaded with Vallejo Model Wash Desert Dust (76.522) and Citadel Shade Agrax Earthshade (99189953018) will be used on the sandstone carvings on the resin bases.

The rest.

Mechanical bits will be painted with a coat of Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron (77.721) and then a drybrush of Vallejo Model Air Steel (71.065) and shaded with Citadel Shade Nuln Oil (99189953017).

Purity seals, the wax will be Vallejo Model Color Carmine Red (70.908) and the hanging scribbled notes will be Vallejo Model Color Beige (70.917) with scribbles of Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862) and then a heavy coat of Vallejo Game Color Sepia Shade (73.200).

And for the rest I can’t say, there are little things on certain model that may be very unique and I will paint them as I feel like. This should give you a general idea of the paints used in this army and I will not keep track of what paints I use for every model.

Paint Scheme

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5th Battle Company Tactical Marine.5th Battle Company Tactical Marine.

Armour

The base armour colour will be Vallejo Game Extra Opaque Heavy BlackGreen (72.147) which will be shaded with Citadel Shade Nuln Oil (99189953017). For the apothecary it will be Vallejo Model Air White Grey (71.119) and the Chaplain will be Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862) both shaded the same.

Trim on the armour will be in Vallejo Game Color Polished Gold (72.055) with some metal bits in Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron (77.721) & Vallejo Model Air Steel (71.065).

Most iconography will be done with transfers, however the knee marking will be painted with Vallejo Game Color Bonewhite (72.034)Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862) & Vallejo Game Extra Opaque Heavy BlackGreen (72.147) where required. Markings that are embossed on the model, like most of the Dark Angel shoulder pads will be painted in either Vallejo Model Air White Grey (71.119) or Vallejo Model Color Carmine Red (70.908) where necessary.

The lenses in the helmet will first receive a basecoat of Vallejo Model Air Silver RLM01 (71.063) followed by Vallejo Model Color Transparent Red (70.934) and a gloss varnish at the end.

Robes, Cloth, etc.

The main colour for the robes and such will be Vallejo Model Color Beige (70.917) with some parts Vallejo Model Color Carmine Red (70.908) & Vallejo Game Extra Opaque Heavy BlackGreen (72.147) where required.

Guns

The main body covers for the guns will be Vallejo Model Color Carmine Red (70.908) and the rest will be Vallejo Model Color Gunmetal Grey (70.863).

Trim bits will be Vallejo Game Color Polished Gold (72.055), Grips will be Vallejo Panzer Aces Dark Rubber (70.306) and bullets where visible will be Vallejo Model Color Brass (70.801).

Melta barrels will be painted Vallejo Game Color Bright Bronze (72.057), flamer cowls will be Vallejo Model Color Copper (70.999), front ends of plasma guns and the cowls of lascannons will be painted with Vallejo Model Air Steel (71.065).

They will all be shaded with Citadel Shade Nuln Oil (99189953017).

The plasma coils will be painted with Vallejo Model Air Silver RLM01 (71.063) and then covered with Vallejo Model Color Transparent Blue (70.938). However some older style plasma weapons, of which I know there is only one in the army so far, will get the second coat done with Vallejo Model Color Transparent Green (70.936) instead of the blue. None of the coils will be shaded further and receive a gloss coat at the end.

Melee weapons

Blades on knifes, sword, power weapons etc. will be basecoated with Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron (77.721) and receive a drybrush of Vallejo Model Air Steel (71.065).

The main shaft of the weapon, where exposed will just be Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron (77.721) and the grips will be Vallejo Model Color Cavalry Brown (70.982). The power coils will be Vallejo Model Color Copper (70.999) and the trim and or decorative bits will be painted with Vallejo Game Color Polished Gold (72.055).

The teeth on chainweapons will be Vallejo Model Color Oily Steel (70.865) and power fists will be painted in the same colours as the armour. Body covers on weapons will be Vallejo Model Color Carmine Red (70.908) where applicable.

Skin, Faces etc.

For this army I will use 2 skin tones, a white one and a black one so to say (no offence meant). For the white I will use a base of Vallejo Game Color Cadnium Skin (72.099) and for the black I will use Vallejo Model Color Chocolate Brown (70.872). Both will be shaded with a 50/50 mix of Citadel Shade Reikland Fleshshade (99189953027) & Vallejo Glaze Medium (70.596).

For eyes I will be really simple and do a dot of Citadel Shade Nuln Oil (99189953017) and for hair I will use whatever I feel is applicable to the model, this can vary so much that writing it down ahead of time is just not doable.

Picking it back up again.

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With me having had a fallout with 40k because of Primaris and now I actually planned never to buy any Space Marines ever again, I have made one exception. My Dark Angels 5th Battle Company, A project that I already started and I kind of want to finish before all normal Space Marine stuff is no longer available. I already have most of the infantry and need to buy 2 more squads, but most importantly support vehicles, like Rhinos, Razorbacks and Dreadnoughts.

So far.

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So far I have a part of the army built and that’s it. Due to finances and me slowly losing interest in 40k this project is on hold for an undetermined amount of time. I do still want to do this army, but I have so much more going on that this just has to be put on hold. Especially since interests in other games is taking priority and I do have a fully painted 40k army, so I can play anyway.

The army so far.The army so far.

The army started with the Dark Vengeance box which I shared with a friend. I took the Dark Angels and he took the Chaos Space Marines.