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Title: JUNE 2010 - The Fallen Angels of Caliban
Description: Rayziel presents Luther's side of things

ShroudFilm - June 18, 2010 10:40 AM (GMT)
We've had no shortage of nominations for the Display Case of late, what with all the excellent and inspirational work our members have been producing, so choosing this month's entry was particularly tough... but the sheer speed with which this army has been put together, and the crisp clean 'Eavy Metal style paint jobs really merit a special mention.

And so, without further ado, all the way from the forests of Caliban, TGC presents Rayziel's Fallen Angels army!

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Here we have: (l-r) Lord Cypher, Chapter Master Astelan, Luther, Zahariel, Chaplain Castigus.

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The Fallen arrayed for battle amid the ruins of Caliban.

Rayziel has adhered to the various canonical pre-Heresy sources very closely, and the army itself has a great unified feel while still being very thematically different from 'loyalist' Terran Dark Angels. Some of the inspiration has also come from the older versions of Warhammer 40,000 including this retro Dark Angels sergeant mini, which Rayziel says is his favourite model in the army!

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Devastators take up firing positions, ready to repel infantry and armour alike.

When I spoke to him at the recent TGC 'Ullanor' event, he was only too happy to take me through the various units and how they work together both as a display army and also on the tabletop. Here is a little more from Rayziel about the inspiration behind the army, and where he plans to take it in future:

Iím really proud that my army has been chosen for this monthís Display Case. This is a project that has kept me going over the last few months and itís been great to meet some of you guys at the recent TGC events! You guys have really inspired me to keep adding to this army and Iím honoured that my work has been chosen over some really stiff competition on the boards.

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What can I say about this army? Well for starters itís all Angels_Bladeís fault! Weíd had many conversations about all things 40k (and 30k!) over the years, and weíre also both massive Dark Angels fanatics. So when he told me about this great forum dedicated to pre-Heresy shenanigans and that he was working on a PH Dark Angels army, the first thing I thought was wouldnít it be cool to do Lutherís Dark Angels! That way, we could fight both together and against each other in a 30k setting. Armed with the Collected Visions book, I decided that whatever I was going to put in this army would be as close as my modelling and painting skills could achieve to the artwork displayed in this mighty tome.

So with a vague idea of what I wanted to do, I set about making a few test models to try out the conversions and paint schemes. Then the TGC event 'Path of The Traitor' came along at Warhammer World and encouraged me to paint a load of guys really quickly so that I could take part... and so the basic force was created specifically for this event!

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Now this tiny idea has grown way beyond just a simple army to game with my friend, into a crazy project thatís going that I hope will soon include a Fellsword squadron, a Thunderhawk gunship, two Warhound titans, and nearly 150 marines with support vehicles. And of course, loads more Dreadnoughts!

So with that in mind Iím going back to the painting station, eager to add more and more to this army. No doubt more crazy ideas will come to me as I am inspired by the work of everyone on the TGC forum, so keep your eyes peeled and as always... "For Luther!"

- Rayziel


So congratulations to our very own resident Fallen Angel for making it to the display case with his first TGC army! I look forward to seeing the new units as they arrive, and I'm sure I'm not the only one... ;)

As always, keep those nominations for the Display Case coming in, and we will see what new and ever more impressive work our talented TGC members can produce!

Magos Explorator - June 18, 2010 10:53 AM (GMT)
These guys look great; very inspirational. :) Hope to see them in person some time. Good work Rayziel!

Dargor - June 18, 2010 11:20 AM (GMT)
Congratultions mate!

The army looks great and the time it took to paint them just blows my mind away.It was great to meet you (and shoot your Angels to bits :) ) in Path of the Traitor and i can attest that they look just as good from up close.

Well done!

Hero of Istvaan - June 18, 2010 11:30 AM (GMT)
congratulations fella!

i love this army it really is a thing of beauty to see on the table and im glad to say that my Imperial Fists have had the honour of fighting both with and against them! ;)

congrats again dude, all i can say is keep up the awesome work and deffo keep adding to the army!


fritzagelmann - June 18, 2010 12:20 PM (GMT)

Pacific - June 18, 2010 02:02 PM (GMT)
Absolutely gorgeous looking army, I'm sure you must feel very proud with that arrayed on the tabletop!

Best looking black I have seen in a while, and I think you have got the character and overall look of the army spot on.

If I had to pick a single model I would have to say the cyclone-missile armed terminator, or the command squad (ok.. that's six models!)

Great job.

ShroudFilm - June 18, 2010 02:12 PM (GMT)
I love that Cyclone guy too... he's just so close to the HH artwork!

Thousand Son - June 19, 2010 11:21 PM (GMT)
Zahariel's hand blue with psychic energies... cool.

Angels_Blade - June 20, 2010 06:35 PM (GMT)
Nice one Pete! well deserved!

Iacton - June 20, 2010 07:28 PM (GMT)
Inspirational work, Rayziel. Great attention to detail, lots of really tidy work and a top theme.

Congrats :)

Armorum Ferrum - June 20, 2010 09:30 PM (GMT)
Congratz on your amazing work, crisp clean and very characterful. Love your termies mate.

Azkaellon - June 22, 2010 12:31 AM (GMT)
Well deserved indeed! amazing angle to go for focusing on the "forlorn hope of the knights of caliban".

Brilliant work Rayziel bringing the characters from the HH novels to life, especially your lord Cypher and Luther

now i just want to see a showdown with your boys against "Angels_Blade" for the future of the Rock! :D

Angels_Blade - June 22, 2010 06:26 PM (GMT)
That can be arranged although I think he outpoints me somewhat

ShroudFilm - June 22, 2010 10:14 PM (GMT)
I've seen them fight side-by-side... 'twas a glorious sight!

Azkaellon - June 22, 2010 10:59 PM (GMT)
I want to see them fighting for the survival of Caliban!

or just to be in the same room as all the armies in this display case...dream come true! :D

Sotirios - June 24, 2010 07:18 AM (GMT)
Inspiring work!!! GZ

IngoPech - June 25, 2010 01:03 PM (GMT)
That's awesome!!

It's actually surprisingly difficult to get black armour to look good (being so easy to overdo it on the highlighting and end up with someting decidedly grey) but you've pulled it off beautifully!!

To the warp with green, give me the old legion colours any day!!

Aces :D

Lunasteve - July 3, 2010 11:11 PM (GMT)
fantastic looking army mate, totally well deserved. definatley gonna make my librarian zahariel and now i may ditch the ultras and go for a squad of dark angels to go with him. apart from the luna wolves books my favorites have to be the two dark angels books ( not for the writing but for the whole knightly order thing they have going on ) your models compliment those books and the theme youve picked is a great choice, combined with an awesome paint job and you got an army worthy of the display case. well done dude.


Wolf Lord Mjolnir - July 6, 2010 03:19 PM (GMT)
Congrats Rayziel - well deserved - lots of very lovely models there.

I really love your army - even if Luther and Russ met with a double KO in our game!!

The terminators are especially nice.

I cannot wait to start painting the five Death Company marines using your black highlighting technique!

Again - well done!

ps looking forward to a rematch where anicent feuds can be settled! (That sneaky, untrustworthy Lion :P )

Uzthizzar, Librarian-Sorceror - July 9, 2010 07:58 AM (GMT)
Awesome models - my favorite models were the terminators and Zahariel.

Overall a brilliant job and well-deserved place in the Display Cabinet. ;)

Cypher100 - October 6, 2010 12:13 AM (GMT)
These are really great guys!
Well done ;)

demonicworkshop - February 6, 2011 12:54 AM (GMT)
This army makes it really hard for me to not want to do Dark Angels. I love this!

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