Starting a new Dark Angels army

With the new Dark vengeance set by Games Workshop and the new codex: Dark Angels released this month it is an excellent moment to polish up my first 40k army. And since a good friend plays Chaos we decided to start a “Tale of Two Gamers” where we build our armies and play some battles.

In a series of articles I’ll keep track of building a new army which can be added to my existing collection. Hopefully by the end of the year I have a complete series of articles and a painted army for my efforts!

Building an army:

Warhammer-40k-Dark-Vengeance

There are so many options when building an army. Rather than buying every model I like I decided to take a planned approach with my purchases. Since money is tight everywhere these days I plan on devising a list with minimal costs involved.

I will use the marines in the Dark Vengeance set as the base for my new army. Not only are the models gorgeous they also contain a variety of troops most players want to use and are an ideal start for new gamers! By trading with a friend it is easy to get the marines twice and I get the 6th edition rulebook as a bonus. If you are lucky you might even get your hands on the special edition box which contains a chaplain as limited edition model.

This basis nets me with:

  • 2 company commanders
  • 2 librarians
  • 2 Full tactical squads
  • 2 5 man Deathwing terminator squads
  • 2 3 man Ravenwing biker units.
The 40k essentials (templates, rulebook and scatterdice)

All in all a solid basis for the cost of approximately 80 euros. By throwing in the new codex the total cost will be around 120 euro’s. So let’s open the codex and see what kind of army we can build with this.

The armylist

Dark angel avatarMy army will be led by a company master and a librarian. Psychic powers are just too cool to ignore! The core of any army are its troops. The two tactical squads will fill this role nicely. I’ll probably want to change some weapons in the unit but for now I’ll use the models as they are.

Ravenwing bikers and Deathwing terminators will add mobility and resilience to my list. I chose to make a single large unit out of the bikers. This way the enemy can’t ignore them. The terminators will be the hammer of my force. By using their special deepstrike rules and the teleport homers on the bike they will appear where and when I want them to. This brings me to a nice 1000 points list.

So the final list looks like this:

Company master, powersword, meltabombs 115
Librarian, mastery lvl 1 powerfield generator 95
Tactical squad (10), plasmagun, plasmacannon 170
Tactical squad (10), plasmagun, plasmacannon 170
Terminators (5), assaultcannon & Chainfist 245
Ravenwing bikers (5), 2 plasmaguns, powersword, 199

So now I’m off, building some models and do some painting!
Hopefully I can show you my first painted unit for the next article.

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