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Ninjabread30 Oct 2019 5:11 a.m. PST

Space Marine Chapter founders love a good animal name. Mythical beasts of terror (Howling Griffons, Minotaurs, Silver Drakes…), apex predators (Space Wolves, Celestial Lions, White Panthers…), birds of prey (Hawk Lords, Necropolis Hawks, Raven Guard…), venomous reptiles (Iron Snakes, Viper Legion, Salamanders…). But I've just painted these Deathwatch, the Chapter named after tiny insects that burrow into your wooden furniture.

Deathwatch Aggressors on secondment from (left-to-right): Emperor's Reckoners, Ultramarines and Imperial Fists.

They've come to destroy the xeno-filth of the galaxy just like the beetles destroy your antique furniture. I suppose they're not the only Space Marine chapter named after insects there's Mantis Warriors. But Mantises are cool insects that do decapitation and look like samurai. Maybe my problem with the Deathwatch name is just me, growing up binging on episodes of Antiques Roadshow and Lovejoy, and Joe Public just thinks it's kewl as it starts with "Death" and death is kewl.

Other Space Marine Chapters named after insects: Emperor's Caterpillers, Ladybird Legion and the Astral Lice.

The Primaris Aggressors' poses are entirely fixed, so the closest thing you get to choice is slicing the tag off the heads so you slightly twist them, though not too much as they'll just end up staring at the inside of their armoured hoods. Fixed poses aren't a bad thing, if they're dramatic, but all three are "video game character selection screen" poses. It would have been cool to them pointing their guns not at the ground, and have the Sergeant pointing dramatically. But attempting any of that requires a filthy amount of modelling work, re-engineering all the pipes and ammo feeds.

Detail close ups.

So, with no reposing potential, I stamped these Deathwatch as "mine" with a big freehand banner on the Sergeant. It's taken from the Ironclad Dreadnought kit just like my Nemesis Chapter Intercessor Sergeant. The design is a combination of the Deathwatch and Ultramarines chapter icons, bordered with black and white checks. I was super-keen to get Ultramarines icongraphy front and centre since both the Sergeant's shoulder pads are taken up with sculpted details.

Sergeant Amorgaudium leading his squad aboard the Eye of Kea.

I picked out the Deathwatch skull in red with a white stripe (along with the skulls on the fist, leg and shoulder), echoing the Codex Astartes veteran sergeant helmet markings. He's named Amorgaudium as it's High Gothic for Lovejoy a rascally antiques dealer who understands how terrifying Deathwatch Beetles are.

The six steps to crisp black power armour.

I've photographed and written up a TMP link masterclass tutorial with all the steps, paint mixes and theory for the black on these Deathwatch. If you'd like access, it's over on the TMP link Ninjabread Patreon page, along with over a dozen other masterclasses.

Deathwatch supporting battle-brothers from the Nemesis Chapter.

The squad's now ready to join my Nemesis Chapter army as an Auxiliary Support Detachment. What next for the army? Maybe some Troops, maybe some HQ, (Death)watch this space!

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2019 6:09 a.m. PST

Nice! Great advice on painting – much appreciated

Lascaris30 Oct 2019 8:29 p.m. PST

Really beautiful paint jobs. Very inspirational!

Bigby Wolf31 Oct 2019 6:17 a.m. PST

Gobsmackingly good!

Skinflint Games31 Oct 2019 3:04 p.m. PST

Holy balls, they're amazing! And I love the idea of Lovejoy continuing in the 41st millenium, just brilliant

Lion in the Stars03 Nov 2019 12:12 p.m. PST

Very nice!

The deathwatch beetle is named that because you could hear it ticking away in a quiet old house pre-electricity. The ghost story was that it ticked away the time you had left to live.

And in the DW codex, you can make mixed squads of Primaris. I've done that for 3 squads, with 5x Intercessors, 2x Rievers, 1x Hellblaster heavy plasma, 1x bolter Aggressor, and 1x plasma Inceptor.

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