Now most of these units were already done, and the remaining few I finally painted last Thursday. But I was still missing the dreadnought's drop pod, and that's pretty key to my strategy. I decided that my Ultramarines no longer needed their FW dreadnought drop pod (which you'd notice in pieces on the motorpool table, Tour of Jay's Workshop) and absconded with it. Luckily for me, the Blood Angels are already regarded as 'douches', so no additional harm was done to my Ultramarines' pride.
Now let me tell you an awesome story about the afore-mentioned drop pod. Many many long years ago (in '09, I think?), the new GW model for the drop pod was released and I wanted to do Sicarius' Spear army. Pulling together my 5 new, 1 FW, and 1 FW Dreadnought pods, I was sure that I could have the entire army built. I called a staff hobby morning and brought together the staff to work on personal projects together.
Unfortunately, that morning was not a good one. Before the shop was even open, we'd recieved multiple phone calls of a stupid nature. As we're handling that and the staff aren't all terribly happy (it was morning, after all), the super glue was also failing. The five plastic pods went together with some frustration, but were done. The FW drop pod went together like a champ. But the FW Dreadnought drop pod? Yeah. That sucked ass. The glue wouldn't hold, the resin was warped, and nothing would work- not even zip-kicker! I was so angry after about half-an-hour of messing with it that I slammed the glue and resin ball of ridiculousness down on my tile. I called my boss and complained profusely. I wrote a letter to Tony and the rest of the goons at FW and made sure to include a huge number of profanities and such. Luckily, my anger subsided and I never sent the letter out. But that drop pod remained in pieces for a long long time. Until a week ago.
Funny enough, as I repaired the horrific damage that I caused (one fin broke in half. Yeah, it was horrific.) and glued the model together, it fit and set instantly. It seemed, in my overly-superstitious observations, that the drop pod was very unhappy to be Ultramarine, but was now downright excited to be in my Blood Angels army. Creepy, right? In any case, I now have a fully assembled FW Dreadnought Drop Pod. Some primer, and here we go:
Here's the assembled drop pod after being primed with Chaos Black spray. In the time it took me to walk from my backyard to my living room, the primer was dry and ready to be painted on. Sorry, folks. THAT'S why I'll spend the extra bucks on GW's primer. It rules and it's nearly instant.
Also notice that the doors are not attached. Unfortunately, the designer of the drop pod designed the hinges to be both stupid and fragile. I found it more reliable to simply 'break open' one hinge hole so the doors can be moved, openned, closed, and removed altogether very easily. You'll see later that it affects the appearance of the finished product very little.
I couldn't get the color quite right, so after a few layers, I concentrated on highlighting the edges and corners. If I weren't in such a hurry, I could have blended this stuff and been much cooler-looking. But Dallas was getting schooled by the Lakers and I wasn't in a good mood...
Step 4: Line Highlight the Red corners and edges with Blood Red using a standard brush.
Step 5: Line highlight the red highlights with Fiery Orange using your standard brush. Yes, Fiery Orange. It needs to be bright.
Step 6: Wash the entire red areas with Baal Red wash using your wash brush. Believe it or not, the wash actually dulls the orange while not taking away the vivid-ness of the orange highlight. I love Baal Red wash. It's made my Blood Angels awesome. I just wish you could see it in the pictures, but I suck at photography.
Step 7: Basecoat the Imperial Eagle icons with Shadow Gray. The standard brush is fine for this step.
Step 9 and 10: Using your fine detail brush, highlight the Aquila using Space Wolves Gray and finally Skull White.
Step 16: Using your large brush, basecoat Chaos Black stripes onto the Iyanden Darksun.