You see, I began serving the Emporer in '01 and very quickly moved up to Squad Leader. Well, I can't load my Thunderhawk with the same warriors I'd been fighting with for a decade already, right? So my Ultramarines were finally retired (years later, that 10k points was sold and traded away) and I had to choose a new army. I chose Dark Angels for two reasons:
1. The Ultramarines are the largest and most powerful Legion, then the most powerful Chapter. If I can't be the most powerful, can I at least be the first? Yeppers.
2. I had a buddy that I grew up playing whose Dark Angel army was inspirational to me, and I really liked the robes so BLAM! choice made.
I built and painted that entire army in the month of Jan '02. The next month I had a shop to open and staff to train. Both those tasks were more fun just based on the idea that I had a new, well painted army that took me no time to do. In fact, this was my first 'ARMY IN A MONTH' and the reason I punish myself all these years later (next came IG, then Black Templars, then Blood Angels, and now Word Bearers).
I went on to play in a few tournaments with that army and took home a couple more trophies, elicited oohs and aahs outta crowds all over the northeast, and generally transformed into the competent hobbyist I am now. And all thanks to that original Dark Angels army. I eventually gave that army away in a shop raffle to a very lucky hobbyist.
Here I am, ten years later, rebuilding and painting that army. It's not exactly the same, but I find myself drawn to the same unit selection. No worries, my goal is to make the army look good and whoop up on some Chaos once in a while, so uniqueness isn't a factor. Most importantly, I'm having happy-fun-time memories of that original force and enjoying doing these new ones.
Without further ado, here's the first of the units I finished last week...
|Power Fist, Plasma Pistol, Plasma Gun, Plasma Cannon... We need more plasma over here!|
|Of course, the three most important guys in the squad.|