In the turbulent times of the Horus Heresy, the Blood Angels Legion stood as a bastion of courage and integrity amidst the chaos. Today, we present a Blood Angels Legionary, clad in the revered MkVI “Corvus” armour. This “grimdark” paint job portrays a warrior from the latter stages of the Horus Heresy, a period marked by both tragedy and heroism for the IX. Legion. Find out more about this model (and how to paint it) in this post.

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I’m a big fan of the IX Legion. Many years ago, I painted a small Blood Angels army for Warhammer 40k, incorporating some Heresy-era models. Since MkVI “Corvus” armour is also my favourite pattern, I absolutely had to paint one of the new plastic models from the Age of Darkness box (review here) as a Blood Angel.

Here’s a 360° view of the model:

How to paint Blood Angels

For the crimson of the armour, I chose slightly cooler shades of red than what is often seen with Blood Angels. Although the Legion is known for its immaculate wargear, I opted for a “grimdark” style with plenty of battle damage and weathering. I believe it fits better into the setting, and was indeed often observed among the Legion’s Inductii. Perhaps he might be a seasoned Legionary who has weathered many storms of conflict.

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You can grab the complete step-by-step tutorial for my Blood Angels scheme here in my Patreon shop (or by becoming an Autarch tier member). I also got other “grimdark” tutorials for Imperial Fists, Emperor’s Children, and Sons of Horus there.

Cinematic shot of a Horus Heresy Blood Angel in MkVI armour, painted by Stahly

I hope you like my approach to painting this iconic Space Marines Legion. Feel free to leave a reaction, or drop a comment below, I’m also happy to answer any questions on our friendly hobby Discord server. Thanks a lot, and happy hobbying!


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