Warhammer 40,000 – What's this, more green marines? Turns out my client had a few more models he needed painted for his Dark Angels force. Included in this batch are the remaining Devastators and a Vanguard Veteran squad. The Vanguard are interesting because he chose to build them as Deathwatch marines an interesting choice to add some variety. 

I started with the Deathwatch marines. Painting black armor can be a challenge as I found with the Ravenwing. Getting the right shade of grey for the edge highlight is key. From there I then had to find the color for each of the Marine Chapters represented in the squad. My client also asked that I do a knee pad on each marine in their chapter colors to break up the black.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Deathwatch here's a brief summary. Every Chapter has to send a tithe of warriors to serve a tour of duty with the Deathwatch. The Deathwatch act as the military arm of the Ordo Xenos, essentially alien hunters (where the Sisters serve the Ordo Hereticus, Witch Hunters and the Grey Knight serve the Ordo Malleous, daemon hunters.) When the marines join they paint their armor black with a silver arm only leaving one shoulder pad with their chapter heraldry. 

With the Devastators they follow the same pattern as the rest of the force. The only real difference is with one of the marines the client asked for him to have a tactical marking to indicate he just picked up the missile launcher and joined the squad. This serves the dual purpose of allowing him to swap out the heavy weapon in tactical squads easily.