A Chapter with an extensive history, they are loyal followers of the Codex Astartes and true heroes of the Imperium, with a dark secret!
Chief among them is Dante, Lord Commander.
Warhammer 40k Commander Dante
“For eleven hundred years, I have fought and I have seen the darkness in our galaxy. I have seen the vileness of the alien and the heresy of the mutant. I have witnessed the sin of possession. I have seen all the evil that the galaxy harbours, and I have slain all whose presence defiles the Emperor. I have seen what you will see. I have fought what you must fight, and I have slain what you must slay… so fear not and be proud, for we are the sons of Sanguinius, the protectors of Mankind. Aye, we are indeed the Angels of Death.”
- — Lord Commander Dante addressing a new group of Neophytes
Background of Commander Dante
Lord Commander Dante is the current Chapter Master of the Blood Angels Space Marines Chapter, and has been the Chapter Master for 1,100 standard years.
Dante’s Power Armour incorporates a highly ornate golden death mask beneath his Iron Halo, called the Death Mask of Sanguinius, which is said to have been worn by and shaped to match the fear-inspiring features of Sanguinius, the Blood Angels’ Primarch.
He is believed to be the oldest living Loyalist Space Marine as he is currently 1,300 standard years old, with the exception of those Space Marines sustained by the cybernetic technology of Dreadnoughts, the use of temporal stasis or other technological means of extending human life.
Lord Commander Dante’s exact age is unknown and he is suspected by some members of his Chapter to be much older.
This week we take a look at some conversion and painting from Troy.
Commander Dante usually starts off life as a finecast model, with all the benefits and flaws associated with it. He is a nifty looking miniature, heroically posed, befitting the Blood Angels, but is a little short on stature and leans towards droopy axe syndrome on hot days.
Let’s take a look.
Given the problems with finecast (especially in Brisbane heat and humidity), the goal was to set about converting a Dante miniature from GW plastics, making sure the look and feel stayed the same.
Using the following list of bits, Dante was formed:
- Blood Angel Vanguard body
- Sagnuinary Guard arms and head (gently cutting open the mouth)
- Extra Iconography is from various packs
- Base is from Secret Weapon
When it came to painting, again the look of Dante was kept, using:
- Vallejo Brassy Brass
- Highlights with Vallejo Shining Gold
- Washed very lightly with Purple Ink
- Axe Head is done by ‘streaking’ with successively lighter blues, up to a final white. This is finished with a blue wash.
The end result, is a plastic Dante, able to hold up to the heat and looking slightly more heroic of stature. Truly befitting the Master of the Blood Angels.
Photos of other Blood Angel miniatures
As a bonus, here are some other Blood Angel miniatures from converted and painted up by Troy.
Final thoughts on the conversion is that it is a very, very easy conversion, and now Dante stands with the rest of the Blood Angels, at the right size!
The above is an easy project for anyone wanting to get started with conversions, or to make their own Dante miniature.
Do you like this, or converted any miniatures to make your own Commander Dante, or any other Blood Angel miniatures? We would love to see them.