Gareth Howell’s Dark Angels

There are some lovely touches in this Dark Angel army; which any collector will admire. There are many Horus Heresy models from forge world including landraider variants and a Storm Eagle. There also appears to be another chapter along side the Dark Angels, although I’m not sure which one it is. Please email if you know .






Today’s Picture: The Rock by Mike McVey

Grand Master Azeael of the Dark Angels in the Chapter’s Fortress Monastery. It looks to me like a member of the fallen is about to have their judgement past.

The Rock, Grand Master Azrael in the Dark Angels Fortress Monastery

Grand Master Azeael

This is one of those bits of Warhammer 40000 history that still send’s shivers down my spine. I can still remember seeing this and just being amazed.

The Stain Glass windows were awe striking and the detail on the vault or prison door is just incredibly uniform, given the pistons are probably nothing but pipe cleaners and straws.

For it’s time is was just outstanding. You have to remember this is totally made from scratch  There where no Gothic ruins to borrow parts from in 1995.

This was part of the Dark Angels exhibit at Warhammer World in March 2013. You may still be lucky enough to find this part of the display is still in one of the many cabinets around the Warhammer World museum.


GW is running out of metal – Specialist and Collectors range out of production

GW have made no secret of the of the fact they are moving all metal lines to either plastic or or the well know GW TM finecast (see the last picture below). What hasn’t been clear until this week is that GW are only remoulding popular lines. The worse selling lines are being dropped. While the 1st thing that runs through my head is no more Epic, Necomunda, Warmaster, Battlefleet Gothic, Inquistor, Morheim and Blood bowl.  This isn’t something that really concerns me. The last time I played once of these games was in the last decade. The focus of this site is 40K.  However there are clear cross over points. There are rules for Necomunda Abites (all sold out) in 40k, although  hidden in the  out of production Which hunters codex. There are also the titans and super heavies from Epic which have inspired many scratch build models.  The patten for my own rather lanky titan is based on the Forge world Epic model rather than the Forge world 40k kit.

Imperial Guard

The biggest casualty of the metal cull is probably the imperial guard player. Currently there are no less than 3 named charters as well as all the Mordian, Steel legion, Tallarn, Rouge riders, Valhallen, Gaunts Ghoasts, Last chancers and Missionary all on borrowed time. Hopefully some of these will make finecast as part of the next Guard Codex, expected next year.

Space Marines

Guard aren’t the only army that stands to loose from this. This will mean the end for Jess Godwin’s remaining late Rouge Trader space marines. Such as the Space Marine Assault Sergeants.

and the Metal Dark Angels



I’ll be really sorry to see Cypher fall foul of this cull. Chaos will also loose 3 lords and the old Warsmith.


Orks have a surprising lack of models left in the collectors range. The iconic Geoff Rockers always bring a smile to my face. Someone should make a stompa with a stage for these guys quick.

Parting question.

What will become of the metal models that are not considered collectors models. The old Eldar Ranger, and most noticeably the Sisters of Battle? Has stockpiling of finecast Sisters of battle already begun? or will this be the end for the Sisters?  One source inside GW has stated all armies will get a new codex for 6th edition. So hope remains the nuns with guns won’t just be a memory of 5th edition.

Finally another look at the origins of finecast