Friday, April 30, 2010
Hailed vs. Hated: New Blood
After the Blood Angel’s misbegotten attempt to recover Sanguinary High Priest Vassar’s lost relic, in which the Arrugginiti laid their wretched claim to both the Chalice of Saintly Healing and the Banner Encarmine, the Blood Angels were stunned and reeling with grief from the base terror of their loss, and from the nauseating obscenity of the thought that these objects were in the vulgar clutch of Chaos mitts. They came from seemingly nowhere, the Arrugginiti, from the impenetrable substance of the warp itself perhaps, and immediately after the ambush they flung themselves to action throughout the breadth of the system. Although these subsequent engagements were relatively minor in scale and brief, they were nonetheless numerous and stinging -like a fog of hornets. And while the purpose of these small battles remained troublingly elusive, unlike the calamity of Vassar’s Chalice, the Blood Angels were incensed to the point of blind fury at the wanton gall and the incessant arrogance of Arrugginiti antagonism.
To be sure, there have been some bright moments of the Blood Angels. Although reports are still percolating through administrative filters, for his part, Brother Fractus -the sole survivor from that horrible initial encounter- appears to have imposed himself upon the newfound Arrugginiti nemesis with a single-minded, righteous fervor.
Again, while the Blood Angels losses were not egregious in either personnel or reliquaries in these subsequent engagements, the effect was nevertheless oddly enlightening, provocative, and still somehow maddeningly obscure. Who were these grotesques that appeared without even so much as a whisper through the ages? What did they know, and for what vulgar purpose had they deposed Blood Angel relics?
The answers to these questions and more remained elusive.
And yet, unbidden, the Blood Angels were beginning to feel that they were coming to familiar grips with this mysterious enemy. Figures were emerging through the haze, personalities clarified and defined. Some particulars were vague, granted, but squads like The Fateful stood out for their bloody-minded belligerence, and were immediately recognizable targets for Blood Angels ire. Oh, for the opportunity to meet them once more. Blood Angels’ hackles lept at the mere thought.
Others figures, though prominent and recognizable, remained also notably more elusive. Who, for example, was the ham-fisted Terminator Champion with the vicious, daemonic weapon that had been spotted wrecking mayhem among the ranks of the put-upon 5th Company? And what roll exactly did this prominent but previously unknown figure play in the Arrugginiti machinations -he who had already taken such a savage toll in Blood Angel trophies?
The Blood Angels 5th both dreaded and dearly desired the coming confrontations, for their fallen brothers, for vengeance, for justice, for the Emperor, for their wounded pride, and their history, for their honor, for the unspeakable offenses.
… and for the answers to these maddening riddles.
True to form, this guy is not quite finished yet (it would be a shame were I to actually post a mini that's 100% completed). I'm not sure what direction to take his banner. The Arrugginiti already sport two Blood Angels inspired banners, and I thought perhaps this might be a good opportunity to paint one for old Nurgle; We shall see.
Well. Needless to say, there are some tremendously big things in store for any/all that have been following Dark Templar and I as we engage in this bold, transatlantic endeavor, very big things indeed. In fact, I’d hazard to say that we’ve really only just started.