It was a little over 6 years ago when I decided to start collect and paint an army of Blood Angels (source: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/313003.page). As the saying goes, if you want to do something, do it right and I was determined to build a well painted and HUGE Blood Angels army. At the time, I had no definition of what HUGE meant and my painting skill was still developing (it still is) but I’ve been happy with the progress I’ve made towards this collection in the past 6 years. Being a completionist, I bought every Blood Angel (and even Space Marine) model I could get so I would have at least one of each model in my army. The current state doesn’t include many of these models as they’re still in my backlog – either waiting to be assembled or painted.
Current tally of points has the army at 15,087 at time of this writing using values from all the most recent codices (Blood Angels, Space Marine, Dark Angels, etc) for the models represented. Total model count is 240.
Points breakdown are as follows:
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Click here to see the full army picture (high res): http://www.ba40k.com/15KFullArmy-1.jpg
It took the better half of a day in setting up all the models for photos. Many of the models were packed away and I had not seen for 3+ years – some of which I had forgot that I had. The biggest challenge in photographing such a huge number of models is getting proper and consistent lighting. Normally for showcases on individual models, I can use my 24″x24″x24″ photobooth which ensures I get a consistent and reproduce-able lighting environment. Setting all the models out on the Realm of Battle board which is 6’x4′ was an interesting learning experience. I used two studio lights with white umbrella diffusers though lighting was still less than optimal. In the end I had to do heavy retouching in Lightroom/Photoshop to get the final shots. My camera/lens combo might also be a limiting factor (Olympus OMD EM-5 with a Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lens). Most photos were shot on F4 which was a bit too restrictive in focus – should have used a higher F value to get more models included in the shot but something to keep in mind for next time as well.
In the end I shot approximately 200 photos, many of which were duplicates or not usable. Final picture count was taken down to a more manageable 110 photos which are shown below: