Deathwatch: 8th Edition List and Army Log

For my first army of 8th Edition, which I’ll be taking to the Throne of Skulls event in November I’ve decided to finish off my Deathwatch. The 7th Edition Codex really took the wind from the sails in completing a Deathwatch army, there just wasn’t enough thought put into it for me, the limited options, oversights and mistakes paled in comparison to the Genestealer book. For 8th though I’m giving them another go as after Dark Angels they’re my favourite faction in the Imperium.


My list is quite simple, 5 kill teams with various loadouts, along with a Watch Master and Artemis. Supporting them are 4 Razorbacks, a Corvus Blackstar and 2 Dreadnoughts, one Venerable and one giant Redemptor Dread. This should give me a highly mobile, elite force which is capable of attacking at a mid-range.

My plan is to get some practice games in before the event, as I’ve never actually played 8th edition… :S

The big boy should provide some scare factor, his damage output isn’t actually that great, but hopefully his size will attract fire.

Razorbacks are the backbone (haha) of my list really, solid transports with good, cheap firepower. I have split the four into 2 lascannon and 2 assault cannon.

I recently added grass to the bases, which further boosts the colours of the army. Even though the main armour colour is black, I wanted the force to be a colourful one, with the different shoulder pads and bright weapons in red and blue helping them to standout.


This guy is probably my favourite model. It’s a shame that dual power swords don’t have an effect in 8th, game wise he has a power sword and chainsword.

I still have another 20ish models to paint for the force including the rest of the terminator squad and vanguard veterans, so it’ll be a little bit longer before it’s all done. Wish me luck!

Ongoing Projects: Emperor’s Children

The Emperor’s Children have always been my favourite of all the traitor legions. There’s something about the height and speed of their fall from grace which captured my imagination when planning out my 30K and 40K Traitor forces. I wanted to show them in the midst of this fall, fully taken in by the chaotic powers and embracing the fleshchange and mutations that this brings, yet still recognisable as the legion beneath.

I also had a time pressure for this army, with a 30K event at Warhammer World only a few months away. I therefore used a lot of simple techniques for painting the marines and vehicles, spraying purple, drybrushing with light purple and then bringing it back with a wash of Druchii violet. I left the shoulder pads purple as well, rather than filling in with white, as it increases the “chaotic” and colourful nature of the force to be a mass of purple.

For the parts that I did paint “white” I utilised the Slaanesh grey line of colours to achieve this, tying in the white on the marines with the flesh of the Daemonettes that accompanied them.

Moving to 8th, I want to expand my army by painting up a couple of units of Warp Talons, an autocannon Havoc squad, some chosen and a Maulerfiend. After that I’ll be working on some Possessed, though I haven’t really thought about how to make them stand out from my regular marines who already show a fair amount of mutation. Watch this space.

Thanks for reading!