GW is rolling out a new set of minis and Garbriel Angelos is leading the way.
We’ve already seen the Blood Ravens make the jump from pixels to plastic and now Dawn of War III is continuing the trend.
Here’s what GW has to say about Gabriel Angelos of the Blood Ravens:
“Gabriel Angelos is the first of the new Warhammer 40,000 character series and is a beautiful model depicted wielding the Daemon hammer God-splitter and armoured in modified Tartaros war-plate. You’ll be able to add this legendary Chapter Master to your forces very soon, and he’s even getting a special rules sheet to represent his unique abilities on the tabletop.”
Who is Gabriel Angelos
Like many of the Blood Ravens, Gabriel was born on the planet of Cyrene, from whence the Chapter often drew recruits. Gabriel was an accomplished leader of his peers before he even entered his teen years, and passed the Blood Trials set by the Blood Raven Chaplains through working in tandem with fellow aspirant Isador Akios.
Many years later, with an entire Company of Blood Ravens under his command, Gabriel returned to Cyrene, to preside over the Blood Trials and recruit new members into the Chapter. But Gabriel found something very wrong during the trials, and cut them short. He quickly returned to his Strike Cruiser, and sent a coded signal out of the system. Within months of the signal, ships of the Inquisition and the Imperial Navy appeared over Cyrene and began the cleansing. Accompanying the Ordo Malleus was a full Brotherhood of Grey Knights. With the Blood Ravens and a detachment of Storm Troopers, the Grey Knights took the cleansing to the surface. What they found was not a Chaos cult per se, but a world ready to embrace change. Ideas like democracy, un-registered psykers and free trade with xenos were now wide spread. Gabriel assisted with the destruction of his world but ordered one squad of Blood Ravens, led by Sergeant Ulray to remain off the grid, searching for someone.
That person was Esmond Angelos, Gabriel’s father. Gabriel refused to believe his father, a retired Imperial Guard soldier, would turn away from the Emperor. He fully intended to take Esmond back with him to the Chapter. But to Gabriel’s horror, he discovered his father not only supported rebellion against the Imperium, but was one of the major political leaders. Esmond had used the fact his own son had been taken by the Space Marines as reason to despise the Imperium. Esmond cursed Gabriel for his role as an Imperial butcher and wished he had died with his mother in childbirth. Gabriel whispered one last prayer for Cyrene and put a bolt shell through his father’s skull.
Angelos is depicted as having a mysterious bond with the Eldar of Biel-Tan, particularly with Farseer Macha. Despite the condemnation of his fellow commanders, the Inquisition, Adepta Sororitas, and even from his own friend Isador Akios, Gabriel is shown as stubborn in his attempts to assist the Eldar and Macha. The Harlequins of Arcadia refer to him as “Gabriel of the Hidden Heart,” and see him as a symbol of hope for the Eldar in the form of a human
The Aurelian Crusades
Angelos and the Litany of Fury were in the distant Vorga system, completing a great victory over the Tau, when Subsector Aurelia was invaded by the Tyranids. They arrived in the system in time to join the Blood Ravens’ Force Commander Aramus during the climactic battle on Typhon Primaris, when Angelos joined Aramus and his men in defeating the Hive Tyrant leading the swarm.
After defeating Kyras, Angelos’s broken body was lifted from the debris by Captain Apollo Diomedes. Angelos recovered, with the aid of augmetics to replace his lost limbs and eye, and was hailed as the Blood Ravens’ new Chapter Master.
- This is a resin model – so Forge World
- Note the description: “first of the new Warhammer 40,000 character series” – we can expect more.
- He get’s his own rules.
My big question is are these a la carte models, or if Forge World planning on a book of various characters – maybe from either Dawn of War III, or other famous video game characters?
~How interested are you in GW video game characters getting models and rules?