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Now, I've always been okay with people using non-canon paintjobs for their units. Blue cadians, I'm down with that! Green Space Wolves, coolio. As long as there was a general theme or something going down with the army. As in the space wolves were using forest camo for an operation.
Now, my question to you guys is this, do you think it kosher and believable for the blood angels to paint their armor in an entirely different paint scheme for an extended war (multiple years). I think they'd totally do it.
What I've got is desert blood angels, they're painted in desert camo. Only their shoulder pads are blood red with a black teardrop on it. The whole spiel is that they bury themselves underneath the sand dunes on this desert planet, and as enemies pass, they pop up outta the sand and charge full tilt into combat.
Now I know crazy ambush tactics sounds like a Keyvaan Shrike kinda thing, but I totally see it as doable. Worst comes to worse, they're a 'successor chapter' lol.
The only examples I know of Marines using camo schemes was during the crusade and heresy periods, when 'some' vehicles and Marine Recon/Scout units were painted in camo colours.
Other than that I don't believe the Blood Angels with their history of being an assault legion, would use such methods you have described. Any Marine Chapter can prepare an ambush, but the general mind-set behind Marine operations is that they deploy, destroy their enemies, and move on. All done while proudly wearing their chapters colours. If the operation drags on for a long period of time, consider the possiblity that other Chapters may assist or an Imperial Guard regiment will arrive.
Imperial Guard are the ones that dig-in and prepare for the long haul of an intense and drawn out conflict, which is also why most regiments use camo.
If you don't want to let go of this camo scheme that you have created, my opinion would be to paint any and all crew members you have in vehicles with the standard blood angels colours, it would help set the idea that the camo they are using is temp and only for specific units with specific roles as you have mentioned.
Yeah, GinsuMoose has it right; the IG says "If they can't see us they can't shoot us." The Space Marines just say "They will fear us."
As far as teh chapter goes... make it a successor if you are absolutely dead-set on Blood Angels.
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Marines know full well that power armour is better than a cover save ;-)
For an army that uses propaganda (fight us and die) and shock and awe tactics (drop pod assault) the last thing they want is for you to not see them coming... it's hard to be mortally terrified standing in a puddle of wee if you don't know you're under attack.
On the subject of nonstandard paint schemes: I do one myself. Blood Angels in dark red with a white trim. The idea is that the company was devastated during a botched drop assault on Armageddon and they wear the white to mourn their dead.
So go nuts! No-one's going to point it out. Just say that you're playing Xth Company during any one of the ten thousand campaigns waged over their lifetime, and they decided to wear camo. But people here have a good point - power armour is better than a cover save in most scenarios.
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You guys make valid points. I'll just go with successor chapter, based on a desert world instead of 'for real' blood angels.
As far as i know there's only one group of Space Marines to change their Armor's color to fit their needs, and that's the Alpha Legion. Raven Guard MIGHT do it, but their armor is already colored appropriately for night fighting.
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