This is one of the very first miniatures I painted for the Beasts of Ruin, a Chaos Sorcerer. I don’t recall now what exactly inspired me, just that I had a very clear idea in my mind of what I wanted. What was key was that he looked sufficiently like a wizard as well as a space marine (thus the robes) and that it was clear that he had been wielding – and being wielded by – the forces of the Immaterium for a very long time. The latter meant plenty of mutations were vital but without him just ending up looking like a spawn – he had to appear viable; able to walk, talk and cast spells, not just gnash his many mouths and gibber.
The bird-like elements (the beaked head and wings) were chosen to make his allegiance to Tzeentch clear. I see him as an advisor to the Beasts’ commanders, roaming the galaxy in search of artefacts or lore that can increase his personal power but always returning to the warband to bargain for their aid whenever he needs to.
To start the ball rolling here’s the first of my chaos cultists. In my opinion the cultists in the Dark Vengeance box are excellent – but I’m disappointed by the duplication of poses. Chaos should be, for want of a better word, chaotic, and whilst it’s very much in keeping for, say, the Imperial Guard, to produce squads of identically uniformed and equipped troops, it’s the antitheses of what a cultist should be to have his clone twin standing next to him. With this in mind I’m aiming to convert as many of them as possible (without giving myself too many headaches).
Head and weapon swaps are probably the easiest way to do this, as is throwing in a few more elaborate conversions such as the last chap above. His head comes from a cultist who was decapitated for another conversion, his body is an Empire Flagellant (from Warhammer – an absolute goldmine for converting Cultists), his gun from an Imperial Guardsman (hinting at his former occupation), and the mechanical arm from a Necron.
I wanted to keep the mutations to a minimum on the cultists, assuming that whilst the advanced physique of a space marine could tolerate such changes a mere human would soon be reduced to a gibbering spawn.
Another headswap – and the addition of some creepy mechanical eyes – differentiate this cultist from the original.
I’ve been encouraged – some might say coerced – into starting a blog to show off the miniatures I’ve worked on lately. I hope you like what you see.
At the moment it primarily focuses on two, linked, collections – the Hawkmoth space marine chapter and their former brothers, the chaos worshiping Beasts of Ruin.
It’s worth noting at this point that this blog will be focusing primarily on painting and modelling (thus answering the question in the name I suppose). I don’t (currently) play much so I’ll mostly be posting pictures of miniatures and conversions rather than battle tactics.
To begin with however I’ll start in much the same place as the Beasts of Ruin collection did – with this Chaos Terminator.