“Thy shall not suffer a Machine to think! For ruin shall be its purpose and accursed its work”
– Archmagos Takashi Ludd (From Forgeworld’s “The Horus Heresy: Massacre”)
Getting into Chaos before the most recent codex arrived didn’t offer a lot of interest in terms of the bigger warmachines. There were plenty of weird and warped engines of destruction lurking in the background of the artwork but unleashing them onto the tabletop wasn’t so easy. Before Forgefiends, Maulerfiends and Heldrakes all we really had were the same tanks as our loyalist brothers, but covered in spikes to make it clear we were the bad guys. This was, of course, excluding the Defiler, which stood out as a truly chaotic vehicle and the obvious centrepiece for any army of the Dark Gods. Perhaps because of this I harboured a long standing ambition to add one to my own Beasts of Ruin.
I picked it up pre-assembled (and based coated) off Ebay so ended up doing very little conversion work on it. I’ve seen plenty of cracking conversions out there (and have a few ideas of my own) so might make a second some day but I wanted to have at least one of these classic monsters assembled ‘as nature intended’. As a side note, whilst buying it pre-assembled saved me having to build this monster myself it did leave me unable to paint it in sub-assemblies which would have made my life a lot easier.
As I’ve mentioned before I can be a bit of a coward with big kits, preferring smaller infantry sized models, but I bit the bullet, faced my fears, and I’m rather pleased with what I came up with. At some point I’ll get some better pictures of him as he doesn’t look quite right in these (that face at the back looks pretty funky doesn’t it?) but for the meantime this finishes our post-Christmas look through old projects. Something new next week!