Monthly Archives: February 2015

Days of Rage

Back in January, when I showed off the rest of my Chaos Terminators, I claimed, with a faintly pretentious air of mystery, that there was a tenth member of the squad which was yet to be revealed. I’d removed him from the squad in order to start a new – Khorne worshipping – terminator squad which he would lead. Now it’s time for the big reveal.
The timing of this is no coincidence. Rumour has it that the next – some say final – phase of the Warhammer End Times are upon us and reinforcements for the followers of the Blood God are just around the Khorner (see what I did there? I know, I know, I’m a funny man). As a result I’ve been fired with enthusiasm for all things Khorne and finally got myself in gear to upload pictures of this chap, as well as working on getting two of his followers painted and assembling a fourth (see below).IMG_9135

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His name, by the way, is Sapir Redwolf and his squad are the Skullrippers (no prizes but if you know where the names come from but feel free to have a little boast in the comments box below – I’m one of the few people in the world who’ll be impressed so show off whilst you can!) I made the hulking angry brute a while ago, intending him to serve as the ferocious and power-hungry second in command of my Chaos Terminators, the Blessed Slaughter. Since then however I’ve grown rather fond of him, and frankly he looks too fierce and proud to be anyone’s right-hand man for very long. In my mind only my Chaos Lord Kalamoon Kell possesses the sheer presence and authority to bring him to heel.

I also can’t imagine that having someone like the Redwolf remain part of my main Terminator squad would make anyone terribly happy. Sapir and squad champion Avar the Twisted would undoubtedly be locked in a struggle for command, whilst Kell can hardly rely on the effectiveness of his Terminator elite if Sapir spends the greater part of every battle lost to his rage and bloodlust. Plus it doesn’t make me happy to see this model used as one of the rank-and-file when he should be standing proud in command.

Put all these factors together with the fact that I need no excuse whatsoever to make more Chaos Terminators and I decided to promote Sapir, and create a new squad – The Skullrippers – commanded by him and dedicated to Khorne.

At the moment I’ve got three members of his squad on the painting desk. As it stands two of them are at the ‘faintly rubbish looking’ half-finished stage, with lots of undercoated armour panels, unfinished washes, no highlights, you know the drill. Unfortunately I was so carried away by enthusiasm that I never took photos of them before I started so I’ll hang fire on showing them and get them finished, photographed and posted up soon.

However, common sense eventually took root and I remembered to grab a couple of photos of this fourth member of the squad before he went out to the shed to be undercoated.

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Last of all we have this chap, undoubtedly still a ‘work in progress’. As you can see I’ve just tacked on a spare left arm for the moment to get a feel for how he’ll look once he’s finished. He won’t be joining the Skullrippers but instead will be stepping into the vacated role in the Blessed Slaughter and bringing the numbers back up to a full squad of ten.

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And that’s it until next time – when hopefully I’ll have at least one more angry man of Khorne to show off. As always comments, feedback and bellows of fury are welcome in the box below.


No Guts, No Glory – Part 2

Remember the Nurgle kitbashes I was working on before Christmas? Well, let’s have a look at the progress I’ve made since shall we?

First off let’s look at where I’m at with those three models I showed previous. The bad news for the Chosen of Nurgle is that there isn’t currently a lot to show.  He’s been tweaked slightly – adjusting his arm to counterbalance his weight and focus the direction of movement in the model. Apart from that he’s only been undercoated – blame my butterfly attitude to the hobby!

The Dark Apostle of Nurgle on the other hand is almost done so I’ll be keeping you in suspense a little longer and hopefully showing off the finished model very soon.

That leaves us with this Nurgle Terminator.

Nurgle TerminatorTo be honest I got a bit hacked off with this one and the project lay dormant until just the other day. He just didn’t look right and, try what I might, I wasn’t happy with him. Various people had given me the same advice, in fact it’s even written in the title of this series of posts; put a Nurgly gut on him! A lean, famine ravished look is a side of Nurgle that we don’t get to see very often but maybe a Terminator isn’t the place to try skinny? Anyway it gave me an excuse to try some more sculpting.

Here’s a few work-in-progress shots. As you can see the process of building up the gut works a lot better if you take his arms off first. I chopped off the purity seal on his leg as well whilst I was about it. Straight away he looks fatter and less top-heavy but I reckon there’s a lot more to do before I’m finished with him.

TerminatorTerminatorI’ve also been working on a couple of Plague Marines. First off we have this banner bearer, built with a combination of Games Workshop and Avatars of War parts. When he started out he looked a lot like this:

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However I wasn’t terribly happy with him either – the combination of the Space Marine legs with the Corruptor belly meant either his legs looked too spindly or his pot-belly too big so I swapped out his legs for these ones. Hopefully you agree this is an improvement.

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Last of all we have this chap who I rescued from the bitz box. He’s a bit of an old timer, another of those early models that I made several years ago and soon came to realise just weren’t as cool as I thought.

We all know the classic zombie movie scene. The hero has downed one of his undead aggressors with whatever weapon he has to hand (shotgun, chainsaw, exploding helicopter, whatever) but the shambling menace isn’t taking no for an answer and, despite losing its legs and lower torso, is crawling towards him with maniacal determination. That’s the look I was trying to capture with this model, mixed with a little of the ‘heroic last stand’ pose beloved by Space Marine fans; a combination of dying warrior blazing away with his bolter until his last breath and crawling undead horror.

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Where do I start with his flaws? The bolter is too heavy for his hand, the backpack makes his outline awkward and the guts at the back are clearly the product of too much enthusiasm and not enough greenstuff talent. He languished, first at the back of the shelf, then in the bitsbox. I was about to tear him apart for bits but, like Bilbo thinking twice about stabbing Golum in the back, compassion stayed my hand. I’ve just bought one of the Tentacle Makers from Greenstuff Industries (highly recommended by the way) and this seemed like a cracking opportunity to see what could be saved from this model and experiment with greenstuff into the bargain. After all there’s parts of the model I still really like (weirdly I think the fungal/plaguebearer head is ace – even though a little self-honesty tells me its hardly sculpting to be proud of).

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Overall, although he’s hardly the best model in the collection, I feel I’ve not done a bad job of rescuing him. Some people might counter that he’s not really a fieldable miniature (he certainly isn’t WYSIWYG, he doesn’t even have any weapons any more, and his vertically-challenged nature will probably help keep him out of the way of plenty of incoming fire-power). I’ve got plenty of proper plague-marines though (and probably more on the way) so I feel I can thumb my nose at such concerns. After all the aim of this hobby, for me, is not to go out and have a sleekly honed tournament winning army but instead a collection of miniatures that I enjoy owning. And of course to line them up in front of me and pretend to be a Chaos God, laughing maniacally as they march, crawl and shamble their way to war!

Anyway, that’s it at the moment for a slightly bitty Nurgley update – there’s something angry and Khorne focussed coming soon!


Wherever I May Roam

Working on this Chaos Breacher reminded me of this guy who’s been lingering at the back of the shelf in dusty shame for far too long. He’s a model with a long and storied history but one which never really seemed to find a home in the Beasts of Ruin – until now. In many ways that nomadic shifting as he’s moved from one role to another in the army may have been unconsciously reflected the background I wrote for him.
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I decided to make this mysterious killer after reading the description of Wulfrik the Wanderer in the Warriors of Chaos Army Book. Naming him Kogoroth the Faceless I see him as having suffered a similar fate to Wulfrik, cursed by the gods to wander the galaxy in search of fresh adversaries. Hence his striding pose and faceless helm, the aim being to keep him somewhat anonymous, a silent, unknown but murderous figure, constantly on the move in his quest for fresh kills. The mask also serves to reinforce the mystery behind his title “the Faceless” – is it because his face is never seen or does it refer to something fouler hidden behind that steel grill? Or did he once lose face in a more figurative sense – fleeing from a challenge and cursed to wander forever as penance?
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At first I intended him to be the leader of my Khorne Berserkers, but he never really fitted there (appearing neither Khornate, nor particularly berserk). I retired the model half-finished and replaced him with Magok Bloodcaller instead.
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Given that, especially in the early days, 40k included a lot of elements from Warhammer translated into the far future I kept toying with the idea of making a 40k incarnation of Wulfrik – although, as the Games Workshop designers probably also found, the idea had by then evolved into its own creature. I finished the model off, intending him to be a Chaos Lord, but was never quite convinced by him in this role either. Wulfrik, after all, has a pirate crew to lead and so should Kogoroth be a leader of men – albeit a strange and singular one – rather than a lonely killer. Thus he was consigned to an uncertain fate at the back of the shelf. Some of you may find this a little odd, that my inability to work out a suitable piece of background fiction for a model should see it effectively kicked out of the army. What can I say – I’m clearly a little eccentric!

Anyway, with my Breacher squad I finally had a role for him as their Sergeant. It also adds to the background of the squad, a band of roving mercenaries, serving alongside their Gods-cursed master for centuries – perhaps even since the day they fled with the rest of Horus’s routed horde from before the walls of the Emperor’s Palace on Terra itself? For him Kalamoon Kell and the Beasts of Ruin provide just another opportunity to find battle and seek redemption in their enemies’ blood. Alas the Gods are uncaring and, having turned their backs on him, will never relent. There shall be no daemonhood for Kogoroth, only battle until war at last puts an end to his quest forever.
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The end result of this is not only that I have a model, and a story, that I’m really rather pleased with for but also that I’ve started thinking about how other Warhammer characters could provide inspiration in 40k. The story of Vilitch the Curseling is one I especially enjoy, and it helps that I really like the model as well. Sayl the Faithless and his spawn Nightmaw, from the Tamurkhan book, would be pretty fun (what is it with me and treacherous wizards?) Oh and maybe I could build a hugely mutated Ogren King based off Throgg (perhaps with an enhanced cybernetic brain to explain why he’s smarter than the average bear?). Then there’s the question of how one would tackle the likes of Galrauch (mutated Heldrake? Possessed giant Eldar reptile? Twisted wraithbone construct with a Tzeentchian daemon trapped inside?) or Kholek Suneater (maybe an ancient Forgefiend or similar daemon-engine – pre-Heresy of course!) Who knows what the possibilities are?

Have you transferred a character from Warhammer to 40k – or vice versa (daemons don’t count!)? Does Imperial Governor Karl Franz lead the massed forces of the Astra Militarum from atop his cyber-griffon in your army? Do you have an Eldar Tyrion, or a Archon Malekith ? A Von Carstein inquisitor perhaps? How about Ungrim Ironfist leading a Squat army in search of glorious vengeance against the Tyranids or Durthu as a strange wraith-bone construct, grown from the heart of a shattered craftworld? Well don’t keep it to yourself, get your thoughts (and links) in the comment box below!


Once More Into The Breach

Remember this guy? To my slight chagrin I painted him back in June and haven’t added to the squad since.
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Shamed into action by the sight of him standing alone on the shelf (and the presence of a big bag of unpainted shields in my bits box) I finally got myself into gear to make a squadmate for him.
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Even the Gods Can Bleed

“All gods are dead – except the God of War”.

Phrase repeatedly found carved into the flesh of the loyalist dead, Isstvan V Dropsite Massacre war zone.

From Forgeworld’s The Horus Heresy: Massacre And Skulls For His Throne Khorne; now there’s a chap who knows a thing or two about demonic steeds. He wouldn’t be seen dead allowing his followers to ride into battle on giant blow-flies (frankly unhygienic), multi-breasted fish-horses that exhale intoxicating musk (utterly impractical) or disks of energy accompanied by schools of flying sting-rays (just plain weird). That sort of carry on makes him REALLY ANGRY! Far better, really, to go to war mounted on a huge, bloodthirsty mechanical rhinoceros.khorne-herald-convert-or-die-1I recently picked up the Skull Cannon of Khorne, having been impressed by it as soon as I saw it. What more could any chaos fan want than a sentient artillery piece that’s prone to devouring people? My only complaint is that the gun is rather piddly but that’s a minor point. As it happens I’ve yet to get it assembled, let alone painted, but I did built the Herald that comes with it – unused if you don’t build the kit as a blood throne, and mounted it on a juggernaught I had left over from an abandoned project. Here’s the result, Zakhrath; the Talon of Fury, ready to go and kill in the Blood God’s name!khorne-herald-convert-or-die-2

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