Monthly Archives: August 2015

Agents of Brutality – Part 4

Waaaay back in February I promised to add a final member to my Chaos Terminator squad The Blessed Slaughter, bringing the numbers up to ten and replacing Sapir Redwolf, the Khorne worshipping terminator who I’d just promoted to lead his own squad. Here at last is the finished article.
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I had the idea for this model right back in the early days, but knew – in a rare moment of personal honesty – that I didn’t have the skills to pull it off. Thus it was rather nice to have the opportunity to come back to him now and finally create something I’m pleased with.

As usual your thoughts are welcome so get them in the box below.


Warrior Herd

A while ago I showed a few beastmen I’d converted to bolster the ranks of my Khorne worshipping horde. Some of you may have assumed that I’d forgotten about my beastmen but I can assure you I had not. Perhaps I didn’t throw captives into the feeding pens quite as often as I should have, but they were always on my mind.

Let’s take a look at the latest additions.

When I first built this next model I armed him with a gun, planning to bring a little firepower to the squad (although I’m not convinced that marksmanship comes naturally to a beastman). To be honest though he looked a little awkward – even more so in fact than a goat with a gun normally does. Here’s an early WIP shot to show you what I mean.

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Realising I wasn’t happy with the look of the model I removed the gun, intending to replace it with something else. However as soon as I saw him without it I realised how much he looked like a martial artist or boxer of some kind. As an aside – and I may be quite wrong here – but wasn’t there a computer game at one time that featured beastmen or satyrs that were marital artists? Anyone else remember it?

This also drew my attention to the fact that martial arts in general just isn’t represented in 40k (or in wherever the hell Warhammer is set now). Admittedly storming out into a world of daemons, eight-foot tall power-armoured psychopaths and titanic god-machines armed only with your fists represents a distinct lack of practicality (although fair play to you if you give it a shot) but practicality has never been big news in the 41st Millennium anyway. I’m also open to admitting that if one wished to bring more martial arts into 40k then beastmen probably wouldn’t be the best place to start  – although anyone who’s seen an ibex climbing a near-sheer wall will agree their pretty nifty on their hooves. Anyway, this is me digressing.

I also went back to this model which I built almost a year ago now.
Truth be told I’ve never been all that happy with the gun he carried (why didn’t any of you tell me it was awful!) so I’ve removed it as well, which I feel has improved the model considerably. Take a look:
And here’s the whole pack so far.
Sadly beastmen are no longer to be found in the Lost and the Damned forcelist (presumably the idea is that any beastmen squads that fans have converted can be fielded as mutant rabbles) but I think this is a great shame and have stuck resolutely to the old ways (so stubborn am I that a job as a dwarf may be mine for the asking). It seems a small thing but I’d have loved to see beastmen not only incorporated into the new list but actually expanded upon in the same style as the Ogren Brutes. The old rules allowed for Khorne worshipping Bloodgors, but what about bringing back Pestigors, Tzaangors and whatever the ones who worshipped Slaanesh were called). Of course in this age of Harlequins and Skitarii anything is theoretically possible but sadly the revival of beastmen in 40k remains in particular doubt.
Anyway, as well as getting those two painted up I also kitbashed a couple more.

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I also made this packmaster to lead them to slaughter.

As you can seen he’s just torn the head from a loyalist space marine in a display of brute strength that will presumably send his herd mates into a frenzy of blood-thirsty braying. The question I have for you is; which Chapter did that space marine belong to? Give me your suggestions (and the reasons why) – whichever I judge to be the best answer is the one I’ll use. Other good answers will undoubtedly get used on other models throughout the collection – every chaos marine worth his salt knows a loyalist head looks good amongst his trophies or on his base.


Khorne With The Wind

So the Age of Sigmar rumbles on and, following on from the release of the God-Kings golden warriors – which proved a little bland to my taste after a while, we now see the opposition; the legions of the Blood God. Because I thought this merited talking about a little I decided to chap on and get a model painted so I’d have something of my own to show off as well.

Of course as my own worship of the Dark Gods is rooted firmly in the 41st Millennium this berserker wears power armour instead of leather and iron plate.

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I turned his bolt pistol into a net launcher as I reckon this would be a pretty handy weapon for a berserker to have. Khorne, after all, isn’t the type to deliberately handicap his warriors with too many rules. Perfection and precision is more Slaanesh’s department, Khorne – as we are reminded ad nauseam – cares only that the blood flows. Thus although snaring your opponent in a net is not the most honourable way to go about things if it helps you lay bigger and more impressive skulls at the foot of his throne then so be it. He also has a fairly low opinion of enemies who run away so the ability to snare some panicking troops and drag them into reach is likely to be interpreted approvingly. It also adds a little gladiatorial element which plays to one of Khorne’s key themes nicely.
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Yesterday we also saw the arrival of the Exalted Deathbringer and what a beast of a model it is. This is one of those models I loved from the moment I saw it and will undoubtedly pick up at some point (remind me of that in three years when it’s never put in an appearance here!).

Many commenters have said he’d make a fine Abaddon proxy but I have to say I don’t see it myself. The topknot and the talon are the only aspects which distinctly convey the character of the master of the Black Legion and whilst the former certainly works the latter is a little small to be the legendary Talon of Horus. That’s not to do it down – it certainly looks brutal enough as weapons go, but unless Horus tickled Sanguinius to death this isn’t what he used. Now that axe is another matter. If I was planning to use this model ‘as is’ in Warhammer or Age of Sigmar I’d be spitting bile right now. I know many miniatures companies – GW being one of several culprits – get a bit carried away when it comes to the weapons they arm their models with but this one is particularly silly. How’s he meant to lift that bad boy without putting his back out? And even a warrior of Khorne should consider that he’s hung his skulls in a particularly inconvenient place.

Exalted Deathbringer as painted by the clever dudes over at Games Workshop’s ‘eavy Metal team.

What if, however, we imagine the model as a basis for a Kharn conversion instead? Suddenly he makes more sense. The lower body is already distinctly similar to that of the Betrayer, the symbols of Khorne are already in place and the armour – or lack of it – is far more closely reminiscent of a berserker’s power armour than terminator armour. Best of all, that axe finally looks right. It may be ridiculously outsized for any normal human, or even a Space Marine, but it looks about right for a Primarch (for those not in the know Kharn’s axe Gorechild once belonged to his gene-father Angron). And let’s be honest here, Kharn would be mad enough to lug his father’s axe around even if it was that preposterously large (and tough enough to keep on reaping skulls with it).

On a more general note the toplessness of some of the new models is starting to make my life in the 41st Millennium tricky. Nurgle’s followers can bloat and burst through their armour and hardcases like Kharn can rock up to void-combat shirtless but if I want to take advantage of the Blood Reavers then soon half my army will be doing it, which may somewhat dilute the effect. Of course this may just be a sign of a Space Marine-centric world view – after all no-one’s ever bothered that the Catachans forgot to get dressed.

Anyway, as usual I’d be glad to hear your comments, both on my own Berserker and the new Deathbringer. Do you hate him? Have any crazy conversion ideas of your own? Planning to use him in old-school Warhammer – and if so as what? Speak your mind in the comments box below.


It does not matter how the galaxy burns, only that it does!

Well would you look at that – this blog just passed 10,000 views. Either someone out there is pressing ‘refresh’ a lot or people are actually reading this! I know it hardly makes me a blogging rockstar but, coming so close on the heels of my 100th post, it’s exciting and humbling all in one. Now seems as good a time as any then to say thanks to everyone who’s read my posts, or just looked at the pictures, and especially to those of you who’ve commented, made suggestions or generally inspired me. Cheers all!

Anyway, lets nip this soppy appreciation and back-patting in the bud and crack on shall we? As well as all the ogrens, psykers, ratlings, sentinel and everything else that’s joining my traitor guard force I’m still working away on the rank and file themselves, the backbone of my treacherous tech-barbarian horde. After all someone has to do the actual work.
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The Hunter

This kit bash is pretty old. It pre-dates the Kadetheron 13th (my traitor guard) by a considerable time, it may even pre-date the Beasts of Ruin altogether. Like the ogrens I showed recently it’s been through various incarnations and like them I wanted to use the opportunity of working on my traitor guard to finally get it finished. chaos-sentinel-convert-or-die-6 I’ve always thought sentinels were really nice miniatures, full of sci-fi character. Of course they don’t actually do anything that a genehanced scout or servitor-piloted drone couldn’t do better but every Imperial commander knows that sentinels have been part of their arsenal for ten thousand years and nothing is going to make them change now. And of course every follower of the ruinous powers knows that if the servants of the Corpse God have something they should steal it and stick spikes on it. chaos-sentinel-convert-or-die-1

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