Monthly Archives: September 2015

Destined to Fester – Part 2

Earlier in the week I showed off a couple of Plague Marines and promised that, if you were patient and stuck with me, there’d be a couple more on their way. Now here they are. See I keep my promises, not like those other filthy, lying blogs you’ve been seeing behind my back!

First up here’s the squad’s standard bearer. Absolutely love this head from the Putrid Blighkings kit so I had to find somewhere suitably imposing to show it off.

And here’s another plague marine with a bolter, rounding out the squad.

For now my plan is to get paint on this little lot and then think about adding to the squad further, although of course I’m easily distracted so who knows what’ll happen!

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Destined to Fester – Part 1

I said last week I was working on some more Plague Marines to start a second squad. The first I completed a while ago and proved to be the inspiration behind the project. Here he is again for those who, like me, can’t get tired of seeing him.
As I’ve mentioned he’s quite a bit taller than his squad mates, I’m almost tempted to refer to him as ‘true scale’. In the haphazard world of chaos marines this isn’t the end of the world but, as a tall person living in a world made for short folk myself, I’m sure he gets tired of dunting his head every time he gets into the dropship so it’s time to make him some equally tall squad mates. If I wasn’t already working on a squad of Nurgle Chosen based on the Putrid Blightkings then I’d make these Chosen. As it is they’ll just be Plague Marine squad number 2.
For the squad’s champion I wanted someone really evil looking but also with the vibe of a debased preacher or dark apostle. I wanted someone who’s pact with the God of Life and Death hadn’t come from necessity, or been forced upon them by the horror of their circumstances, but who has chosen their path willingly and has absolute faith in their part in Nurgle’s inevitable design for the universe. Let’s take a look at him:

I’ve also finished off another of the rank and file (rank eh? You see what I did there…) ; a stoic and stubborn acolyte ready to trudge through any hell in the Plague God’s name.

There’s also a couple more that I was hoping to have ready to show off but time hasn’t been on my side this week so we’ll have to be patient – after all whilst the other gods may pass us by Nurgle comes for us all in the end.


Dangers of the Faithless

Right, back to traitor guard and, with the addition of these two fearsome looking gentlemen, Clan Claw, the first squad of my rebellious horde, is complete. First off here’s another scary man in a mask.traitor-guard-convert-or-die-traitors-1

traitor-guard-convert-or-die-traitors-2Of course, no squad of deviant traitors would be complete without a twisted champion to lead them.traitor-guard-convert-or-die-traitors-32

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traitor-guard-convert-or-die-traitors-36And here’s the whole happy family together. I have to admit I’m really loving my traitor guard, they’re great fun to convert and relatively quick and easy to paint so if you’re thinking of taking the plunge and starting your own evil tech-barbarians I’d highly recommend it.traitor_guard_squad_1_convert-or-die

 


Wedding Bells and Laser Beams

Ok, this isn’t to do with miniatures, 40k or any of my usual fare, but it does feature a Spartan and they’re practically Space Marines anyway. It also features one of my best friends with whom I wasted a huge part of my youth playing Halo and that should be more than enough reason for you to have a look at this.

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A little something I painted for two very geeky friends of mine that got married recently. I think you’ll agree they’re a lovely couple 😉

She totally just blew something up.

They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Fingask Castle and now they’re off on their honeymoon. Congrats guys! So happy for you!

A lovely day for a lovely couple.

All dressed up.

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Rotting Ways

Way back in the mists of time, one of the first squads I started to build for the Beasts of Ruin was my plague marines, led by Golothess the Befouled.
I still love old Golothess but I’m not too proud to admit that the rest of the squad are showing their age a bit (check them out here if you don’t believe me). Nurgle provides a great opportunity to learn with greenstuff, and ugly results can still look alright on ugly models, but still, none of these guys really wow me now. Over the years I’ve added a few new recruits here and there which, I think, improve the quality of the squad overall. Then this guy came along and shook everything up.
I know I should be all modest but I really like him. The problem is he’s a little bit bigger than his mates.
Now that’s not the end of the world, chaos ought to be chaotic as I’m forever saying. However having made him I found myself wanting to make some more. I decided to give him a home in a new squad (expect a few WIP pics soon), and call Golothess’ Acolytes finished, at least for now. Before they could step, shamble and crawl into graceful completion however there was one more model to finish off – this bearer of the icon of despair.

Rather pleased with him, especially the banner, and he’s given me lots of inspiration for the forthcoming second squad. As always any thoughts, feedback or, especially, inspirational ideas for squad number two, are welcome in the comments box.

Of course, it wouldn’t be right to wrap up the story of Golothess and his acolytes without a final group shot.

And here they are, leading the march of Nurgle’s beloved children in the quest to contaminate the universe. Let the galaxy rot!


Demon Stealer

This one is mostly about me griping!

The Grey Knights, we’re told, never fall to the temptations of Chaos. Not rarely, or once in a blue moon, but never ever, not a single one in the last ten thousand years. I take this from the previous edition of the Grey Knight codex by the way – I’ll admit I’ve never read the current edition. Anyway, as a Chaos worshipping heretic myself this pisses me right off. Obviously this is intended as Imperial propaganda, wrapped up in the legendary – even semi-mythical – nature of this secret chapter, but I still find it pretty aggravating. It may just be a fairly minor bit of the background but it comes across as smugly condescending both to us Chaos fans and followers of the Imperium in all its other factions, most of which can’t get out of bed in the morning without falling to the worship of the Ruinous Powers. Rather than letting it bother me however I decided to take the narrative bull by the horns. If the Grey Knights wanted to thumb their nose at me by smugly resisting the dark powers I would thumb my nose right back.

Allow me to introduce Grey Yekub; the Fallen Knight.

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At this point some of you may be thinking ‘But… but… you can’t have a Chaos Grey Knight..!’ Let me assure you that you most certainly can and that I had great fun creating him. And yes, I’m aware that I’m a huge fan of the ‘lore’ of 40k, and tend not to do things that radically contradict it. However in this case I felt compelled to simply because this particular piece of lore is so restrictive, so utterly anathema to interesting story-writing, to model making and to the creation of compelling game scenarios. In short it makes the galaxy of the far future less exciting to be in, not more, and as such I feel obligated to struggle against it.

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For a while I considered giving him the standard issue ‘evil guy red eyes’ (because as you know all evil characters in miniatures games either work in very windy conditions or are massive hung-over all the time). Anyway, in the end I decided against it because I thought the ‘dead eyed killer’ look was more appropriate to this ruthless traitor.

Here’s a close up of his shoulder. This bit was definitely saved for a ‘steady hands day’ – and even then the writing is a little wonky.

Anyway, as well as the Knight himself I wanted to create some of the esoteric wargear they have access to. Clearly my imagination took a very literal turn when I read the words “Empyrean Brain Mines” as it wasn’t until I found the description in the codex that I discovered these mines affect the brain – rather than being made of brains. By then it was much too late and I’d started to make him some.

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Regular readers will know that with any new addition to the Beasts of Ruin I like to create a little bit of accompanying background, not a story exactly but a little sketch describing who they are, what motivates them, where they came from, etc. With this model however that’s almost impossible. With the arrogant claim that no Grey Knight has ever fallen to Chaos one is faced with something too insurmountable to easily explain. What events could I describe leading to this man’s corruption without seeming utterly overblown and preposterous? What could he have seen or experienced that his brothers have not, or have resisted for ten millennia? It would seem as tacky or improbable as writing in the missing Primarchs whilst I’m about it.

Anyway, for those who don’t mind a brief fan-fiction moment, this is what I came up with in the end:

Who knows what horrors or hidden desires caused the Knight who would become known as Grey Yekub to turn his back on the Emperor where for ten thousand years his brothers had remained stalwart? Perhaps Kell alone has discovered the secret but if he has he holds it close, for knowledge is power and power over one such as Yekub is a commodity to be jealously guarded. With merely a word, or the touch of his hand upon the hilt of his sword – a weapon, like its bearer, both blessed and damned in its time – the knight can quell even the most powerful and fractious of daemons. Thus the legions of the gods remains subservient to Kell, though he courts the power of all four yet bows to none with an arrogance to rival Abaddon alone. Often the daemons hunger to see him torn down for his hubris yet whilst Yekub stalks in his master’s shadow they dare not.

In this way the fallen knight serves also as a more subtle weapon, controlling the squabbling mortal servants of each god amongst Kell’s own ranks. Many powerful warlords would like to take his place in command of the Beasts and claim Princehood as reward for binding their warriors to one god alone but whilst Yekub lives they know such rebellion would be short-lived, whilst their punishment within a Hellbrute sarcophagus would last forever. 

Thus they scheme instead to see Kell’s bodyguard destroyed first. Those who attempt it however soon learn that in treachery he has lost none of the fabled might of the Grey Knights and remains an adversary that all who worship the ruinous powers are right to fear.

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Oh… one final point, Grey Knights. Primarchs fell to Chaos. Who the hell do you guys think you are?


Agents of Brutality – Part 5

After I uploaded pictures of the final Chaos Terminator to join my squad The Blessed Slaughter earlier in the week Alex over at the Dauntless 215th suggested I put up a group shot of the whole ugly mob together. So, as promised, here they are:
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