Revolution Is My Name

The aim in mind for my traitor guard is to build up a real horde of heretics; a swarm of thugs, chaos fanatics and other degenerate scum. In terms of the vibe I’m looking for think of the Skaven from Warhammer; massed ranks of shabby, poorly armed foot soldiers, accompanied by weird specialists and crazy warmachines.
Obviously the task of actually recruiting all those bodies represents a bit of a logistical headache – the very principle is that there needs to be a lot of them. In order to solve this I’ve had a root around on ebay and managed to pick up a load of Cadians and Catachans on the cheap. These models, unwanted in their previous incarnation, will now be converted into the next wave of the Chaos advance.
Philosophically I think this gives something to the spirit of the models themselves; the character of former Imperial soldiers who have turned to the worship of Chaos being represented by formerly Imperial models.
Anyway, here goes with traitor guard squad number two – Clan Maul. First up we have this chap with a flame-thrower, another survivor of the Special Weapons squad I planned long ago (back when I was basing the collection around the Imperial Guard codex rather than the Lost and the Damned list from Forgeworld).convert-or-die-traitor-guard-15

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convert-or-die-traitor-guard-18And here’s the first of his new squadmates, another devilish looking traitor.

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traitor-guard-convert-or-die-2Hope you like them, there’s more to come soon and, as usual, if you have any feedback I’d be happy to hear from you in the comment’s box below.

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19 responses to “Revolution Is My Name

  • Carlo

    It says something of the philosophy of the WH world, actually! 😉 The model are very nice, though. Long live the rabble!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – there’s plenty more of the rebellious rabble on their way 🙂 Care to expand on that first point? I think I get your meaning but I may be guilty of overthinking it!

      • Carlo

        Let’s see… GW seems to translate every instance of dissent into some sort of physical deformity? But I’m talking from a very limited, and surely partial, understanding of their setting! 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Yes, it’s a bit like Bond Villain Syndrome isn’t it (i.e. how every baddie in the James Bond films has some injury or disability). Without seeking to defend GW I think it all stems from the idea that the Imperium has grown so vast and all powerful, and so totalitarian in its efforts to defend itself against Chaos, that the only way to rebel against it is by joining Chaos. From there one finds oneself trapped in the equation of rebellion = chaos = mutations. I suspect this springs from the cultural environment in which the setting was devised – Thatcher in power in the UK, the massive power-blocks of the cold war still standing and so on.

        I suppose there are the rebel humans who joined the Tau Empire – and as far as I know they’re still quite normal. However that may be stretching the point a little in GW’s defence, and it was certainly a later addition to the fiction. I also suspect this has a lot to do with why the Stormcasts stand out like a sore thumb in GW’s settings. Their worlds have always been so dark – the rebels are insane mutants, the ‘heroes’ are brutal and dictatorial. Warhammer was always a place where a peasant with bad teeth and a mutation he was hiding from the authorities was expected to go out and face the horrors of the wild and do his best to defend the realm. We don’t know what to do with golden heroes, they don’t fit in yet.

        Anyway, that was a bit of a ramble spinning off from your original point. I think so long as 40k remains a pastiche of fascism it will be a powerful tool in sparking thought and discussion on aspects like these. There’s always a risk of course that by toning down the darkness of the setting, by making the space marines more heroic and less brutal for instance, that the nature of the Imperium comes to appear less preposterously grim and as a result more palatable, and the whole thing turns into an advert for everything it was originally intended to satirise.

      • Carlo

        Good point, and now the same essentialist logic fits all too well with the “clash of civilisations” scenario. In some ways more than Bond it reminds me of 300 – on one side the righteous few who pretend to uphold the highest values while acting (in fact, precisely by acting) in the most brutal ways; on the other, tyrants and the multitude of slaves bearing on their bodies the indelible mark of their abjection.
        Rephrasing Brecht, unhappy is the setting who needs golden heroes! I wasn’t suggesting that. On the contrary, I want the empire to be the fascist-theocratic state that it is – I was just concerned that the satire might be lost.
        And while it’s true that GW leaves little room for subversion in their universe of mutation and warfare, there is always room to imagine it. Or, at least, as you said, to discuss about the issue. After all Porco, the character I’m using as avatar, is an antifascist pig-mutant, and he definitely revels in his piggishness! GW is just making the choice more discomforting. Much more discomforting.
        My personal solution is to think that the warhammer universe is not the universe as it is, but just the universe as mankind imagines and describes it. But, again, I must add the disclaimer that I have a very sketchy knowledge of the warhammer world, limited to basic and by now outdated army list fluff.

      • Wudugast

        I think your vision of GW’s universes tallies very much with my own – I’ve always liked the idea that every piece of background fiction is unreliably narrated, every codex or army book being essentially propaganda for that faction rather than hard fact. Much like real world history, we can only base our ideas on partial information seen through the lens of our own biases.

        You’ve made me consider the idea that whole sections of humanity may have broken away from the Imperium without succumbing to the temptations of Chaos (in fact now I think about it there are various examples of this happening within the official cannon, apart from the Tau example I gave above). However neither the Imperium nor the forces of Chaos themselves would want this to be known – the Imperium needs its great adversary to maintain rigid power within, whilst the agents of the gods want to encourage the desperate into Faustian pacts.

        There’s also the fact that the Imperium itself is hardly united within – like all empires it is divided into numerous battling sub-factions, each of which is determined to get the upper hand politically regardless of the cost the whole. This is part of why I love the Inquisitor background – it peels back the skin of the feuding sub-factions within just one part of the Imperial power structure, rather than the very broad brush view we get through most of the fiction.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – they’re just a bit creepy aren’t they?

      By the way, I’ve tried to comment on a couple of your blog posts recently (loved the Inquisitorial warband) but my comments just seem to vanish. Not sure why its happening (I blame the agents of the ][ myself…) but wanted you to know I’ve been full of praise for your recent work 🙂

      • imperialrebelork

        Oh cheers mate. That’s weird. Another blogger told me the same thing. Unfortunately I am as much an IT Guru as I am a champion synchronised swimmer. I have absolutely no idea what is going on or how to fix it. I am glad you told me though as I always look forward to your comments because I have so much respect for you and your work. Grrrrrrr now I Have to fix this problem!! You’ve commented before so that is weird. I’ll get to the bottom of it dammit.

  • beastsofnurgle

    Hey, looking forward to where this goes, just starting a Renegade army myself! Have you thought about using Cultists?

    • Wudugast

      Thanks – I’ll keep an eye out on your blog for the arrival of your renegades. Will they be dedicated to Nurgle as well?
      I’ve already used cultists as cultists so made a deliberate decision not to use them here. Although I really like the cultist models I wanted these models to maintain the appearance of a structured military force – albeit one that’s turned to chaos. Of course its always possible that the odd cultist bit will show up somewhere.

  • ejhenries

    It’s odd how well those Sister of Slaughter heads work with the Cadian bodies, did you have to Green Stuff bulk them out?
    Looking good bud.

  • SheepDip

    Check out some of the Kromlec stuff – they’ve got some really nice bits for traitor guard. I love the dirty rusted look you’ve gone for.

    • Wudugast

      I do like the Kromlech range, I’ll probably be using some bits from them at some stage. I’ve already got some bits from puppets war and pig iron to mix in with the GW bits.

      Cheers for the feedback – I reckon the ragged ranks of cannon fodder can make do with rusty weapons and armour, after all they’re unlikely to survive long enough for it to make much difference.

  • bigbossredskullz

    Great start, I like the more militant look even if they’re heretics. I’ve always thought that leaders among the heretics where more like preachers than warriors. What’s your ideas for your gang?

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – I’m aiming for a structured, cohesive look to the squad, even if they are a rabble that even lets mutants join!
      Regarding the leaders I feel that they would be preachers first and foremost, but still vicious fighters in their own right. The leader of the first squad I feel looks more like a preacher (look here to see what I mean https://convertordie.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/dangers-of-the-faithless/ ) but I’ve got ideas for two more – one of which will be a more traditional warrior and one of which will be altogether stranger…

  • Alex

    Very nice – I do love a good hoard… 🙂

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