In Ashes They Shall Reap

Another day, another vicious tech-barbarian joins the ranks. Was it the cajoling of heretic priests that led him from the righteous path, or was it the calling of his own dark nature? What nightmares now drive him on, what whispering voices pursue him in his sleep, what rictus scream twists his features behind that mask?convert-or-die-traitor-guard-5

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convert-or-die-traitor-guard-8What about this mutant? Did desperate pacts with the dark gods see him changed, tormented in flesh and recast in spirit to become the creature we see now? Or did he live a life of shackled ignominy beneath the Imperial heel, too lowly even to be harvested for servitor-spares lest he sully the holy-machines to which he was bound, until the coming of Chaos saw him freed? Did he recognise the secret masters of his heart as unnameable things ran wild through the temple avenues beneath which he toiled? Did he kill the guardsman that once wore this uniform, pulling him apart with claw and tooth and rage, garbing himself in discarded flack armour and taking up his fallen grenade launcher that he might serve the Lords of the Abyss?  convert-or-die-traitor-guard-3

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8 responses to “In Ashes They Shall Reap

  • imperialrebelork

    More brilliance man. I’m really liking this chaotic brood. I have to ask, why the X on the canteen?

    • Wudugast

      Cheers 🙂 To be honest the real reason for the red X was he was looking a little flat without it, all the kit on his back was melding into a blur at first glance and I wanted something to make him ‘pop’ – to draw the eye in and encourage a second glance so that all the other detail becomes more apparent. Not sure how well that conveys in the picture and I don’t have a before and after shot but it was definitely lacking. As for an ‘in-universe’ reason, I thought the liquid he’d carry around in his flask was probably pretty toxic so it carries some kind of warning (presumably so he doesn’t drink too much of it himself, saves it for poisoning his weapons, special occasions, etc).

  • imperialrebelork

    PS. Pig Iron are closing down at the end of March. So stock up on those ghastly heads mate.

    • Wudugast

      😦 Sad news – but hopefully someone else will take on at least part of the range. Need to have a nosy round the store before they go though, just in case, although it looks like things are selling fast.

  • Alex

    Another fabulously fearsome duo for the ranks – the glowing red eye on number 1 is insane! Loving it!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – I’m really glad people like the eyes, I wasn’t sure if I was going to pull it off (you know how it is when you’ve stared at a project for too long to be sure if it’s good or not).

      • Alex

        Oh, I surely do know that feeling dude… I console myself with the thought that it is a natural consequence of experimentation… that’s where the community really comes in handy! 🙂

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