Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 4

The story of this model begins way back in the early days of my chaos collection, although the seeds of inspiration that led to his rebirth are rather more recent. Back in the early autumn I started working on a small group of Khorne Berserkers. I’m still pleased with them, and the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive, so it’s time to keep the creative pot boiling by adding a leader to the squad. Here we have the Berserkers as they looked last time we saw them.

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You’ll have to trust me when I say that the project hasn’t entirely died in the meantime, although primarily it has been resting, waiting for inspiration to strike and work to resume. That inspiration arrived in the form of fellow hobbyist Azazel, who’s been setting a series of monthly challenges, both for himself and his readers. This month the challenge was to build a model, something I don’t usually struggle with. However I’d been putting off actually doing the disassembling required to make this model, and may well have continued to do so indefinitely if I hadn’t seen Azazel’s challenge

Enter; this elderly model. I’m not entirely sure when I painted him, I’d estimate 2010 or 2011 at the latest, but whenever it was I was already old and experienced enough to know better. Take a good look at him because this is the last chance we’ll get.

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Let’s be honest here, he hasn’t aged well. Even when I first built him he probably wasn’t nearly as good as I thought he was and time has not been kind. I like to think my painting skills have grown a long way over the years (although I’m still rather taken with that blood spatter – if I may say so myself – especially as it pre-dates the now ubiquitous Blood For The Blood God paint). On the whole though, he’s ugly and painfully short in comparison to the new generation of space marines. Over time he’s been shoved further and further back on the shelf. Some might even say I’m ashamed of him.

Despite these flaws I must confess I’m fond of him and that left me with a quandary. On the one hand he really has no place in the collection of models I’m aiming to create, on the other I’d be sad to see him bundled off into a box of old miniatures to gather dust. It would be an inglorious end for such proud old warrior and I for one am not ready to cast him aside just yet. He speaks to an era in my creative development when my ideas were far bigger than my talents and I was only just scratching the surface of what this hobby really offers. That said I’m not going to let nostalgia cloud my judgement. However no servant of the gods need retire when they could just as easily ascend! Not for him the bitter, lonely silence of the bitsbox, not when he can rise again as a warrior reborn, key components snipped away and reused to allow his resurrection. Time for the old brute to get a facelift.

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Hopefully you’ll agree that he’s a bit more imposing now, whilst still maintaining the spirit of the original. Who knows, this may even inspire me to make some more berserkers. In the meantime, I await your feedback.

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12 responses to “Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 4

  • Alex

    Aw, he wasn’t so bad mate,certainly nothing to be ashamed of! However, his new form is much better of course – the hook & chain gives him a really brutal character… Hoping to see some blood spatter on this guy!

    • Wudugast

      Nah, you’re being too kind to the old guy, he was past his best. 😉 Blood spatter on the new incarnation is a must, consider it a homage to the old version.

  • Ross

    That’s a tasty conversion, dude. Very nice.

  • Azazel

    Great worm here updating the original. I have to say I really love your berserkers and I think they’re going to turn out to be very true to the eventual revamped models that we see. This leaves me with the problem of what to do with my existing ones….
    Perhaps they will be Berserkers amongst other Legions and warbands while my actual World Eaters will exclusively be made of the newer models…

    • Wudugast

      Thanks very much – and I’m hoping you’re right, in many ways something I’ve tried to capture with these models is my best guess of how new World Eaters will look when they arrive. I’m also finding myself wondering what to do with my existing models. There’s just such a contrast between older space marines and the newer versions – it’s not just this old berserker, more and more I’m looking at my old chaos marines and feeling somewhat dissatisfied. Until something better came along for comparison I think I was able to overlook their flaws but now the scales have been lifted from my eyes I really can’t put them back. Then again there are a lot of models there that I feel a real attachment too – I’m suspecting this won’t be the last to see himself reinvented.

  • Azazel

    Great work, not worm. :p

  • imperialrebelork

    You’ve done well here mate but I didn’t mind the original either. There will be blood.

  • Jkwa581

    Love your work! Want to give these a go myself, hope they turn out alright!
    How did you attach the backpacks to the back of the blood warriors?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! They were a lot of fun to make so go for it, you’ll enjoy them 🙂 I actually just stuck the backpacks directly to the back of the Blood Warrior torsos. I wondered about building them up a little to more closely emulate the way they attach to a space marine but I came to realise that less was more. Stuck directly to the back the join is covered by the shoulder pads, the more it stuck out the more work was needed to make it convincing. Hope that helps.

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