War Eternal – Part 1

I’ve been toying with the idea of making some Age of Sigmar warbands for a while now but until recently I’ve not really done anything about it. That changes now however. The push came when Alex of Leadballoony published his plans for working on AoS Skirmish and the idea took root in my brain. Alex, accompanied by fellow blogger Ross of Classic Chaos Daemons, set out a series of guidelines for the project and invited anyone else who fancied it to join in. Naturally this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get one of my own warbands up and running so I nailed my colours to the metaphorical mast and sallied forth.

Let’s start by taking a look at those guidelines:

Build & paint 100ish ‘renown’ points in Feb (to include our Generals), and 25ish renown per month thereafter, up to 250 pts.

This seems a sensible and manageable way to do things so I’ll be trying to stick to it to. Conveniently my general also comes to exactly 100 renown so getting him painted this month will tick this box nicely.

The warband must be from a faction we don’t currently collect. Ross and I chose the faction for each other…

As I don’t really have anything for AoS, beyond some unpainted Nighthaunt and perhaps the odd squig, the world is my oyster here. I did consider inviting suggestions from my readers or starting a poll but in the end my deep and abiding rage combined with my need to harvest people’s heads to manufacture an uncomfortable seating solution won out and I pledged my soul to Khorne.

Set in a common realm, (realm tbd), based & modelled accordingly

Naturally this sounds like a fine idea for a group project but as I’m not part of the core team on this I can follow my own path. Of course I may yet end up being inspired by them.

Push the modelling & painting – AoS28 style, crazy conversions, grim-dark, etc.

Well naturally. Is there any other way?

Lowest cost possible – beg/borrow/steal, freebees, scratch build, re-use, etc.

I really like this idea it adds an extra layer of creative challenge to the project and saves money into the bargain. When I first got into this hobby I couldn’t afford to buy many miniatures so finding ways to make models cheaply was the name of the game. Actual miniatures may have been out with my budget but other people’s left over bits were much more affordable, bulked out by donations from friends. It was this as much as anything else that lead me to take up converting and kitbashing so by following this rule I feel like I’ll be going back to my roots, albeit with a far more extensive bits box to draw upon. My goal is to use only models I already own for this warband and, as much as possible, use bits that I gathered for other projects which then failed to reach fruition. My general meanwhile will be based on a model given away free on the cover of White Dwarf. We’ll take a look at him shortly.

Narrative rather than competitive warbands – named characters, backstories, etc.

Frankly I wouldn’t know where to begin guessing what’s competitive and what isn’t so there’s no danger of that with me (unless, of course, it happens by pure chance!). I’m interested in cool looking models and an engaging narrative, and a warband of this type is a golden opportunity really pursue that.

Anyway, that wall of text has been more than enough for anyone to endure so let’s take a look at the as yet unnamed leader of my warband, a priest of the bloodthirsty god Khorne.

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Until I assembled him I didn’t realise what a big lad he is, he certainly towers over this Blood Warrior (who may end up incorporated into the warband himself).

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Indeed, for those who’re curious, here he is next to those perennials of the size-comparison photograph; an Imperial Guardsman and a Primaris Space Marine.

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As you can see I stuck fairly closely to the original design of the Slaughter Priest model just swapping out the head for what may (or may not!) be a masked visage befitting such a fearsome character. I did consider tweaking the model a little more but it’s one of my favourite Khornate miniature’s in the range and I didn’t want to do anything that would take away from that. As for his missing head it ended up on this Bloodgor. The Blades of Khorne book doesn’t actually contain Bloodgor, nor are there any in GW’s current range, but I wasn’t about to compound their mistakes by failing to include at least one of my own. Indeed rather than stick religiously to one army book I’ve decided to incorporate a mixture of daemons, beasts and mortals of all kinds, united in their dedication to the blood god.

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Indeed, I was so excited about making Bloodgor after finishing the first one that I abandoned my original plans and immediately made a second one.

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Not all of the warband is built yet but I have been having a lot of fun assembling the first few recruits. These ragged blood reavers have been looking for a home since the first edition of AoS was released so it’s high time I did something with them.

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There’s also a fairly high chance this chap will sneak into the ranks as I’ve been keen to get him painted since I got my paws on him.

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Obviously now I just need to bash on with getting the Slaughter Priest painted up, as well as starting to explore his backstory and discovering how he came to be leading a ragtag band out of the Chaos wastes. Watch this space, and expect to see the priest at least finished by the end of the month.

 

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37 responses to “War Eternal – Part 1

  • Alex

    YUSS!!! Brilliant stuff mate! You are bang on the money with these guys – very ‘Realm of Chaos’ – really looking forward to seeing this develop!

    btw, we went with the Realm of Metal in the end 😉

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Well, I did have Slaves To Darkness sitting open next to me whilst I was working on them but that’s nothing new, it’s always open next to me!

      Hmmm… The Realm of Metal eh? And there was me reading the White Dwarf article about painting models for the Realm of Metal just this morning…

  • Ross

    He is a gorgeous model unconverted. The headswap is all it needs to make it unique and give him some of your own character. And it’s a great choice of head too.

    Skirmish is great fun. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out for you guys. Are you close enough to each other to get some games in?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I really like the base model too much to be messing around with it in a big way but at the same time I really wanted to make him my own (and use that head for something).

      Sadly, much as I’d be up for it, I suspect we’re too far apart for anything like that. I’d need to drive for at least 9 hours just to get out of Scotland, not sure exactly where about in England the others are but Skirmish would have to be one hell of a game to make it more than a one off occurrence. 🙂 Plus the mates who only live a couple of miles away keep winding me up that they never see me these days so…

      • Ross

        Yeah I know that feeling! The far corner of Northern Ireland isn’t exactly a bustling hub of gaming either 😕 We do manage to pull the four of us together a couple of times a year for dedicated gaming weekends though. It makes for a good nexus of the year’s hobbying. You could maybe organise a big Skirmish day out in Nottingham or something, make an occasion of it!

  • Azazel

    He looks great, as do the Khorngor. I’ve considered joining in Alex’s Warband challenge as well, though I think time and RL stuff may put paid to that before even starting.

    • Wudugast

      That’s a shame, I was curious to see what you produced. As ever though I sympathise – RL comes first.

      Making the Khorngor was loads of fun, going to need to see what else I can come up with for the warband to join them 🙂

      • Azazel

        I had a look at a couple of warscrolls yesterday and found some 100-pt generals, so I might be able to get something done. Wish me ruck, Shaggy!

  • Alexis West

    Good call on the minimal conversion for that dude. It’s a great sculpt in and of itself. I love how it towers over the other Models like that. Did you see the conversion that Rob over at Castigator’s Chaos did to turn it into a Combat Servitor for Necromunda?

    My favourite incarnations of the Chaos Army List (whether for 40K or Fantasy) have always been the ones that had Mortals (Chaos Warriors/CSM/Marauders/Culties), Daemons, and Beastmen all thrown in together, so I really like your approach to the warband overall. I look forward to seeing how it develops!

    • Alexis West

      Almost forgot, re: “… harvest people’s heads to manufacture an uncomfortable seating solution”

      Makes me wonder if there’s some sort of vicious cycle in play there, where rage leads to thrones of skulls, which lead to hemorrhoids, which leads to more rage 😉

      • Wudugast

        It’s a strong possibility isn’t it? I’ve always found I’m grumpy after sitting for a long time on a hard chair, sort Khorne out with a cushion and the man might learn to relax a bit!

    • Wudugast

      I’d missed that combat servitor, good catch – it’s excellent.

      Absolutely agree re Chaos army lists. For me it never felt right to have daemons of Khorne and Slaanesh marching side by side, or mortal servants of Nurgle shoulder to shoulder with those of Tzeentch, but not to have daemons and mortals of the same god in the same army.
      For me a Chaos army should either be a)mono-god but a mix of mortals, daemons, beastmen, machines, space marines, whatever else, or b)all of the above from multiple pantheons led by an especially charismatic leader (Horus, Abaddon, one of the Everchosen, etc). Speaking of which have you seen the new stuff revealed at LVO? Of course you have! I’m rather over-excited (as if you couldn’t guess!)

      • Alexis West

        Oh, yeah. So psyched. Not just for the Chaos stuff, either. The Vanguard Primaris look pretty sweet, and I like the Shadespire Sylvaneth, too.

      • Wudugast

        I know, the vanguard stuff looks very interesting. Some of it will definitely find its way into my Space Marine chapter (really need to do more work on them soon) but I’m seriously considering painting some of them as Alpha Legion agents. That said I salute anyone who paints them as Imperial Fists (he said glibly!)

        The Sylvaneth, I’m not entirely sure on. I want to love them but they just don’t quite click for me. One I’m going to have to sleep on I think. Maybe with a few conversions though, they could really be something.

      • Alexis West

        My background for my Primaris Army has always been that they use Alpha Legion geneseed, so these are absolutely perfect for me.

        Taste varies. I really like these Sylvaneth, but it’s subjective. Doesn’t mean that anyone else has to like them.

      • Wudugast

        Re Marines; excellent, I always really liked the idea of marines with Chimerical geneseed, or loyal chapters descended from traitor legions. Ages ago I had the idea of a space marine chapter created through the mixing of Blood Angel and World Eater geneseed, by way of an experiment to try to cancel out the Black Rage. Of course it worked out as well as you might imagine so, being the Imperium, everything was covered up, records were purged, and the surviving marines were sent off to crusade around the galactic fringes where they couldn’t do any harm.

        Re Sylvaneth, well of course. Wouldn’t the world be a dull place if we were all the same 🙂

      • Azazel

        You’re doing internet wrong. If I don’t like something, you’d better fucking agree because otherwise, you’re wrong!
        Now what am I going to have for dinner?

      • Alexis West

        I’m not sure I would have gone there before 8th, but there have been mentions that Cawl used geneseed from all 20 Primarchs to create Primaris Marines. Guilliman ordered him to keep the ones with Traitor geneseed in stasis, but it seems entirely plausible that Cawl would have gone ahead and activated some of them anyhow.

      • Wudugast

        I really liked that bit of background, very in keeping with 40k. Have you read the Dark Imperium novel (well worth it if you haven’t)? There’s a whole conversation in there between Cawl and Guilliman regarding exactly this, Cawl pushing the argument that whilst battles are raging all over the Imperium loyal Primaris marines are being kept of ice because Guilliman refuses to trust them. In a setting as labyrinthine as the Imperium I think it’s more than plausible that Cawl, or someone else, would have gone ahead anyway.

      • Azazel

        That all makes sense, especially in light of the flaws with the traitor legions being in their heresy (mostly) a result following their Primarchs down a dark path. We (and presumably Guilliman would) know of individuals like Garro and Garviel Loken, as well as others.
        Then there’s the stuff that WE know, like the Thousand Sons basically being loyalists that got betrayed by the Emperor’s blindness. Getting into the Alphas, there’s the whole traitor-or-not thing as well – with both being true to an extent due to the nature of their legion..

      • Alexis West

        @Wudugast: I have read Dark Imperium, yeah. Some very good info on the Primaris and how they fit in with everything else in there.

        @Azazel: Yeah, the idea that it was their geneseed that caused various Legions to turn Traitor or remain Loyal is, frankly, ridiculous. All of them were sorely tested during that time. Some of them passed, others fell.

        I do fall on the side of the bulk of the Alphas (including Alpharius) being out and out Traitors, tho. I’ve never been able to accept Abnett’s retcons in Legion, and much prefer the background from the 2nd Ed Codex. Not least because it makes a very interesting comparison with the Emperor’s Children, and the similarities and differences in how Envy and Pride can both twist virtues into damning flaws. Stealing a Xenos cabal from Ian Watson to make them secret not-Traitors feels really gimmicky in contrast.

        Fortunately, given their penchant for deceit, Alpha Legion players can pretty much go with whatever they want as their fluff, and anything contradictory can be viewed as merely disinformation spread by the Legion.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I must confess I’ve never been entirely happy with the whole xenos cabal thing either (although I still reckon the book was otherwise excellent). To me it just seemed like a way of getting a little more xenos interest into what was otherwise just an Imperial vs Imperial vs Chaos war.

        However the big thing that has never made sense to me, and if there’s a canonical explanation for this I’d be very interested, is why the Alpha Legion were at Istvaan in the first place. It’s not as though the Drop Site Massacre was particularly close-run, Horus wasn’t struggling for want of reinforcements, and according to one of the FW books the Alpha Legion didn’t even do that much during the massacre (much to the Warmaster’s irritation). Surely it would have been more in keeping with the nature of the legion for them to arrive at Terra and say “Thank goodness we got here in time! I know we’ve had our differences in the past Rogal but this has been a wake-up call for all of us! Time to put the old arguments in the ground and work together to save the Imperium. Now, I hear Sanguinius is on his way, and I know that you find spying to be distasteful, but we need to be very careful about who we trust, we don’t want another dropsite massacre on our hands now do we? Anyway, here’s a few reports regarding his close relationship with Horus, his sons’ murderous tendencies and these rumours of him declaring himself Emperor of a secessionist Ultramar when we could really have used his help here. I’ve run them past Constantin as well, he’s very concerned…” and so on….

      • Alexis West

        I had never thought about the Dropsite Massacre thing before. IIRC, they were ordered there by the Emperor as part of the retaliation force, so if they hadn’t shown up, it would have been reported by the surviving Salamanders, Raven Guard, and Iron Hands, and if they’d pretended to fight on the side of the Loyalists, it might have cut too far into the Traitor forces for what Horus knew was going to be a very close fight in the long run.

        I can also see Horus wanting all his followers to publicly declare for him, so that there would be no going back. It would be kind of hard to pull double agent shenanigans after being part of that.

        Also, one of the things the Alpha Legion had long wanted was to go all in on a fight with other Astartes, to prove that their Legion and doctrines were the best. Not just training exercises, or small-scale clashes that were swiftly quashed by the other Primarchs. And Istvaan was the first real chance to do that on any substantial scale. Despite the overwhelming Traitor force in the big picture, there would still have been plenty of smaller-scale actions (say, Chapter or Company and smaller) where local superiority of force rested with the Loyalists, and victory would be (to the Alphas at least) unquestionable proof of their strategic and tactical superiority.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I reckon a combination of the second two would explain it. Certainly those are better explanations than anything I’ve managed to think up! The arrogance of the Alpha Legion (merited), combined with Horus not trusting them (undoubtedly merited) would have been enough to make them get their hands dirty I suppose. Plus at that point Horus thought he could just make a dash for Terra and so perhaps he thought he didn’t need any fancy tricks.
        They could have got away with just not turning up, after all the Fists under Pollux were also part of the Retribution Force and they never made it, yet were welcomed back into the arms of the Imperium (although admittedly the Fists had more of a reputation for honestly than the Alphas).

      • Alexis West

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure that explanations of why they didn’t make it would go over a lot better from the Imperial Fists than from the Alpha Legion 😉

      • Azazel

        See, I think of forces like the Alphas and The Fallen in very similar ways – severely fractured Legions with what amount to essentially large warbands with very different agendas, from outright devotion to Chaos, to Loyal-to-the-Emperor-but-not-the-Imperium as-such, to Embittered Renegade Astartes (but not Chaos-worshippers) to groups following their own various agendas at every point in between. So in that even being quite willing to go to battle with different warbands of their own (fractured/former) Legion due to anything from ideological differences to battling for resources.
        With The Fallen generally being more on the “scattered survivors with scavenged and field-repaired gear” side of things while the Alphas being a little bit more organised, and generally in larger groups.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Well I for one am very much looking forward to seeing these guys painted up and I have a sneaky feeling you are going to enjoy painting them too!

  • thecurator123

    They just announced an aos kill team didnt they at the lvo. Like kill team but mixed with shadespire. Looks good.

    • thecurator123


      Called warcry coming out later this year. Those khorengors look really nice btw

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I saw the trailer for that, it looks interesting (although as yet fairly mysterious). For the moment I’m using the AoS Skirmish system from last month’s White Dwarf (haven’t played it yet, although I hear a lot of good things about it, just using it as a creative springboard).

  • imperialrebelork

    Beauty mate 👍🏼👍🏼 I like that the priests head may or may not be a mask hehe. They all ooze menace. The priest is a great sculpt.

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