War Eternal – Part 2

Just a quick post today, but I just assembled this angry young man and couldn’t resist taking the chance to show him off.

Inspired by my recent forays into the realm of Khorne I found myself idly perusing the range of followers available to the Blood God’s devotees and stumbled upon the Exalted Deathbringer. The followers of Khorne are blessed with a number of heroes and champions, all themed around the concept of chopping people up – whether that’s praying whilst chopping people up, masterfully chopping people up, being exulted for chopping people up or merely aspiring to chop people up. We even have the Skullgrinder, who isn’t the subject of today’s post, but still merits a mention for having one of the silliest weapon choices outside of a gobbo. Back in the early days of Age Of Sigmar GW’s designers must have realised that the restrictions placed upon them by the Old World were lifted and they could do whatever they liked. Unfortunately this went to their heads somewhat and the result was a man who hits people with an anvil.

Anyway, today we’ll be looking at an Exalted Deathbringer. For those who still struggle to navigate the soup-like naming conventions of the Khornate range, a gory morass of death, blood and skulls in various arrangements like a teenage Thrash Metal band, the Exalted Deathbringer is essentially an old-fashioned champion of Khorne who does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin; he brings death to people and the god of bloodshed has exalted him for it.

It’s worth noting as well that the Exalted Deathbringer has quite the assortment of models to represent them, from the slightly odd looking Impaling Spear version to the impressively imposing Ruinous Axe version. This time, however, we’re looking at the Bloodbite Axe version. Here’s the studio model that first inspired me.

exalted deathbringer

As I looked at him I found myself thinking, somewhat arrogantly, “I could make that” – or at the very least I could make a decent facsimile – out of plastic bits. Truth be told the end result turned out looking rather different to the official piece, but I think it still does a nice job of capturing the look of a hardened, and heavily armoured, barbarian on the lookout for, to quote the official blurb, “worthy foes to butcher”.

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Not sure when I’ll find the time to paint him but I’m feeling very inspired about all things Khornate at the moment so I’m sure he’ll find his moment sooner or later.

19 responses to “War Eternal – Part 2

  • Alex

    Looking good dude – I have a feeling that this warband is going to look rather spiffy when it’s done!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I’m getting rather excited about them so cheers for giving me the push to get started. Just need to focus and get some paint on the Slaughterpriest before the end of the month!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Will be a nice one to paint when you get around to it.

  • Ross

    They do have some daft names and weapons, don’t they? The ghosts are just as bad, mind you.

    That fella looks pretty sharp though. Might it be worth sticking him on a slightly bigger base, or building the base up a bit just to make him stand out from the regular Blood Warriors?

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, the names thing is true across a lot of the new stuff. It’s not something that really bothers me (I know some people get very exercised about it) but I do find I struggle to remember them all and have to look things up a lot more now than I used to. Part of that is undoubtedly because, at 34, there’s a lot of other things clogging up my brain than there was at 14 so there’s less processing capacity for thinking about futuristic space-wars or the names of sorts of fantasy heroes/villains. For some reason I can never remember which is which between an Intercessor and an Interceptor, and I really fall apart once you throw in Castigators, Evocators, Fulminators, Fumigators, Fabricators, Generators, Alligators, Glastonburytors, etc.

      Good shout re mounting him on a different base, I’ll definitely do something with that.

  • imperialrebelork

    Ooooh yeah nice one my friend. Nasty, spikey and full of hate!!!!!!!

    Oh and…

    Friend or foe there’s no way to know
    In the battlefield of life its kill or be killed.
    So many times its a matter of degrees
    From being up on your luck to down on your knees.

    Love your work 🤘🏼

    • Wudugast

      It’s a banger of a tune isn’t it! I listened to Anthems of Rebellion and Doomsday Machine pretty much non-stop as a young man, still two of my all time favourite albums. Glad you approve of the angry dude above as well 😀

  • Pete S/ SP

    Nice bit of kitbashing there.



  • Alexis West

    You mentioned thrash metal in regards to the name, but I think it’s also worth mentioning that, in general for Chaos, and even more specifically for Khorne, if it would look good on the cover of a metal album, it will look good as Chaos Model. Definitely holds here! Good stuff! Best of luck getting him painted without spiking yourself too many times 😉

    • Wudugast

      I’m a big fan of metal and Chaos. These two facts are not coincidental! (I’m also into reading and bird watching – in combination these four factors may mean that I’m actually Tzeentch…).

      I suspect there will be a lot of miniature related injuries during this project, just looking at how spikey they all are already. Khorne cares not and all that…

      • Alexis West

        They really do go together wonderfully. There’s a reason so many of my Chaos conversion posts have Motörhead quotes on them. Most of the Units in my Death Guard Army are named after bits from Morbid Angel or Slayer songs. And it wasn’t Chaos, but my old IG Army had a ton of the background fluff taken from Manowar and Bolt Thrower lyrics \m/

  • Azazel

    Really nice work (yet again). You’ve (re)created the model while simultaneously creating something unique. Which do I prefer? I’ll have both, please!

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