The Cult of Ruin – Part 6

Next up, something I can only describe as a rabble of Chaos cultists. As I’ve mentioned before work has been particularly crazy recently and, despite actually managing to finish some models last week, painting time has been thin on the ground. Thus when I did manage to claw back some painting time I went for a few “easy wins” and tackled some of the part-painted chaos cultists that have been waiting on the edge of the desk for some time.

First up there’s this savage beastman. I built him a number of years ago (indeed a quick look back into the archives of this blog tells me it was 2015) but he’s spent most of the intervening time with nothing more than a few basecoats to his name. Time to put in the (fairly minimal when it came down to it) extra effort to get him finished and ready to rage through the Underhive in full colour!

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Whilst I was working on him I found my attention drawn to the traitor guardsmen from the Blackstone Fortress box. Now as I’ve previous noted my aim with Blackstone Fortress is to paint up those models that I can’t easily proxy from elsewhere in my collection and then work on the rest – that way we can actually play it with a full set of painted models sooner rather than later. Traitor guard are something which isn’t in short supply so my plan was to shove them to the back and crack on with things like Negavolt Cultists and Ur-Ghuls in the meantime. A good plan sure enough, but not one which survived first contact with the painting desk! After all, it’s all very well to have these organised and sensible aspirations but how could I allow models as cool as these to sit unpainted for long?

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In turn working on these gave me the impetus to go for a few more “easy wins”. All of the above models may well find their way into my long-gestated Chaos Cult gang for Necromunda. When I originally planned this gang last year the idea was that it would be quick and easy to put together, just a case of gathering models I’d already painted and going for it. However I quickly became dissatisfied with this idea. The models I had to hand had mostly been painted several years ago and the quality of the painting really didn’t hold up next to the newer stuff. Thus I picked out several cultists that I wanted to use in the gang and decided to make a start by giving them a quick repaint – and of course having made this plan then proceeded to do absolutely nothing about it.

However with other chaos models on the painting desk and feeling the temptation to do something quick and easy with what little painting time I could scrape together I finally got around giving these three the love and attention they deserve.

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Now I just need to find the time to get this month’s Skaven photographed and write some words about them. Perhaps if I give up sleep…

23 responses to “The Cult of Ruin – Part 6

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Not surprisingly all of these look great, a very impressive bunch. The stand out feature for me, which you might think odd, is the limited but essential use of red. Gives each figure a welcome injection of colour and provides a great lift.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yes, that’s very much what I was hoping for with the red – glad it worked (and not odd at all – that’s exactly the sort of thing a fellow painter would spot 🙂 ).

  • Alex

    Lovely job mate – that scull-faced beastman is a blast, but those cultists/traitor guard are especially nice. They look like they would work really well together!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Yeah, I’m hoping they all end up looking fairly cohesive, that way I can just have a big chaos rabble to draw upon whenever I need, be it Blackstone Fortress, Necromunda or wherever else.

  • backtothehammer

    They are suitably disturbing and a very cool collection.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those look great. You have a great deal of freedom in a Chaos Cult to put your own spin on it like you have done.

    How do the Blackstone Fortress figures match up with the old Chaos Cultists as I’m wanting to add some to my own gang?



    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete. Yeah, there’s almost infinite variety to play with when it comes to Chaos gangs. Someday I’d like to do one dedicated to each of the gods and really go to town on the conversions.

      They’re pretty close in size. Next time I get the chance I’ll try to get some size comparison shots but there’s hardly anything in it. The Blackstone Fortress models are perhaps a little slighter than the cultists (scale creep be damned!) but only by a hairs breadth, nothing that’s out with the normal variation in sizes amongst humans and certainly not something that would show up unless you’re really peering at them.

  • Alexis West

    I always love seeing the lower ranks of Chaos forces, the Culties and Muties and all. This is a really good lot here. The BSF Renegades and DV Culties are both sets that can get notably repetitive when there are a ton of them, but if there’s no duplication, they look flat out awesome, and you’ve done a great job of bringing out all that detail on them here.

    Where did the sickles on the Beastman come from? I can’t place the bits, but they look somewhat familiar. Also, from behind, he looks a bit like he has a second butt above his loincloth.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I’m very much of the same opinion. A lost and damned/traitor guard type range from GW would be a wonderful thing.

      The repetition on the traitor guard models in the BSF set is pretty much the only thing about them I don’t like, when I get started properly on that part of the project I’m going to try to individualise them all as much as possible (something of an obsession of mine – see also, ork boys, poxwalkers, etc).

      Now that’s a mutation that nobody wants! Poor bloke was probably hoping for a tentacle for a face or something… His sickles are from the Dark Eldar wracks 🙂

      • Alexis West

        I did some minor conversions on a few of my BSF Renegades, and it definitely helped. In the second Squad, I swapped the weapons on the two CC troopers, and gave the Sarge a different Chainsword and trophy rack.

        Heh. I probably would have recognized them, but the DE Player I play against the most has all his stuff primed black, but unpainted, so it’s really hard to make out any of the details 😉 I need to pick up a box of Wracks now anyhow, since the Elites expansion added them to Kill Team.

  • Thomas

    Well done, mate! You managed to draw all these different models together and make look like a very coherent force with your paint job. The beast man conversion is ace too!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Yeah, they’re a bit of a rabble but a good cohesive paint job goes a long way towards bringing them all together. It’s funny how long it took me to learn that lesson when I started out in the hobby mind you, every squad I painted back then looked like they’d escaped from a carnival!

  • patmcf

    Nice work mate ,unfortunately I’m the opposite at the moment ,works really slow which gives me too much time to think about what I could be achieving at home !!! .Now if they only introduced that” working from home” bit that the office folk pull for storemen eh ! .

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I used to work from home a lot on my last job (mostly because I could get twice as much done in half the time by avoiding all the time-wasting that came with being in the office!) but these days I’m always out and about. This job I only get one day a month for admin, which I do from home – and which happens to be today, but it’s not really enough time for everything that needs to be done let alone sneak in any painting, especially if I go skiving – which of course isn’t something I’m doing right now… 😉

  • Azazel

    Great stuff, Wudu – and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with easy wins! I’m always looking out for those in my own collection. I mean, they’re a win-win situation (by definition, even!) You get to finish something to modern standard easily, and at the same time, the unfinished or unsatisfied pile declines by another one each time – all without an overwhelming amount of effort!
    Sure, we have to knuckle down for those full paints and larger projects as well, but peppering the usual production line with easy wins makes it all that much better – as you’ve illustrated above!

    • Wudugast

      Precisely! Plus I’m a lot more enthused about adding some more new models to the Chaos gang now that they’re going to be joining the ranks of their nicely painted fellows, rather than standing out amongst their rather less well-painted chums.

      • Azazel

        Yeap, and there’s nothing wrong with taking some of those old models aside and giving them a nice rejigging to get them back up to speed! 🙂

  • imperialrebelork

    Like TIM said the spots of red really pop and these are my favourite elements. I’m surprised you didn’t do any conversions on the TG, unless I missed something buttheyre cool models anyway and don’t need much if any. Great work all round mate

    • Wudugast

      Fear not, conversions will come! There’s 14 traitor guard in the box but they come as two sets of 7 so my plan is to paint the first 7 “as is” and then convert the second 7 so there’s no twins. Want to get the rest of the Blackstone Fortress stuff done first though before I allow that project to distract me.

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