Chaos Knight – One Armed Bandit

Ok beautiful readers, it’s time for me to be completely honestly with; I’m not going to finish the Chaos Knight in July. I know it’s still early to be giving up, we’ve all heard (and probably participated in) heroic, last minute painting whirlwinds that get some model over the finish line to completion in the small hours of the morning ahead of the big game or the painting contest to be held the next day. Why don’t I just man up, gird my loins and crack on you ask? The fact is the July has proven to be even busier for work than I expected and, with three flat-out months under my belt now, I’m knackered (this is also why I’ve not been reading and commenting on other people’s blogs much either). There are only so many hours in the day and in the end the conclusion has to be that there’s more Knight left than month. Fear not, I’ll finish him in August instead – when things should be a bit quieter and more manageable anyway. Luckily Azazel, who’s Jewel of July challenge has been the spur to my tackling the project again, has also extended said challenge through to the end of August as he too grapples with that many armed monstrosity known as real life.

In the meantime however I have managed to make some progress over the last couple of weeks, so this post won’t just be moaning and excuses from me! The main torso, one arm and the infamous “difficult” shoulderpad that started my struggles with this model in the first place have all been completed, leaving just the head, the other arm and shoulderpad and the various accoutrements to complete. Put like that it doesn’t sound like very much does it…

Anyway, let’s take a look at him. Due to the sheer size of this bad-boy I’ve used bigger images than normal, clicking on them will allow you to bask in their glory at full size.

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Despite the set-backs that have slowed progress on this project to a crawl at times I’m still feeling very enthusiastic about it, especially now it’s reached this stage and started to look like a true Knight of Chaos, rather than just a pair of legs. There are still a number of challenges ahead (and those are just the ones I know about) but hopefully by the end of August (and maybe even sooner) the beast shall walk!

28 responses to “Chaos Knight – One Armed Bandit

  • Mikko

    That’s turning out great, that light colour scheme works a treat – you do have a great eye for colour. It’s good to prioritize, no need to stress over stuff that’s meant to be fun! I do love the idea of “man up and paint your giant toy robot” though. Looking forward to seeing this finished eventually.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, I like that light scheme a lot, it can be damn tricky to paint sometimes but it works nicely with every chaos model that I’ve tried it on so far so the whole collection (even different gods) ties in together.

      Haha – “man up” – I know what you mean, it’s not exactly the north face of Everest is it! 😀

  • savageddt

    Ive looked at some of the pricing on knights a few days ago. Those things are pretty expensive joh… That makes me respect the people that can do posts like these so much more

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Oh I know, these kits are a right gouge, very hard on the wallet indeed. In part that’s why it’s taken me so long to paint, I really had to save up to be able to afford it and even though I knew from the beginning I wanted it for a conversion actually cutting it up wasn’t easy – there’s always a big fear that you’re about to entirely screw up something that just cost a hell of a lot. When I did make a mess of the shoulderpad, in such a way that it’s taken me years to properly fix it, that really knocked the wind out of my sails. Now it’s sorted and I’m happy with it the way is clear to getting him finished at last 🙂

  • Alex

    It’s shaping up beautifully dude – Slow and Purposeful is better than a burn out, so don’t sweat it 😊👍

  • Argentbadger

    That’s absolutely wonderful. Will you magnetise the arm, or do you prefer the specific posing from the leg adjustment?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The current arm is fully articulated, nothing that I’ve done just clever design on GW’s part. It’s not really that obvious in these pictures but if you look at the fourth and fifth pictures you can see the angle has changed a bit (probably just got knocked as I was setting up the pictures). There are a few components in the arm and if you remember not to glue them (something I almost forgot…) the whole thing can tilt around quite naturally. I’ll try to get some better pictures next time. The arm also clips on without glue so I can remove it entirely if need be.

      The other arm will have to be fixed in place I think, the downside of it being scratch-built – I’m not half as clever as the GW designer! What I have done though if magnetise the join between the torso and the legs, means I can separate them for storage/transport and allows me to turn the whole upper body right round (a full 360 Exorcist style if required – and more than enough to get some interesting poses). Again I’ll try to get some better pictures of this next time. 🙂

  • Túbal Villar - Virakotxa

    Well, it looks awesome, already (so far!)… And you got the extra time to make grandpa proud!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Looking awesome mate. Luckily Azazel extend the July challange into August but even allowing for that don’t rush this one! Even with less time due to a heavy work load this figure truly warrants time and patience. Great photos too by the way.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Come on, I’ve been working on this one since 2014 – I don’t think anyone can accuse me of rushing 😉 Seriously though I know what you mean, and fear not – even though there can be a bit of a temptation to just get the damn thing done come what may – it’s too big and too complex to really rush it, and I know it’s going to be a centrepiece of the collection (based on size alone, if nothing else) so it’s worth going the extra mile. Glad you like the pictures too, they were a bit of a struggle to take (the sun was being a real faff – shining through the window too brightly, going behind a cloud the moment I’d compensated for it – what did it mean by it!?).

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is looking rather good- like the little horn/ tusk details.



    • Wudugast

      Thank you – the horns were a bit of a call back to my early Chaos marine conversions, drilling a hole in a space marine shoulderpad and putting a horn from a dwarf’s helmet through it, those were the days! 😀

  • imperialrebelork

    *cough* there are 24 hours in a day mate so I don’t see why you can’t work for 18 hours, eat for 10 minutes, sleep for 50 minutes then paint for six hours bro. Easy! Haha I’m sure we will all forgive you for letting us down for July mate hehe. Ok enough nasty stuff now let me say WOW! Looking amazing my friend. I’m really loving it.

    • Wudugast

      Only working for 18hours per day? Jesus part-timer don’t strain yourself! :-p Fear not, one more day and then it’s August and things will start to quieten down a bit. I love my job but you can have too much of a good thing… Glad you’re liking the way he’s turning out, I’ve got some momentum behind me with this big bad boy now, as soon as I can find the time and summon up the energy I really want to crack on with him.

  • Mark A. Morin

    Lovely and can’t wait to see your final product

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Well hopefully you won’t have to wait another six years 😉 Seriously, I’m keen to crack on with it so as soon as work settles down I should have the time and energy to get him over the finish line.

  • patmcf

    F….. mate you certainly love a painting challenge soo,amzing !

  • Kuribo

    That knight is looking great and I’m guessing he is probably 66-75% done which means the finish line is in sight and I think you’re going to have a really excellent “miniature” (if you can call it that!) when you’re done!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, that sounds about right for progress. He needs his head, the other arm (and shoulder pad) and various small gubbins, then he’s done. It doesn’t feel like he’s that close to completion right now but you’re quite right, the finish line is in sight – just need to keep riding that wave of enthusiasm to the end now 🙂

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