Change We Need – Part 1

Over Christmas and New Year, in between decking the halls with social baubles and passing round the hand-santaiser I found the time to fall under the sway of an insidious cult of madness and mutation, dedicating myself to change regardless of the cost. I’ve had a scheme for a while now to start a collection of Tzeentchian cabalists and their daemonic allies with which to either carry out labyrinthine schemes of complex evil or get a few games of Warcry in, whichever proves to be more straightforward. This time we’ll be taking a look at everything I finished over the break and hopefully later in the week I’ll have a couple more done as well.

My plan is to put together a warband containing both daemons and mortals with roughly a thousand points of each. That way I’ll end up with two warbands to use in the game, sometimes as allies sometimes as adversaries depending on the schemes of the Changer of Ways. At the same time I can paint the whole thing as a single project, with each “side” providing inspiration for the other. It should also help me not to get bogged down, if I get bored of daemons I can switch to mortals and vice versa. 

To get things started we have a pair of Kairic Acolytes. These are the human followers of Tzeentch, petty sorcerers and schemers who make up the rank and file of the cult. This first one is taken from the (now no longer available) Silver Tower game. Whilst I don’t own a copy of Silver Tower (sadly as I’ve heard it was a lot of fun) I do own some of the models from it and this guy is one of them. There was a bit of damage to the blade which I tried to cover over with a magical effect, although honestly I’m not entirely convinced it’s worked. It looks better in hand that it does in these pictures but it’s still not quite right. Damn it, what do you people want from me – perfection?!

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Whilst the last model was built exactly as the designer intended this one has been given a few tweaks as I tried to play up the strangeness that comes from being part of a Tzeentchian cabal. He’s also the first miniature that I completed in 2021, so he’s my contribution to the “First of the Year” challenge currently being run by Ann’s Immaterium.

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I also added some horrors which will form part of the daemonic contingent. My dislike of the Pink Horror models is well known, although I have a scheme to do something about that which should be ready to show off in a day or so. I am however rather fond of their smaller cousins the Blue Horrors and I’ve got quite a few of them gathered on the table waiting for attention.

When a Pink Horror is killed it splits in half, forming two bickering Blue Horrors, each of which is busy blaming the other and complaining about whose fault it is that they were slain and ended up losing their gestalt status as the superior pink form. I wanted to capture this by painting the large hand on this one in pink, it’s either the last part of him to dissolve or he’s just about to grow back into a fully fledged pink horror.

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Once he was finished I realised that I’d enjoyed painting him so much I painted another straight away. 

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If things go really badly a Blue Horror may end up getting killed again, at which point all that’s left is a spark of barely sentiment, spite driven magic; a Brimstone Horror.

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Like the Blue Horrors I’ve got plenty of these kicking around the painting desk so expect to see more of them in the coming weeks. First things first though, I need to do something about those horrible Pink Horror models. It’s a bit experimental and I’m not entirely sure it’s going to work so watch this space!

29 responses to “Change We Need – Part 1

  • davekay

    Great work on these – I had a similar experience with the blue horrors, really enjoyed painting them

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I didn’t expect to enjoy them as much as I did, especially as I’m not a fan of the pink versions, but they were great – I’m really looking forward to tackling the rest of them now. 🙂

  • Alex

    Great stuff mate – looking forward to seeing how you deal with the pinkies!!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! Can’t decide if my pinks are good or terrible now, I think I’ve been looking at them too long. Need to bite the bullet, get them done and then sleep on them for a bit I reckon. And post them up here of course so the rest of you can sleep on them for me! 😀

  • mellis1644

    Love the horrors especially. Santa provided me some to try my brushes on later this year, so this was good inspiration material.

  • lordcommandereloth

    This sounds like a great project, as you say having 2 parts should help you swap from one to the other. The models are looking great, I really like the blue horror with the pink arm, not seen that before but you made it look great!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, it should have a lot of variety to it too, which ought to keep it entertaining. I’m really pleased with the pink hand myself, thinking of working a bit of pink into some of the others too. I need to avoid overusing it but a bit here and there should look good I hope.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Cracking start to the New Year mate and looking forward already to seeing more on the project in the weeks ahead. 🤗

  • Pete S/ SP

    Brilliant- the horrors are great but I love moon face guy.



    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete. Funnily enough I first made the moon faced guy waaay back when, before there was a multi-part kit for the Kairics, just the models that were in the Silver Tower set. I thought a moon faced mask would look really cool but I couldn’t work out how to do it at first. Finally I realised that the answer was to carefully trim off the head from one of the familiars (also from Silver Tower) and use that. Just a few days later GW announced the multi-part Kairics, complete with moon mask..! Ah well, I still prefer mine though 😀

  • Faust

    Well, definitely going to have subtract 1 point for that imperfect weapon!

    Nahh, it looks good. Might have been interesting to give it a rusted/welded look too, but I take it these guys are much cleaner than some of the other louts. Speaking of clean, enjoying the style you used on these. Bright blues and nice metals (as always). But that skin, looks really smooth on the first two. Are you priming with a light coat and working some Contrast magic on them? I feel like flesh is a never ending process. Maybe someday I will get it just right.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Honestly if the issue with that blade had come up on pretty much anything else I paint I could have got away with it by just covering it in rust and grime. Tzeentch guys aren’t necessarily cleaner and nicer than other Chaos forces but they can be, and that seems to be how I’ve ended up painting them so rust was out.

      No magic tricks with contrast paints or light undercoats here (honestly working over white is completely beyond me, every few years I try it to see how I get on and every time I regret it deeply). It’s just a case of building up the layers carefully (in this case Cadian Fleshtone, then Kislev flesh and a highlight of Ionrach skin, using 50:50 mixes between each), and giving everything a wash of Reikland Flesh-shade at the halfway mark. It took me a while to get the hang of painting flesh but, what with all the barbarians of various sorts I’ve painted down the years, I’ve ended up painting a lot of dudes who wouldn’t wear a shirt if it killed them and now it’s really second nature. Pale flesh like these is still harder though, especially very pale. Give me a ruddy, forge-burned Goliath or an African style Untamed Beast over a peely-wally goth like a Delaque or the Idoneth Deepkin any day of the week!

      • Faust

        Well, the Tzeentch look great, even if it might be your own way of doing them.

        Darker skins do seem to be easier to do. I think I just need more practice with the lighter ones. I also tend to forget what I did that might have worked in the past, so I should look at my minis and notes from time to time. It sounds like you might be adding two more layers in your steps, so that could be a big difference as well. I should give that a go.

        It’s also really interesting how the Citadel paints build off of each other. Bugmans adds shade and a rosy undertone. Cadian adds more fleshy beige. Then Kislev adds the light skin highlights. Throw Reikland in there,
        of course. But at each stage, I’m often asking “Is this going to work?!”.

      • Wudugast

        Aye, the citadel paints get a slagging sometimes and they’re not without their faults (although they’re still my go-to) but credit where it’s due, the way they build upon one another in a systematic way is very clever and makes a lot of things easier. As for worrying “Is this going to work?!” at every stage in proceedings – story of my life mate, story of my life! 😉

      • Faust

        Good to know that even with your years of experience, you also get that dreaded sense of not knowing until it finally starts to pull together!

  • Kuribo

    The horrors all look great and I love the idea of a blue horror turning into a pink one. Very clever! Those Kairic Acolytes are great sculpts and I like what you did with that one too. Glowing weapons are tough and they really benefit from NMM instead of TMM painting, in my opinion, but you might try looking on Youtube and seeing what kind of guides people have come up with too. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more of these as you get around to them!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah glowing weapons are quite the artform. With Contrast paints you can pull off a decent glowing weapon on TMM but for the really high quality stuff I agree, NMM is the way to go. I’m not looking to win any awards with these though, plus I know my limits! 😉 Looking decent is good enough for me. Having a look on Youtube is a good shout, I often forget to do that but there’s some very handy videos up there. Funnily enough I actually spent a big chunk of today watching Youtube videos to try and solve a problem for work, which sound a bit like I was on a skive but did turn up some good ideas (didn’t actually solve the problem in the end but we can’t have it all can we!).

      • Kuribo

        I can see Contrast paints giving you a decent tabletop standard with TMM, for sure. I was probably being a bit biased to my own painting goals and thinking of painting at a higher level then that (which is a bit daft of me). The NMM effect is the best overall but that takes lots of time to achieve and most people don’t have the patience for that which I can totally understand. Its funny you mention watching Youtube at work because I may have snuck a video in during my workday today so there’s nothing wrong with that as long as the boss isn’t watching you 😀 Its professional development after all 😉

  • Azazel

    These all look great to me mate! And that blade looks completely fine to me – I’d have never picked there being an issue. As you know, we’re always (well, usually) our own worst critics and we see the flaws that others would never spot!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Oh yes, we certainly are that – it’s a combination of striving to do our best work and looking much more closely, and for far longer, at any given miniature than anyone else ever will. It’s another reason I enjoying blogging, I can get some honest feedback rather than relying on my own often overly-critical eye.

      • Azazel

        That’s a good point – and like yourself I usually point out the things that I perceive as issues for others to go “huh? really?” but I guess that’s part of getting that realistic feedback! 🙂

  • Ann

    Very nice trio of miniatures and yes, I do expect Perfection from you especially in matters of Change. The good thing is pretty much everything you produce seems to be in a perfect moment of horror, degradation, mutation, rot, etc. etc. so I think all is well since while some might ask, “How you can have Perfection with endless Change?” but I’d say that in your case your mutations always go from perfection to perfection, never getting better or worse, just being perfect in the moment, since as we all know Past and Future are illusions.

    Anyway, though I have to admit I favor your Nurgle-based stuff this is probably a personal adaptation/preference/prejudice/etc. on my part and even so I think your current batch of Tzeentch slaves to darkness are lovely.

    Just so I’m clear, is the cultist with the blue moon for a head the first miniature you completed for 2021?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you, that is one of the most complex, intricate and pleasing compliments I’ve ever received – just what a Lord of Change likes to read! 🙂

      As for the blue-moon headed guy, yes he was the very first model I painted in 2021. (The other Acolyte was the last model I painted in 2020).

      I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it but I have a plan to paint up warbands for all four gods, following the same pattern as I’ve used for Tzeentch (so 1000 points of daemons and 1000 points of mortals for each god, all painted up as a group). Not sure how soon that’ll happen but there’s plenty more Nurgle on the cards when I get to that stage 🙂

      • Ann

        Thank you for the compliment to my compliment, though coming from a self-styled “Lord of Change,” I can’t help but be both flattered and a little suspicious. 🙂

        I’m both glad to read that you’ll be doing more Nurgle but I think it is neat to see you branch off into the other gods as well.

  • “First of the Year” 2021 Painting Challenge Roundup | Ann's Immaterium

    […] The last entry for the painting challenge is that same puissant Chaos Lord who began the last challenge I sponsored back in 2020 — Wudugast of Convert of Die. He’s been painting forces for Warcry and his first miniature for this year is this Kairic Acolyte. […]

  • patmcf

    Neat little critters mate,got to love the blue guy!

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