Category Archives: 40k

Good Ol’ Boyz – Bonus Grots!

Blame it on painting that old Ork but since then I’ve had a real itch to work on a few grots for him to boss around (after all the other lads are never going to stop picking on him for being short so he’ll need someone to bully in turn). Into the box of old models I go to fish out these two gretchin. Like the Ork (and plenty of other things that you’ll see in due course) these were a gift from my good mate Tom who’s been clearing out, so cheers once again dude.

Old Grots Convert Or Die (3)

Old Grots Convert Or Die (6)

This one’s face seems to have lost some of its definition over the years so I kept the highlighting there to a minimum and put extra effort into other areas in order to draw the eye away. And then I spoiled it by telling you all what I’d done.

Old Grots Convert Or Die (1)

Something about their devious, spiteful little faces made me think of redcaps – the evil goblins which supposedly dwelt in ruins along the border between Scotland and England and make a habit of murdering travellers and painting their hats with the resultant blood. Although I didn’t want to paint this one’s helmet as if actually bloody I did think that giving him a red cap would be a suitable homage to the nasty little bastards. Plus, maybe he reckons it makes his thoughts go faster?

Old Grots Convert Or Die (2)

Unlike the Orks, who’ve grown somewhat in stature down the years, these grots are still pretty much of the same scale as their modern descendants.

Old Grots Convert Or Die (5)

Old Grots Convert Or Die (4)

At least the Ork no longer feels like such a titch!

Old Grots Convert Or Die (7)


Good Ol’ Boyz

After finishing off my undead I started fishing around for something to follow them with, a pallet cleanser if you will, before getting back to Chaos and my slowly progressing warband for the Chapel. My hand fell on this distinctly Oldhammer Ork, a gift – alongside quite a number of other models – from a friend who was having a clear out.

Old Ork Convert Or Die (1)

Old Ork Convert Or Die (2)

In spite of being a distinctly elderly model I wanted to paint him in a modern, grubby style, rather than the flatter, more garish tones preferred back when he was first released. I reckon it works well, and of course it ties him in nicely with his newer battle-bruvas.

Old Ork Convert Or Die (3)

Of course he’s a little shorter than his new mates but there’s no need to take the mick out of him for it eh!


In The Service of the Gods – Part 13

Nothing fancy this time, in fact he’s not even converted, just a Chaos Marine who’s been waiting for a coat of paint for far too long. After being away I was itching to paint something and this, admittedly quick and sketchy, paintjob did the business. Hopefully later this week I’ll find a bit more time and get the rest of the undead finished off as well.

Chaos Marine Convert Or Die (1)

Chaos Marine Convert Or Die (2)

Chaos Marine Convert Or Die (3)


In The Service of the Gods – Part 12

With my second squad of Chaos Marines having continued to grow slowly (it’s most recent member being inducted just yesterday) now seems a good time to see a group shot. Further encouragement for this – as if any were ever needed – came from Heretic30k, the commander of an impressively evil host of his own and a blogger I’d encourage you to check out at once.

Convert or Die Chaos Marines Group (1)

In spite of my tendency to go on a bit about how great it would be to get a new Chaos marines kit I’ve actually got quite a few made from the old kit still kicking around on my painting desk and crying out for attention (in deep, manly voices of course). That being the case perhaps I should crack on and get them painted up before a new kit does finally arrive and distracts me?

And how about seeing all the Chaos Marines I’ve ever painted gathered together? Are you excited about 8th edition lads? Apparently you’ll be getting some Death Guard pals to play with and lots of filthy loyalists to kill. Look how happy that makes them!

Convert or Die Chaos Marines Group (2)

Those who don’t fancy struggling with eyestrain should give the pictures a click to see full sized versions (your optician will thank you).


In The Service of the Gods – Part 11

A new edition of Warhammer 40k is just around the corner and, although I have mixed feeling about some of the changes ahead, on balance I’m pretty excited. According to GW themselves Chaos is on the rise across the galaxy and will soon be taking their rightful place as the key baddies of the setting. Before I get completely carried away with the task of raising my hosts to march on Terra however I’m keen to get my undead collection finished off – at least for the time being – so expect to see more of them over the next few weeks. Before that however I couldn’t resist grabbing one of the unpainted Chaos Marines that’s been sitting idle on the desk and getting him finished off at last.

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (1)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (2)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (3)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (4)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (6)

Let the galaxy burn (but not too badly!)


Any Spare Change – Part 7

How many Tzeentchian sorcerers does it take to change a lightbulb?

Exalted Sorcerer Convert Or Die (1)

Exalted Sorcerer Convert Or Die (2)

Exalted Sorcerer Convert Or Die (3)

Just this guy – many hands make light work!


Reinventing Chaos – Part 1

I’ve been collecting Chaos models for at least seven years now and have racked up something in the vicinity of 7000 points (don’t ask me how many models, I’m not counting them!). In a collection of such size there’s always going to be a few models that no longer impress you, miniatures which for one reason or another never quite worked out or which simply no longer fit in alongside their brothers. Then there are the conversions which now look wonky and the paintjobs which, regardless of how good you thought they were at the time, now just look sloppy. In spite of their flaws some of them have earned their place in the collection, adding to its sense of history and progression, capturing your development as a hobbyist and reminding you of the challenges and triumphs along the way. Others are fit only for the bits bin or to get packed away until their fate is decided. A few, however, are redeemable. Thus I’m inaugurating this occasional series of posts to chart the redemption and resurrection of these fallen heroes. Setting the ball rolling here’s a Chaos Marine I painted back in 2011 (excuse the ancient photograph which manages to do him even less justice than he deserves).

Bloody Ancient Chaos Marine Convert or Die

I still love his huge mutant claw, much as it may not be to everyone’s taste, but the bolter clasped in his other hand was making him look unbalanced and it had to go. Indeed, in spite of having built several models this way in the past myself, the one handed bolter look is something of a pet peeve of mine (unless cleverly supported with straps, being reloaded, etc). Many of the models scheduled for reworking are those which, presumably as a result of temporary insanity, I posed wielding their bolters one handed. Whilst I was about it I also took the opportunity to touch up the paintwork – Duncan Rhodes would not have approved of the “one thick coat” which parts of this model were shamed by.

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (1)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (2)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (3)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (4)

Chaos Marine Convert or Die (5)

Improvement? I certainly think so. As ever though, your feedback is greatly appreciated.