Category Archives: Chaos Space Marines

Cursed In Eternity – Part 1

Regular readers of this blog will know that, when it comes to the denizens of the 41st Millennium, I may have started out with Orks and gone on to join numerous other factions, but at the end of the day my heart belongs to Chaos. Thus it should come as no surprise that the recent influx of power-armoured baddies marching beneath the banner of the true Warmaster has brought joy to my black and bitter heart. It’s time to bring my Beasts of Ruin back out of retirement.

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If I found myself able to send a message back to my younger self I’m sure there’s all kinds of advice it’d be useful to pass on, and honestly there’s a high chance I’d forget all of it in the heat of the moment. However one tip that seems like it might be useful to pass on is “Don’t choose such a tricky to paint colour scheme for your Chaos Marines. Go for Black Legion or something, they seem straightforward”. Never mind eh!

The range of models available to servants of Chaos has certainly moved on a great deal since I swore my soul to the dark powers all those years ago. For one thing this newcomer is considerably bigger and more impressive model than his predecessors who were all distinctly on the short and ugly side by the end.

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Indeed until now the Chaos range was looking less than impressive, especially in comparison to many of the other armies GW produce. Over the last couple of years this sapped my enthusiasm and, despite the quality of their Nurgle-worshipping, plague-loving brothers in the Death Guard, I struggled to really drum up the energy for painting Chaos worshippers. Now however, with the Dark Gods smiling upon us, I have grand plans to craft the army I’ve long dreamed of. The collection is about to undergo a transformation and rebirth as I inventory just who will be allowed to stay, who will be packed lovingly away and who will suffer the ultimate sanction and be broken up for bits. Some of my favourite characters from the old army will even cross the Rubicon Primaris (as it were) and be reborn – rebuilt using the new miniatures so that they may fight on. For now however, before they make their way off the display shelf and into boxes and cupboards, here they are for one final group shot – a last hurrah of my once proud and savage legion.

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Of course whilst I fully expect the forces of Chaos to be making their presence felt over the coming months I have plenty of other projects on the boil as well. The gangs of the Underhive continue to gather so expect to see more of them soon, and of course I still have this month’s Skaven to round up.


The Cult of Ruin – Part 3

Worshipping chaos is a dangerous business. One minute you’re chanting unclean syllables not meant for human tongues whilst the claws of daemonic entities scratch at the thinning veil, the next you find yourself a mindless abomination with a tentacle for a face. You think you’re signing up to stick it to the noble houses, fat-cat guilders and corrupt overseers and the next thing you know you’re the one who’s corrupted, overrun with wild mutations and reduced to a mewling thing driven only by the basest of instincts. You might stay ahead for a while, acquiring a modicum of power by shoving lesser acolytes into the sacrificial pit ahead of you but ultimately very, very few make it to ascension and princehood. The rest either get themselves killed or end up reduced to bestial spawndom like Jibbermaw here.

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Oddly, in spite of my long standing affiliation with Chaos, I’ve never actually built a spawn before so this was a great chance to really dig into the bits box and go mad. There’s still a few tweaks I want to make to him, particularly around the tentacle arm, but overall I’m pretty pleased with him.


The Cult of Ruin – Part 1

Given my love of all things Chaos it’s actually a little bit surprising that it’s taken me this long to get started on a band of unruly gangers to bring the worship of the Ruinous Powers to the depths of the Necromundan Underhive. Never mind eh brothers and sisters, now is the time to throw off the shackles imposed upon us by the great houses, etc, distant, uncaring Emperor, etc etc, reject the rule of Terra and so on and so forth.

Now some of you may be thinking “steady on, how many gangs is he starting?” but the nice thing about chaos, for me at least, is that I already have most of the models ready to go. Having poured over the chaos gang rules in White Dwarf I’ve pulled together this disreputable mob which makes up most, if not quite all, of the gangers I’ll need.

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There’s still a couple of gaps to fill but those places will be taken by models I’ve been meaning to get around to painting anyway so this should serve to encourage me. Of course I can’t seem to let any opportunity to make new models pass me by, especially when those models are beastmen, so I ended up assembling this pair as well. The one on the left will be squeezing his way into the gang itself, whilst the one on the right will be joining the Brayhorn Boys (an all beastmen gang mentioned in White Dwarf that I haven’t been able to resist planning).

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When it came to choosing a leader for the gang I was already spoilt for options, and indeed any one of these five could have done the business.

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However a new gang needs a new boss, and really it wouldn’t have been right not to come up with someone unique to lead the helots into the clutches of the Dark Gods. Enter Skaverghast the Pit Dweller, hated demagogue and enemy of the Imperium.

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This leaves me with just two more models to build for the gang, a witch and a spawn, both of which should hopefully emerge soonish.


The Unforgotten – Part 8

At times it seemed like a desperate flight with a deadline snapping at my heels, at others like a heroic last stand against a rising tide of unpainted models, but with the end of the month upon us I’m pleased to say that victory has been achieved!

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For those coming late to the party, blogger Azazel has declared May to be Neglected Model Month, challenging himself and other hobbyists who wanted to take part to finish off some of those old, unfinished models which have been left to gather dust. I took on a rather ambitious goal, by my standards, and at the time worried a little that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. In retrospect however I’m pleased not have stinted in my efforts and to have managed a sizable addition to my chaos collection.

The forces of Khorne for instance grew significantly with the return of an old helbrute, a pack of ravenous flesh hounds and an ogryn berserker.

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Meanwhile Nurgle gained  a bloat-drone and a heap of happy nurglings.

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Even Tzeentch got in on the act with this unplanned “stretch goal” – a converted tzaangor.

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the nurglings have had a little update since I first showed them. That’s right – I forgot the nasty green gunk on the bases. Hopefully the plague father will forgive me this transgression and won’t bestow any of his gifts upon me.

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In spite of the pressure I felt at times not one of these models took me more than an hour to finish – with the arguable exception of the ogryn where I found myself hating everything about the banner and repainting it from scratch when it was almost finished. Nonetheless, even in what was, for me, a very busy month at work I still managed to complete ten neglected models – plus the additions* to my Skaven that I’ll show you tomorrow.

*”Additions” being an ambitious plural right now as only one is actually done at the time of writing, however there are at least a couple more I’d like to finish off to join it if times allows.

Still, with none of these taking more than an hour to finish, and with a whole day of May still to go, a dedicated person could shift twenty-four models from the shelf of shame (although the last few would undoubtedly be of variable quality…). Silliness aside though it goes to show what can be achieved if one just breaks the deadlock, picks up the brush and a half-painted model and just gets on with it. All too often they just sit there, unfinished and shameful, and it doesn’t need to be this way.

Huge thanks once again to Azazel for creating the challenge, without which I would never have been inspired to finish these – at least not this decade. Now back to your brushes the lot of you, you could have finished another model in the time you spent reading this!


The Unforgotten – Part 2

The flail-wielding Helbrute is done, making it the first victory in this month’s campaign to rid the shelf of shame of at least some of its denizens. Inspired by fellow blogger Azazel, who declared May to be Neglected Model Month, I’ve decided to work my way through this little lot, all of whom have been in need of paint for quite some time. To recap, this Helbrute was first built in 2014, painted in Dreadtober 2015 and was due to be repaired in Dreadtober 2017. Now, in May 2018, he’s done at last.

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I also made some quick improvements to his face, the wash and highlight he got back in 2015 may have impressed me then but wasn’t doing him any favours now.

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Here he is hanging out with his buddies. Seeing them all together makes me wonder once again about building a Tzeentchian dread to complete the set.

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Before that though it’s time to turn my attention to the rest of the Neglected Models, probably starting with a flesh hound or two…


The Unforgotten – Part 1

Azazel and his monthly challenges strike again! For those not in the know fellow blogger and hobbyist Azazel has been setting himself, and anyone else who fancies joining in, a different challenge every month of 2018. Some I’ve taken a shot at, some I’ve let pass by, but this one has me very interested indeed. Azazel has called for May to be Neglected Model Month – a chance to clear our desks of that miniature that’s been sitting half-finished and gathering dust for far too long (Azazel suggests six months as a minimum – sadly I’m sure I’m not alone in having a few contenders that are much, much more neglected than that!)

Something I’ve been wondering about since I decided to take on this challenge is why some models end up becoming neglected. I’m not thinking about spur of the moment purchases that end up looking less appealing after a day or two but well loved models that grab your enthusiasm and then, as the paint goes down, your interest wanes. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why this happens, and perhaps that’s because the specifics will differ from model to model, but ultimately you end up putting the model down and never picking it up again.

Once this has happened the problem becomes self perpetuating. Life beyond the hobby is often busy and stressful and we turn to our collections of models for pleasure, not for more work. A neglected model however hardly conjures up good feelings, we feel ashamed of them, guilty that we’ve not been more diligent in painting them, irritated to see them still sitting on the painting desk. No wonder we don’t rush to pick them up at the end of a long and difficult day, who wants more bad feelings in their lives? So we grab the new thing that we’re excited by and crack on with painting it instead and the neglected model continues to gather dust. Now in spite of our tendency as hobbyists to ascribe personality and spirit to our models, and to treat them as little household gods, a more materialistic outlook would insist that these are just little lumps of plastic or metal which, although artfully sculpted, don’t feel particularly bothered one way or another if they have an outer layer of brightly coloured plastic applied to them in semi-liquid form. My models don’t care if they’re painted or not but I do, it matters to me, and it upsets me slightly to see them unfinished. In this regard Azazel has done me a great favour by setting this challenge and encouraging me to get to work painting up some of those incomplete models once and for all.

Thus instead of taking on just one neglected model I’ve dug out a whole pile. Here’s what I’m hoping to have finished by the end of May.

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Let’s take a look at them individually.

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I tackled this Bloat Drone as part of DreadTober last year. By the later part of the month it was almost done, I was happy with it, and I didn’t want to rush it to meet someone else’s deadline. Why not just take my time and enjoy it, I thought. Yet here we are, in May and it hasn’t see a brush stroke since.

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Another DreadTober victim, this Helbrute with flails was first built in 2014 – then took a whole year to get painted. By the time Dreadtober 2017 rolled around however he was looking distinctly worse for wear and in need of some repairs. Did he get them? Did he hell!

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These fleshhounds are so neglected that one of them has gone into hiding. In theory I own a squad of five but when it came to setting up this group shot I could only lay my hands on four. Never mind, as soon as I find the fifth he’ll join his pack. I got them a few years ago now as a gift from a colleague for looking after his dog whilst he was on holiday (see what he did there?). We weren’t terribly close mates even then (although I always got on well with the dog) but since then he started acting more and more like a recalcitrant ass at work and generally went out of his way to make everyone’s lives tough. The result; I never did sit down and finish painting his hounds. It’s not their fault they were purchased by a tool though – they just want to devour souls for their master Khorne.

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Also rather a fan of Khorne is this ogren berserker. The blood god’s favour will be a long time coming however if he doesn’t get properly painted – the Taker of Skulls may not care from whence the blood flows but he takes a dim view of anyone who doesn’t take the time to finish painting his banner.

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I started working on these nurglings at the same time as the others, back in January 2015. Look at their happy faces? How can I have failed to show them love for so long?

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So there we have it, my challenge to myself for the next few weeks. My thanks once again to Azazel for coming up with this challenge and of course, best of luck to everyone else who’s taking part. Your models may not thank you for it per se but you’ll be happier once they’re done.


Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 4

The story of this model begins way back in the early days of my chaos collection, although the seeds of inspiration that led to his rebirth are rather more recent. Back in the early autumn I started working on a small group of Khorne Berserkers. I’m still pleased with them, and the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive, so it’s time to keep the creative pot boiling by adding a leader to the squad. Here we have the Berserkers as they looked last time we saw them.

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You’ll have to trust me when I say that the project hasn’t entirely died in the meantime, although primarily it has been resting, waiting for inspiration to strike and work to resume. That inspiration arrived in the form of fellow hobbyist Azazel, who’s been setting a series of monthly challenges, both for himself and his readers. This month the challenge was to build a model, something I don’t usually struggle with. However I’d been putting off actually doing the disassembling required to make this model, and may well have continued to do so indefinitely if I hadn’t seen Azazel’s challenge

Enter; this elderly model. I’m not entirely sure when I painted him, I’d estimate 2010 or 2011 at the latest, but whenever it was I was already old and experienced enough to know better. Take a good look at him because this is the last chance we’ll get.

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Let’s be honest here, he hasn’t aged well. Even when I first built him he probably wasn’t nearly as good as I thought he was and time has not been kind. I like to think my painting skills have grown a long way over the years (although I’m still rather taken with that blood spatter – if I may say so myself – especially as it pre-dates the now ubiquitous Blood For The Blood God paint). On the whole though, he’s ugly and painfully short in comparison to the new generation of space marines. Over time he’s been shoved further and further back on the shelf. Some might even say I’m ashamed of him.

Despite these flaws I must confess I’m fond of him and that left me with a quandary. On the one hand he really has no place in the collection of models I’m aiming to create, on the other I’d be sad to see him bundled off into a box of old miniatures to gather dust. It would be an inglorious end for such proud old warrior and I for one am not ready to cast him aside just yet. He speaks to an era in my creative development when my ideas were far bigger than my talents and I was only just scratching the surface of what this hobby really offers. That said I’m not going to let nostalgia cloud my judgement. However no servant of the gods need retire when they could just as easily ascend! Not for him the bitter, lonely silence of the bitsbox, not when he can rise again as a warrior reborn, key components snipped away and reused to allow his resurrection. Time for the old brute to get a facelift.

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Hopefully you’ll agree that he’s a bit more imposing now, whilst still maintaining the spirit of the original. Who knows, this may even inspire me to make some more berserkers. In the meantime, I await your feedback.


Any Spare Change – Part 9

The bird-headed man is finished at last and ready to promote the labyrinthine schemes of Tzeentch with the business end of his shotgun.

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Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 3

Another Khorne berserker comes roaring out of the warp!

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Last week I also showed you the squad’s standard bearer, and called for feedback and advice. The conclusion seemed to be a general cry of “Moah Skullz!” which given that this is a Khorne worshipper was probably to be expected. Specifically the backpack, and the back in general, were seen as being too clean, as though the warping influence of Chaos had concentrated on his front. Here’s the back of the model as it looked a week ago:

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And here it is now. Hopefully you’ll feel, as I do, that this is an improvement, if not it’s never too late to explain to me the error of my ways.

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Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe also suggested that the space around the neck was too empty and flat and suggested some kind of collar. In the end I greenstuffed part of a chaos star erupting from inside his armour which hopefully does the business of breaking up the flat panel without overtaxing my sculpting skills.

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I also added a World Eater’s sigil to his knee, which seemed like a good fit.

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Here’s the squad so far ready to reap skulls and spread chaos. As ever if you have any feedback or advice you want to give you know what to do.

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Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 2

Following on from making my first true-scale Khorne berserker I was itching to kitbash something else for the Blood God’s legions. Enter this angry man, rallying his squad mates and ready to dedicate some bloodshed to the Skull Throne’s glory.

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I’m spite of my initial decision to make the armour more warped and “chaosy” than the first I think the more minimalist, plain amour works well here. As ever I’m open to suggestions though.