I am the voice of your Emperor and by His command I order you to walk among the living once more, to be my hounds and hunters and to reap the souls of those who would betray His Imperium.
– Inquisitor Morix
Those who trespass against the glorious Imperial dead shall be hounded forever more by vengeful wraiths.
– from the Codex Phantasma, put to the torch by Inquisitorial edict.
Forge for me a servo-construct, to house in flesh and iron these furious ghosts, these wrathful spirits. Let them serve from beyond the grave and redeem the failures that dogged them in life. Let all who witness them know that duty does not end in death!
– Inquisitor Morix of the Ordo Mors to the fleshwardens of Grixos IV
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.
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.
I’ll confess that since building my retro-influenced Tzeentchian cult leader I’ve been itching to do more with my little change-cult. However I’ve also set myself a rather ambitious target with regard to Azazel’s Neglected Model Month challenge and diving off into another sideline, albeit one which is fairly neglected itself, won’t do anything to help that. When all is said and done though I’m only human and as this beastman was already more than half-way painted I didn’t see the harm in finishing the job.
Now then, with the influence of the Changer of Ways out of my system (hopefully) it’s time to crack on with those under-loved miniatures – probably starting with the Helbrute. Who knows, I may even have something to show you by the end of the week.
Remember the skullcrab from Black Edge I painted way back in June? It’s just a cracking little model, packed with character – what could better encapsulate the essence of 40k than a tiny robot-spider made from someone’s skull (presumably someone with quite a big head mind you)? Alas, for various reasons, the other two skullcrabs have sat untouched ever since. Inspired by the skullbirds however I realised it was time to expand my collection of skull-headed fauna and finally get them painted.
A group shot of the three finished skulls together. Checking the Black Edge store I notice that the skullcrabs aren’t currently available – although I’m hopeful that Mark (of HeresyOfUs – and the man behind Black Edge) is working on them, alongside his various other twisted and brilliant creations.
As the Imperial forces advance a scuttling wave of skullcrabs travels ahead of them.
Whilst I had skulls on the brain (surely a normal state of affairs) I nabbed this servo-skull for a quick repaint as well.
You really can’t have too many cherubs, servo-skulls and other skull-faced cyber-creatures in 40k so I’ll try to build some more in the near(-ish) future – watch this space!
This post is basically a plug for a mate but it’s also a hearty endorsement of an excellent new source of wonderfully gothic accoutrements for our hobby. Plus I just finished painting some skull-faced wildlife and that’s something everyone needs more of in their lives!
Followers of this blog will know I’m a long-standing fan of the blog Heresy of Us, especially Mark’s use of 3D printed components which he designs to include in his models. A new frontier has opened up in the hobby and, although I doubt that greenstuff is going anywhere, the arrival of a new creative medium is something to celebrate. Excitingly Mark now has a store, Black Edge 3D, where you can buy some of his designs, so I took the chance to get myself a set of his skullbirds as I’ve had my eye on them ever since I spotted them in pictures from the Chapel game last autumn.
They add a touch of the gothic to any 41st Millennium battlefield.
And of course they also look rather fitting in the darker corners of the Mortal Realms (or the Warhammer world if you’re old fashioned like me).
Of course, with birds like these, I wonder what the ornithologists look like? Food for some future creativity I suspect…
So, by the time you’re reading this, this model will already be winging it’s way even further north towards Big Boss Redskullz and the rest of the Nestorian Infestation. However due to the weird way time appears to move in the Warp, and the even weirder way it interfaces between my life (currently hectic – blame the start of a new job) and this blog, you’re only just getting to see the finished article now.
Anyway, excuses suitably made, here they are – the finished genestealer corrupted mother and her truly terrifying offspring.
And here’s the whole group, ready to begin their journey.
As they prepare to begin their journey north the group of infested civilians are unaware of a shadowy presence observing them from the shadows…
Off we go!
Another corrupted civilian of the Nestorian Infestation, an ecclesiarchical servitor-cherub twisted by the genestealers into a spiteful little imp.
I’ve always loved the little cyber-cherubs that appear in artwork buzzing over the heads of the Imperial forces and I’m hopeful that the recently announced Sisters of Battle re-release, currently due to emerge in 2019, will emphasise the gothic flourishes of the Adeptus Ministorum in the form of more cherubs and servo-skulls with which to decorate our models, rather than just being nuns in corsets. Who would have thought a decade ago that we’d have adeptus mechanicus, genestealer cultists and truescale space marines but the poor old sisters would still be stuck with kits that came off the ark?
Anyway, I digress. Here’s the nasty little guy in all his twisted glory.
Whilst we’re about it thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on the genestealer mother and baby I showed previously. After some deliberation I’ve stuck with the head I used originally but I have smoothed down and softened her features a little to make her look a little more female, whilst still remaining a filthy xenos. Here’s a quick shot showing her as she is currently, still part painted but well on her way towards completion.
There’s just her to finish off now to bring this project to completion, after that there are a few other irons in the fire waiting for attention so watch this space.