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All That’s Left Is Blood – Part 11

Millennia ago the warriors of Squad Kadrax followed the Lord of Claws out of the ashes of Skalathrax and away from the ruins of the World Eaters legion. Down the long centuries since they have sought for nothing but to heap skulls at Khorne’s throne. The first Lord of Claws has long since wasted into spawndom, blubber-mad and mewling its blind spite, and the man who claimed his throne is a more subtle master – though no less savage for all that. The Kadraxi care not; like their bloody god they seek only battle.

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This will be the last Khorne update for a little while. Word on the street is a Black Crusade is coming, and when it arrives I want to be ready for it. Before I am however I want to clear a few other projects from my painting desk, most importantly the unruly mob of Orks who’ve been waiting in the corner for quite some time. Before it’s their turn though there’s still on more addition required to join my berserkers – a champion to lead the third squad.khorne-berserker-convertordie-1

khorne-berserker-convertordie-2Of course that mace is much too big to wield one handed and just waving it around like a maniac will only end up with him injuring himself – probably before he gets the chance to harm his comrades and certainly before he gets anywhere near the enemy. This time however the rule of cool wins out!khorne-berserker-convertordie-3

khorne-berserker-convertordie-4Here’s a group shot of Squad Kadrax so far (click it to see a bigger image). In time I’ll be adding three more members to get the numbers up to eight but for now the squad is complete.  khorne-berserker-convertordie-5And here’s the three champions of my berserker squads together. Standing next to his brothers the new boy  looks like a right short-arse – mostly because I didn’t want to give him any horns or trophy banners that would stick up and foul that flailing chain.khorne-berserker-convertordie-6And, because I forgot to do this in the last post, here’s the three icon bearers enjoying their own little group shot.khorne-berserker-convertordie-7But wait – there’s more. I may be planning to tackle some different projects for now but that doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the Blood God long term. As soon as I saw the huge Khornate sigil carried by the Bloodsecrator in the Age of Sigmar starter set I knew I wanted to use it somewhere in my collection. Trouble is it’s just too big for any normal warrior, even a space marine, to carry. Time to call in an abhuman and build myself a second Ogren berserker.ogre-berserker-icon-convertordie-1ogre-berserker-icon-convertordie-2As I’m sure you know by now, comments and feedback are extremely welcome so if you have an opinion you’re burning to share get it in the comment’s box. Until then – Blood for the Blood God and all that!


All That’s Left Is Blood – Part 10

So whilst my ears have been filled with the braying of sonic weaponry over the past month the roaring of chain-axes has never been far from my thoughts. Now it’s time to add a couple more battle brothers to my latest squad of Khorne berserkers. And whilst the rest of the warband spill blood for the Skull Throne someone still has to carry the banner…convertordie-khorne-berserker-banner-1

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All That’s Left Is Blood – Part 9

Behold! Another berserker ready to reap skulls to lay before the Blood God’s throne!

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All That’s Left Is Blood – Part 8

A second Berserker for the newest warband! I’m particularly pleased with the crest on his helmet and the bloodletter skin growing across his shoulderpad (a greenstuffed necessity to cover the join where the sigil of Khorne was added).img_7301

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All That’s Left Is Blood – Part 7

I believe I promised another squad of Khorne berserkers…

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Hate Eternal

“I was the first to stand upon the walls of the Imperial Palace. I was the last to be borne away from Terra, my body broken by the slaying of one million of the Emperor’s lackeys through the breach at Lions Gate. None shall ever surpass my count”

Kharn the Betrayer in Laurie Goulding’s The Weakness of Others.

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Of all the old character models for the champions of chaos, Kharn is probably the one which still holds up best to a modern observer. Whilst some of his colleagues have started to show their age Kharn remains an undisputed classic, still as awesome today as he was when he was first released 10,000 years ago. It’s one of those models I’ve always wanted to paint but never got around to so when I spotted one going for a song on ebay I knew the time had come.

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Obviously he’d been through a bit of a battering; his head and backpack had both broken off, one arm was missing and his daft-looking tassels have been removed (seriously why does he appear to have bunches? Who thought the Khornate-cheerleader look was a good idea?). Anyone who knows the background of the character however knows that Kharn has been close to death before, and come back from it stronger and angrier than ever before.

Apart from simply rebuilding and rebasing him the main thing he needed was a new arm and a plasma pistol. I chose to avoid anything too chaotic and mutated as this has never been Kharn’s aesthetic, sticking instead to blunt simplicity. Here he is reassembled and ready for undercoating.

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When it came to painting him I had no choice but to use the red and brass colours of the post-heresy World Eaters. Indeed, much though I love my usual dirty white scheme it was a refreshing change to tackle something a bit more vibrant. I also couldn’t resist adding a blood-splattered helm to the base painted in the colours of the loyalist World Eaters. Of course it makes no narrative sense at all – a 41st Millennium Kharn stepping over the head of a brother he killed ten thousand years ago, but who cares – it looks cool, it adds to his story, and his tragedy, and anything can be explained in the Warp! Perhaps this model captures something of Kharn’s troubled sleep, for surely when the Nails’ do not bite deep he still dreams of Isstvan.

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When I started this project (and I’ll admit it’s progressed at a particularly glacial rate) I never imagined that I’d be finishing it mere days after GW previewed a new version of the character – this time based on the pose of Forge World’s Heresy-era Kharn. As it stands I’m slightly uncertain of my feelings about the new model but that may be simply because I’m such a fan of its predecessor. With luck though this is just the first in a reimagining of the Chaos space marine characters, many of which are in serious need of a reworking (Abaddon, mate, what happened to you? Surely the company which can give us two librarians in terminator armour in the space of a few months could spring to a resculpt of its most fearsome villain?).

At the moment the internet is rife with rumours of war, much of it suggesting that Games Workshop plans to advance the 40k timeline towards the inevitable doom of man. Personally I dread such a suggestion but I cling to the hope that such an ‘End Times’ style event would sweep away much of the character of 40k (not to mention to iconic Space Marines) and GW seem to be shaking off the era of pigheadedness that might have seen them slaughter the golden goose. However even if all this apocalyptic doom-mongering proves true and I soon find myself turning into an old crusty ranting about the good old days before the Space Wolves became fleet-based renegades and Cadia was still a place, at least we might get some new Chaos models out of it, and that should be enough to keep me happy. In the meantime I’m not done spilling blood in Khorne’s name – not even close in fact…


Pure Hatred Revisited

Since showing my most recent Berserker Terminator (see previous post) several people suggested that what he really needed was more blood on his claws. Usually I’m quite cautious in the application of gore, preferring a ‘less is more’ technique and subscribing completely to the clichéd aphorism that it’s easy to add paint and hard to take it away. On this occasion however I decided that all the voices calling for more blood might have the right idea (not a phrase to use in court I can assure you). After all here we have a man who’s been tearing his way through the ranks of the enemy like an angry whirlwind, not just poking around the edges causing a few minor injuries as it might have seemed from looking at the model a few days ago. I spent quite a while pondering whether I should splash some viscera over the rest of him as well but in the end I decided to limit it to the claws which I feel emphasises his ferocity without overegging it.ConvertOrDie Khorne Terminator (1)

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As usual if you have thoughts I want to know about it. Speak your mind in the comment’s box below.