Working on this Chaos Breacher reminded me of this guy who’s been lingering at the back of the shelf in dusty shame for far too long. He’s a model with a long and storied history but one which never really seemed to find a home in the Beasts of Ruin – until now. In many ways that nomadic shifting as he’s moved from one role to another in the army may have been unconsciously reflected the background I wrote for him.
I decided to make this mysterious killer after reading the description of Wulfrik the Wanderer in the Warriors of Chaos Army Book. Naming him Kogoroth the Faceless I see him as having suffered a similar fate to Wulfrik, cursed by the gods to wander the galaxy in search of fresh adversaries. Hence his striding pose and faceless helm, the aim being to keep him somewhat anonymous, a silent, unknown but murderous figure, constantly on the move in his quest for fresh kills. The mask also serves to reinforce the mystery behind his title “the Faceless” – is it because his face is never seen or does it refer to something fouler hidden behind that steel grill? Or did he once lose face in a more figurative sense – fleeing from a challenge and cursed to wander forever as penance?
At first I intended him to be the leader of my Khorne Berserkers, but he never really fitted there (appearing neither Khornate, nor particularly berserk). I retired the model half-finished and replaced him with Magok Bloodcaller instead.
Given that, especially in the early days, 40k included a lot of elements from Warhammer translated into the far future I kept toying with the idea of making a 40k incarnation of Wulfrik – although, as the Games Workshop designers probably also found, the idea had by then evolved into its own creature. I finished the model off, intending him to be a Chaos Lord, but was never quite convinced by him in this role either. Wulfrik, after all, has a pirate crew to lead and so should Kogoroth be a leader of men – albeit a strange and singular one – rather than a lonely killer. Thus he was consigned to an uncertain fate at the back of the shelf. Some of you may find this a little odd, that my inability to work out a suitable piece of background fiction for a model should see it effectively kicked out of the army. What can I say – I’m clearly a little eccentric!
Anyway, with my Breacher squad I finally had a role for him as their Sergeant. It also adds to the background of the squad, a band of roving mercenaries, serving alongside their Gods-cursed master for centuries – perhaps even since the day they fled with the rest of Horus’s routed horde from before the walls of the Emperor’s Palace on Terra itself? For him Kalamoon Kell and the Beasts of Ruin provide just another opportunity to find battle and seek redemption in their enemies’ blood. Alas the Gods are uncaring and, having turned their backs on him, will never relent. There shall be no daemonhood for Kogoroth, only battle until war at last puts an end to his quest forever.
The end result of this is not only that I have a model, and a story, that I’m really rather pleased with for but also that I’ve started thinking about how other Warhammer characters could provide inspiration in 40k. The story of Vilitch the Curseling is one I especially enjoy, and it helps that I really like the model as well. Sayl the Faithless and his spawn Nightmaw, from the Tamurkhan book, would be pretty fun (what is it with me and treacherous wizards?) Oh and maybe I could build a hugely mutated Ogren King based off Throgg (perhaps with an enhanced cybernetic brain to explain why he’s smarter than the average bear?). Then there’s the question of how one would tackle the likes of Galrauch (mutated Heldrake? Possessed giant Eldar reptile? Twisted wraithbone construct with a Tzeentchian daemon trapped inside?) or Kholek Suneater (maybe an ancient Forgefiend or similar daemon-engine – pre-Heresy of course!) Who knows what the possibilities are?
Have you transferred a character from Warhammer to 40k – or vice versa (daemons don’t count!)? Does Imperial Governor Karl Franz lead the massed forces of the Astra Militarum from atop his cyber-griffon in your army? Do you have an Eldar Tyrion, or a Archon Malekith ? A Von Carstein inquisitor perhaps? How about Ungrim Ironfist leading a Squat army in search of glorious vengeance against the Tyranids or Durthu as a strange wraith-bone construct, grown from the heart of a shattered craftworld? Well don’t keep it to yourself, get your thoughts (and links) in the comment box below!