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.
As usual if you have thoughts I want to know about it. Speak your mind in the comment’s box below.
As promised here we have the second new Khornate terminator. With this one I wanted a more restrained pose that emphasised the bulk and power that I associate with old-school terminators which could act as a blank canvas to play with. I’ve also wanted to make use of a pair of wrathmonger legs ever since I discovered they fit neatly onto a terminator body, and the rest of the pose flowed naturally from this stance. As ever I’m happy to hear some feedback so let me know what you think in the comment’s box.
.Of course, with two new units added to the squad it can only be group-shot o’clock. If you want to find out more about the others in the squad you can look here, here, here and here.
Before I take on the next batch of berserkers I wanted to give myself a little breather – but without actually deviating from the Khornate theme and wandering off to get lost in the tangled undergrowth of other projects that waits hungrily on the edge of my painting desk. That, I fear, is the way madness lies and so I won’t let anything sway me from my course – not Skaven, or Plague Marines, or those Orks I’ve been meaning to get round to for ages, or indeed anything that does not worship the Blood God with unrelenting fury. However a man cannot paint by power-armour alone and life is at its finest when there are lots of terminators around. Whilst a standard space marine (of either chaotic or loyalist persuasion) takes a little effort to look as good as it should a terminator looks fierce straight out of the box, lording it over its smaller, weaker brothers like the warrior-kings they are (indeed, by giving us access to imposing looking marines for minimal effort painting terminators is in many ways like true-scaling for lazy people!). This blog however doesn’t have ‘convert’ in its name for nothing. Time to start chopping up chaos terminators, khorne berserkers and wrathmongers.
I love the huge flails carried by the wrathmongers and they seem like the perfect weapon for a Khornate terminator – a man who combines the speed, skill and raw strength to wield such a weapon with the uncompromising desire to do as much damage as possible without caring about the danger to himself or any allies that stray too close. If I was writing or painting the scene I’d probably have the heads of flails on fire as well to add to the shock and horror inflicted on the poor guardsmen he’s attacking. However as I absolutely hate sculpted fire I decided to avoid that and stick to straightforward blunt trauma.
I’m rather pleased with the skull emerging from his armour under the shoulder pad – my little greenstuff reference to the skulls embedded in the flesh of the Age of Sigmar Khorne models.
Nor is this angry man alone. His battle-brother is currently standing at the ‘part-painted; looks atrocious’ midway stage of painting but hopefully I’ll get him finished off over the weekend and show him off to you all early next week. In the meantime here’s a ‘pre-primer’ WIP to tide you over.
As usual comments and feedback are welcome!
And after a slight hiatus a forth pestilent Terminator lumbers forth from Nurgle’s garden!
Unlike the others I wanted to tone down the guts and go for a more restrained horror, whilst still making it clear that this is a servant of the plague god.
I also wanted to try some new things on the base (rather than just using more green gunk. Much and all as I love green gunk…)
And here he is with his foul battle brothers. Just got a bargain on some ‘pre-loved’ Black Reach terminators so don’t expect this to be the last we see of this filthy squad. In the meantime your thoughts are as welcome as ever.
Following the completion of the champion for my squad of Nurgle worshipping terminators I decided to strike whilst the iron was hot and get the squad’s icon bearer finished off as well. You may recall that last time we saw him he looked like this:At the time I felt that he was rather waspish in the waist – all fine and well for Slaanesh’s image-conscious lovers but hardly acceptable for Nurgle, whose followers are rotund and jolly to a man. Before he saw any paint I needed to build up the belly, and give him some appropriately horrible guts into the bargain. All of that brings him to this; finished at last.
Here’s the whole squad (so far) together.Excitingly the squad’s fourth member is now almost finished so I’m going to crack on and see if I can get him done too. As before – watch this space!
Cast your collective minds back to November last year and you’ll recall this happy looking gentleman; the champion for my squad of Nurgle terminators based on the Putrid Blightkings. He’s been progressing slowly ever since but a few days ago I decided to crack on and actually get him finished. Here’s how he looked last time we saw him:
And here he is now:
And side by side with his sole (current) squadmate:
I have high hopes that I’ll get the icon bearer finished soon as well, and have even started putting together a fourth member of the squad. Watch this space!
In my last post I showed the Nurgle terminator that had grown (slowly) out of a combination of loyalist and Putrid Blightking bits, helped along by my ongoing exploration of greenstuff. I actually prefer using loyalist terminator parts for Nurgle models as they’re rather less ostentatious than the chaos models and for Nurgle bare ceramite and rust is the only way to go!
Anyway I didn’t want him to get lonely by himself so I threw together a couple more Nurgly terminators. See what you think – but keep in mind its very early days for these two, and you know how long it took me to finish off the last one.
First of all here’s the squad’s champion.
Part of me wonders what’s going on inside that armour? Has he been blessed with the face of a Nurgling – or is he long dead and one – or more – of the little pox-mites are animating the corpse? Are we in fact seeing one of them peaking out through the front of the armour to see what’s going on? I think I’d rather not know…
We also have this chap, who carries the squads beloved Icon of Despair in the hopes that Grandfather Nurgle will rain his benevolence upon him and his brothers.
If anything he’s got even further to go than the champion – especially when it comes to building up the greenstuff around what is currently a rather waspish waste. As ever your thoughts are appreciated on both of them so if you have any feedback or suggestions I’d be glad to see them.
You may recognise this chap. He’s popped up before in various guises. In fact for a while I wondered if he’d ever be finished, or would just keep evolving, appearing on the blog again and again as I added a tentacle here, a pustule there, until in the end he was unrecognisable and spawnlike. With an effort, however, I controlled myself and forced the project to some kind of orderly conclusion.
Now of course he’s going to need some battle-brothers but I’m feeling quite excited about this project again and I’ve already got a few ideas in mind. Watch this space!
After I uploaded pictures of the final Chaos Terminator to join my squad The Blessed Slaughter earlier in the week Alex over at the Dauntless 215th suggested I put up a group shot of the whole ugly mob together. So, as promised, here they are:
Waaaay back in February I promised to add a final member to my Chaos Terminator squad The Blessed Slaughter, bringing the numbers up to ten and replacing Sapir Redwolf, the Khorne worshipping terminator who I’d just promoted to lead his own squad. Here at last is the finished article.
As usual with painting terminators I found him to be a bit of a faff, which makes me wonder why I paint so many of them? Maybe because the part of me that’s still an impressionable teenager knows that nothing is cooler than a terminator (with the possible exception of a dreadnaught). Anyway, he’s done now – although that red eye looks rather jarring in these pictures (trust me, that’s poor photography on my part, it doesn’t look quite so harsh in the flesh).
I had the idea for this model right back in the early days, but knew – in a rare moment of personal honesty – that I didn’t have the skills to pull it off. Thus it was rather nice to have the opportunity to come back to him now and finally create something I’m pleased with.
As usual your thoughts are welcome so get them in the box below.