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Realm of Plagues – Part 1

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!

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Agents of Brutality – Part 5

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:
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Agents of Brutality – Part 4

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.
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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.


Our Blood Too Is Welcome

Onwards in Khorne’s name! Inspired by all the End Times action in Warhammer (more on that below) I’m trying to focus my enthusiasm on finishing off my little squad of Berserker Terminators.
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This one evolved from a specific idea I had about a character I wanted to see in the squad. Reading the Black Library short story Enyalius; In Memoriam got me thinking about how a character as berserk as the Redwolf might need someone along to guide him and keep his blood red fury on the right track. In the story the character Enyalius is that guiding force, steering his brother Marakitedes and the rest of their squad and keeping track of the important elements of campaigning (who’s side are they on, why are they here, what are their objectives) that the Butcher’s Nails leave the others blind too. I reckoned the Redwolf would need someone similar, someone to point him at the enemy and set him loose, someone he could trust to keep him on the right track even in the thick of the slaughter and someone to reign him in when the killing was done. I named him Enyarexis in reference to the character in the story (which is well worth reading by the way and, alongside some excellent descriptions, shows a wonderfully personal and at points very sad take on the tragedy of the World Eaters. A similar novel would be most welcome).
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The howling wolf on his shoulder pad denotes his allegiance to the Redwolf (although it could equally well be a reference to the War Hounds – the old name for the XII Legion before they became the World Eaters). I’ve not completely settled on a background for the character yet but I did wonder about a former War Hound, perhaps saved by the Redwolf in some battle long ago before he went completely mad, and ever since pledging his allegiance to Sapir and his squad. In many ways it makes sense to me that this is an older, wiser character than the rest of the squad, one who was implanted with the Butcher’s Nails before Isstvan and who has learned to master them – rather than some hot-blooded upstart attempting some crude copy-cat surgery by hammering some half-understood bit of tech into the back of his bonce.
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Part of the reason I’ve got Khorne on the brain is that this weekend we at last get a proper look at the Wrathmongers and Skullreapers, the latest addition to the Warriors of Chaos range in Warhammer and Khorne’s answer to the excellent Putrid Blightkings released back in the autumn. The thing is, the Blightkings are a gold mine of inspiration. I’ve got dozens of ideas scratching around the inside of my skull waiting to be actualised, and I feel like I’m still only getting started with what the kit can do. Can the warriors of the Blood God match this? Well at first glance I would say ‘absolutely!’99120201042_khornewrathmongers02

Let’s be honest here, at first glance they are ridiculously over the top – even for Chaos. For one thing they’re just covered in sigils marking their allegiance to Chaos and Khorne. If I was intending to use them for their original purpose it might seem a bit much, luckily I’m not. As regular readers will recall I don’t collect Warriors of Chaos (in spite of temptation) so these will be getting repurposed into the ranks of my Chaos Space Marines instead. Here the slightly overwhelming number of skulls and sigils is quite an advantage, mixing bits from other kits to ‘40k-ify’ them will naturally lead to a degree of dilution – which should balance things out nicely whilst still leaving no doubt at all as to who they serve.

Some of you might still be saying ‘but if all you wanted was Khorne bits to decorate your Chaos Marines you have that! The Skull Crushers are a rich vein of components – and still Tzeentch and Slaanesh are lagging at the back of the pack’. You’d be right of course, but never mind eh – this is what we have and no matter what you say Games Workshop’s team have made up their minds and no-one is going to say ‘Surprise! It’s Sisters of Battle this week instead!” at the last moment. So chill, take this release for what it is, enjoy it and see what comes next.skullreaper-2

What’s more, the longer I look at them the less ridiculous they feel. After all they’re really no more over the top than the Chaos Chosen from Dark Vengeance – and no-one has been decrying them. Some people are calling this a new aesthetic for Chaos but I think its more the case that this has always been the aesthetic of Chaos and Games Workshop finally have the technology to realise it.

So having accepted that ‘they’ll do’ what do I want to do with them? Some of the choices are obvious; I’ve already started a squad of Khornate terminators and more berserkers are always welcome. The Blightkings made excellent Chosen of Nurgle with very little effort and I’m suspecting these guys will make Chosen or Possessed of Khorne in much the same way. I’ve also quite fancied the idea of a Lord of Khorne mounted on a Juggernaught to command the Khornate part of my army, now might just be the moment that pushes me into doing it.99120201042_khornewrathmongers03

I’ve also had an idea for a while that as Khorne has such an association with daemon engines it might be an idea to make a Khornate Warpsmith (I have also bought one of the official Warpsmith models – more on him soon).

Whilst the Blightkings could equally have been used as Daemons (they make cracking Heralds of Nurgle in my opinion) the Wrathmongers/Skull Reapers are more recognisably human. One pair of legs have been designed to look like they belong to a Bloodletter, which makes me wonder about making another Khorne Herald or even a unique Skulltaker. Some of the weapons might also turn out to be rather handy for arming Heralds with extra vicious weapons.Several commenters have already said they look like Space Marines, which may not be what one is looking for in a fantasy warrior – but quite handy for someone who wants to convert Khorne worshipping Space Marines.

I’ve also never managed to come up with an idea for Mutilators that really worked well for me – which is a shame as they, like the Obliterators, would make a nice stylistic addition to my Chaos force. I had hoped that seeing the Wrathmongers/Skull Reapers might spark some kind of revelation on that front (Mutilators being as enthusiastic about close combat as the most rabid Berserker) but sadly I’m no further forwards.
Then there’s all the more far-fetched ideas that are already swirling round the edges of my brain. Corrupted Blood Angels? Fallen Space Wolves? Mechanicum renegades? Ogren Berserkers? Assassins? All of them would be prime candidates for developing an unhealthy relationship with the Blood God.
Anyway, now it’s over to you. What do you make of the new kits? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, let the world know in the box below.


This Horrifying Force

Well here we go at last! The truly terrible bloodthirster model that has blighted our lives for so many years has finally been shown the door and replaced with a far more magnificent version (see my thoughts below). Driven forwards by the rage of the Blood God (or possibly just old fashioned excitement about all things Khorne) I managed to get this model finished, the first of the Red Wolf’s squad.
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A little ‘group shot’ of him next to the Redwolf shows just how big the latter actually is. The new addition is by no means small for a Terminator, his size accentuated by his wide pose and bulky shoulderpads, but the Redwolf still towers over him. Already I’m feeling that my decision to promote him to command of his own squad was justified – this guy is nobody’s second!ConvertOrDie Berserker Khorne Terminator (1)I’ve also been working on this Dark Apostle of Khorne (I know, I’ve not posted pictures of the Nurgle one finished yet – you don’t half nag you know!). Long term I’ve got a plan to make a Dark Apostle for each of the gods, plus the official finecast model (assembled and based coated baby!).
For the Khorne Apostle I wanted something reminiscent of a loyalist chaplain with a chaotic twist – capturing what I see as their similar roles and philosophies. Both would spent much of their time in the thick of battle, bellowing devotion to the Emperor or the Blood God respectively, dedicating each kill in their name and spurring on their battle brothers. The Apostles of the other gods, I imagine, spend more time preaching to dissatisfied hive workers, dissidents and the savage tribes of feral worlds – those of Khorne just want to get stuck in. In spite of this I wanted a slightly more restrained pose, capturing him in a moment of contemplation – perhaps preaching to his brothers about the value of weapons or dedicating his flail ahead of combat.
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I’m thinking of adding some kind of tabard to cover up his rather waspish waist. I’m playing with a couple of options at the moment; a wolf’s pelt (suitable savage and tribal) or chains (harder to pull off and possibly naff looking, but undeniably badass if it comes together). Anyone got any thoughts?

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Anyway, as I mentioned all this Khorne enthusiasm has come about as a result of seeing the new Bloodthirster model that went up for pre-order this weekend. And what a model it is. Admittedly a big part of my enthusiasm for it comes from the fact that it is a massive improvement on its predecessor. Given the choice I would have liked to have seen something slightly less dynamic. To my eye a hunched, aggressive pose, charging head-down into battle, would have served better here than leaping into flight, whip curling overhead. Leave the dancing to Slaanesh and the flying to Tzeentch (and of course let Nurgle lumber along at the rear!). Nonetheless these are fairly minor complaints given that a) the Bloodthirster can finally be represented on the tabletop by an official model worthy of the concept and b) other greater daemons might really be around the corner.

For Warhammer the original Bloodthirster has now been transformed into three different units. A quick glance through the fiction shows them all to be pretty angry guys which does make me feel a little sorry for the poor soul who was given the thankless task of producing background for them. Coming up with different models, weapon options and rules must have been a doddle compared to coming up with original ideas expanding on the difference between daemons who get angry about slightly different things.

Whilst we’re talking about the fiction, who the hell came up with these names? The Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury? The Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage? Really? What happened to all the old Khornate names that were made up of nothing but ‘z’s and ‘k’s? Admittedly trying to say them aloud made you sound like a wasp struggling with a Welsh place name but surely that’s better than telling your opponent “This is the Bloodthirster of Slightly Cheesed Off”

It also appears that Khorne now has a sliding scale of anger he applies to his Bloodthirsters. (This may not be new-news but it’s certainly new to me). Apparently there are eight legions of Bloodthirsters, eight being the sacred number of Khorne, and each is angrier than the last. By my understanding they ascend through Miffed to Mildly Aggrieved, Peeved To Say The Least, Well Pissed Off, Proper Nark On, Kicking Off Big Time and finally Writing to the Editor.

As for the model itself I’ll throw in my lot with the majority who’re slavering over it, although – as mentioned above – there are a few things that bother me.

For one thing I hate flames on miniatures so they’d have to go for starters – maybe replacing them with some rubble or a big old pile of skulls. I also find the symbols on the wings to be rather busy, we know he’s a daemon of Khorne, there’s no need to beat us around the head with it. No-one is going to think ‘Is this guy Eldar? Check his wings and find out. Oh no, he’s with Khorne’. Perhaps a more subtle paint scheme might make them more acceptable – in face a close look at the Unfettered Fury Bloodthirster in this week’s White Dwarf shows just that. Otherwise I’ll have to see how long it takes with the sandpaper (heart in my mouth all the way in case I knacker the wings).

Having said that, somewhat hypocritically, I think the sigils on the underside of the hooves are a cracking touch and the idea of them stamping the mark of Khorne wherever they go is just wonderfully cocky and aggressive. When basing the model I’d like to try stamping out some casts of his foot prints in greenstuff and leaving them in a trail behind him.

I’ll be curious to see how poseable the model is, the combination of axe and whip raised high being slightly over-the-top and reminiscent of a caricature anime villain for my taste. Truthfully I prefer the double-handed great axe – it may not be the traditional weapon combination of the Bloodthirsters but it calls for a lot less skill and precision to use. Let the followers of Slaanesh mess around developing the skill to use a weapon in each hand, if Khorne’s warriors can be hitting someone with an axe as big as a tank that should be more than enough to do the job. Plus, as well as being utterly practical and unsubtle, it also looks the business. The question of whether Games Workshop will be bringing rules for this weapon to 40k is still a matter of some conjecture – although frankly it makes good business sense to do so, variety being the spice of life and all that.

In terms of conversion potential this model does offer a few other opportunities for the followers of the Blood God. For one thing there’s always Skarbrand – suitable trashing of the wings or replacing them with the tattered wings from a zombie dragon should do the business. Adding the second axe might be a little harder but at least he has two axe heads to begin with so some of the leg work is done for you.

The spare weapons and armour plates should be about the right size for Khornate Knight Titans or Soul Grinders and the model also comes with a number of large skulls (funny that) – worth watching out for if you’re planning a tainted chaplain dreadnaught for a Word Bearer’s force.

Speaking of the Word Bearers this weekend’s other big release is Forge World’s Mhara Gal Tainted Dreadnought. Having been slightly disappointed by the Gal Vorbak I awaited the Mhara Gal with a degree of trepidation. On first impression though I like it. As a chaos walker it falls at the exact opposite end of the spectrum to the Decimator, the latter being fearsome and functional, the former a twisted amalgam of metal and meat, liberally scrawled with sigils. The official paint job does it no justice at all but all my concerns with the model evaporated when I got a look at the naked resin (those talons bursting through the shoulder pad to hold the book looked pretty rough at first glance but sans paint they’re a lot more impressive). Oh and the head, once I worked out what’s going on, is wonderfully ghastly. I may even buy one (although I’ve already promised myself a Decimator, Blood Slaughterer, Blight Drone and – some day when I’m rich – a Greater Brass Scorpion) so it won’t be for a while.

Anyway, with these two big models unleashed, it’s been a good weekend to worship the Ruinous Powers. Now back to work the lot of you!


Days of Rage

Back in January, when I showed off the rest of my Chaos Terminators, I claimed, with a faintly pretentious air of mystery, that there was a tenth member of the squad which was yet to be revealed. I’d removed him from the squad in order to start a new – Khorne worshipping – terminator squad which he would lead. Now it’s time for the big reveal.
The timing of this is no coincidence. Rumour has it that the next – some say final – phase of the Warhammer End Times are upon us and reinforcements for the followers of the Blood God are just around the Khorner (see what I did there? I know, I know, I’m a funny man). As a result I’ve been fired with enthusiasm for all things Khorne and finally got myself in gear to upload pictures of this chap, as well as working on getting two of his followers painted and assembling a fourth (see below).IMG_9135

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His name, by the way, is Sapir Redwolf and his squad are the Skullrippers (no prizes but if you know where the names come from but feel free to have a little boast in the comments box below – I’m one of the few people in the world who’ll be impressed so show off whilst you can!) I made the hulking angry brute a while ago, intending him to serve as the ferocious and power-hungry second in command of my Chaos Terminators, the Blessed Slaughter. Since then however I’ve grown rather fond of him, and frankly he looks too fierce and proud to be anyone’s right-hand man for very long. In my mind only my Chaos Lord Kalamoon Kell possesses the sheer presence and authority to bring him to heel.

I also can’t imagine that having someone like the Redwolf remain part of my main Terminator squad would make anyone terribly happy. Sapir and squad champion Avar the Twisted would undoubtedly be locked in a struggle for command, whilst Kell can hardly rely on the effectiveness of his Terminator elite if Sapir spends the greater part of every battle lost to his rage and bloodlust. Plus it doesn’t make me happy to see this model used as one of the rank-and-file when he should be standing proud in command.

Put all these factors together with the fact that I need no excuse whatsoever to make more Chaos Terminators and I decided to promote Sapir, and create a new squad – The Skullrippers – commanded by him and dedicated to Khorne.

At the moment I’ve got three members of his squad on the painting desk. As it stands two of them are at the ‘faintly rubbish looking’ half-finished stage, with lots of undercoated armour panels, unfinished washes, no highlights, you know the drill. Unfortunately I was so carried away by enthusiasm that I never took photos of them before I started so I’ll hang fire on showing them and get them finished, photographed and posted up soon.

However, common sense eventually took root and I remembered to grab a couple of photos of this fourth member of the squad before he went out to the shed to be undercoated.

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Last of all we have this chap, undoubtedly still a ‘work in progress’. As you can see I’ve just tacked on a spare left arm for the moment to get a feel for how he’ll look once he’s finished. He won’t be joining the Skullrippers but instead will be stepping into the vacated role in the Blessed Slaughter and bringing the numbers back up to a full squad of ten.

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And that’s it until next time – when hopefully I’ll have at least one more angry man of Khorne to show off. As always comments, feedback and bellows of fury are welcome in the box below.


Agents of Brutality Part 3

Having finished off the Orks I wanted to step into the New Year (especially as its already the middle of January) by showing a few older miniatures that have been finished for a while now – thus getting them out of the way and letting us get stuck into the real meat of the new stuff.

To get us started here’s the remainder of my Chaos Terminator squad (some of which have been shown previously – see here, here and here).chaos-terminators-convert-or-die-39
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This warped and degenerate fellow is clearly well on his way to becoming a spawn. I blame the unhealthy side-effects of standing too close to that icon of vengeance all the time.
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chaos-terminators-convert-or-die-17Alas poor Yarrick… Part of the reason it took me so long to get around to posting pictures of this squad is the trouble I had getting semi-decent pictures of this model. I enjoyed playing with the contradiction between his monstrous appearance and contemplative pose. I wonder what he sees in the skull of this fallen guardsman? His lost humanity or his lost weakness?
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Next we have this brutish individual, assembled out of a combination of Chaos Terminator, Possessed and Space Wolf Terminator parts.
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Finally here’s a group shot of the whole squad together.
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