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The Cult of Ruin – Part 4

Last year Mark of HeresyOfUS sent out a number of these cool looking skull stacks to hobby blogs for review. Naturally I wanted to do something suitably exciting with it, and as a piece it lends itself naturally to being used as an objective marker. However despite being a strong believer in the importance of thematic objective markers the fact that I almost never actually play games meant I never quite got around to it. Enter the one game I do play from time to time; Necromunda. In the Underhive the Chaos Cults construct dark shrines at which to conduct their maddening rituals, and which can drive the unwary quite insane if they stumble upon them.

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Naturally the Necromundan authorities regard this as both disturbingly heretical behaviour and a waste of perfectly good skulls which could otherwise be ground up to make corpse-starch, but hopefully you’ll be a little more forgiving.

Anyone interested in Mark’s wonderfully strange take on the grim darkness should take a look at his online store. He’s also recently created a game, in collaboration with Alex of Leadballoony, and right now they’re running a competition with a giant bio-mechanical skullspider as the prize. The game is free and, if you win the competition, so is the spider – and what more does anyone need to tempt them!

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The Cult of Ruin – Part 3

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.

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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.


The Cult of Ruin – Part 2

Magic is worming its way into the world of Necromunda. First the genestealer cults, then the chaos cults, and now Gang War 4 are all bringing psykers of various descriptions into the Underhive. At first I wasn’t sure that this was a good thing. After all psykers are rare and powerful individuals, deserving of their place in mighty armies or the personal retinues of equally influential persons like Inquisitors, and shouldn’t be running around with the gangs of the Underhive. A child on Necromunda found to have such powers would be quickly sold uphive and bundled onto a black ship or sent to be trained as a sanctioned psyker. In time they would use their skills to fight for whole worlds, not to stake a claim on a short section of ill-lit corridor.

However the more I thought about it the more compelling the counter-argument became, namely; wizards are awesome. Regardless of what job you do and how much you may or may not enjoy it, you’d really rather be a wizard. Wizards make everything better.

Plus, there are a lot of people on Necromunda. At least some of them will be unsanctioned psykers so inevitably some will be sanctioned psykers sent to deal with them before they make merry mayhem and let daemons into the world. This lady falls firmly into the first category.

Thanks to their unhealthy relationship with the Warp, the chaos cults get access to low level psykers in the form of witches. These individuals have enough power to fear the black ships but not enough to have value to the Imperium and are thus easily won over by gangs of disaffected cultists. Through foul rituals and blood sacrifices they bolster their power with warp-energy borrowed from the Dark Gods, power that I’m hoping will give my band of malcontents an edge when it comes to overthrowing the houses and guilds.

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The aim with the model is to emphasise the power that comes through blood sacrifices and dark magic rather than the brute authority shown by Skaverghast the demagogue. He may lead the battles but she organises the rituals and communes with the gods. Whilst he thinks in terms of territory to be seized and materials to be gathered she guides them on their spiritual path, a path that will see reality torn open and daemons walking through the ruins of habs and manufactories alike.


The Cult of Ruin – Part 1

Given my love of all things Chaos it’s actually a little bit surprising that it’s taken me this long to get started on a band of unruly gangers to bring the worship of the Ruinous Powers to the depths of the Necromundan Underhive. Never mind eh brothers and sisters, now is the time to throw off the shackles imposed upon us by the great houses, etc, distant, uncaring Emperor, etc etc, reject the rule of Terra and so on and so forth.

Now some of you may be thinking “steady on, how many gangs is he starting?” but the nice thing about chaos, for me at least, is that I already have most of the models ready to go. Having poured over the chaos gang rules in White Dwarf I’ve pulled together this disreputable mob which makes up most, if not quite all, of the gangers I’ll need.

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There’s still a couple of gaps to fill but those places will be taken by models I’ve been meaning to get around to painting anyway so this should serve to encourage me. Of course I can’t seem to let any opportunity to make new models pass me by, especially when those models are beastmen, so I ended up assembling this pair as well. The one on the left will be squeezing his way into the gang itself, whilst the one on the right will be joining the Brayhorn Boys (an all beastmen gang mentioned in White Dwarf that I haven’t been able to resist planning).

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When it came to choosing a leader for the gang I was already spoilt for options, and indeed any one of these five could have done the business.

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However a new gang needs a new boss, and really it wouldn’t have been right not to come up with someone unique to lead the helots into the clutches of the Dark Gods. Enter Skaverghast the Pit Dweller, hated demagogue and enemy of the Imperium.

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This leaves me with just two more models to build for the gang, a witch and a spawn, both of which should hopefully emerge soonish.


Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 6

The dead just aren’t staying in their graves these days are they? Here’s two more Poxwalkers for the slowly gathering horde.

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The Unforgotten – Part 8

At times it seemed like a desperate flight with a deadline snapping at my heels, at others like a heroic last stand against a rising tide of unpainted models, but with the end of the month upon us I’m pleased to say that victory has been achieved!

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For those coming late to the party, blogger Azazel has declared May to be Neglected Model Month, challenging himself and other hobbyists who wanted to take part to finish off some of those old, unfinished models which have been left to gather dust. I took on a rather ambitious goal, by my standards, and at the time worried a little that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. In retrospect however I’m pleased not have stinted in my efforts and to have managed a sizable addition to my chaos collection.

The forces of Khorne for instance grew significantly with the return of an old helbrute, a pack of ravenous flesh hounds and an ogryn berserker.

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Meanwhile Nurgle gained  a bloat-drone and a heap of happy nurglings.

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Even Tzeentch got in on the act with this unplanned “stretch goal” – a converted tzaangor.

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the nurglings have had a little update since I first showed them. That’s right – I forgot the nasty green gunk on the bases. Hopefully the plague father will forgive me this transgression and won’t bestow any of his gifts upon me.

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In spite of the pressure I felt at times not one of these models took me more than an hour to finish – with the arguable exception of the ogryn where I found myself hating everything about the banner and repainting it from scratch when it was almost finished. Nonetheless, even in what was, for me, a very busy month at work I still managed to complete ten neglected models – plus the additions* to my Skaven that I’ll show you tomorrow.

*”Additions” being an ambitious plural right now as only one is actually done at the time of writing, however there are at least a couple more I’d like to finish off to join it if times allows.

Still, with none of these taking more than an hour to finish, and with a whole day of May still to go, a dedicated person could shift twenty-four models from the shelf of shame (although the last few would undoubtedly be of variable quality…). Silliness aside though it goes to show what can be achieved if one just breaks the deadlock, picks up the brush and a half-painted model and just gets on with it. All too often they just sit there, unfinished and shameful, and it doesn’t need to be this way.

Huge thanks once again to Azazel for creating the challenge, without which I would never have been inspired to finish these – at least not this decade. Now back to your brushes the lot of you, you could have finished another model in the time you spent reading this!


The Unforgotten – Part 7

Glory to Khorne – the ogryn with the banner is ready for battle!

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When the Age of Sigmar First Edition boxset was released I loved the look of the Bloodsecrator; a hulking warrior with a huge sigil with which to draw the Blood God’s gaze. At the time many people were still operating in an old Warhammer mindset and thought it would make an excellent battle-standard bearer for a Khorne themed Warriors of Chaos army – and indeed the whole Khornate side of the box could have translated onto square bases quite easily. In many ways the model proved adept at multi-tasking, as well joining armies in both the Old World and the Age of Sigmar it also made a natural step into the 41st Millennium, albeit with some suitable sci-fi tweaking here and there. As an avowed heretic and solider of the Long War I naturally wanted to put him to work in the latter setting. The trouble is, the banner is just too damn big for a human to carry – even a space marine, indeed even a terminator, is going to struggle to lug that great lump around. The original Bloodsecrator suffers not just from having a silly name but from being a model of two mismatched parts, the sum of which just doesn’t work cohesively. How is any warrior supposed to reap skulls whilst also struggling to hump this great, awkwardly shaped banner around the battlefield? The Imperium would undoubtedly employ a servitor for exactly this job but the followers of Khorne are far too practical for that, anything that hampers the spilling of blood or fails to get on with the job of slaughtering of one’s enemies has no place in their austere lives.

For a while I considered mounting the icon on a helbrute but in the end, partly because I’d already seen so many others do a better job of that than me, I decided to branch out and try giving it to an ogryn instead.

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Seeing him next to my original ogryn berserker serves as a reminder of how much my painting style has evolved and improved over the last few years. Perhaps it’s time to give the first one a repaint too – after all I can’t have the poor old chap being outshone by his younger rival. Plus he’d make a powerful-looking repurposed mining ogryn for a chaos worshipping Necromunda gang…