For a while I’ve been kicking around the idea of making some chaos chosen for Age of Sigmar/WHFB/Warcry (the latter winning out when it came to deciding what shape of base to use!). I like the idea of chosen but the current miniatures are a funny-looking bunch, not bad all-in-all, but not half as good as I remember them being from my youth either, and certainly not worth the hefty price-tag that comes with them. I’ve tried out a few ideas over the last few months and finally found something I’m fairly happy with.
He’s not a direct attempt to copy the official chosen champion but I do rather like that model so there’s a few references in there, particularly the mutated hand and arm (swiped from a very, very old, ill-conceived and horribly painted conversions, which even when I first made it – well over a decade ago, I knew was probably only fit for the bin). Here’s the official chosen champion from Games Workshop for reference.
Without any official chosen to hand it’s hard to be sure but if I recall correctly, they don’t look all that big these days. Not something that this guy can be accused of, he looks suitably imposing next to a normal chaos warrior (one who’s yet to catch the eye of the gods).
For reference his legs are from a stormcast eternals liberator, his head and axe are from the chaos knights, his torso the Khorne bloodwarriors, his shoulderpads from the bloodcrushers and his mutated arm from the chaos space marines possessed. The hideous mould-line down his arm, which I’m sure you all spotted and were repelled and disgusted by, will be dealt with ASAP (now that I’ve stopped being blind to it and it’s become glaringly and horribly obvious).
Well those Orks aren’t going to get finished if I keep getting distracted like this… Nonetheless, inspired by the recent wave of Nurgle releases for Warhammer I decided to kitbash a few more servants of the plague god to join my Black Crusade.
The Putrid Blightkings are just such an exciting kit both on their own merits as assembled straight out of the box (which is impressive enough) and as a spur for creative activity (and sure enough there are brilliant conversions popping up all over the internet). My first conversion is based directly off this kit, albeit with a number of modifications to transform him from a denizen of the Old World into a citizen of the 41st Millennium. In doing this I’ll admit to being heavily inspired by the likes of Jeff Vader at Officio Convertorum and KrautScientist at Eternal Hunt – check out these in particular (both blogs well worth checking out and – without wishing to sound sycophantic – home to some truly exceptional painting and converting).
This guy will be the first of a squad of Chosen with the Mark of Nurgle. I know – you don’t need to nag me Internet, I’ve not painted my Dark Vengeance Chosen yet. I’ll get to it! Jeeze Internet, you don’t half go on you know! Anyway here he is, a shameless take off of conversions by better men but hopefully unique enough that you won’t all piss off to their blogs and leave me to weep alone.
Next we have something that doesn’t have anything to do with the Blightkings at all, being based instead on the Corrupters of the Apocalypse from Avatars of War. It’s a really simply conversion really, just the standard model with a Chaos Marine backpack stuck on but I’m rather pleased with him all the same.
Once he’s painted he’ll be a Dark Apostle with the Mark of Nurgle. I think the designers intended him to be a musician but rather than carrying an instrument he’s just belching which, as well as making me giggle childishly, also caused me to think that prayers to Nurgle probably sound (and smell) pretty flatulent. This guy appears to be actually burping out his worship of Nurgle, a concept that’s both disgusting and silly – just like the plague god himself.
Last of all we have this terminator. Far more than the other two this guy really is a ‘Work in Progress’. The basic structure is all there but I feel some development is needed beyond simply slapping Blightking bits onto a terminator chassis and calling him done. It goes without saying then that any comments or ideas you have are welcome in the box below.
Since taking these pictures I’ve started weathering the armour on the legs a little which has helped but I think it needs more than that. Perhaps some kind of tabard to increase his bulk a little? For the moment I’m trying to avoid the ‘guts out for the lads’ look that seems to be pretty standard fare for Nurgle models now, if only because I think we’ll be seeing a lot of it and I don’t want to overdo it.
Anyway, get your thoughts in the comments box. More Orks soon!