I’ve always rather fancied an Empire army. All those stylish men with their smart jackets, enormous hats and silly moustaches standing firm in the name of civilisation with nothing but faith, cold steel, black-powder and ridiculous wizard-powered contraptions. I even painted up a couple of heroes for the Empire collection I almost started and, given that I’ve got Warhammer on the brain at the moment, now seemed like a very good time to show them off.First of all there’s this captain, just waiting for an army to command. Sadly as I’ve remained stubbornly focussed on the grim darkness of the far future he’s been waiting for a while, and it doesn’t look like his fortunes are going to change any time soon.
He’s not completely alone however, as I’ve also painted this Celestial Wizard. His crystal ball allows him to peer into the depths of space for suitable comets to drop on his enemies’ heads – or perhaps an Imperial Crusade Fleet, which might have seen to it that the End Times ended rather differently. I’d keep your head down Sonny-Jim – it’ll be the Black Ships for you if that ever happens.They may not look like much but they still outnumber my Warriors of Chaos army two to one!
The victims of the Warp are many and varied. Since Galath fell in the City of the Swine Brother Asath has been plagued by Empyrean insects that writhe beneath the stern iron of his mask. No longer does his voice boom from its grill, replaced instead by the idiot buzzing of an invertebrate multitude. Yet he remains as effective in combat as he ever was and Valaghast believes that the clues to their return to power may be hidden amongst his gibbered lies.
Finished off another chaos marine for Squad Valaghast. Decided to push myself a little with the greenstuff work on his face and, although it falls a long way short of what those who’re more experienced with the medium are capable of producing, I see a definite improvement. As usual comments and feedback are welcome.
I’m a big fan of this painting by Adrian Smith. To me it does an excellent job of capturing the sort of thuggish mutants that would be drawn to the banner of chaos. No wonder the Imperium purges them. I don’t fancy that poor Guardsman’s chances much in the next few minutes, and going by his rather hang-dog expression neither does he. Well that’s what he deserves for failing in his duty to the Emperor. Obviously, as a treacherous heretic myself, I’m rather fond of all of them, but on this occasion the one I’m particularly interested in is this good looking chap.I’ve been wanting to improve my greenstuff skills recently and spotting his ugly mug in the rear ranks of this image gave me just the inspiration I needed to add another chaos marine to the new squad.
Possibly not the kind of chap you’d invite round to meet your mum but I’m rather pleased with how he’s turned out. As ever your thoughts are welcome.
One of the first to join Kell in rebellion Zo-Kalar is now perhaps the oldest, and most ambitious, of his senior lieutenants still surviving. Having wisely avoided the petty internal rebellions of the early days that saw many of Kell’s rivals interred in Helbrute sarcophagi Zo-Kalar has managed to remain close to his master, serving both as an advisor and a trusted field-commander. Yet Zo-Kalar has not simply exchanged servitude to the Imperium for the chains of another. He seeks a loftier goal than mere conquest; immortality and Princedom in the Immaterium, and he will shirk neither danger nor shame to achieve it.
Another nice thing to come out of #DreadTober, beyond seeing all the inspiring work others are producing and working on a Helbrute of my own, is the push it’s given me to finish off outstanding projects – including one that’s been cluttering the painting desk for far too long.
I bought the Dark Vengeance set as soon as it came out and set about the Cultists and Helbrute with gusto. The Dark Angels contingent were intended to join my Space Marines chapter, or perhaps form the basis of a small group of allied Dark Angels, but so far both projects seem to be on indefinite hiatus. I never really got started on the Chaos Lord or Chosen either and whilst the latter are still lying in an unassembled heap somewhere I’m proud to be able to show off the former at last.
I know he’s ‘just’ the Dark Vengeance Chaos Lord, without any conversion to speak of, but have you looked at this model lately? Like much of the starter set it blew my mind when it was first released. Three years on and I hardly look at it twice. It wasn’t until I decided, pretty much on a whim, to get on and assemble it, that I realised all over again just how damn good it is. Just look at the sheer level of detail in this model; the screaming faces in the armour, the mouth on the helm, the spine in the backpack, that sword!
Of course, I have also been working on my #DreadTober pledge; this Helbrute. As you can see the metalwork and armour is now mostly filled in. Still, with less than a week to go now I’m not entirely filled with dread (boom boom) but there’s still a lot to be done if he’s to be finished in time. Here goes!
So, with all the attention Khorne’s been getting lately, it might seem that I’ve been stubbornly looking the other way and saving all my lovin’ for Nurgle. However that’s not quite true. My excitement about the new followers of the Blood God, some of which are simply excellent (others less so – I’m looking at you Anvil-Guy!) led me to crack on and get my Khornate Dark Apostle finished.
Here he is, ready to consecrate the skulls reaped in the War-God’s name. For those interested in finding out a little more about his origins as an unassuming lump of grey plastic the place you need to go is here.
Continuing the Khornate theme I’ve also started work on the flailing monster that is my contribution to #DreadTober (for the full story click here or head over to the main site for a feast of creative inspiration). So far he’s just had the first few coats and washes applied to the flesh areas although since I took these pictures I’ve started on the process of tidying up ready to fill in the metal. To my eye he looks distinctly rough and ready but I’m no fan of showing my own WIP shots to begin with!
As usual any feedback is greatly appreciated, especially on the Helbrute (and do speak now or forever hold your peace – we’ve only got until the end of the month to get this bad-boy wrapped up!)
Earlier in the week I showed off a couple of Plague Marines and promised that, if you were patient and stuck with me, there’d be a couple more on their way. Now here they are. See I keep my promises, not like those other filthy, lying blogs you’ve been seeing behind my back!
First up here’s the squad’s standard bearer. Absolutely love this head from the Putrid Blighkings kit so I had to find somewhere suitably imposing to show it off.
And here’s another plague marine with a bolter, rounding out the squad.
For now my plan is to get paint on this little lot and then think about adding to the squad further, although of course I’m easily distracted so who knows what’ll happen!
I was keen to show off some Work-In-Progress images of this guy as part of the ‘No Guts, No Glory’ series, particularly as those pieces have all been about finding out what I can do with the (amazing) Putrid Blightkings kit and this one has stretched my adventures with those particular models well beyond anything I’ve tried before. However in the end it wasn’t to be, beyond a quick snapshot here. However, unlike a lot of models where there’s a comprehensible – if only tacked together – shape fairly early on, this one stayed as a pile of disparate bits right up to the very end. It wasn’t until the last moment (and a few hair-raising eleventh-hour tweaks) that I got to see the finished piece myself and confirm that it was all actually going to work.
It’s with tremendous relief then that I get to see him finished (incarnated?). Obviously this could have been a trainwreck but I’m glad I persevered. Take a look:
He’s a fairly big lad, even leaving aside the fact that he’s in mid-air, which – in my opinion – is how a daemon prince should be (big not flying!). Here he is next to my Nurgly Dreadnaught Igorin Rotbringer.
And buzzing over the heads of the worshipful ranks of the Rotten Souls.
So what do you think? Is this another dread summoning for my daemonic legions or should I have left him to gestate in some toxic sump a little longer? Let me know in the box below.
I’m still forging ahead with my new traitor guard project but let’s take a quick break from them because they’re not the only thing on my painting table. I’m also working on a fairly big, and extremely complex, Daemon Prince of Nurgle but I’m hanging fire on showing it to you until it’s finished – mainly because until then it’ll be in twelve disparate bits and I’m not entirely sure how, or even if, it’s going to work out. In the meantime, in order to keep me fresh and stop me succumbing to ‘big model panic’, I’ve also been working on a few more plaguebearers to join the Rotten Souls.