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Pure Hatred Revisited

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.ConvertOrDie Khorne Terminator (1)

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As usual if you have thoughts I want to know about it. Speak your mind in the comment’s box below.

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Pure Hatred – Part 2

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.

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Berserker Terminator KhornevertOrDie (1).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. ConvertOrDie Khorne Terminator Group Shot


Realm of Plagues – Part 5

And after a slight hiatus a forth pestilent Terminator lumbers forth from Nurgle’s garden!

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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.

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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…)

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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.

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The Empire Strikes Again

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.

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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.Empire Wizard ConvertOrDie (1)Empire Wizard ConvertOrDie (3)They may not look like much but they still outnumber my Warriors of Chaos army two to one!


In The Service of the Gods – Part 6

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.

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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.

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In The Service Of The Gods – Part 3

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. aspiring_championObviously, 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.Chaos Marine from Adrian SmithI’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.


Into Damnation Eternal

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.

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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.
chaos-lord-convert-or-die-2I 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!chaos-lord-convert-or-die-3

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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!