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Cursed In Eternity – Part 3

Time for painting has been thin on the ground lately but over the last few days I have at least managed to squeeze in a bit of kitbashing and assembling models. Back when I reviewed the latest Chaos Space Marine releases I theorised that both the Master of Executions and the Dark Apostle would be greatly improved by a few judicious tweaks and adjustments. Time to put my money (or my foot) where my mouth was.

First off let’s take a look at the Master of Executions. For anyone who needs a reminder here’s the official studio model in all his gristly glory.

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My hypothesis was that this model would be a lot more inspiring, for me at least, if he was wearing an imposing Khornate helm, as opposed to either of the standard heads included in the kit. Did it work? Well I’m happy with it, although of course you’re welcome to draw your own conclusions…

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The only other major change I made was snipping away the helm of the Primaris marine impaled on the top of his backpack – it was making that part of the model rather busy and its impact was lost behind the Khornate crest. I’ll find a use for it somewhere else though – you can always use more spiked loyalists in a Chaos army!

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The Dark Apostle was a little more complex, whilst the Master of Executions just needed a little added visual interest this one had some elements I thought were genuinely bad, which – combined with a general overabundance of details – made for a model in dire need of improvement. Again, let’s remind ourselves of how the studio model looks.

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…And that was the last time he was allowed in the library…

Given my often-expressed dislike of sculpted flame that was the first thing that had to go, followed by a lot of careful scraping and cleaning to hide the resultant damage. Some slight greenstuff touch-ups will undoubtedly follow before he’s completely ready for paint. The flames on the backpack also went although I kept the hideous drool emerging from the book. I also swapped out the head for something more reminiscent of a Space Marine chaplain – of which the Dark Apostles are very much the dark reflection. I’ve always thought the reaver heads would work nicely on Chaos models but so far I’ve only been using them for loyalists so this should be a fine chance to do something a little more grim and twisted with this particular component when it comes time for painting.

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Again any thoughts or suggestions are more than welcome, I feel he still needs a little extra before he’s ready to paint.

Whilst I was about it I also took the chance to explore more of what can be done with the new Chaos Marine kit, including making the champion for my first new squad.

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In turn this led to knocking together a few new plague marines. My love of Nurgle has drifted a bit lately but I felt pulled back to the plague god’s side whilst I worked on these so who knows, sooner or later I’ll give the Grandfather’s Legion the love they deserve.

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There’s certainly a lot of fun to be had by mixing parts from the plague marines and chaos marines kits together, something I’ll definitely explore more as I go on.

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Rather pleased with the choice of head on this one – anyone want to hazard a guess as to where it’s from? It’s not too obscure but I’ve not seen anyone else use it yet and I’m smugly proud of the fact (indeed the same goes for the head on the Plague Champion above).

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Anyway, that’s all for now but the weekend is almost upon us – who knows, I might even find an hour or two for painting!

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Mouth for War

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.

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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!)


Big Mouth Strikes Again (Again)

Recently I uploaded pictures of my Nurgle Dark Apostle, Aghkam Poxspeaker. Straight away several people pointed out what should have been obvious, that’d I’d been rather hasty in calling him done when his hideous gaping mouth offered such a good opportunity to go wild with disgusting special effects. They were right of course so I took him back to the painting desk. Here’s a quick before and after showing the transformation.

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I’ll confess I was actually terrified of this. On the one hand I really want people to get involved with this blog, to chip in their ideas, to discuss and share our thoughts in a wonderfully creative, circle-of-life kind of way. Plus I love trying out new things and this was definitely a new thing to me. On the other hand I was (and am) rather proud of the model to begin with and didn’t really want to mess it up by trying out a new technique that I knew next to nothing about it. Still, the suggestion was just too good not to use. Let’s take a look at what I ended up with.
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The effect turned out to be fairly simple to create once I got my head round it. A couple of fine hairs (trimmed from a paint brush) were placed in the mouth and stuck down (carefully – steady hands and nerves of steel here) with a dab of PVA. Having spent so much time removing errant hairs and bits of dust from miniatures this was a change of pace, but I got there. Then I just applied a few coats of PVA, letting each one dry onto the hairs until I had something that looked like strings of disgusting drool. The final stage was a quick coat of Nurgle’s Rot to create a suitably diseased effect, and the job was done. Hideous! Thanks again all, I never would have tried it without you!
 


Big Mouth Strikes Again

You may recall that a few weeks ago I showed you Aghkam Poxspeaker, my Dark Apostle of Nurgle. I’ll admit that, as time passed, I started to feel a little bit dissatisfied but it wasn’t until KrautScientist put in his thoughts that I realised what was bothering me. That hideous mouth, which should be the disgusting centre point to the model, was a bit of a missed opportunity. Obviously I wasn’t going to let that stand so I separated him from the troops for a second round with the paintbrush.
As a reminder, here’s how he used to look.
PoxspeakerAnd here’s how he ended up looking. Hopefully you’ll agree it’s an improvement.
PoxspeakerWhat startled me, as I started to work on him, was how intricately sculpted the inside of his throat turned out to be – almost as if his creators intended this kind of effect. 😉
PoxspeakerPoxspeakerI also noticed that the back of his skull seems to have suffered a particularly unpleasant wound at some stage so I decided that if I was going to have him looking gory and disgusting I might as well go the whole hog!
Poxspeaker As usual if you’ve got any thoughts or suggestions put them in the box below (unless you think I should put his throat back to the way it was – you can keep that suggestion to yourself!)


Voices of Transgression

As promised in my last post, here’s my second Dark Apostle. He joins Aghkam Poxspeaker but serves as the more generalist voice of Chaos Undivided alongside his Nurgle worshipping brother.
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dark-apostle-convert-or-die-6Finally here’s a picture of him doing what he does best, preaching to the Converted. Oh yeah, I went there!
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I’ve been promising him for a while but the mighty wrath of Khorne has been distracting me from the servants of his more fecund and jolly brother. However here he is at last – Aghkam Poxspeaker, Dark Apostle of Nurgle.
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It’s all fairly infantile of course but I can’t help but imagine him belching out the word of Nurgle to a giggling congregation of Nurglings. Of course, one has to wonder how he would go about winning over disgruntled Imperial serfs to his cause like that, but then I’ve often thought being a Dark Apostle of Nurgle can’t be the easiest job to begin with. Chaos offers the strength to overthrow the Imperial yolk, Khorne supremacy in battle, Slaanesh every imaginable pleasure and Tzeentch great magical power, whilst the unfortunate salesman for Nurgle finds himself peddling the line ‘Well, we’ve got some cracking diseases…’ He’s hardly the one you’d pick really, unless of course you were already sick and dying, in which case the wheezing invocations of any daemon would probably be enough to sway you to his cause in exchange for renewed vigour. Then again Nurgle’s an optimistic fellow so perhaps Aghkam doesn’t mind that. He can keep going with his pompous, long-winded and flatulent sermons, safe in the knowledge that as the galaxy succumbs to decay all men will come to him eventually.


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!