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My Skin Of Deceit

Ages ago I asked you all for help with a project. ‘People of the internet’, I cried, ‘help me come up with ideas for Chaos Marines’. Most of you refrained. With retrospect I think I made the explanation far too complicated – all I really wanted was for you to pick a number between 1 and 1000. I would then look at the Personal Attributes table from Slaves to Darkness and either make whatever you’d selected or embarrass myself by failing in the effort.

As an aside, if you’re currently thinking “that’s a rad idea – my favourite number is 513!” then I’m sorry to say the project is on temporary hiatus. Due to the wonderful vagrancies of working contracts I’m currently living out of a suitcase in temporary lodgings and my copy of Slaves to Darkness is resting in storage. Once I’m settled somewhere again I’ll probably do more things like this so you’ll get another chance.
Anyway, most of you got shy and that’s fair enough.

Anyway, most of you got shy and that’s fair enough. Teselación wasn’t shy though. They took on the challenge I’d set, roared like a lion and typed 666 into the comment box. Obviously that was just so heavy metal I had to go for it. The mutation, when I looked it up, was ‘Multiple Heads’, with the designers adding a succinct description ‘The mutant grows one or more extra heads’. Presumably they felt there wasn’t much more they could add without becoming patronising.
Anyway, we kicked around some ideas including a Slaaneshi half male, half female androgynous creature (still have some options on the backburner that may or may not see that one realised in the future) and the old-fashioned ‘stick two heads on one body’ trick (tried this with a space marine – it looked awful).
It was at this point I stumbled on a few lines from the novel The Talon of Horus by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (so many good ideas in that book – let me yet again sincerely advise you to go and buy a copy at once).

“The empyrean’s alterations and flesh-changes are not accidental, indiscriminate mutations. The warp… reshapes them, siphoning the secrets of their souls and writing those truths upon their mortal flesh…This is the simplest truth of life in the Great Eye. Everyone sees your sins, your secrets and lusts, written plain across your flesh”.

Frankly I love the idea. What makes the story of the Horus Heresy and the fall of the Legions so compelling is the way that their own nature turns against them, the fact that their choices are – for the most part – reasonable, logical, even noble and high-minded (not you Night Lords), yet they are damned by them nonetheless. Thus it makes sense that the mutations visited upon them in the Eye of Terror do not come so much from a mad god handing out extra eyes, limbs and so on like trinkets, but from the inner, at times unacknowledged, nature of the individual themselves. The same nature which drew certain Legions to the service of individual gods now reshapes them to better suit that god’s nature. Thus Khorne doesn’t pause from being angry to say “You could really use a sword for an arm – and you’ve been doing good work for me so here you go. Nice one buddy”. Instead the same compulsion to kill that drew the marine to Khorne in the first place is manifested in their flesh. It makes the Gods much more formless, ineffable and Lovecraftian (which is my personal preference for them) and less like Olympian characters with a personal interest in their subjects.

Suddenly a character started to develop in my mind. Here we have someone who has proven to be two-faced, who tries to hide their thoughts behind a mask and, having double-crossed those who should have been his allies, now needs to keep a constant watch over his shoulder. The result was this guy:

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chaos-space-marine-convert-or-die-5Quite pleased with this shoulder pad by the way, it slightly freaks me out every time I look at it and even though in the end I went for an undivided chaos marine it serves as a nice reference to the original Slaaneshi ideas.
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Anyway, hope you like him, cheers to Teselación for the idea and, as usual, any comments/suggestions/ideas I can steal/etc are welcome in the comments box below.


Lord of the Woods

I love Chaos armies with a strong theme to them, built around a particular warband, legion or god. There’s just something amazing about someone picking out a detail of the 40k universe and pursuing it to such depth and with such dedication. That isn’t me though. I’ve got a butterfly mind, shackled to the attention span of a particularly lacklustre goldfish and a banker’s covetousness, rolled together to create a weird chimerical beast with brushes for hands and madness in its heart. Chaos Marines? Yes please! Daemons? Sure, why not! Daemon engines? Sign me up! Traitor guard? Sure thing (more on them soon)! Khorne? Nurgle? Tzeentch? Absolutely! Slaanesh? Why that’s what this post is about!
Thus, although I’ve got various Khornate and Nurgly projects to work on, here I am face to face with She-Who-Thirsts (but not working on my Noise Marines…). slaanesh-convert-or-die-7I’ve had this guy on my painting desk for a while now but he’s progressed really, really sloooowly. To make the model I had to start by decapitating a Beastmen Shaman, something that took a lot of willpower to go through with (picking up a nice new model you’ve just bought and hacking at it with a knife seems to be flirting with disaster in my book). Carving away the neck and the back of the skull from the new head wasn’t particularly pleasant either – it’s a nice component which I’d considered for various projects before settling on using it for Yegg-ha and I didn’t want to stall the project which I waited for a replacement. I’ll admit to being quite impatient – things like that have killed my enthusiasm for several projects in the past.I’ve had this guy on my painting desk for a while now but he’s progressed really, really sloooowly. To make the model I had to start by decapitating a Beastmen Shaman, something that took a lot of willpower to go through with (picking up a nice new model you’ve just bought and hacking at it with a knife seems to be flirting with disaster in my book). Carving away the neck and the back of the skull from the new head wasn’t particularly pleasant either – it’s a nice component which I’d considered for various projects before settling on using it for Yegg-ha and I didn’t want to stall the project which I waited for a replacement. I’ll admit to being quite impatient – things like that have killed my enthusiasm for several projects in the past.slaanesh-convert-or-die-10

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slaanesh-convert-or-die-8I imagine a huge chamber at heart of Kell’s flagship, the Blood Eagle, a hanger cleared out and transformed into a warped garden. At its heart stands a cathedral to Chaos within which the Sorcerers and Dark Apostles of the Beasts of Ruin summon daemons. The garden itself is left tainted, the children of all four gods roosting amid the contorted architecture and fighting petty wars over this strange space, a microcosm of the Great Game. Currently command of the Dark Prince’s forces goes to Yegg-ha, Herald of Slaanesh and self declared Lord of the Woods.

What do you mean that’s not enough for you? You’re greedy you are, greedy! Luckily Slaanesh loves you for your avarice so here’s three of Yegg-ha’s ladies to join the party (don’t say I’m not good to you!)
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slaanesh-convert-or-die-5And last of all a little group shot!
slaanesh-convert-or-die-4And there we have it. As you should know by now it’ll be something totally different next week!


Atrocities Absurdities

Alright Internet, let’s you and me get interactive. I’ve spoken before about my love of truly chaotic Chaos, well this is your chance to encourage and contribute to that madness.

Some of you, especially old crusties like myself, may remember the Personal Chaos Attributes tables from the book Slaves to Darkness*. If you, like me, love massive random attribute tables then this has to be one of the seminal greats. Selecting an attribute from the table requires the use of a D1000 (that is to say a theoretical thousand faceted die – the result found by rolling other dice in combination to achieve a cumulative or multiplied score).

*who am I kidding? That book’s only four years younger than I am – I got a second hand copy as a present from my girlfriend and I’ve treasured it. I still dig through its weird and wonderful pages finding new ideas and inspiration.

Anyway, I’ve decided to dispense with complicated mathematics and thousand sided dice and get you lot involved instead. Your job is to pick a number between 1 and 1000 and post it in the comments box below. Whatever you come up with I’ll have a look at the table and then try to model your suggestion into my army. Exactly what I do with your suggestion is up to me although of course you’re very welcome to chip in with your own ideas. If you have a copy of the book yourself (good on ya!) and want to pick something devilishly difficult then that’s fine too.

I’ll add that there’s a few options on the table I won’t be doing. Chaos Lord (231-240) and Chaos Spawn (241-250) are units that I’ll come to in my own time. A friend of mine suffers from fits so, although it’s an option on the table (411-415), it’s not something I want to model. Oh and we also have GM’s choice (426-440) which is a bit pointless as it just puts the ball back in my court, and that’s not the aim of this exercise at all.

Other than that the floor, ladies and gentlemen, is all yours.

To get the ball rolling here’s a couple of examples.

First of all I picked a number myself (613) which gave me Mankin. Here’s what Slaves to Darkness has to say about it:

“Most of the mutant’s facial features atrophy and disappear, until only the mouth is functional. Meanwhile, a miniature body sprouts from the mutant’s forehead or crown. This manikin torso is perfect in every detail, with its own arms, head and face.
This miniature torso and head do all the talking for the mutant, and the lower mouth is used only for eating”.

Based on this description here’s what I came up with.
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As you can see I deviated from the original description on several points; the manikin sprouting not from the marine’s head but from his backpack, and instead of a normal human shape it’s a shrunken, limbless horror, clinging parasitically to the back of its strong (but now presumably mindless) host. A Master-Blaster for the 41st Millenium if you will.
By way of creating a second example I asked Janice Duke (creator of the banner you see at the top of the page) to come up with a number. She picked 342 which gives us Enormous Noise. Again let’s look at what Slaves to Darkness has to say:

“The mutant periodically produces a deafening sound: a wild, magic laugh, a mighty (and disgusting) breaking of wind, a crazed scream or wail, or any other noise that you may care to devise”.

Obviously this is slightly more challenging, you can’t exactly model an enormous noise after all. Instead I started to think about what kind of Chaos Marine would produce an enormous noise. I could have gone for some Nurgly belching but we’ve already been there. Instead I thought a return to Slaanesh might be in order. You may remember I’d decided to replace this guy in my (still very much WIP) Noise Marine squad.
Noise ChampionHere we had a perfect opportunity to come up with something new, and noisy of course.
NoiseMarineNoise ChampNoise ChampNoiseChampHe’s not perfect yet but I’m pretty pleased with him, especially the huge mouth in his belly (pushing my greenstuff skills a little there). Of course I’ve already got some ideas for a few tweaks before he’s ready for paint but this should give you some idea of the direction I’m going in.
Anyway, there we have it – now it’s over to you. Pick a number between 1 and 1000 and let’s see where we end up! Oh and as usual any comments, criticisms or suggestions – especially about Mr Enormous Noise, are welcome in the box below.


Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day

After all the Nurgle in the last post I reckon it’s time for a little break from the bells and bowels (but don’t worry there’s more on the way – my pact with the God of Life and Death remains strong!). In the meantime though, here’s a model that’s been sitting on my painting desk for far too long waiting for me to get around to finishing him off. Noise Marine I’ve always wanted my Black Crusade to take in the supporters of all four gods, yet up to this point I’ve ended up with a primarily Nurgly/Khornate force (plus a large undivided contingent). Mostly this is because Nurgle and Khorne have some unbelievably amazing models whilst Slaanesh and Tzeentch are a little lacking. This isn’t to repeat the rants that many people have had already about this imbalance, rather I see the treatment of Khorne and Nurgle as a positive sign and hope that someday we’ll see their brother gods fleshed out in the same way. In the meantime though I’ve found myself making several abortive attempts to add some converted Noise Marines to my collection in the stead of the lacklustre official models. This chap, however, represents the first time I’ve actually been happy with the result. Noise MarineNoise Marine When making the rest of the squad I’m not sure if I’ll continue using the Dark Eldar torsos – although I’m pleased with the result it took a lot of fiddling around with greenstuff to cover the gaps that resulted from the slimness of his torso compared to the larger space marine parts. Again as I’ve got various other projects on my desk at the moment I won’t be doing anything with them for a while so I’ve got plenty of time to think about it. Noise MarineNoise Marine Having finished the Noise Marine I thought I’d take the opportunity to show off this chap as well (although how much he deserves to be ‘shown off’ is debatable). He’s an early conversion from a time when my untamed imagination rather overreached my meagre skill and the result, although containing (in my opinion) some gems, rather fell short. I’ve picked him up a few times over the years, tweaking him here and there to make improvements but I doubt he’ll ever form a part of the finished Noise Marine squad. Take a look: Noise Marine I’m still quite pleased with the blastmaster and the head (a fairly new addition replacing the frankly awful old one), but somehow it doesn’t quite work as a cohesive whole. Never mind, I’m fond of him all the same. Noise ChampionNoise ChampionNoise Championnull Anyway, as usual any comments on how I could improve things for the rest of the squad are more than welcome in the box below (but don’t give me abuse – as a new convert of Slaanesh I’ll only enjoy it!) More Nurgly guts soon!


Dogs of War

This is a model I worked on ages ago, another really early addition to the Beasts. I wanted some Chaos Bikers but think the current models are rather drab (also, an Ork looks so cool on a sci-fi motorbike that everyone else might as well stop trying). I liked the description in the codex of bikers scouting ahead of the rest of the chaos force, spreading terror and living off the land. With that in mind warhounds seemed like the perfect steeds (this was before there were miniatures for Thunder Wolves), well equipped for all-terrain travel and able to refuel ‘on the go’ by wolfing down corpses post-battle.

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For a long time this model languished on the shelf, until I got around to finishing off the squad. Rather than a whole band of Nurgle worshippers I wanted a biker for each of the gods, a nod to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

It’s taken a while but here they are at last (from top the bottom) the servants of Tzeentch, Khorne and Slaanesh.

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Back when I started this squad the old Chaos Codex didn’t require that you made one of the bikers into the squad champion. That changed with the new codex and the more I considered it the more I realised that this made a lot of sense for this squad. After all, without someone to keep them in line the disparate followers of the four gods would be as likely to turn on each other as pursue the enemy. Thus, just as it looked like I might complete the squad at last, it was back to work to create this man-turned-monster; the infamous Ghadamon Doombringer himself.
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