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Any Spare Change – Part 2

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Do you think Princedom tempts me? The Changer has offered me that and more. It is not enough. Do you think that I would labour ten thousand years simply to claim that which was offered to my father as payment for his ignorance? No – my destiny will be so much greater. When the hour of my ascension comes it is Magnus and his brothers who shall kneel before me!

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Let there be a sacrifice! Long has humanity known the power invested in the spilling of blood. Force and influence can be bought this way, gifted from the Gods of the Warp. Even the crudest of Khorne’s dogs knows this. The greater the kill the greater the reward and so whilst they work their axe arms raw upon the weak I pursue a prize far grander.

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mazzakim-the-liar-convert-or-die-6We are bound together, Kell and I. That alone has remained true through every vision and prophecy. Be it cast in the bone runes of feral world shaman, drawn in the crystal tarot of the finest spire tops or spread in the steaming entrails of my slaves, that remains a stable nexus of fact in the shifting currents of the future. Without me he shall never live to see Terra. Without him I shall never reach the throne room in time.

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Surely this is the honour we all seek above every other now? In his hearts what warrior of the Nine Legions has not dreamed of this moment? Many believe it should be Abaddon’s kill, that he has earned it. Others think that one of the Primarchs shall take it, placing themselves forever above their brothers as Horus never could. Some even think it shall be Kharn, brain buzzing to self-destruction, racing up the steps against all exertion and agony to tear his grandsire from his throne at last.

Let it be me! Every warrior within the Eye has thought it once! Without that Abaddon could never have overcome the inertia of ten millennia spent licking our wounds and the Angel of the Abyss would be doomed to remain there.

The others would waste this kill on spite or personal glory. I shall use it to ascend. Let Abaddon take the throne of mortals when I am gone. The death of the Emperor will birth a god. Let that god be me!

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So here he is; Mazzakim the Liar, leader  of my Tzeentchian hosts. Overall I’m rather pleased with him, although I’ll need to turn those Sigmarite sigils on his wings into eyes at the painting stage. Once again though your thoughts and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Never Enough Dakka – Part 4

Right lads – shoot ’em up! The squad of Ork shoota boys is completed by the addition of this Boss Nob. Again, the head is from Spellcrow, the rest of the Ork is Games Workshop.

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Now we’re into the middle of winter, and with daylight in extremely short supply, it’s getting increasingly difficult to get any decent pictures of models. Hopefully though this gives you some idea of how he looks – although I acknowledge theat they’re not the best photos ever taken!

Anyway here he is with his boys (as usual click on it for a proper view).

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There’s a few rats I still want to finish off – then expect more Orks in the new year. Until then WAAAGH and all that!


All That’s Left Is Blood – Part 10

So whilst my ears have been filled with the braying of sonic weaponry over the past month the roaring of chain-axes has never been far from my thoughts. Now it’s time to add a couple more battle brothers to my latest squad of Khorne berserkers. And whilst the rest of the warband spill blood for the Skull Throne someone still has to carry the banner…convertordie-khorne-berserker-banner-1

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Team hug!

I think a quick explanation for the uninitiated is probably required here. My friend Iris is, as well as being an excellent human being, a cracking artist (and so although you’ll find a distinct dearth of Orks, Space Marines, Chaos worshipping mutants or any of my normal fare I strongly recommend you check out her work). Recently she’s being working on a series of pictures showing people hugging in various situations. For reasons I can only assume to be insanity induced by knowing me for so long she’s decided to draw my traitor guard enjoying a group hug. The mind boggles! Needless to say – I’m thrilled. Take a look at the original post here


Rotting Ways

Way back in the mists of time, one of the first squads I started to build for the Beasts of Ruin was my plague marines, led by Golothess the Befouled.
I still love old Golothess but I’m not too proud to admit that the rest of the squad are showing their age a bit (check them out here if you don’t believe me). Nurgle provides a great opportunity to learn with greenstuff, and ugly results can still look alright on ugly models, but still, none of these guys really wow me now. Over the years I’ve added a few new recruits here and there which, I think, improve the quality of the squad overall. Then this guy came along and shook everything up.
I know I should be all modest but I really like him. The problem is he’s a little bit bigger than his mates.
Now that’s not the end of the world, chaos ought to be chaotic as I’m forever saying. However having made him I found myself wanting to make some more. I decided to give him a home in a new squad (expect a few WIP pics soon), and call Golothess’ Acolytes finished, at least for now. Before they could step, shamble and crawl into graceful completion however there was one more model to finish off – this bearer of the icon of despair.

Rather pleased with him, especially the banner, and he’s given me lots of inspiration for the forthcoming second squad. As always any thoughts, feedback or, especially, inspirational ideas for squad number two, are welcome in the comments box.

Of course, it wouldn’t be right to wrap up the story of Golothess and his acolytes without a final group shot.

And here they are, leading the march of Nurgle’s beloved children in the quest to contaminate the universe. Let the galaxy rot!


Demon Stealer

This one is mostly about me griping!

The Grey Knights, we’re told, never fall to the temptations of Chaos. Not rarely, or once in a blue moon, but never ever, not a single one in the last ten thousand years. I take this from the previous edition of the Grey Knight codex by the way – I’ll admit I’ve never read the current edition. Anyway, as a Chaos worshipping heretic myself this pisses me right off. Obviously this is intended as Imperial propaganda, wrapped up in the legendary – even semi-mythical – nature of this secret chapter, but I still find it pretty aggravating. It may just be a fairly minor bit of the background but it comes across as smugly condescending both to us Chaos fans and followers of the Imperium in all its other factions, most of which can’t get out of bed in the morning without falling to the worship of the Ruinous Powers. Rather than letting it bother me however I decided to take the narrative bull by the horns. If the Grey Knights wanted to thumb their nose at me by smugly resisting the dark powers I would thumb my nose right back.

Allow me to introduce Grey Yekub; the Fallen Knight.

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At this point some of you may be thinking ‘But… but… you can’t have a Chaos Grey Knight..!’ Let me assure you that you most certainly can and that I had great fun creating him. And yes, I’m aware that I’m a huge fan of the ‘lore’ of 40k, and tend not to do things that radically contradict it. However in this case I felt compelled to simply because this particular piece of lore is so restrictive, so utterly anathema to interesting story-writing, to model making and to the creation of compelling game scenarios. In short it makes the galaxy of the far future less exciting to be in, not more, and as such I feel obligated to struggle against it.

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For a while I considered giving him the standard issue ‘evil guy red eyes’ (because as you know all evil characters in miniatures games either work in very windy conditions or are massive hung-over all the time). Anyway, in the end I decided against it because I thought the ‘dead eyed killer’ look was more appropriate to this ruthless traitor.

Here’s a close up of his shoulder. This bit was definitely saved for a ‘steady hands day’ – and even then the writing is a little wonky.

Anyway, as well as the Knight himself I wanted to create some of the esoteric wargear they have access to. Clearly my imagination took a very literal turn when I read the words “Empyrean Brain Mines” as it wasn’t until I found the description in the codex that I discovered these mines affect the brain – rather than being made of brains. By then it was much too late and I’d started to make him some.

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Regular readers will know that with any new addition to the Beasts of Ruin I like to create a little bit of accompanying background, not a story exactly but a little sketch describing who they are, what motivates them, where they came from, etc. With this model however that’s almost impossible. With the arrogant claim that no Grey Knight has ever fallen to Chaos one is faced with something too insurmountable to easily explain. What events could I describe leading to this man’s corruption without seeming utterly overblown and preposterous? What could he have seen or experienced that his brothers have not, or have resisted for ten millennia? It would seem as tacky or improbable as writing in the missing Primarchs whilst I’m about it.

Anyway, for those who don’t mind a brief fan-fiction moment, this is what I came up with in the end:

Who knows what horrors or hidden desires caused the Knight who would become known as Grey Yekub to turn his back on the Emperor where for ten thousand years his brothers had remained stalwart? Perhaps Kell alone has discovered the secret but if he has he holds it close, for knowledge is power and power over one such as Yekub is a commodity to be jealously guarded. With merely a word, or the touch of his hand upon the hilt of his sword – a weapon, like its bearer, both blessed and damned in its time – the knight can quell even the most powerful and fractious of daemons. Thus the legions of the gods remains subservient to Kell, though he courts the power of all four yet bows to none with an arrogance to rival Abaddon alone. Often the daemons hunger to see him torn down for his hubris yet whilst Yekub stalks in his master’s shadow they dare not.

In this way the fallen knight serves also as a more subtle weapon, controlling the squabbling mortal servants of each god amongst Kell’s own ranks. Many powerful warlords would like to take his place in command of the Beasts and claim Princehood as reward for binding their warriors to one god alone but whilst Yekub lives they know such rebellion would be short-lived, whilst their punishment within a Hellbrute sarcophagus would last forever. 

Thus they scheme instead to see Kell’s bodyguard destroyed first. Those who attempt it however soon learn that in treachery he has lost none of the fabled might of the Grey Knights and remains an adversary that all who worship the ruinous powers are right to fear.

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Oh… one final point, Grey Knights. Primarchs fell to Chaos. Who the hell do you guys think you are?


Warrior Herd

A while ago I showed a few beastmen I’d converted to bolster the ranks of my Khorne worshipping horde. Some of you may have assumed that I’d forgotten about my beastmen but I can assure you I had not. Perhaps I didn’t throw captives into the feeding pens quite as often as I should have, but they were always on my mind.

Let’s take a look at the latest additions.

When I first built this next model I armed him with a gun, planning to bring a little firepower to the squad (although I’m not convinced that marksmanship comes naturally to a beastman). To be honest though he looked a little awkward – even more so in fact than a goat with a gun normally does. Here’s an early WIP shot to show you what I mean.

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Realising I wasn’t happy with the look of the model I removed the gun, intending to replace it with something else. However as soon as I saw him without it I realised how much he looked like a martial artist or boxer of some kind. As an aside – and I may be quite wrong here – but wasn’t there a computer game at one time that featured beastmen or satyrs that were marital artists? Anyone else remember it?

This also drew my attention to the fact that martial arts in general just isn’t represented in 40k (or in wherever the hell Warhammer is set now). Admittedly storming out into a world of daemons, eight-foot tall power-armoured psychopaths and titanic god-machines armed only with your fists represents a distinct lack of practicality (although fair play to you if you give it a shot) but practicality has never been big news in the 41st Millennium anyway. I’m also open to admitting that if one wished to bring more martial arts into 40k then beastmen probably wouldn’t be the best place to start  – although anyone who’s seen an ibex climbing a near-sheer wall will agree their pretty nifty on their hooves. Anyway, this is me digressing.

I also went back to this model which I built almost a year ago now.
Truth be told I’ve never been all that happy with the gun he carried (why didn’t any of you tell me it was awful!) so I’ve removed it as well, which I feel has improved the model considerably. Take a look:
And here’s the whole pack so far.
Sadly beastmen are no longer to be found in the Lost and the Damned forcelist (presumably the idea is that any beastmen squads that fans have converted can be fielded as mutant rabbles) but I think this is a great shame and have stuck resolutely to the old ways (so stubborn am I that a job as a dwarf may be mine for the asking). It seems a small thing but I’d have loved to see beastmen not only incorporated into the new list but actually expanded upon in the same style as the Ogren Brutes. The old rules allowed for Khorne worshipping Bloodgors, but what about bringing back Pestigors, Tzaangors and whatever the ones who worshipped Slaanesh were called). Of course in this age of Harlequins and Skitarii anything is theoretically possible but sadly the revival of beastmen in 40k remains in particular doubt.
Anyway, as well as getting those two painted up I also kitbashed a couple more.

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I also made this packmaster to lead them to slaughter.

As you can seen he’s just torn the head from a loyalist space marine in a display of brute strength that will presumably send his herd mates into a frenzy of blood-thirsty braying. The question I have for you is; which Chapter did that space marine belong to? Give me your suggestions (and the reasons why) – whichever I judge to be the best answer is the one I’ll use. Other good answers will undoubtedly get used on other models throughout the collection – every chaos marine worth his salt knows a loyalist head looks good amongst his trophies or on his base.