Oh boy, it's more than a little embarrassing how much I have neglected this thread -- but I have such sights to show you, as I have been working on quite a few chaotic things of late. Hm, where to start?
Tell you what, let's begin with a nice bread-and-butter post: My first port of call when experimenting with the new CSM
kits was to figure out a) which unpainted conversions from my collection could still make the transition to the "new" generation and b) whether the new kits could be used to come up with some new World Eaters.
Regarding question b), here's the first test model of a new generation of World Eaters (don't expect me to come up with an entire updated army, though: A Kill Team and maybe a couple of characters is a far likelier outcome):
Anyway, here's my test model conversion right before painting:
As you can see, a couple of Khornate bitz were used to make the model look less like a vanilla CSM
. The majority of the bitz still came from the new kit, though.
And here's the finished model, painted in my shiny tweaked WE
recipe that I also used on the FW
Dreadnought I posted before:
Here's a comparison picture showing both the height difference as well as the evolution of my personal World Eaters recipe:
On the left is one of the first Khorne Berzerkers I painted back in 1998 or so, back when the plastic kit was released. These guys still saw use in my modern army, mostly because I was too lazy to replace them. Next in line is the first World Eater I painted when getting back into the hobby after a longer hiatus, in 2010, but using a slightly tweaked recipe. The third guy was an experiment on replacing the – by then OOP
– Blood Red with Mephiston Red, but back then I wasn’t quite happy with the effect. And there’s my new little guy — maybe this time I have finally managed to nail the recipe? What do you guys think?
Here's a picture with the test model next to that aforementioned WE
As for the question as to which of my unpainted conversions I will still be able to use, the good news is that I found some guys that should still work rather well in this upscaled world. Call this my short list for a possible upcoming Kill Team (codename for now: "The Hateful Eight"):
Half of them are repurposed older models, but I think they are still cool enough to warrant a modern paintjob:
And these are the "new" guys, based heavily on the new CSM
kits or simply newly built:
So yeah, that's it for today. As always, let me know what you think!