Thanks for the comments, everyone!
This thread somehow made it to Dakkadakka's front page, and I found myself compelled to make a little update to celebrate that fact, and to give a bit of an update on the various projects I'm working on
I must admit that I've been hobby-butterflying a lot again lately, which makes it a bit difficult to post worthwhile updates (a string of "I did a thing!" and "I completely forgot about the previous thing and did something else!" messages wouldn't be much fun to read, would it?
). I've also been rather occupied with my internship, which has been a fun, if rather exhausting experience thus far.
One of the things I've been working on is the group of Chaos Feudal worlders I built some time ago (funnily enough, these guys were also the last update of my original Chaos thread!). Here's a few pics of them:
Erasmus Kzar, Butcher of the Western Reach, Tyrant of the Southern Marshes
The Tyrant's Hand
Knight of the Order of the Bloody Gauntlets
Erasmus Kzar was once a mere Sergeant in an Expeditionary Fleet of World Eaters Legion, serving dutifully alongside his brethren in the Emperor's Great Crusade. Kzar quickly discovered that his greatest talent was not his martial prowess, but his oratory skills. With the power of his voice alone he could marshal the Astartes under his command effectively even when they were fully in the throes of the Nails. Later, during the Heresy, he grew dissatisfied with his rank and began to plot against his superiors.
Eventually, Kzar slew the Expeditionary Fleet commander in a duel, thereby taking control of the entire warhost. En-route to the rest of the Legion, the fleet was cast adrift, appearing unexpectedly in an isolated Loyalist system. Kzar unleashed bloody havoc upon the worlds in the system, conquering them in violent, brutal battles.
Through it all, his powerful voice guided his brethren into organized assaults, displaying an acumen for strategy previously thought anathema to the World Eaters' way of war. Dark whispers claim that he carefully avoided the implementation of the Nails, but the infamous atrocities he conducted proved otherwise.
By the time the system had been fully conquered, Kzar was a changed man. Rather than continuing the battle against the Loyalists elsewhere, he began to rebuild the ruined worlds into his own personal domain. He began to see himself as a true leader of men, greater than his peers - even greater than his Primarch. His vanity went so far that he had specialized armour crafted in the image of that worn by his father, and proclaimed himself as true heir to the World Eaters.
What eventually happened to Kzar after the Heresy is unknown to Imperial scholars, but dark whispers still speak of the atrocities committed by the golden-armoured tyrant in the farthest corner of the galaxy...
Under the Tyrant's reign the military forces of the old kingdoms were drastically reformed, turning once loyal and brave noblemen into a group of self-serving sadists, who terrorize the local populace for sport. The Knights of the Bloody Gauntlet are but one of the many orders within the ranks of the Tyrant's armies, each vying for more power and influence in the Tyrant's court.
One important change to note is the bastardized form of Power Armour these men are clad in. From where it comes or how it is made is unknown, but it has become the norm within the armies of the Agusta sector, suggesting the existence of a Forge world or Mechanicus outpost gone rogue.
This simple footsoldier serves (rather unwillingly) as the Tyrant's retainer, keeping his Lord's mighty daemonic sword safe until his liege requires it. One would think that to be a great honour, but the Tyrant's soldiers dread being chosen as the sword's bearer, as staying in close proximity of it for too long has rendered many of its guardians insane; some even changing into terrible monstrosities, of which even the bravest soul dares not speak...
You may have noticed that Erasmus Kzar is based on one of the Stormcast Eternals models. He's one of three Retributors I bought on a whim whilst buying bits years ago, and I've been looking to put them all to good use ever since. Recently, I got it in my head to turn the second Retributor into a Custodian, inspired by some of the conversions I've seen floating around the internet.
Without further ado, meet The Tenth Gate
, Custodian-Errant, former Tribune of the Legio Custodes:
This guy is built from the Retributor captain, some Assault Terminator bits, the haft and blade of a Grey Knights' halberd and some other bits. I've also scraped off some of the Stormcast Eternals imagery, replacing it with more appropriate decorations. The Guardian Spear was a bit of a PITA to put together; I had to carefully pin all the elements in place so they wouldn't snap off unexpectedly.
Overall, I'm really happy with the conversion, even though it looks pretty much nothing like the Custodes in the artwork
The only things I'm still not certain about are the aquila on his left shoulderpad and the scrolls coming from the Retributors' backpack. Should I fill in the letters on those scrolls with green stuff? And is the aquila of an appropriate size (please say yes, I cut that damn thing from a Space Marine's chest plate, which was difficult as sin)?
That's pretty much it for this update, hope you guys enjoy it!