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Subject: Warp Wanderers : Chaos warbands in the Eye of Terror
Hello Dakka, After an 8 year hobby break, I could no longer ignore the call of the dark gods and am glad to be back in modeling business. Since I have been lurking a lot around here, I thought I might as well start a blog and see where that takes us. I am more or less continuing the last project I had before pausing. It started because of a text in the CSM Codex 3rd edition that described the entourage of Abbadon, including two unknown folks that had just traveled to the center of the eye of terror and brought back an artifact known as the Heart of Chaos. That started my interest towards the pariah of the chaos space marines, no longer part of the main legions/armies but working as small warbands, exploring the ever changing innards of the Eye of Terror, fighting each other or selling their fighting force to the highest/meanest bidder. Since then I have had the opportunity to look inside some of the Black Crusade RPG books, which give a lot of interesting material to work from.
Anyway, here is what I finished so far, 5 renegade bastards, from the 4 different warbands I though of so far. And since I seem to be unable to paint a miniature without making up stories in the mean time, some fluff to go with them, skip it if it bores you.
EDIT 2016/10/28 : added group shots of each warband and spoilered detailed descriptions of individuals
Sacrifice to Sin These are very devout fellows that worship both Slaanesh and Tzeentch. Reason for this bi-headed cult took place a few thousand years ago, when two demon worlds collided and gave birth to the well of soul disunion. The northern hemisphere of that world is pierced in seemingly endless pits that supposedly run trough the whole planet. Offerings to the gods by the Sacrifice to Sin cult consists in throwing war prisoners in these pits. Given circumstances, cultists will also throw themselves in them. They will then be processed through the demonic layers of the well, for hundreds or thousand of years. Some of the sacrifices will then sometimes be rejected in the swamps of the southern hemisphere, slowly being born again from the muds. Most of them are mindless chaos spawn, just good enough to be hunted for sport by the cultists. On much rarer occasions, some sacrificed the mutations and scars in their mind and souls. Rendered insane by their voyage across the demon, they are now recruits of interest for the cult, home to the mad and broken.
Notorious Members Sister Morgue is one such former sacrificed. Thrown a millennium ago with some of her sisters for the Adeptus Sororitas, she came back cursed with the memory of her previous existence, and will try to slay any member faith unfortunate enough to witness her existence.
Next up for this faction is a former Night Lord, WIP pics sould be coming soon.
Mill of sickness grains The Mill of Sickness grains used to be an Adeptus Titanicus transport , used by the renegade forces during the final assault on Terra. If it did deliver its machine, none of them survived the siege. The transport ended up being requisitioned by a Death Guard detachment during the fall back to the eye of terror. But the decay that comes with transporting that many Nurgle worshipers did not sit well with the Adeptus crew, and before reaching their destination, both sides had ended up slaughtering each other. When finally entering the eye of terror, the warp drives gave up and the Mill ended up drifting without goals. Aboard only remainded a handfull of Death Guard Marines, but Papa Nurgle had noticed their struggle, and blessed the ship. Its emtpy titan bays becam gigantic cathedrals to decadence and sickness. The ship now also resurrects its former crew where they live a short life, ended by sickness or by the claws or the minions of Nurgle only to be born again the next day.
Notorious Members Brother Toad the slimy is one of the Death Guard veterans that now rot in the Mill
Paint wise, I am well aware that it lacks contrast. But it kind of suits me, the guy is basically a massive pack of rotting slime.
The Silent Reap The Silent Reap is a sect of unconventional Khorne worshipers who believe their anger and blood thirst should be only focused in martial skill, and only manifested through the sound of a blade entering flesh. They therefore adopt strategies that any other Khornate warrior would deem dishonorable, and even cowardly. Such strategies usually involve stealth to slaughter the ennemy before he notices his time has come. If any death is an offering to khorne, so is the whole perfection in execution. The skulls of the fallen are gathered and brought back to the Silent Reap's temple in the eye of terror, but the the bodies are often arranged in dreadfull scupltures, to let the spared foes that death comes anywhere.
Notorious Members HateMask, one of these godly khorne worshippers
I painted that one 8 years ago actually, as the only miniature of this project I painted back then
The Vivisector Cult is a group of wretched beings drawn to the dark gods in their quest for forbidden knowledge. Psykers, Magos or adepts of any kind can end up relinquishing their soul in exchange for heretic lore... There is no real hierarchy in this faction, its members associate and betray each other depending on their findings or needs. Their network regularly reaches to the fringe of the loyalist adepts, drawn by greed and lust for power.
Notorious Members Collector Huygens used to be an Iron Warrior, and if he still maintains links to his battle brothers, he now takes advantage of the Vivisectors's informers to locate battle fields and salvage what remains once the guns stopped singing. Obviously you sometimes need to make sure the guns start singing...
Magos Purgatory, one of the heads of the Vivisectors. much of a behind the scenes actor, he coordinates the lower level actors of the cult and oversees the manufacturing of warmachines and equipment for the cult. Some say that although hated and despised on Mars, he still has ties inside the darkest branches of the loyalist Adeptus Mechanicus.
I realise I could have done more regarding conversion/chaotification on those two, but I think the paintjob did the trick. With the latest GW release, lots of minis could be next for this faction. Getting my hands on Nephahrya from TGG2 could be pretty nice too...
Okay, that's all for now Dakka, let me know what you think, I'll be posting some WIP soon.
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Brilliant painting excellent stuff. Have you checed out some of the Inquisimunda stuff on here?
"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
2017 Model Count-71
Subject: Re:Warp Wanderers : Chaos warbands in the Eye of Terror
Yes, in the last weeks I have been following some very inspiring projects such as KrautScientist's, Ex Profundis or Lamby's to cite but a few.
And then there is that guy who suddenly drops by, posts some masterpieces, then goes AWOL.
I was not familiar with your work on the Conclave of Hrin, but what I saw by quickly scrolling through looks great and rich in background, I'll make sure to read it properly later on.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Now regarding WIP, I wanted to use this guy
Yeah I know, it is in a dreadful state, but it is one of 5 the very first miniatures I bought as a kid last century, back when I was completely clueless regarding painting or modeling. Not only was it assembled with gel style super-glue, but the poor bastard had a few layers of paint. He started as a Night Lord, then somehow turned into a fallen dark angel. Then for some reason my cousin primed it black again, then painted him as an Iron warrior. On top of that, I might have been a bit trigger happy while stripping it, and might have attacked some of the details... But that won't stop us now will it ?
Here is what he looks like right now,
Gave the poor bastard some repositioned legs, and greenstuffed the hell out him. I also gave him a chainsaw getting out of his chest and into his beak so he can give a bloody hug of death to people. The Tabar is part of a keyholder, obvioulsy needs more work on the belt, and smoothing of the different GS parts.
Don't know yet what he will get for a right arm, but might be just an empty hand. He is carrying a two handed weapon after all.
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Okay, so the last addition to Sacrifice to Sin is done. A former night lord who ended up as unwilling payment to the Cult. Now reborn as Vampire, a truer than ever disciple of Slaanesh and Tzeentch, endlessly roaming the eye of terror in search for sacrifices.
Automatically Appended Next Post: And regarding WIP, I will keep working on the Sacrifice to Sin warband with two cultists from DV, scum just good enough to attract bullets and that needs to proove worthy of being sacrificed when returning to the demon world. They are now PIP.
One is unconverted, but the second is, as I wanted all lower class cultists of that warband to wear scarves
And last project to date, that bloke, for the Mill of SIckness Grains The idea is that his brain started expanding as a result of one too many blessing. But his brothers would not give up on him, and by some good old papa nurgle medicine, fitted him with an extended helmet and tore some ribs from his back to support it.
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Been a while since last update, nothing finished yet as I can't seem to focus on one miniature at a time.
Still, got to slap some basic paint on the brain nurgle guy
On the side of Sacrifice to Sin, converted an old daemonette who had been hanging headless in my bitbox for a few years. Also replaced the missing arm with a gun, since demons with guns are cool.
Regarding the Vivisector Cult, assembled a lower class follower whose sole purpose is to carry a saw around, to saw stuff.
And an heretic Magos Geoprospector
Still missing an arm, a cowl, lots of wiring, sensors, and a big badass drill. Sterted modelling the claw on his right arm though
And finally, since focusing on four warbands in parallel seemed too easy, started a fifth one with that bloke and his oversized spaulders.
Yup, the idea was shamelessly stolen from Krautscientist's brilliant Doomwall terminator. That band will be a knightly warband all equipped with terminator armors, been wanting to deface that Captain Stern bastard for a while now, but one thing at a time...
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Thank you Warboss_Waaazag, I am still unsure if I will be able to sculpt his left arm since the original cultist's will not fit. Worst case scenario I can always cop out and do the usual mechanicus tentacle...
In the Warp, getting trolled by Tactical_Spam, AKA TZEENTCH INCARNATE
Amazing stuff you've got here! Love the fluff parts mixed in between, really gives the models a nice bit of context
Any chance we'll get some Green Stuff tutorials from you? I'm working on a little Chaos warband myself, and those mutations you make are inspiring me to make some more offerings to the Dark Gods
Thank you Ezra Tyrius. Just had a quick look at you Chaos Warband Blog and it seems you too cannot help but making up fluff for your guys while kitbashing/painting. I will read it properly later on, but the first post picked up my interest.
Regarding Green Stuff I had never touched it before the end of my hobby break and the beginning of this blog, so there are definitely a lot of better scuplters out there. Nonetheless, next time I end up doing something interesting I try to think of posting a step by step here. And of course if you want more information regarding something you see here, please ask, I'll do my best to answer.
Regarding Tools I have been helped a lot by this tool . There are some other ones out there, but I am happy with this one. It comes with three size of lines, and the handles can also be placed at 45° of the lines in order to produce a more organic feel (Did not try that feature yet though).
I also built this roll maker
I wanted to have something with less regular lines, in order to produce a more imperfect/organic feel for some of the pipes on Brother Cauldron's head. It was made pretty simply by rolling sewing thread around a piece of cardboard, and covering it with diluted PVA. Definitely not a replacement of the one above, but can sometimes be useful.
And finally there is this
It is a piece of bike light reflector I found in the street, and I think the pattern is quite interesting.
I used it on the shoulder of Brother Cauldron, but did not paint is in a way that enhances the geometric aspect of it, would not have been Nurgly I think. I think I will try this again on a Tzeentch or Slaanesh guy, and this time highlight the edges madly.
I will also keep my eyes open for more plastic bits with weird patterns ^^.
Yup, Keep an eye open, there are tools everywhere. And let me know if you find anything interesting ^^ !
Also, be very generous regarding the amount of water you use to prevent the stuff from sticking, I wasn't, and the greenstuff you see on the bike tool above stayed stuck :(
Allright, between work missions abroad and music festivals, does not feel like there is enough time to defile a whole ravenwing bike. So had to settle for continuing to defile that one. Might still change a bit, but for now I am pretty happy with that bloke, will soon switch to paint mode... No guns on that bloke, leave that to the lower servants, this leaves a lot more room for sensors and engineering/peopleslaying tools
I also just unpacked a random supply drop from ebay, with a lot of interesting bits inside. Among them, there is that guy Nope, not a plane, but a space crusade dreadnought from the nineties. Well half of it anyway. Not sure about stripping the paint though, I kind of fear how it would react after being on the model for so long. Fear not little dread ! You shall be reborn in chaos ( And hopefully coolness) !
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In the Warp, getting trolled by Tactical_Spam, AKA TZEENTCH INCARNATE
Wow, that's an awesome conversion! Great work on the sculpting too, getting all those wires in the right spot must've been a pain I'm guessing he's part of the Vivisector Cult?
Also, an ancient dreadnought! I wonder what you're going to do with that... I wouldn't worry too much about stripping the paint, I don't think the age of the paintjob matters that much, as I don't think the paint can merge with the metal (unless you would happen to reside in the Warp, in which case you are a heretic)
Thanks man ! Yes, he will be in the Vivisector Cult, responsible for recon and exploration. Haven't thought of a name nor of more background yet, It should arrive while painting.
And regarding the dread I was concerned because he is plastic, not metal and that I had never stripped plastic, otherwise he would have been bathing in acetone right away (Well I did put some in acetone a long time ago, but let us leave it at that ^^ ...).
But while on a supermarket supply run, I ran into some paint stripper for wood and plastic, and darn, that is the good stuff !
Still some cleaning up to do I admit, but still, that will be nicer to paint.
Alright, now if I want to start working on that dread I need to make some room on my desk. So I finished this two guys :
Operator DIV7 is a lower class servant of the vivisector cult, recruited to work in slavery in one of the cult's warp laboratory. But through hard work and skill, he managed to rise in the cult and become responsible for the operation of a rolling scythe. This tool's primary purpose is that of a saw and a breaching tool, to carve passages through the metal walls of ships or hives. Operator DIV7 was also able to use it as a weapon on some occasions, using variations in the speed/rotation of the wheel to throw from the floor to the opponents body. Another last resort use, is to release the wheel and let it run its bloody path through the ennemy ranks.
Nunwhore Sasshtra, the living Totem of the Scarves is a demon regularly summoned by the scarves, a lower class cult that serves the Sacrifice To Sin. Not much is known about this demon, despite a probable genealogy to the Slaanesh Daemonettes. When repressing an insurrection created by the scarves during the purge of hive Bertha, Inquisitor Malemort observed an unique behaviour on one of its follower, wounded by Sasshtra. What first appeared to be a simple fleshwound to the arm rapidly degenerated until the limb hardened and fell of. Over a few days, the arm had transformed itself in a claw similar the one Sasshtra uses in battle. The artifact is still kept by Inquisitor Malemort for study.
Okay, finally finished my Magos Explorator here is what he looks like so far :
Magos Cassian is the head of one the the Vivisector cult's exploration party, that regularly gather artifacts and knowledge in and out of the Eye of Terror. While in the field, he transplants himself onto a non STC one wheeled chassis. That highly heretical constructs provides him with all the tools and sensors needed when out of his study. He also usually carries along the Kerepinia demon claw, a weapon doubling as a heavy manipulation tool if needed...
Thanks mate, means a lot. And excellent timing as well, I was on my way to an update ^^.
So, remember that fella ?
Well, time to start a new faction.
The Knight of the Asylum are a very unconventional and disturbing chaos warband, and probably one of the most elitist one. Their obsession can be imagined by taking a look at their beliefs. Although do they acknowledge the ruinous pantheon, they focus they worship on a lesser god, Kor Robespier, lord of the mads. The most colorful manifestation of their adoration is the very precise abductions they perform throughout the galaxy. Without discernible pattern, they will travel through entire solar systems to track a particular individual and bring it back to their homeship in the Eye of Terror : The Asylum. These individuals may be generals or soldiers, kings or beggars, humans or xeno, heretic or devout sororita. Only the knights seem to know why such a person deserves to be jailed in the asylum, and what madness of his deserves worship.
The knights only field space marines in tactical dreadnought armour, as to deep strike on the objective, close in and disappear as fast as they arrived. All of them are veterans of the long war, called from their legions to fulfill a higher goal. Their original identity is erased on the Asylum, they instead pick the titles of the abductees they bring bag to the eye of terrors. The most ancient knights have hundred of titles, that only the mad can understand.
Admiral is one of the Knights of the Asylum the most proficient with ship to ship hit and runs. As such, he took charge of the abductions of many officers and personnels in both the renegade and imperial fleets. As a reward, he was offered the krsukand demon gun, that shoots the severed boiling tongues of the damned.
That moment when you notice a painting mistake once you finished uploading . Will have to work on that knee...
Now what is next, you ask. Well, this silly knee is next, but that should be quick
No, the next big guy is the space crusade dreadnought. Since it misses its legs, I experimented with plasticard, and I think that could work. The design I chose comes in three sections for each leg :
That assemble as such, big dog style :
The base is still drying, and I will probably build the feet directly on it so I cannot show more for now. I also plan on giving the dreadnought arms, and a sword, but I'll need to look how the legs fit first...
Beside that, as I cannot decently focus on only one project, I started some stuff, for example that floating Nurgle librarian, that has not not passed brainstorming yet, so I am not even sure it will make it farther. First reason for that is the Head, sculpted out of leftover greenstuff, It would clearly not fit something else than a mutated Nurgle son of a bile. It will get a lot more wire and stuff, but I need to see it painted to decide I think...
And second reason this guy might be a bad idea is that cape. Yup, that's a pink grapefruit veiny white skin. Yup it has been sitting in my bitbox for a while, thought of using it as a banner. Now the next step is to drench that skin in PVA and see how it reacts...
More ideas along those of course, but nothing showable yet. The more I look at the Skullreaper sprues, the more I think I need some. A pretty expensive kit indeed, but their medieval terminator looks could be a very nice base for a conversion...
Quick update, I assembled the legs in what should be their final position and started to work on the feet.
Here is a crappy picture of me holding the dreadnought body where I think of placing it. That is going to be one tall bastard...
Still need to work on the feet and on the leg fixations to the body, but that will probably wait until next week when back from holiday.
It now has hands ! And a placeholder sword as well...
And I realised the vivisector cult did not have any scalpel, so that will be corrected with that scalpel hand, poorly photographed below.
Some more face wiring on the nurgle cherub, plus some tools. he is now ready for paint, since many parts will be unreachable once the coil is in place
Brother Symbiosys is ready for paint too
Even if he might get some more tentacles, have yet to decide.
And a new conversion of a DV chosen, nominated for the 2015 trophy of people carrying their weapon in a unusual manner. Darn, maybe I'll finish one sprue of that DV box before getting the AOS after all...
All right, So I just received that MSG sword (credits go to bossfearless for pointing me in that direction ^^). Really nice kit so far, and they bothered to document a lot of different setup you can assemble. You can even buy two of these, and assemble an even bigger weapon. But that is kind of the problem here, I went from one of the biggest around and ended up with a sword for a Titan (Only partially assembled). On anorther hand, one of the design seems to fit. Just had to reposition the right arm, but it fits nicely imo.
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