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Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut







Hi everyone. I've been a 40k fan since 1987 and have normally stuck with modelling Space Marines ( I have also dabbled with Catachans and the Deathwatch as well). The closest I've been to Chaos models were the Chaos Space Marines and cultists from the Dark Vengeance box set. I have always used them as dead heretics on bases .....



and I also made a large diorama.....



But normally, any chaos models I have made are dead!

I read all of the Commissar Gaunt and Cain books over the lock downs and with the release of the Traitor Guardsmen models from the Blackstone Fortress expansion, my creative juices started flowing - it got me interested in starting a Chaos Traitor Guard and Cultist army.

There have been rumours recently about Squats returning to the 40k universe and having bought a few of the plastic Space Dwarves when they were released in the early 1990's, I managed to locate them recently and realised how small they were compared to current models.

As I was planning on making as many Chaos Traitor Guardsmen as I could from as many of the well known Imperial Guard regiments, I thought I would try and make some Chaos Squats.



I give you my first Chaos Squat. Apologies for the dust on the photo's, I was so excited to show these models that I hadn't quite finished them.

The body is made from a Kharadron Overlord with all of it's stomach and neck armour removed. I then used milliput to model the flak jacket and when it was nearly dry, I used a sharp, wet scalpel to cut the distinctive diamond design. Thin strips of plasticard were used to make his harness webbing. I used more milliput to make the knee guards and made a mould to use for future Squats. I thought Catachan arms would look great on Squats, so I chose the Bolter from the Catachan Command Squad (with a chain blade from a Horus Heresy kit I had in my bits box) and the left arm from a Catachan squaddie, alongside the knife. I made a mould from an original plastic Squat helmet. Once the milliput was set, I then added the pulled down visor for a cool effect. I added some spare bolter magazines from Horus Heresy kits I had alongside some grenades and pack from some scouts. I used a mould of the Chaos star from one of the cultist models and added it to the belt. Shoulder pads were made from moulds of Valkyrie gunners and then had plastic spikes added from Chaos Marauder flails. I also added spikes to the top of his boots as well.



I added a plastic Catachan knife sheath to his left side ...



and a moulded las pistol to the right. You can also see I added a Horus Heresy sword/knife diagonally down his back.



For comparison purposes, the Squat is shown next to a Chaos Traitor Guard I've also made using a FW renegade torso, Cadian legs and shoulder pads, Catachan arms and boots moulded from the Blackstone Fortress Traitor Guard.





I've loved making these models and have already made a start on many more. I promise to update as often as I can, but please ask if you have any questions.

Till next time



   
Made in us
Terminator with Assault Cannon




San Jose, CA

Nice Squat!

I've been working on my Traitor guard and totally get what you're doing.
   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






Racerguy180 wrote:
Nice Squat!

I've been working on my Traitor guard and totally get what you're doing.


Thanks Racerguy180

Quick update on 2 other Squats I have finished:



Again, apologies for the amount of dust. All models will be cleaned before painting starts. I used the same process as my first Squat, but added a diagonal belt across his chest (the originals all seemed to have different belts/harnesses) and added some hooks to his right shoulder pad from some Dark Eldar bits. I added a small Chaos icon to his belt as well and removed the Imperial Guard icon from the lasgun.



This shows his left side..........



and his rear right side. You can see the diagonal pouches I added to his back and also the water bottle has had the Imperial Guard icon removed.



This shows the third Squat. Again, I created a different diagonal belt on this one and added some pouches - if you look at any Squat model, they love their pouches!! I added spikes from the Chaos Marauder flail on both shoulder pads and I now think this Squat could play Bloodbowl!!



This shows the left side. I have since cleaned the milliput around the base of the spikes on the shoulder pads.



And this shows his right side.



And finally a group shot. I am in the process of making another 3 Squats and will take some moulds of their bodies to help make more in the future.



Finally, a sneak peak on another old school Imperial Guard I'm currently making. I'll show some more updates soon

Regards, Phil

   
Made in pl
Tunneling Trygon





I really like the dead bases/diorama.
   
Made in gb
Lord of the Fleet






London

Damn, that's really creative with the Squats, love it

   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






Shadow Walker wrote:I really like the dead bases/diorama.


Valkyrie wrote:Damn, that's really creative with the Squats, love it


Thanks Shadow Walker and Valkyrie

Update time:

I'm still finishing off my take on the old OOP plastic Imperial Guardsman and I'll post some pics soon.



This is my take on a Traitor Valhallan. I used a Catachan torso and Cadian arms with an Anvil Industries legs as the starting point. The head and blanket was taken from a mould of an original metal Valhallan I bought on ebay. I added milliput to lengthen the skirt to greatcoat length and added cuffs to the sleeves. I added some rivets to make the buttons for the greatcoat.



I added some IG equipment minus the Imperial Eagles on the water bottle and Lasgun. A blade was added to the shoulder pad from a Dark Eldar and some spikes from the Chaos Marauder flail.



This Traitor Guard has a FW torso, Catachan right arm, Cadian legs and a head and right foot taken from a mould of the Blackstone Fortress Traitor Guard. I used an Age of Sigmar mould of a bare left foot. I then attempted to make milliput to look like a ripped right sleeve and left leg. A hose was added to his gasmask from the Greenstuff World Tentacle maker. The usual blade and spikes were added to the left shoulder pad.



I used a Catachan left fore arm and then added it to a Cadian Left arm. Milliput was used to mimic a ripped sleeve.



This Chaos Traitor was based on a WW1 British trooper Trench Raider. I used a Valkyrie Side Gunner torso and legs as a base as it had a groin guard and knee pads already. I added an Anvil Industries head and Cadian arms. The mace was taken from a Chaos Marauder. A mould of a FW Chaos Renegade torso front plate was also added.



I added a mould from a Catachan backpack and blanket to make it look like a WW1 trooper.



And finally, some WIP troopers - an Attilan, Tallarn and a Light Infantryman. I have since sanded the Attilan's right sleeve and lower jacket. I'm in the process of making scabbard's for both the Tallarn and Attilan. A shoulder pad has also since been added to the Tallarn's right shoulder. I'm awaiting some more blades from Dark Eldar bits suppliers and spikes to add them to the Tallarn's shoulder pad. I'm thinking of making the Light Infantryman resemble a Napoleonic War soldier. I'll see how this goes over the next few times.

Till next time

   
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Regular Dakkanaut






I've almost finished my Attilan and Tallarn Chaos Traitor Guard - I just need to add some more blades and spikes that I'm waiting from bits suppliers to the shoulder pads and then I'll post some finished shots.



Apologies for the next batch of photo's. I made the mistake of priming a lot of figures all at the same time on one of the hottest days of the year and as a result, the primer is all chalky. I'm trying to slowly scrape the chalkiness off BUT if anyone knows of a quicker way, please tell me!!

This model has multiple parts, a FW torso, Dark Vengeance Cultist legs, Cadian arms, an Orlock knife for a bayonet and an Anvil Industries Hat. I wanted to make the trooper look more Napoleonic, so I added the epaulettes that were moulded from a Mordian Guard that I have.



This is my take on a Vostroyan Chaos Traitor Guard. The body is from an Necromundan Orlock with Cadian arms and shinguards made from a mould from an Age of Sigma figure. The head was moulded from a metal Vostroyan I also have.



I added some chainmail to his back (from a mould from the Blackstone Fortress Traitor Guardsmen) and a Backpack/re-breather from a mould of a FW Chaos Renegade.



and finally for today, I have a Fen guard Chaos Trooper. Catachan head, torso, sword and arms with an Anvil Industries kilted legs. I added a chaos icon to make sure everyone knows what side he is on!!



I plan on attempting to paint tartan on the kilt. We'll have to see how that turns out!!

Regards, Phil.

   
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Regular Dakkanaut






Update time:



I made a Heavy Cavalryman from a Scion body, Anvil Industries head, Dark Vengeance cultist legs, Blackstone fortress Traitor guard feet & shins, Skelton sword and Cadian arms (with gloves made from milliput). You can see the poor, flaky undercoat in this photo that I plan on using some Fairy Power spray to remove and start again.



I added some spikes and blades to his shoulder pad and a chaos icon on his side.



This Catachan used mostly Catachan parts (the shotgun was from a Genestealer Cult arm). I added a chaos icon to his belt as usual.





I've almost finished this Traitor. He has the body from a Blackstone Fortress cultist, a Goliath head, a Catachan sword and arms from Warhammer parts. I really enjoyed sponging on rust and blood onto the spear tip. I just need to base it and this model will be finished.



Till next time.

   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






More Chaos Traitor Guard:



I wanted to make another Napoleonic type trooper which were based on Anvil Industries torso and head, Cadian Arms and Scion legs. I added a chaos icon to his shako and used some milliput to make backpack straps. The epaulettes were added from a Mordian Guard mould.



A necromunda blade was added as a bayonet and scabbard and also a Catachan backpack. I need to strip the undercoat and start again.



This trooper's bearskin came from Anvil Industries with a Dark Vengeance Chaos Cultist body and scion arms and hot-lasgun.



I bought Fairy Power spray today, so will start the undercoat stripping tomorrow morning.



and finally today, an Anvil Industries head, Dark Vengeance Chaos Cultist body and I think a Necromunda Orlock shotgun.



I added a large chaos sword from the bits box for some more close combat action. Plenty more to follow.

Regards, Phil.

   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut









I finished another Chaos Squat Beserker. I made a mould of an AoS dwarf head and then sculpted an eye patch with milliput and a small amount of plasticard. I added a pair of Space Wolves knives to his belt alongside 2 Catachan throwing grenade arms with some axes and gloved hands from some Chaos Marauders.



I added a chainmail cloak from a mould from a Blackstone Fortress Traitor Guardsman and had great fun scooping out loads of milliput to hollow out his helmet before sticking it to his belt.



For comparison purposes, here's a photo of one of my original plastic squats alongside 2 of my conversions - they are tiny!!

Regards, Phil.

   
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Khorne Chosen Marine Riding a Juggernaut




Southampton, UK

Love your sculpts! What are you priming them with though? It's looking like it's leaving quite a grainy finish that is rather letting your models down...
   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






Crispy78 wrote:
Love your sculpts! What are you priming them with though? It's looking like it's leaving quite a grainy finish that is rather letting your models down...


Thanks Crispy78 for your comments. I have always used Halfords White Primer but I undercoated a lot of models at the same time on the hottest day of the year. I have tried 1 poorly undercoated model soaked in Fairy Power Spray for 3 days and scrubbed with a toothbrush BUT it still has some of the pitted/flaky undercoat still on it :( I need to find something else as the only other option is to carefully use a scalpel and carefully scrape off all the poor undercoat



Another squat has been added to my every increasing squad. I used a mould of the original plastic squat with a field cap for a change. A silenced bolt pistol and chainsword was added from a Space Marine Scout as well as the ammo from the plastic Horus Heresy kit. Spikes and blades were added as usual to the shoulder pads. Catachan arms with Chaos Marauder gloves were also used.



You can see the white plasticard I used for his harness. A helmet was added to his belt as well as an AoS axe.



I managed to finish my Tallarn Chaos Trooper as well. I used a mould of an original metal Tallarn figure for the head alongside an Anvil Industries greatcoat with the legs from a Dark Vengeance Chaos Cultist. A plasticard harness was added with Cadian arms and an AoS skeleton sword and Dark Eldar knife.



A lasgun and a scabbard from plasticard were added on the back as well to finish off this model.

Regards, Phil.

   
Made in gb
Khorne Chosen Marine Riding a Juggernaut




Southampton, UK

Ah that's bad luck, hope you manage to rectify ok. I got caught out once varnishing when the air was too damp and badly frosted my kitbashed Havocs. Managed to improve them somewhat but they're still not quite right...
   
Made in us
Regular Dakkanaut






I don't know where to start, everything looks amazing. I'm excited to follow this thread.
   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






Crispy78 wrote:Ah that's bad luck, hope you manage to rectify ok. I got caught out once varnishing when the air was too damp and badly frosted my kitbashed Havocs. Managed to improve them somewhat but they're still not quite right...


I've put the painting to one side at the moment as I have the conversion bug at the moment

MeatShield wrote:I don't know where to start, everything looks amazing. I'm excited to follow this thread.


Thanks Meatshield

Another Chaos Squat:



I wanted to make a bomb/explosive/demolition expert with this one. I used some dynamite from a Genestealer Cult arm and made a mould to make another one - so he could carry bombs in both hands. It was really hard to get the hands to grasp the dynamite and I ended up using some Electro-priest hands. Not perfect, but enough to give the impression of holding the bombs. I also had to convert a left arm from a Catachan into a right arm ( I made a mould to make more in the future). I used the visor head I created previously on this one, as I thought he would look more like a Bomb Disposal technician.



I added a Genestealer Jackal backpack containing some dynamite. I also added a Las carbine for his primary weapon.

Another Chaos Squat:



I wanted a Flamer so used a bit from the Blackstone Fortress Chaos Cultist I had spare. I also added a chaos armour on his right fore arm.



I added some spare fuel cannisters and a Space Marine Sword upon his back.



and finally a group shot of the first seven Chaos Squats. I have more in the pipeline and will update soon

   
Made in us
Regular Dakkanaut






How are you sculpting the faces to such a high standard?
   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






 MeatShield wrote:
How are you sculpting the faces to such a high standard?


I’m not going to take much credit for the faces MeatShield. They are mostly from moulds of the original plastic Squats I have. I’ve converted a few of them (blast visor, eye patch, sun glasses and a thicker beard) with milliput just to make them look different - I’ve even added horns to a helmet on a new model. I’ll post some pictures later.

Regards, Phil

   
Made in us
Regular Dakkanaut






what kind of mold are you using?
   
Made in se
Longtime Dakkanaut






I really like the somewhat simple but very effective sculpting and moulding work.

You've made some really nice models

   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






MeatShield wrote:what kind of mold are you using?


I use silicon putty MeatShield, that I buy in bulk from ebay. You mix equal parts of a blue and white elastic substance and it takes about 30 minutes to cure. I get the silicon putty that remains fairly flexible which helps get the hardened milliput out. Occasionally the mould tears but if you are careful, each mould can produce multiple copies.

Zywus wrote:I really like the somewhat simple but very effective sculpting and moulding work.

You've made some really nice models


Thanks Zywus. I've having fun making them at the moment

Update time:



I used a mould of the old Squat head with helmet and sculpted some sun glasses. I re-used a Catachan Lasgun holding right hand to give a "relaxed" pose. I added lots of pouches and grenades as well. A Catachan knife was used as a bayonet.



A moulded medic backpack was added as well as a rolled blanket taken from a mould from a Scion backpack. A Space Marine scabbard was added to the side of the backpack for the knife he's holding in his left hand. A moulded laspistol holster, a gloved left hand and shoulder pads were also added.



I've also finally finished my version of the original plastic Imperial Guard. A mould was taken of the torso and helmeted head from a plastic Imperial Guard I bought when they first came out. I then added Catachan legs and a pair of Cadian arms with the shoulder pads removed and a single pouch on each bicep (just like the original version).



I added a chainmail cloak from a mould from the Blackstone Fortress Traitor Guard I have as well as a moulded holstered las pistol.

I have loads more to show. Till next time, Phil.

   
Made in gb
Fighter Pilot





Edinburgh


Fantastic modelling efforts here! I saw these fine works on Bolter and Chainsword so really pleased I get the chance to compliment them here!

Oh, and that IG diorama is pretty darn good, even if it is a field of corpses

   
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Regular Dakkanaut






 Ragsta wrote:

Fantastic modelling efforts here! I saw these fine works on Bolter and Chainsword so really pleased I get the chance to compliment them here!

Oh, and that IG diorama is pretty darn good, even if it is a field of corpses


Thanks Ragsta for your comments. I took my inspiration (weird to say that in the context but) from WW1. It was fun to do but very time consuming. I really think I'm keeping milliput in business!!

Update Time:



For a change, I wanted to go back to the original plastic Squat model that had sleeves with pouches and elbow pads. I used Cadian arms with the shoulder pads removed. Milliput was added to bulk out the arm with a moulded elbow pad. I looked back at the old Squat drawings and fancied doing a reversed baseball cap wearing trooper. I used the bald headed plastic squat head and removed the top of his bonce, and then added the baseball cap. In hindsight, I'm not happy with the angle and think it should sit lower but hey ho! I also added a diagonal pouch across the front. As you know, Squats can never have too many pouches!



You can see the elbow pad and pouch on the sleeve in this shot. I also removed the handle on the moulded laspistol holster (as he is firing his laspistol!).



I have done another Napoleonic themed trooper here. I used an Anvil Industries head (with a milliput and plasticard eye patch) and torso, with Cadian legs (with a milliput stripe down the leg) and I removed the gaiters to give a more jack boot look. Cadian arms had the shoulder pads removed with milliput added to make some cuffs. I added a chaos icon to the belt and tried to make some tears on the trousers. A mould from a Mordian guard epaulette was used on his left shoulder but I used a piece of plasticard on his right to give the impression of battle damage.



This shows his holstered laspistol and the stripe on his legs.



I added some plasticard straps for his backpack and used a moulded medic backpack with the medic sign removed. A tear in the left elbow was also created. I made sure I used the scabbard with the knife/bayonet removed as he has already placed it on the end of his lasgun. The Imperial Eagle was also scraped off the canteen as well.

Till next time, Phil.

   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






Update time:



I wanted to add a Chaos icon armour plate (taken from a mould from a FW Chaos renegade torso) to the front torso to give a a heavily armoured Squat.
I added a helmet with a visor down and an IG facemask (mould). A hose from Greenstuffworld Tentacle maker was added and attached to his backpack. I added a few whiskers either side of the facemask as you don't see any clean shaven Squats! I added a pistol in a shoulder harness for quick access and decided to go with 2 wicked looking knives for his weapons. I added plasticard straps for his backpack and lasgun.



I added a moulded FW Chaos Renegade Backpack with a lasgun attached by a strap. I also made sure there were 2 scabbard's for the knives in his hands (1 original and 1 from a mould behind the lasgun). I demand realism!!!!!



I'm planning on making at least 1 Chaos Traitor Guard from all of the famous regiments. I give you my Praetorian Guard.

The head was from Anvil Industries. Epaulettes from a Mordian Guard mould. Cadian arms with the shoulderpads removed and milliput was added to make the cuffs. The bayonet was taken from an Orlock knife. The boots are from a mould of Orlock boots but with all of the straps removed. I wanted a jackboot look and plan on using them again (so I've made a mould). The legs are from a mould of a pair of Cadian legs with a stripe down the leg. A chaos icon was added as a belt buckle alongside a holstered pistol.



The torso was from the IG Tank accessory I think. A scabbard, grenade and lasgun spare magazine was added.

Regards, Phil.

   
Made in au
Ragin' Ork Dreadnought






Albany, Australia

Industrious work - I look forward to following!

   
Made in us
Regular Dakkanaut






That chaos squat looks far superior to the Chaos squat terminators that I had as a kid. Great work

   
Made in us
Bonkers Buggy Driver with Rockets





Houston, TX

These traitors are so good. Your sculpting skills are top notch. The mix of bits and sculpting is so natural and the result is such unique models that still clearly fit the aesthetic of 40k. Great job. I don’t know how long it takes you to create these models. Are you going to do a whole traitor guard army sculpting each model individually?

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Regular Dakkanaut






Arakasi wrote:Industrious work - I look forward to following!


Thanks Arakasi

MeatShield wrote:That chaos squat looks far superior to the Chaos squat terminators that I had as a kid. Great work



I always wanted the Squat Exo Armour MeatShield but never got around to buying any. I may do in the future as they are cool vintage models.

The Riddle of Steel wrote:These traitors are so good. Your sculpting skills are top notch. The mix of bits and sculpting is so natural and the result is such unique models that still clearly fit the aesthetic of 40k. Great job. I don’t know how long it takes you to create these models. Are you going to do a whole traitor guard army sculpting each model individually?


Thanks The Riddle of Steel. It depends on the model and amount of milliput and moulds I use. I normally have 4 or 5 models on the go, working on some and then allowing milliput to dry and then moving onto the next. Each model can take from between 3 hours to days to complete. The plan is to make an army until I get distracted with the next project I think of!!!

Update time:



To mix it up, I wanted a bit of flesh on display so I used a Vulkite Berzerker as the base for this Squat leaving his naked torso on display. Milliput was used to fill the massive hole in his belly and plasticard harness and lasgun straps were created. I sculpted on some trousers from milliput and used moulds of Arkanaut Company boots and kneepads to finish his legs. Moulded Chaos Marauder gauntlets were added with a Space Marine Chainsword and laspistol. The helmet was from a mould of the original old plastic Squat with sculpted sunglasses and horns taken from a Blackstone Fortress Chaos Cultist. I added some spiky shoulder pads, chaos icon belt buckle and pouches from some moulds.



As he didn't have enough weapons, I gave him a moulded holster and lasgun.



And an axe from an AOS model was added as well.

Till next time, Phil.

   
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Regular Dakkanaut






Update time:



For my 12th Chaos Squat, I again used a Vulkite Berzerker as the base and modelled on a flak jacket to cover his torso and nether regions. I added a different beard onto the usual moulded Plastic Squat head with helmet (taken from a Vulkite Berzerker). The usual plasticard harness was added with a chaos icon belt buckle and moulded pouches from milliput. Moulded Chaos Marauder gauntlets and spiked shoulderpads were added. I also used 2 swords from the new Skeleton/Zombie range.



This gives a better shot of the sculpted flak jacket over his naked Vulkite body. A moulded holstered laspistol and pouches were added alongside some frag grenades.



... and some pouches were added to his harness as well as a combat knife.



And finally, a group shot of the last 5 Squats.

Plenty more to follow.

Regards, Phil.

   
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Monstrously Massive Big Mutant





France

Magnificient ! Keep up the corruption work !

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 KernelTerror wrote:
Magnificient ! Keep up the corruption work !


Thanks KernelTerror

Update time:



I wanted to have some Heavy Support for my Chaos Squats so created this Missile Launcher wielding trooper. I used a mould for the body, legs and helmet and used a Space Marine Missile Launcher, rockets and grenades. I used a different moulded beard on this trooper to have some variation. The usual plasticard harness was created with moulded harnessed laspistol, pouches and chaos icon belt buckle. I used Catachan arms with moulded Chaos Marauder gauntlets.



I added some moulded elbow pads and sculpted some straps. A moulded backpack with Catachan knife was added. A flat shoulder pad was added to the right shoulder to allow the shoulder mounted Missile Launcher.



A moulded spiked left shoulder pad was used. You can see the elbow pad and straps clearer in this picture.

Till next time, Phil.

   
 
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