Thursday, September 16, 2010


Chaos Marines were my first 40k collection, and I pretty much dove in because of all the weird things you could do to make them a little special.

I've actually just leaned over and taken a look at the models in my display case at my desk here at work, and realized something.

The army has a grand total of 1 squad that contains unconverted models.

Seriously, I just realized this.

No wonder Tsui once said I don't paint anything until I've tweaked it first. Stunning insight -- Hmmm!

Anyway, here are some pics. Along with some thoughts about what went into them.

This dude is literally the second Emperor's Children marine I ever did (the first was my GD that won gold at Oz back in '02)

I figured that you don't see much skin on Slaanesh marines, unlike their daemons (which look like transvestite stripper-prostitute crabpeople who are allergic to clothing).

So I hollowed out his midriff area and sculpted abs for him.

10,000 years terrorizing the far reaches of outer space leaves you lots of time to do sit-ups. Lots.

This model is probably one of my favourites in the entire collection. Something about his nassssssty sneer...

He started out as an experiment to try to incorporate the dead sexy Warhammer Champion of Slaanesh (phew, mouthful) model that came out with the previous Chaos army book.

Trick was to make him look future-y, so I used 40k parts to alter his silhouette (taking a page out of the best anime/manga artists' book).

He has one boot, a backpack, shoulder pads and a pistol, so I think he looks just right for 40k.

I also learned that picking a slimmer, smaller head (this one's from the Dark Eldar range) makes a model look even more statuesque.


These guys started as standard Noisemarines without sonic weapons. When they got hit by the codex change, they became well... useless.

I switched some of their armour plates to black, gave them cloak bits from their backpacks, and *bang* they became chosen.

Possessed... Once they were to be feared, now they fight as well as declawed kittens encased in a paper bag.

These were meant to represent the old rending claws, which KILLED SOMEBODY STONE DEAD everytime I rolled a 6 on a dice (goddammit).

Now they come along for sh*ts and giggles mostly.


I love these guys. Silly-big guns, mad colours and all.

Most of the effort went into the champions, but the troopers sport the occasional modification and freehand work. Mostly I tried to give them more interesting poses with their guns.

More to come!

Sardaris gets his level up!

You failed my armour save agaiiiiin...*

I like this pic best. He looks gnarly.

Gosh his head looks huge from this angle.

Long suffering leader of my eeeeeeevil horde...

This represents Mr S. after his daemonic ascension. He has worked long and hard after all, about 20+ games at last count...

Unfortunately, he seems to die a lot more after his transmogrific... transmorgrif... transgormo... level up.

You'd think being 15 feet tall and clad in daemonic armour would make you more survivable right?

Wrong. It makes you anti-tank gun bait.

Anyway in case you're wondering, here's what he looked like before:

To Mr Sculptor: watch Hellraiser much?

Mr S's truly pwetty sword. *swish*

By the way, guns don't kill people, but $#%$ Plasma Pistols certainly do.

Mr S has shot himself in the foot with his gat more times than I can count.

One time, he even died...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"If the worst should happen, at least we won't be alive to clean up the mess."

Greetings loyal fans! I've kept you waiting... (all two of you anyway).

Apocalypse weekend has come and gone, and it was a real blast! Many a tossed fistful of dice decided the fates of a great many little toy soldiers.

Well to put it mildly, us Imperial boys got well and truly pasted. Guess that's precisely why we have a propaganda department!

More importantly though, it gave me the impetus to get off my arse and get models done. Just in time I might add... and some of them still need work before they see any closeups... and there was that bit I found out I missed on that @#%$ Chimera...

Anyhoo. Lotsa of stuff done. *beam*

Here's the entire force, showcased in a shockingly blurry pic:


Not bad riiiight.... go back a couple of weeks and see that crappy pic of the half-finished models and see what I mean =p

Now I present my superhuman meatshie... I mean allies:

The Awesome: Q's battle hardened Salamanders. Lean, green, and burny:

The Ultimate: Chris's best of the best (of the best) Ultramarines *fanfare*:

Unfortunately only a thin slice of blueboys actually made it to the fight. The rest did not take part, but they get a participation T-shirt anyway =)

And here's the Axis of Evil:

Lawrence's Red Corsairs, flap flap boom boom chop chop. Chaos Marines with more spikes than a KISS concert:

Soo's cobbled together Ork command, pieced together with models from his own and Lawrence's models. And with some Deffkoptas and a Wagon from mine own humble collection:

I don't have a super-awesome blow-by-blow account of how the game went, just a slew of pictures (mostly from deployment, the rest of the game I was... er... playing the damn game).

But it was great fun!

Yessss.... my silly-big missile can see youuuu....*

The armoured fist of the God-Emperor tries not to get totalled in the first turn by the enemy.

Wait, where are all the nice juicy targets? On the other side of the battlefield?! Oh derp.

Pr'aps I should have joined the baddies like I usually do?

Mere moments before my tanks jumped out from behind the dirty big cathedral and shouted 'surprise!!!!'

Hope it looks at least a smidge as fun as it was to play.

Least with allies, you can always foist the blame on them when bad stuff happens!