Warriors of Chaos: Return of the Prince & Chariots

There is a new Warriors of Chaos book out for Warhammer Fantasy Battle.  They have dragged me back in!  The good news is that this has motivated me to get back into some of the half-baked models that I created for previous incarnations of my WoC army.  Several of the previous conversions and sculpts that I created are going to get some attention, some new details, and finally… painted!  The two first items in the hopper will be the winged Tzeentch (sometimes Slannesh) Demonprince.  I love this model.  It’s one of my favorite creations and now with the new book actually has a great deal of utility in the game.  The flying Tzeentch DP was my MVP in the one game that I have played in the new army book.

One new item added to the book is the Gorebeast Chariot.  I have the perfect model for this unit!  When I initially got into doing WoC I determined that having chariots pulled by evil looking monsters would be fantastic, so I made this guy;

Apparently GW agreed with me and gave the warriors a new type of chariot.  This guy is going to get a bit of an overhaul.  New base, new riders (who don’t look like they are about to fall off the chariot) are going to happen.  I will probably add some more armor here and there to give the chariot some more meat.

It has been very satisfying to get back into the WoC, I am not going to lie.  It is also good to get back into this army and try to get it completed after many years!

Demon prince started

I got a start on my demon prince tonight. While waiting for the putty to set up on some new chaos warriors, listening to some podcast reruns, I decided to dive in on a project that had kind of been intimidating me for some time; a totally scratch-built demon prince for my warriors of chaos army.

I’ve had a concept that has been germinating in my brain for a while now, and it’s good to get a start on it. The design has both a slanesshi, and tzeentch vibe, which suites my army’s direction. This character was the first model that I broke away from the single power army, by first running a proxy DP with tzeentch, and later undivided.

My single concern at this point is that the model will seem kind of small compared to the new GW demon prince kit, which is kind of huge! This model will be fairly tall, but not quite as big across the shoulders as a chaos spawn model.

I’ve tried full sculpts in the past, but have abandoned them after mistakes with proportions, or whatever. Many of my conversions are largely sculpted these days, so over time I’ve become more confidant with my skills.

Now with swords!

The final design for the chaos warrior swords is shown here! Its a hybrid of several of the designs that I came up with. They are pretty easy to make. I was able to build enough for the entire unit of 15 today, and get 8 of them mounted onto the models. I think may cheat and not give them to the standard bearer, and musician.

There is some more greenstuff work to do to tie the weapon in with the model a bit more, as well as some GS still needed on the warriors themselves. They are getting there!

The method that I used to create these is very similar to that of the chaos cultist champion, and his unit’s flails seen here. Someday I will have to put up an article on using plasticard to make weapons like this.

Chaos warrior with custom sword

Chaos warrior with custom sword

Chaos warrior with custom sword

The Hero got some extra work done on him as well. Some of the folks at Dakkadakka.com had suggested that he could have a back-banner, which turned out to be an ace idea. It sort of adds some balance to the figure as a whole. It will also go well with the pennants that I want to have on various pole arms, standard posts, ect that will be sprinkled around the army.

Chaos warrior with custom sword

I’m glad that the core of the army is moving along at a good pace. I may need to take a day or so off from sculpting to take a break. I’ve been at this during every moment that I could spare lately from my other goings on. Must… keep… going…

Mutations

Something occurred to me while I was working on the exalted hero model below. One of the things that is missing with chaos in recent iterations of Warhammer Fantasy Battle are the rampant mutations. When I first became involved with this hobby (1989, can you believe it?!?) a big part of the story with the followers of chaos was their tendency to collect mutations as the were led down the path to ruin. These days most of the miniatures are fairly devoid of physical aberrations as a byproduct of their contact with the chaos gods. This idea hasn’t abandoned entirely by the games designers, and definitely not by the gaming community were you can see many excellent examples of converted minis representing heavily mutated chaos minions.

One of the things I’m going to do is to ad some more mutations to the miniatures in my army. Some of the warriors have kept their beastmen legs which is a start. The exalted hero on a steed of slannesh has also inspired me to give a good percentage of the warriors ‘snake bodies’, which was a classic slanneshi mutation from previous incarnations of WHFB. I may add a random extra clawed arm in here and there for good measure. One thing that I want to avoid is to clutter the unit up too much. That would be the opposite of the problem that the stock GW miniatures have with their robotic, ans samey poses.

Watch this space!

Update for Slanneshi Chaos Army

I have gotten the chaos army production back into gear! I am attending the Midwest Rampage Tournament at the end of May, so its time to give this project the big push to get the 2250 done! Its going to be quite a challenge for the next month and change, but I think I can do it!

Chariot WIP

There are 2 chariots in my list, and this is one of the two actual chariots in progress. This is based on the Tomb King chariot, heavily modified to accommodate 2 chaos warriors. I like the Tomb King model as a base, as it has a certain elegance to it that will go well with the rest of the Slannesh themed army. As a counterpoint I banged up the wheels a great deal with the dremel to make them look like battered metal, pitted and worn from blazing across the countryside.

I’ve started to nail down the mounts for the chariots as well. These will be chaos spawn like critters that have a Slanneshi vibe, and I believe will tie into the rest of the army quite well.

Sorcerer now with wings!

After tinkering with my list a bunch, I decided to jump on the band-wagon when it comes to sorcerers, and marked this one with Tzeentch. Gamewise, he is equipped with a Disc of Tzeentch as a mount. I decided against setting this guy up with some sort of disc, surfboard thingy, but rather a set of wings. These are from the plastic Pegasus knight kit.

Chaos Warriors WIP

The chaos warriors were a bit of a sticking point for me. The are a core element to the style, and play of the army so it is critical that I really nail them. Recently I was able to capture, more or less the look that I was going for. I feel that the strengths of the prototype come through with these, while also showing some more dynamic posing.

Chaos Warriors WIP

I have 15 of these (1 of 2 units in the list) at this level of completion. I’ve come up with a formula for these which is helping me speed up the modeling phase.

Chaos Warriors WIP

Several of these have face-plates that have another layer coming. I decided to stick with a chaos knight head for the unit champion. It fits the vibe I am going for fairly well, and the horns help him stand out some.

Army of Slannesh Update – Marauders, Giant, and Scorcerer WIP

While its been a little bit since I posted images of some of my work on this army, I have been crunching away at it. Most of my time has been working on a way to make my Slanneshi Chaos warriors, and the big, creepy giant. I have also been working on getting my 10 marauder horsemen together. Fianally I found a use for a random miniature that I picked up from Crocodile games of a Nehekuru Wizard. He has become a chaos sorcerer… fitting.

Marauder Horsemen Work in Progress

For these guys I stuck closer to the kit than most things in this army, with the exception of the Chaos Hounds. I think that GW has done better with these than with their Chaos Marauders on foot, which look like out of proportion vikings on steroids. These models smack of that a little, but they pass in my opinion. I still wanted them to look more like they meshed with the theme of my army, and needed some de-skulling (those of you familiar with GW models know what I am talking about).

Marauder Horsemen Work in Progress

Marauder Horsemen Work in Progress

The horse models that accompany these guys are really nice. I did very little modification on them, and am really looking forward to painting them. The thing that makes them work is that they really look like actual horses as compared to many of the equine models made by GW in the past.

The Slannesh marked Giant is going to be a centerpiece in my army. I had a very cool concept in mind for this guy, and how he was going to fit in with the style of the rest of the army. These pictures are still pretty early in the process with this model. There are still large parts of his body to build out, and a lot of armor plates.

Slannesh Giant

The first step I took with this model was to change up his pose some. I did this for two reasons. While I really like the plastic giant kit, I decided that I wanted his pose to be different than that of the standard kit. When you see several of these at a tournament they start to look similar, simply because they have the same basic pose. Changing mine up also allowed me to add some details, and to give him a more aggressive stance.

Slannesh Giant

The hands replaced by gruesome looking weapons is a theme in this army. I think it captures the twisted nature of Slannesh, and it’s minions.

There are several things that I would have done differently with this model if I could go back in time. I believe that I rushed the initial armature of the model, and his pose suffered somewhat because of that. More recent sculpts have benefited from my taking more time with getting the pose to be accurate, and natural. This guy’s leg, and hip positions are a little off. I am pretty happy with the skin, and musculature so far however.

Slannesh Giant

This guy is the first character for my army. I have a lot of ideas bouncing around in my head for the various heroes, sorcerers, and lords that will be part of this army eventually. I want the main characters to be focal points for the greater visual themes I am incorporating. This character will be more of a multi-role spellcaster. The bird feathers on his back, and head could help mark him as a Tzeentch caster for the times I want to branch out slightly from the Slanneshi nature of the rest of the army. I will probably paint him to be a bit more neutral, not only to make his allegiance less fixed, but also to help him stand out from the rest of the army.

Slannesh Giant

More (and somewhat better) shots of the spawn progress

Tentacles!

Chaos Spawn Work in Progress

I did a bit of work on the modified Chaos Spawn this week. Work life has kept me away from my modeling bench somewhat, but I was able to resolve the missing leg on this critter, as well as the feelers coming out of its face. I am pretty happy with the use of guitar wire for this. I will have to carry this over to some of the other monstrosities that I have planned.

Chaos Spawn Work in Progress

I took a bit more care with these photos as well. I remembered to shoot in RAW mode, and took the time to play with their exposures in photoshop. What I need is better lights, and some kind of stands so that I can position them more easily.

Chaos Spawn Work in Progress

In the front shot of the spawn you can see a very rough region under it’s chin where the sculpting is particularly unrefined. This is my next target with this thing. That, and some sort of hook/claw/feet for the ends of its legs as well will pretty much wrap up the modeling on this piece.

More Cultists & Chaos Spawn WIP

This is the latest progress on my Slanneshi army. The 1st group of cultists is almost done with its modeling, 2 spawn are almost there as well.

Champion Cultist Work In Progress

The champion has received a sword and a shield.

Chaos Cultists

This is the full block of 20 cultists. The standard bearer is the next modeling work I need to do on this unit.

Chaos Spawn Work In Progress

This is a conventional GW kit chaos spawn. See, I can have non-converted stuff in my army!

Chaos Spawn Work In Progress

This spawn has a lot more custom work done to it, and some more to go.

Other units that are under way are a block of more dogs, Chaos Warriors, Mutated Chosen, and a Slanneshi Giant.