Troll Mockup

With the release of 8th ed, I have been giving Chaos Trolls a second look. I kind of liked them in 7th, but with the new charge rules, monstrous infantry, and Stomp attacks, these guys have gotten quite a bit better. I would almost say, that at 45 points a troll, they are under-coasted.

Naturally I am looking forward to building some models for these guys. I am not a huge fan of the exsisting Chaos Troll models. They are alright, but look a bit out of date with the current line, and don’t really fit the vibe of my army. What I have determined to do is to use the plastic chaos spawn kit as a base for the trolls. Here is a rough sketch that I created to explore how I would accomplish this…

Troll Mockup

– Chaos Troll based on a Chaos Spawn model –

I like the new River Troll models that GW put out, but I think that these guys would fit the look of my army a bit more.

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.

Slanneshi Giant & Warrior Prototype Work In Progress

Over some time off that I had for Thanksgiving, I was able to put some time in on the giant, and the Chaos Warrior of Slannesh prototype as well. I am starting to mix some press mold casts I made earlier in with the rest of the sculpting. I like the look, and efficiency of press-molds for things like the Chaos Warrior. I will be able to mass produce some of the armor plates that the rest of the unit will need.

Slanneshi Giant Work in Progress

Slanneshi Giant Work in Progress

Slanneshi Chaos Warrior Prototype

Slanneshi Chaos Warrior Prototype

I am very happy with the way the Chaos Warrior design is coming together. It will look very slanneshi once painted. Very little of this model isn’t greenstuff at this point. The torso, and arms are from a GW beastman Gor, and the shield was made by Gorgon Miniatures.

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