Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Enchanting death from above

This weekend I finished a Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Manticore. The regular Chaos Lord is still somewhere on my paint station, but I guess he'll just have to wait a bit.

I should not have called my Manticore Simba, now I dare not get off for fear of revenge.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Age of Sigmar Terrain: Blood geysers for the Brimstone Peninsula time of war

Last year I started planning new terrain projects based on the battles and time of war missions in the Age of Sigmar Realmgate Wars books. As my first project I picked the three opening missions of Mighty Battles... that take place on the Brimstone Peninsula in Aqshy. The realm of fire has been thoroughly corrupted by the influence of the blood god Khorne and battlefield on the Brimstone Peninsula feature geysers that spew boiling blood (queue Raining Blood by Slayer). The rules tell you to use six markers, numbered one through six and place these on the battlefield. At the start of each hero phase the player whose turn it is rolls a die and at the number he rolls blood spews forth and all units within 6" suffer D3 mortal wounds. To put this in the game, I decided I would make bloody geysers on a 6" radius MDF base with a move-able marker. The end result looks like this.

That's D3 mortal wounds for you mister!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chaos Spawn join the warband

The Chaos Spawn kit may not be the shiniest and newest in de Games Workshop collection, it is a barrel of fun to glue. You get two basic bodies and enough spare bits to mutate an entire Chaos Army. As I had two of the Spawn kits on the plastic pile I decided to just have some fun with it and build two generic failed champions and two Tzeentch themed monsters.

I tried following a How to paint Seraphon Feathers for the feathers on the Spawn's arms, but I'm no Duncan. I ended up splashing some Agrax Earthshade on the stained mess and now I try not thinking about it too much.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mass painting Tzeentch's Warriors of Chaos

I have to admit that I don't really love the Warriors of Chaos kit. The poses are stiff and your choice in assembling them is very limited. You basically choose between two hand-weapons or a hand weapon and shield without getting a chance to modify individual warriors. As the models are rather dense (from a design point) it is not very easy or obvious to make big changes. On the plus side this does allow for some very serious painting speeds if you combine the airbrush with the paintbrush. This unit of twenty Chaos Warriors was assembled and painted over the course of my weekeind.

I am rather happy with the color and design of my freehand banner. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sacrifices on the go

The month of Tzeentch continues with the completion of my dedicated Chaos Warshrine. I love the idea of a floating viking longship carried aloft by mutated ogres.

The blue of the Tzeentch icon works rather well with the orange flames.
What I liked less about the model is the original driver. The model doesn't quite work for me on this vehicle so I tossed him into the bits box and used a Chaos Lord in its stead. The pose with the spear works rather well I think.

Have you got a minute to talk about Tzeentch, our lord of change and deceit?
I switched out his head with a (de-horned) Warrior of Chaos helm to give him a bit more sinister air.

I love the shape of this vehicle, it fits with the mutated and deranged viking aesthetic of the Warriors of Chaos.
All in all a nice model that will (hopefully) work just fine in enhancing my slowly expanding Tzeentch warband.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January, the month of Tzeentch!

I spend a lot of time painting and building over the last weeks of last year. So much that I did not update the blog. That means more text for January, expect a few big updates on my Age of Sigmar terrain later on. For now, it is a second unit of Warriors of Chaos, this time with the mark of Tzeentch. With the Warhammer Community announcement of Tzaanuary I focused on Tzeentch.

Ten followers of Tzeentch march in, ready to kill.
I think this kit is from around 2007-2008 and it is getting rather old. You have an out of the box choice between two weapons or a weapon and shield combination and (in this case) a finecast two handed weapon upgrade. What you don't have is a lot of liberty in posing the models. On the plus side, it makes painting a unit like this easy and fast. All horns where removed from the helmets on general principle. 

The airbrush works like a charm on the cloaks of these models.
For the colors I picked blue cloaks and bronze armor with a bit of verdigris. I used the head of a 40K mutant (I think) on one of the models and the bare head on the musician (whose axe-blade broke off during painting). The leader of the unit has the head of a small dragon/large lizard. The rather ridiculous horn from the Chaos Knights kit fell out of the bits box and I felt like having some fun. The banner holds a (Ravenwing) book and a baleful eye freehand. Next step is releasing these guys on a battlefield somewhere, and getting ready to own one of the new plastic Daemons of Tzeentch.