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Making Krälgor: Part 1

The first part of me making my World Eaters Leader Krälgor.

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Now that I have uploaded a very lengthy bio for the Legion of Carnage I am going to start uploading everything I have done such as painting, sculpting, kit bashing, building terrain and anything else that I happen to do along my journey in the 40k hobby.

So I think the best place to start would be my Commander Krälgor The Herald of Carnage. This is a bit of a tutorial as well as a show case.

A little background

***Nothing in this part is vital for the tutorial/showcase of the model, so if you don’t care about the background feel free to skip this part***

I got into the wh40k tabletop when a friend who has played for years went in half and half on the dark vengeance starter set (Yeah, I haven’t been in the hobby very long). I knew I wanted to do a World Eaters Khornate army, so I got the CSM and he got the DA. I started out with only two GW paints (Sycorax Bronze & Wazdakka Red), and had really no idea of what units were good or bad. Long story short (will post how I got into 40k and such maybe at a later time) I played my first few games and loved it, but I wanted to really flesh out my army and my leader leader more. I knew I wanted a Chaos terminator lord rather than a Daemon prince (I do plan on getting/making one though someday) because I had started to formulate an idea of how I wanted Krälgor to look. Throughout my time getting into this hobby I quickly fell in love with the modeling and terrain aspect of it all (if I’m honest I almost like do that more than actual wargaming aspect), so I started trying to learn as much as I could and get ideas on how to make mode interesting models and such by sculpting, painting and kit bashing. So when I was looking on GW’s site for models that had interesting parts I would like to get to kit bash I decided to look at WHFB models as I had seen many other people make some amazing unique looking units with WHFB bits. I had already seen, loved and decided I would use the FW Zhufor the Impaler model for the base model to build upon but I wanted to make my leader unique so I didn’t want to use the head. I came across the Vampire Counts Vlad model and was immediately inspired from the head, namely the hair. So to quickly get to the point here is what my original raw concept was: I wanted my leader to be a complete fanatic to Khorne, so he would almost be a mix or a WB Dark Apostle and a Khorne Berzerker. At the same time I wanted him to be very fair in features that would almost come across as handsome to offset the nature of the character. As you will see I later changed this concept some, but I still kept most things from it. One I wanted him to have long flowing hair, and I wanted it to be super pale white. Two I wanted him to have extremely almost deathly pale ashen skin. And lastly I wanted him to have traditional world water gribal/gladiatorial tattoos like Angron. As far as armour went I wanted him have tons of trophies, and to signify his more barbaric WE past I wanted him to have either a fur cloak, or have fur draped over his cloak and armor. Lastly I wanted him to have two chain axes would make him stand out. So now that that is out of the way I’ll dive into the making of Krälgor the Herald of Carnage.

Phase 1: Pose

Before I started any work on Krälgor I wanted to see how the model would fit together in the pose I wanted him to be in. To do this I cut everything that would need to be adjusted from the standard models pose and stuck it together with blue sticky tack. Since the Icon of Khorne on the top front of his armour would not be needing adjusting I went ahead and glued in in place to get an idea of how it would look.

Phase 2: Sculpts

Next I sculpted the details I wanted on Krälgor, as well as filled in gaps, and did sculpting to fit the pieces I had cut and re-positioned on him. I was greatly inspired by the Khorne Daemonkin codex, so fill out the character I sculpted a book to be a tome of slaughter bound in human flesh. I used to pieces of shrunk Shrinky-dinks with a blob of greenstuff (GS) in between that I used my hobby knifes to make groves in it to form the pages. then I put on both sides and sculpted the cover.

Next I sculpted a the other parts, as well as a lip around the base so any Blood for the Blood God paint (BFBG) would be able to pool.

At this point I had attached many of the bits I would use, making sure as best I could that they all would flow in a logical direction like the wind was blowing it, as well as the awesome looking axes from puppetswarminiatures which they sadly no longer carry last I checked. I also sculpted a back on a chest piece so I could use it for a skull loin cloth on the back. lastly I took one of the God-awful khorne berzerker champion heads and attempted to make it into a noise marine head. I was ok with how it turned out, but I ended up not using it as it did not fit on the base in a way that I was please with.

Next I sculpted the hair and the butchers nails on the head. Then I started on sculpting the fur for the cloak, and exhaust pipes, some chains to wrap around his arm later and some strips to be flayed flesh that would chaotic mockeries of the purity seals.

Phase 3: Final Touches

Finally I glued on the bits and put them in place, as well as added more fur and skulls to the cloak. At this point I had everything in place and was ready to begin painting.

Phase 4: Priming

This next phase was really straightforward but I am including it to point out/share two things. One is that because I had do so much sculpting and and had so many small details I did not do what I usually would do which is use black spray paint. Instead I hand painted him to prime him. The second thing I want to point out is the most important painting lesson I have learned, and that is to thin your paint, and do multiple thin layers to make sure you do not cover up any details. I highly recommend making/using a wet pallet.

I will end this step-by-step here and save the painting of Krälgor for the second half . I hope you have enjoyed this. If you have any questions or would like me to clarify anything please feel free to ask! Until next time!

New CSM Models: Iron Warriors.

I finally finished painting the new CSM kit as Iron Warriors. First IW units I have ever painted so all and all I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out. I decided early on I was going to just paint these guys for the tabletop and not put to much time and detail on them. I’m both happy and embarrassed to say that this is the fastest I have ever painted this many models at once before lol.

Looking at art of iron warriors most of it will show them in either really shiny gun metal armor or armor that is so dark it is almost black. Most paint schemes I have seen people do often have them metallic but extremely drab so that they look very dull, or extremely shiny so that their armor looks like it gets polished 20x a day. I decided I wanted to go with something in the middle that would also be easy/fast(ish) to paint. The look I was ultimately going for was to start out shiny, and darken it up to look very worn as if it had been dirtied bad blacked from a siege. Then to keep it from looking to drab I used a lighter silver to do some subtle edge highlights to make sure it kept the shiny look while also being very drab. On the bases I new I wanted a dirty battlefield look, and I’m quite pleased with the result I got on the bases. Since I was going for quick tabletop ready results I opted to use the water slide decals instead of free hand. My past experiences with them were not good at all, but after more research and a new method I am very pleased with how easy and fast it was to do them.

If you want to know any of the paints, steps, techniques or any other step of the process just let me know and I will be happy to tell you!

Here they are posed with my scratch built terrain.

Sources to Make Samurai Space Marines

here is a compilation of sources for parts that can be used to create some stunning Samurai themed Space Marines!

I have been obsessed for awhile now with the idea of making some Space Marines that are based on feudal Japan’s legendary Samurai. I sadly will likely not be able to see this vision of mine come to life as I simply don’t have the money to start another wh40k army, but none the less I wanted to share with you what I have found, and hopefully learn of some more resources if you know of any I haven’t covered here.

I’m not going to touch on what Space Marine units (armor patterns) I think would be best to use, or what my lore ideas are behind my Samurai dream team lol. Instead I’m going to simply present you with what I found, and a little advice on how it could be used.

First up from https://puppetswar.eu (I really love these guys!!!!)

We have an awesome selection of Samurai heads and Katanas

They also have some ninja heads and ashigaru heads if you wanted to go that way with your army or maybe make your scouts like that. And they have some cool banners!

Then there is is this guy who is an awesome model, but honestly I would just get him for his bits to kit bash!

Next from http://anvilindustry.co.uk we have some really cool heads that while they are not (that I know of) actually intended to be samurai heads, I really think they look the part!

Then of course there are these great options for heads, back packs and more katanas from https://bitsofwar.com (Kromlech)

Honestly I think these are some of the best options available, and they are the only ones I have found with back packs!

If you want to go for a more traditional look then these heads from https://maxmini.eu/ are really good too

Finally some of the best I have found are from this source I just discovered https://www.shapeways.com/shops/haze_miniatures They have a great range of Katanas, Nodachi and Naganatas. But best of all they have some amazing looking shoulder pads that read very samurai while still keeping the traditional space marine pauldron look (because let’s face it even the least codex complying chapters still have the general space marine look) they also have some helmets that I assume you can just put one any bare head of your choosing.

Sadly in all my searching this is all I have been able to find. What do you think? Do you know of some more sources?

As always I would love to hear from you! Any and all feed back and advice is welcome!

Making Better Chaos Cultist

An outline of sources as well as tips and suggestions for building epic chaos cultist

If you are a wh40k CSM player than you no doubt are aware of the painfully limited and ultimately restricted model options for chaos cultist. There are only a few models available and those have no options for customization, or even better load out options. The only option available is one squad of five with standard weapons

This is made even more annoying by the fact that more cultist models exist, including those with heavy weapons, but were only made available in the Dark Vengeance starter set, and good luck hunting some of those down now.

All of this is not only annoying put problematic for several reasons. First chaos cultist are arguably the cheapest scoring units that chaos has available. Second the models are so limited in their sculpts that this is little to no room to make them mold into your army’s fluff because the models are so generic. And then there is the most obvious problem which is that these cheap units are limited to being cheap and virtually worthless since they are forever stuck with the most basic of loadouts.

So what is a chaos player to do? Well if your like me and you love to make your army unique then there are some awesome options available to us if you know where to look. And that is what this will hopefully teach you is where to look and give you some ideas of what is available.

So first thing is first. I’m going to be breaking this up into five that I will hit on, but this is just to give a very rough overview of what options are available out there and hopefully give you some ideas. By no means are the things covered in this a complete list of what is available out there or even all that is available on the sources I will be covering. So in short please feel free to check out these sources yourself to see what is available.

So the five aforementioned categories I will break this up into is as follows.

1) Traitor Guardsmen cultist (Lost bad the damned)

2) Militaristic cultist (think Blood Pact)

3) Basic chaos cultist (but more varied than the standard models)

4) Nurgle cultist/plague Zombies

5) Miscellaneous things that you can add to any unit to give them more character/flavor (keep things varied and not so clone army looking).

Traitor Guardsmen

First up we have these awesome units from https://puppetswar.eu/

These guys look awesome and while they are complete units, they also come in multiple parts allowing for a fair bit of kitbashing. Additionally you could always switch their heads up to make then look more chaotic. Here are a few of the head options that could work great, but also could be used to mix and match with other units if you want a more varied cultist force.

Of course weapons are important as last I check (Khorne Daemonkin was my most recent codex) virtually all cultist weapons are auto guns, and melee weapons. So next up are some awesome options from http://anvilindustry.co.uk/

These guys have amazing options going so detailed as to have different parts like scopes and magazines for each of there weapons

They also have some really cool infantry bits such as these torsos that could work great for traitor Guardsmen or militaristic cultist

To put even more icing on the cake they have some amazing head options (full bodies really) and great melee and side arm options.

Militaristic Cultist

So these in my opinion are the really fun guys to make as the potential with groups like this fluff wise is practically limitless. What I mean by Militaristic Cultist as hinted at before is groups of “Cultist” that are trained and operated like professional military forces, bit are not former Imperial Guardsmen. The reason I personally love the idea of this kind of cultist the most and why I say it has limitless fluff potential is because since these guys are not traitor guards they are not bound by any preconceived lore ideas. In other words rather than being a group of ex-cadians these guys could be militant cultist orders on a daemon world that your band of CSM inhabit. So they may have closer ties to your army than simple traitor guards, and may have even been granted permission to bear your armies iconography (of course it’s your army and cultist so any group could have this privilege). But you get the idea! So let’s get started with these awesome baddies!

Again first up is Puppetswar with these great looking guys.

These full units you can buy, but as before they are multi part (mostly) so you can mix and match them to suit your needs. Also while I would never use these heads for berserkers, the head in the middle does have variants that work pretty good for khornate cultist I think.

Next from Anvil again are some really awesome options (again this is just a small sample of what they have) that come in units or would look amazing if kitbashed with some Cadians.

Next up there are these cool heads from https://bitsofwar.com

Then there are these amazing (and I do me amazing) models from https://madrobotminiatures.com/

Let’s face it, if you want to make the Blood Pact these are the way to go! If you want to add a little more flavor and variety then check out these shoulder pads and heads from https://maxmini.eu

Basic Cultist

Don’t let my title of these guys fool you into thinking these options will be drab or boring, because I assure you they wont!

Once again I’ll kick things off with these options from puppetswar

The first guys would also (pretty sure they were intended for it) make some great mechanicus units, but I think they work great as cultist too! Then as you can see in the third image there is the oh so rare option for heavy weapons!

Next from anvil we have some really sick options that even include female cultist! (Who knew chaos cults weren’t all sausage fest lol) and there is also an awesome cultist leader!

Nurgle Cultist/Zombies

Finally the mo.ent many of you have been waiting for, and dont worry these won’t disappoint!

To kick things off (as always) we will head over to puppetswar and see this awesome zombie horde of epicness!

If you want to unleash the local PDF against it’s own citizens then these guys are a great start, but they are hardly the finisher! If you want even more rotten zombie goodness then anvil has you covered!

But what of non zombie cultist you ask? well papa Nurgle will be pleased to see that anvil thought of this too!

Ofcourse there are also other options that you could use instead of or along with these models to add a bit more place flavor such as these back packs from maxmini

Miscellaneous things

So last but not least here are some more options as well as some cool bits that you could add in for flavor or variation.

From puppetswar we have some really cool mechanical arms that are holding glaives. Honestly I would just use the arms, but the weapons are cool too

Then from anvil there are tones of options such as bullet casings, mechanical body parts, candles, rats, and so much more!

Then bitsofwar(kromlech) has some great banners and mechanical arms and such!

Next up from https://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/weapons there are a good bit of weapon options, mutations and some bones

here are some more options for weapons, heads and more just to give you an idea of all the options!

Finally the last things you with are some bases and stuff from secretweaponminiatures.com

I had some more but this post is about
to kill the app and my phone
Lol. I hope you enjoyed this and you found this useful and or helpful!

* I also want to note that all of these units are multipart kits so you can kitbash them with each other or other units. I just opted to show pictures of the complete kits rather than each piece you can buy since this post was already really large.

If you know of any other sources or units I would love to hear about them! Also this is my first post like this so any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!

As always I would love to hear your thoughts so please dont hesitate to comment!

Small update

I’m hoping to be having some things to post soon. I have taken a break from painting the Noise Marine until I can get a better grasp of what I want to do with him, and in the mean time I have been focusing on painting the new CSM kit as Iron Warriors. I have to say while I had mixed feelings about how limited the models were as far as posing and customizing options, I have been thoroughly enjoying painting them. Though that could largely be due to the fact that I have been wanting to paint some IW for awhile and it’s a very nice break from my usual World Eaters color scheme of red and bronze.

Hopefully I will have the squad finished within the next few days or at least by next week.

New CSM Squad Kit

So I finally finished building these guys and I got to say I have mixed feelings. The models look amazing, but they are a nightmare to build. What you see is what you get with these guys. The only customizable parts are the heads and arms(most arms). The poses are pretty limited when paring them with the arms because many arms wont fit well on certain bodies. And on that note, let’s talk about things fitting together…

If you aren’t planning on equipping these guys with with chainswords and volt pistols then get ready for a tough time. Almost none of the bolter arms fit well, and some of them (2 pairs) are so bad that I had to use some greenstuff to make them attach to the torso.

As far as building them goes, I would reccomend only building one at a time taking pieces from the sprue as you build each one rather than get all the pieces off first. The reason for this is because these guys only fit together one way and if you dont know which parts to use it’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle (I sadly had to do the puzzle approach).

So now to the instersesting things. If this is anything to go off of it seems like this kit reinforces the rumors about the World Eaters and Emporer’s Children getting their own armies and kits soon. If you notice the transfer sheet on this kit as well as the pictures on the back only contain Chaos Undivided Legions. Here is to hoping right?

I just got the new CSM squad for $35!

Well someone just lost their job lol. I ordered a pack of the old CSM squads on Ebay since they will no longer be available now that the new models are out. The old units cost $45 but now that they are obsolete they cost about $35. The new units on the other hand cost $60. The 0ackage came in today and I opened it and guys what? Some one accidentally sent me a brand new box of the new $60 dollar models for only $35! Wont be reporting this incorrect purchase lol.

That being said I would really like to get one of the old kits still since I want to make them into some Iron Warriors.

Painting the noise marine part 2

Well he is coming along slowly (very slowly) but surely.

The hair was very frustrating to see how I wanted to do it, and I will likely regret my methods in the future. But hey, every mini is a learning experience (for me at least). The hair is largely finished ad the point minus some highlighting and shading I want to add. So far the most difficult thing about painting this guy is the fact that I still have no clear vision of what I want yet.

On one hand I want to make this guy as gaudy as possible, while still having a general theme. On the other hand I what to make him a bit more traditional Emperor’s Children looking (but that seems boring to do with this awesome mini). In the end this lack of vision is causing me to leave many areas unattended while putting in details that I know I want to do (which will be hell later on to touch things up), and this in turn makes him look more like a patchwork mess. I may take a break working on him until I can have a more solid idea of what I want to do. So far what I do have any idea about wanting to do is a “Starry Night” type designs on the shoulder pads that I will have as a back ground of any symbols I paint. And on the right leg I want to attempt to get an interesting pattern that is inspired by this

I think if I can get close to this choral look that it will be really cool looking and very reminiscent of the Laer (which is where the Emperor’s Children first encountered Slaanesh). Not really sure how I will do that though.

As for the left leg I what to attempt some free hand where I have painted the area grey and attempt to paint this image of Slaanesh on his leg

then the brown part of the leg I think I will paint leopard print to stick with the more traditional paint scheme seen on this guy and his 1991 counterpart.

If you have may ideas or feed back, I would love to hear from you, and I would very much appreciate any advice or suggestions!