Making Better Chaos Cultist

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

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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!