I’ve been agonising how to start this post of what is essentially a draft from mid-June, when I was working on my second squad of Word Bearers. They began as a run-of-the-mill Troops choice before turning into one of those squads that you can’t seem to make any headway with, no matter how many hours you spend on them.
They form a second squad of five, including a plasma-gunner and a champ with plasma pistol and power axe. I haven’t had a game with my Word Bearers as of yet so I’m not 100% sure just how viable this will be in the current edition, though I have run similar loadouts with my old Space Marines back in the day.
There’s not a great deal else to say about these guys. Painting CSM armour is good fun as there are tend to be many cool details such as faces appearing in the plate, fangs and claws running along the shoulder pads, or something as simple and varied as their ornate backpacks. In game terms I would run these guys to compliment my cultist horde, by having them jump in the Rhino and going after enemy armour with their plasma weaponry.
I’ll wrap it up there, but thanks for reading. Take care.
“The difference between gods and daemons largely depends upon where one is standing at the time” – Lorgar Aurelian, Primarch of the Word Bearers, quoting Argel Tal.
In a previous post I said that I wanted to give my Word Bearers a bit of a melee boost, and as I didn’t have anything occupying the Elites slot apart from the Helbrute, I figured the best way to do so would be to look at choppy options.
The Possessed presented itself as the most obvious choice, as the Word Bearers love their daemons and summoning so much. The Possessed kit that GW sells is a few editions old though, and while the torsos and legs are fairly dinky, some of the limbs and heads I found to be next to unusable. To its credit, there are a lot of great bits on the sprues and I did end up buying one of the kits.
I made a rough note about what could be useful and what definitely wasn’t before building. As Possessed are meant to be marines with daemons rattling and stretching around inside their frame, I stuck with the armour segments that looked cracked or had mutations sprouting from them.
Some of the other bits I used here came from the old Chaos Space Marine squad upgrade sprue, while others were leftovers from my Chaos Spawn. Warp Talon heads were also very useful as they have a similar look to a few of the helmets of the Gal Vorbak, the Legion’s first daemon/marine fusions.
While I wasn’t massively concerned with maintaining that Word Bearers logo across them all (seeing as mutations render them all different anyway), I wanted to keep at least two marines with a normal-ish pad that could hold the Legion symbol. The rest went with whatever pads were compatible with their protruding limbs/claws/spikes.
With the Possessed squad now wrapped up, I can say that I’m pleased with the outcome. A kind of malaise set in towards the end of painting/beginning of decals and it took a push to get them completed. Not that I’ve been painting much in the last month anyway, but I was having some problems with differentiating between two mindsets; one being “yeah, let’s get these guys finished, woo!” and the other being “you have to get these guys finished”, and it was a bit demotivating.
I think I’m slowly getting past that now, thankfully. It might mean a week or two break away from the hobby to recharge in the mean time.
So this post has been a long time coming! It has been a while since I last posted anything (not having anything ready to blog about), although I’ve tried to stay active as a reader on WP during this time. With lockdown restrictions lifting, there has been a lot of change and I’ve found myself getting caught under the treads, with the days hurtling by.
Most of this time has been spent reading; I’ve been reading everything from Asimov to Vonnegut, Ellison to PKD and so on… it’s been a breath of fresh air getting back into reading regularly again. I’ve also began writing again, however that is another post for another day.
I thought it was time to get cracking again, so I’ve been working on my Possessed crew. This includes an additional HQ for my Word Bearers in the form of a Master of Possession. And I’m going to state for the record that I dislike the MoP model from Shadowspear; I don’t know if it’s the pose or the ram helmet, something just doesn’t sit right. So, I opted for something slightly different.
I really liked the Sorcerer but thought that, in game terms, the MoP would be more beneficial to an army with Possessed, Obliterators and Spawn in its ranks, so I used the Sorcerer model as the base for my own MoP. I still adopted the horned skull for the staff, as this seemed a like an important badge of office for him; it was just one of the bigger skulls from the Citadel Skulls box.
The rest is straightforward. I switched out the double dragon backpack and gave him a mutated one from the Possessed kit, as well as added a familiar to his base, the little sprite from the Terminator Lord kit. I thought it looked pretty cool and needed to go somewhere.
His head choice was an agonising one. I liked the bareheaded idea but the notion of having a helmet gave him a more sinister feel, so he got one of the Warp Talon heads I had kicking about. This way, he shares a kind of Gal Vorbak-esque look with the Possessed ranks and ties in with them a bit more.
At this point I’m still making some headway with the Possessed squad, although they are very fiddly in the amount of details and extras that are covering/pushing their way through their armour. They are really fun to paint though, as was the MoP, and I’m definitely going to try to make more time for it again.
I have just wrapped up work on my Terminator Lord, one of the brave heroes for my Word Bearers host who fits the bill for Azazel’s Jewel of July 2020 challenge.
As I may have said before, I’m not a huge fan of Terminators. The models used to bug me back when I was a pre-teen Black Templar player in 3rd edition, and although they became fairly awesome looking in later editions, I’ve never been keen to build a list around them. These days I still don’t feel like taking a squad of them, but if a warlord gets the chance to take a suit of Tactical Dreadnought Armour then colour me intrigued.
I built him from the Terminator Lord kit, which comes with loads of useful Chaotic gubbins; you can tell it’s from an older edition due to how many added customisation options you are left with after assembly. Plenty of extra goodies for the bitz box! His head is from a sergeant I found in my bitz box; it was a lighter plastic so possibly a Forge World head. I added some parchments to his armour and switched out the close combat weapon.
On the whole, I’m really happy with how he turned out, both building and painting. It’s an incredibly spiky, cluttered model and while I don’t have the time or inclination to part-assemble and paint my entire army in this way, doing so for the Terminator Lord really helped to sidestep a lot of issues that would have arisen. He’s also a very awkward model to get a shot of; even the pictures on the box make him look uncomfortable.
In terms of equipment, he has a combi-melta and a power maul. I don’t think it’s regarded as the the best close combat tool, although a Word Bearer character with a maul can upgrade to the Cursed Crozius, a Legion-specific relic that came to prominence in their lore when it was used to beat a White Scars Praetor to death. In game it allows the wielder to re-roll failed wound rolls when in combat with an Imperium unit.
There we have it, a second HQ unit for the Legion. When things begin to return to normal I would love to get a game in with this guy leading the masses, adding some punch to the cultist horde. Until then, take care.
I’ve been interested in putting together some Possessed marines lately, as my Word Bearers could use a bit of a melee boost. The problem is that the Possessed kit badly needs an update, but GW have relapsed into Ultramarines again with the birth of the new edition.
I found maybe half of the Possessed kit to be usable at least, so mixed this with some current Chaos marines. I have a squad of 5 at the moment, but here’s a shot of the two I’ve painted the armour for, including a Greater Possessed:
The main area of focus has been trying to finish up the Terminator Lord and second squad of Word Bearers marines. I started with the champion and marine with plasma gun, aiming to get to get all the plasma done in one go. They are quite close to being finished overall, with just tiny details needing done. As for the Chaos Lord, he had to be worked on in chunks because of how awkwardly spiky the model is. I finished the back section of his armour along with his cape so he could be fully assembled at last!
In the coming week I hope to find the time to get these three brought up to speed and continue on their Possessed brethren. Painting tends to be relaxing and really enjoyable, it’s just getting started that’s the hard part. Hopefully we can return to some form of normality in the weeks and months to come.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all staying safe.
I’m not fully sure how long I’ve had this Rhino in my possession for; I seem to recall it being a present from my sister maybe a year ago. I also remember the assembly wasn’t as bad as Rhinos normally tend to be! With Ann’s Immaterium issuing the Miniatures of Magnitude Challenge, now was the time to get this tank brought up to speed.
When putting it together, I aimed to keep it in line with everything that I liked about the Chaos vehicles: the spiked top sections, the grumpy gunner, the variety of gruesome trophies, etc. With our foul missionaries in the Word Bearers spreading the truth wherever they go, it made sense to add some parchments and tomes to the body of the Rhino too. Trying to avoid spending money on gubbins, I raided my bitz box and came up with a daemonic book and a couple of Space Marine parchments that could be used (after filing off the Imperial Aquila).
As far as painting goes, I stuck with my normal routine of drybrushing the armour. It took a few goes around the tank to build up a decent deep red that fit in with the rest of the crew, but added to that tattered, ancient look that is shared across the army. Feeling brave, I attempted some weathering with a sponge along the bottom of the chassis as well.
Troops and heavy support are my favourites when it comes to looking through codices. Fast attack doesn’t really cut the mustard for me, unless there’s a standout (or bizarre) unit in there that warrants a second look. The Chaos Spawn are that unit, being the slowest of the fast attack choices but ultimately more interesting than the standard fare that is bikers and jump pack infantry.
In the lore, a Spawn is a former warrior who has collapsed under the weight of so many mutations and driven to madness through the pain in their ever-changing form. This could either be a cruel punishment from the Gods for failing to live up to their potential, or simply as a means of the Gods entertaining themselves. I thought they would be an interesting addition to my Word Bearers, as well as helping to bolster the melee output of my army.
To start off, I had no idea how to go about getting these guys together. The kit was packed with bits and bobs to make mutated lumps of Chaotic flesh, and it provided a great amount of leftovers. I decided to keep the colour schemes simple and mainly rely on a mix of washes to differentiate between certain limbs; the Spawn are quite basic models, being naked and all, and I wanted to maintain a limited palette for painting them up.
The first model was just going to be a simple pallid flesh tone built on a base of Rakarth Flesh with drybrushed highlights. It got a wash of Agrax Earthshade on the main body and limbs, and a further wash of Druchii Violet on the front tentacle and the bulb to make it look like some form of toxin sac.
Spawn number 2 has the appearance of a sort of failed beastman with tentacles sprouting from its back. The flesh was Bugman’s Glow with an Agrax Earthshade wash and then drybrushed Cadian Fleshtone, while alternating between Druchii Violet and Carroburg Crimson for light bruising and infection effects. Overall I wanted the model to have the appearance that it was missing a layer or two of flesh and was in total agony.
There’s not much else to say about the Spawn to be honest! Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all well.
In the past week I’ve been finishing up painting some units and getting them written up. I also had a look into getting a second HQ choice for my army, this time something beefier than the Dark Apostle.
Not being a huge fan of the Daemon Prince or the Master of Possession models, I had a look elsewhere and read into building a Chaos Lord. While I’m not so keen on fielding Terminator Squads, I do like the Terminator Lord a lot. The kit is reasonably old but still holds up, and is filled with some tasty leftover Chaos gubbins to share amongst the troops. I added extras from my bitz box to jazz him up, make him more of a Word Bearer. As it stands, I’m going to paint the Lord and his cape separately, so I’ll hold off on any pictures of the actual model just now!
In recent weeks, my wife has been Marie Kondo-ing our house; basically staring each piece of clothing, accessory, book and electronic in the face and deciding whether or not it’s being kept, thrown away or donated. I too thought I would be helpful and volunteered to do the same to my model cabinet (she didn’t see the funny side).
Towards the bottom of the cabinet a group of Primaris appeared and that was when I recalled I had grabbed a few from eBay sometime in 2019 and never got around to working on them. I have been eager to paint some Relictors again, and so started to add bits and pieces. There was also a Lieutenant on a sprue, and I found a suitably arrogant head for him, befitting of the Relictors. He’s now the Sergeant of this little posse.
It would be good to get them all primed this week (weather dependent), but we’ll see how things go. I have a few ideas I would like to try regarding the Relictors’ armour that I didn’t try the first time around.
That’s it until next time. I hope you’re all well and staying safe.
I had accepted painting these guys as part of the Paint the Crap You Already Own! April Challenge from Ann’s Immaterium, the rules being that you had to have owned the models from before 1st April 2020. I’d recently finished work on a Helbrute and figured the Obliterators weren’t a million miles away in terms of what painting steps were required.
I decided to go with a different colour of flesh than the other Chaos Marines and the Helbrute, instead washing the Rakarth Flesh with Carroburg Crimson to achieve this mad pink. I added Druchii Violet to the recesses and some of the more bulbous areas of the skin for a bruised, infected look.
Originally coming from the Shadowspear box set, these two bastards are much like their other Chaos Space Marine kin in that they are both well-detailed and monstrous. While they look badass, the Obliterators have so much detail on their mutated backs and sides that it’s tricky to tell what’s meant to be piping, metal tubing and bullets- so much to the point where I had to consult the 360 photos on GW’s site just for clarification!
Overall, I’m fairly happy with how these guys turned out. The decals worked wonders this time around too and I was happy to be able to get some of the Colchisian runes on the armour plates for that Word Bearers finish.
There are some parts of the paintjob that I find myself coming back to and altering, but I think if I continue down this route I will probably drive myself insane. Lockdown is already making my attention span quite limited, with the constant urge to complete something (video games, models, books) and quickly move on to the next one.
Anyways, that’s all for this post. Take care and catch you next time.
Just going to be a short update of hobby progress today.
This Word Bearers squad has been waiting in the wings for some time now. When things need based and decals applied they slip out of urgency and I end up drifting over to the next unit in line. It was time to give them the final push and get them done.
They are the first of my Chaos Space Marine squads, equipped with an icon and a plasma gun. I mixed in a couple of other bits and pieces, including some flesh parchment (as Word Bearers seem to favour this over paper) and other additional gubbins like bone shards.
I’m also intending on taking more group shots once I get a unit finished up, as it’s kinda cool watching the army grow and seeing things coming together. Here’s one of the squad backed up by Helga:
That’s all for this update. Take care and stay safe!