Tag Archives: relictors

Some WIPs- Chaos Lord & Primaris Relictors

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.

Hunter of the Esoteric

This inquisitor was about 80% complete when I left him some months back. I thought I would have a push and get him done, since he is one of my favourites from GW in recent years, as are much of the older inquisition range. I really like the variety of models that exist (or existed) for the inquisitorial retinue and that goes for some of the actual inquisitors themselves.


The rogue Inquisitor retreats with the damned sword, supported by Relictor space marines.

The idea was to include him for the Relictors as a rogue ally similar to their former colleague De Marche. He would lead the charge into the most dangerous of locations, hunting Chaotic weaponry and artefacts for his own twisted use, flanked by the Relictors. While there might not be much chance of using him in a game, I thought that the model complemented the sinister space marines and their lore quite well.



I used a fair bit of drybrushing on the inquisitor, treating his robes similar to that of my cultists, as well as washing the sword in hexwraith flame (because I have some sort of addiction to using that colour on everything). I’ve only ever seen this inquisitor painted in burgundy before so I went with a metallic colour for the armour to give him a colder appearance.

If the opportunity to flesh out a retinue of rogues pops up then I would be tempted to take it. Hopefully GW does another offer on their older lines as they did in the latter half of last year.

Thanks for reading, catch you all soon.

More WIPs

In the leadup to starting a new job, things have been quite hectic. I have been able to chip away at some painting as the days hurtle by however, and have been continuing with my sternguard veteran squad. I’ve been working on each marine’s individual details, as their armour and backpacks are studded with decorations and relics. The veteran sergeant has been the main focus of it all so far, so he’s been getting the most attention.

Simultaneously, I’ve been painting up a combat squad of intercessors. I grabbed these guys from eBay from the Dark Imperium boxset for dirt cheap, and started mixing and matching pieces after realising that everyone seems to have these monopose models in their army. I’ve only recently tried some of the Primaris range with my ancient model and have found them to be a little easier to slap paint onto than the standard marines.

So alongside the sternguard we have the intercessor combat squad on the side, and as shown in the pic an old heavy support choice in the form of a vindicator. It’s been my favourite Space Marine vehicle for years and having saved its unpainted form from a previously unfinished army, I figured it would be fun to throw on some heretical bells and whistles and let it roll into battle with its fellow Relictors.

That’s all for now, take care and catch you all next time.

Azazel’s Armoured April Painting Challenge

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been finishing up on my entry for Azazel’s painting challenge for April, which has seen wrapping up a dreadnought and finishing off a new armoured model alongside it.

Since first getting a taste for Space Marines in 3rd edition, I’ve been in love with the armoured walkers that are the dreadnoughts, and it only got better with the introduction of venerable and ironclad varieties throughout the years (the redemptor looks ghastly though). The ironclad dreads are a long-time favourite of mine, with tougher plating and nasty close-combat weapons for mauling the shit out of infantry and vehicles alike.

Dreadnoughts are seen as walking relics in themselves, long-serving heroes who have resisted the taint of Chaos for centuries. They are symbols of a never-ending hatred for the enemy and a dedication to their duty,  not to mention being something of a mascot for the Space Marines on the whole.

This ironclad’s sarcophagus is decorated with multiple purity seals as well as a tome of heretical scribblings, a remnant of the esoteric texts that this former marine had transcribed in his cell back on the Relictors’ star fortress. A shred of parchment torn from the mashed carcass of a fallen Chaos terminator lord hangs as a grim trophy to past conquests.


This month I also started and finished a variation of the ancient that I had previously built, as I had a spare Chaos banner kicking about and wanted to build a Primaris version. I’d recently picked up some of the Primaris from the Dark Imperium box via cheap lots on eBay, and was curious to see what the fuss was about. I used one of the sergeants as the basis of the ancient, building a new serge out of GW’s actual Primaris ancient on the side.


This was my first time building and painting one of the newer marines, and I actually think the sculpts for them are superb. Although I was sceptical at first of the bigger figures, I have found this guy much more pleasant to paint than his smaller brethren. And much like this shorter counterpart, the Relictor Primaris is carrying a captured enemy banner into combat.

Anyways, thanks for reading and see you again soon.

Sternguard- a WIP

Between working and studying for a networking exam next week, I’ve been chipping away at a unit of sternguard veterans. They were a birthday present from my wife back in January and have been patiently awaiting painting until the tactical squads were completed.

So, the sternguard kit may be my favourite of all of GW’s kits, brimming with interesting armour pieces and weaponry. Even after your five veterans are built, you have mounds of stuff to use on the rest of your army, and it’s really useful for sprucing up kitbashed HQs or other Elite choices. I added some of this stuff to an ancient and a lieutenant model, and there’s still plenty to spare.

I would have been happy to throw the sternguard together as is, but thought that they needed a little extra to link them with the rest of the guys. Some Dark Angel veteran backpacks appear to have relics embedded in them and made for perfect pieces to use, and there are one or two Chaotic parts thrown in there too (not really visible in the pic). I opted for a bare-bones loadout with the squad, all boltguns with special-issue ammunition as standard.

4 of the 5 veterans at various stages of painting, with radical Inquisitor.

I also like to work on the Inquisitor as a sort of break in the monotony, so he tends to make an appearance whenever I bring models downstairs to paint. He’s done with the same limited pool of paints that the Relictors are, just a little more garish than his marine counterparts. I previously stated that he was to represent the radical Inquisitor De Marche, the one who convinced the Chapter to aid him in collecting Chaotic weaponry from the worlds around the Eye of Terror, and ultimately lead them down the path to their status as renegades.

For my next post, I’ll be working on my entry for Azazel’s upcoming challenge in April. Thanks for stopping by.

A Relictor Ancient- a WIP

It’s no secret that I love the old White Dwarf magazines, especially the ones around 2004-2005 when you had all the mad shit going down with the Inquisition and Sisters of Battle range, large manic battle reports and some pretty random articles mixed in. While I don’t hate the way that things are with the magazine these days, I read a lot of the beloved issues back in the day and still enjoy going back to them for inspiration and tips.

As I mentioned in a previous lore post, my main point of reference for the Relictors is White Dwarf #295, where they featured in Chapter Approved. This was the first time that I had encountered these Space Marines outside of the Armageddon codex, getting a taste of what a renegade Space Marine army was like.

standard bearer

Chapter Approved laid out the ground rules for using a Relictors army, and featured some relics that these Space Marines could take. Characters could have anything from a Dark Blade to a Pandemic Staff, to a Dread Axe even, all through the roll of a D6 before the game. What was also interesting is that the same applied to banners. Now, this was all under the notion that the player would have both the Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine codices to hand, one for selecting their army and the other to find out what bizarre side effects theses relics would conjure.

“Just as the senior members of the Relictors bear Daemon weapons to war, so too does the Chapter make use of captured banners, icons and standards, believing the unholy powers bound within these relics can be turned upon their erstwhile masters.” (pg. 73, White Dwarf #295)

This acted as an upgrade to a standard bearer, and so I thought that I would take the opportunity to customise a figure that I plan on using. I have put together an ancient for use in the backfield, making use of some extra pieces from the Blood Angels kit, sternguard kit and some old command squad gubbins that were lying around. In the spirit of the old mags, he is equipped with a Chaos banner.

The icon for Chaos Undivided is quite grisly, however it was the least offensive of the four available that I could find. Sure there’s an Imperial Guard skull and helmet lodged on the top, but the Relictors have slain members of the Guard in the past. If anything, they probably would have scoffed when they saw it!

I got the icon itself from eBay, the rest being built from spares. Gradually I’m wanting to whittle down the amount of loose marine parts that are kicking about and maximise any customisation and kitbashing that I can, maybe extending to creating a lieutenant or two as well. Time for painting has been minimal with exams popping up here and there, hence the small assembly projects on the side, but I plan to resume this coming week.

Thanks for stopping by!


Relictor Terminator Librarian

Picking an HQ is an awkward choice I feel. At least, it is for me. I’m indecisive in this regard and weigh the pros and cons of each again and again until it drives me mad. I used to be fairly chaplain-leaning in my old Black Templar days, and to this day I miss that dinky metal miniature, ugly as he was.

I love GW’s librarian sculps, I think they have a tremendous amount of detail and hit that stride of arcane and military just right. In recent years I also started to dig terminators, so a librarian in terminator armour was the logical choice. I built this guy last year and with all the chaos (not literal Chaos, but close) going on in my house, it’s taken a sizeable while to paint him.

One part of Relictor lore that I like relates to their organisation, and their love of librarians. They supposedly have more than other Chapters, certainly more than they should have (some attribute this to the Relictors being so geographically close to the Eye of Terror). Here the librarians screen potential new recruits, looking for those with the strongest will to be welcomed into the Chapter. It echoes of the Exorcists a tad too, although those guys tend to over-recruit more than anything.

In the case of our librarian here, he carries with him a daemon staff and several heretical texts. He is literally covered in relics, if we count the terminator armour too. I like having it for some added survivability, in theory anyway, even if the character inside is somewhat on the squishy side! I do look forward to using him in future battles, as I have never had a reason to field one in the Black Templars.

Not owning any terminators to run the librarian with, I think he can accompany my other upcoming veteran unit- more about these guys in the weeks to follow. Thanks for reading.

Tactical Squad 2

The second tactical squad was modelled loosely on the first, a mix-and-match with some Chaos and Blood Angels armour for an extra gothic feel. Heretical scrolls adorn a few of the battle-brothers’ armour while others have smaller brass decorations on their armour and bolters, perhaps spoils looted from an alter in a Chaotic shrine on one of the worlds they dropped in on.

I’d planned in advance to have a squad of devastators take up lascannon duty, so these guys were going to be my melta crew. I’m intending on building a rhino for this squad to get them to where they need to be on the battlefield so they can unleash molten death on the enemy, without worrying too much about the meltagun’s short range.

I continue to be undecided on the bases, however I am brainstorming and have a few ideas about how to make them look more interesting. It’ll be a case of trial and error I’m sure, and it’s one of the aspects of the hobby that I never used to bother about years ago; I always got by with some model train terrain flock and a pot of green paint!

In the meantime I have some detail work to finish on the ironclad dread, as well as the librarian who is creeping ever closer to being completed!

Tactical Squad 1

Over the past few weeks, finding the time to work on the army has been tricky, especially when RE2 was released in late January. It’s been a busy time with studying and work too, and I fell out of the loop with regular painting sessions. However, I realised that I am due to post how the tactical squads turned out, so consider this part 1 of 2.

The other afternoon I managed to power through the remainder of the bases for the tactical squads, and am happy to say that they are both finished. The goal for modelling these guys was to make them appear a little sinister, as if they had been scouring the worlds around the Eye of Terror and plundering Chaotic odds and ends. Also, I wanted each marine to appear individual while maintaining that cohesion within the squad.

This tactical squad was my plasma gun/plasma cannon/combi-plasma loadout. I’m a big fan of plasma weaponry, both how it looks and how it works in-game, so this is my go-to weapon set for a group of ten. I mixed in pieces from the Blood Angels tactical box to give some of the battle-brothers’ armour a more ornate look, painting any blood-droplet iconography to resemble the odd stud/decoration/gem. While initially building these guys, I generally avoiding adding any piece of armour that leaned too far into Blood Angels territory, i.e: any blood droplet insignia that couldn’t be comfortably removed with a modelling knife.

So for this week, I’ll be working on the ironclad dreadnought, and also getting the second squad written up and posted.

[note: I realised too late that I forgot to paint the boltgun barrels haha]

Odds & Ends

Part of this project was to be building a small army on a bit of a budget, and while I haven’t been going to massive lengths to dodge costs entirely (I’ve bought one or two kits in the last 6 months) I’m still making use of odds, ends and spares from the ol’ bitz box. I have a real indecision problem when it comes to HQ choices and had to assemble a Captain after finding one of my old MKII veterans two weeks ago.

This Relictor Captain is part MKII veteran with a banner from the tactical kit. The loose grav pistol and Chaos sword were kicking about the bitz box and made decent additions to the fella. In game terms it could maybe count as a Burning Blade relic for the sake of representing the weapon of the enemy. I always liked the MKII kits when GW were selling them in finecast, as they had some badass details and poses. In the end it’s added a fairly sinister leader to the army and I’m excited to get him painted up.

The ironclad in the pic below is a leftover from a previous army that was primed but never really started. He’s equipped with dual flamers for mass pest control, and now has a tome of ancient (and potentially dangerous) texts mounted on his right arm. In the wake of finishing the two tactical squads, painting this guy has certainly been a breath of fresh air!

Above is an Inquisitor that was in one of my first posts, in July of 2018. He was a purchase that I made in panic during a period when GW were removing a lot of the best-looking models from their site (daemonhosts were one for the chop, among a few of the Inquisition range alone). Just now getting around to painting him up, he’s filling a role of breaking up the dreadnought painting when things get slow. Much like the Relictors, his pool of paints is staying quite limited and hopefully this will tie him in with the army more.

Take care and catch you all next time, when hopefully I’ll get some pics of the squads on the go.