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.