Space Crusade – Chaos Space Marines

Continuing the late 1980’s/early 1990’s thing I’ve had going for awhile here are a trio of Chaos Space Marines from the rather famous Space Crusade boardgame – part of the cooperation between Games Workshop and Milton Bradley from that era along with HeroQuest and Battle Masters. I had owned both HeroQuest and Advanced HeroQuest in the day, and managed to pick up replacement secondhand copies of both in the past few years to re-complete them. I also owned Battle Masters and Space Crusade, but sadly both of those got scattered to the winds over time through my own fault and poor choices, so there’s not that much left of either now.

Anyway, these three got painted back in the day and updated a month or two ago.

Space Crusade Chaos Space Marines of Nurgle, Khorne and Tzeentch

As noted in earlier posts, back in the 90’s I was’t able to afford all of the models I wanted (how some things never change, eh?) and so my solution was to paint what I had differently or uniquely to make up for it. Sadly, these are still the only World Eaters/Khornemarines and Thousand Sons/Tzeentchmarines I actually have painted to this day! I thought it’d be a good idea to give the Nurgle guy a cut-down “hoof” style foot, and then damage his horn. For some reason, I then thought it’s be a good idea to damage the Khorne guy’s horn in exactly the same place and way. /facepalm.

Space Crusade Chaos Space Marines of Nurgle, Khorne and Tzeentch

Space Crusade Chaos Marines show off their iconography.

The Nurgle guy got a visit from a red-hot paperclip from the stove and a bit of putty to create the disfigurement and damage to his armour. The iconography on the other two is freehanded, and was done 20-odd years ago with no need to touch it up recently. The main things I did to touch these guys up was to remove the green elements of armour from the Khorne and Tzeentch guys, as well as the removal of a bit of purple from Tzeentch-dude. As I’ve said, the early 90’s were a bit garish if you followed GW for inspiration too closely. They look much nicer now, muted down a little to their “proper” colours.

Space Crusade Chaos Space Marines of Nurgle, Khorne and Tzeentch

Rear View of the Space Crusade Chaos Marines

The Red-and-Green of the Nurgle Marine isn’t what I’d choose today, but was actually a common scheme for Nurgle Marines and Chaos Renegades from the Slaves to Darkness book, and was a bit part of the “original soul” of this painted guy, so I left it. I also rebased all three on the new 32mm round bases, which they fill out nicely and really fit with these models much better than the 25mm ones they lived on for so long.

This blog really has been filled with old models lately – it’s not intentionally retro, it’s just that a lot of what I’ve painted, am repainting and am finally finishing is from that era, and I’m trying to document everything I finish these days. I’m keen as hell to get onto some newer models and some Forge World and so forth, but I’m making myself hold off, with the exception of “work minis” that have simple techniques that I can do at work (and bore me to do at home!)

18 thoughts on “Space Crusade – Chaos Space Marines

  1. Been there! …I still have my complete Warhammer Quest and Space Crusade. (I had HeroQuest too, but only kept the figures and furniture. I’ve always wanted to paint the space marines and chaos marines (I don’t want to do all the orcs and gobbos) – so maybe that can be a project for the near future. I haven’t played Space Crusade for probably a decade, but I would like to have those figures done, so you’ve given me some new inspiration!

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    • As it happened, most of my own Space Crusading happened on the Amiga, with the computer version of the game. As much as I liked buying those GW boardgames, I rarely got to play them as my gaming groups of the time were either RPG-focused or Tabletop battle focused with WHFB and 40k. I look forward to seeing your take on the Space Crusade models!

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  2. You know I have loved every chaos 80’s paint job you have done! This is no surprise you have painted my new favorite Chaos marines! This is officially my most favorite chaos paint jobs of all time! Well my hat is off to you sir if I wore one lol!

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    • I’m looking at my Amiga surviving via Emulation at some stage. I just need to be interested enough to try and set it all up. Many, many hours of good times there, though! I never got to play Final Liberation, which always seemed a shame. What was the other one? Chaos Gate?

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      • Yeah Chaos Gate sounds right! that one was a squad based game I believe ,kind of like Fallout Tactics another favorite of mine. I like having a small band of guys like in Necromunda and you scavenge for equipment and weapons, and take on other groups of and teams of various xenos and there’s missions and objectives you have ! Good old times. I’m playing Alien Isolation right now holy crap we’ve come a long way from the original Space Hulk video game which was like 93 , which I think was gif animated images which in its day was awesome! 😀

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  3. Some refurbished paint jobs are better than others and these are hreat.
    While extremely bright, your revised take on them really does suggest that garish era while simultaneously dialling it back while necessary. Lovely.

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    • Thanks Cheetor. I think a lot of my next ones will also be darker, more in line with 3rd edition. Though they’ll still be a lot brighter and cleaner than more realistic paint tends to look. Paradigm has a good line on more muted and realistic tones. While I love his work, I just can’t bring myself to do it myself, though.

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  4. Very nice, they would have looked great on the original box art! I remember those sculpts fondly as Worldeaters since I gave them them to a mate for his Khorne forces. They work equally well for the other dark powers as you’ve shown. The Tzeentch Marine has to be my favourite I think.

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    • Thanks Subedai. I’m not sure if I’ve got any mroe grunts, but I should have the Sergeant somewhere around. He’s definately gotta be Khornate, though with that helmet.

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