Realm of Chaos: Champion of Slaanesh (“Paint the Crap You Already Own!” April 2020 Challenge) (Jes Goodwin, 1988)

Realm of Chaos Slaves to Darkness Chaos Champion of Slaanesh, Jes Goodwin, 1988

My next model for Ann’s “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge is this Chaos Champion of Slaanesh from the Slaves to Darkness releases of 1988. This particular model has been sitting around, somewhat part-painted for …I dunno. 15? 20 years? A hell of a long time. When I say part-painted, I mean I’d done a rougher vesion of the turquoise armour, and based it on a 25mm square base with green railroad flock. 3 or 4 years ago when I was doing some of my other old, unfinished chaos models I fished it out of the figure case and it’s been sititng on a tray on my painting desk ever since, with no real sense of urgency to work on since I didn’t really like the figure. After completing the Dwarf the other week, I asked Marouda to choose three figures for me to work on completing next. She chose this figure, no doubt because the various shades of Aqua and Turquoise are “my favourite colour” as well as another two – both of which are still WIP and one of which led to a block of 5 being worked on sort-of-together.

Realm of Chaos Slaves to Darkness Chaos Champion of Slaanesh, Jes Goodwin, 1988

I kept the aqua-turquoise armour, and went with a brass for the helmet, which had sat, primed white since I could never figure out what to do with it. The bondage glove and sock went from the dark purple that they were basecoated in to something with much more pronouced highlights, and the crest stayed in the original yellow, but with more emphasis on the highlights and shading. The corset and right bracer had enough in common with the right pauldron in terms of sculpting that they all got the same treatement – pearlescent red (which you cannot see in the photos at all) with a subtle red wash. The other metal accoutrements also got given the same brassy treatment as the helmet, as did the metal furniture of the weapon. Red gemstones and that was mostly that.

Realm of Chaos Slaves to Darkness Chaos Champion of Slaanesh, Jes Goodwin, 1988

The shield, naturally had to be one of the original plastics from the era of the sculpt. I went with one of the smaller “chaos” shaped shields in the end, as the main issue I have with a lot of them is that they end up covering a lot of the hard work you put into these lovely classic sculpts. I followed the same overall palette that I used on the rest of the model, with a freehand rune of Slaanesh that looks a little reminiscent of a dancing humanoid figure, due to the angles. I also gave the crescent on the end a bit of a crab-claw shape, as a nod to the daemonettes. Gloss varnish on the steed’s tongue for a nice, extra-slick look.

So thanks to Marouda’s choice (which admittedly was greeted with “that one??”) I have another model in that camp I rather like adding to – models I pretty much disliked, didn’t want to paint, and now have a real fondness for as finished pieces. Yeah, I’m happy with this one.

Realm of Chaos: Warrior-Champion of Khorne

Here’s the next of the Mark Copplestone series of Chaos Warrior-Champions from The Lost and the Damned-era.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Khorne, Mark Copplestone.

Mark Copplestone’s Chaos Warrior / Champion of Khorne.

Once again, this guy was painted back in the 1990’s but needed a little bit of touching up. He’d gathered some dust and such over the years, so he needed a cleaning scrub with a toothbrush and soap(!) to get the stuff off. I highlighted the brass of his armour, and also added a tint of green to it. I also touched up the bone on his horns and skull-pommel which were originally painted with the “base coat-and-ink glaze: done!” method.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Khorne, Mark Copplestone.

A view of the Skull Rune of Khorne.

All of the finer details around the slightly unknown release dates and such of the figures in this series are in the previous post that showed the Slaanesh Champion. Like the Slaanesh model, I rebased this guy to a 32mm round, which he actually fits on as he had some pretty bad overhang on the 25mm square that he used to reside on. I added the simple freehand Skull Rune of Khorne to his right shoulder. While I do like the newer models and  even like the AoS models, but there’s something to be said for models that leave a nice amount of flat space that allow some freehand work.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Khorne, Mark Copplestone.

Rear View. Nothing dodgy here!

While fixing this guy up and handling him, I started to notice just how much his armour reminded me of the “feel” of samurai armour. Not an exact copy by any means, but the pose and overall shape. I’m sure the mask appearance helps as well. It’s a subtler influence, but I think it works well for this figure from the days before Khorne was only about bloodlusting berserkers – the “warrior code” was also a big thing for Khorne back then. As much about blood and marital honour as blood and berserk rage.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Khorne, Mark Copplestone.


Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of adding blood and gore to models. Used sparingly, they can be quite effective, but too often a model just ends up spattered with the stuff, or way too many models are covered in it. As can be seen here, I’ve added some to his axe, and also to the pair of skulls at his feet. Hopefully it looks effective without being over the top.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Khorne, Mark Copplestone.

A view from a higher angle.

A slightly better view of his offerings to Khorne – a pair of blood-spattered skulls. The BFTBG paint looks a little flat in these photos, but in real life it looks suitably shiny and glistening.

It turns out I never started painting the Tzeentch or Nurgle models in this series of Warrior-Champions, or the other Khorne guy I found while looking through my figure boxes. I’ll hopefully get those painted up as palette cleansers in the next couple of months and then finally be able to show them all off together. Wish me luck!

Realm of Chaos: Warrior-Champion of Slaanesh

Back in the early 1990’s, shortly after the release of Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned, a small set of Chaos models was released. At least one for each of the four Chaos Powers, and seemingly Khorne got a few extras. These particular models aren’t seen a whole lot, as they weren’t sculpted by Jes Goodwin, but by Mark Copplestone – and so had a much shorter production life. They’re not the equal of Jes’ classic sculpts, but they do have an interesting character (there I bloody go) of their own. Objectively, they’re not amazing models compared to what has gone before or since, but I still like them.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

Chaos Warrior-Champion of Slaanesh.

I haven’t managed to find them in Stuff of Legends nor in the old issues of White Dwarf, but I seem to recall seeing them named both as “Chaos Champions” and as “Chaos Warriors” at different times – which also happened with more than a few of Jes’ champions. They’re that “in-between” style of model that could reasonably fit into either category. These days at least, my thoughts on Chaos Warriors tend towards the more generic models as used in more recent years, so I’ll call these guys “Champions” in my own collection – especially as the more generic “foot knight”-style armoured Chaos Warriors were a thing as far back as the pre-slotta days.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

Side view of the Fiend-headed one.

This guy is Slaanesh’s entry. He features all-original paint from the 1990’s as well. Amazingly there were no touch-ups needed whatsoever, nor any embarrassingly garish colour combinations that needed correction. All I needed to do to “renovate” him to 2016 standard was to rebase him – onto a 32mm round in this case since he overhung the 25mm square pretty badly. This way I can legit use him should I ever try Age of Sigmar as well. It doesn’t matter in Kings of War as the game uses regimental bases, so as long as the footprint is sound, this guy and whatever other heavy, psychotic bastards he hangs out with can wreak havoc just as effectively once I actually start on them properly.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

Shield View.

I’ve added flowers to his base not because I see Slaanesh as effeminate, but as followers of Chaos that can appreciate beauty as well as debauchery – just as they were back in the RoC days. The shield is NOT freehand, I should point out. It’s a decal. It had some silvering but a coat of satin over the top fixed that up well enough.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

A cheeky grin?

A rather “cheeky” (hur hur) shot to finish up. It’s more than a little silly, but such was life in Nottingham back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and it’s pretty well known that the studio didn’t take themselves so seriously back then, and took the piss out of everything including themselves (and they liked to sneak stuff past management) so I’m willing to give it a pass while if such a thing were released today, the implications would be a lot more disturbing.

I’ve got a Khorne Warrior-Champion from the same release who I’ll show shortly. He just needs a bit of updating, and I’ve been putting all of my energy into a big clean-up of the house and (especially) the war room, which has slowly become a dumping ground for boxes and random junk. So as soon as I can manage!

Realm of Chaos – Skaven Champion of Khorne (and follower!)

Back in the olden days, when I was just a pup, I played a bit of the Chaos Warbands variant of WHFB. My very first champion was a Skaven. Since at that time I had a Skaven army (which I later sold, keeping only a few figures) I did manage to pluck out an appropriate figure for use, with the sword, dagger, and a crest of evil-looking spines. This guy had a very, very old paintjob, and so I’ve gone over most of it as well as rebasing him. The biggest changes were reversing the colours on his Skaven-style lorica segmentata, and a repaint over his clothing in order to brighten it a little, and getting rid of his yellow pouch.

Skaven Champion of Khorne and Follower.

I don’t remember the story behind his little mate, but I do remember having Khorne in mind when I painted up his shield, so I figure he can stand in for now as a follower of the first guy. he just needed as bit of a touch-up and tone down to bring him up to scratch.

Oldhammer Skaven

For the time being, I’m still a long way off building and painting my Skaven army, which will see the field under the Kings of War “Ratkin” list in the future. Until then, the odd Skaven that I may paint will be dropped into either my “Chaos” Army with my Realm of Chaos beastmen, or my “Beastmen” Army for any “cleaner” looking Skaven.

Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness Beastmen I: Champions of Slaanesh and Khorne

Oldhammer Realm of Chaos Beastman Beastmen Champions of Slannesh and Khorne

Beastmen Champions of Slaanesh and Khorne.

As part of my “Clearing the Painting Desk” push that I’ve been on for the past few months, I’m also including “Renovations” as valid. Turning old models that have been sitting unused in cases for years into models that I’m once again happy enough with to display or game with is something that really feels worthwhile. Sometimes it just takes a rebasing, other times it also requires touching up, and other times it requires a significant repaint of parts of the model.

These two date from at least 1988, as they were both part of those waves of models released in conjunction with Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, the tome dealing with Khorne and Slaanesh. The Slanneshi model was originally released simply as one of the “Beastmen”, but they’re clearly a cut above most of their compatriots from those releases in terms of fancy-pants gear, and so I’ve always considered them to be Beastman Champions of their respective deities. The Khorne model dates back to (at least) 1985, a he can be seen in that year’s Citadel Journal amongst the C27 Beastmen, named “Khornag” at the time.

I originally painted both of these two many years ago, and aside from the rebasing (Khornag receiving a new 32mm base due to his size), both also needed some repainting.

Oldhammer Realm of Chaos Beastman Beastmen Champions of Slannesh and Khorne

Rear View of Khornag and the Slaangor Champion.

The Khornate beastman – Khornag, a Kev Adams sculpt – had a few pieces of gear that were originally painted green (because contrast) were redone in cadmium red, the webbed ruff was reddened, the (badly sculpted) shoulder spikes were redone in black from their original “aged horn” look and the armour and metal parts were redone, with a bit more done to highlight and shade. Painting in the gems across his crown was the final bit of updating.

I never liked this Khornate sculpt, but the rebasing and removal of the garish greens have turned my opinion a little. It feels like a solidly ok figure now. Still nothing great, but decent.

The Slaaneshi beastman – Slaangor Champion, which I believe is a Jes Goodwin model had much more of a repaint. Back in the day I thought that “Slaanesh” meant “lots of garish colours” apparently. The leather legging (originally a pale, bright blue) was repainted to match the corset. The grinning face shoulder pad was originally pink, and repainted a dark gold/brass to match the sword’s furniture and foot guard on the legging – which also features a grinning face. The leather straps were changed from a deep blue to a Deep Purple(!) to better match the tone of the figure set by the corset and legging, and the bag – which was originally a horrid garish yellow was also turned into a Deep Purple. The studs on the leather strapping and legging were also changed to a pale, pastel yellow to match those originally on the corset. I deepened and highlighted the yellow-green of his fishy head-crest to define it a little more, and highlighted his pale skin further, though it’s a little washed out in the images here. The sword was originally a deep, dirty metallic blue, which I turned into a brighter metallic green. As with the Khornate, the brass was highlighted a little. The red crab-claw remains untouched, as does the pink panel on his right breast. I’d have repainted that one, but I decided to leave the freehand Slaaneshi rune untouched.

A fair bit more work, but it’s turned this figure from what I’ve always thought of as a “trash model” into something I really quite like.

These guys will eventually be included in armies for Kings of War, but exactly which armies remains to be seen. My Beastmen (Herd) army will be much more of a “Bestigor”-type army, while these two (and many of the others that are part of my renovations of my older models) are deeply Realm of Chaos-style Beastmen rather than the more feral Bestigor-style.

Realm of Chaos – “Oldhammer” Part 2

So after the positive feedback I received for the first batch, I thought I’d put up some more of my old Realm of Chaos models for perusal.

First up is a Champion of Slaanesh. This guy is counterpart to the Champion of Khorne (3rd from the top) posted last time, and like the Khornate fellow, was sculpted by Mark Copplestone. This was one of my early attempts are painting properly pastel armour, and I’m still happy with it to this day. When I rebase this guy I’ll have to paint his mouthparts with gloss, though!

His shield has a decal – not freehand on this guy.

This guy isn’t especially amazing, but he’s bloody old – predating the RoC books. I’ve included him here partly because of that, and partly because of the freehand on his shield and tabard/groin protector. Funny – even back then, I’d often rise to a good sculpt with one of my better paintjobs, and just try to get it done when on a lesser sculpt.

Technically, this guy isn’t a chaos model at all. it’s actually the Troll figure from the Talisman series. Given his small size (he’s on a 25mm square base) I painted him with flesh tones and called him a beastman, since they had a lot of flexibility of appearance back then. Goat-heads were just one of many types…

Again, not strictly speaking a Chaos model (well, sometimes but not always, depending on packaging over the years!) This familiar was a quick and easy paintjob. and I still have an affection towards the little blighter all these years later.

I don’t recall exactly which range this guy came from, and until I rebase him down the line I don’t plan to pry him off the base to find out. I suspect that he might be from the old Night Horror line. The Night Horror figures were a Citadel Fantasy figure sub-range that included all of the typical Hammer Horror-type figures – vampires, mummies, werewolves, etc – as well as tombstones and gargoyles and other odds and ends, both scenic and character-based. I drilled into the base of the decapitated guy’s head and left a pin hanging out, which I put some droppy gloss PVA onto, along with some segmented paint to represent spinal column, and of course, some blood.

Aside from all that – he makes a fine beastman!

An actual Beastman this time. I’m still happy with how his face and teeth turned out and still mildly annoyed at how his shield hides it all. The drybrushing on his chest is a little rough, but I’ve never noticed that before posting up this picture. Isn’t it wonderful how large photos magnify all the minor flaws in our painting and make them look huge and hideous?

One of my favourite beastmen of the day. I still really like the figure and sculpt, the paintwork I did, and the freehand on his shield (no decals involved at all here). If I had to criticise my own work here, I’d perhaps point out how the clean and bright shield doesn’t quite gel with the more grungy figure holding onto it.

Lastly for this round, an old Champion of Nurgle, sculpted by Jes. It looks a little shitty in the picture, but the armour is deliberately corroded and messed up looking – and it looks quite decent in person. Note the early version of the symbol of Nurgle on his gutplate and helmet. I always wondered about that, and wasn’t in the slighted bit surprised when it got changed to three circles/flies/etc.

Realm of Chaos – “Oldhammer” Part 1

Inspired by the Realm of Chaos Blog, I’ve been wanting to dig out some of my old classic unpainted RoC figures and paint them up. Since my paint room still has lighting issues, I did the next best thing and dug out a bunch of my old figures, purchased and painted back in the day. I wince a little when I see some of them, or I look at them and think about how I could paint X or Y much better now, but then again some of the sculpts aren’t the sharpest, and the blown up photos really do reveal every flaw (and bit of dust stuck to them after 20+ years in figure cases.) Some of the photos have the focus a little off, but then again I just took them in the downstairs bathroom, once I noticed that the light in there is pretty good(!)

I guess it’s important to remember that I was a teenager when I painted these, and was obviously incredibly influenced by the various GW techniques and palettes of the day, going from the 3rd-edition WFB through to the “GW Red period”. I intend to rebase these, as I’ve always preferred round bases, but I’m in two minds as to whether to repaint or touch them up. (There are some truly awful figures I won’t show and will definitely strip, but most fall into that middle ground, as these do.)

Without further ado, here are some of the old school:

Mister Fly-head here is, I believe, a Jes Goodwin Sculpt. I think it may have actually come out after Slaves to Darkness as part of the Lost and the Damned waves, though it’s also very possible that it came out during the huge time gap between the two books. It was one of my first attempts of using a glaze over a white basecoat, in this case, Windsor & Newton Blue. Remember when White Dwarf explained techniques like that? Because that’s where I learned to do it. If I were to repaint it (or if I decide to touch it up) I’ll be going over the red rope belt, and perhaps seeing if I can do something in a metallic blue or green over the eyes.

This guy is another of Jes’ sculpts (I think). A beastman, obviously. I’m still pretty happy with this guy, given his age. I doubt I’d do anything to him besides go over him with tweezers to get the dust-hairs off (not that you can really see them IRL. For some reason, one of my friends always had a huge issue with the Union Flag design on the shield. I just told him, tongue in cheek, that it’s a stylised 8-pointed chaos star, but he still couldn’t handle it..

A Chaos Champion of Khorne, though today he’d simply be a Chaos Warrior, I guess. This figure came out later, during or after the Lost and the Damned phase. I think Mark Copplestone sculpted this one, and from memory, he did a champion for each of the four powers. The brass/gold is simply W&N Burnt Sienna ink glazed right over Humbrol enamel gold. I used Humbrol enamels for a long time, since many of the GW metallics still weren’t up to scratch. The armour was another glazing experiment of the day from a White Dwarf. Painted red, then tiny yellow dots painted over the top. Then a glaze of red ink, then more dots, then another glaze, and so on – for several layers. It looks a bit chunky here, but with the figure in hand, it looks quite decent. Again, a figure I’m happy to leave alone, aside from rebasing.

A beastman. Not sure who sculpted this one, though Jes did a lot of the beastmen of this era, I’m not sure if this is his or not. His dog-face means he is a worshipper and follower of Khorne. Oh, the days when beastmen were less generic! I do like the new ones, but I enjoy the variety and character of the old sculpts. He’s a little over-bright perhaps, and his armour is a bit pristine, but them’s the breaks, and it just goes to show that nothing ever changes in the world of Warhammer – just check out most Space Marine armour(!) freehand runes of Khorne on the shield and armour. I gave him a ruddy Swamp Brown fur, highlighted with Orc Brown, and the same treatment as the warrior above for his mace. Again, one I’ll be leaving alone. Maybe a tiny touch-up on his toenails.

Yep, it’s the same model again. I came to paint this one later on, and wanting them to all be individuals, I gave him a rich red fur along with a pinkish muzzle and of course, the pale milky-yellow, pupiless eyes of a follower of Khorne. (which I also gave to his mate, above). A duller gut-plate with a red rune on it, and a more stylised rune of Khorne on his shield.

This beastman is definitely one of Jes’ models. Pretty straightforward with a ruddy coat and a half-rune of Khorne on his shield, as taken from the Slaves to Darkness pages. Can you guess which god my warband(s) were usually aligned with? This one again doesn’t need to be repainted. His blade uses a technique I learned back in the day. Can’t remember if this one was from White Dwarf, a friend or something i discovered myself (probably after a messy accident).

If there was something that you wanted to remain a metal, particularly a little weather-beaten or simply not pristine – you masked it when you primed, and then inked the bare metal with black drawing ink. Let it sit for about 10 seconds, then wipe as much of it off as possible. The ink would stain the metal of the miniature, darkening it, while also remaining in the gaps and crevasses. I used this a lot in those days, especially considering how average-to-bad many of the metallic paints could be. I still use it today, on occasion.

Another of Jes’ beastmen, using a facial sculpt that found it’s way onto several models. Again this guy is pretty straightforward and needs no repainting. Same technique as above for the blade, and the same palette of Swamp and Orc Browns for his fur. The loincloth is a little bright, but it’s there to signify “Khorne”, and the old spiky shield is a little bit crap, but it’s old-school, so it stays. The horns aren’t awesome, but given the age of the mini, they’re good enough…

Another double, I think this is the last (painted) duplicated RoC figure I have. Again the main thing I wanted to do with this one was make him distinct from his twin. I’ve gone for a slightly more generic look this time, rather than Khornate. I also used a Marauder Miniatures’ Dark Elf shield on him, since it’s got a chaos star on it. If I remember correctly, he was pretty much fully painted and sat there in a case for a few years before getting the shield added to finally complete him.

A chaos sorcerer. Yes. Painted in pretty much Khornate colours. I painted him to twin him with another Chaos Champion with bone armour, who I painted with the same palette (copied from a White Dwarf). I’d kinda like to repaint him completely, but I’m not sure. I’ve regretted stripping some of my old marines from the RT era that were actually pretty decently painted – especially after seeing and picking up the same figures down the line from eBay.

That’s it for this post. More here!