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.

Axe-side!

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!