Realm of Chaos: CH5 Chaos Familiars

:And now for some more truly Oldhammer models. These Chaos Familiars date from 1986-88, and were sculpted by Jes Goodwin and Bob Naismith. I believe the two on the outer are Goodwin sculpts, and the middle one could be by either.

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CH5 Chaos Familiars: Manequin (sic), Beastling and ..unnamed?

I painted these models a very long time ago. Sometime not too long after the Space Marine Paint Set was released, based on the robes the unnamed familiar is wearing. (Shades of the Watchers in the Dark!). I painted two of them with Tzeentch in mind – being the most magically-oriented of the Chaos Powers, and a nice chance to paint something different to my usual Khorne’ dominated stuff. I’m still very happy with how they came out, especially the duo-tone on Manequin.

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Rear view of the Familiars

All they needed recently was a tiny touch-up and rebasing onto more modern bases. If you think they look a little big for familiars, it’s because I’ve used 20mm round bases that I got with some of my Red Box Games minis. Our final image provides a better sense of scale, provided by a friendly passing Oldhammer Champion of Nurgle. These guys are small! Smaller than a goblin. Like Snotling sized.

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Scale Shot!

And in a surprising bit of awesomeness, I recently found that most of these figures are still available from Games Workshop even today, as part of the limited range of Direct-only metals that they still stock. Even more amazingly, they’re available for a reasonable price. If you’re someone who likes these cool old models, I’d change the flag on the GW website to your own one, and get them while you can! If you’re into familiars like this, Heresy also makes some cool familiars that fit with the same old-school Warhammer vibe, and Andy could probably use your cash a little more than Kirby…  I’ll be buying that pack as soon as I can get some spare dosh together.

Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness Khorngor Beastmen

More Realm of Chaos era beastmen today. Once again, these are Khorngor – Beastmen of Khorne. One is (probably) intended as such, while the others are generic beastmen painted as followers of Khorne from back in the day. I believe all four are again Jes Goodwin sculpts, though I’m not 100% sure on the bulldog head. He could be one of Kev Adams’ or Mark Copplestone’s sculpts from the same range?

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An early “Gor”style beastman and a Bulldog-head Khorngor.

When I was young, I was a fan of Khorne. Blood for the Blood God, Skulls for the Skull Throne, a combination of maddening blood rage and marital honour. While that last thing has kind of fallen by the wayside in recent years, Khorne remains a firm fan favourite for GW and no doubt teenagers the world over. Is it any wonder that the SigMarines battle KhorneReapers and BloodSmashers and all the rest?

So with this deep background in mind, we’ll let that suffice as the explanation as to why the generic goatheaded beastman was painted with Khornate-friendly armour. The shield on the other hand shows my own humour of the day. It’s not a Union Flag – it’s a variation of the eight-pointed star of Chaos. I do remember that this shield bothered by friend Jared something fierce. He might have found it broke the atmosphere of the game or something like that. Bulldog-face was actually painted with brown leathers and pretty much no markings of alleigance to Khorne, which I found odd. I repainted his leathers to a deep red, to keep the original feel of my original paint while tying him in a little more with his Khornate brethren.

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Two more “Generic” Beastmen painted as Khorngor.

These two are clearly Goodwin sculpts. The one on the left seems to have the head of a horned dog, while the other has that Satyr face yet again – this time with a giant, crazy mohawk nestled in between some big-arse goat horns!

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Beastman Shields denoting devotion to Khorne.

As in my last post featuring Khorngor, the shields are just a little abstract – though still pretty easy to distinguish. Just a matter of figuring out how to paint a rune of Khorne on that shield on the left, and a tiled pattern probably inspired by Wayne England’s style of painting.

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Oldhammer Beastmen of Khorne ready for some bloodletting!

Finally, the unit shots. One regiment of Khorngor Beastmen to use The Herd rules and be allied to whatever Chaos is called in Kings of War. I did cheat by stuffing the Night Horror Apeman and the Khorne-worshipping Skaven in the rear to make up the numbers, but once I get the part-painted backlog finished, I’ll pull out some completely unpainted beastmen and finish this unit off properly!

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Oldhammer Jes Goodwin Realm of Chaos Beastmen

Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness Khorngor: Dog-faced Beastmen

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Khorngor Beastmen of Khorne

A few more of my old Beastmen from the Realm of Chaos era. This time, a foursome of Khorngor – Beastmen of Khorne. Distinguished by their visages being of dogs, which was a distinctive Khorne thing back then, but has pretty much faded away over time. All four (ok, three!) are Jes Goodwin sculpts. I had two of this sculpt, and as always when I ended up with duplicates in the past – particularly for more individual models such as Chaos ones, I wanted to distinguish them. I did so with both their fur and flesh colours as well as their shields. Military green loincloths provided both some contrast and a way for them to occasionally be part of a Traitor Imperial Guard regiment.

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Shields of the Khorngor

Very distinct shields provide a couple of quite different takes on the Rune of Khorne. One influenced by Ian Miller’s work, and the other being a little more abstract, but still recognisable. Shaving the rims off those old plastic shields was (and still is) a simple matter that gives a bit more real estate to play with while giving those shields quite a different look and feel.

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Rear view of the Khorngor

These two were both painted in the 1990’s and required relatively little work to update. Cleaning up and re-brightening the metal and some of the lacquered red armour, as well as rebasing.

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A pair of Bulldog-faced Khorngor

These next two aren’t duplicate sculpts, but they’re close. They clearly share the same base sculpt, most likely the one on our left as the one with chainmail and tentacle feels more like a conversion. Again I’ve trimmed the rim off the shield to give more space. The skull is freehand, as is the smaller rune of Khorne on its forehead.

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Rear view of Bulldog-faced Khorngor

Once again, these two needed just a little cleaning up in spots redoing the belt on one and the axe on the other – and following the same general colour notes as the previous two models.

Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness Beastmen: Pestigor, Tzaangor, Khorngor & Undivided

A couple more of my old Beastmen from the Realm of Chaos era. As I’ve mentioned before, painting them in a unified army form was the least of my concerns or priorities back then. In fact, making each model as individual as possible was the focus for those models that I painted.

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Pestigor & Tzaangor – Beastmen of Nurgle & Tzeentch

I ended up with three of this sculpt, and so naturally wanted to make all three unique by painting them in a way that they could be used either as followers of three different Chaos gods, or all as generic beastmen with a bit of colour variation and a spot of Brightly Coloured Fur. I’ve given these guys a bit of a touchup and minor repaint a few weeks ago both to clean/neaten them up a tiny bit and also to make them a little less garish.

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Pestigor & Tzaangor again

The shields on both the Pestigor and Tzaangor are Marauder Miniatures’ embossed shields. They were pretty exciting for the time. The one with the Marauder Miniatures Logo (Skull with dagger clenched between it’s teeth) was from the Undead sprue while the Skull over “Chaos Star” was actually a Dark Elf design.

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Khorngor and Undivided Beastmen

These two were painted with Khorne and Undivided in mind (Sorry Slaanesh!) and while the Khorngor has been touched up, the Undivided fellow has remained untouched except for the rebasing.

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Khorngor and Undivided Beastmen

I’ve added this particular undivided model to this set of photos as he’s got the same facial sculpt as the other three identical models. Usually when you see “conversion” models from that era they share the same pose or body, so it’s rather unusual for models to share a face in this way (that I’ve noticed anyway!) Still, it’s a good face, and on the second body it gives a very Satyr-like appearance.

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Rear view of “Satyr” undivided Beastmen

As with the Khorngor and Slaangor champions shown a couple of weeks ago, 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 – 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.

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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: 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.

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Beastmen Champions of Slaanesh and Khorne.

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. Both were originally released simply as “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.

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

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Rear View of the Realm of Chaos-era Khorngor and Slaangor Champions.

The Khornate beastman – Khorngor Champion, a Kev Adams sculpt from memory 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: Let the Bloodletting Begin!

The next few posts will feature a few callbacks to older figures I’ve painted and shown off here in the past. Don’t worry, there’s a point and context to it all, though.

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Original 1988 Realm of Chaos Bloodletters of Khorne.

These were some of the very early figures I got. Bloodletters of Khorne from the original Slaves to Darkness volume of Realm of Chaos. Painted back in the day and touched up several times over the years. Pulled out of a storage case a couple of weeks ago to be rebased and lightly touched up again.

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Bloodletters of Khorne in a Conga line.

The middle guy looks a bit odd in the front-on photo, but the profile shot helps him to make more sense. These early figures might not have been the greatest of sculpts, but they had a twisted physiology that made them work really well as Daemons. I’m glad that GW has returned to a design close to the original with the recent plastics after their iterations as cosplaying budybuilders and spiky beastmen in the interim.

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C18 Night Horror, Bloodletter Conversion, Original Bloodletter.

I never had many of the original Bloodletters, and still don’t. Getting them up to an even 8 (or 10, or 12) is “on the list” but they’re not cheap or easily found on eBay. Back in the day, a C18 Night Horror Demon (I guess he could be a gargoyle, but the trident is telling) got roped into the gang and has been a part of the small unit ever since. I somehow ended up with a broken Bloodletter torso, and so ended up grafting it to a spare pair of Chaos Warrior legs I had lying around after an uninspired Bear Centaur conversion. The arm is off an early Jugger rider.

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A small warband of Khorne Daemons.

At some point these guys will hit the table again. I’ll use Abyssal rules for KoW, though it’s doubtful that I’ll run a full daemonic army, and instead ally them with “The Herd” (Beastmen) and whatever Non De Plume that Warriors of Chaos end up with. They might be willing to ally with Nurgle, but not with the hated Slannesh or the duplicitous Magicians of Nurgle. I’m sure they’ll also end up on a 40k table, after I get some more forces up to scratch and work out which version or combination of the rules my group will play with.