Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #3 – Cultist Command

This is the final post of the triptych that deals with my little batch of cultists. It’s probably worth pointing out at this point that at the time I kitbashed these guys, the only cultists that GW had produced were these guys, nice enough figures, but a mere four sculpts which I also believe were also well out of production by then. They had also released a “mutation sprue” that was sold in a bundle with plastic Catachans and other stuff as a “build your own” solution for Chaos Cults and LatD armies. This was also long before Forge World stepped up to the plate with their own designs.

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Chaos Cultist Command.

The smaller of these two guys are pretty straightforward. More kitbashes from the Catachan and Chaos Marauder sprues. The big guy in the middle was originally a metal Ork Nob that had been an unfinished conversion into some kind of DiggaNob prospector hero (from GorkaMorka) by (I believe) a GW Melbourne Staffer. I somehow ended up with it through sale or trade. He originally had a shovel, which I swapped out for as “normal” looking a pistol as I could find from my own Nobz. I thought he looked just the part for the leader of a Chaos Cult. Over-bulked up? Fingernail-talons on the end of his fingers? Skull-beard-braids? It all works. I added the chaos-style plastic plasma gun and its sling (I must have had Necromunda in mind actually – I always gave my leaders a Plasma Gun!) As always, cheap-looking plasticky “wood” panelling for the weapons.

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Rear View, with the plastic-wood panelled Plasma Gun.

The Banner I kept completely plain. Green adds a possible implication for Nurgle, as do the brown and green tones of their clothing, while also not tying them to being only used as one-trick ponies of Nurgle.

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Original Metal Chaos Cultists

Here’s those original Chaos Cultists. I’d usually just link to SoL from the appropriate text above, but I couldn’t find the right page. If anyone happens to know/find it, please LMK. 🙂

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The Big “Gang” Shot of The Viking Muscle Power Gym Militia. Click to Embiggen.

And finally, the money shot of all of my cultists. I’ll undoubtedly paint up more cultists at some stage, but they’ll be a different batch and style to these guys. On one hand I’m somewhat tempted to revisit these guys and add a ton of tattoos and some satin and gloss varnish to represent sweat and oil, but on the other hand, they’re done, have been done for years and I’m still happy with them – no purple pants on Orcs that need to be repainted here! So I think I’ll leave them be and move onto other figures that actually do need to be touched up – and of course – completing and painting entirely new models.

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #2 – Melee Cultists

Following up on the post from a couple of days ago, here are the pics of the second “squad” of probably-chaos-but-possibly-bodybuilding cultists. These guys are kitted for close combat in the far future, which is why they’re armed with axes, flails and swords (and a shield!)

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Kitbashed Klose Kombat Kaos Kultists – Lost and the Damned

The paint scheme on these guys (3-Colour US Desert Camo, plastic-looking, pseudo-wooden weapon furniture, etc) is pretty much exactly the same as that of their rifle-toting brethren, which makes sense since these were kitbashed and painted together. These guys got a couple with fur capes/pelts, which is to distinguish the Leader of the Pack (sing it!) and his second.

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Rear View of the Cultists.

The rear view shot shows off the junk hanging from their backs, including a nasty-looking pick apparently held onto that one guy’s back by magnets, or personal gravity. Told ya they’re from the far future! Then again, in a nod to Chaos, the guy’s got spikes growing out of his shoulders…

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Swinging those things around in tight formation seems safe. What?

The “other half” of the squad, though in practice on the table top they’d all be mixed in together anyway. I wonder if I could use this squad in Kings of War without anyone noticing? I removed the horns from the one guy’s helmet both for variety and for common sense. GW-sized “viking” horns and a flail is a clear OH&S-violating combination that’s just asking to end up in traction on Cultist’s Worker’s Comp.

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Gratuitous Arse Shot!

As before, the rear shot shows off some of their additional gear, including their collection of pistols, both archaic and newer looking. And some longbones. Gotta love that Kroot Accessory sprue!

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A Clowder of Close Combat Cultists.

Here’s the usual squad shot. This half of the group is what really makes them into a feasable Necromunda Gang – using Goliath Rules, naturally! Though as noted, there’s lots of scope to use them as all kinds of generic bad guys and nutters.