Legion of the Damned #3: Rogue Trader & 2nd Edition

We have another trio of my old Legion of the Damned models today.

The first of this trio, from WD 102 in June ’88 is from the RT103 Space Marine Heavy Weapons set, sculpted by (I believe) Mark Copplestone, as he and the other sculptor listed, Aly Morrison had distinctively different sculpting styles of marine helmet. This one was simply “Gunner 2” and he’s armed with an early model Lascannon, from the relaunch of Imperial Army as Imperial Guard, from a year or two later. Of course, with Index: Imperium 1 being designed entirely around “Models currently available for sale”, the Lascannon option is technically illegal, as LotD can only have Multi-Meltas and Heavy Flamers. I guess I’ll be prying apart my classic model that’s been painted for a deca.. I had you there, huh? Fuck no. I’ll just work out the points difference between the Melta or Flamer and a Lascannon and run it like that. I don’t play in tourneys or even PUGs in game stores, so I don’t have to worry about people being TFG.

Anyway, lots of bone on this guy and a complete lack of flames. A freehand skull on one shoulder, and a ribcage on the other, because why not?

The middle guy here is an official Legion of the Damned model from their first official model release in 3rd Edition, 1998/9. They’re from the days of metal models with plastic arms. The Legion are essentially the late-Rogue Trader (1.5) edition metal-bodied space marines with skully and firey bits sculpted on. I think I managed to purchase them all, yet this guy is the only one of them that I’ve actually painted. Once I get the Minotaurs and Dark Angels I’ve got on the go out of the way, I’ll try and rectify that.

I found this one to be a particularly nice model, I chose to paint it because I really liked the sculpted ribcage. No true freehand on this guy, either. The flames, crossbones and the shoulder pad’s detail are all sculpted.

The final model of this trio is a “Death Eagle” Space Marine, from 1989. These three were released with no real explanation of what a “Death Eagle” actually was. A new chapter? An armour variant? A unit type? What we can see is that Mark Copplestone’s trio are the forebears of MkVII Aquila Armour, predating even the 1990/91 exploration into Archival and Artificer armour variants by a couple of years. Anyway, this guy got inducted into the Legion and like several others had his backpack replaced later on with one from the ’98/99 set. All of his flames and most of his bone work are freehand – with the exception of the bone eagle on his left shoulder – which was the main reason he was chosen for the Legion – and again, I’m quite happy with the ribcage that he wears, this time on his left greave.

I do have a (un)healthy collection of Legion of the Damned models from the various releases through the years still sitting around in boxes, from 2nd Edition through to the newest ones – which admittedly aren’t especially new anymore unless you’re an old grognard like myself. Once I’ve finished rebasing and touching up my old/painted LotD models (there’s 3 more unfinished old-school models on my painting desk right now), the collection will give me another set of models I can paint a few more of from time to time for interest and enjoyment. Who knows, maybe at some point in 8th they’ll become an independent force again, as they briefly were in 3rd via a Chapter Approved supplement? But I guess that would only come alongside a new plastic kit, so less likely than a whole lot of other things…

Legion of the Damned #2: Second Edition

Today we’ll look at a trio of the often-maligned 2nd edition, MK7 “Aquila” Power Armoured models, painted as Legion of the Damned.

2nd Edition 40k Legion of the Damned, Death Company

The first model on the left is the 2nd Edition starter box Space Marine trooper. A simple, push-fit model made of the same three parts (bolter, backpack, everything else) that even the most recent of his kind, the marines from Dark Vengeance 6th/7th edition are. These guys are looked down on today mostly because of the rather static pose and the complete lack of variation in their pose. Yes, all 14 of the basic troopers were identikit models, the specialists were the same model again with a flamer instead of a bolter, leaving the two sergeants and two missile launchers for “variety”. Truth be told, I quite like the Missile Launcher guy, and think that model stands up quite well even today. The trooper is pretty workmanlike, and I feel can most effectively be used as a single model mixed into squads of other marines that have a lot of MK6 in them. Like this Minotaurs squad that hosts two troopers and a Missile Launcher from the 2nd Edition box.

Anyway. One guy in my LotD. I gave him fingerbone gloves before they were cool, shaved the skull off his forehead (little skulls were hard to get back then!) and went with an all-bones, no flames motif on his armour. I think the freehand skull I painted on his shoulder looks cooler than the sculpted one on his battle-brother, though!

2nd Edition 40k Legion of the Damned, Death Company

The next one of our little friends, in the middle is one of the first multi-part plastic marines since the venerable RTB01 box. Space Marines: Warriors of the Imperium was released in ’93-94 and was the direct precursor to the 3rd edition MK7 multiparts, and therefore, to all modern Space Marine infantry kits and even the Forge World HH infantry kits. Basically, six models made of one repeated torso, two leg sculpts – again repeated, and a couple of the 2nd edition metal marines’ Backpacks-and-bolters-and-shoulders, and arm sprues. Pretty bloody simple, but well enough for making some troopers. I only got one of those boxes from memory and never even painted them all, but one of them is here. I replaced the left shoulderpad with a “proper” Legion of the Damned one after that boxed set was released during 2e (pried the old one off his arm) – so the scroll and skull are sculpted, but the “kill” is freehanded onto the scroll.

This guy in the middle has much more extensive bonework on him than many of the others, I’m still very fond of the long spinal pattern that runs the length of his left leg.
2nd Edition 40k Legion of the Damned, Death Company

The final model of this second triptych of the Damned was originally a 2nd Edition Death Company marine. Released in late ’92 or early ’93, I never got around to painting or using any of them as Blood Angels. Instead a couple of them, with their death iconography got drafted into the Legion. Some blood drops carved away and others repainted as bone charms. In the second picture you can see that the skull on his right shoulder is a little different. A nod there to the Legion’s past, and specifically the one that appeals to me the most. The right shoulder on two of these guys is an attempt at a flaming tactical arrow, again a nod to their past. The break-up of the upper triangle’s shape may have been too much and rendered them a little too subtle, which is why I bother to point it out here.

A big part of updating my old Legion of the Damned has been rebasing them onto 32mm bases. Their previous 25mm bases were in my usual “brown dirt and static flock” style, and so I wanted to go a bit more extreme with these ones. A bit of slate, two types of GW “cracked earth” paints, drybrushed and washed and some tufts. I also went to town with skulls on almost all of their bases. I usually try to avoid the overuse of skulls everywhere, as I typically find it rather silly and more than a little camp in that GW way.

In the case of Legion of the Damned though, I felt it appropriate. Perhaps their sheer presence on a battlefield somehow adorns it with the skulls of the truly damned, their past opponents, or those who have died before on those same battlefields. Do the skulls appear when the Legion arrives, only to disappear when they suddenly depart? Well, these skulls do.

 

Legion of the Damned #1: Rogue Trader-Era

I thought I’d share some more of my older paintjobs today and over the next while – only now “updated” in the past few weeks with new 32mm bases. Specifically, three of my old Rogue Trader Space Marine models painted as Legion of the Damned. As can be seen, these models are from the days before everything was covered in sculpted details, and ironically, before 90% of those details were skulls. Hence, all of the flames and skulls on this trip are entirely freehand. Oh, and I know that their flames “should” be yellow at the base and red at the ends, but on my models it depicts paint on armour, not actual flames (as sometimes retconned in Black Library). I don’t care what was written in an eBook or short story in 2015 or 2016, my guys have a direct lineage to White Dwarf 99.

Legion of the Damned, Rogue Trader, Oldhammer

The first model, on our left has 1987 on his tab, as well as “Medic”. It’s based off of “Brother Harris” from WD 99 in March ’88. The range in this particular advert are listed as having been sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry. Amusingly, Brother Harris in this particular advert is painted as a Legionnaire of the Damned, but I declined to do so myself as he had his helmet off. This model obviously predates the Medics that came later, as it completely lacks any medic gear or even an embossed caduceus on his pauldron, though interestingly there was a designated medic model (via sculpt, as opposed to the ones defined by paint that everyone just copied) from the very early RT01 Imperial Space Marines batch of sculpts.

Legion of the Damned, Rogue Trader, Oldhammer

The central model of this trio is one of the initial range of Space Marine Chaplains, circa 1988/89. Three of the initial six Chaplains had what we know as the Crozius Arcanum, though the other three did not. One having a Bolter and (crazily thin) Power Sword, one with a Bolt Pistol and Chainsword, and this fellow, with what I presume was/is an early combi-weapon. Note the “gatling”-style barrels behind the “regular” bolter detail. His armament, early skull-helm and especially his nifty shoulderpads got this guy drafted into my Legion of the Damned, where he has served as the squad’s sergeant for many years.

Legion of the Damned, Rogue Trader, Oldhammer

Finally, the model on our right. He is listed as Brother A Skull in the advertisement for the RT01 range of Marines from White Dwarf 98 in September ’87, back when they still gave models interesting names. He’s also called “Brother Dixon” in the February 1988 RT01 Flyer, obviously names after Colin. I chose him to be a LotD figure because of his unique, skull-like helmet. Years after painting these guys, I came across the sculpted LotD backpacks from the Second Edition squad box, and so pried off several of the original backpacks that some of my LotD had, replacing them with the skull-sculpted versions.

Aside from the backpacks, Brother A Skull and the Chaplain’s old-school helms, and obviously the Chaplain’s sculpted shoulders, the rest of the skull, flame and bone detail on these guys is all freehand. Even today I’m particularly proud of the pauldron-skulls and the skull-helm that you can see here. And yes, I know that the colours in actual flame work the other way, but here it’s based on contrast and rule of cool. Some of the more recent writers and artists have taken things like the flame iconography way too literally.

Blast from the Past: Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Chaos Lord

Can you say 2nd Edition with me? Can you say 1990’s? Can you say mining old posts for recycled content? *cough* Well, actually I’ve still got plenty of new stuff ready to show after I pull the photos from the camera, and go through the resize-and-crop process, but I was looking at the Detolf I have in the room where I do my painting and spotted this guy – and realised that the last (and only) time I showed this figure was 7 years ago, when I made a total of 9 posts and had fewer viewers for the year than I have in 2 weeks today. So… not many people will have seen this one, comparatively.

Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Champion

This fine fellow is (was) a Slaaneshi/Emperor’s Children Champion. Converted many years ago for me by Dave M. The base is a Kharn the Betrayer body, with a 2nd-gen Daemonette claw (the only thing that range of Daemonettes were good for, in my opinion), a head from same and a RT-era Chaos Terminator weapon arm – the original Chaos Autocannon – which looked similar enough to one of the 2nd-Gen Sonic Blasters once the chaos skull shoulder pad was glued onto the base of it – from back when such things could be taken by Slaaneshi Champions. Backpack is from the metal Ahriman of the day.

In current terms, he’d probably be a Chaos Lord, Mark of Slaanesh, Shriekwave or Bolts of Ecstatic Vexation to represent the Sonic Blaster, Power Fist or Lighting Claw for the crab claw… I imagine it’d probably be a terribly inefficient combination, but all I can say to that is Second Edition, Rule of Cool, and Who Cares? 8th Is Almost Upon Us Anyway.

Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Champion

Painted in 2009, when I’d just gotten back into painting miniatures after a bit of a hiatus, these photographs were actually taken back in 2010. The only additon since then being a tuft of grass and a tuft of flowers – things not easily accessible back in the day. I certainly didn’t have any, anyway!

Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Champion

Looking back at this figure now, I feel like I might have overdone the pastel colours – I’d skip the baby blue and the pale green tassels. By the same token, I’m happy enough with the paintwork on this figure and… I guess respect it enough to feel no need at all to back in and touch it up. I actually added Prince’s “Love Symbol” as the shoulder badge, though it can’t be seen here. I thought it looked quite cool and felt the Androgynous nature of the symbol to be appropriate for this particular champion of Slaanesh. I’ll take a pic later and edit it in (it’s 7am and rainy here atm!)

Anyway – I hope you enjoyed this blast from my past!

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines – Obliterators

I’ve been a little burnt out from blogging for awhile, though in the interim I’ve still been painting (if not playing – winter sucks!) Rather than go into the uninteresting trials and tribulations of my life, I’ll just get on with it and see how it goes. These models were finished last month, and so are part of my pledge for August’s entry of the Paint Challenge I’m involved with on Dakka.

I know these models are ugly as shit, but in my defence, I purchased them a long time ago, around when they were released, and they were at least a step up from the initial offerings. I attempted to.. well, not “fix” them (because just look at them) but make them look a little less terrible and fit in with my Iron Warriors who I had started at that time. I did so by turfing their original heads and replacing them with ones from the plastic Chaos Knights kit. I also felt that their “weapon hand” loadouts were on the wrong side of ridiculous, and so moved some stuff around, and added in a few plastic bits. They still look terrible, but hopefully less terrible than the stock models?

Iron Warriors Obliterators

The colour scheme is the original one I came up with all those years ago. I felt that “mutated meat” looked far better than the pinky flesh that GW’s official scheme came up with, particularly against the metal and hazard-striped look of the IW scheme. In what was pretty much my first use of guitar strings, I added a couple of extra cables in places on the models, very sparingly.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterator

In the recent “renovation” of these two, I’ve gone over some of the metals and re-weathered them in spots, rebased them on the new GW plastic bases to go alongside my other Iron Warriors (and added a bit of guitar string there). After the new layer of varnish, I also went over all of the flesh by highlighting in spots with regular red paint and then with both Blood for the Blood God and Spirit Stone Red in different “patches” of the flesh, which gives it a glistening viscera look – but with some variation and unevenness to it. This stand out in person more than in photos, but you can see it best in the left arm and hand of the Obliterator above.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterator

I believe that I have one more of these guys in metal, but I’m damned if I can find him. I know I only painted the pair at the time since one of the initial targets for my IW was for a small “Kill Team”-style army of about 600 or 800 points, and I only planned to use two Oblits in that force. I did recently find another six (!) of them in finecast which I had picked up cheap on eBay a few years ago with a thought of being able to do more with them than the metal ones. So… that might become a thing? I’ve got some other things way before them in the queue right now, but I guess I should consider painting them before GW releases a new version that causes me to lose all interest in the ones I have…

Iron Warriors Obliterators and Chaos Space Marines

A Family Photo….

The last pic just works to show them alongside their uninfected brethren. Their armour shows a lot more corrosion, discolouration and muck than the regular Iron Warriors. I’d say that the Obliterators are much less interested or able to properly maintain their armour. Especially as it’s now fused to them.

Hm.. I wonder if Gal Vorbak models would work well as Obliterators or Mutilators? They always struck me as the most awesome Possessed models, but maybe there’s something to be had there?

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #8 – More Warzone 1st Ed Zombies

As a followup to both of these posts that featured WarZone 1e Dark Legion Demnogonis (WarZone’s version of Nurgle) models, I’ve gotten off my arse and painted these four, that I found and photographed as a post-script to that last post. I actually found them next to my light box, where I’d left them and forgotten about them months ago.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Zombies

Once again, they painted up damned quickly – within a day and a half from start to finished, most of which was drying time and time spent playing with my PlayStation. As with the previous post’s Black Númenórean Warriors, there’s not a lot to say about showing more figures from a range I’ve painted and shown off before, painted pretty much in the exact same manner. I’ll have the other seven, more military-themed ones done soon(er or later). The Auscam that I plan to give them will make it all take a bit longer, no doubt.

Once all are done I’ll probably do another group shot of sci-fi zombies. And then more again when I bust out the plastic Mantic ones. Bloody zombies never end….

 

 

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #7 – Great Unclean One & Devout Tormented

These guys provide the final set of newly-shared figures (for now) of my Nurgle Lost & Damned force. With a bit of luck, I’ll be able to get a fair few more painted up before too long.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

The Original Great Unclean One

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

I want YOU! For Papa Nurgle.

I bought this figure back in the Realm of Chaos days, and started painting him not long after in the browny green olive tone above. Unfortunately, I stalled out for whatever reason and it took over a decade before I’d get back to him to finish off. I did so about 4-5 years ago now, and did so with a combination of The Dip and normal highlighting and shading. Basically, I wanted him to look properly disgusting, which seems to have worked decently well.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Nurgle’s Twerk! And some dripping behind him.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Big hands, hungry tongue.

The nice thing about these models was the fact that you could essentially build your own unique Greater Daemon – as there were multiples of all of the main components, so you could really put together a series of unique models, and your Greater Daemon was unlikely to be identical to your friends’. Something replicated somewhat these days with the new plastics, but still not to the extent of old (without a bunch of kitbashing, anyway!)

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Lower angle shot.

I might have another one of these somewhere with different components – I’m not 100% sure. I do have the later one that came out in the mid-90’s, though I have the early version with the horns and prehensile tail. I also have a FW one here as well, though neither are painted, and it’ll probably be at least a while before their numbers come up.

Chronopia Devout Tormented

Chronopia’s Devout Tormented – As a Daemon Prince of Nurgle

This big dude is probably unfamiliar to most readers. It’s a Devout Tormented from the Chronopia line of the mid-late 1990’s. Chronopia was essentially Heartbreaker’s take on Fantasy Skirmish following on from the Success of WarZone. Unfortunately, with the fall of Heartbreaker, both games fell. WarZone has had several resurrections over the years, but Chronopia has sunk into the dust, mostly forgotten.

Tormented Daemon Prince of Nurgle

I had this model sitting around for quite some time before I decided to use him as part of The Lost and The Damned. As is often the case, the idea behind him is for multiple use. He can play the part of a Chaos Spawn when needed, but also fill the role of a Daemon Prince of Nurgle. He’s a good size, and is much more of a unique model than the usual Daemon wearing Space Marine armour. I’ve got a couple of those to build one day as well, but it’s nice to have something very different as well.

Tormented Daemon Prince of Nurgle

Obviously the sculpt has some Nurgle-friendly elements. Being torn in half and still draging himself along the ground like a Zombie Crawler is one thing, and the large mono-horn ties in strongly with the Plaguebearers. As such, he can also fit in with my eventual “proper” 40k Daemon army, and in my Kings of War Abyssal (Daemon) Army (of Nurgle). The two will be mostly the same figures dual-purposed, as you do.

Tormented Daemon Prince of Nurgle – Dismembered!

Shortly after painting the “Gym Cultists”, I painted this guy. I used a similar palette to tie him in with them, and used “The Dip” via brush on his exposed viscera and dismembered sections, to tie him in with the Great Unclean One. It hasn;t come out well in the photo above, but the back of the base shows a trail of blood and general disgustingness behind him.

Devout Tormented & Damned

This is the boxed set he came from. Along with a very Dragon Ogre kind of model – the Damned. Both are mostly resin with metal detail accessories. Unfortunately, they’re the resin of the time, so don’t expect something like McVey or Mierce’s stuff here. The resin is “drop-cast”, like Scotia Grendel’s scenery and while the Tormented here is fine due to his design, but all of the space underneath the Damned’s torso is filled, and you’re kinda expected to paint it black etc and try not to notice it. I suspect that the resin components of this kit might have even been outsource-cast by Grendel.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One, Plague Marine, Chronopia Devout Tormented

Great Unclean One, Plague Marine, Devout Tormented Daemon Prince. – Click to embiggen.

A group shot with the Plague Marine Sergeant shown recently, to give a sense of scale for the two models. Not huge by today’s standards and more recent models, but they were both big for their time, and I think retain a lot of their presence simply by being cool models.

Nurgle Lost and the Damned – Army Shot! – Click to embiggen.

The whole army for the time being. It’s probably not a legal force, with a tiny points value with all of the zombies and cultists – and there’s obviously more to come, but this was the first time I ever managed to get the whole lot of them together on the table. So it’s nice. Marouda also took some photos at the time, so I’ll have to get hold of her photos and if they’re any good add one final update (for now) of close-ups of the force…