Mauler Fiend

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*Mauler Fiend Noises?*

This model took me over a year to finish. Its still not technically done because the tendrils are magnetized and I haven’t finished painting the other weapon option. I painted a large portion of it, didn’t like how it turned out, then I just let it sit for a year. I finished it when I decided that having a painted model was better than having an unpainted model, even if the paint job doesn’t look good. While the painting itself isn’t my best, I really like the way the base turned out. This was my first attempt at using cork board and I think that it looks fairly convincing as stone in some areas.

This model is still fun to field in an army list and it really ties the army together. I don’t have all the models I use painted, so its nice to have an intimidating daemon-y vehicle thing to run at your enemies face.

Abaddon the Despoiler

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(I don’t know any Abaddon quotes… This is kinda embarrassing)

To be perfectly honest I only painted this model because Charles had an extra one he wasn’t using. I have moderate interest in making a Black Crusade list, where I have each chaos leader, but that is not a high priority for me right now.

This model was fun to paint though. I made sure to dry brush some grey over the black before anything else to give his armor a bit more depth. Then I painted the gold and other details. The sword was the most fun part for me; I really enjoy dry brushing. Its base coated dark purple, with about 3 or 4 layers of different shades of blue layered on top.

Kharne the Betrayer

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Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

Kharne is my second favorite character in 40k lore (Angron is the bestest!) and while the setting of 40k is goofy beyond all reason, the characters and stories have had a lot of thought put into them. A lot of the stories for the World Eaters are framed like Greek Tragedies and his is no exception. His Primarch, both a military leader and father figure to their armies, was found seething with rage and hatred. The entire World Eaters legion willingly underwent the barbaric surgery to try and raise Angron from his madness only to be consumed themselves by his overwhelming anger. When Kharne fell, he became hollow inside. An empty vessel slaying countless friends and foes who were foolish enough to get within reach of his axe.

The model is packaged with a normal space marine sized base. There is no way Kharne would be okay with such a tiny foot print, so I gave him a terminator sized base instead. Since I play a Khorne army I have plenty of skulls on hand for basing, so that was not an issue. I primed him in a metallic transparent red spray paint that I purchased by mistake. It turned out so good that I kept it, and used that as the base coat. I didn’t use any special techniques for this model, I just tried to take my time and make sure I get each part of the model I want to paint, but looking at the model now for this post I can see places I missed…

Khorne Berzerker Champion

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Charge Forward!

When I first started my Chaos Army I knew I wanted to play Khorne. Mostly because I love the color red, but also because I found them to be quite funny. In the grim darkness of the far future, where there is only war, they choose axes and swords instead of guns. I almost immediately got the Khorne Berzerker Upgrade pack available on Forgeworld to make a squad of dudes. I borrowed (stole) a pair of Sanguinary Guard Legs from Charles to give him a great running pose.

Painting was straight forward. Base coated with bright red, silver, and gold. Then I inked him. I don’t remember exactly which ink I used, but it was probably one of the ones which GW has discontinued.

For lore purposes this model is one of 8 characters I have been building for my ‘command’ squad. They were a vicious squad of Berzerkers who all got promoted and blessed by the Blood God. Now they lead their own war bands, but when the need is dire they join together again to wreak havoc across the galaxy.

The Balrog

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Behold the terror of the dweller in the dark!

This is a Balrog LotR model which I use as a Daemon Prince for my Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marines army.

The paint job was relatively easy for this model. I got a brigh orange spray paint and primed the model off of the base. The coat was uneven and runny, which turned out really in my favor in the end. After the paint dried I did a heavy dry brushed coat of black, careful not to mute the orange too much. Then I put layers of gray getting lighter with each coat. That was pretty much it! The fire effects I did a slight yellow dry brush on to get the highlights, and then I moved on to the base. I put thick coats of gray down for the stone and dry brushed layers of lighter grays on top. After, I did the details on the shield and skull on the base, and dry brushed orange-red around for the glow from the fire. The final step was painting the rim black and assembling the piece.

-Mike