Monday, 21 January 2013

Slaves to Darkness 25th Anniversary: The First Painted Miniatures Appear!

I've been lucky enough to get a couple of snow days recently, and I have taken advantage of this to get some painting done. As those readers with l o n g memories might recall, before Christmas I began work on a chaos chariot - well, I am pleased to state that it is finished and ready for gaming. I also managed to get a test piece (a proper old school chaos warrior) complete. This miniature did not take anywhere as long as my chariot and I must have finished it in under two hours (minus drying time) so I am getting close to Andy Craig's '80s standard of being able to paint a model in 60 minute period. 

Any way, of we go to have a little old school look at what I have been working on. 

This was a test piece model for the chaos warrior unit in my Khorne army. Obviously, black, red and brass need to be the colours of the day and I think I did a pretty good job of capturing the Slaves to Darkness feel. Only another seven of the armoured brutes to go...
Chaos Chariot. This model was sculpted by the Perry's around the release of Slaves to Darkness. It is, as I have stated before, my favourite chariot model produced between 1985-92. I will readily admit to having found painting the horses a real challenge... and something that I must work on again in the future. 
I used a simple hand drawn design for the shield which bore the Khorne symbol. This was mirrored with the banner flying from the lance. I 'distressed' the banner with a mixture of drybrushing and stippling as I felt that it looked too new to be fluttering above beserk killers. 
This model was bought from eBay in an appalling state. It took a Nitro-Mors and two Dettol baths to get the metals clean from whatever 'paint' had been splattered over it. The two horses were harder to treat (being plastic) and suffered some distortion through poor application of polystyrene liquid glue sometime in the past. 
These bad boys are for the future. Five more warriors to paint up in similar schemes (though I believe that chaos warriors should all have their own separate livery, rather then being unifrom) and a standard bearer conversion to complete. Any eagle eyed readers recognise what is special about this unit's standard bearer?

9 comments:

  1. Tentacles! :-) lol i spent this weekend fiddling with tentacles too :-)

    Love the Khorne CW, really smooth blended highlights. I've never really painted 'coloured' armour before, need to work out an approach before dealing with my (sadly not so vintage) Nurgle CW:

    http://www.ramshacklefort.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/work-desk-peek-painting-commission-and.html

    Mark

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  2. In the Slaves to Darkness book, there is a converted Khorne banner bearer, who is holding the banner with a tentacle arm!
    Nice tribute Orlygg. :) By the size of that banner pole, I can only assume you're going to create a banner similar in size to the huge one the model in Slaves has.

    I look forward to seeing the progress of the rest of the warband.

    Will there eventually be Tzeentch or Nurgle warbands too?!

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    1. I have warbands for Khorne, Slaanesh and Nurgle already, from last year's campaign. What I am intending to do now, is build Armies of Khorne and Slaanesh using the army lists in Slaves to Darkness. I intend to have mortal and daemonic armies for all four gods eventually.

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  3. Lovely work. Four more days until I'm down in Folkestone and my lovely Chaos miniatures are out of storage. Then I can to work on my own 25th Anniversary project!

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    1. Looking forwards to seeing it Mr Legion - will you be using original RoC models?

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  4. Bastard! Your posts are making me want to dig out some of my old random chaos figures and actually *paint* them.

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  5. Looking Good Orlygg! Love the Warrior....excellent highlights and very smooth transitions. I too find painting CWs and the related Chaos Dwarfs quite fast...when the model is 95% one color it makes things a little easier.

    the chariot looks good too...I really love that figure. Have you considered putting the actually Chariot on some sort of base as well? the angle between horses and the riders seems a little odd to me. I find this to be a common problem with war machines and chariots from this era...I'm never sure if everything should be based up the same or not. Either way it a wonderful addition to your table top.

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  6. OK, you made me do it. I dug out some of my old Realm of Chaos figures painted 20+ years ago and photographed them for my blog. It also seems that I photographed them at a size that's sure to bring out every flawed detail in the paintwork. Maybe I should fix that up...

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  7. Love that Chaos Warrior. It really is beautifully painted, lovely blending and despite being a simple model in terms of details it is actually very striking. I am probably going to shamelessly steal that look for my own copy of the same model.

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