Hello, if you're visiting this plog for the first time, you may find this index useful if you want to find a specific part of it:
Page - Contents
1 - Introduction; index
2 - First Painted LoT Marines
3- Brass/Bronze tutorial
6 - Combat patrol size force, May 2008
8 - 1,500 Points army, January 2009
9 - Campaign Space Hulk with Zombies and Giant Tentacular War-spawn!
10 - Lesser Daemons wip, FW Brass Scorpion assembly
11 - Completed Lesser Daemons & Tauran, the Bull-headed God; army progress pic August 2009; BFG fleet construction
12 - Thousand Sons 'counts-as' Brotherhood of All-sight construction
13 - Obliterator conversions construction
14 - Plague Marine & Raptors conversions construction; Lord Minagoroth painted; Brotherhood of All-sight painted
15 - Painted Berzerker Squad; Painted army Pic - Dec 2010
16 - Unpainted (rest of army) pic - Jan 2011
18 - Painting units in progress for Tournament
19 - Painted Obliterators & Plague Marines, Tournament Painting award winning-army; Painted army pic, Dec 2011
20 - Raptors PIP; Decimator construction
21 - Raptors painted; ZOMBIES!!!!!1one
22 - Call of Chaos V
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Hello! Well, after many months working on terrain for our gaming centre (see more of the terrain here), I finally have some time to work on an army for myself! My main army has always been Marines - for me they're the most fun to work on. But in my time I've made no less than 3 Chaos Marine armies (Slaaneshi, Death Guard, Iron Warriors)... well, I've been drawn to make another Chaos army (probably something to do with the new stuff that's been released! ). Anyway, I will fill you in with some details about this army...
INTRODUCTION: ANSWERING THE CALL OF CHAOS
To set the scene, here's a really bad piece of fan-fiction:
"Fall back! Regroup!" yelled Sergeant Venturius as he ejected the spent clip from his bolter. He turned on his heel and leapt over the ruined wall, just as Sagar's head jerked back, and his body collapsed in a heap amidst the ruined administratum.
Now they were three.
Vergen fired as they ran, the figures of the traitors emerging from the palls of black smoke behind them.
"To the insertion point! Call for extraction!" Venturius barked through the comm-link. They turned the corner, and Venturius' heart sank. The Basilica had collapsed, creating a sheer, unscalable dead-end.
In a heart-beat, Venturius steeled himself, and slammed a fresh clip in to his Bolter; his last. Vergen and Basta stood beside him, bolters ready to face the traitors. "Open fire," ordered Venturius, his voice even, calm, matching the determination he now felt. If this was to be the end, he thought, then these scum would pay tenfold before their blood spilled.
Then the traitors charged around the corner, their battle cry a murderous, inhuman roar.
Venturius and his men had mere seconds to fire, but they emptied their clips on full auto, dropping a few of the traitors, before the overwhelming numbers slammed in to them. Venturius drew his chainsword, and met the charging Chaos Marines witha snarl of hatred.
He and his men fought like animals, like beasts possessed, but every traitor for they fell there was two, three to take their place.
A brief yell of anguish snapped in Venturius' ear piece, and Vergen fell to his knees, a bloody gaping whole across his chest.
Venturius slip his blade across the throat of a traitor, but his satisfaction was short-lived as Basta's broken body crumpled in a heap beside him. He felt a momentary pang of horror sieze him, like a clawed hand grasping at his chest. Then he turned to face the traitors, sucking in a deep breath, ready to bellow his hatred as he made a final charge in to the midst of the traitors.
He has like a tornado of fury, slicing limbs, kicking at heads.
But something was wrong.
The traitors began to move away from him, gradually parting to allow a figure in massive armour through. The Chaos Lord, a gleaming black blade in one hand, strode towards Venturius, who stood poised to meet this new challenger.
The Lord stopped a few feet from Venturius, and spoke.
"You have fought well, Marine. You have proved yourself worthy." His voice was deep, with a growl like water flowing over bedrock.
"Worthy of what, traitor?" spat Venturius, snarling at the figure who towered a full head over him in his skull-covered Terminator armour.
"I am Minagoroth, Lord of the Legion of Taurus; We crush the weak and fight to raise glory to our master. You have proved your self as a warrior worthy of my host, Marine. I offer you a place at my side, or your life will end now. Make your choice, Marine."
Venturius was poised to leap at this traitor, to show him that he would rather spill his own blood then turn against his Chapter and the Emperor.
But then he caught something in Minagoroth's eye, like a dark shadow, and he felt at that instant as though something had whispered to him, a voice that penetrated to his very heart.
In that instant he felt as though every ambition he had ever felt, for glory, for power, to be the most powerful warrior, could all be granted; if he wanted to take them...
The snarl melted from his face, and he lowered his chainsword, letting it fall to the ground. His arms swung limply to his side, and without moving his gaze from Minagoroth's eyes, he sank to his knees.
"Then I will follow you, my Lord," he sighed.
Minagoroth nodded, and Venturius thought for a moment he saw the faintest ghost of a smile curl Minagoroth's lips.
I'll start by saying two things about this army: firstly, the clour scheme is not mine. About 5 years ago my regular opponent collected a Chaos Marine army, an undivided army with a Khornate leaning (Berzerkers, Bloodletters, Blood Thirster). Sadly he sold the army a few years ago, but two things that struck me about his army, and never left me were the colour scheme he chose - a shining brass (the only photographic example I have is the helmet on this Marine's base) - and that he cut the horns from one of the Marine's helmet so instead of sticking up, they were lowered forward. This truck me as a really cool idea, and could be a great basis for a new Chaos Legion. So over time, as I've been drawn to carry on my friends army, I've been thinking of an entire background and narrative for them. Because I liked the bent forward horns motif, I decided upon a name for this army: The Legion of Taurus.
I'll add more detailed bits of their background on this log over time, but in a nutshell they are a Legion that have sprung from a Feral-World in the remote galactic South-east, near to an area of Warp Storms. This region has seen many Chaos cults over the years (mostly centred upon one particular daemonic entity), and on many worlds there have been many Chaos-led uprisings against Imperial rule.
So, without further ado, on to the miniatures, which is what I expect you're here to see! This log will be split in to Four distinct phases:
- Design and Concept
- 400 point Combat Patrol
- 1500-1750 Tourney force
- Expading for Apocalypse - including Mutants, Cultists, and a Daemonic Character...
PART ONE: DESIGN AND CONCEPTS
As I stated, the colour scheme has been pretty much decided, but I've been playing about with the horns on the helmets, which I intend to be a prominent motif of this army. In the pic below are a couple of WFB Chaos Warrior helmets with horns that I'll cut off and use, but that show the kind of thing I'm aiming for; also are some other Chaos Marine helms I've been cutting to reposition or add different horns.
So here are the first attempts at helms. There some Green Stuff filling in to do, and I must admit I think the larger horns stick out too far to the side (something I can remedy by trimming them at more of an angle next time), but the other two I'm very pleased with.
Next, here's the shoulder pad I'll use as the Legion Icon - a skull with down-turned horns, again the 'motif' of the army. As you only get these on the Chaos Biker Sprue, I'll be making some green stuff casts to apply to normal Chaos Marine Pads to carry on the icon throughout the army (rather than buy dozens of expensive bikes! ).
So, having converted some helmets, I couldn't resist having a go at making a Marine - here he is:
Fairly standard, but I hope he looks kind of imposing, like the threat of malice (or something). I actually sculpted some horns on the Shoulder pad, I'd do this on all of them but a) it's time consuming, and b ) it won't look as good as the Biker Shoulder pad one.
Anyway, thank you for looking (and for reading if you took the trouble ), in the next few days I'll be able to show you if my first attempt at Green Stuff casting works, as well as (maybe) a few more Chaos Marines!
Edited by firestorm40k, 20 May 2014 - 08:14 AM.