Long time lurker, gamer, and hobbyist. I've been collecting chaos marines since the early 90's and never really been good playing, or modeling them until recently. This is my third go around at a Night Lords army and i think i finally have the recipe for success.
Disclaimer : My fluff might contradict what you envision these legions to be and how they fight or operate. Let's not get too caught up in the interpretation of these legions.
On to the models!
These are my proxied Khorne Bezerkers. Before making them my army was a mess of whatever cool weapons i could get a hold of. My old "counts as" bezerker squad had about six power weapons modeled into the squad, they looked a mess. A buddy of mine beginning his Word Bearers Army made them a strict, regimented (Yet Chaotical) force which i always admired. While my Marines were a mess of poses and war gear, his were strict, disciplined and well thought out. I was jealous so i began work on these guys trying to encompass the best of both worlds.
I spaced their waists out with a small rod of plasticard (ripped from the WB'ers) and their necks with a small rod as well. At first glance it is not too noticeable but standing next to normal marines it removes the encumbered power armor look. To hide the gaps between his torso and legs i had to begin strapping on as many pouches as war gear as i could.
The one thing my supposedly nasty, terrifying troops were missing were death totems and marks. Playing Night lords is all about atmosphere for me. My guys don't like fair fights, in fact they don't prefer fighting at all, just mercilessly killing and torturing civilians and leaving just in time before someone retaliates. I needed grisly, death inspiring guys, which led me to creating this squad.
Now before we get too far, i realize one of them is on a square 25mm base... Moving on
These guys i went all out on. It took me most of one day to create one of these marines. I spaced their legs, their waists, their torsos, shoulders, arms, wrists, necks, and backpack mounts. They were all created with fear in mind and strictly adhered to WYSIWYG. There is one melta gun, one flamer, one champ with a HUGE power weapon, and the icon bearer, which uses IoCG exclusively. I used bits from countless armies across 40k and fantasy. The most predominant are dark elves, vampire counts, and the space marine, chaos range. There are bits from lizardmen, imperial guard, Orks, Deamons, and empire kits as well.
A break from the Night Lords for a moment. On a late boring night I felt the need to make an Alpha legion trooper. The chosen theme was not death or destruction but more along the tactical superiority of lone alpha legion troopers. I was so happy with the initial result i felt the need to make a whole squad of them! I modeled them with tricked out bolters and plenty of ammo, scopes, and communications gear. I decided to play them using Noise Marine rules. A skirmishing force capable of tactically running from you all game and still shooting 24!
Guilliman may have taught you to shoot once at range, or move and spray. Alpharius taught us to think outside the box!
One of the reasons i liked these guys so much is how i got scaled cloaks on all the model from the dark elves corsairs. They fit in perfectly with the Alpha legion theme and all the other scaly marines out there (SALAMANDERS!)
*pain to convert*
One of the biggest elements in both of these legions is scouting, stealth, and infiltration. Chosen are nice and all, but unnecessary. I decided to create weapon teams operating behind enemy lines using Obliterator rules. Deep Striking would be throwing off cammo cloaks or coming out of a hide site and then sowing dissaray into my opponents. Here is my interpenetration of these teams.
I decided to make one Alpha Legion team and one Night Lord team. I tried to smash as many obliterator weapons into the models as possible to keep with WYSIWYG and both team leaders have a powerfist. The Night Lord Spotter was modeled to look like he was crawling out of his cover to snatch up an unsuspecting guardsman while his shooter does his thing. If you look closely he has a combi-melta-flamer
I modeled these guys for fun and to add depth to my army. They've been treating me well in the fight too!
The paint scheme i am thinking of is pretty neutral. I'm not the greatest painter and when i pick up the brush it takes me days to complete one model. I'm terrified of starting these guys until i have got it down but i am aiming for something similar to an old champ of mine.
The only hiccup i've hit so far is how to re-size my lord. I'm using possessed bits for his body and it's going to be tough to scale him up the way i'm used to. He has a lot of character but doesn't stack up to the hours I've put into my normal troopers. Here he is...
When making him i was aiming for spectral/non dimensional wings. As if he is blessed by the gods and is on the way to becoming something infinitely more powerful. My main inspiration for him was from the book Storm of Iron where the warsmith is attaining his daemonic nature.
Here is a size comparison to an unaltered marine.
Future projects are updating the Alpha Legion to the spaced out armor, another squad of Chaos glory Night Lords, and maybe redoing my Bezerker squad and using the old bland ones as initiates or something.
C + C greatly appreciated!
Edited by Dan The Deamon, 08 July 2016 - 06:05 AM.