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Harvesters of Souls: chaos warriors to CSM

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Hi there! with the new release of Burning of Prospero I have decided to start another legion and, after the hard process of having to decide which one to start, I've come with the solution, to make my own legion. So I decided to do another lost legion project, and have decided for the II because I prefer them to be the "forgotten" than the "purged". The thing is that starting a legion from scratch wasn't as simple as I first thought, as it means that you have to make a LOT of choices. But I finally have the bases set and this morning went to my local store and bought BoP. 

My idea is to make kind of an "undead" legion that, through an alteration of their gene-seed or dark rituals (probably both) are between life and death, their soul bound to their body so that they won't fall when they die but meaning that when their body is finally and ultimately destroyed they will face an eternity of nothingless, being devoured by the warp or something like that. Because of this they have understood the importance of balance between life and death, and know that killing is something that shouldn't be done without reason but that sometimes it is necessary, carrying their task without hesitation. As you can see they aren't totally defined at all, but the main idea is there.

Regarding the name and heraldry I have chosen the "Harvesters of Souls", as I couldn't put the word "death" in there because of the Death Guard. The symbol I have come up with is half a white skull, half a black featureless face, representing that they are both alive and dead:

 

Harvesters of Souls Symbol
 
 

The problem I have with it, again, is that it is similar to the Death Guard one, so I'm open to other ideas. I was planing to paint them in a metallic black, as I like a lot how Alpha Legion and Thousand Sons armies turn out when painted metallic and wanted to do something similar, though I´m still not sure on the technique i´ll use to paint them like that. Also I will sculpt half of the face to look like a skull and paint that half white. Finally, to make them more different from the Iron Hands and Raven Gaurd which are also black, I will paint a skeleton over their armour, probably in white or bone colours. 

With the fluff and the colour scheme more or less set needed to make rules for them, but the problem of that was that I wouldn't be able to use them without the permission of my opponent, as they wouldn't be official, but I didn't want either to use the rules of another legion, as I wanted to make something different, so the solution came from the other option I had for a new project, the Blackshields. Their rules allow to really customise your army, being able to choose between different options for your Legion Astartes rules and having a basic infantry choice with a lot of choices, apart from being really cool and allowing me to do two of my project ideas at the same time. So the idea is to play my Harvesters of Souls using Blackshields rules, meaning that my units are in some way made to represent blackshield rules. I will mainly play them as Chymeriae with the +1T, +1S, -1I, -1 run and charge moves and no sweeping advances traits as my Brought by War choice, representing that even though the powers of undeath give them strenght and they don't die as easily (as they're already dead), they have less control over their bodies, making them less agile and mobile.

So, as I said before, I've already bought the BoP box and started assembling the contents, so I already have my first model, the captain of my first marauder squad, equipped with a thunder hammer, a shotgun and a bolt pistol:

 

 
Executioner Sergeant 1
 
Executioner Sergeant 2
 
Executioner Sergeant 3

 

 

He didn't took a lot of time to model, as the legs where already in the pose i wanted and I just had to reposition the arms, sculpt half of the helmet to look like a skull and convert a boltgun into a shotgun. This last part was really simple and just required a boltgun from a 40k marine, which was very important for me as I plan to make twenty like that, but the result was pretty satisfactory:
 

Executioner Sergeant shotgun

 

At last I don't usually like starting by the sergeants of the units, but the thing is that I plan on equipping the regular members of the unit with a chainaxe and I won't be able to order them until next week, so until then I'll have to build the terminators, characters and non basic units... 
 

Executioner Sketch

So, I hope you liked it and any support and ideas will be welcome. What do you think of the fluff? Would you change the colour scheme? If not, how would you paint metallic black? What about the model?  Do you know good brands that sell chainaxes?
I hope that I can post my next figure soon, but I have to study during the week, so expect more activity atthe weekends!


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Always nice to see another lost legion.  Metallic black will be interesting.  The best way to do it would be via airbrush and very thin paint, I reckon.  

 

As for chain axes, these might do:  http://anvilindustry...ming-Chain-Axes

 

Kromlech have some too.  They are a bit more varied. http://bitsofwar.com...chain-axes.html

 

And victoria minis: http://victoriaminia...er-chain-axe-x4


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Always nice to see another lost legion.  Metallic black will be interesting.  The best way to do it would be via airbrush and very thin paint, I reckon.  
 
As for chain axes, these might do:  http://anvilindustry...ming-Chain-Axes
 
Kromlech have some too.  They are a bit more varied. http://bitsofwar.com...chain-axes.html
 
And victoria minis: http://victoriaminia...er-chain-axe-x4


Thanks, the Voidborn are also great! Regarding the chainaxes I've found that Puppets of War have ones that are really cool and full of skulls, but I will probably mix with the ones of Victoria Miniatures to give the squad a more "normal" look.

I've almost finished a terminator and a marine from a support squad, I'll post pics tomorrow.
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Always nice to see another lost legion.  Metallic black will be interesting.  The best way to do it would be via airbrush and very thin paint, I reckon.  
 
As for chain axes, these might do:  http://anvilindustry...ming-Chain-Axes
 
Kromlech have some too.  They are a bit more varied. http://bitsofwar.com...chain-axes.html
 
And victoria minis: http://victoriaminia...er-chain-axe-x4


Thanks, the Voidborn are also great! Regarding the chainaxes I've found that Puppets of War have ones that are really cool and full of skulls, but I will probably mix with the ones of Victoria Miniatures to give the squad a more "normal" look.

I've almost finished a terminator and a marine from a support squad, I'll post pics tomorrow.

 

 

Thanks, pal.  Ah, I forgot puppetswar! I love their site for conversion bits.  I look forward to your pics.



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Hi, nice start, although I am not sure about the colorscheme. because you use black and white, the first thing which sprang to my mind is MALAL!!!!

 

The thing with  the balance of life and death is a cool tweak and of course black and white is the first to spring to mind. but maaaaaaybe find another? green and grey? red and grey? so that the malalismus will not take over^^

 

And if I have a wish: Please introduce something which can be called souleater. weapon, character, rule, psypower. anything goes


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Hi, nice start, although I am not sure about the colorscheme. because you use black and white, the first thing which sprang to my mind is MALAL!!!!

The thing with the balance of life and death is a cool tweak and of course black and white is the first to spring to mind. but maaaaaaybe find another? green and grey? red and grey? so that the malalismus will not take over^^

And if I have a wish: Please introduce something which can be called souleater. weapon, character, rule, psypower. anything goes

I don't think the Malal thing will be an issue as I won't actually have that much white, I was planning on painting the trims also black, so the only white parts would be half of the face and maybe the bones in the armor (which isn't decided yet), also, I plan on painting the eye on the black side of the face bright green, to contrast with the dark scheme. That said, I'm now thinking that if I make a 40k version of them (a group that scaped the fate of the legion) it would be soooo cool if they were dedicated to Malal, giving them a crazed tweak.

And about naming something Souleater, it has just made me remember one of my favoirites PrC from D&D 3.5 (the Soul Eater) so your wish may come true, now I just have to decide how...

P.d: your Wardens of Light are great, so many lost legions lately!

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That shotgun conversion looks great, might steal it for deathwatch ph34r.png. I also like the look you are going to have for this legion, can't wait to see more. 



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That shotgun conversion looks great, might steal it for deathwatch ph34r.png. I also like the look you are going to have for this legion, can't wait to see more. 

Thanks, it really is simple, you just need to cut the right parts!

 

 

Now, update time:

 

I´ve been working on my terminators which I decided to call the "Hands of Doom", the elite of the legion that have decided to embrace death even more than their brothers. The idea is to paint them instead of black with the white /bone half face and skelleton, paint them in white /bone with a black skelleton, cloack, hood and loincloth. Because they represent the aspect of death of the legion they wont have half the face black or a green eye. To sculpt the cloaks and loincloths I used some insta mould to make a base that I could sculpt over and, even though the surfaces are much more rough that what I would have wanted, that is my usual mistake with greenstuff, so I´m quite happy with the results and hope that the next one will be better. 

 

Hand of Doom 1
 
Hand of Doom 2
 
Hand of Doom cloack
 
Also this was the original sketch:
 
Hand of Doom sketch
 
And I´ve also made my first marine for a Support Weapons Squad, the "Cremators", which will carry pariah flamers (a special blackshield weapon):
 
Cremator 1
 
Cremator 2
 
Cremator 3
 
And this was the sketch:
 
Cremator Sketch
 

 I´m not set in the flame pattern on the armour, but if I do it will be the same colour as the bones of the others.

 

 

At last, yesterday I toyed a while with a photo editor and I came up with this:

 

Live to die, Die to live
 
I´m thinking it could be a good phrase for the legion, "live to die, die to live" with all the life and death temathics.
 
So, what do you think about the new models? And, what do you think that would be a good base theme for the army?

 

 
Sorry for the quality of the photos, but I don´t have a good camera and photography isn´t my greatest strenght.
 

 


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Okay, so I´ve already built the 4 other Hands of Doom, but still haven´t sculpted the capes and loincloths. I´m just posting so that you can see how I make an insta mould base to sculpt over:

 

Hands of Doom Insta-mould
 
 
Also toyed with PicsArt on my phone and this is what I came over with:
 
Hand of Doom test art

 

 

I hope I can get some capes done today, if not all, so that i can start to build the other creamtors. 

 


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Well, I've finally defined the origins of the Legion and their primarch, Virgultur, the Harvester, Sire of the II Legion; and made a more defined lore, this is what I came up with:


Origins: Virgultur and the Undead Legion

The II Astartes Legion, the Sentenced, were doomed since their creation. Their Gene-Seed had a terrible flaw that, instead of prolonging their lifespan indefinitely, shortened it to less than a couple years, as their vital organs eventually stopped working. Because of this, they were the legion with the less recruits, as everyone knew that forming part of the II was a sentence of death, but the few members that there were had a grim determination, accepting their fate a not caring about their life in battle, knowing that one way or another, they were going to die. Because of this, the legion was forced to use their trainees in battle before they were implanted with the gene-seed, as they needed them to be fully capable when it happened, as after they wouldn't have much more time to learn.
Even with this extreme measures the legion was smaller every day, as the recruits were few and the astartes died quickly, preventing them from having any veterans.
It was just when the Emperor was about to end the legion that they found the death world of Messis, a place in where humans had prevailed in large cities ruled by the Necrophants, powerful psykers that used their powers to raise the corpses of the dead and bind them to their will, creating huge undead armies to defend the people from the many dangers of the planet, mainly the xenos creatures know as the “nightmare stalkers”, dark and slim creatures with many legs and claws sharp as swords that imbued their victims in fear just by looking at them with their bright green eyes.

That was before the Harvester arrived. They say that one day he arrived from the black skies, a child with the skin white as the snow and with eyes dark as the night. He was found near the city of Mausulon, by a farmer, Ghortan, who took him into his care to save the son his wife was about to have, for he would be his second son and in Messis everyone had to give their second sons to the Necrophants when they reached adulthood to be killed and risen as undead soldiers to defend the people. This children that were born to die were called “Virgultum”, the “branch that is cut green”, so Ghortan named his new son Virgultur, for a true name will only make himself like more the son he had just adopted. But Virgultur was not a normal human, and soon the gifts that he had started showing themselves. It was less than a month before he had to be given to join the armies of the dead that he presented himself to the Necrophants saying that he was willing to serve alive. At first they told him that that was not possible, for humans panicked when they saw the Nightmare Stalkers, so Virgultur told them that he would bring them the head of a dozen Stalkers if they would admit him in their army afterwards. Laughing, the Necrophants told him that they would not only admit him but that they would make him their general if he, alone, killed a dozen Nightmare Stalkers and brought them their severed heads. Accepting the challenge and forcing them to oath that they would do as they had said if he made it, Virgultur picked the scythe that his father used in the farm and went to the wilderness from where he had came. During the course of two whole months he hunted a dozen Nightmare Stalkers, severing their heads with his scythe, looking directly at their eyes but never being afraid. When he presented himself to the Necrophants they couldn't believe him, and some of them said that he couldn't be the general of their undead armies, as he was barely an adult, even though he was already taller than them all. Accusing them of liars and oathbreakers Vilgurtur killed them with the same scythe that he had used to sever the head of the stalkers, but broke it in the process because of the brutality with which he used it. The remaining Necrophants pleaded for their lives and said that the will honour their oath, so Virgultur spared them and took his place at the head of his dead soldiers. For two years he battled the Stalkers, not limiting to defending the cities, but hunting them into the marshes and damps from where they came, winning every battle because of his cunning and might. But he saw that there were too many monsters in Messis to be fought with the army he had, so he told the Necrophants to rise the Nightmare Stalkers they killed so that they would join their ranks to fight their alive brethren. Horrified by the idea they all excused themselves saying that they were not powerful enough to do it and saying that it was madness. But Virgultur was not going to give in so easily, so he told them that if they teached him how, he would do it himself. Again underestimating him, the Necrophants agreed, thinking that he would destroy himself in the process. But Virgultur learned eagerly, and one day, after a bloody battle in which a lot of Stalkers died, he made the dark rituals that the Necrophants had teached him and, even though it left him exhausted, dozens of Nightmare Stalkers rose to fight for him, their souls bound to his will and their bodies animated by the powers of undeath.
Terrified by what they had done, the Necrophants started plotting how to kill Virgultur, for he was getting too powerful. But the servants of the dark temples of Messis in where the Necrophants lived learned of this plan and, part for vengeance, part because they wanted Virgultur to free them from the Stalkers, they alarmed him, and in his wrath he killed the remaining Necrophants. Now rid of their protests, Vilgurtur started rising Nightmare Stalkers and other monsters to join his army, conquering much of Messis with their might, making it secure for humans to live and, because his new source of soldiers, he abolished the law of giving second sons to be killed.
But there was a region of Messis that he wasn't able to purge, a place called Pandemoni, marshes so infested of Nightmare Stalkers and other dangers that not even his armies could defeat them.
So he started animating much more humans and monsters, spending whole days in the sacred temples creating a massive army.

But all this power wasn't unnoticed. Very far away, in another place of the galaxy, the Emperor of Mankind noticed the psychic emanations that were coming from Messis, and quickly recognized the power of one of his sons. At the head of the II and XVI legions, the second of which had already reunited with their primarch, Horus, he went to that unexplored region of the galaxy with the hope of finding one of his lost sons.

Virgultur had created an army of hundreds of thousands undead humans and monsters and decided to march towards the final battle against the Nightmare Stalkers so, even though he was exhausted by the effort he had made and sometimes could barely stand on his feet he, at the head of his huge army, marched into Pandemoni. He and his undead warriors went farther than ever before, but the Stalkers kept coming and the undead army started diminishing. Even with their numbers being reduced by the thousands, they kept going on, as the dead feel no fear and, at last, they reached the centre of the marsh. There they found the Nightmare Mother, a giant monster that spawned the Stalkers and that, taking advantage of Virgultur’s weakness, took control over the undead Nightmare Stalkers. Totally in disadvantage as his forces turned against him, Virgultur decided that he would rather die than flee, so he fought monsters and his own undead alike until he was the only human standing. When his last strength was just about to leave him a bright light shimmered in front of him and suddenly a group of humans clad in a towering black armour were fighting beside him. At the head of them he saw a giant with a claw and a mace, taller even than him, which fought with a magnificence he had never seen before. With axes of thunder and weapons that spitted fire the newcomers soon made a circle around him and, without really believing it, he saw that they were winning the battle so, with a expression of relief, he fainted.
That was how Horus and his Luna Wolves saved Virgultur, Primarch of the II. After a long talk with his true father, the Emperor, Vilgurtur learned about the Great Crusade, and decided to commit himself zealously to the cause, as he had dedicated all his life to the protection of humanity. But to do that he needed a Legion, and his sons were dying. At the same time the Emperor reprimed him for using his powerful psychic abilities to such evil purposes, as he had not only risen the dead, but he had bound them to his will and had practiced his dark arts with xenos beasts, which had turned against him when he needed them the most. To avoid this happening again, the Emperor trained Virgultur personally in the art of the Warp, teaching him how to properly use his powers. When this training ended and Virgultur had mastered his psychic abilities, he took command of his Legion, but was horrified to see how fast they were dying and clearly saw that if nothing was done the Legion would disappear. Not wanting to lose his newly found sons he isolated himself in his personal chambers to think of a solution. He soon saw what he had to do. For two weeks he worked, mixing the rituals that the Necrophants had taught him with the knowledge the Emperor had given him. He would bind the soul of his warriors to themselves, making them stand and fight even though their bodies dyed, turning them into undead but keeping their free will. Afraid that his father wouldn't approve he decided to make the ritual as soon as possible and, with the approval of his Legion, it was done. The legionaries now where slower, as they hadn't as much control over their body, but they were tougher and stronger, as the power of the warp flowed through them to keep them “alive”. But eventually the Emperor found out and his wrath was terrible, almost dismissing the II Legion, no more called the Sentenced but renamed as the “Harvesters of Souls”, as he said that now they were tainted by terrible powers. But Horus himself, who had befriended Virgultum since he saved him in Messis, interceded in his favour, saying that the warriors of the II remained loyal, were stronger than ever and that they couldn't afford to lose a whole Legion in the midst of the Great Crusade. Not really convinced about it the Emperor gave in, but assigned regiments of the Legio Custodes to closely guard the Harvesters of Souls, and prohibited them from having a librarius, saying that the taint was too strong to let them access the warp. Ashamed about having displeased his father, Virgultur was eager to show the value of his legion, and soon marched to battle, conquering world after world to make the Emperor proud.

This was how the Harvesters of Souls were born.
This was how the Harvesters of Souls started to die.


So what do you think about it? It makes it easy to later on make the Legion fall, as they're already tainted by the warp, and gives me the undead lore I wanted to work with. Any opinions are welcome, the only name I'm set on is Virgultur (Virgultum being the ethimological origin of the word "verdugo", which means executioner in Spanish) and not particularly satisfied with "Nightamare Stalkers".

Still progressing with the Hands of Doom cloaks, so far I've only done another one, so it may take longer than I thought at first.
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I like what you've done with these guys, especially the sculpted gorgets. 



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I like what you've done with these guys, especially the sculpted gorgets.

Thanks! I think they give a nice touch to the model that compliments very well with the cloaks and hoods.
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So finally completed the history of Virgultur and the Harvesters of Souls.

It is thought that the two lost primarchs were found in the 830 and 967 of the thirtieth millennium. It is also thought that this legions were destroyed in the 965 and the 969, as in those years the Space Wolves, who are known to be the executioners of the Emperor, were sent to a classified mission. But what is never mentioned in the lost primarch theories is that in the 006 of the thirty first millennium there is an important event that has been totally erased from history. Because the Inquisition hadn't been founded yet and the Horus Heresy had barely started (the dropsite Massacre is also on the 006, so it could've been after this), it seems very likely to me that this event that has been expunged from every archive could have something to do with the lost legions.
This explained, the timeline of the Harvesters of Souls would be this:
830 M30: Virgultur is found in the planet of Messis, being saved by his brother Horus, which is the start of an emerging friendship between them.
830-831 M30: the Emperor personally trains Virgultur to use his psychic abilities while they battle together in the Great Crusade. Virgultur will remember this time afterwards with opposed emotions, as he was happy to be with his father but it caused much grief to see his legion dying.
831 M30: Virgultur is officially given command of the II Legion, the Harvesters of Souls, and returns to Messis to find a solution for the legion’s problem.
831 M30: the first “Death-ritual of Rebirth” is made, and the II Legion numbers rise due to a new wave of recruits from Messis. Soon afterwards the Emperor finds out, and judges him. Though Leman Russ urges for the dismissal of the legion, Horus speaks in their favour, finally convincing the Emperor to let them live, but the “Edict of Konstanople” puts heavy restriction over them, prohibiting their use of things like a Librarius (though instaurating the Necrontinus, an organisation of psykers purely dedicated to the reanimation of their brothers), Dreadnoughts or the practise of their rituals outside the members of the II Legion.
832 M30: Virgultur creates his own Expeditionary Force and for the first time battles alone with his Harvesters of Souls, he also meets Ferrus Manus and Fulgrim, which he both addresses as arrogant and overconfident, specially Fulgrim.
843 M30: Virgultur finally meets Magnus, from which he had heard before and longs to know another psyker primarch but finds himself ashamed as Magnus turns out to master the Warp much more than himself without having received any help from his father, creating a brotherly rivalry that, even though it's usually friendly, it often ends up in the two of them quarrelling.
843-848 M30: the Harvesters of Souls and the Thousand Sons fight together against an eldar craftworld in a log campaign that ends without much benefit for either of the sides.
860-869 M30: a great war is fought in the Hallion system against an Ork Whaagh!, which features the main forces of four legions, the Harvesters of Souls, the Iron Warrior, the Death Guard and the Word Bearers, the last of which were newly reunited with their primarch. The four primarch are present during the war, though Mortarion leaves with the bulk of his army on 864, as he says that his legion is most needed elsewhere, which causes a quarrel with the other primarch, mainly with Virgultur, who calls him coward and says that he should be ashamed to call his legion Death Guard if they can't bring death when they're asked.
869 M30: the Hallion War ends with the astartes victorious, and Perturabo gifts Virgultur with Truth and Lie, a double sided glaive that the Harvester will turn into his signature weapon afterwards.
869-942 M30: the Harvesters of Souls fight various minor wars, during which they are forced to battle a couple human civilisations to “bring them to the light of the Empire”, even though they're pacific, which Virgultur does with hesitation and contempt. At the end he completely destroys a planet in a fit of brutal rage to avoid knowing their people and wanting to save them. Afterwards he'll be haunted by regrets of this decision.
942-944 M30: a two year campaign against the Rassak, a xeno race, which features the Harvesters of Souls, the World Eaters and the Night Lords. Virgultur disapproves of the brutal ways of Angron and his legion and is disgusted by the sadistic tendencies of Kurze, so sends a message of complaint to his father, who responds saying that both their legions are brutally effective and that the Great Crusade sometimes has the need of less subtle tools. Not too happy by the answer, Virgultur starts to think that there might be something wrong in the way that the Empire works, a sense that is reforced by the atrocities committed during the war against the Rassak.
945 M30: the Harvesters of Souls start participating less actively in the Great Crusade, as Virgultur’s doubts grow.
957 M30: the Harvesters of Souls find the Koulst system, which is habituated by a sub race of humans that have evolved by breeding with xenos. Virgultur orders the extermination of the race because the abominable acts they have committed, but afterwards is consumed by guilt and rises them all as undead, after of which he leaves the system reporting that he had been defeated by “unexpected xenos powers”. The Space Wolves are redirected to the system to investigate this, but because they're very far away and they stop in their path due to false baits set by Virgultur they don't reach Koulst until 960.
960-963 M30: Space Wolves fight the sub humans in Koulst, reporting that they seem to have been reanimated by dark arts. They reluctantly call for the help of the Harvesters of Souls, considering them experienced in the matter, though Leman Russ suspects something is wrong and wants to inspect them closer. Virgultur rejects, saying that he is engaged in a battle in Balan Secunda which he cannot leave, even though in reality it's just a minor confrontation.
962 M30: Virgultur talks with his brother Lograr after the incident of Monarchia, and partly shares with him the dislike towards Guilliman and his Ultramarines, but more importantly his doubts in the Empire of Men grow even further.
963 M30: the Harvesters of Souls are accused by the Space Wolves of treachery and are called again to Konstanople.
964 M30: Virgultur at first tries to avoid it, but finally accepts his fate and reunites all his legion to be judged at Konstanople for his crimes. There, a committee formed by various high charges, including some of his fellow brothers such as Leman Russ, Mortarios, Roboute Gilliman, Rogal Dorn and, painfully to him, Magnus, and leaded by the Emperor himself, sentence the legion to stop using the rituals, even though if it shortens the lifespan of its members. Horrified by the prospect of watching his legion die again Virgultur returns to Messis, where he starts planning how to escape the Imperium. Finally he reaches into the warp for help, a thing that had been forbidden to him by his father during his training, where he found a powerful entity that promised a secure place to hide for him and his legion at the cost of the souls of those undead legionaries that were finally destroyed. After discussions it with the Necrontinus and his nearest advisors, he accepts the pact.
965 M30:Just as the pact with the being from the Warp is being sealed, the Space Wolves attack the planet as they've been monitoring the planet and they know the rituals of reanimation haven’t stopped, raiding the recruitment centres in search of recruits who hadn't still been administered the gene-seed to take (who would afterwards be forced to join the Ultramarines) and afterwards bombing Messis until it was just a flat, lifeless, blackened rock. The II Legion, the Harvesters of Souls, are “officially” destroyed in what would afterwards be referred as the “Hunt of the Dead”. Unfortunately for the Space Wolves, the Harvesters of Souls had already fled to the warp when this happened, as that was the safe place promised to them.
965 M30 -005 M31: Virgultur is furious as his legion has ended in a remote place of the Warp that is a twisted mock up of Messis and his planet and people have been destroyed. In this period he suffers a slow descent to madness and starts to monitor everything that happens in the galaxy, learning of Horus conspiracy and seeing the roots of the Heresy develop in front of his eyes. He decides not to take part as, even though he sees Horus cause as a noble one, he also perceives that he is being fooled by the powers of the warp just as he had been. During this time he tries to get power and learns the name of the entity with which he had talked, Malal, a god of destruction and and entropy. Virgultur will finally develop a close relationship with Malal, who gives him power in exchange for the promise that one day the Harvesters of Souls would bring destruction again over the material plane.
006 M31: the remains of the II Legion make an appearance in Terra, fighting the Legio Custodes and the Imperial Fists and, thanks to the surprise and confusion they cause, Virgultur and his personal guard manage to reach the Emperor, where Virgultur talks to his father for the last time and apparently kills himself, his body and Legion disappearing afterwards. This event is known as the “Fall of the Revenant” though it is rarely talked about.
006 M31: after this event, again in the warp, where the true Messis now lied mixed with the false one, the members of the Necrontinus rise Virgultur from the dead, now much empowered and partly an avatar of Malal, but not a true daemon prince.
006-014 M31: Virgultur continues to watch the development of the Horus Heresy from the Warp, not really empathising with any of the sides, but rather wanting both to destroy each other so that a new Empire can rise. To assure this he discreetly drops some pieces of information to both sides to assure this destruction and sometimes sends his legion to crucial places, though they don't leave record of anything and are thought to be Blackshields, once even manifesting to his brother Horus and telling him to go to Molech, using the bonds that they had once shared to convince him. When at the end the traitors are defeated, Virgultur is quite let down, as the sides haven't completely obliterated each other to let him rebuild a new empire of balance and justice.
014 M31+: The Harvesters of Souls occasionally appear somewhere, usually to wreck havoc over the forces of the Imperium, but also sometimes fighting chaos or even xenos for unknown reasons. Virgultur never truly became a daemon primarch, but reached inmortality anyways due to the powers of undeath. On the relation of the legion with Malal, they actually never became his followers, but it is true that part of their power is gotten from him and even though they can travel freely through the otherwise dangerous Warp, their souls are devoured by Malal when they ultimately die, but they do not fear their fate, but rather face it with grim determination, as their legion always did. Usually they're confused with a chaos warband, but the Harvesters of Souls never leave witnesses in their operation, and in open battles they fight with icons long forgotten and disappear afterwards, so no one knows who they really are.

 

 

 

also finished a second Hand of Doom, the one with the plasma blaster:

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Looking very promising. Very impressed

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Looking very promising. Very impressed

Thank you, the thing is that as I now have a much more defined lore, many new ideas have started coming. Here ar the the sketches of two new units:

 

This are the "Soul Eaters", the veterans of the Harvesters of Souls, which, if the Hands of Doom represent the aspect of death of the legion, they represent the aspect of life (by taking it from others, obviously). The idea is that they are legionaries who have spent a lot of time in the legion and now the powers that keep them alive are fading, so they need to take the souls of others to mantain their own:

Tormentor sketch
The "hood" thing doesn´t convince me at all, but it gives him a sinester look that seems vey appropriate.

 

The other sketch I´ve done is for the legion Apothecaries. The thing is that, in a legion in where the Astartes are already dead, regular apothecaries make little sense, so the Harvesters of Souls use the "Sentencers", legionnaries who try to fix broken limbs and other serious wounds that make their brothers less efficient, but not caring about less severe wounds like cuts or bullet holes. Ultimatelly on their backs lies the heavy responsability of fianlly killing the marines whose body is too damaged to fight again, like the ones who have been blasted by a grenade or been cutted by half. For this they use huge double handed blades imbued with special psychic properties by the Necrontinum, that are able of cutting the unnatural bonds of their brothers souls to their reanimated bodies, freeing them forever:

Apothecary "sentencer" sketch
I´m quite happy with this one, it is just what I imagined, so I hope the models end up like this.

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^ Yeah, just what he said, really. tongue.png Looking good + nice sculpting of the skull icons/half-masks etc. The black and white colour scheme will be interesting. Have you considered a spot colour to tie the two colours together? Like a warm grey? Keep it up!



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FREAKING EPIC ALL OF IT ABSOLUTELY EPIC your conversions are fantastic and so is your fluff I need MOOOAAAAR!!!!! seriously tho awesome work brother

 
Thanks, glad you like it! This afternoon I'll end a third Hand of Doom and depending on how I'm feeling I'll maybe start another Cremator or a Soul Eater... Or maybe even start painting something.
 

^ Yeah, just what he said, really. :P Looking good + nice sculpting of the skull icons/half-masks etc. The black and white colour scheme will be interesting. Have you considered a spot colour to tie the two colours together? Like a warm grey? Keep it up!

Thank you! Actually I do not want to tie the two colours together, as the idea is that the white side of the face contrasts with the rest of the figure so that it will be a focal point. That said a lighter grey could work out fine for the bones of the armour, as in that way it wouldn't take too much attention from the white of the face... Hmmm, I really have to decide in which coulour to paint the bones: white, grey, silver or bone? I fear I'll end up testing them all :P
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Hi, as promised I finished another terminator and at the end decided to build a second Creamtor, I fear I´ll leave painting for tomorrow...

 

This is the Cremator which I think that looks too much like if he´s falling forwards, which wasn´t the intention, but should be just fine when looked at with his squad members:

Cremator 2 1
Cremator 2 2
Cremator 2 3

 

Here is the third Hand of Doom. This one has a more dynamic pose and has a chain fist instead of the regular power fist, as I´m still considering that a "hand" and also,  I though that S10 armourbane is dangerous even for a warlord:

Hand of Doom 3
Hands of Doom 3 group shot
 
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you're Cremators are awesome man I very well may need to borrow that flamer idea for my Ash Vipers it makes those horrible flamers look so so so much better. I've totally done the exact same thing on lots of marines getting overzealous with my assembly that's one of the reasons I base with cork because that extra layer makes it easier to make it look like they're running up something instead of nose diving.
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you're Cremators are awesome man I very well may need to borrow that flamer idea for my Ash Vipers it makes those horrible flamers look so so so much better. I've totally done the exact same thing on lots of marines getting overzealous with my assembly that's one of the reasons I base with cork because that extra layer makes it easier to make it look like they're running up something instead of nose diving.


Feel free to use the idea, I did it to give them a WWI look. I don't really like basing with cork as, even though the final effect is so cool, it gives all the minis too much height in my opinion. That said do you have any other ideas on how to base them? I was thinking of swamp-like terrain, as Messis is supposed to be like that, but I'm not sure.
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Hi again, I know it has taken more time for me to publish, I´ve been quite busy this weekend. But I´ve been able to paint my test model (which I will show later or tomorrow, when the water effect in the base dries...), and built my first character, Reus Ghortan, the Sword of Redemption:

Reus Ghortan was the human that found Virgultur when he arrived on Messis, and who took him under his care to give him to the Necrophants so that his other sons will survive. When the Empire reached Messis and Virgultur was revealed to be a primarch, Ghortan was consumed by guilt, so when the newly named Harvesters of Souls asked for recruits, he was one of the first to anwser the call. Unfortunatelly, he was too old to receive the gene-seed, so Virgultur, who held no ill-feelings towards him as he unterstood why he had done what he had done, told him that he shoukdn´t have any remorses. Still Ghortan wasn´t convinced, so at the end, being a close one to the primarch, he was given rejuvenat treatments and implants that allowed him to fight like an astartes, something similar to what would after be done to Kor Phaeron or Luther. 

Driven by the wish of reediming himself in battle and having survived many years in the death-world of Messis, Reus Ghortan turned out to be an excellent warrior and an outstanding tactician which, combined with his closeness to Virgultur, made him quicly rise through the ranks of the legion, finally ending as first captain.

He is one of the oldest legionnaries of the legion and, even though he has killed so many enemmies that everyone would say that he has reedemed himself, he still fights with zealous determination at the head of the Soul Eaters, gaining him the name of the "Sword of Redemption". 

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The model is based on Geigor Fell-Hand, the Space Wolves character of the Burning of Prespero. His arms have been reposed and his knife and power claw replaced be a huge double-handed sword (from the bloodletters box). I´ve decided to keep the hanging bolter, as I think it still looks fine after the changes. Many skulls have been added, all the symbols removed, the back-pack totally redisigned and, finally, the horrible triangle-bearded head has been replaced by a bald one that also comes in the BoP box and greenstuffed to represent the many implants that Ghortan has.
Rules-wise I will use him as the Nemean Reaver, as I think his stats and rules represents Ghortan fine enough.

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Whoa Ghortan looks awesome, love what you've done with him. Looking forward to seeing more characters from you!



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Whoa Ghortan looks awesome, love what you've done with him. Looking forward to seeing more characters from you!


Thanks, the next one will be a 30k Ahriman conversion to a praevian, but I want to finish some squads first.
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So I´ve finally finidhed my test model, please let my know what you think about the colour scheme!

 

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In the photographs the metallic black doesn´t show up much, but it´s there. Also I´ve finally decided for white bones to match the face and set the Malal theme for later. Finally I´m not totally satisfied about the water effect of the front of the swamp base, but I suppose I´ll improve my technique over time.


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