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The Dreaded 55th - A Black Legion WIP

Black Legion Dreadreavers Chaos Space Marines Painting Conversions Kitbashing WIP

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Great conversion on your warlord. As a plasmamonger I must ask how you did that Combi-Plasma. It’s fantastic.
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Thanks! I built the combi-plasma out of spare parts from Betrayal at Calth. One of the cataphractii combi-bolters - the bit with the hand attached to it - glued next to one of the plasma guns from which I removed the hand, and voilà! I'm sure it could be done with the other specialist weapons too.

 
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Wow, what a great project log! Keep it up, frater.
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Hello! Sorry for the long silence.

I've come to a halt with the grunts, as it just got too repetitive after a while. I'll get back to them later, but today, I wanted to show you a little something I snatched up during my time at Warhammer Fest Europe yesterday:

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I've been wanting this sorcerer for some time now, and when I heard that they'd be selling him in Düsseldorf, I just had to take the opportunity. The cast is quite good for the most part, only two things are amiss: there's a large hole in the lightning claw's gauntlet, and the daemon's arm broke off - I don't know wether it was like this when I bought the mini or if it happened while I brought it home. Either way, nothing a little bit of Green Stuff can't fix! I'll scrub him clean of release agent and paint him during the week as part of a little competition a few friends of mine have set up. Being part of the Dreadreavers, he'll also get a name and backstory. After that, it's back to painting rank-and-file astartes (oh boy...).

Death to the False Emperor!

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What a great looking army so far! I really like your Typhus/Dyrath Kal conversion especially, bit it is all good capturing the feel of the Legion perfectly.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Sorcerer :tu:

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Looking forward to seeing how the sorceror goes, are you going to leave him stock or play around a little bit?


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Nice pick up! Looking forfoeard to seeing the sorcerer being added to the Dreadreavers!
It’s definitely a sculpt I’d love to add to my collection.
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Looking forward to seeing how the sorceror goes, are you going to leave him stock or play around a little bit?

I've been wondering about that too. The detail on the miniature is lovely, really makes me stay away from carving away at the armor plates. I was considering glueing on a few bits, a topknot and some trophies for example, but I don't want to make the model seem too busy either. I picked up a Sons of Horus transfer sheet though, so he's definetely getting some sweet cthonian gang-glyphs!


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Looking forward to seeing how the sorceror goes, are you going to leave him stock or play around a little bit?


I've been wondering about that too. The detail on the miniature is lovely, really makes me stay away from carving away at the armor plates. I was considering glueing on a few bits, a topknot and some trophies for example, but I don't want to make the model seem too busy either. I picked up a Sons of Horus transfer sheet though, so he's definetely getting some sweet cthonian gang-glyphs!

Why fix what's not broken, eh? I reckon the gang glyphs will look rocking and give him a touch more personality.
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I think stock it looks like a great model so it doesn't need much. If you can get a top knot that flows in the same direction as his cape that would look pretty fitting as well as the gang glyphs. Maybe paint that round bit on his belt like the Eye of Horus.


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While it does look good stock, I wouldn’t be able to resist festooning it in spikes and chaos stars and all things evil, maybe the odd daemonic face....but I am terribly unsentimental when it comes to my guys, special editions or not :D

Either way, I am sure you will make an awesome job of him! :tu:
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A tiny update on the (currently unnamed) sorcerer:

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Ugh... that cape was a censored.gif ing chore.

The idea of adding a topknot didn't sit quite well with me, but the Eye of Horus on the belt buckle that Hushrong proposed absolutely HAD to be done. I'm quite satisfied with how he looks - there's not a lot of work left before I can call him done! I'm already brainstorming for a fitting cthonian name and backstory. A latent psyker, formerly part of the Black Legate's command squad... that's the direcion I'm leaning towards.
Speaking of Dyrath Kal, I've been sourcing parts for the third and definitive version of the character. If everything's here by the end of next week, I might squeeze him in before continuing on with the grunts... painting HQs is so much more satifying than batch-painting troops.
Tell me what you think of the sorc so far, and if you have any ideas for his backstory or name, I'd be more than glad to hear them! happy.png

-Horrible


Edited by AHorriblePerson, 26 August 2018 - 11:38 AM.

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Nice update! The sorcerer is looking great! What was the issue with the cape?

Looking forward to more and seeing what you are cooking up for Kal.
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Nice update! The sorcerer is looking great! What was the issue with the cape?

 

I understand that there have to be folds and creases in a cloak, but that one really cranked it up to eleven. It took me a long while to get a consistent coat of red on the entirety of the bit before washing the whole thing, and highlighting was a quick but messy part of the process due to all those tears and tatters on the trim. I'm satisfied with how it looks now, but jeez - I really didn't enjoy that.


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I really struggle with smoothly painting and highlighting even the most straightforward of cloth textures, so I think the pain was definitely worth it! The Eye of Horus looks great.
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Looking great so far, man :tu:
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I didn't think about all that! Time put in is well worth it though! Especially for a sweet mini like that.


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Thanks a lot for the feedback, guys!
Nothing new to show off yet, but my parts just arrived! Once the sorc is done, I'll lay out my plans for Kal v3 before you.


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The little bit of progress I've made is a bit disappointing. The sorcerer is next to finished, but I messed up the hand that's casting a spell... I'll redo the bit this weekend, after I've picked up some additional colors at my friendly LGS.
 
That said, I decided to work on the Black Legate a little. Perhaps it comes over as a bit unnecessary to build a third version - perhaps it is - but when I look at the model I build earlier this year, it still looks like Typhus, but more importantly, like a member of the Death Guard.

Plus, he's a bit on the tall side...
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...yeah. That just can't be a thing.
 
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I decided to base the next version on a Sons of Horus terminator. And which model represents the legion better than Ezekyle Abaddon? I initially wanted to buy the model myself, but a friend of mine decided to part ways with his model in exchange for the event-exclusive Custodes tribune Ixion Hale. He even threw in Loken, parts from the Reaver Attack Squad and some of the Sons of Horus torsos and helmets! I'm especially happy about the former, considering FW decided to can them. The only way to get more now are recasters - definetely an option, but the quality of their copies is always hit or miss. I've exchanged the cowl for something a bit more archaic and took away some of the model's extravagance in return - mostly studs and charms. Some of the runes will have to be removed or altered to differentiate him from Abaddon. I've also got an idea for a different breastplate based on a coversion I saw among Grieux' Red Scorpions.
By sculpting an Eye of Horus onto the badge in the middle of the chest, I'd get a pretty good representation of what I consider the Dreadreavers' symbol - a winged version of the Black Legion symbol, a bit like the one on this old piece of artwork:

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His new melee weapon will be the massive chainaxe that comes with the modern Khârn the Betrayer kit - it looks gorgeous, but in my eyes, gorechild will always be the unadorned, red axe on the classic Khârn mini - a weapon used by Angron isn't made to be ornate, it's made to kill efficiently. Be that as it may, I'll try to get rid of the skulls with some more Greenstuff.
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He'll get some additional bits, like the cloak that comes with the Wolf Guard Terminators and a plume from the Aquilon Terminators kit, all of which need a bit of work though. He also needs a new combi-weapon, I may go with a melta this time around. I'm still missing an important bit, though - a fitting head. I've got more or less every SoH head here, but I'm also looking for alternatives... if you have any ideas, I'd be glad to hear 'em!

-Horrible


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I don't know man, I really like that typhus conversion, it doesn't look overly DG to me. But do what you feel is best, I'm sure this new guy will be stellar too, just don't let the old one be a waste, it's such a cool model:)
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The new Legate's gonna look smashing, the weapon already looks great. I'm excited to see you tackle the winged icon, such a cool piece of art.

 

I do agree with ElDuderino, the previous Legate is still in keeping and a cracker.


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You two are right - I'll keep the old conversion, no questions asked. He'll get a different name and story, though, whenever I come up with one.


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I love this warband. Really inspiring, especially the simple but so appropriate paintjob. Gives me a lot to think about.


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Nice! I actually got Tuphus to make into one of my characters but even before clipping him off the sprue I stopped dead in my tracks. Still trying to sort out a way to make it looks like the typhus himself. I’ll also be checking out your new iteration for inspiration/ideas to steal. I started using 30k Abaddon to make my main guy but I’m trying to figure out how to change up the model a bit more.
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I'm sure your Typhus conversion is gonna make mine look like a grunt! Feel free to nab anything you see here for your own use. I'm finishing the paint on the sorcerer as I write this, gonna apply transfers and post some pics and a brief backstory here tomorrow. Not really happy with the warpflames, but I did what I could. I should've looked for bits to train with... wallbash.gif


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