So over the weekend I finally assembled my dark apostle. Most of the warband is already assembled and primed, I still have a knight to build at some point and I need to get my hands on a forgefiend. I should also look at either using my demons from my two chaos AoS armies (khorne and tzneetch) or look at investing in some slaanesh or nurgle to add to the summoning options. I haven’t really painted anything yet really as I started applying some base color on a squad of 10 chaos warriors.
Anyways, the main reason I am starting this thread and topic. I finally got around to working on a two year planned conversion, and that is a demon prince. Every warband and army needs a worthy leader. The charismatic or fearful bloodthirsty crazed lunatic that others can either follow, gather around, or get behind, or sometimes be driven to serve.
I decided my warband needed a good conversion for just that reason. I decided on a demon prince, but I will be honest, I simple hate the plastic demon prince kit ( I have one for my fantasy khorne army) and I miss aspects of the old metal one from 3rd edition. I wanted to have my demon prince accenting to demon hood, I needed him to still feel attached to the mortal realm, and still feel like a space marine he started out life as. So I decided I needed a solid base, and maybe border in a little heresy. Since sculpting isn’t my strongest skill set (mostly I lack the patient it truly requires, and I don’t do it often enough) I really had to rely on a good base model. So what better base than to borrow from an ultra marine, the nemesis legion of the Word Bearers.
I started with Robute Guilliman, the primarch of the ultra smurfs. He is the largest space marine and would allow me a weapon legal starting point as well, and already same size base. I then removed all the imperial icons, and had to decide what I wanted to do with the armor. I gave it some thought and I didn’t want to go full on possessed. I want him transitioning, being granted a larger size to go with his daemon if blessings of strength and stature. I also wanted his armor to be covered more in runes, with a few notable changes. So I added a large blade to one knee, runes to his legs and flat armored, left one flat panel on his left thigh for script and text to be painted on, added a basic chapter symbol to his left lower leg, I added a few spikes coming out of his gauntlet Hand and of course two huge chaos worthy horns out of the helmet. The two shoulder pads were a struggle. One I decided to make a huge army symbol, with the book and flames protruding so I have a large book with a flame in the center sitting on flames that raise it from the shoulder pad. The giant eagle pad was tricky too, so I decided do a take on the demon aspect of the more modern army symbol, going with more flames to cover the eagle wings, then having a demon skull face coming out of that shoulder pad, and it gave me a reason to add more spikes and horns coming out.
I forgot to say I gave him the mark of khorne on his chest with runes, because he will not have a jump pack and cause I like the idea of an extra attack with this guy.
Now his backpack has been a bit of a tricky one, it just looks so puny. I ended up adding the flamei g censers to it, but I still feel I need to add something else, so may go through my bits and see if I can find something extra to add to the back pack area like adding some extra exhausts. For now I present to you his current look in plastic and green stuff. I only need to name this guy and finish the backpack area so I can get him primed and start painting him. So time for pics.
Edited by Rizara, 11 April 2021 - 06:39 PM.