Sunday, September 9, 2018

Moar Slaaneshi Conversions

In addition to my Keeper of Secrets and Noise Marine Dread, there were three other Conversions that were the driving force behind making the Slaanesh Army I took to OFCC. Everything else in the Army was basically just there to let me use these five Models, and/or fill up Points.

First up is this Chaos Lord on Steed of Slaanesh. I'd been wanting to use that Steed Model for a 40K Chaos Lord ever since it was released back something like 15 years ago, and finally got around to it:

I wish I'd had some more time for it. The Steed in particular could have been substantially improved by a wash and then bringing some of it back up to Rakarth Flesh, and there was more detail I didn't get around to picking out in gold. The only thing that really bugs me, tho, is that I didn't get the edge of the base finished off, which was a common "theme" with this Army.

He got massively overkilled in most Games, because the Model ended up looking much more impressive than his statline actually justified (He's essentially a Chaos Lord with Jump Pack, Power Sword, and a couple of minor stat buffs), so people would line up an attack on him suitable for taking out someone like Abaddon, and then splat him with the first third of it.

Next up is another that I wanted to do since I first saw the base Model. The amount of conversion required here was actually very minimal, basically just scraping off some detail, and replacing the feet and one hand.

Really, most of what went into changing her from the Yncarne to a Daemon Princess was just tweaking the colour scheme, and even then, a lot of the colours are in the official colour scheme for the Yncarne, just used differently. Again, really could have used one more round of wash and highlight, and some gem effect paint on the spirit stones, but I'm still really happy with how she came out.

One of my teammates, who has an Ynnari Army himself, just about lost it when I unveiled her, totally pissed that I'd turned an Aeldari Avatar into basically its exact opposite. Which, honestly, was pretty much the kind of reaction I was hoping for. Chaos should disturb people.

Finally, we have The Vindication of The Devine. (No, that's not a typo. House Devine was the first Knight House to fall to Chaos.) Blending together some rough concepts from the old Hellscourge Daemon Knight from Epic (which had a Castigator Cannon, but was so lacking in detail that it was impossible to tell what that actually was, and was also terrifyingly fast and maneuverable for a War Engine of its size), Forge World's Cerastus Knight Castigator, which established the Castigator Cannon as some sort of dual Gatling gun arrangement, the options available to Renegade Knights, and the general theme that Slaaneshi stuff is faster and more maneuverable and more capable of acrobatic feats than a similar Unit that didn't have the blessing of the Dark Prince would be.


Even with a ton of 1/16" brass rod running through all that, it ended up sagging a bit from its intended pose. The original version had the knees bent in a little tighter, like it was in the process of springing off of that crag and suddenly reversing direction. The left foot was originally up higher as well, which helped the sense of motion, and kept the detail I added to the bottom visible, but it didn't hold. These pics were a total pain to take, because the thing barely fits in my light box at all. I took a bunch more, trying to get better shots of things like the head, but these were the only ones that came out even halfway decent.
 Again with the gloss causing problems for my camera. I added an eye where there's usually a little viewport or something (I'm not really sure what that's supposed to be) in the hatch above what was the pilot's compartment, before it got turned into a Daemon Engine. Similarly, I left off all the grab rails and ladders and such, since no one needs to be able to climb up there and get inside anymore.
 I added some plasticard and putty and a bit from the Chaos Hatch Sprue to fill in the foot, but it ended up sagging down to the point where it wasn't visible, so it ended up unpainted because of the time crunch.

A shot focusing on the base. I get way too into it sometimes when I'm working on these big Models. There's just so much room to go wild with, and the larger bases look so flat and featureless if you don't do something to break them up.

Currently, I'm working on finishing up a bunch of things from the Silver Tower set for Azazel's Neglected Model September Hobby Challenge. I should have enough to do a decent post sometime in the next few days, but it might take longer before I get around to actually taking pics and processing them and stuff. How ever long it ends up being, until then, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

10 comments:

  1. Yeah that lord on steed model is pure awesome. It has been one of those models I have wanted to purchase just to paint it is so good.
    Loving the pose on the knight too. It is very unusual to see a knight with any other pose than the stock one, and yours looks so dynamic it’s awesome

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    1. Thanks! This isn't something you hear too often, but my main regret about the Lord is that it's the metal version, not the Finecast. With the amount of modification I was doing there, it would have been much easier with a softer material.

      Despite the issues I mentioned, I'm super happy with the Knight. It's actually surprisingly easy to cut apart the knees and re-pose them. The big issue is the ankles. There are only two positions possible there without basically scratch-building your own pistons. That was also part of the reason I chose to *really* change up the pose, because it made the angle of the ankles less important.

      I have two more Renegade Knights planned, one for my Death Guard and one for my Iron Warriors. They're not going to be re-posed to anything like this extent, but I probably will shift them somewhat, and I'll try to remember to take more pics of the process when I do.

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  2. Danglethrust Sinhammer.

    It has a certain ring to it.

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    1. I love that Daemon Name Generator. So many hilariously awesome possibilities.

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  3. Splendid stuff mate.....it almost makes me want to return to my Castigators.....maybe one day when they've grown a bit ;-)

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    1. Thanks! The Army is pretty much crap in terms of game performance, but I'm happy enough with how it looks and the vibe and story I got from it that I don't care :D

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  4. Never seen the Daemonic steed before. Apparently GW still sell the metal version which has got to be unusual. It has nipples as well. Unheard of! I hadn't really noticed your Knight base before now either which is a shame because its cool.

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    1. The Steed is from the same era as the Juan Diaz Daemonettes. Might actually be another Diaz sculpt, I don't know. Regardless, there was a brief period there where they actually let the Slaanesh Daemons go tits-out before they remembered that parents get more upset about something like that than they do about any amount of violence at all, even to the point of genocide and/or never-ending torture.

      It is odd that it's still in metal. I'd never noticed that. I wonder if it was just such a poor seller during the Finecast era that they never needed to convert it over. Honestly, I've never seen another one in person, so it wouldn't surprise me.

      Pretty sure the reason you hadn't noticed the Knight base before is that this is the first time I've posted pics that actually show off the base well ;) Thanks!

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  5. Great conversions! That Knight pose looks amazing!

    Also, thanks for the heads up on the Neglected Model challenge; I've got so many to choose from haha :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm really happy with how it came out!

      And don't we all ;)

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