Not very Xmas-y, but what can you do?
According to the 40K fluff, all of the original Chaos Marine Legions bumped off their Chaplains during the Horus Heresy. The Word Bearers held onto their guys (they became Dark Apostles if memory serves. Big into their false idols those Word Bearer scamps). While I understand that GW wanted to give the Chaos Marines their own identity and feel, I do think that the idea of a eeevil Chaplains of the Dark Powers leading Space Marines into battle is potentially fun. With that in mind I put this guy together on a whim in 2001 or so.
Brother Chaplain Bakul is entirely plastic and is covered in enough skulls to make a rocker blush. It reinforces the Chaplain skull motif I suppose, although spiky skulls are perhaps my least favourite element of GW Chaos stuff.
I don’t like the way that GW have canonised the colour schemes for Chaplains (black), Librarians (blue), Techmarines (red), Apothecaries (white) etc. I think that the additional colours can ruin a palette and are often unnecessary.
Additionally, GW policy seems to be to cover the relevant miniature in that colour when perhaps just a little of it would suffice (for a good example check out the jarringly blue Librarian that features with the Blood Angel Terminators in 3rd Ed Space Hulk. It ruins the effect in my opinion. And don’t get me started on the Blood Angel yellow helmet=Assault, blue helmet=Devastator thing. Ugh).
The Chaplain is the least offensive of the marine specialists in that regard as adding some black to a scheme isn’t as disruptive as adding an actual colour to it. Still, when I added a Chaplain to the Sin Eaters I wanted to use the minimum amount of black to make him stand out a bit without ruining the army uniformity. I think that it worked fine. Not brilliant, but not awful in my opinion.
“Bakul” apparently means “sweet smelling”. Ho, ho, ho etc.