Posted on 07/07/2010 by sho3box
Sgt Damien (right) and two Chaos Marines
Squad Damien is the third squad that I painted for my WH40k Chaos Space Marine force back in 1999. The figures used are vintage Chaos Renegades made by GW in the 1980s.
I needed a unit to represent possessed space marines. I had some ideas about converting up my own figures (which came to fruition a year or two later with Squad Nemesis) but in the interim I thought that I would get some fun out of painting up these classic figures.
Squad Damien took the field as possessed marines more often than not. The heavily mutated style was satisfyingly more extreme than most of the other marines that I used for my force, so they fit the role of possessed admirably.
Degenerate Chaos Space Marines
Like anything that I painted a long time ago (over a decade in this case) there are lots of things that I would do differently if I painted these figures again now. I still like these guys though: they were fun figures to paint, they are very characterful and amusing looking and I also played a lot of games with them over the years. Satisfying.
Squad Damien takes to the field.
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Posted on 06/01/2010 by sho3box
Front and Top
Space Marines (and Chaos SMs) should always have a few Rhino APCs in my opinion. Regardless of whatever is in vogue in terms of army selection for games, a mechanised column of Marines is just a cool image I think.
Front 3/4 View
My Sin Eaters ended up with three Rhinos, the first of which is here. This Rhino was usually used to transport a Squad of Plague Marines. This was the second Rhino that I assembled and subsequently become known as the “jacuzzi rhino”.
While I still like the first Rhino that I put together (photos to follow eventually) it was pretty austere by the standards of most Chaos vehicles. Although I deliberately played down much of the more baroque aesthetic that tends to be ladled all over most Chaos armies that I have ever seen, I did get a little carried away with this vehicle in particular.
Port Side View
In fact as the army went on everything got more baroque really. Still, I dont think that it looks as silly as the myriad of vulgarly overburdened Chaos armies out there. Many are so covered in spikes and skulls and impaled bodies etc that the shapes of the models get so indistinct as to ruin the entire look. IMO, naturally.
The concept for this vehicle is silly but sort of fun: Nurgle is synonymous with corruption, illness, rot and bodily fluids and so I decided to make the tank look like it is filled with snot. A very adult approach I am sure you will agree.
Starboard Side View
When putting together an army for whatever reason it is important to have a few centrepieces. Personally for armies I think that usually the most important thing is a sense of uniformity in the colour scheme. That can lead potentially too uniform / potentially bland overall look and so it is important to have a few things that draw the eye. While the conversion of this Rhino was not particularly difficult to do it has over the years probably been the one thing that most observers point out in the army.
Top Down Front View
Top Down Rear View (note the Nurgling swimming with the marine)
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Posted on 11/12/2009 by sho3box
Nurglings featured in my Sin Eater Chaos Space Marine army from day one. For some reason which I cant put my finger on I have liked (if that is the right word) them since I first read about them in 1989. Its probably the fart and other biological function jokes.
Tide of Decay
I spent way more time painting these than they really required. I like them though. They variety and character in the figures made them painting them more entertaining than it would normally be. They were originally based on large GW titan bases, in preference to the horrible square WHFB bases that they were supplied with. Once the large, circular 40k base was released I rebased them (and turned four bases into eight in the process). Go me.
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Posted on 02/12/2009 by sho3box
Missile Launcher and Bolter
Part 1 is HERE.
Although Marine squads usually max out at ten men I have painted up a few extra for Squad Rico. They are marines with different heavy weapons, giving me more flexibility when picking a force. That sort of extra flexibility is always something that is on my mind when preparing miniatures for games, but it rarely works out as comprehensively as it did with Squad Rico.
The Missile Launcher above comes from an old (’89 or so) GW Chaos Heavy Weapon sprue. It is probably most familiar from its inclusion in the Space Hulk: Genestealer expansion. The Hybrids had a few.
Plasma Gun and Bolter Marines
Bolter Marine and Sergeant Rico
Heavy Bolter and Bolter Marines
The Heavy Bolter armament above is pretty cool looking (and would be all the more so only for that annoying shine…): its a cool model. The hand painted insignia is easily visible on the right hand guys shoulder pad.
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Posted on 27/11/2009 by sho3box
Squad Rico Banner Bearer
Squad Rico was one of the first squads that I painted for my Sin Eaters
Chaos Marine army, over a decade ago. They have seen a lot of tabletop action including some 3rd Edition Space Hulk
and Advanced Space Crusade
. I quite like their look.
A Pair of Bolter Armed Tactical Marines
Squad Rico uses a lot fewer Chaos components than most of the other squads in the army. When assembling the force I wanted to distinguish each unit by their armour configuration as much as insignia, to aid with recognition on the tabletop. To this end Squad Rico is distinguished by the Imperial armour configuration, Imperial weaponry plus the then brand new plastic zombie heads.
Lascannon and Bolter armed Tactical Marines
Topdown View of the Huge Lascannon
Part two to follow.
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Posted on 11/10/2009 by sho3box
As early playtesting went on using my Sin Eaters (way back in 1999) it looked like getting a second Dreadnought on the table would be fun. While Brother Rhinox was made more or less exclusively from the basic metal chaos Dreadnought kit, Tankorr was made from a metal Imperial Dreadnought, albeit an Imperial Dreadnought with loads of spiky death metal type junk stuck on. Examples above include the spiky panels on the main housing and the tombstone-for-a-face.
Tankorrs huge and ludicrous close combat arm.
Tankorrs arms were made from spares from the kit that was used to make Rhinox. The left arm above had an Ork Choppa and two Necromunda Pit Slave weapon arms attached. I also added another pit slave chainsaw bit to the front of the body on that side for good measure.
In the above shot you can make out bits where some of the many spikes attached to the figure used to be attached, only to have broken off at various points over the years. The lesson here is simply not to bother sticking those things on in the first place. If Tankorr gets away with it it is simply because of the zombie-like, dilapidated look.
I like the combi-bolter mounted on Tankorrs shoulder for some reason that I cant put my finger on. I also like the silly zombie hands bursting out of the ground, “Thriller” style.
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Posted on 04/10/2009 by sho3box
Sin Eater Dreadnought: Brother Rhinox
Like many geeks, I like robots and power suits. Dreadnoughts and Titans have always been a big 40k draw for me. As a result one of the earliest miniatures that I painted for my Sin Eaters Chaos Space Marine Nurgle army was Rhinox.
Rear Shot. Just greasy looking metal really.
There was only one weapon fit appropriate for a Dreadnought in those days: Twin Lascannon & Power Fist/Claw (I have no idea what, if anything makes Dreadnoughts competitive in the current 40k tournament climate, nor do I wish to know). There wasnt a twin-lascannon model available for Chaos Dreads then so I chopped up the twin-autocannon in the box and replaced it with two weapons cut from a Space Crusade dreadnought (I think).
Possibly I should have added more detail to the muzzles of the cannon while I was adding the trim that had been removed when cutting the autocannon off. On the other hand it does give the gun a pretty primitive and brutal look that is very suitable.
Other than the Lascannon arm the figure is unconverted apart from the added scuffs and dents etc.
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