Greetings Terrans, a slightly bizarre little post from me today, I’ve been a bit of a hobby butterfly & got side-tracked… Not my fault though – I had an interesting challenge from Mark over at Hereseyofus – ‘do you think you could make a few lesser Daemons’ (for his Daemon Ink campaign) … well, what could I say? Of course, I agreed, but didn’t have any actual Daemons to hand, just a ridiculous pile of bits, a shit load of glue, some Greenstuff and a head full of dreams.
First things first, with any challenge like this, I like to set some parameters and guidelines to frame the project, and after a bit of mulling, I came up with the following:
1: No money to be spent – if it ain’t in the bits-crate (it’s too big to be a bits-box) then it ain’t happening
2: A proper unit of 10, with Leader, Musician & Standard (old-school), and with a solid look to unite them, but…
3: Proper mixed up Daemons from no particular Chaos power – not too uniform, I wanted influences from across the animal kingdom and beyond
4: Disturbing rather than cheesy
5: Quick and easy to finish with contrast paints and a relaxed & messy style
Wading through the bits-crate produced a goodly amount of Sylvaneth bits, and some random Dark Elf cavalry (as you do – some half-arsed project idea from a while back no doubt). Hmmm… 5 horses… that’s 10 pairs of legs right there! A quick bit of tree, a Genestealer skull and a DE cavalry weapon arm, and I had this in hand:
I quickly got to work and assembled 9 more, fiddled & fettled them, and then broke out the putty… A few days later the paint went on, and I ended up here:
I roughly painted them in 5 pairs, with each pair getting a different contrast paint as the start point. I then went back in with washes, drybrushing, gunk, blood, technical, etc… minimum effort really, just fart-arsing about until it looked ok. Here they are in fives & with angles:
I must admit that I’m pretty pleased with this effort from essentially a disparate pile of bits, and I hope you like ‘em too! I wish I’d done them all with the paler skin tone, but fuck it – chaos is as chaos does 😊
Those are definitely disturbing! :-) They look great with it!
Cheers mate, there is something disturbing about an amalgamation of different creatures I think – glad you like ’em mate :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Those are great- they look fantastic- if a bit scary….
Cheers Pete, I hear that scary is all the rage in Daemonic circles 😊
Oh dude – that is proper, old-skool Realm of Chaos mental shit and you know I love it! 😎
Cheers matey, yeah, I had Slaves to Darkness to hand while I worked on these 😈
Isn’t it ironic that Chaos Daemons are so… structured these days!!
Yup, I hear you. Much as I love all four of the gods and their followers I would love to see things that were a bit more, you know, chaotic (the clue is in the name and all that). It’s something I’ve really been enjoying about Warcry, Chaos marauders have regained that “small c” chaos vibe. Would be good to see the other chaos factions given a nudge in that direction too though. Oh and whilst they’re about it they can reprint The Lost and the Damp, I never owned a copy but I’ve kept my copy of Slaves to Darkness safe all these years (and everything I know I’ve learned from it!) so it’s damned annoying that they reprinted the latter and not the former.
TLatD is the only gap in my OH collection… it’s mega-bucks for an original!
Love the creativity mate, from a pile of crap you have created (with reference to Black Adder) pure Green! Nice paint job added to the ensemble makes for a cracking little set on minis. 🙂
The purest green in all the land 😂
Cheers mate, and I cleared a few more frames out of the bits-crate, so it’s all good 👍
They do indeed look properly chaotic. I really like this unit, they would not look out of place in the old Realm Of Chaos books.
Now that’s what I call a compliment! Cheers mate, that’s the exact vibe I was looking for :-)
These daemons look great, and I love the use of horse legs for bipedal daemons!
Cheers mate, I’m pleased with those too – gives the models some real movement I think (and is a suitably weird starting point for any warp entity) 😁
I think you managed to coalesce a new deity in the warp with these insane creations as its heralds. Really like that you went for the full command group too, it elevates them from bestial to something possessed of a malign intelligence. Truly horrifying!
Cheers dude, I like the idea of these heralding something other than the ‘big four’, though I think there are hints of all the major powers in there tbh! Chaos should be chaotic in my opinion.
Glad you appreciate the command group too mate – proper job 😉
Mark A. Morin said:
These are truly haunting creations – though your painting of the multiple colors really hits the mark Alex. Wow. Just f’ing wow.
Cheers dude – they were fun to come up with & essentially ‘free’ so win-win really! 😊
Oh, you just blew my mind :O
Fantastic work, they look disturbing, as they are supposed to!
Cheers dude – proper Daemons 😈😊
Wow, what a great idea to cobble together some new daemons out of old bits. You painted them nicely too.
Cheers Ann, I do like to use bits up, so this was a very satisfying outcome :-)