Greetings Terrans, just a quicky today – I finished up the Chaos Space Marines from BSF, which nicely concludes the baddies half of the box. First up, these two dudes:
Not too much to say about them really – they are identical models apart from a different head option, and are posed in a pretty static ‘on guard’ kinda way. They are supposed to be Black Legion, so no big surprises on the painting front – I just went with the same method as I did for the Legion of the Damned that I did a while back. I’m not a huge fan of painting Marines at the best of times, and these two were pretty uninspiring, but good to get them done.
Next up is the big-bad Chaos Lord from the box – the rather grand-sounding ‘Obsidius Mallex’:
He is also Black Legion according to the fluff, but I fancied taking a different approach to his armour & instead opted for grimy bone plate, with pinky-red for the organic mutant tendrils that run over and through his armour. I’m not a fan of these silly ‘because mutation’ tubes in CSMs at the best of times, but GW manage to take this irritating trend and turn it up to 11 on this guy, turning an otherwise ok model into a bit of a pig’s ear. And don’t get me started on that ridiculous top-knot thing – there is no way that isn’t tearing a chunk out of his scalp at the slightest head movement… Oh, no, wait, it’s ok because ‘Transhuman’ and ‘Chaos’. Ugh :-/
Still, as with his Bro-Marines, I’m glad to have him done. Here they are hanging out together & looking moody:
And that’s it for this post – catch you muddy truckers next time!
Dave Stone said:
Great work Alex, I did look at these models for chaos, and quickly dismissed them, for a lot of the same reasons you mention ! LOL Your painting has elevated the models, and made them look better, and as you say at least they’re done.
Cheers mate – full disclosure, if they weren’t in the set I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole 😂
Looking moody? Love it! These are really nice!
Cheers mate, not really my cup of tea, but glad to get them done 😊
Oohhh love the chaos lord and the bone colour was a great choice. His hired goons look the part too mate
Cheers dude, these boys don’t really do it for me, but I’m happy that they are done
Oh, wow, they all look great! I totally agree with the silly over-mutation thing, I cannot stand it too! Anyway, you achieved quite spectacular results here!
Yeah, it’s a bit of a naff trope really, but not much to be done about it. Better painted than not 😊😂
I get where you’re coming from with the Chaos Lord but along with his stooges they all look pretty badass to me. 🙂
Cheers mate, yeah, they are a bit better than the boss… just very static & samey 😊
Aye, I know what you mean about the “living pipes” thing on chaos marines – once or twice (mostly on the Death Guard) it worked well but they’ve done it to death now I reckon. To me chaos marines should cover the whole spectrum between stoic and mutation-free Iron Warriors and truly twisted, possessed Word Bearers – but the point halfway in between is a hard thing to pull off and that chaos lord would have been better if he’d leaned a little more in one direction or the other. Anyway, you’ve done a top job on all of them and the results look great all round. Just realised we’ve actually mirrored each other’s schemes here, I painted Mallex as Black Legion and the two marines in bone coloured armour.
Cheers mate, yeah, some things that GW do just leave me a bit cold & gratuitous gribble ‘because Chaos’ is one of ‘em. Weird that we reversed our schemes!! Very cool though 😊
Nice one Alex! I really like how light you’ve made the darkness of the Legionnaires, if that makes sense. Despite the black armour they really pop.
I feel your pain on those ‘living tube’ things on the Chaos Lord. Death Guard are coated in them too, though I guess it’s arguably more on-brand for them. You’ve made them look amazing though!
Cheers dude – it’s all thanks to the magic of Contrast paints 😉
Love the bone plate!
Thanks mate, t’was fun to do – he’s looking like he’s leaning toward the Death Guard! 😂
Jonathan E said:
I took the topknot off mine (and off almost all my Chaos figures). Firstly, it’s a Black Legion thing and I’m not a Black Legion guy. Secondly, it looks bleddy daft. There’s a rough patch on his scalp where it used to be (sigh) but it has altered the profile of the figure for the better. Same with the Eye of Horus on everyone’s pauldrons. I know they were meant to be Black Legionnaires in the original context but GOD DAMN IT they’re not going to be for me.
Good call mate – I’d probably have done something similar (or a headswap) if I were to do the set again