I have really been feeling pulled back to working on my various Chaos themed projects lately. A great source of recent inspiration has been Wudugast’s Convert or Die blog which features some fantastic traitor guard themed kitbashes lately and has reminded me of when I had just got back into the hobby around 8 years ago after a long hiatus.
Back then, I hadn’t anticipated starting to collect and paint whole armies again, but I had dipped my toe into assembling and painting a half dozen Cadians and Forgeworld Chaos Renegades for use in a Dark Heresy RPG campaign I was intending to run at the time – largely inspired by the Blood Pact from Dan Abnett’s Gaunt’s Ghosts series. Fast forward to 2016 and I have managed to have accumulated around 3k each of Imperial Guard, Tyranids and most recently expanding into 30k/40k Chaos themed forces.
I really got inspired to pick up the Chaos themed forces again back in 2012 when I picked up a copy of Dark Vengeance: while I quickly got bored with painting the Dark Angels in the set and ended up training them away, both the Chaos Chosen and the Cultists really seemed a creative high note for GW and simply blew away the rather tired looking old school Chaos Space Marine kits. While it is a shame that there still isn’t a proper multi-part kit for the Chosen or Cultists, they are both sufficiently cheap to pick up odd figures 2nd hand on Ebay that it is very viable to simply chop them up and kit-bash.
That said, I hadn’t ended up with any burning need to complete a via 40k playable army until the Worcester Wargames 2015 Doubles Event in July last year which finally encouraged me to finish painting the stock 20 cultists I had from the DV set that until then had sat unfinished for 3 years.
This year, I’m aiming to be a bit more ambitious on the gaming and hobby front: I’d like to try to get a 30k force finished in time to attend a Horus Heresy themed event and a good candidate is likely to be the one due to be organised by The Imperial Truth podcast’s Greg Dann at Firestorm Games in August. I’m still not completely sure what list to run since I haven’t actually played any 30k games yet, but I quite fancy doing either some form of Word Bearer and Warp Cult themed Militia allied together with a Calth theme and so that will most likely require me to kit-bash up probably at least another 50 odd figures for use as cultists/mutants/traitors.
So without further ado here are some of most recent servants of the ruinous powers that I have finished: