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Greetings, all! I'm new to Librarium Online, and to Chaos in general. Needing a change of pace, I recently retired my Tomb Kings to the shelf and have since been on the lookout for an army with a little meat on their bones. The new Chaos models are fantastic, I've always had a soft spot for them, and their awesome versatility in 7th edition (with mixed marks and magic items) really sealed the deal for me.
The Blessed (Bless-ed) of the Four will represent a gloriously undivided army of Chaos. I have no allegiance to the old fluff (a Tzeentch Sorcerer wearing a Collar of Khorne? Bring it on!) and as such you'll eventually witness all manner of crazy (legal) unit combinations and color schemes marching shoulder to shoulder. I haven't been this excited to get a project underway in some time ... and it's a big project.
I'm never one to do things in half measures, so I immediately fired up eBay and started bargain hunting, auction sniping and generally making a nuisance of myself. In the month or so since, I've amassed many, many points worth of Chaos, including the contents of two Battalion boxes, several mounted Lords, 15 Chosen w/ Command, an extra regiment of Warriors, Sigvald and Wulfrik, just to name a few:
Daunting! Intimidating for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, a lot of it was "free". I had quite a few TK models still in the factory seal and the local hobby shop was kind enough to allow me to exchange most of it for Chaos stuff. I also found myself showered with shop gift certificates during the holiday season, and I went to town. Not to mention, I struck gold a few times on eBay and really made out like a bandit. Despite the treasure trove pictured above, believe me, I am not a rich man. Regardless, I follow a staunch principle when it comes to Games Workshop: "Buy now, not later". I don't know about you, but I've yet to see GW announce a price reduction, especially when it comes to their pewter.
Obviously, I don't buy models because I need them for a certain list. No, sir. I buy minis because I love them. If a particular miniature "does it" for me, chances are it'll end up in my collection. For whatever reason, the majority of Chaos models really speak to me ... so there you have it. Also, I enjoy having far more minis than I can possibly field in a single 2250pt game (the usual value for armies around these parts, especially in local tourneys). I love building army lists almost as much as I dig playing the actual game, I rarely bring the same list twice. Variety is the spice, and all that.
Eager to get the show on the road, I set to work on some of the miniatures I purchased locally while the rest were in transit from points abroad. I haven't done much painting/modeling lately (and by "lately" I mean to say "for three or so years") as I've been on semi-hiatus from the game. When (after much foot-dragging) I finally made the decision to retire my TK and commit to something new, the fire returned to my belly. With this in mind, as I've become rusty during my time away from the hobby, I intend to take it slow until I rediscover my chops.
I popped a few characters from their blisters and set to work filing mold lines and Zap-a-Gapping them together, just to get back into the swing of things.
The group I play with is pretty lax when it comes to painted/unpainted models, using proxie minis, etc. Lucky for me, as I'm starting from scratch. We play regularly, and I've been using a lot of stand-in minis (a wild assortment of 25mm models from various editions) to represent the Blessed. I hate it like poison, but I wanna play dammit. That said, I'll be busting my ass to get these guys assembled and undercoated (at the very least) as soon as possible. Because playing it top priority, you won't see a ton of painting for the first little while. I'm more interested in getting my boys on the table at this point, and I hate bare plastic and pewter, so assembly and undercoating is job one!
I prefer to undercoat in large batches, and three characters plus a familiar hardly constitute a "batch" in my opinion, so I set to work on the next box to cross my desk. Oddly enough:
Yeah. The Hellcannon. I know, I know! Why waste your time on THAT when you haven't a single core unit to speak of?! Well, this monstrosity was the first non-blister mini (after the characters above) to find it's way into my grubby little hands. The timing was odd, but it was cheap, local and I couldn't turn it down. I started work on it because I was itchin' to do something, and once I start on a project I try not to multitask until it's at least glued and coated (my absolute minimum requirement in terms of something table-ready) ... though in the case of the Hellcannon I'll settle for merely undercoated, as I (like most) prefer to paint my war machines prior to final assembly.
Now we're talkin'! I just need to fill a few minor gaps on the characters, glue those Chaos Dwarfs to their bases and the first batch has a date with a can of Chaos Black. Once done, I hitch up my pants and dive head first into a Battalion box.
I'm a Dad. My beautiful little daughter turned 1 year old on January 6th, 2009. I own my own business with my wife and it's no part time job. Needless to say, my free time isn't what it used to be. I can make but one prediction: My progress will be slow, and it might not be particularly exciting if you're chomping at the bit for expertly painted minis, crazy conversions and drop-dead awesome green stuff work (I am a self promotion guru). That said, if you're at all interested in keeping tabs on the meager workings of a born-again Warhammer fanatic, I'm more than happy to oblige.
Mark my words, the Blessed of the Four will rise. The day of reckoning will come!
Last edited by Dfred; January 26th, 2009 at 03:13.
Aaaa! you inspire me!
I'm about to start a new chaos army and was wondering how I should approach it, buy all at once or just unit after unit. Now I know for sure! All at once, muhahah.
Good luck on your project and I can't wait to see more.
(keep an eye out for my upcoming project we might have ourselves a little contest; who gets it all done first, lol)
Yeah, obviously, I subscribe to the "All @ Once" newsletter. However, let it be known, I have a sickness when it comes to this kind of thing! When I set my mind to something, I often fall prey to a serious case of tunnel vision. It wasn't until I'd stacked it all up in once place that I truly began to appreciate the scope of my madness. And that's not even all of it. There are still several items drifting around international postage limbo, at the moment.
Is it a lot? Oh yes. Is it too much? Probably. Do I regret it? HELL NO! I love minis!
I look forward to your project. I'm always looking to steal idea- I mean, draw inspiration ... from other WoC players. Ahem.
Last edited by Dfred; January 22nd, 2009 at 17:37.
Funny that I also stumble across this.. I have just started a project of WoC as well.
A Slaanesh THEMED army.. the only difference is that I'm going to be doing the complete opposite of what your doing... which is building and making one unit at a time!
http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...warhammer.html (BT's Chaos Project.. wait? Warhammer...)
I'll be taking inspiration from you and everyone else as I create my Army!
Great read and very inspiring. I'm in the midst of getting my own brood of daemon goodness going and am an eager learner when it comes to playing (painter of 5 years now though!)! Using proxies bites, and it's so rewarding even just using primed minis but exciting as hell with fully completed armies gracing the table.
Good luck to you and I look forward to your progress!
I love Slaanesh, I'm really psyched to see your project progress. I flirted briefly with a Slaanesh theme myself (I really dig Sigvald, the mini, his fluff, everything), but the lure of all things Chaos proved too strong for my feeble mind to resist. Instead, I've decided to theme each individual unit as penance for my inability to commit to a single deity.
My challenge will be creating a cohesive look. I need to come up with a "thing", the one asthetic cue that ties my force together. It won't be easy, with so many conflicting paint jobs on the table, but I'll do my best!
Last edited by Dfred; January 22nd, 2009 at 17:45.
As a way to get us, the new WoC players of Librarium. I have linked your Project within Mine! - hopefully this will get us to give each other some C&C.
This way it will allow us to keep tabs on each other and help each other when we have mental blocks, creative blocks... issues with painting.. and other such things that always seems to get on my nerves!
Ill' be waiting!
Not my game-system, but still... it's chaos!
I will be watching this while working on mine!
And yeah, the project I linked in my sig was started due to a very good eBay deal
Even though I'm new to Chaos, I haven't been living under a rock. When it comes to Warhammer, I'm not an oldblood by any means, but I've been in the mix since early 2000. I remember the Storm of Chaos quite well, and despite being a staunch TK general at the time, I seem to recall a certain model in particular really catching my eye:
Kordel Shorgaar, Archaon's Battle Standard Bearer.
He arrived this morning, all the way from Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom.
I stumbled across the eBay auction quite by accident, and I'm glad I did. I field a BSB in 9 out of 10 lists above 2000 points, so he'll see a lot of action. Though converting a Battle Standard isn't terribly difficult, I absolutely love the sculpt. In my twisted little mind, I can justify a Limited Edition price tag so long as the mini really flips my switch and is guaranteed to play a central roll in the majority of my games.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Shorgaar.
Arachnid, Squints, I'll do my best not to disappoint.
Last edited by Dfred; January 24th, 2009 at 20:54.
The Blessed of the Four
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.