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So after buying a renegade strike force box set about a year ago, as well as already having an old chaos marine battleforce, I decided to finally build the army that has been sitting here taunting me for years. It will be a Steel Brethren army, and hopefully will look like the image below.
The army will be over 2,500 points, and will look something like this when completed:
-Winged Nurgle Daemon Prince
-Winged Khorne Dameon Prince
-3x Plague Marine Squad
-3x Khorne Berzerkers Squad
I have everything in this list except for the two daemon princes, 3 of the rhinos, and one of the defilers.
I didn't want to pay for the really expensive plague marines that GW sells, so I decided to convert normal marines. The first thing I attempted for this was to turn the chainsword into a plague knife. To do this I just used sprue clippers and trimmed it down, then cut away at it with a hobby knife until it was jagged to my liking.
I did this to most of the marines except for obviously the ones who are holding just bolters.
Also, I went ahead and trimmed away the bolt pistols and replaced them with bolters, to give the plague marines that strong, can carry a bolter in one hand look.
More will be coming soon!
Very nice! I like the swords and the bolters in one hande.
However, even if they are very strong, they look like they have a balancing problem when the bigger guns (plasma and such) are carried in one hand. At least when they are pointing. It's not so much to the strength of the marine but more to the fact that they would have to lean back. It seems a little off. Maybe if they pointed more upwards to keep the center of gravity at the hips.
Good pictures. I look forward to more.
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looking good so far.. i'm a fantasy player but once i had a CSM army aswell.. wich i gave away.. but nevertheless.. like the one before me said.. the balancing of an entire boltgun with one hand seems a little odd... and if they're nurgle you should defenetly mess up their armour with holes scratches and deseased abcesses and stuf like you did on the knifes .. try some greenstuf.. there are great tutorials around on how to create nurgle-ish armour... good luck.. i'm realy curious about the painting on these guys..
Thank you both very much. I am already hard at work using Greystuff to nurgle-up the armor. I realize what you are two saying about the balance, and I will most likely add some nurgle rot to the arms at the base of the gun to make it seem like the diseased tendons are holding it on or something.
Pictures of the nurgle rot are coming soon, as well as my berzerkers that I have begun painting!
Okay, so first off is the paint scheme. For the troops, I'm going to go easy on the detail. Just a basecoat of Army painter silver primer, followed by two badab black washes. Then either a mechrite red/ blood red mix for the berzerkers, or some green combo not yet figured out for the plague marines. Oh, and a black left shoulder pad.
with basing, something like this:
I'm still working on the swamp basing...
But now for the nurgle rot on the marines. I used regular Greystuff from GF9, and also some little coffee straws that I am going to make into the trademark nurgle smokestacks.
Oh and here is one of the aspiring champs I am working on:
Tell me what you guys think!
Looking really great for a table top army. ;-) Good colours working well. My only observations are these.....
1. The green colour on the base doesn't work. I'd go for a ready brown base highlighted (dry brush is very quick) with a paler version for a speedy result.
2. You have said you aren't going to go mad on detail but I think picking a few bits out in brass on teh Bezerkers will work a treat.
Hope that helps.
Yeah I am definitely redoing the bases, as the green was something quick that I ended up not liking. As far as brass highlights, I was planning on making the gun bodies of my plague marines brass, and I really don't want to recycle colors. I might do some details in some other color, depending on how I like the look of my troops when I have all 45 of them done.
Moving on to today's update. I got really excited by the prospect of having a defiler in my army when I read how effective they are in the posts here on LO. Then, I had a good laugh when I realized that the Renegade Strike Force that I purchased off ebay for only $150 came with one of these sweet little beasties.
So here is my defiler. You will notice that I cut off the downward pointing horns, and replaced them with some aspiring champion ones. I really like the upward, intimidating look a lot more. Enjoy!
Okay so a quick update here. I have been working hard to convert and assemble a large portion of my army. Sometime tomorrow I will post up a group shot of everything I have done. I'm also almost done with a plague marine scheme I think I like a lot.
But for now just a single pic of my new basing scheme. It's two shades of vomit-ish green/brown, followed by a highlight of bleached bone, with the ring done in Calthan Brown foundation.
Got a good thread going on-must have missed this one. Really like the nurgle rot that you did- looks like you have some pretty sweet modelling skills. I would put in one criticism, though- I think the metal on the berserkers is way too bright and flat. I understand using that colour as a highlight, but I think you should mix it 50/50 with chaos black as a basecoat first. I know you don't want to spend a lot of time on your minis, but trust me, for the difference it would make, it's really worth it. I just can't imagine bloodthirsty berserkers running around the battlefield with such shiny, polished armour. Darkening it and highlighting the edges would, in my mind, improve the overall effect ten times. Putting in a detail or two here and there in different colours really gives the model depth, too (like maybe the chains or the khornate symbols). Just my opinion, though. Keep up the good work.
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