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I have been struck rather forcibly by an idea for a Warriors of Chaos army that I'm beginning to put thought into. I suspect it will take some time to get the idea fully fleshed out, but I wanted to see what you thought of it:
I recently went to the Musee D'Orsay in Paris. While I was walking through the main hall, which is devoted to classical sculpture, I was thinking about how dynamic a lot of the sculptures were. It also struck me how well the angels and Gods had been sculpted - how the sculptures used common icons to show which of the Gods was represented by each statue. A simple example is Poseidon, or Neptune, who is always distinguished by his brandishing of his famous trident. I was thinking about how this was a form of "WYSIWYG".
My main 40K army is Blood Angels. Later, in the same museum, I found myself admiring the huge, outswept wings of a lot of the statues - the eagles, the angels and some of the Gods. I was thinking about how they might tie in to Sanguinian legend of Sanguinius as a child on Baal.
And then I had the thought that Baal was a world swept by radiation and warped men, a place of chaotic beasts and mutated spawn where men struggled to stay alive from one day to the next. What if, I found myself wondering, I was to combine the elements of classical sculpture and stories of the Blood Angels homeland to begin putting together a roaming Chaos warband?
So, inspired by statues such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Femme Voilée, Laocoon and his Sons and Hercules and Nessus, I want to create an army that blends classical mythology and sculpture with the fluff of Baal and Sanguinius.
However, I find that now I'm back home from Paris the idea is beginning to fade into abstraction and a lot of the original inspiration and gusto that I had from being surrounded by sculpture is dwindling. I don't know exactly how I would go about doing what I want to do. Perhaps I have two separate ideas which should be held distinct from each other? One army inspired by classical mythology, sculpture and actual history; and one army inspired by the fluff of Baal. Hmmm... that may make more sense.
Does anyone have any thoughts about whether this would be a good or interesting idea and/or thoughts on how you would go about it, whether ideas for army lists or units or specific conversions you might put together to fit the army theme? Or any opinions as to whether these ideas would best form two distinct armies or one combined army? All and any thoughts would be appreciated!
Thanks in advance, brothers!
Holy smokes! I am incredibly stoked to see what you come up with. I think it would be an excellent idea, difficult as hell and well past my meager unpracticed skills, but I would love to see what you come up with.
I remember seeing the Winged Victory of Samothrace early in the morning [we got up at 5am to line up at the Louvre], and seeing it all alone, without anyone around, under that skylight, we just stood there awestruck.
You must take a look at Rodin [he has a beautiful museum in the City of Light] if you are interested in dramatic realism and sculpture. Balzak is one of my favorites, it has serious character in poise and form.
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Mmmm, yup. I find that the vast majority of sculpture and paintings don't feel particularly exciting to me - including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, oddly. I often can't see what draws people to what are considered some of the greatest pieces of art in the world. But the Victory definitely stood out. Another I saw at the Louvre that I fell in love with was Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss. It's heart-achingly beautiful.
If you are looking for a unique theme look into the 5th chaos god named Malal. There is limited info on him because GW stopped supporting him but I love his lore and have an army with his black/white color scheme.