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post #151 of 384 (permalink) Old 04-28-15, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I've been spraying primer all over the place for the past week. Got my 10 Possessed, a few Cultists, my 10 juggies-as-spawn (in separate pieces for ease of painting), and some old school chaos terminators to practice paint schemes on.

I'm participating on a forum thread over at B&C for Khorne Daemonkin players, and I've written a couple little blurbs of fluff to go along with my warband. The first is a brief background of my warlord, and the second is the story of how he got his dragon, which is actually a symbiotic apotheosis to daemonhood, of sorts.

These are my first attempts at writing narrative fluff. Hope they aren't too cheesy, and that you enjoy them.

Would it shock you to learn, mongrel, that my blade was once sworn to the Great Wolf himself? Many a warrior I laid low at his feet, such was my fervor to please my lord… my father. We butchered worlds in his name, shed oceans of blood to bring glory to our legion.

Such lengths, such bonds of honor among my brothers and our father that we followed him into the Eye itself to confront the forces of damnation. And yet, across the threshold we found ourselves alone, abandoned by our father to the whims of the nether without a second thought. Were we not worthy to fight by his side? How much blood had we shed to bring him victory a thousand times over? And in the end, we were nothing to him, left to perish in the roiling nightmare domain of the gods. Nine of us, left behind as chattel.

With a howl that echoed across the fel realm, I vowed to avenge this dishonor by the one I called father. By axe and tooth and fist, vengeance would be mine. My anger served as a beacon in the warp. My cries of anguish were answered by my true father. The Bloodfather. In my mind, he whispered a bargain by which I would have my revenge. The price was simple: Blood! Skulls!

In weakness my brothers turned their blades against me, decrying my willingness to pursue the eightfold path as madness and my vow of vengeance against Russ as treachery. They accepted their fate, and so I sealed it. Eight skulls I offered as my first tribute to the blood god. It was a hard won triumph to overcome the chosen of the Great Wolf, but my rage and my axe split them apart one by one. With the father vanished, the slaughter of his sons would have to suffice.

I had pleased my god. One more act, he whispered, would cement our bond. With the blood of my slain brothers and that pouring from my own wounds, I drew the skull rune across my mangled breastplate. And so was I anointed. And so was I chosen by the Bloodfather.

How many millennia have passed since my oath of vengeance? Time is meaningless, my memories of Russ distant and ephemeral. Only blood. Only skulls. I command a legion of Khorne’s mightiest warriors. We are The Brass Stampede, and entire systems have been trampled beneath the hooves of our juggernauts.

I am Arctos Gorehowl, warlord of The Brass Stampede, and I will claim your skull.


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With a grunt, Arctos Gorehowl yanked the blade of Heartseeker from within the smoking mouth of the fallen bloodthirster. The daemon-spear was unblemished by the beast’s flaming breath, nearly vibrating with delight at bathing in the blood and brain matter of its greater cousin, whose corpse twitched on the blood-soaked sand of the arena.

Arctos’ equerry Viconius strode from the crowd of spectators to his master’s side. Ornate brass power armor obscured the once beautiful Astartes within. A son of Sanguinius in a former life, now another slave to the blood god.

Gorehowl silently passed Heartseeker to his equerry, and reached for the hilt of the rune-encrusted scimitar at his waist. Pulled free of its sheath, the curved blade began to growl like a dog fighting over a bone. With his free hand, the warlord raised the slain bloodthirster’s head by the icon of Khorne crowing its cranium. It took three vicious strokes of the growling blade to hack through the spine and neck muscles before loosing a bark of delight when it finally severed the massive head.

Roaring in triumph, Gorehowl lifted the mangled head before the gathered throngs of Khorne, blood pouring over his scorched armor. The warriors of the Brass Stampede erupted in a roar of their own at their master’s victory, joined by the daemons of the fallen bloodthirster’s legion. A new lord had risen to lead their hosts, proven mightier than the last in the sand of a million pulverized skulls.

“Bloodfather! Your son offers a skull!”

Forked bolts of crimson lightning split the sky above the arena, thunder booming Khorne’s approval of one champion slaughtering another. The dark clouds began glowing, lightning spitting and crackling from within the voluminous gloom.

The sound of thunder was almost like laughter; a god’s amusement at the squabbles of playthings desperate for his approval. And yet, he was pleased.

A shape broke through the darkness of the clouds like a meteor, red electricity arcing in its wake. Folded wings and a long tail became visible as the shape plummeted toward the arena.

Viconius chuckled. “Another thirster to slay, is it?”

“No,” Arctos uttered while slowly lowering his victim’s severed head. “Something else. Something we’ve never seen before.” He quickly sheathed his scimitar and extended his hand toward his equerry, his gaze never leaving the descending monster. His gauntleted fingers closed around the shaft of Heartseeker.

The creature’s great wings unfurled a split second before it slammed into the ground, spraying bonesand across the arena. Four mighty limbs supported the daemon’s massive body, each ending in wicked talons. A thick, serpentine neck held its head aloft: horned, crested; with eyes that conveyed the unbridled malice of its spirit. Screeching, it stomped toward the warlord and his equerry.

Gorehowl smiled beneath his helm. “A warp dragon.”

Viconius stepped away, having no right to engage the beast alongside his master. The glory of a skull champion’s challenge is not willingly shared with his underlings. A part of him was eager for his master’s death. If the equerry had the chance to slay the dragon in Arctos Gorehowl’s blood, command of the new legion would pass to him. But first, the warlord would have to fall.

Arctos thrust his spear skyward, unfazed by the dragon’s approach. As he did, a bolt of crimson lightning struck the spear, its energy coruscating down the blade, through the shaft, and over the surface of the warlord's fire-blackened suit of power armor. A change came over Gorehowl – an understanding. Muffled laughter was audible even through the battered brass faceplate of his horned helm.

The dragon folded its wings and halted its advance a dozen paces from the lord of the Brass Stampede. Arctos took a spinning step forward, gathering momentum to toss the bloodthirster’s severed head at the dragon.

Thick jaws snapped shut around the head, crunching into the skull and mangling its brass icon. The great daemon lifted its head and neck to swallow the prize, now a lump in its throat descending toward the furnace of hellfire within. Sated, it lowered its head to meet lock eyes with Gorehowl.

Arctos dragged Heartseeker’s blade across the palm of his gauntlet, effortlessly slicing through the ceramite and into his flesh beneath. He clenched his fist and raised it to the side, a steady rivulet of blood streaming forth which the dragon greedily gulped down.

The warp dragon bowed its body, revealing a saddle between the shoulders of its wings. Arctos Gorehowl mounted the beast, and again the legions of Khorne gloriously roared to the triumph of their lord.

Now the equerry understood. He turned to the slaughter-brothers standing beside him. “Behold his ascension.”

Though not physically reformed as daemonic royalty, Arctos Gorehowl was forever soul-bonded to the dragon, inseparable and everliving. The galaxy was already fearful of the carnage wrought by of the Brass Stampede, but a new terror cast a winged shadow to herald the bloodshed to come.


SUFFER NOT THE PONY TO LIVE.

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I haven't been able to work on much for the past couple of weeks. I've assembled all my Flesh Hounds, but I need to fill in gaps with green stuff on about 15 of them, 15 of them are done. The kit is very cool, but the casting could use a bit of work. At any rate, really not a huge deal. It's more that I'm a stupid perfectionist and can't tolerate a gap in a joint.

I recently upgraded my hobby/art area. Installed two shelves and fixed some baskets to hold the pounds and pounds of bits that I've accumulated over the years. This has allowed me to put all my assembled minis in a cabinet with 4 shelves, so there are no loose boxes in the living room cluttering up the joint!

Here's a shitty cell pic of the new setup:
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I've also purchased a set of Bloodthirster wings to use on my Arctos Gorehowl on Warp Dragon conversion.

I liked the Balrog wings, but they just aren't quite as beefy as I wanted them to be. It's still a toss-up for me between the two. I'll probably end up using the 'thirster wings, though. The Balrog wings just don't really look like they'd be able to lift that sucker off the ground convincingly. I can still use them for a future DP or something.

In addition, I picked up some bits from @bitsandkits today that I'll need to make him.

Picked up the bloodthirster helmet from the Wrathmongers kit for him as well as the icon of Khorne as his weapon instead of a spear (maybe, not set on that) , along with some axes for my skullcrushers-as-bikers champions.

The head on the guy on the lower left:



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Neat set up mate! Looking forward to your conversion pictures and progress shots.

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Neat set up mate! Looking forward to your conversion pictures and progress shots.
Thanks!

Things are slow going with my Flesh Hounds because my airbrush compressor is tankless . I was naive at the time and bought the kit because it was the cheapest possible. In one way, it was good because I've learned how to use an airbrush, disassemble/reassemble it, maintain it, use and thin paints, and so on... but god damnit I can only primer like 3 minis completely before I have to let the fucker cool down for 20 or so minutes.


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Here are some preliminary mock-ups for Arctos Gorehowl on warp dragon:

I'm liking the combination of spare horns from the bloodthirster kit and horns snipped from a CSM helmet. Either one on their own seemed lacking, but together I think they bring balance and complement each other well. The smaller horns can also be swung outward, with their ends slightly away from the head as well, if that ends up looking good.

Keep in mind that the blu-tack doesn't keep things perfectly in position, so obviously the angles would be "perfect" and at least equal to each other when it's pinned and glued.

I'm tweaking the angle of the smaller horns, i.e. more vertically or horizontally oriented:

More vertically oriented:







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And now, for the wings. This is the best I can do, the angle/position isn't ideal but it's hard to take pictures and hold things in place at the same time:





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That is looking seriously cool. The horns and wings works so well with the body.
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That is looking seriously cool. The horns and wings works so well with the body.
Thanks!

Just gotta make sure the dude riding it looks as cool as the dragon.

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Blarg. The crappy airbrush compressor just died.

Cashed in 20 dollars worth of bing gift cards to buy this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004KNDQCM/ref=pe_385040_127745480_TE_item
Can't wait to do some serious painting.


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I'm also starting work on my Skullcrushers-as-Bikers.

Most of them are going to be meltabikers, so I've been amassing a collection of Blood Angels infernus pistols to use as their meltaguns.

I don't really like the look of meltaguns used one-handed, so these pistols fit the bill perfectly for a berzerker with a melta in one hand and a chainaxe in the other.

Just testing out the bits to see which parts I'm going to use. I think I like the CSM Khorne champ head very much for my standard bikers, and I'll be using the Skullcrushers helms for the champs.

The torsos from 40k just aren't quite big enough for the Skullcrushers legs, so I think I'll end up going with the torsos from that kit as well.

Here's a quick mock-up:







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Here he is with some more bits on him.



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