This time, I am gonna commit. This is the army I am going to hopefully be using at a few tournaments next year and I decided to get off my ass and make a plog that will hopefully last longer than a single page before giving up and having it exiled to the realm of unfinished logs that I have managed to create for myself.
I haven't really got a 40k army at the moment. I sold my 3000pts worth of Tau earlier in the year, and have repurposed my AdMech Skitarii army for further conversions. From there I have a few units of things including but not limited to Traitor Guard of Nurgle and Steampunk themed Vostroyan Firstborn. These never got further than the first unit after I lost motivation.
Therefore I decided on something simple, yet appealing aesthetically, that is predominantly plastic and ripe for conversion. I ended up going with Daemons due to their style being very different from what I have done in the past. I am less used to lots of natural, organic bits, more like weathered metal and guns and all that gritty stuff. I also really love wet blending cloth and fabric. I haven't done it hugely but I had a go on some Empire that I dabbled in and the results were some of the best models I have ever painted. Hopefully by the end of this project the force will be around 1500pts.
So at Games Day this year I bought myself the Codex, two boxes of Daemonettes, two boxes of Seekers, and a Chariot. I have assembled most of that but still got a couple of boxes to go.
Here is my progress so far:
That should be 12 Daemonettes, 5 Seekers and a Chariot if I am not mistaken. They were all great fun to put together, and it is the first time I have really took time with each individual model and put care into mold lines and the like, so I am pretty pleased.
Here are some close ups of models I am particularly pleased with:
This is the first Daemonette I (have ever) built, and it is probably my fave. I used a book from a Grey Knight Paladin, with a piece of Etched Brass from the Renegade Militia (FW) and cut it to shape. I figure the book is filled with all her secret dance moves or something.
This is the Seeker Icon Bearer. I was really chuffed with the result of this conversion using two metal skulls and some etched brass.
Finally is the chariot. I made some changes to the original design in the respect that I removed the top platform bit which the Aluress normally stands on and removed the dedicated driver, and just had herself driving the chariot alone. I much prefer this idea, since it doesn't really make any sense in my eyes, especially since it isn't even an exalted chariot. I also didn't like the massively imposing frame of the dual whips so only gave her one. My next few chariots I hope to get will build on this same design.
Lastly, a look on how I based these ladies:
Generally, I tried to keep the bases fairly plain to try and draw the main of the focus towards the Daemons themselves, but I added slightly more textures by layering the sand higher in certain places with more coats, and also used etch brass symbols embedded in the ground as well as some skulls.
As far as painting goes, it is only ideas so far. I am a huge fan of the Blanche style in the codex, with the warm reds and yellows contrasting a pale white skin. I will probably end up going with a generally warm pallete, with burnished golds for the metal, yellow clothing, slightly pallid flesh tone skin, stark white hair and red claws/feet.
Anyway, that was a lot of text. Thanks if you read even some of it!