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Having taken a four year break from 40k to concentrate on various other systems, I've decided to take the plunge back into the murky pool that is Games Workshop. After selling off a whole load of hobby stuff on eBay, I picked up The Burning of Prospero box, a squad of MkIV marines, the Contemptor and the two HQ minis from the Betrayal at Calth as a starting point.

Having previously overwhelmed myself on projects with a sea of grey plastic, I've decided to go a little easier this time by only assembling and painting a few minis at a time. So far it's just a Lord and a five man squad. I will assemble a five man squad of raptors as well, then get started on the painting.

While the army list will be based on the Chaos Space Marine codex and the new Traitor Legion supplement, the minis will be pretty much all pre-Heresy themed, except for the GW upgrade pack with all the winged helmets that I will use to denote squad Sgts.

I'm not sure what rules to use for the Nostroman Chainglaive, but it will be prominent amongst the army. The 30k rules for them make them basically two handed frost blades with rending, so I'll cost them at something similar to frost weapons.

First up, the nominal new boss. I converted the crozius to a glaive, and while I'm happy with it, the fact the haft is hidden in the cloak makes it look like a standard chain sword, but it'll do for now.



This is the first squad in the army. I'm going to do the squads in groups of five for now. There's not much NL specific bits beyond the shoulder pads and the odd helmet for now.




I took a shot at converting up a chainglaive for the Sgt, and of course FW then release them for sale a couple of weeks later.


Tomorrow I'll assemble a squad of raptors, and then weather permitting get a basecoat on and start painting.
 

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The sgts glaive looks quite good, would you consider putting a slight curve in the hard, would make it look more line the forge world one?
I tried bending a bit, but the rod is hollow so it crimps rather than bends. I don't think it's a biggy, because Sevatar's has no bend in it. I preordered the FW ones yesterday, so there'll be few enough conversions from here on in.
 

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Absolutely fantastic kit. Put it together in less than half an hour. I will be doing a fair bit of conversion work on it, like twisting it at the waist, and possibly repositioning one of the legs to make the pose a bit more dynamic. Considering it will probably be used as a proxy helbrute, I might add the tentacles from the helbrute kit in place of the claw.

 

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I got a fair bit done today with the contemptor and a first squad of raptors. I chopped off the right leg and tilted it slightly further forward and cut through the waist and turned it about 30 degrees to the right, which I think gives it a better sense of motion. The NL etched brass should get here this week, so that'll help with really pimping this fella out.



I also started on the trophy wracks, the assault cannon getting some attention first. The skull, believe it or not, has been in my bits box since HeroQuest came out all those years ago.



Next up, raptors. There's bits from kits including SWs, Khorne berzerkers, FW, the SM captain, and the chaos champion from the Dark Vengeance box.
 

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@Khorne's Fist, how are you going to run your contemptor? Will it be fire support mortis stlye or close support kheres/melta with ccw/heavy flamer?
Pretty much as is, I think. The 40k rules only give you the options that are in the kit. They don't cover using them in a chaos SM force though so it will most likely end up being used as a helbrute, so I might give it a power flail from the helbrute kit, and the multi melta, making it a close range monster. There'll be magnets though, so anything is possible.
 

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I picked up my NL accessories kit from the local GW this morning, and when I got home my FW etched brass and transfer sheet were in the letter box as well. I got straight to chopping a set of wings off one of the helmets to add to the contemptor. I like how it looks. I also added more trophies to the left shoulder, but I think it makes the whole mini look a bit too wide now, so I may reposition them. What do people think of the wings?





I'm tempted to leave him as he is now, because I want to leave room for some of the stunning decals that are on the sheet, plus I'll try my hand at some freehand lightning effects on those lovely flat surface areas.

Personally I'm more of a fan of the FW NL helmets than I am of the GW ones with the big wings, but they are handy for denoting squad sgts.



Plus, this happened, so I may be a bit distracted for the next week or so.

 

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Will you have a full unit with wings? They look ace
I'd like to, but trying to get hold of the wings is proving difficult. I've managed to get 5 sets from 2 different sources. I'd buy the possessed box to get them, but there's only one set in the box. Another reason why bits sites run out very quickly.
 

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Unfortunately weather conditions have not been right for base coating this week, so I stuck to a bit more converting on the contemptor. As he's going to be a counts-as helbrute, I decided to give him some flails, a pretty cool looking anti infantry weapon from the helbrute box. I also added some more trophy racks from the terminator lord kit.



 
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