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Organized Chaos: Chaos Infantry Preview — May 2, 2017

Organized Chaos: Chaos Infantry Preview

As aforementioned in the last post, Basilisk Artillery Tanks and Armoured Sentinels need to be complimented with the appropriate levels of Infantry support.

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As such, a puzzle of kit-bashes has been in the works. The 110 models you see before you represents a combination of the following:

  • Vraksian Renegades
  • Cadian Shock Troops
  • Cadian Command Squads
  • Catachan Jungle Fighters
  • Catachan Command Squads
  • Imperial Guard Tank Crew Components
  • AoS Chaos Marauders
  • AoS Arch Flagellants
  • Dark Vengeance Cultists
  • Genestealer Cult Conversion Kits
  • A literal crap-ton of miscellaneous ‘bitz’

They have all been thrown together to represent a cohesive yet visually divisive force of that will represent to Troop base of either an Imperial Armour Renegades & Heretics list or a 30K Warp Cult.

Each infantry squad will eventually contain twelve models which means that most of the pictures squads have yet to see their respective Champions and Icon/Standard Bearers.

Also yet to be constructed or converted are a variety of HQ and support units including:

  • Command Squad(s)
  • Enforcers
  • Apostate Preachers
  • Tempestus Scions to be converted to Chaos Grenadiers
  • Heavy Weapons Squads
  • Orgryn Berzerker Squad with Chaos Hounds
  • Greater Brass Scorpion
  • Rogue Psykers
  • Chaos Leman Russ Battle Tanks and Variants
  • Chaos Baneblade Super Heavy Tank

This represents my most ambitious project too date, and as can be seen, just the basic infantry will take a long while to complete. They will follow the same colour scheme as tested on the Basilisks and Sentinels.

As for painting, the first batch will be the Dark Vengeance Cultists. They are the least modified models pictured (really the only modification to them are the addition of Catachan Vox Casters).

Stay tuned for updates

 

Organized Chaos: Completed Chaos Sentinels — March 8, 2017

Organized Chaos: Completed Chaos Sentinels

The Chaos Sentinels are complete!

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This represents the first completed unit for the in-progress Renegades & Heretics/Warp Cults army.

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The customization was covered here:

https://aminiatureodyssey.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/organized-chaos-chaos-sentinels-wip/

Since that point the weathering component has been completed and represents a lot of new exploratory territory having never used weathering products before.

Granted a rim of black will be required around the bases.

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Three elements of weathering were applied. All were conducted using Ammo by Mig Jimenez products. Having been very pleased with their paints I was excited to work with their weathering products.

First was the rust. This was accomplished by a combination of Track Wash, Light Rust and Streaking Rust Effects. This was used on most surfaces as can be seen.

After this was a layer of oil stains consisting of Engine Grime, Fuel Stains and Fresh Oil was applied. This was used sparingly where seemingly logical; engines, gears, mechanical parts. This does not show well in the pictures and will likely be more visible when the Basilisks are complete.

Finally a layer of mud was applied by way of Fresh Mud, Dark Mud and Dark Earth; heavily added to the base and feet and lighter splashes further up.

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I am very pleased with the final effects. The objective and vision from the beginning was that these vehicles began their service careers as loyal Imperial Sentinels. When their masters turned to Chaos, they kept their vehicles mechanically and functionally sound, but cared little for the cleanliness or appearance of said vehicles.

As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are welcome.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

 

 

 

 

Organized Chaos: Chaos Basilisk WIP — January 1, 2017

Organized Chaos: Chaos Basilisk WIP

Cheers to 10,000 Years of Human Erosion: Heretical Basilisk Conversions

This trio of Basilisk Artillery Tanks was purchased a long time ago. In fact, they were purchased as a set when the very first edition of Apocalypse was released. Compared to modern pricing they were a steal; set price, from a US online retailer. Those were the days.

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The Basilisk is very much a love, hate model for me. I love them because a Basilisk was one of the first models vehicles I painted as a teenager. Although it was a terrible paint job there was still a level of satisfaction upon completion. The hate stems from its open-topped firing platform. I find that ghastly. This level of hate was increased upon discovery of the Forge World variant that is fully enclosed; the Armageddon Pattern Basilisk. That model is beautiful, but the result was my trio of Basilisks remained assembled, yet unpainted for years.

That was until I decided to divide my ever growing collection of Imperial Guard between those loyal to the Imperium of Man, and those opposed to it. I blame the Imperial Armour books involving the Siege of Vraks for showing an alternative to the conventional Imperial Guard. These tainted, rusty, bloodied, cultist versions of typically loyal vehicles offered a huge level of customization ideas to the fray.

As such my oft ignored Basilisks found new life, their open firing platforms now fitting perfectly with the heretical forces. These became as a result, my first attempt to convert vanilla models to servants of the Dark Gods.

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This conversion is fairly basic. As these vehicles would have once upon a time served loyal forces, I wanted their initial imperial motifs to be somewhat present as if lazily removed. As such a dremel was taken to the Imperial eagles found on the sides of the vehicle and on the top of the gun shield. I wanted to ensure the remainders of the winged eagles were still somewhat visible to ensure the look of a haphazard modification conducted by those more interested in fighting then presenting a tidy vehicle.

Additional additions came by way of visiting my Bitz boxes. Banners were added to the tops of the gun shields, partially covering the original Imperial winged skulls. These were banners representing Chaos Undivided found in the Chaos Space Marine boxed set. The dozer blades, spikes and hull-mounted heavy bolter gargoyle came from the Chaos Rhino set.

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As it stands, this represents the painted yet not weathered level. I attempted for the first time, to use the hairspray method. I believe it worked, but I also believe it would have worked better had I not allowed the hairspray to cure over such a long period of time.

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It was airbrushed with a three-tone camouflage; the two beiges from the Afrika Korps set by Ammo, Vallejo Air White and Vallejo Air Gunmetal. The subsequent brushing involved both Vallejo and Citadel products.

This was my first of Ammo by Mig Jimenez and I was very happy with the paint. In fact Ammo will now form the Troika of go-to paints that normally consist of Vallejo and Citadel.

With the exception of the aforementioned hairspray technique on the barrel and locations where the Imperial livery was removed, the only other weathering was from some gunmetal sponging.

After this, I intend to add some very heavy weathering care again of Ammo products. I have never used these weathering products nor have I ever used enamels so this will be an interesting experiment.

Up next will be the remainder of the Chaos vehicles in progress; the Basilisks’ Forward Observers. This will consist of a trio of Chaos Sentinels, again kit-bashed from a variety of sources.