Sunday, November 5, 2017

Painting the Warbands of Khorne Pt 1/2 Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

In the summer, I painted the opera-looking good guys of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar core set (as discussed here)

and now, I recently decided to paint the bad guys, the Warbands of Khorne, from the core set.

The Warbands of Khorne are devotees of the Chaos gods.

Chaos, in case you're not familiar with the Warhammer or Warhammer 40K universe is, to quote Wikipedia:

the malevolent entities which live in a different timespace, known as the Warp in Warhammer 40,000 and as the Realm of Chaos in Warhammer Fantasy. The term can refer to these warp entities and their influence, the servants and worshippers of these entities, or even the parallel universe in which these entities are supposed to reside.

These disciples have given themselves, more than the Sith in Star Wars, to the Dark Side, and don't know, don't care, or lust for power and ultimate freedom by serving the Chaos Gods. I believe the old GW slogan was, "Slaves to Darkness."

There are 4 main Chaos Gods in Warhammer and Warhammer 40K that feed off human emotions from what I understand and gift their followers with powers and I guess euphoria. One Chaos God, Nurgle for instance, "gifts" pestilance and tentacles to his followers, who euphorically pass it on to more humans. Khorne followers, on the other hand, gain strength, blood rage, and even horns coming out of them.  

Who is Khorne, you might ask? Also from Wikipedia:

Khorne: the Chaos God of bloodlust, war, death, blood, and skulls. Khorne favours close combat, abhorring wizards (in Warhammer Fantasy) or psykers (in Warhammer 40,000), considering them cowardly. His Dark Tongue name, "Kharneth,", means the Lord of Blood. Khorne is also the god of courage and honor, but these trappings are always eventually discarded in favor of the primary goal of killing. While he blesses his followers by granting them strength and martial prowess, Khorne does not truly care who spills blood, so long as the blood continues to be spilled. His material form is a mighty being wearing brass armor and sitting in a throne of skulls. His holy number is 8 and his main enemy god is Slaanesh. Those who worship Khorne are mighty warriors seeking to earn his favor by slaying mighty beasts and murdering mass populations. His main daemons are the Bloodletters (his soldiers), Flesh Hounds (his beasts), and Juggernauts (his daemonic, metallic steeds). They are led by massive Greater Daemons called Bloodthirsters. His realm is described to be a giant killing field with warriors constantly fighting and dying at his feet. His followers often use "BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE" as their battle cry.

Just listen to how insane these followers of Khorne guys are in either universe, in this brief speech to 40K Khorne followers:

Khorne is very popular with GW and fans and it's no surprise they were in the core set.

Khorne by the way, lends himself to many memes and such from his many fans...

I decided to paint the barechested guys first, the Bloodreavers and the Bloodstoker, instead of the more heavily armed ones, so I assembled them first...

Most of these guys are in helmets, which I guess is GW's way of trying to make painting easier for new people as eyes can be tricky to do..

Just as I put the good guys on cobblestone bases, I did the same here for comparability. I could always use them for say, Mordheim, or Frostgrave as well.

After I assembled him, I found the fat Bloodstoker with the whip amusing, and decided at the beginning, to paint him in either zebra or cheetah skin pants.. Usually these types of guys are heavily muscled, but it's nice to see otherwise once in a while..

While I was doing Khorne devotees, I bought the Slaughterpriest and 

... the Exalted Deathbringer while I was at it.

I was in the mood to experiment with brown primer and tried it out on these guys.

As usual, for those few that have no helmet, I focused on the eyes before doing anything else..

A lot of the sculpts were identical, down to the pose and weapon, so I painted identical ones in different skin colours to offset that.

I debated for a couple of days about the armour colour.. Khorne followers have red armour, but I found that pushing it for me. You didn't see red armour in the Middle Ages for instance.. what kind of metal is red armour anyway?

I remembered though, Gary Oldman as Vlad the Impaler in one of the Dracula movies, so in the end I relented...

..and stuck to a red and gold pattern that GW artwork suggests.

Finally finished these 20 guys today, and I'm okay with the results...

First 4 groups of guys

Second group of guys (the big ones)

I put the big guys up on Coolmini. Please feel free to vote on them here, with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest. 

 The third group of 4 guys

The fourth 4 group of guys..

The fifth group of 4 guys..

It's very exhausting painting 20 minis at once. I don't know how guys who can paint armies do it. A very time consuming hobby we have here.

Anyways, in part 2, I paint the Mighty Lord of Khorne, etc. I' stuck with the red and gold look.