Stop…Hammer Time!

So, another small update today: Having converted that big Chaos Knight model, I thought I’d work on something a tad smaller in order to relax a bit. So I went back to a couple of models I had built earlier, making an addition here and there and touching them up a bit. Today, I’d like to show you two of those models that share quite a few characteristics: Both are Chaos Lords in Terminator armour, both share quite a few common bitz and both are wielding pretty huge hammers — hence the title of this post. So, let’s take a closer look:
First up, an Iron Warriors Warsmith I converted a rather long time ago (back when Warsmiths were still a thing and Warpsmiths did not yet exist). Here’s the old version of the model:

Iron Warriors Warsmith early WIP
This guy was based on the stock Chaos Lord in Terminator armour, obviously, with a couple of custom additions: My idea was to add a few touches that would make the Lord’s allegiance to the Iron Warriors obvious. Among those touches was a huge hammer, built by combining the staff that comes with the Chaos Lord kit and a hammer head from the Ogre Kingdom’s Ironbreakers: My idea was that the stone at the centre of the hammer head had been taken from some fortress razed by the Warsmith — maybe even from the Imperial Palace on Terra?

The other slightly eclectic choice was to add a Dark Eldar Talos claw to the model’s right arm: Though the sinister, augmetic look was rather nice, the hand did end up looking a bit too big…

Anyway, when I recently came across the model, I realised that both of those ideas had been pretty cool, but that I could do better, replacing those slightly eclectic elements with bitz that would keep the overall look but fit the model better. So here’s the touched up model for you:

Iron Warriors Warsmith WIP (1)
Iron Warriors Warsmith WIP (2)
Iron Warriors Warsmith WIP (3)
The Talos claw was replaced with a very cool power claw from the Raptor kit. It may be ever so slightly less sinister, but the proportions seem far more plausible now! The new hammer head came from the Dragon Ogres, and while the weapon still looks like its head could have been cut from the remains of a razed fortress, I think the weapon is now far more befitting a commander of the IV legion.

All in all, the model seems like a more seamless kitbash now, and I am rather happy with that — I should probably make some time for getting this chap painted, come to think of it…

The second model isn’t quite as old: Some of you might remember my attempt to build a model wearing armour inspired by Mk 1 Tactical Dreadnought Armour earlier this year. Here’s the model that came from that attempt:

Hammertime (7)
When we last saw this guy, quite a few parts of him were still provisionally tacked together with modelling putty. I also wasn’t perfectly sure about the weapon in his right hand.

Anyway, I am really happy to say that I have finally sorted out the last few rough patches on the model and can present the mostly finished conversion to you today. Take a look:

The Doomwall WIP (1)

The Doomwall WIP (2)
The Doomwall WIP (4)
I do of course realise that the armour does not perfectly represent Mk 1 armour, but I still think the sloped shoulder pads serve as a very strong callback to that particular design. In any case, I just wanted to make this armour look like an ancient, artificer crafted piece of equipment, a true relic from the earliest days of the Great Crusade.

Beyond the shoulder pads, I tried to incorporate several elements recalling older armour marks, such as the crest of horse hair atop the armour (a callback to the older Cataphractii artwork). I also built a weapon system resembling that seen on the Talon of Horus for the left hand — basically for the heck of it, to tell you the truth, but also because I like the idea that an immensely old and valuable suit of warplate such as this would feature equally impressive integrated weapons.

Oh, and you will have realised that the DA maul has been replaced with a Space Wolves thunder hammer: My reasoning behind this is that the stylised wolf head on the weapon would work equally well as a representation of the War Hounds, the original identity of the XII legion. So the hammer is an ancient relic of the legion as well, predating its name change and descent into madness.

I also worked on the model’s back quite a bit, using a shaved down old CSM backpack in order to make the armour’s back resemble the reactor section that can be seen on FW’s Cataphractii models:

The Doomwall WIP (3)
It has taken a very long time to finish this model, but I am really happy with the result: I imagine this guy to be Lord Captain Lorimar’s taciturn bodyguard, called “The Doomwall”. I actually already have quite a bit of backstory for this guy in the back of my head, but all in its good time. For now, I am more than happy with the hulking, implacable look I have managed to create on the model!
Here are both models next to each other:

Chaos Lords with Hammers
Even though both are based on the same model, I think I have managed to make them look reasonably different, don’t you think?

Anyway, working on these has been rather refreshing after working on that huge Knight model 😉

Feel free to let me know any feedback or suggestions you might have! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

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15 Responses to “Stop…Hammer Time!”

  1. ssspectre Says:

    Woooww, these guys are hefty! And I do think you’ve made meaningful improvements with the weapon swaps. They look much better balanced now. Very fine work indeed.

  2. 40kterminatus Says:

    Its almost like the one on the right is saying,” cant touch this” 🙂

  3. greggles Says:

    Your kit bashes and modifications are extremely inpsirational. I love seeing what you come up with, cause it’s always awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love the mk1 Kraut. He’s got a really menacing ait about him and it’s a nice approximation of the old termie armour. Also dig the “ear-less” khornate helmet.

    The other guy looks good too – great pose – but that hammertime hammer is just a wee bit to big to maintain suspension of disbelief.

    • Thanks, mate! I am pretty happy with the Doomwall, to tell you the truth. The helmet was a bit of a happy accident: I knew I needed something blunt and brutal, but the Skullcrusher helmet ended up working even better than I had expected.

      I definitely see where you’re coming from regarding the Iron Warrior, although I think the new hammer is at least better than the earlier version. Plus he would probably be wielding it double handed, if push comes to shove.

  5. Eternal hunt’s horus style…. Wow! Very impressive work on the Doomwall ! He rocks !

  6. Man, I love that MK1 conversion. Top notch.

  7. Love your termis, doomwall one of the purest kitbash’s i have ever seen ! superb stuff mate. Krauty i dont how how you keep up this pace but its extremely inspirational to see orginal kitbash after kitbash. your style is unique and you are a true original !

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