Blood and Brass, pt. 1: Silent Behemoth

“There are rumours that Brother Garron hasn’t uttered a single word since the beginning of the Long War, and there may be some truth to that. But tell me: After being felled and left for dead by those he considered brothers on the blasted plains of Istvaan, after the shame of Terra and after the sundering of our once glorious legions during the hellish night of madness on Skalathrax, what is there left to say?”
Huntmaster Deracin

 

Alright, everyone, I promised you red and brass, and I intend to make good on that promise! So let’s kick of a mini-series focusing on my World Eaters in order to show you the models I have managed to complete over the Christmas holiday, as part of my Call of Chaos vow over at The Bolter & Chainsword! You may already have seen the first model that was part of the vow, my custom KhΓ’rn the Betrayer. Today, let’s continue with a model I am particularly proud of.

I am talking about the Doomwall, a Chaos Lord named for his massive suit of ancient Terminator armour. The armour is the most important thing here, because this project originally began as an attempt to build a (plastic) model incorporating visual elements from GW’s elusive Mk 1 Tactical Dreadnought armour, as seen in this plan view:

Mk_01_concept
Or in this concept sketch for Terminators in the original Space Hulk by Jes Goodwin:

Mk_01_concept
If you want the full story, the project originally started here and then massively improved thanks to a fantastic piece of advice by fellow hobbyist Carnosaur93 regarding the placement of the shoulder pads. More inspiration for the actual conversion was drawn from two excellent pieces of art by Greyall for his characters Pramus Kholosk (of the Imperial Fists) and Mjuron Vvharkhor (of the World Eaters). Greyall’s art was especially helpful for this project, because it moves beyond the somewhat clunky and outdated original design and explores what a modern interpretation of the Mk 1 armour might look like, were Forgeworld to explore the idea today.

So after much to and fro, I settled on this final version of the Doomwall:

The Doomwall WIP (22)

I do realise of course that this is not a perfectly accurate rendition of Mk 1 armour: There are far more faithful renditions of the original designs around — just check out Dark Rage’s excellent Mk 1 Terminators, for example. There’s also the fact that I have incorporated a number of visual cues from different armour variants on the model: The crest of hair came from the original artwork in the Horus Heresy trading card game depicting Cataphractii armour, while the reactor section was inspired by the actual Forgeworld Cataphractii models. The legs have remained unchanged, representing the chaos version of Indomitus armour, rather than the actual Mk 1 design — you could probably say that this model is my attempt at a “best of” collection of pre-heresy Terminator armour design cues, with a noticeable Mk 1 bend.

Oh, and I’ve explained it before, but just in case: The Space Wolves thunder hammer was chosen because the wolf head on it could also be interpreted as a representation of the War Hounds’ original legion badge, before they were reborn as the World Eaters.

So the conversion had been finished for a while, but I was still waiting for the right moment to paint it (which basically translates to: I was too afraid and/or lazy to actually start painting in my case). But the Call of Chaos provided the perfect incentive! And so, a short while later, the Doomwall was finished (this was actually the last model I painted in 2014, finished on December 31st):

The Doomwall (1)
The Doomwall (9)
The Doomwall (8)
The Doomwall (7)
The Doomwall (5)
The Doomwall (4)
The Doomwall (2)

The Doomwall (6)
There’s not that much to say about the paintjob, really: I basically gave the Doomwall my usual World Eaters treatment, and he really does look pretty sexy in red and bronze, don’t you think? I also added a bit of a visual flourish to the base, in the form of an unfortunate, long dead loyalist Astartes.

And here’s the Doomwall together with the other members of Lord Captain Lorimar’s retinue that have been finished so far. Behold the beginnings of Lorimar’s Fist:

Lorimar's Fist (2)
The objective I am trying to accomplish for these guys is to come up with a squad of Terminators where every model is quite unique, with their own individual set of weapons and customised armour (which is a bit ironic, really, when you consider that most of the models so far are based on the same Chaos Lord in Terminator armour…;) Anyway, I am really happy with the way these guys are coming along, because they look very much like World Eaters (at least to me), without merely aping the look of the FW World Eaters Terminators. Alright, yes, one of them actually is a FW World Eaters Terminator, but that’s besides the point πŸ˜‰

All in all, I am very happy with the Doomwall: The model looks massive and intimidating, yet there is also something almost contemplative about this guy, don’t you think?

The massive armour and closed helmet also makes him seem somewhat mysterious, if you ask me, and it was this quality that I wanted to expand upon for the character’s background:

 

Brother Garron, “The Doomwall”

Silent Behemoth
In battle, the hulking figure of Brother Garron is a sight to be feared, a towering, utterly silent warrior, smashing all opposition with mighty swings of his enormous thunder hammer, his baroque suit of artificer warplate seemingly impervious to damage. This has earned him the epithet Doomwall, and it is a name spoken with a certain tenseness by the legionaries of the 4th, for so much about this silent Behemoth is shrouded in mystery: Why does his weapon still bear the heraldic device of the War Hounds? And while his heavily modified suit of prototype Tactical Dreadnought Armour stands as a testament to Huntmaster Deracin’s ingenuity, what remains of the man within?

Some whisper that Garron actually fought in the first wave at Istvaan III, as part of the loyalist remnants of the legion that were to be purged by their own brethren. Yet how he survived that ordeal and why he now serves as a silent enforcer to Lord Captain Lorimar remains an enigma. Only the Master of the Hunt himself and his most trusted lieutenants could divulge more of the Doomwall’s history, yet they seem reluctant to do so.

And in any case, the only mind holding the absolute truth of the matter would be that of Brother Garron himself — and he remains ever silent…

 

As always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

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33 Responses to “Blood and Brass, pt. 1: Silent Behemoth”

  1. Ruins of Arotha Says:

    That’s a fantastic conversion, a very well created character. Good job πŸ™‚

  2. Very nice. Really dig the omnious feel of the mini.

  3. A very nice presentation, great conversion and solid paint job. What else can a Chaos player ask for?

  4. Very nice, the top heavy look really adds to his hulking presence.
    And as always, lovely painting!

  5. With this level of character and conversion with each model…they’ll never die on the tabletop. Everyone will feel bad just shooting at them!

    • Thanks a lot, Greg. However, I am speaking from painful experience when I say that a) they usually die like flies and b) nobody ever feels bad about shooting at them πŸ˜‰ I still appreciate the kind words, though!

  6. He’s stunning! Why the hell doesn’t Gw made the chaos termies on this way? This mini is really brutal by the general aspect. And the paintjob just add more of the effect! That “new” recruit is really a good choice in all terms. Keep the good work, Blood for the Blood God!

  7. That’s really an amazing figure. Well done.

  8. I love Doomwall as much as the first day I laid eyes on him in gray. Astounding presence, effective conversion, and just enough Rogue Trader to keep us old dogs happy. Not a sour note in the entire project.

  9. David Valentine Says:

    Okay those are just fuggin *excellent*.

  10. inqmikaelovich Says:

    I am so jealous of the Chaos Terminator Lord kit. A) the lightning claws in it are awesome, and B) it’s so much more versatile than anything the loyalist marines have with regard to Terminators… I haven’t even tried starting on my Chapter Master yet because I don’t feel there’s anything that (within my level of skill) can pull off what I want to do with him XD

    Truly inspiring work though!

  11. Doomwall looks excellent as a stand alone model, but when he’s with his Brother Terminators he really comes to life. They’re so evocative, you can almost feel the barely suppressed rage emanating from them.
    A nice piece of background on him as well, nice one.

  12. Fantastic looking model and character background! I love it!

    Those shoulder guards go a long way in transforming that marine’s armor into Mk 1 Tactical Dreadnought armor. The reference to his original Legion the War Hounds is a great little detail. I also really like how you converted his lightning-claw mounted stormbolter out of bolt pistols (making it smaller and more manageable).

    Very impressed!

  13. I simply love that guy. What’s more to say?

  14. […] 1 Chaos Lord in Terminator armour with Thunder Hammer and Lightning Claw (Brother Garron the Doomwal… […]

  15. I really like this kit bash, as a 2nd ed purist the inclusion of a thunder hammer sucks (should have gone with the power maul) but I can understand why you used it.

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