Blood and Brass, pt. 3: Engine of spite

Welcome to the third part of this mini-series, in which I walk you through the latest additions to my World Eaters army. Today I have another new model to show you — and this time it’s a pretty big addition. So, what is this about?

I already mentioned that I wanted to use the Call of Chaos event in order to force myself to finally finish some models that I had kept on the backburner. And one of those models was a Forgefiend for Khorne’s Eternal Hunt. When I went through my cupboard of shame in order to determine which models to include in my vow, it was with a rather guilty feeling that I realised I bought, built and undercoated this model almost two years ago, then let it sit in its box unattended for a long time — what better way to finally revisit the poor dear than to make it a part of my vow for the event, right?

Just to remind you, here’s what the undercoated model looked like:

Forgefiend WIP (1)

Forgefiend WIP (2)
I realise that the fiend models get quite a bad rap from many hobbyists – they are not referred to as “Dinobots” for nothing – but I think the model is a rather good fit for a World Eaters army! As you can see, I didn’t even perform any heavy surgery on the model, seeing how it was already looking like a bigger juggernaut of Khorne straight out of the box, electing instead to only make some small additions here and there: A couple of decorative skulls were added to the Forgefiend’s shoulders, a suitable collar of Khorne was put around the beast’s neck, and a Stonehorn tail lend a bit more visual balance to the rather stubby hind section.

When it came to painting the model, I jumped in at the deep end, choosing to paint the body and hind legs first. This is what it looked like after most of this step had been finished:

Call of Chaos WIP (3)
And then everything just …stopped. It just wasn’t happening, for some reason. It was hair-pullingly frustrating, but I just couldn’t go on. So the model stayed that way while I painted first my custom Kharn the Betrayer, then the Doomwall and finally my new Dreadnought. In the end, with the model less than half-finished and less than a week left until the deadline for the Call of Chaos event, I was basically resigned to giving up on my vow.

But then the strangest thing happened: Looking at all the fantastic stuff completed by other participants, I felt the spark of motivation returning: Be it Chaeron’s unbelievable amount of completed models or Augustus b’Raass’ utterly stunning Khornate daemon engine, I just felt I had to give it my all to complete this vow, and so I returned to the painting table — cheers for the help, guys!

The task remained a problematic one, however: I really didn’t like painting the Forgefiend, and I swear it was hating me right back: In true daemon engine fashion, it kept fighting me every step of the way. But since this was so very fitting after all, I decided to actually incorporate the model’s struggle against being painted into the daemon engine’s name:

So here, then, is the daemon engine Gorespite — I like it when a model’s character becomes apparent even during its construction and painting:

Gorespite (1)
Gorespite (3)

Gorespite (2)
Gorespite (4)
Gorespite (5)
Gorespite (6)
Gorespite (7)
Even though painting this model was such a hassle, I am really rather happy with the result: This was a veritable battle of attrition, and finally having managed to complete this piece gives me a feeling of achievement! There are also some areas that I am really rather proud of — especially the glowing areas in the Forgefiend’s torso and the eyes, for instance.

What made this even better was that the completion of this model also marked the completion of my entire Call of Chaos vow, consisting of:

With this post, you’ve seen all these models. Here they are again, in a picture showing my entire Call of Chaos vow:

Call of Chaos vow 2014 (2)

That’s a sweet additional 500 points or so for Khorne’s Eternal Hunt! Yay! 🙂

This was the first time I ever participated in an event like this, which makes me all the happier to actually have finished my vow! I can also safely say that events like these are a perfect way of putting a certain amount of constructive pressure on yourself for finally getting stuff finished — if not for the event, I might have let that Forgefiend sit in its box for another year or two, after all…

Speaking of which, not only did I whip up yet another photo montage to celebrate the occasion, but I also created a piece of background to accompany the model. Enjoy:

Engine of Spite
“Engine of Spite”

The freight elevator ground home with a deafening metallic clank, and the blast doors opened to near full darkness. The lumen strips on the high ceiling had been dimmed down so much that the corridor ahead was only barely visible to the human eye. This did not slow down the two figures now stepping from the elevator, however, since neither of them would have qualified as human any longer.

One of them was stooped and rake thin, clothed in the cowled robes of a Forge Adept. The other was massive in the way only those of the legion could be, but its huge frame was more impressive still, clad in a bulky suit of warplate and a harness from which four multijointed servo limbs emerged. The figures continued down the corridor in silence, the metallic pounding of their footsteps the only sound. This deep in the belly of the ship, not even the slow, regular heartbeat of the Great Forge was audible any longer.

“Has everything been prepared?”, the giant asked?
“Yes, lord. The bindings are in place. Every result so far has been within the expected parameters,” came the adept’s reply in a blurt of binary cant.
“How long until planetfall?”
“One hour, lord.”
“That will suffice. Leave me now.”
The adept’s remaining organic eye showed the apprehension he felt, but he knew better than to voice his concern. The spindly figure bowed stiffly and turned around, advancing back the way it had come.

Huntmaster Deracin turned to the blast door now. He drew himself up to his full height and pressed the activator rune. The door slid open, and Deracin entered the room beyond.

The room was vast, but even its dimensions did not offer an explanation for the kind of darkness that had gathered towards the far wall. Deracin could hear the sound now, wet and low, like a huge beast drawing breath.
Deracin stapped into the light and brought the haft of his two-handed war axe down onto the deck with a clank.
“Awaken, servant!”, he called.
The breathing turned louder and became something else. A snarl. A growl. Something more dangerous. Tendrils of warpfrost stretched towards Deracin on every surface.
He could see it now, wrapped in murky shadows, its bulky form a strange amalgamation of beast and machine, straining in vein against the rune inscribed chains. Its blunt snout turned towards him, lips peeled back from wet fangs. The daemon engine’s blue eyes were glowing like ice. Deracin grinned:“Oh, aye, you hate me with every fibre of your being, do you not, creature? With every beat of your furnace heart?”

The growling grew in volume, as if in affirmation of Deracin’s words. And the daemon engine’s straining against its bindings grew more fierce. A mind impulse was enough to move the arms emerging from Deracin’s servo-harness in front of him in protection, bringing into view a melta and the diamond teeth of a massive chainaxe. Deracin nodded as he noticed the creature flinch ever so slightly.

“Good, stand down. I made you, and I can unmake you just the same. And what’s more, this is not a time for anatgonism, creature: After all, I have come to offer you a gift…” Deracin paused, noticing how the growl had turned into a low purr. Then he continued:

“Not your freedom, of course, but something you will appreciate nonetheless.“ Deracin grinned. “I will give you somewhere to vent your anger.”

It was 45 minutes to planetfall.


Let me know what you think! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!


23 Responses to “Blood and Brass, pt. 3: Engine of spite”

  1. legatho30 Says:

    Hat off mate!

  2. Really surprised with how the tail of the model changes the feel of the model – good choice!

    • Thanks, man! Yeah, the tail was a bit of a happy accident, but I really like the effect as well — that sharp, bony growth at the tip of the tail just adds that extra bit of killiness, doesn’t it? 😉

  3. castigatoruk Says:

    After all that procrastination it’s turned great 😉
    I know how you feel though, I had to paint a Maulerfiend up for an event I was playing in. I didn’t have time to convert it so it was just straight out of the box. I found it a real struggle to paint, but sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and get it ready for the tabletop.
    Well done on completing your vow……and once again, love the background.

    • Thanks, mate! And yeah, those Forgefiends really aren’t that much fun to paint, are they? The part that turned out to be really enjoyable only came after most of the job had been finished and I was free to focus on some special effects, such as the blue glow. Anyway, I am still proud of having managed to finish this thing after all!

  4. That’s a good looking group!

  5. Very nice!

    The tail is a great addition that brings some thinness and reinforces the organic aspect.

    Good stuff!

  6. Thanks for this krautscientist! This makes me think of the half-painted Maulerfiend I got… perhaps I’ll get to work on it now that I see your awesome Khornate engine of death!

    • Hang in there, mate! If I’ve managed to finish this model, then so can you! And once the base colours and washes were on, the painting actually did start to become fun. Oh, and the glowing parts (the eyes and those slots in the fiend’s chest) are really fun to get right, so if you need some quick success to motivate you, work on those areas! 😉

  7. Ruins of Arotha Says:

    Nice conversion!

  8. Mister Khorne, do you have a guide anywhere on painting your world eaters?

    • Hmm, not sure actually… Tell you what, I’ll give you the rundown:

      1.) Undercoat black
      2.) Base colours: GW Mechrite Red for the armour, Vallejo Tinny Tin for the trim, GW Rakarth Flesh for the skin, GW Boltgun Metal or GW Leadbelcher for the silver parts.
      3.) Wash the face and the silver parts black (GW Badab Black or Nuln Oil)
      4.) Wash the red and bronze parts brown (GW Devlan Mud or Agrax Earthshade)
      5.) Lightly drybrush the bronze parts with GW Dwarf Bronze
      6.) Add a thin layer of GW Blood Red to the red parts of the armour
      7.) Carefully highlight the face with GW Rakarth Flesh
      8.) Add some silver highlights, scratches etc. with GW Mithril Silver.

      That should just about cover it. Hope this helps! 😉

      • You legend!

        I wasnt expecting that much detail so yeah thank you! It’s been so long since I’ve bought any GW paints I have no idea what colours relate to what names anymore haha

      • Hmm, yeah, that’s a bit of a toughie…
        If you’re starting from scratch anyway, I suppose you can use Khorne Red or Mephiston Red for the armour. I’d suggest using Vallejo tinny tin as a basecoat for the bronze, but if you can’t get your hands on it, GW Brass Scorpion over a basecoat of GW Warplock Bronze will give you a pretty nice gold/brass effect. GW Leadbealcher, GW Nuln Oil and GW Agrax Earthshade are all serviceable, albeit not great, replacements for the earlier versions. You may also want to check out the Army Painter washes, as those are much closer to the original washes by GW. I’ve yet to find a decent replacement for Blood Red, though — maybe somebody else can help?

  9. Annoyingly I can’t reply to your reply. I’ve got a fair amount of older GW paint somewhere, including a mega paint set (the first edition I think). I also have the foundation paint box so should have some Mechrite Red… I’ve done a bit of reading and seen that the game colour heavy red is supposed to be a good match for it tho. I’ve seen there’s a Coat d’arms Blood Red and game colour bloody red out there.

    • I did get a pot of Vallejob Bloody Red once, and it looked very close — but the actual colour was terrible, something between pink and orange — maybe it was just from a bad batch, though…

  10. […] with a – fairly recently completed – Forgefiend (that kept fighting me every part of the way, thus earning the name Gorespite for itself), the […]

  11. […] truescaled version of Kharn had already been completed in late 2014. The Maulerfiend kept fighting me every step of the way, true to form, earning the name Gorespite in the process. […]

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