Lord of the XII Legion – A Triptych, pt. 6

Wait, what? We’re back to this guy again?

Indeed, another post focused on the XIIth Primarch, Angron Thal’Kr, The Conqueror, The Red Angel. So what’s up today?

You all know that building different versions of Angron was a pretty big part of my 2016 hobby life: I built and painted a version of Angron in his daemonic form, something I wouldn’t even have thought myself capable of a few years ago:

But I also went back to Angron’s past, converting a version of him inspired by this piece of artwork, probably showing the Primarch during his pitfighting days on Nuceria:

Butcher's Nails cover artwork
It turned out that one of the AoS Slaughterpriests of Khorne makes for a pretty convincing Angron, with a couple of tweaks:

angron-thalkr-lord-of-the-red-sands-11
So there was only one last planned model: The “official” Forgeworld Angron very kindly sent to me by Adam Wier. So just get that one painted and we’re done, eh?


Yes, well. It all ended up being a bit more complicated than that…

Here’s what happened: When White Dwarf was relaunched as a monthly magazine, the first issue came with a free Slaughterpriest — incidentally, the design I hadn’t used for my Angron conversion. And at the same time, I had also picked up the same version a bit earlier, when my beloved FLGS went under (still sore, you know).

So I ended up with a spare Slaughterpriest. And I started thinking. What if I were to build…just one more…?!

So yeah 😉

In order to come up with a model that wouldn’t just be a retread of the versions I already had, I thought it would be fun to base this next Angron on the pre-Forgeworld era artwork, such as the iconic illustration of Angron created by the late, great Wayne England for the Horus Heres Trading Card Game:

Angron by Wayne England

And, of course, on the similarly iconic illustration by John Blanche:

Angron by John Blanche

In the era before Angron actually had a dedicated Forgeworld model, there were a couple of elements that appeared in almost every piece of artwork. Most of these were later incorporated into Simon Egan’s model, but some fell by the wayside. Such as the two-handed axe with the ornamental wing and the three spikes crowing Angron’s collar. And of course there’s a certain, stylised and angular charm to Wayne England’s piece of artwork above that would be fun to reproduce.

So I started messing around with a couple of bitz, and I’ve actually already shown you the first attempt at this new model a while ago:


But while this guy already looked pretty cool, he didn’t actually read as Angron all that much — at least not in a way that moved beyond what was already present on the other versions in my possession. And since the model just didn’t come together for one reason or another, I just set him aside for a while.

Until I found myself playing around with some of the new plastic Custodian bitz last week, and suddenly it seemed like I might have the solution on my hands! So after some rigurous cutting, here’s what I ended up with:


Whoa, much better, wouldn’t you agree? Replacing the entire torso with that of a Custodian might seem like a rather radical approach, but it instantly moved the model a lot closer to the artwork that inspired it! And I was able to keep the versions of the previous version that already worked well enough — such as the arms and legs. And, of course, that brilliantly sculpted Slaughterpriest face (that just happens to instantly turn into Angron as soon as you add some cabling).

However, I wasn’t quite there yet: The Khorne icon on Angron’s belt buckle needed to be replaced, for fairly obvious reasons, and I also made some minor tweaks to the pose. Which led to this:




A Custodian tasset served as a pretty good replacement for the Khorne symbol and also recalled the aquila symbol appearing in the aertwork.

Almost there! I did feel the model needed a bit more presence at this point to really read as a Primarch, though. And the collar around Angron’s head wasn’t quite as prominent as in the artwork — it just turned out that fitting all that cabling in there made the entire ensemble a bit less striking than I had hoped:


Good thing, then, that the next addition was really a bit of a happy accident: I always knew that he’d be getting some kind of cape, so I fooled around with a couple of different options. And the solution arrived from the unlikeliest of places, i.e. the cape that comes with the Chaos Terminator Lord kit. With a bit of cutting and fitting, it ended up working very well, plus the cape also gave me the chance of incorporating those three spikes that are another staple of Angron in the classic artwork:





The cape also adds the right sense of bulk: I already liked the model well enough before, but it now has the massive, overmuscled look that sells it as a Primarch, if you ask me. Granted, some fine tuning may yet be in order, but I think I’m on the right track!

Time for a comparison with the other versions of (pre-ascension) Angron in my collection:



Regarding the size of the model, it must be noted that FW’s Angron is still quite a bit taller — he only doesn’t look like it because he’s posed at a very low crouch. But even so, I think the three of them look fairly good together.

So I only made one last addition to the model. Here’s what the latest version of Angron looks like right now:



I’ve added two leather straps to either side of Angron’s chest, in order to add an element resembling the straps appearing in Wayne England’s illustration. They also happen to camouflage the slightly hokey joints where the arms meet the torso. And, once again, they add some more oomph to the model and its stature.

The model is pretty much finished at this point, except for a finishing touch or two: I want Angron to be holding the same tangle of viscera he has in the artwork in his open left hand. And there needs to be something underneath the Primarch’s right foot. Incidentally, this also ties into the question of where my newest version of the XIIth Primarch fits into the timeline:

I see this version of Angron as a depiction of him about halfway through the Great Crusade, shortly before or during the event known as The Night of the Wolf (an event where the XII and VI Legions actually came to blows over Angron’s order of outfitting his legion with the Butcher’s Nails, thereby turning the legionaries into bloodthirsty madmen): There’s a throwaway line in Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Betrayer about the first and greatest of Angron’s two-handed axes, Widowmaker, being broken and discarded at the end of that battle, so it would be fun to imagine my new version of Angron in that context.

Which is why there’ll probably be a suitably mangled Space Wolf underneath his foot — at least the XIII Legion is off the hook, for once… 😉

One last interesting detail about the model is how the shoulder pads (from MaxMini, I believe) were originally used as a mere stopgap solution, but I really rather like the way they look: They have a certain gladiatorial flair, plus the pteryges on the sides basically perfectly match the ones in the Wayne England illustration. And what’s more: Through sheeer coincidence (or maybe through intervention from the powers of the warp, who knows…) all three converted version of Angron I have built so far have ended up with shoulder pads that were originally sent to me by Augustus b’Raass as part of a bitz drop — that in itself would be enough reason to stick with those shoulder pads, wouldn’t you agree?

 

Anyway, I am pretty happy that the model has finally come together like that! And just when I thought I finally had all the Angrons I needed, I stumble upon this little gem the other day and almost find myself reaching for my AoS starter box sprues…damn!

Anyway, I would love to hear your feedback! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

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38 Responses to “Lord of the XII Legion – A Triptych, pt. 6”

  1. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    I am almost angry at how completely and totally amazing this is.

    In response to your mail, I have restructured my Golden Legion model, though I still haven’t washed or weathered him yet. Could you direct me to a good tutorial for sponge weathering?

    Thank you for all your support!

    -Mikhailovich

    • Haha, cheers, mate! Glad you like him!

      Regarding the Golden Legion chap, I am looking forward to seeing him progress! When it comes to sponge weathering – at least on normal infantry models – I’d just take a small piece of blister sponge, use a bit of Leadbelcher and practice on a piece of paper first to get a feeling for how well it works and how the paint behaves under these conditions. I didn’t use any tutorials but jumped straight in, and that works pretty well, at least for smaller models. The various Horus Heresy logs over at The Bolter & Chainsword might help you out quite a bit, though, as most people there are seriously into sponge weathering 😉

      • Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

        Awesome! Thank you so much! He has been given a plasma pistol and a grey knight force sword, and I swapped his head for one of the old metal ones, and he looks significantly better now.

        I also like the fact that the new weapons specifically parallel your Praetor’s. 😉

  2. Dare I say it; this might be the best one yet. You can never have too many Angrons after all!

  3. Every time you make Angron you find a new way to combine the lore, the art and your own unique vision into something compelling, believable and very, very cool. This latest version, more heavily armoured than the Nucerian but less than the FW model has all of that Primarch stature with the brutality and madness inherent in Angron’s personality. I’m looking forward to seeing him painted up.

    You’ll be able to field a squad of Angrons at this rate!

    • Thanks a lot, Orfeo! I very much intended him to be kind of a missing link between the other models, and I am glad it seems to have worked!

      As for being able to field a squad — I do believe there’s a mini-diorama and/or display base in this. Working title: “stations of a violent life”.

      In my defense, I am not as bad as Reg: That guy must have built about twenty Angrons to date — and they are all awesome, for crying out loud! 🙂

  4. Squad of Angrons sounds suitably scary, but then again that is why there is artillery…

    As for the model, it is excellent, so I am really struggling to suggest any changes… ummm hmm..

    Maybe the leather straps you added at the end are a bit wide? That is they are nearly as wide as his face. You may want to shave them down a bit, or just be sure to paint them very dark, possibly both.

    The terminator lord cloak is a bit too… terminator lord cloak. With a model of this caliber, you do not want to be able to pick out obvious bitz at a single glance. Suggest that you either lengthen the cloak or rework the fur, possibly both. And while Angron is an angry demi-god of war, who cares naught for finery, his legion at this point still should, which would mean that there should not be any holes in the cloak.

    • Thanks, mate! I did already shave down those straps, as they were originally quite a bit wider, at least at the top. I do think I can make it work during the painting stage. As for the Termie Lord cape, yeah, I see what you mean. But I tried several far more exclusive options, and none worked as good as this, to be honest. As for the holes, you would be right normally, but seeing how this model is dated to pretty much exactly when the Night of the Wolf happens, you have to keep in mind that, by this point, Angron has just finished fighting the Ghenna compliance and going to toes with an entire Astartes legion back to back — some wear and tear is to be expected, considering the circumstances 😉

      • I see what you mean about the cloak. maybe just green stuff a bit more fur?

      • Yeah, that’s the one addition I am actually thinking about.

      • I happened to see a Forgeworld Angron picture, and I realized that his cloak is all fur… you could sculpt a layer of fur on top of the chaos lord cloak, and then it would both be visually distinct from the plastic bitz AND move him ever closer to the Forgeworld version as sort of an evolution to chaos.

      • I am considering a layer of fur over the upper part of the cape, to build on top of what’s already there. I do want to leave the better part of the cape as it is, though, since I think a rich, dark red cape with some wear & tear and weathering should go great with his bronze armour. Don’t forget that my FW Angron doesn’t have the original cape (it was missing), but uses a chain-cape, so a fur-cape wouldn’t really be an evolution, at least not for the models in my collection.

  5. Aaaaand Krauty’s done it again! Nice one mate, pure genius.

  6. Dexter Says:

    Yes. Yes yes YES! Best one yet, in my opinion. What else is there to say? Have him standing atop a mountain of dead Space Pups and show those furry nerds what being a badass really looks like!

  7. Excellent work and may I say what a joy it is to see the process of creating him. Very insightful and inspirational 🙂

  8. What term should we use for a collective of Angrons? An anger perhaps 🙂

  9. That is awesome. It captures a certain rage where the forge world one looks more like he has a plan. Picturing Heath ledgers joker – he just wants to burn ALL the worlds…

    I actually like the head placement on the initial fit; where you have him looking up towards the sky is more ‘rage at the whole universe’.

    But then I used to play eldar so what do I know about the dark gods other than the receiving end 🙂

    • I initially though the “screaming at the sky” pose might work, but for one, it would have been really complicated to make it work in conjunction with the cranial implants. Plus I also think that Angron isn’t really the type to pause in order to scream at the heavens: Only fighting and killing grants him reprieve from the pain the ails cause him, so taking any kind of break to indulge in theatrics doesn’t really do anything for him. So him preparing to barrel at the next foe seems much more in character.

  10. I don’t know how this post slipped past me – The new Angron is exquisite! Fantastic build, man!

  11. One of your best for sure!

  12. Wonderful , the combination of your enthusiasm modelling and blog writing skills are an equally inspirational tryptych. Its great fun reading about your exploits with a part of 40k i rarely engage with.

    • Thanks a lot, Neil! This kinda feels like a more mainstream 40k version of the kind of project you have been up to lately 😉

      • Nothing wrong with mainstream , but this is far from that. A uniquely authoritative exploration into one of the foundations of 40k. And i feel like a newcomer learning new and interesting things all time. Genuinely, thanks for that .

      • Teehee, you’re maing me blush, Neil 😉

  13. Bearholdnshark Says:

    Have you ever thought of converting a 40k illiteration of Argel tal with a corrupted guardian spear that would be awesome as always love the work it seems you’ll have an agron for ever year, anyway cheers mate

    • Cheers, man! I atually think about that every once in a while, and while I usually prefer my own named characters over the “official” ones, Argel Tal might indeed be a worthy conversion project. We will see…

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  15. It is always great to see you tackle another version of Angron, and particularly one inspired from Wayne England and John Blanche’s art! Both illustrations have a lot to build off of. You have done a great job of capturing many of the visual elements in the artwork!

    The plastic Custodian components work really well and do a great job of distancing the model from the Slaughterpriest. The cabling on Angron’s head looks great too (fiddly work executed perfectly).

    If you have not started painting the model, you could consider trimming off the little pouch/bag hanging from his belt. It looks a little out of place with his armor.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Cheers, Adam! I have been going back and forth over that pouch, to be honest: On the one hand, it seems strangely anachronitic. On the other hand, Angron – of all people – certainly wouldn’t be above keeping some grisly trophy in a small pouch at his belt…

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