State of the Hunt, week 04/2020: Taking skulls and spitting blood…

Hey everyone, I am currently suffering from a bit of Writer’s Block when it comes to completing the second part of my Eternal Hunt Awards, so in order to try and break through that – or, if nothing else, at least finally post some new content over here – I would like to show you what I am currently working on:

As some of you will still remember, the last model I painted in 2019 was…a World Eater:

And it didn’t take long for me to return to the XII legion in the new year (wile I have also been on fire regarding a few INQ28 characters, that’s a story for another time…). So, what do I have to show for myself?

First up, I have been messing around with some of the conversions for my “Hateful Eight” World Eaters Killteam project, making some additional tweaks to the models and giving them that extra bit of quality control.

Take, for instance, this World Eaters Havoc I built last fall:

While taking a closer look at the model, I realised that the missile launcher arm came with an Eye of Horus design on the pauldron, and while that certainly isn’t a big deal, it did bother me a bit — it felt slightly too “Black Legion” for a member of the World Eaters. But I had an idea: why not turn it into a World Eaters legion badge? Thanks to the GW plastic skull kit, it was easy enough to carefully shave off some jaws and use them to transform the emblem on the pauldron into a World Eaters symbol:

I’ll admit it’s not easy to make out, but it should look suitably different to the original design once painted. It’s also a very easy recipe to create World Eaters symbols that I wish I had thought of earlier…

On the same model, I am also currently experimenting with adding a chaos knight pauldron as some kind of armoured cowl, and I do like the way it looks:

I am still messing around with different variants of doing this, but I do think the addition of some kind of cowl actually makes the model resemble the artwork it was based on even more closely:

There was also thus guy here, built at the same time as the Havoc:

I still think this is a rather intriguing conversion: I wanted a model looking massive and archaic, its armour looking like an ancient, heavily customised set of Mk. III armour — hence the legs and helmet. A few things kept bothering me about the model, however — it always looked ever so slightly dodgy from up close. So I tweaked the model a bit:

Now this one is a tough case because people on the forums keep telling me the older version actually seems more balanced to them, but I am simply much happier with the new version: In my opinion, the bladed crest on the Marine’s left pauldron was so massive as to unbalance the model’s silhouette a bit, so it was replaced with smaller spikes (I did keep the part for later use, though). The backpack also didn’t result in the silhouette I wanted, so I went back to a classic CSM backpack. The biggest change, however, is that the axe was replaced with a meteor hammer, one of the World Eaters’ more gladiatorial weapon choices. I have been looking for a way to include one of these in the project for a while, and here it is.

It wasn’t all kitbashing, though, I also managed to get something painted: My first painted model of 2020, and also a World Eater. This gentleman here:

Yet another alumnus of the same kitbashing session as the other two, this model was originally built to resemble a clasic piece of artwork courtesy of Mark Gibbons:

The illustration was originally featured in the second edition Codex Imperialis and accompanied by a quote of one Kargos Bloodspitter (of Horus Heresy fame). Anyway, I didn’t want my model to actually represent Kargos as a character, but I did want to channel the artwork as much as possible (incidentally, fellow hobbyist Mr. Poom actually created a brilliant 30k version of Kargos Bloodspitter, based on the very same piece of artwork, a couple of years ago).

Anyway, seeing how the conversion was already in my case, all that remained was to get some paint on the model:

I unfortunately painted the model before Mark Butcher asked for a tutorial in a recent comment, so that will have to wait until a future post. For now, suffice it to say that I employed my updated World Eaters recipe again.

The model’s base provided an interesting challenge, because, while I did not want to perfectly replicate the “standing on a field of skulls” look from the artwork (as that seems a bit too 1995, even for my tastes, plus it wouldn’t match the basing on the rest of the group), I did want to give it a bit of a shout out, so I came up with a bit of a compromise:

A veritable pile of skulls, but still “fenced in” by some rocky parts.

And here’s the base, mostly painted:

And with that, the model was finished:

“Though the gates that stand between the mortal world and the immortal Realm of Chaos are now closed to me, still I would rather die having glimpsed eternity than never to have stirred from the cold furrow of mortal life. I embrace death without regret as I have embraced life without fear.”


Once again, here’s the artwork that inspired it all:

Moody glamour shots aside, here’s a proper look at the finished model in more detail:

I am actually really happy with the finished model, both because I think it has come out fairly well, but also because this has been a great occasion to include another tribute to a classic piece of Warhammer 40k art in my collection!

Oh, and before I forget: Thanks must also go to my fellow hobbyist ElDuderino: The converted Blood Warrior helmet he sent me as part of a pretty sweet bitz drop last year is what really sells the conversion, if you ask me. I shall be naming the model “Brother Orska” in his honour! πŸ™‚

And here, just to round things out, are all the little rascals I have so far:

So that’s it for today — seems like a pretty good hobby start into the new year, though, if I do say so myself! It goes without saying that I would of course love to hear your thoughts on the model, so please feel free to leave me a comment!

And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

26 Responses to “State of the Hunt, week 04/2020: Taking skulls and spitting blood…”

  1. Hey so how did you make that meteor hammer?

    • Hmm, the hammer was spliced together from the ball and chain from an AoS Slaughterpriest (the one that came free with WD a couple of years back) and a right fist from the WFB/AoS Chaos Lord on Manticore (normally holding a chain flail — I snipped off the flail below the fist and grafted on the ball and chain).

  2. son of agron Says:

    this is peak EH content.

  3. castigatoruk Says:

    That is a wonderful tribute to the original artwork. As soon as I saw him I thought of Mark Gibbons. Great paint job and great conversion.

    I’m afraid I have to agree with the comments that you’ve received on forums about Mr MkIII marine. I prefer the original. The shoulder pad adds a more heavy, archaic look and helps with the head proportion and the original backpack helps to disguise the proportions of the model.* It might be the camera angle though. The Meteor Hammer looks like he’s holding it the wrong way to me, he would have to swing it upwards which just seems awkward and cumbersome.

    *The reason I mention disguising the proportions is that since the release of Primaris Marines, I have struggled with the proportions on regular Marines (they just look wrong to me now), so much so that I’ve given up on my beloved Castigators because they look ‘wrong’. I think World Eaters are one of the few Marine Legions that can get away with it because their ‘bunny ears’ disguise the ‘wrongness’ (I can’t think of a better word for what it is).
    Of course, this is probably just my issue (not helped by me stepping back from the grand theatre of War of 8th to focus on the shadow war of survival under the imperial yoke….also known as Necromunda. My Escher gang are taller than my Castigators!) so please feel free to ignore me πŸ˜‰

    Which brings me nicely to the Havoc. Man I love this model. The little details you’ve added are superb and I’m glad you pointed them out because they are so well done it would easy to think they came that way. The cowl is a great touch and gives him a real sinister feel. What part did you use for it?
    Sorry I’m a bit out of the loop with chaos marines these days, is this one of the new Chaos Marines? I ask because he seems much more imposing and I’d love to see him standing alongside a human like an Orlock or Delaque.

    Great work and great post, it’s given me plenty to mull over while I’m working nights πŸ™‚

    • Cheers for the detailed comment! I can actually understand where the people preferring the older version are coming from — it’s just this weird situation where I was unhappy with the previous version whenever I looked at the model because it just happened to look slightly dodgy whichever angle I looked at it from, and the new version is better in that respect, although I’ll admit it works far better when seen from up close and doesn’t photograph too well…

      As for the meteor hammer, my take was that the Marine is holding it more in a resting pose, as he seems to be advancing forward, but I get what you are saying. I am still pretty happy with that bitz graft, in spite of everything πŸ˜‰

      When it comes to the size of the new CSM, I have good news for you: While they are not quite as tall as Primaris Marines (although some of the models, especially the Havocs, certainly come close), they are more upright and better proportioned — for instance, the backpack used to dominate the body of the old CSM, and it’s far less clunky now. In fact, there’s a pretty good comparison in the post showing off my first test model here:

  4. Brilliant start to 2020! What else is there to say! πŸ™‚

  5. Cracking work- love how you have replicated the artwork.



  6. Lovely job mate – that wrecking ball is beautifully brutal!

  7. That must be so satisfying to have in your collection. That is such a classic artwork. Must be up there with one of the best depictions of a World Eater. I really like the base, so that it looks like the picture but doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in amongst the rest of the squad/army. Great stuff.

    Nice to see a few models based on artwork actually. You know I approve.

  8. RookCorvus Says:

    I’ve been remiss for not commenting on this post sooner. My bad! I have such mixed feelings about that Meteor Hammer; it’s a great thematic weapon, but it does seem to be being carried oddly. I saw your explanation about the resting pose, though; and hell, he’s your Legionary, do what pleases you. I hope that wicked, wicked axe shows up elsewhere though.

    Great to see paint on that iconic WE model of yours. The whole Hateful Eight are progressing nicely. I’m excited for when you can make that tutorial post!


  9. Mark Butcher Says:

    heya dude… do you have instagram of facebook active?

  10. Nice work as always!
    To go more in details:
    – the Havoc is just really disturbing, that grinning skull of a face makes sure you are looking at a seriously deviant World Eater
    – about the guy in the MKIII armor, I really like the changes you applied, it’s still a really solid conversion, but I must admit I’m in the ranks of those who preferred the older version, I just felt it more dynamic. In any case, the old rule of “whatever is cool for you” is always valid, and I am sure that once it is painted most people (including me) will just forget about the older version and keep staring at another brutal World Eater in total awe
    – Last, but definitely not least, the “this is not Kargos Bloodspitter” conversion: amazing, you perfectly captured the spirit of the artwork it was inspired from, and as usual your attention to details (in this case, especially the base) in just unbelievable.
    The conclusion is always the same: great work!

    • Thanks a lot for the detailed reply, mate! Glad you like the models! And yes, I do hope the finished guy with the meteor hammer turns out well enough to make you guys forget any quibbles you had with the conversion πŸ˜‰

  11. Someone or Something Says:

    Very nice, keep the content coming! I look forwards to the hunt awards every year.

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  13. Love that Mark Gibbons artwork. Great job replicating it. Instantly recognisable but still unique.

  14. […] Oh, and speaking of World Eaters, I have finally started to paint the next member for my “Hateful Eight” project, the icon bearer based on one of the classic metal World Eaters from the 90s. I shared the conversion with you in a previous post: […]

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