Tuesday 21 May 2013

Chaos Snakemen - Chaos Battle Part 15

Good Morning everyone, 

Today's journey into the golden age will bring us to a forgotten race amongst those who never came back.

I don't know much about them but would definitely learn and read aboud them with pleasure; One thing is for sure, these are great minis.
I decided to base mine on 40 mm square bases because the minis are quite long and need room. It's also a trick to play them counting as ogres or anything else whose rules would fit.
This article was the occasion for me to experiment new photo techniques (and use the fading blue underground) but I still can't find a way to get rid of the shining aspect which ruins a part of the paintjob...

Chaos snakemen
There are only 5 different minis so I had to get my hands on an extra one and commit the unspeakable : cut in the lead...

Saranth Elf Mangler is my champion for this unit so I decided to use a colourful skin tone to show his rank compared to the more classic colours of his retinue. I also placed him volontarly at the limit of the base to make him stand form the rest of the unit and give the feeling the others are following him.

Saranth Elf Mangler

The second one is S'sirron Fangthrane and is my favourite of the 5. His noble stature and the overall look are a pure delight. He' also got the best sculpted scales imho. There are some kinds of tatoos on his left arm (invisible on the photos below) but I haven't treated them correctly and might have to get back to them with a bluish approach in a celtic way.

S'sirron Fangthrane

Third next is our dear Higgat Dwarf Slicer. Definitely not my favourite. The sculpt is to "flat" though the arlour is quite excellent. The broken shield is here to break the flatness of the mini and to link it with my brettonian army as well.

Higgat Dwarf Slicer

Fourth is S'Lon Life smasher, very sneaky or should I say snaky with his shoulders raised and the fact is seems to be going backwards. This one is the one who looks the nastiest to me. He looks like he's wainting for th eright time to stab the injured or the ones fleeing...

S'Lon Life smasher
 Fith and Sixth are S'Lararet Slintered Fang and S'Liip N'ot Bolt Thrower which are the same miniature, the latter having received a spear from a chaos marauder to make him look different from the former.

S'Lararet Slintered Fang

S'Liip N'ot Bolt Thrower

To finish this post, here is one of the only illustration of a snakeman I could find. It comes from the Slaves to Darkness tome of the Realm of Chaos books.


  1. Great looking figures. I'd never seen them before.

    1. Thanks, I admit I don't know much about them (probably should do some research about them).

      One thing that bugs me : Why does Higgat have a name that does not begin with an S like the others...? (maybe a snake with broken fangs sounds like an H?)

  2. Outstanding!!! And so very great to see these amazing miniatures!! Thank you!

    1. Thank you, I've seen some great stuff on your page too which gives me the will to dive a little deeper in the old lead...

    2. Thanks! And do it, do it, dive, dive...we will cheer you on, pass you oxygen tanks and be wowed by your treasures from the deep!

    3. I truly appreciate the support.

      Like most divers, I'll need more lead to go deeper...

  3. Do you have an idea for the rules?

    1. After looking in the 3rd ed rulebook, the armies book and both RoC tomes, couldn't find a thing...

      Guess I'll stick to "count as"

      Sorry dude, but if you ever find anything fluffwise or rulewise, please share !

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  5. Yes, you were right, I did see them on your blog! :)

    Thank you for putting them on, it have given me a couple of ideas. I have already based mine up on 40mm bases.

    I love the idea of having Saranth Elf Mangler slightly forward on the base. For a unit leader I did the opposite thing using S'Lon Life smasher. I have him positioned back on his base suggesting he is sneakily letting his units minions surge forward to soften up the enemy.

    I agree Higgat Dwarf Slicer is a flat looking model. I postioned mine at an angle to show more of the side.

    S'Liip N'ot Bolt Thrower is a fun cool name, in the vein of the humorous old Citadel model names.

    All nicely painted and based.

    1. Cool, glad you like them!
      I also had put S'Lon Life smasher at the back of the base for the same reason and then I thought Saranth Elf Mangler would give a more martial feel to the unit since it's supposed to be part of a chaos army.
      Thank you for noticing the effort for the name.
      I'm looking forward to seeing your snakemen but I guess once they're on your painting range, we shouldn't have to wait too much for them...


  6. All I know myself is that they werer released as part of the chaos models:

    which is confirmed by the great illustration above. Maybe just a variant of the quite large chapes of the beastman at the time of 3er edition

    1. Well since no information can be found in either the rulebook or warhammer armies, my guess is that's it's earlier then 3rd ed. Some models are catalogued after their release sometimes.
      Mistery still unsolved but thanks for sharing !


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