Friday, 2 May 2014

The Realm of Chaos Challenge - Finished Warband

My complete Slaanesh war band
OK, you may remember from this post I engaged myself in a little challenge over the oldhammer forum

The aim being to collect, model and paint a warband designed by another contestant.

The war band I was assigned (designed by Mr Phreed) was this one :

Warband 7 – Asslessman
Champion of Slaanesh:
Human 10 Wizard (rolled 71, upgraded him to lv15 for survivability)
Gift: Willpower increase (Slaanesh). Second gift to be decided upon by painter.
Trait: Short legs (first rolled silly voice, then short legs - decided short legs was funnier from a modeling point of view)
Trait: Spits acid

• 3 Dark Elf (light armour, hand weapon, crossbow)
• 12 Chaos Cultists (handweapon, shield, no physical attributes)
• 2 Minotaurs (fudged. Rolled 4 orcs - didn't feel very Slaaneshi, so rerolled and got 2 minotaurs. Perfect!)

I won't go into the model selection since I already covered that part in the first post but I can explain a bit my strategy to paint this band.
I wanted to avoid the traditionnal use of purples, pinks and vivid colors. You will understand in the background story I built I needed noble colours and the other important point for me was to limit the palette to gain as much time as possible (since we had a month and a half to finish this challenge). I opted for dark red, black and bone colours because they go together well and suit my needs in terms of background.
I believe cultists in the cities tend to avoid displaying big Slaanesh symbols or signs which could betray them so the colourscheme seemed right, this is a reason why I opted for a more original path.

Background :

Being a Slaanesh warband, the idea to make it centered around the perverted pleasures was an obvious choice but I wanted to go further than that. The easy way to go with Slaanesh is to paint in bright and vivid colours and to show a couple of bare breasts.

I wanted my band to be centered around the quest for pleasure but I wanted it to be really evil. I wanted a band you don't want to sympathise with.

I remembered a book written by the "Marquis de Sade" while he was jailed in the Bastille (from which he was freed during french revolution) called "the 120 days of Sodom"
The text, written during his detention in very small script on a tiny roll of paper was lost during the revolution (which drove its author mad) and was only found less than a century ago.

Let's be clear about it, the purpose of the book is to list all the possible perversions and horrors a human being can do to get pleasure. It is the work of someone emprisoned, mad and I would not recommend reading it to any sane person...

That said, I've decided to build my band around this concept so the leader of the band is an old noble , the Duke of Blangis who was forced to exile because his passion for perversion and crime had been revealed to the authorities by a rival.

Years of occult ceremonies have helped the duke gain some magic powers (he is a level 15 wizard). His exile has forced him to rely on magic even more and it has not been without consequences for his body. His devotion for Slaanesh has granted him power and some followers but also some disadvantages like reduced legs (short legs mutation) and as a mark of Irony towards a man who used to charm others with his look and his words, he was given a distorted face from which every word comes out as a spit of acid (Acid spit mutation) in an intelligible way (silly voice).
Seeing these as a test from his patron, the Duke used all his will to take revenge from those who had thrown him in hell... (willpower increase).

Painting wise, I tried to show a form of decay in the Duke's look to show his former glory.  I painted him fancy striped paints (the kind you get in the Empire) and I designed a twisted S symbol with 6 dots to show his allegiance without being too much obvious (I think he got the habit to not display any sign of cult). the symbol is repeated on lots of the other models.

The crooked pose and the autumn leaves on the staff are here as a reminder of the Duke's own decay.

The Duke of Blangis, former noble, now a depraved Slaanesh wizard priest
The duke left with very little and amongst the things he could take with him were 3 young dark elves. These elves had been abducted by the Duke when he was at the zenith of his might. He has used a considerable amount of time energy and power and drugs to forge these youths into loyal and obedient servitors. They serve him as bodyguards, assassins and slaves for some of his darker needs...

The black hand of Blangis

The duke left with little but his talent for magic and his knowledge of human mentality were still intact. He quickly formed a small cult around him to help him in the ceremonies and to protect him in his exile. In battle they go in a unit of 12 (2x6 as a token to Slaanesh).

Amongst those cultists, the chief priests are here to command the others, to organise the ceremonies, perform all the rituals... They wear masks to hide the extent of their perversion but their sinister laughters leave absolutely no doubt about the blackness of their hearts.

The shif priests of Sodom 
The zealots are crazy and worship the duke as much as they worship Slaanesh... they record every action of their master in unholy tomes and profess them as a divine parole.

The white zealots of sodom
 The servants are the most numerous of the duke's retinue. They are the ones who accomplish every sinister action for their master : robbing, killing, pillaging and worse... their soul is sold to the Duke's will and they are always the ones with the most blood on their hands. (they usually go in groups of 6 to gan favours from Slaanesh)

The cultist of the white glory
Life in exile has also brought a new form of power to the Duke in the form of 2 minotaurs, those goat-faced minotaurs have been expelled from their former tribe because of their look and because their manners tended to be slightly less brutal and somehow more perverse than those of their kin.

Their presence aside the Duke is no surprise and when these 2 monsters join the ceremonies, victims can only pray for a quick end...

G'borth and C'torth, the 2 Slaanesh minotaurs

So here it is, the warband which has taken most of my time since mid-March (even though I managed to work on a coupe of side projects in the meantime). Now I can go on with more easy work. I have some regrets with this band because I have not spent enough time on the preparation of the models (hence some mouldlines you can see here and there) and I had to work with very straightforward methods without too much refinement. The very good thing is that in less than 2 months I have painted 18 models to a reasonable tabletop standard which is always good to play little wraband games with friends and that I 've actually learnt how to speed up some processes. It's also somethoing I would have never done otherwise so I thank the organiser of this challenge.

If you want to see what the other contestants have done you can see them HERE and why not vote for your favourite !

Now I'm looking forward to paint a bit more freely before engaging again in army painting and finishing some of my confrontation bands.


  1. Very cool! A perfect hobby 10/10 for your work.

    1. Well, to be honest I'm not anywhere near what some of the others have come up with, butthe job is done So I'm happy with it really.
      Thanks a lot Paul.

  2. A great warband full of character, I especially like the Xbow Dark Elves I am loving it :)

    1. Cheers Jason ! Those were the easiest to do, I just beheaded some battlemaster X-bow men and stuck some wod elves heads I had around... I think they do the job.


  3. Looking good! Well, bad, but you know what I mean :)

    I really like the chaos star that is creeping onto the loincloth of one of the minotaurs.

    1. Thanks Rab ! Well the chaos star was already carved in the plastic piece I used so i'm afraid it is no sign of freehand ability from me...

      Looking bad is fine by me ;)

      Thanks !

  4. Excellent all round JB, and I love your back-story. You also have a talent for painting eyes :-)

    1. Thanks Steve !
      Frankly speaking I have absolutely no talent when it comes to painting eyes, every time I manage to get them right is a fluke really...
      One thing I learnt which helps is to paint them all black and to then add 2 spots of white, it's far easier to control the direction of the look that way and to correct any mistake.

      Glad you like the backstory, I was wondering if it wasn't a little too sordid...

    2. It's Slaanesh so sordid is de rigueur. That's french by the way... ;-)

    3. You're right! as is "sadistic" which originates from the Marquis I'm talking about...

  5. You are being way too hard on yourself JB, these are fantastic. They look unique and feature some cool conversions (I really like the crossbowelves: simple, unique and effective. Its good to see the occasional elf that doesnt lokk like he just stepped offstage) and the painting looks smooth and velvety to me.

    They look to me like they took ages to paint. Thats definitely a good thing.

    1. I may be hard on myself becaus I have a few regrets like the preparation and the skintones which could have been a little smoother but I'm really glad to have a playable warband which could easily join my main chaos army. Anything painted to at least a fair tabletop level is good to have.

      Thanls for the kind words, now is time to roam through the RT alleys again...

    2. Glad to hear it. I want to be sensei-ed JB. I want to be sensei-ed by you.

    3. This should happen son enough ;)

  6. I hop in completely seconding, thirding the above comments, Mr. ALMan. A very nice, sinister looking warband that is made even more nasty and alive by your fantastic backstory/warband history. I also really like the Dark Elves you made. Especially the dark-haired one. And great to see the metal Cultists in another form. I've always loved those models. Incredible work, I look forward to seeing them in action.

    1. Thanks Private ! It's really nice to read such comments!

      I have been thinking about you this afternoon (in a totally honorable way) since I'm painting a Jes Goodwin Asgard hero I bought from Alternative armies...

  7. Very cool post!

    Aaand you have just been Libstered (probably again):

    1. Much appreciated !
      I'll work on your questions as soon as i get home!
      thanks a lot !

  8. Absolutey great! You have a lovely characterful warband, every mini looks great on their own, but impressive as a group!

    1. Thanks a lot Suber !
      I agree th group effect is what makes it special though some of thé models are a bit weak imo ...

  9. Nice work dude! That was very quick - impressive. The cult unit looks particularly cool with a nice mix of different minis.

    1. And now I read the post as well :) ... and like it even more! /Hans

    2. Ah ! That 's nice to read you like the little backstory as well !
      I believe it 's a good thing to do on small bands like these .

  10. I have to say these are the best I seen from you in my opinion, JB. Really smart work. They all go together nicely despite the mixture of old, middle and newer. Love it!

  11. Best I HAVE seen. Rather. :)

  12. That's an honour coming from you !
    I have a few varied bands coming soon, I find them to be very rewarding for the time spent .

  13. J'aime lorsqu'il y a du baground!
    Excellent travail!

    1. Une bande ou une fig sans histoire c'est un peu tristounet quand même !

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    1. Thanks ! Coming from someone who knows his RoC like you that means a lot !


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