day I cobbled this fellow together. I found a bad of Blood Warrior
heads in a box. I'd got them off eBay a while back because I kept
seeing this same concept crop up on the internet.
I've been tinkering with the idea of returning to my Lost And The
Damned for a while. For those not familiar with this undeservingly
niche army they are the mortal followers of Chaos. Traitor Guardsmen,
essentially. They were a variant army list in 3rd
edition's Codex: Eye of Terror and then, after an absence of
some years during which that list became practically unusable, they
returned as the Renegades & Heretics army list in Forge World's
Siege of Vraks trilogy.
The list got
a seventh edition makeover in Imperial Armour: War Machines of the
Lost and the Damned before eighth edition came along and rendered
that obsolete and the current list is included in Index Imperial
Armour: Astra Militarum.
And I don't
It has a lot
of issues. In fairness, it is an Index list but since its going to be
a while (possibly never) before a proper Codex version comes out the
problems pile up. Whilst I like the idea of random Leadership, I
don't like being charged the same power level as the Astra Militarum
equivalent for random leadership and lower skill values. A bunch of
units have just straight up evaporated.
So this time
round I'm rocking it old school. My group is pretty chill about house
rules so it was no stretch to just agree amongst ourselves that I
could use Codex: Astra Militarum
replacing all instances of the IMPERIUM keyword with CHAOS so I can
use some Chaos Space Marines allies.
have a few vague ideas of what I want to do with the army in terms of
models. In terms of army list, not so much. It has been a long time
since I played Guard, possibly not since 4th
edition, as their own thing, at least. There's going to be a lot of
trial and error and a lot of consulting with Tom, our resident
footslogger Guard player. I am, I admit, much more interested in the
sea of dudes with lasguns than the fascinating array of tanks. Don't
get me wrong: tanks will feature in the army, there's no getting
around that and I absolutely want to do something horrible and
organic with the open crew compartment of the Basilisk.
the concepts so far, are to make Tempestus Scions pretty much
straight out of thebox with head swaps and little bits of Chaos
iconography to make them look more evil. They really lend themselves
to simple kitbashing: they have tons of detail and that spiky trim on
their armour will just look Chaotic simply through an appropriate
will be much the same in that they'll be Cadians with the aquilas
filed off but with heads from a European company called Puppets Of
War. Specifically, these ones...
colours of this army have always been black fatigues and white flak
armour so skull masks suit the theme pretty well. This will represent
the infantry that are more towards the inner circle of the cult, the
ones with abilities and skills the Traitor General places some value
there will be the Infantry and Conscript Squads who will be
represented using Cadians the Forge World Renegades upgrade sets of
which I've acquired a few over the years. These will be the cannon
fodder, the expendable scum the army has recruited on the way. I love
the cobbled together look of these bodies but I've always had more of
a professional military vibe to my Lost And The Damned, naturally
considering most of my concept of the army comes from Dan Abnett's
Blood Pact and Sons Of Sek.
then, to one side of the army, are the Chaos Space Marines.
I said, I want the Chaos Marines to be the smaller contingent of the
army. Just a single character and a few units. If I have daemon
engines they'll be painted to match the Traitor Guard. In fact, it
might be a Spearhead Detachment so I can take a bunch of daemon
engines with the minimum of power armour getting in the way.
also rather fancy avoiding the Chaos Legions and having my Chaos
Marine allies being a little more... low rent. In fact, I'm tempted
to go for one of these chapters who featured in Codex: Eye Of Terror
(or possible the Chaos Marine codex, I just got this image from
Google Image Search). Basically none of these chapters aside from the
Warp Ghosts have any sort of background which suits me fine since
they'll just be there to offer a little extra hitting power.
Extinction Angels appeal as a design since the bone trim will tie in
with the infantry whilst the purple armour will make them stand out
against the rest of the army.
up, though, is to finish building the first five Khornate Scions and
paint them up as a test unit. Whilst they'll naturally have red
armour plate they will have black fatigues and bone trim so I can
practice the methods I'll be applying to most of the rest of the