Murder Clowns

Presenting a unit I call “The Murder Clowns.” Heavily converted from Corpse Grinder Cult models from the Necromunda Dark Uprising box. I plan to run them as melee-oriented Noise Marines. I also replaced some of their heads with daemonette heads for a more Slaanesh-like vibe.

I started building these models to be cultists for my circus/clown-themed Emperor’s Children army. They look intimidating and dangerous. I noticed that the bigger guys are much bigger than cultists; they are almost Astartes-sized! In fact, they looked a little silly on 25mm bases. So, I decided to really make them into Astartes: I added Chaos Space Marine backpacks, shoulder pads and pistols to make them more Space Marine-like, and placed them on 32mm Necromunda bases.

Champion of the “Murder Clowns” Noise Marines Squad. His red hood with white stripe is a reference to Space Marine Sergeant Helmets. The base model is a Chaos Sorcerer from an AoS Warshrine Kit.

The unit Champion is quite different. I started with the Chaos Sorcerer from the AoS Chaos Warshrine kit. I gave him a chainsword, Corpse Grinder cult head, Chaos Space Marine backpack and shoulder pads, and a balloon. I’m calling the ring around his head an Icon of Excess. His hood is red with a white stripe; it’s a kind of tongue-in-cheek reference to the veteran sergeant helmets of Codex Astartes compliant loyalist Space Marine Chapters. I gave him a plasma pistol to take advantage of the “Music of the Apocalypse” rule.

I like the vivid colour scheme that I gave them. The pink is consistent with the rest of my Emperor’s Children army. I really like that the green/yellow around their “hair” really pops. The green is layered from several colours: Ushabti Bone, then Dorn Yellow, then Tessaract Glow, and finished with a wash of Biel-Tan Green.

Their faces have glowing green eyes and bloody smiles. These models would make great Khorne Bezerkers, but unfortunately, all units in an Emperor’s Children army must have mark of Slaanesh. So, I’m saying they are Noise Marines with Chainswords. In an Emperor’s Children army, Noise Marines are troops. And for only 2 points per model more than basic Chaos Space Marines, they gain 1 Attack each, and the Music of the Apocalypse ability.

Magnetic Carrying Case

I’m finally going to play a game of Warhammer again, my first in almost a year. I decided I needed a better model carrying option than throwing them in a box full of bubble wrap, especially since I have Chaos models with lots of spikey bits. Many of my models already have magnets on their bases because I want them to stick to my display board. So, I decided to modify a box to carry the models.

It was a pretty simple assembly of things from Wal-Mart:

  • -A 14L plastic case
  • -9 x 13” carbon steel cookie sheet
  • -Gorilla Glue
  • -Tin shears
Some assembly required

I’ve used this plastic case for years and it fits nicely on my cart. I might even get another one.

It’s really important that the sheet be steel. If it’s aluminum magnets won’t work on it. I usually use sheet steel from a hardware store for the flat surfaces on my display board, but I found this is actually quite a bit cheaper.

Snip snip

I trimmed the cookie sheet so that it will fit inside the bin. Make sure you wear gloves when handling cut steel because the edges can get really sharp.

Cut down to size

After making sure the pan fits, I covered the bottom in gorilla glue, put a weight on it and left it overnight. 

Afterwards, voila! A carrying case with a steel base for holding models with magnets!

My Emperor’s Children army in the magnetized carrying case

Here’s a picture of my Emperor’s Children army for my game on Saturday. There are 50PL or about 1100 points!

The “Fabulous” Fabius Bile

I’m working on a Circus-themed display board to enter in Armies on Parade 2021. I’ve already made a “Ringleader”  Daemon Prince and Greater Possessed “Strongman”. And a rock band of musicians on motor-tricycle recently

Thematically and rules-wise, I thought the most appropriate “Patron” for this freak show would be Fabius Bile. But, if he was going to be the high-rolling man-in-charge, I thought he’d need more swag. So, throw in a dapper hat with a feather and bling up his “Rod of Torment” and now he looks just a bit more flamboyant. Hence, the “Fabulous” epitaph.

Bile himself has many epitaphs: Chem-master, Manflayer, Clonelord, Primogenitor. He was formerly an Apothecary of the Emperor’s Children Legion, but has since struck out on his own, pushing the boundaries of science and magi-tech to create vile monstrosities, diseases, and other atrocities. It’s a wonder he hasn’t been elevated to Daemon Prince yet.

The “Fabulous” Fabius Bile with Surgeon Acolyte

Along with Bile is his Surgeon Acolyte removing the gene-seed from a fallen Loyalist Astartes. It’s an Imperial Fist, because I had lots of Imperial Fists transfers.

YOINK the Gene-seed, by Surgeon Acolyte

Warp Talons with Balloons

Based on this article by Goonhammer, I decided I wanted some Warp Talons in my Creations of Bile list: They would be fast, hit with a bucketload of attacks, have boosted strength, and re-roll to wound. Unfortunately, they’d also be relatively fragile. In keeping with the rest of my models for this army, balloons would continue the circus-theme. 

I bought the balloons on Amazon. They are listed as “dollhouse balloons”. They make the models a bit unbalanced, but adding the magnets strategically in the bases adds some counterweight.

I’m Mary Poppins Y’all (source)

The balloons make it almost look as if they are being lifted aloft by the balloons, almost in a Mary Poppins sort of way. 

I’m definitely not modelling for advantage. In fact, because they seem more visible I’m probably modelling for disadvantage. But, rule of cool, right?

There is a lovely dichotomy and irony between these flying armoured daemon-infested superhumans with viscous talons, and the relative playfulness of the primary-coloured balloons. The contrast makes it even more delicious.

Converted Motor-tricycle with Icon and Female Chaos Space Marine Rock Band

I started this project as an entry for 28 Mag’s Female Space Marine project painting competition. It started like many other entries where people just put female heads on Space Marine bodies. It spiraled into this…

I’m working on a Circus-themed display board to enter in Armies on Parade 2021. I’ve already made a “Ringleader”  Daemon Prince and Greater Possessed “Strongman.” I am working on a full squad of 9 Chaos Space Marine bikes where the riders will be in outlandish trick poses. I decided one of them should have an Icon, which buffs the unit sort of like a Bard in DnD lore. Then I thought: “How can I make this over-the-top excessive and impractical?’ I thought back to my previous musician models, and thought up this design as a sort of cross between Mad Max and a Space Marine Attack Bike. Then, it just seemed an even more excessive step to have it with a female crew.

It started as a pile of bits

The tricycle itself is a massive hodge-podge kitbash of parts: At its base is obviously a Chaos Space Marine bike, plus an extra wheel from another bike. The additional frame parts are from the AoS Chaos Warshrine bits that didn’t get into “Blinky.” There is a lot of random sprue bits and green stuff holding it together. The Icon at the back is an Endless Spell. And the speakers are from Alternative Armies

The riders are made up of some unusual parts too. The Drum Kit is also from Alternative Armies. The drummer’s head is a Drukari (Dark Eldar) and her ponytail is from a Sister of Silence. The guitars are green stuff casts of the new Noise Marine’s guitar. The driver and right guitarists’ heads are from Female Barbarian Dwarf models for Dungeons and Dragons. The left guitarists head was made for a model I designed in Hero Forge to resemble my daughter with pigtails and a smirk. It was 3D printed by Anthony at Token Resistance.

The infantry models can all be removed from the model: There are steel washers embedded in the surface of the model and the musicians have magnets in their feet.

Lens flares are awesome!

As with many of my models, it has LED’s. The eyes of the “Icon” have flickering blue LED’s and it’s mouth has a rapidly colour-changing LED. The battery is in the base and the switch is on the back.

CONVERTED MOTOR-TRICYCLE WITH ICON AND FEMALE CHAOS SPACE MARINE ROCK BAND

From a lore point of view, I know GW says that there aren’t any female Space Marines because the gene seed is incompatible with women. But, there are a few parties in the Warhammer 40k universe that can tinker with the genetics and laws of nature. Belarus Cawl comes to mind with his Primaries tech-heresy. So does Fabius Bile. I was planning on running this army as Creations of Bile, so if anyone has made Female Space Marines, Bile might be one of them. I guess they wouldn’t exactly be just Emperor’s Children any more; more specifically they’d be Emperor’s Daughters!

Riding into battle along with a unit of other Chaos Space Marine Bikes

Greater Possessed Conversion “Flex”

I have picked up a few Greater Possessed models pretty cheap. They come with the Shadowspear box set, and I guess people wanted other parts from the box. 

I’m working on a Chaos Space Marines: Creations of Bile army right now. This list will have a squad of 8-9 bikes. I thought it would be fitting to have a Greater Possessed carrying a bike instead of riding it.

This new army will be circus-themed. I posted the Daemon Prince “Ringleader” recently. This character is essentially supposed to represent the circus “strongman”.

A typical circus strongman

The pose was inspired by photos I’ve been seeing of people holding up their bikes. I don’t really understand this trend, or what they’re trying to say, but it does convey a certain level of power.

The conversion itself was a lot of work. I chopped the arms and right leg off of the Greater Possessed model. I used a lot of green stuff to reposition the right leg into more of a standing pose rather than its running pose. The arms are from the Chaos Sorcerer that comes with the AoS Chaos Warshrine. I put pins in the arm and used some green stuff to fill in the gaps. 

As with many of my models, it has LED’s. This time it has light-up eyes. I drilled the eyes out and drilled a hole in the back for the LED to fit. The battery and switch are on the base.

The colour scheme follows the pink paint scheme of the Daemon Prince for this army. I tried foregoing the Fulgrim Pink base before the Magos Purple contrast. I think it would look slightly better with the pink below. I’m particularly proud of the shading on the muscles on the arms. Really makes it pop I feel.

The base features an Aeldari (Eldar) Guardian getting stomped on, probably about to get smashed by the bike. I painted it the colours of the Lyanden craftworld because the yellow seemed to contrast best with the green base and pink of the character.

I’m pretty proud of how this model turned out. I think I’ll call him “Flex.”

Tabletop-wise, he’s not a great unit for points. He can hit okay, but I could get 2 Terminators for the points. His real value is his aura that gives +1 strength to units of the same Legion and chaos daemonic mark. So, he’ll buff the already boosted melee strength of my Creations of Bile Warp Talons, Mutilators, Possessed, Daemon Princes, and Obliterators of the same legion and mark. I’m dithering between Nurgle, Slaanesh, and Khorne for the mark on all my CSM Daemon units, and leaning towards Khorne right now.

So, do you even lift, bro!?

Circus Daemon prince “The Ringleader”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mortals and Immortals, Daemons or All Ages!
May I have your UNDIVIDED attention!?|
We proudly bring to you the greatest show, this side of the Great Rift!
Be amazed by feats of strength and speed! 

This much CHAOS could drive you mad! This show will CHANGE you, just as planned! We will overwhelm your senses to give you excessive PLEASURE! You’ll be so ANGRY that it has to end!  You’ll laugh until you’re SICK!
After all, laughter is the best medicine. Or was it slaughter? Well, you can’t spell slaughter without laughter!

Presenting a new Chaos Space Marine Daemon Prince with Wings. I’m thinking of calling it “The Ringleader”. It will be a central part of my new circus-themed army and display board. It is a continuation of the ideas started with the Ice Cream Truck and Undead Zombie Daemon Clown Poxwalkers

An obviously distinctive feature is its top hat. I made it using some plasticard, a piece of heat shrink, and a bit of green stuff. Its bow tie is also made of plasticard. 

Image of Daemon Prince focusing on Top Hat and Bow Tie

As with many of my models, I incorporated electronics. This Daemon Prince’s eyes light up from a flickering green LED installed in its head. I used clear silicon kitchen caulking as a diffusing medium for the light. There is a switch on the back of the base, and a battery in the base. 

Daemon Prince’s Warp Bolter with a “bang” gun flag.

I’m particularly proud of the “bang” gun in its left hand. The gun is an Ogryn ripper gun that represents its Warp Bolter. The bang gun with a flag is a classic prank, so I thought it was a nice way to add some levity to the model. 

I’m also particularly proud of its wings. I tried doing a wet-blend gradient between Fulgrim Pink and Genestealer Purple. It has a wash of Magos Purple contrast, and then it’s topped off with Green Stuff World’s Red Goblin Colour Shift Paint. 

Image showing my attempt at gradient in the Daemon Prince’s wings.

And the balloons… I love the balloons. I think most of the characters in this army will have balloons. I found these on Amazon. They are described as “Dollhouse Balloons.”

Daemon Prince with Wings: “The Ringleader”

I’m planning on running “The Ringleader” as an HQ in a Creations of Bile Chaos Space Marine Army, so it will have +1 strength and +1” movement. I will probably use the Supreme Creation: Prime Test Subject stratagem to give it +1 toughness and an additional +1 strength. It has a Hellforged Sword sheathed on his side, which will be hitting at strength 9. I’m also planning to give it the Living Carapace relic which improves his armour save to 2+ and allows it to regain 1 lost wound per turn. 

I posted a work-in-progress picture and someone mentioned that it reminded him of Rakdos. In the Magic the Gathering (MTG) and Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) lore, he is worshiped by chaotic cultists who emulate gruesome performance art. A chaotic circus? Sounds about right!

Plague Marine with Flail of Corruption conversion

I’m proud to share this model, it’s surprisingly clean and subtle. I feel like this might be one of my cleanest painted models, which is particularly ironic because he is Nurgle and Death Guard.

This model is a conversion. I started with the model for Obsidius Mallex, the Chaos Lord from the Blackstone Fortress boxed game. The model was equipped with a Thunder Hammer and Plasma Pistol.

I started with a model of Obsidius Mallex, the Chaos Lord from the Blackstone Fortress boxed game. This is what he would have looked like if painted to look like Black Legion.

I replaced his head with a Mk.3-looking helmet, and remodeled his arms so he was holding a pole with a two-handed grip. On the end of the pole I hung some chain bits from the Chaos Rhino box to resemble the flail bits.

Side-by-side of original model and my conversion

I used mostly contrast paints: Plaguebearer flesh for the armour, and Magos purple over screamer pink for the fabric. I’m particularly proud of the tentacle-tube-things all around the model. They would be very subdued in Obsidius Mallex’s Black Legion colours, but I made them pop for Death Guard. I used Green Stuff World’s Colour Shift paints to finish them off, and the colour shift actually works well this time! It gives the tentacle-tube-things a living, almost slimy quality.

Completed model: Death Guard Plague Marine with Flail of Corruption

When Warhammer events finally return to the Greater Toronto Area, I’m planning on bringing a Death Guard army. Plague Marines are pretty good troops to bring, so I have a growing collection. I wanted another Plague Marine with Plague of Corruption. This one model makes six attacks in melee, without penalty to hit, at strength 5, AP-2, and 2 damage. Plague Marine tricks include reducing the enemy toughness by 1, and re-roll 1’s to wound. It’s essentially a loyalist Primaris Marine smasher. Pity you are limited on how many you can take. I will probably sacrifice all other models in a squad to protect the model with a Flail of Corruption.

Poxwalkers: Undead Zombie Daemon Clowns

This idea for this unit was inspired by my recently completed “I Scream” truck conversion of a Chaos Rhino. That vehicle resembled “Sweet Tooth” from the Twisted Metal Video Games, and that vehicle represents a kind of corrupted clown. It got a lot of great feedback so I decided to use it as a thematic centrepiece of my new display board.

In the “I Scream” truck, there is a converted Poxwalker serving Ice Cream out of the side window. I went with bright, garish colours to make it appear “clown-like.” So, I extended that idea to an entire unit of 10 models.

Zombie daemon clown poxwalker serving ice cream as part of my “I Scream Truck” conversion

I decided all of these undead zombie Daemon clowns would have white/grey skin, red lips, neon green “hair” and pink outfits. For those that had shoes, I decided to go with a clown-shoe-like red. 

One of them is converted to hold a banner. I found the flag bit in a bag of Dark Eldar bits. It’s painted in red and white stripes like a circus tent.

Another is converted to resemble a sort of circus ringleader. It already had a long coat, and I added a top hat made of plasticard and a piece of heat shrink.

Detail of my non-metallic metal work and edge highlighting on the poxwalker’s weapon

I took this opportunity to continue practicing non-metallic metal (NMM). Like my recent Vorx model, I went for a “Power Rust” look, wet-blending a gradient from Typhus Corrosion, Mornfang Brown, Cadian Fleshtone, and Ryza Rust. Practice makes perfect, and I think I’m slowly getting better.

Squad of 10 “undead zombie daemon clown” poxwalkers

The bases are Desert Basin beveled bases from Secret Weapon. I bought them at X Planet Games.

I quite like the effect and they will work with my Death Guard army, or upcoming circus-themed army. I think I may make 10 more!

Lord of Contagion Conversion: “Siegemaster Vorx”

I really, really enjoyed reading Chris Wraight’s “The Lords of Silence.” I enjoyed it so much that I wrote a book report about it.

I was particularly impressed by one of the characters, Vorx: Siegemaster of the XIV Legion, leader of the Lords of Silence warband of the Death Guard. He is pictured on the cover of the book, at the top. Vorx blurs the lines of good and evil, while being honourable, caring, polite and considerate. So, I decided to make a model for him.

Vorx as he appears on the cover of The Lords of Silence

I started with the model of Sergeant Lorenzo, he’s a Blood Angels Terminator from the Space Hulk box set. I filed off all the Blood Angel decor and re-modeled his arms. His left arm is a Power Fist that I took off of a Plague Marine.

As with many of my models, there are LED lights in this one. I followed Chris Buxey‘s method for light-up-eyes again. I think this is better than the “I Scream truck”. And in the centre of the base behind the Nurgling and in front of Vorx, there are 3 flickering LED’s in a wad of cotton to resemble a fire.

I’d like to think I paid a lot of attention to details from the book:

On the cover of the book, Vorx seems to be a Chaos Lord, wearing Power Armour (or Artificer Armour) based on having a backpack. But, he is armed with a Manreaper scythe he calls “Exact.” There are no rules to allow a Death Guard Chaos Lord to wield a Manreaper, but a Lord of Contagion may take a Manreaper. And, Vorx uses a teleporter at one point in the book, and from what I understand, the only Space Marines that can use teleporters are Terminators. So, this is why I decided to model Vorx as a Lord of Contagion which wears Terminator Armour.

Details from the book illustrated on the model

A Lord of Contagion with a Manreaper also takes an Orb of Dessication. I originally intended for Vorx to be holding his Orb of Dessication aloft in one hand, and his Manreaper in the other. But, I realized that the pose was quite similar to Abbadon. So, instead I decided to model Vorx wielding his scythe with both hands. The orb is that big glowing ball on his belt.

The scythe is a combination of a Kromlech Legionary Vibro Scythe and some sort of Dark Eldar staff. I connected them together using a piece of heat shrink I usually use for electronics. This is also my first attempt at non-metallic metal (NMM) which seems to be all the rage right now. I followed a method described in this video by Impending Duff. It is a wet-blend on the blades from Mornfang Brown to Cadian Fleshtone. To my pleasant surprise, Typhus corrosion is even darker than Mornfang Brown, so rather than using it for weathering, I used it to increase the gradient. And instead of weathering, I used Ryza Rust as another part of the gradient. I think the bright orange looks like “Power Rust” so I may use this technique a lot more.

Details of the book on pulpit, and non-metallic metal on the scythe blade

In Vorx’s personal holdings on Eletgibia, now better known as the Plague Planet, he maintains an untitled book with the names of everyone he has killed. It’s becoming an impossibility long book, and gaining potency as a relic with h each entry. Vorx spent 8 weeks writing in it on one visit during the book. I have modeled that book on the base of the model on a sort of pulpit. The book is a bit from the Kromlech set “Chaos Books of Damnation” and the pulpit is from an AoS Chaos Warshrine.

At several points in the book, Vorx dotes on a particular Nurgling or “Little Lord.” He pets it, and even takes it for care when it gets injured. I have modeled this particular Little Lord on the model’s base, seemingly writing in Vorx’s book. The Nurgling is also wearing a mask, in an ironic, counterintuitive nod to the times.

On the agri-planet of Najan, the Lord’s of Silence captures an Astra Militarum officer, Captain Dantine. Using some wicked sorcery, they remove his heart. Vorx keeps the still beating heart in a pouch on his waist. Dantine is still alive, with his heart removed from his body as some sort of Poxwalker or “Unchanged”. I have modeled the pouch holding Dantine’s heart on Vorx’s belt using an Astra Militarum pouch bit. The pouch has a little bit of blood pooling at the bottom.

I got the idea for the stairs he’s standing on from Warmaster Horus’ model from the Horus Heresy. The stairs are made of stacks of cork board.

My conversion of a Blood Angels Terminator into a Death Guard Lord of Contagion. He is modeled to represent Siegemaster Vorx from The Lords of Silence