Sunday, May 16, 2010
WIP: Chaos Cavalry Bikers
As I mentioned Friday, almost all of my effort has been directed toward fleshing out a number of Force Organization choices for the Arrugginiti and, while hobby time has been at a minimum this weekend, I have managed to finish assembling a squad of Chaos Biker conversions that I’m pretty excited about.
There will be seven in total (as with the Sanguinary Raptors –all of whom, but one, are currently on the tray and ready for primer) for obvious fluff-inspired reasons. The two melta weapons aren't pictured here, but they're basically identical to the rest. Certainly, I’m not the first –nor likely to be the last- that’s thought of using the WHFB Chaos Knights kit as the basis for a Bikers conversion. The knights are just too cool for school, and to be candid, I’ve always liked the idea of Chaos Bikers much more than I’ve liked the available models themselves. Obviously, this created an ideal moment to consider the possibility for conversion.
As seems to be the way with each and every squad that the Arrugginiti offer these days, I’m particularly excited about the Champion. He’s a really quite modest conversion. Initially, I thought I might attach a banner to the halberd/spear he’s holding, but we’ve had plenty of that lately, and I’ve still got one or two other ideas for banners that are both more inspired and more pressing. Instead, I picked out a piece from the Sanguinary Guard spru that caught my eye, and offered a simple but evocative pose –namely his left hand. It's amazing to me that such a little piece can offer so much potential.
For me, this suggests that he is caught in the gesture of casually spreading Nurgle’s blessing as he, and his ugly band of reprobates, trot into conflict. Moreover, it also reminds me a bit of an older creation from Jakob Rune Neilsen, who was the inspiration both for the green/purple ink wash that I use on metals, and for so very much more. Enjoy the link. In my opinion, his work is simply amazing (I can’t make a direct link to the model that my champion references, but if you click on “Gallery” and then on “Parade of the Grotesque,” you’ll find what I’m talking about).
I’ve got a lot of thinking to do about color scheme for these guys: rust, red, verdigris, I don’t really know at this point other than to say I’d like it to be pretty spectacular. No pressure.
As ever, thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you tomorrow for some more hobby mayhem.