Thursday, 22 August 2013

Daemon centaur slaanesh bot!

A couple of posts back I showed a picture of a pile of plastic parts from everything deamon engine, mainly soulgrinder and maulerfiend parts, hinting at a plan for some new conversion or other.
In truth I had a half baked idea for some sort of soulgrinder for my slaanesh daemons. I was going to mash the two kits together some how, but other than that, I didn't really know where I was going with it.
Then yesterday, I had a flash of inspiration. A good while back I was chatting with one of my mates about how to make a slaaneshi soul grinder, as the stock kit doesn't really fit the theme, no matter how purple you paint it. We decided, inspired by fiends of slaanesh, some so sort of equine monstrosity might just be the way forward.
The slaanesh army in question at the time never got the horsey idea though, and the idea went forgotten about. Until I remembered it yesterday. I looked at the parts again, and before I could forget threw down a very quick sketch on the old tablet.


OK, it was not the greatest, I mean, to start with, horses ain't got that many legs. Bare in mind the parts are drawn from memory at work in a hurry. I think it's the start of something though.

So after the idea was in place, I ran home like I'd won a golden ticket to start work on my creation. 

An hour or so cutting, gluing and researching horses and we have this thing on the bench.

This is only the start, obviously, but hopefully you get an impression of where I'm going with it. The main thing I was going for, was a sense of speed in the pose. Hopefully, it looks at least a little bit like a horsey run. 

Hopefully I'll be back before long with more progress. Wish me luck!


Thursday, 8 August 2013

5 Reasons the latest daemonettes rule the previous versions

As published over the last week, I've been working on a daemon army full of slaanesh's finest. The last slaanesh force I put together was years ago, when the older metal daemonette models were available. You know the ones, females, with far to much chest. You'll know them because they're oddly popular. If you look on eBay at them, you'll see just how popular.

For some reason, or more likely  for 6 reasons, they go for lots money. But now, there's a new plastic box set, and my lord, they don't have bare chest. They go for about shelf price. Why is this the case? Thing is, the new sculpts are so much better. If you don't believe me yet, here's 5 reasons to buy the current box.

1) Plastic. Since GW have started releasing most of their kits in plastic now, you don't have to deal with as many hard to build joins, they're easy to convert, and unless you using GW's plastic glue, none of it needs pinning. This is especially true of daemonettes, who have spindley little joints on the arms. The metal versions were nothing short of a nightmare to glue claws too. There's nothing sexy about a daemonette with no limbs.

2) variety. The old ones were all the same looking, and suffered from the syndrome that lots of gamers dislike, of the cloned unit. C'mon guys' its not the 90's any more.

3) weirdness. The art work, as I've already mentioned, is where the servants of slaanesh really get brought to life. Blanche has poured all his weirdness into it, and there's not a mammorry it sight. Now' Gw have bought the models more in line with the art. Baldness, backward jointed legs, mohawks' and heads that look like your nan on a mid 20's body!

4) cost. Units of the old daemonettes can only come from eBay, or are otherwise second hand. The fact that by my fourth point, people still haven't got over miniatures with boobs means the second hand market knows how to charge for them. Units of 6 for 30 quid? I'll stick with gw's 10 for 16 thanks.

5) Slaanesh models with no boobs. If you remember as far back as the nineties, gw each metal team went through what became known as 'the red period' in that everything that they painted had bright blood red as a spot colour. Unnoticed by some, the design team appeared to go through 'the naked chest period' some years later. Every slaaneshi model ended up with far to much exposed flesh. Now the averaged under sexed gw fanboy loved this phenomena. Looking at the latest releases however, shows gw have actually seen sence and covered up their daemons, so to speak.  

I think i've made my point. So i urge people to go out and bag some of the latest daemonettes when planning your next chaos army, and see how they'll change you opinion.


Monday, 5 August 2013

A slaaneshi beginning.

It has become apparent I have a bee in my bonnet enough to blog again this week. I don't know how long it'll last(I never do), but I know why it is.

Firstly, I have something to and heblog about. There's yet another 40k army buzzing around my head, waiting to get out.

Secondly, and less importantly, I have new technology to use. I've got myself a nexus 7 tablet so I'm playing with that.

So a new army. I've often thought about building a slaaneshi daemon army before. I know I need a new 40k army, so now seamed a good time to start it. And it is only a start. I had a half painted khornate daemon prince kicking about in my bits box, so I dragged him out and slaaneshed him up a bit. A new weapon(made from a dark eldar raider's tiller), and a daemonette esque claw seamed to fit the bill.

He's about 90% finished in this picture. 

One thing i do want to do with this army is show how slaanesh isn't just the god of daemonic eye candy, as the world appears to think. Slaanesh is a pretty screwed up god. The best way to explain it is to look at John Blanche's work on slaanesh stuff. Its all really weird Combinations of people, animals fish and general craziness. i want to get that across in the army really.

I also have this pile of plastic, which(hopefully) will become something in the next few weeks, when the army needs some proper support.

So thats all, for now. I can't promise how often updates will be. If you've followed this you may have noticed i'm still getting the hang of posting via a tablet. Maybe next time the blog wil all be at the same time!