As I am going to play Chaos for Bring&Battle II, I have been busy building lists… in doing so I realised that I mainly wanted my Chaos army to have a bit of randomness to it. Some players strongly dislike the random elements, but I treasure it. My thinking was that fitting 5 Chaos Spawns into the same army would give me a completely unreliable element and potentially even some interesting games.
My main problem though, was that I didn’t really have more than a single Chaos Spawn. Games Workshop have actually done quite a few Chaos spawn models over the years, however most of them are not very good in my humble opinion. I think their staffs own conversions (as presented in the old 4th ed. Chaos book) are much more interesting. So a couple of coversions were in order.
So now that we’ve settled the style I am hoping to achieve, let’s see about the miniatures. Really, what I think works best is simply just taking a deep dive in the lead mountain. I have a lot of figures… and I am sure most people do too. I also have a lot of figures that I thought were going into a lot of projects. But as it turned out, they didn’t. Instead they just lingered on the sides of the lead mountain like the dead of Mount Everest.
Eventually, I found a set of suitable subjects, that you can see above. A Reaper Bear, a Reaper Jabberwock, a Marauder Gigantic Spider, a Games Workshop Cold One and the torso of a Rogue Trader Ambull.
Next I started cutting the figures apart. Some of the figures were old metal, some were plastic and some were Reaper Bones rubber. This made for a wildly interesting journey, as especially the Bones material was hard to cut. To my great fortune, I only needed to cut three of the figures to make the combinations I wanted.
Now all that was left was to combine the pieces in new ways. Below is what I ended up going for.
I went for strong colours inspired by the old chaos spawns in the Chaos Armybook. I don’t have the skill to take it all the way to the level presented in the book, but I am satisfied all the same.
I am especially pleased with how the spider dragon turned out. The brash yellow and the red teeth make for just the vibe I was hoping to get.
The tivoli/smarties monster was quite a ‘happening as we go’ paintjob… except for purple I didn’t have a clue about where to go with this. In the end I chose to give it rubies, saphires and gold for armour… or smarties as they’ve been dubbed on the 2nd Ed 40k group.
Next, when painting the bear/dinosaur spawn, I noticed that the feet looked a bit like hens feet… or some other bird. I just went with that. The actual bear part ended up looking a bit like a hedgehog perhaps? All in all it will be happy to spawn around.
The last spawn was the ambull bear. It was actually the one I had the highest thoughts about, but in the end probably also the one that looks the most boring. I don’t know. It will do its job for sure.
It was super fun to do these, and all though I could use these spawns in 40k and for my Slaanesh army I think actually that I would rather build even more spawns in the future for those armies…. haha! It’s a disease!
Well. That’s all I had for you about Chaos Spawns this time. Thanks for reading!