The thought boiled around in my head for a while. The problem is I do not like square bases, and wanted something really different. I am not a joiner, a fanboy or a conformist.
|Some of my old chaos figures. Preslotta to the front, third compendium slottabase to the back|
Frother Spikehead solved it for me. (cheers) He posted up some of Fraser Greys brilliant, gob smackingly good pictures on the Citadel Archive Thread, and I saw how Fraser (who totally was my painting god in the 1990s because of his super smooth style) did his orcs on little raised clumps. I realised I could do the whole army on individual diorama like chunks, mounted on old school plasticard squares- like people did with mdf and card back in pre-slotta days. The chunk would act like a plinth, so when the figure is on its own attention is drawn to it as an individual piece. Together, it would move as an army and be tournament legal. (Not that I ever plan to play.) It would also mean I could keep all the tabs intact on all the archive figures.
The other problem is that I do not like the mainstream chaos colours, and wanted a non denominational 'chaotic' army. I already have a red army - my Sisters of Battle. I also have a lime green shelf of old orcs, and felt that I had done that to death too. I did not want a pastel army or a neutral metallic one. I wanted something different...
Here are some pics I have already posted earlier on at my first attempts at the really old stuff. Again, I wanted non- denominational, but the results where not striking.
|Classic Chaos Warriors|
Later that day the colour scheme then fell into place. After a few hours look through old White Dwarf mags with no luck my eye fell on the Eavy Metal Chaos Warrior himself (the one I lovingly repainted for my blog logo). Magenta and Blueish green. Not quite Nurgle, Not quite Khorne, the pinky magenta a little of Slaanesh, the turquoise spot colours a little of T'zeench (Gesundheit.). Non conformist and old school all in one go!
So here is the test model, backed by some speed painted troops. This is the least favourite of the chaos warriors, which is why he went first. That helmet.... uhg. I will go in and do an NMM style green metal on all of them (starting at the front ranks) and more lavishing of detail when I have time, but I wanted them all mostly done so I had a sense of achievement and could get a feel for how it looks. I like it so far!
|Citadel 1980s Chaos Warrior and his mates|
|Citadel Chaos Warriors, Champions, Lords and shield maiden.|
Mostly Jes Goodwin & Bob Naismith 'Realm of Chaos' Era Citadel
With a few much older ones.
It also gives me an excuse to cut up some old broken chaos warriors and do some Realm of Chaos mutation stupidity!
My lovely wife got me some mounted Chaos Champions and knights from GW for Christmas (how damned nice are those horse!, so they will have to be converted to crapola too!
Now I am daydreaming of having an army consisting of every single chaos warrior ever released. Can you imagine that? Hobby heaven!