Thursday, 13 April 2017

Gorechosen: Anger Management

It's been a few months since I rushed through sufficient basecoats to play Gorechosen with my family at Christmas (and got my anvil handed to me), but I've finally finished off the Red Hand Gang.

Imagine this walk in slow-motion and it would be AWESOME.

Let's meet the Fab Four!

Vexnar the Reaper, Aspiring DeathbringerVexnar the Reaper, Aspiring Deathbringer

We'll start with Vexnar the Reaper, Aspiring Deathbringer and probably the most 'standard' template for a Khorne champion. In addition to his fabulous icon headpiece, he comes with a very cool skull faceplate and quite a cocky stride - almost looks like he's about to fall over, but he manages to swagger it off.

I will say, having never painted Chaos warriors before, it was a lot of fun slapping on the red and brass armour. I could happily knock our a small army of these guys.
  • Armour: Khorne Red base, Nuln Oil wash, Khorne Red layers
  • Brass trim: Retributor Armour base, Reikland Flesh wash, Golden Griffin drybrush, Agrax Earthshade wash
  • Icon: Retributor Armour base, Carroburg Crimson wash
  • Skin: Kislev Flesh base, Reikland Flesh wash, Flayed One Flesh drybrush
  • Mail & Weapons: Chaos Black undercoat, Ironbreaker drybrush, Runelord Brass details
  • Weapon hafts: Morunfang Brown base, Agrax Earthshade wash
  • Belts and Straps: XV-88 base, Agrax Earthshade wash
  • Boots: Charcoal Grey base, Nuln Oil wash

Heldrax Goretouched, SlaughterpriestHeldrax Goretouched, Slaughterpriest

To accommodate all the pastoral needs of the Bloodbound: Heldrax Goretouched, Slaughterpriest. This is the alternate version of the Slaughterpriest (the one that didn't come free with White Dwarf), but he seems ubiquitous nonetheless (I've somehow ended up with two copies).

He's a giant, even among Khorne Champions (in the fluff, Slaughtepriests grow larger and get bony protrusions), and I quite like the design. The bald head just screams insanity in a very Ade Edmundson way (maybe I should sculpt a trilby, NHS glasses and a frying pan on the spare model).

Of all the paint jobs, I don't think I've done this one justice. The 'pallid skin' look is still eluding me, but at least he stands out:
  • Skin: Rakarth Flesh base, Nuln Oil wash, Pallid Wych Flesh drybrush, Reikland Flesh glaze, Pallid Wych Flesh layers

Redarg Bloodfane, Exalted DeathbringerRedarg Bloodfane, Exalted Deathbringer

This bullish chap is Redarg Bloodfane, Exalted Deathbringer, and first among the Gorechosen. Of all models, I liked him the least (the bare chest and horns seemed too beastman-ish), but he's grown on me during the painting and boy has he grown on me during his initial battle (that skullgouger is already a legend in its own right).

His flesh tone was also a departure from the standard pink - a wash of Carroburg Crimson gave him a deep enough shade for his awesome scar tissue (front and back) to pop out.

Kore Hammerskull, SkullgrinderKore Hammerskull, Skullgrinder

Last, and by means least, Kore Hammerskull, Skullgrinder. My favourite model of the set: it doesn't get more Age of Sigmar than a skull-faced blood-worshipping crazy. Swinging a flail! Made from an anvil! On fire!

Same general paint recipe as the rest of the guys. I picked out his helmet with Stormhost Silver, and put the flames in the gradations of Skull White > Averland Sunset > Slayer Orange, washed with Cassandora Yellow and with a touch of Nuln Oil at the tip.

And there we go: four character models at a knock-down price and a quirky little combat game to accompany it. At WoffBoot XI, I'll be slapping folk with gauntlets, whether they want it or not.


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