Friday, 18 May 2018

I Am Broot!

I've already converted the multi-arm Helbrute, but if you want it fast and nasty, you can't beat this monopose monster!

Painting and converting Mortis Metalikus Helbrute for Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance starter set. Black Legion Heretic Astartes.

It's Mortis Metalikus - the Helbrute from the Dark Vengeance starter set. I may be looking at this through warp-tinted glasses, but the Chaos half of that box set seems vastly superior to the Imperium side.

I've already done the cultists (Squad Tetchvar and Squad Anarkus), so now it's time for the big boy!

I hadn't intended to move this one up the painting queue so quickly - it was just something to doodle away on while the washes dried on other models. But it's such a lovely model to paint, I can see why it's ubiquitous in Chaos armies.

Painting and converting Mortis Metalikus Helbrute for Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance starter set. Black Legion Heretic Astartes.

Pretty much the same colour scheme as the Chaos Space Marines:

  • Gold armour: Retributor Armour base, Agrax Earthshade wash
  • Black armour: Chaos Black base, Mechanicus Standard Grey layer,
  • Pipes, claws & gun barrels: Ironbreaker base, Waystone Green insides, Nuln Oil wash
  • Skin: Rakarth Flesh base, Reikland Flesh wash, Pallid Wych Flesh layer
  • Outside Flesh: Rakarth Flesh base, Reikland Flesh wash, thinned Typhus Corrosion wash
  • Horns: Khone Red base, Nuln Oil wash, Evil Sunz Scarlet layer
  • Toenails: Skavenblight Dinge base, Nuln Oil wash, Dawnstone layer
  • Daemon Tentacles: Naggaroth Night base, Genestealer Purple drybrush
  • 'Eye of Horus': Mephiston Red base, Evil Sunz Scarlet layer, Carroburg Crimson wash, Troll Slayer Orange layer, Yriel Yellow layer, Carroburg Crimson wash (again).


Painting and converting Mortis Metalikus Helbrute for Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance starter set. Black Legion Heretic Astartes.

Once I'd got the wash and highlights on his face, I decided to leave the eyes unpainted. I thought the sunken shadows look all the more horrific and Davros-like (also: who would paint eyes if they didn't have to?)

Painting and converting Mortis Metalikus Helbrute for Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance starter set. Black Legion Heretic Astartes.

There's a lot of flat areas for the Helbrute's flesh/carapace, so I roughed it up with some thinned Typhus Corrosion, which also helped to darken him up.

But, as with all Helbrutes, one weapon option is never enough, so I took the liberty of sawing off the multi-melta and magnetising another helbrute fist for him.

Painting and converting Mortis Metalikus Helbrute for Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance starter set. Black Legion Heretic Astartes.

In addition to making a punchy Helbrute a little more punchy, he can also mount weapons on each fist. This means he can race into battle with a pair of combi-bolters and, because of the Black Legion rules, these can fire off even when he advances. Dakka dakka!

Painting and converting Mortis Metalikus Helbrute for Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance starter set. Black Legion Heretic Astartes.

Whether that actually works or not, we'll have to see. But unlike the poor sods who get stuffed into the sarcophagus, I'm glad to have him on board!

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