Like many people, I imagine, I’ve been working on some daemonkin. I’m a fairly deliberate (slow) painter so this edition they’ll probably be used as allies. Troops seem a good starting point for an army collection so I began with some bloodletters.
I messed around with various schemes for their horns and blades and for the latter opted for a plain look, for which I used Vallejo’s glossy black paint. I experimented with blade highlights, but in the end decided I liked them best just black with a bit of shine. The primer didn’t quite look right in a couple of small sections on some their swords, but I was able to camouflage this pretty well, I think, with Blood for the Blood God technical paint. (I love that stuff!)
Here are two more — the bloodreaper upgrade character for the unit and a daemon with an instrument of chaos. I found that I liked using gloss lacquer on their tongues, so I went back over the models I had already completed and added that detail.
The World War Two Soviet infantryman is a 28mm metal Warlord Games piece. I included him for scale and because I finished him not too long ago. Playing with the miniatures, one forgets sometimes how big some of these monsters would really be until you put them beside a miniature of an average-sized man and use a bit of imagination. Heck, the horn is larger than poor Pyotr here!
So far I have nine bloodletters finished, which means to complete the box and the unit I only need to finish one more with a banner. When I run them as a unit of daemonkin bloodletters I’ll probably keep them cheap and use a minimum squad of eight without upgrades. So in that sense they are done now. However both in Codex: Khorne Daemonkin and the base rules referring to chaos daemons, one can take some of the possible upgrades for free when a unit is summoned, assuming you have the models on hand. So I thought I’d make sure I did. 🙂
My next daemon project after getting the Banner of Blood done will probably be a resin Herald of Khorne I have for a cheap HQ. I could just as easily use the bloodreaper that is posing with Private Pyotr as a herald. Since I have the herald model though, I might as well paint him.
I had a chance last night to play my small but painted Khorne force as an allied detachment and they did pretty well. I considered waiting until August 8th (a very auspicious date for the Blood God!) but more than three weeks is far too long to keep the dog-headed god waiting for his tally of skulls.
They deep struck into the battle with pinpoint accuracy right in the middle of a Shrine to Khorne, but then you’d expect nothing less would you? The daemons spread out, seeking victims only to be greeted by a withering barrage of tank and autocannon fire. Only the herald survived and him with one arm. He clamored up a short plateau, coming to grips with the Guard heavy weapon team. His preternatural reflexes did him little good though what with the rough terrain and the claymore-style mine booby traps, rock falls, and one particularly vicious guardsman with a serrated knife. Still, it was alright because of course “Khorne cares not from whence the blood flows so long as it flows.”