Old School Terminator here to share the exploration of my current Chaos Legions and to look ahead at where the warbands are going!I have been collecting Chaos Space Marines for many years now, so looking at my Chaos Collection together is like taking a trip through time when it comes to my painting abilities. This is where I am struggling. I want to field a beautiful army, but I love my Chaos stuff that I already own, some of it looks a little dated in terms of my painting style, while other stuff is great. Let's check it out to see what I mean.
First up are my Iron Warriors. They are a smaller warband led by the chained sorcerer here. Many of them are recent but many of them are also speed painted. The soceror is pretty cool and I really do like the Iron Warriors, I just am not too sure if I want an entire 2000+ force of them.
Here are the Havocs I painted up sometime last year infront of the home made Dreadclaw I posted about a year and a half ago. Geez I have been playing Chaos a while!
The rhino here is just one of three that I made specifically for the Iron Warriors. They are all painted, but as you can see, it is a speed job and while it looks cool, I think I could do it better nowadays which is the crux of my struggle going forward. Display an army that encompasses the entire history of my painting style or burn it all and start again ... maybe there is a balance between the two.
Here are the Forge World M2 Crusade Armored Iron Warriors. I have like 30 of them painted up!
Now speaking of striking a balance, this is the Nurgle VIndicator I converted in 2009, had painted by Goatboy in 2009 and then re-painted in 2011. It shows what I can do with a re-paint and strikes a balance between my old and newer styles.
The Plague Marines here represent one squad of the three I have fully painted (four if you take the sacred 7) and they are re-painted to get the style closer to my modern painting skills. They are a little dated by my abilities, but I think they look pretty cool and they are all costom conversions I made in 2009.
Here they are in front of a Black Legion Land Raider (note they are not featured here, but I have about 50 black legionnaires who really do need to be re-painted - they are my oldest Chaos and were painted with markers). The Land Raider is a re-paint of an eBay paintjob (yuck) and looks great on the table despite it being one of my 2010 paint jobs.
Here is my 2009 Nurgle Daemon Prince! He was a lot of fun and I used the model to teach myself about the effects of washes on different colors and also it was my first Monstrous Creature, which was a lot of fun to paint. I still love to whip this guy out even though I would paint him differently today and he still gets a lot of attention from passers-by.
This guy might as well be called skittles. Also painted in 2009, he will get re-painted before he ever comes back to the table.
As far as my 54 Nurgling bases go ... I'll keep them just the way they are. They were a gift from CVinton and I painted them up recently and I am never going to re-paint them. They look great anyway ... now just to get ALL of them on the board at the same time!
Next we dive into my World Eaters ... boy do I love some Khorne! These guys are my Thunder Juggers! I love Khorne Berzerkers on Juggernaughts and while they may just end up as Bloodcrusher conversions, they will hit the table whenever I can weasel them in. They just look way too cool!
Lord Zhofur has at time stood in for Abbadon (who after all this time isn't painted) and I think he fits in quite wel with my modern stuff and should find some good table time with the new rules!
My first Brass Scorpion! I bled all over this model when I converted it! While the paintjob borders on bad, I think I can touch it up to make it perfect for a defiler in my next army!
Let's not forget that I have some epically posed zerks that I made a few years ago and they still need paint!
In addition to what we have discussed, I have hundreds of Chaos models, from painted black legion, Iron Warriors, Death Guard, World Eaters, Thousand Sons and much, much more unpainted. This makes me wonder where to go with it all. I could easily make a mashed together warband of one of the Black Crusades or I could redesign, re-buy and re-paint to modernize my traitors or find some balance in the two ideas. Either way, the time has come to make my choice ... what do you think? Are there any readers out there who are struggling with their own Chaos thoughts on old paint jobs? Anybody had this problem with their armies? Does anyone have any feedback on my situation? If so, I would love to hear what you think!