Chaos cultists are the reliable meatshield of the Heretic Astartes army list, cheap and mostly ineffective troops we can march up the table to soak up shots that could be killing more valuable units (literally anything else in my army). They got even better this edition with the addition of the ‘Tide of Traitors’ stratagem, which lets you remove a beat up unit of cultists from the battle and bring on a fresh squad from the side of the table!
The models, despite being only from Dark Vengeance, are awesome but there is an issue that quickly becomes apparent for those of us who like to run HUGE units of them – there is a very limited number of poses.
In fact there are 4 stabby cultists, 4 shooty cultists, two champions and two special weapons bearers, which just doesn’t cut it for me because I like each model to be unique if I can help it. And I can.
There are several easy conversions we can do to mix up the cultists enough that they all have something different about them. The first is a head swap, I used these heads from Puppetswar, that remind me of the old Mordheim cult of the possessed models. There’s plenty more third-party bitz available but these give off the religious fanatic theme I’m going for really well (they are Word Bearers after all). I also used a head from the Wrathmongers/Skullreapers AoS kit as you can see below.
The second change that is both simple and effective is a weapon swap, while this is more difficult for ranged cultists (they only get an autogun), close combat cultists are armed with a ‘brutal assault weapon’. This wording lends itself to any kind of melee implement so you can really go wild here – I’ve used flails, knives, and even a makeshift knuckle duster! The bitz can come from anywhere, but in my squad I’ve used Necromunda weapons, and a banner from the Chaos Warriors AoS kit. Extra bitz I added just for looks include Kroot shoulder pads, and a holstered pistol on the champion’s back.
As an added bonus, here’s a WIP shot of the champion for the next squad of cultists!
Any self-respecting bearer of the word should have at least some daemons in their collection; at least that’s how I justified picking up a box of Bloodletters and a single plastic Bloodcrusher Champion off eBay! Bloodcrushers have a minimum unit size of 2 however, so my aim was to convert myself a Khornate Herald to lead a daemon Patrol detatchment (for the purpose of being summoned into battle by my chaos marines).
Choosing the Herald on Juggernaut over a Herald on foot is a no-brainer in my opinion, boasting an extra 2″ movement, +1 Toughness, +1 Wound, a 4+ Save AND the 3 extra Juggernaut attacks, for only 44 more points or 2 PL! He’s a great force multiplier for fellow daemons of the red variety as well, giving those nearby +1 Strength (of course this benefits himself too being an aura), and in small point games I can see him being pretty tough to take down.
The model for a Herald on Juggernaut by GW is in Finecast, soo naturally I decided making my own would be a better idea. I took inspiration for this conversion from the above image which I first saw on White Dwarf 368 (all the way back in August 2010!) and I think I managed to pull off the pose pretty well considering the lack of bitz. I also added armour plates sawed out from the AoS Wrathmongers kit, which I bought a while back purely for the bitz, and an icon in between his horns. The final detail – which was by far the fiddliest detail I’ve ever added to a model – was several pieces of jeweller’s chain to ‘hold’ the armour in place.
Now all that’s left is to fill the gaps made for the pose with green stuff, and attach his shoulder pad before I can start painting! In the small gallery below you’ll see several stages in the conversion and a dry-fit of the (semi) finished model, held together with friction and blu-tack. Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Elliott, and this is my brand new super-heretical Word Bearers Blog! I’ll be posting my way through my 40k hobby and almost everything that involves. Successes and mistakes, and everything in between will be on here for your inspiration or entertainment! I’m new to blogging so sorry if I start out slow, post no. 2 should have some actual miniatures in it. Until then, thanks for reading!