Friday, May 9, 2014

40K Friday - Chaos Daemons Evolution

I've been slowly building a daemon force for years, sort of inadvertently. Mainly because they used to be a part of a normal Chaos Marine army and because I was building some for fantasy to ally with my Chaos Warriors, where they were also all part of one big army years ago. Since GW split all the mortals and daemons (and beastmen in fantasy!) up into their own separate forces, I've had several groups of figures but not enough to really make a decent force for any of the armies in either game. I decided last year to punch out of fantasy, keeping only my painted Chaos Warrior army for potential future use, selling off the greenskins and humans, and converting the daemons to 40K. The beastmen went into the D&D mini bins where they have given excellent service as everything from mongrelmen to certain animal-headed demons.

It actually started a few years ago - I found myself with a fair number of the old metal models laying around when the 5th Edition Daemon codex came out and not much interest in using them for fantasy any more. Time to change them from square pegs to round! That was one of the first obstacles, in fact - I didn't have enough of the round slotted bases to convert all of them. If it's not one thing ...

Bases acquired, I started converting them over and planning out my force - HQ, two troops, etc. Some people focus on one of the chaos gods but I had around 15 each of the basic daemons for all four of them so I'm going for some diversity in this army. I want to see how it plays with the 6th Edition codex and then look at specializing more.

There is a slight difference in scale between old and new, but the old one makes a fine Daemon Prince 

This was a little tricky at first. I didn't have any of the newer greater daemons, nor any of the heralds, but I did have Galrauch, the two-headed dragon of chaos from Fantasy. He's a big nasty metal model, so I decided to use him as a Lord of Change. I figured I would use some of my old greater daemon models, the smaller ones, as heralds or daemon princes. Then a friend of mine brought me a box of garage sale mini's and it happened to include a fully-painted new style Bloodthirster - thanks Jeremy! So now I have my "custom" Lord of Change and a Bloodthirster with some other options as well - I'm perfectly fine with those as a starting point.

"Lord of Change" under construction

Like I mentioned above I am somewhere in the teens with the old metal Bloodletters, Plaguebearers, Horrors, and Daemonettes so I have options here. Once I get them all based anyway.

The mostly-painted troops and fast attack
I was a little thin here. I have one old metal Beast of Nurgle, but I have quite a few of the old Flamers so I figured I would focus on that. Fiends of Slaanesh look interesting so I thought I could build my own using some old starship Troopers Warrior Bugs that I never built, combined with some chaos and tyranid parts. It should be fun and I will end up with about 20 of them.

Dragon ogres being rebuilt into Blood Crushers
My final conversion was taking my old fantasy Dragon Ogres and using them for Bloodcrushers. I always liked these guys in fantasy and they never did a !$%#$#%^@% thing for me in any battle! Most of the time they ran off the table after taking minimal casualties, and this is over several years in 5th/6th/7th edition. This will be their chance to redeem themselves. Sometimes a pro athlete needs a "change of scenery" to become good again. How about a change of universes?

Fast Attack
I've had Fleshounds painted up for years for use with my Chaos Warriors, but now they're going into  SPAAAACE! I also have a unit of Furies, adapted from some old dark elf harpies. I have a few Seekers I need to rebuild and rebase as well. I also picked up some Screamers because they seem to be pretty darn potent too.

Yes I managed to find Screamers that need to be re-based too. Winning!
Heavy Support
Honestly, I have nothing here. Never picked up a Soul Grinder, the other stuff is relatively new and I'm not sure I care for chariots all that much anyway. Back when Daemon Princes were heavy support (old codex) I planned on using them, but they are HQ's now - oh well! I do have one of the old Mage Knight big war machines I may use as a Grinder for now but if I play them much I'll probably pick up a pair of the official models to use too.

Last Word
So I am using the miniatures I have, supplemented with the occasional killer deal I come across online or in a local shop. I am perfectly fine using non-GW mini's as well, or "other" GW mini's, especially on this army as it's a bunch of entities from the warp - who says it always has the same form? I like most of the standard figures for these but when I have a unit of Dragon Ogres sitting in a box for the last 5 years I'm going to find a way to use them. I think they fit just fine here, as do the rest of my oddballs. As it comes together I will do another post with an update, round bases on everything  and hopefully more paint! 

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