• mercredi 4 décembre 2013

    Chaos Knights : Final part (Banners and Relics)



    Ian Miller
     The global aspect of the regiment is a compact unit, heavily armored and saturated by an abundance of details and ornaments. Different elements overhang the Knights (weapons, lances, personal banner, totem…), the result is a formation with a rather big size necessary to occupy the space around the huge army banner.

     As usual, I use different colors to paint chaos armors but the final result is a cohesive mass, to get this effect, I unified every horsemen with several links like golden parts on armors, brownish parts of leather, blue steel weapons/chains, same colors and technic to paint the horns/spikes/hoofs and  I used a sick flesh color for shields/champion arm/mutations/banners.
     
     
    This Chaos Champion is the leader of the unit. His face is hidden by a hood in memory of his Chaos Cultist life. He wears the Crown of Commanding, a testimony of gratitude from his God for his long progression on the road of the power. 
    He has a second relic, a demonic weapon forged by an unknown Chaos entity from the Warp, this weapon involve the Champion in a perpetual blood lust.
     

     

    Sir BridgendSteve is an Undead Chaos Champion, his God rewarded him by a magical lance decorated with the heads of his rivals from past. Chaos relics are not an obligation, but they add details on mini’s and help to suggest back ground of the Chaos Knights, here I added a sword and bags to embellish the knight.
     

    Bones protections are inspired by Chaos bones armors of Jes Goodwin. But it’s not the only reference from his work, riveted disk on shields and banners come from the Skaven and Elven range of the same era. Diamond chaos rune is another reference and recurrent in my chaos army.
     


    Your doom cometh Man-things, that’s a warning for human race and their allies.  It’s inspired by a famous banner in the Citadel Third Compendium.To build this banner, I stuck the painted paper banner on plastic poles and I decorated it with green stuff items like chains, bags full of magic stones, chaotic rune… 



    Black eyes on shields are ensorcelled. They give a magical protection and guide the arm of the knights during the battle. Blood tears symbolize an old defeat on the battlefield, in the case of Sir Vintagephreak, the tear represents the defeat during the final battle of the campaign against Norsc Dwarfs clans.



    This figurine was bought at the end of 80’s by my brother, I lightly modified the position of the front legs of the horse. 

     
    Damned, wicked, hated, defiled and foul. These words are the battle cry of the Regiment, they scream it to transcend them before a charge. I wrote their battle cry on the banner in the same way of the old Napoleonic French Flags embroidered with names of victory from the past, testament of a life on the battlefield. I was inspired by a banner in the WHFB 3rd ed rules book page ().

     
    Lord Weazil, this Knight is the second and last leader of the unit, he’s the keeper of the Chaos Star relic. The vision of the banner on the battlefield is sufficient to scarify the most courageous heroes from The Empire. Lord Weazil is a head taker, his life is dedicated to challenge every heroes on his way. To help him in this eternal labor, his god blessed him with a massive ensorcelled battle axe.

     


    Three names appear on Knights bases, these names belong to members of the OldHammer scene, I swapped or bought with them certain parts of the knights where I sculpted their name. Thank you Gentlemen, now your names (and your lead) follow me on every Battlefield.
    (Weazil : Knight Body, Vintagephreak : Knight Body, Bridgend Steve : Horse)


    To finish, I propose you a game. Try to find the owners of these following pieces. Good luck.


    40 commentaires:

    1. I think they look genuinely amazing Nico, I'm pretty sure you are producing the most skilled stuff the scene has to offer by a long margin. What a tremendous looking regiment!

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      1. Very kind compliment, thank you Paul.
        Bye Nico.

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    2. Really impressive! I especially like the way you have painted the eyes on the shields, great effect.

      Love the conversions too, having a chaos army allows you to really "stretch your wings" in that department.

      Great inspirational work Nico!

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      1. Thank you the one, I finally paint the eyes in black, I think it's a better choice.

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    3. Brilliant!!! O_o
      Each of the models carries own tale but the group shots have blew me away!!!
      Thanks for new pc wallpaper btw ;)

      -Demi-

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      1. Thank you Demi, the group pics are also the ones that I adore.

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    4. Just Stunning, There's so much to tell about those because of all the great work you've put into them. No detail has been left aside, modelling, painting, banners, shields, relics, everything's here and done with the most exquisite taste and skill.
      This is the kind of work that sets a standard just like in the old times.
      Seeing such inspired job only makes ourselves to poush our limits further because effort does pay.

      Franchement Bravo !

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      1. Thank you Asslessman, I painted them during so much time... Now, I'm really glad you enjoy and understand my work.

        Bye Nico

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    5. Glorious. Each knight in individual with an inferred story. The conversions, the banners, the little Easter eggs for oldhammer fans, the shields, the details, the basing, all superb. The unit is a work of art.

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      1. Thank you Mr Saturday, As you describe, it's a whole project around a unit, It's easyer to treat each horsemen in comparaison with a whole army project. Thanks for comment.

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    6. This army is incredibly awesome! Inspiring and superbly executed. Hats off!

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    7. I am immortalised! :-) Words fail me. Inspirational doesn't do these justice. The mutations you have given the mounts is simply awe-inspiring.

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      1. Thank you Steve, I'm glad you enjoy your avatar !!
        I took a lot of pleasure to modify mounts and other figurines of the regiment, it is a important factor in the final result.

        Bye Nico

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    8. Perhaps one of the best units that I have ever seen...I am truly stunned by the amount and quality of the work that you have put into each and everyone of these wonderful models. Truly inspiring!

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    9. An other very kind comment, thank you Blue. Always a pleasure to read you on my Blog.

      Bye Nico.

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    10. Awesome work! The paint job is fantastic and the conversions are very inspirational!

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    11. Superbe boulot, je me demandais pourquoi cela n'avançait pas depuis plusieurs semaines...maintenant j'ai compris et j'en ai pris plein les yeux. Une source d'inspiration pour mes futurs chevaliers du chaos.
      vistenholder

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      1. Merci Vistenholder, effectivement je suis sur ces Chevaliers depuis ... trop longtemps mais le résultat est largement au dessus de mes espérances.
        Un jour peut etre, je pourrai les poser sur une table face à toi?

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    12. Just amazing. The way you've modified original models is a true great hommage, and i'm sure their original sculpters would be very happy to see there is someone who loves these models this much. As always you give great inspiration and subject to dream about.

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      1. Sure :) meet the original sculpters will be a fantastic experience. I'm glad to give inspiration and I hope some other painters print my Army Banner and try to make their own.

        Thank you Nouille.
        Bye Nico.

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    13. fantastic

      what colours did you use for the bases?

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    14. Asbolutley beautifully done.
      It is difficult to know where to to start, with the modelling, painting, design, but all aspects are excellent.
      Very inspirational, especially the shields and banners.

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    15. Well I never...

      Simply put, the painting of the names on the bases is better than the best painting I could achieve. Just breathtaking.

      So, all I can say is: thanks for painting my name so very, very well on the base of Lord Weazil - long may he take heads for you on the field of battle!

      As for the rest of the unit - I've seen these guys in person (prior to the arrival of shields) - and I've still never seen anything like them.

      As I said: Breathtaking!

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      1. I'm glad you enjoy the paint of your name and your avatar. Thank you Gaj.
        Bye Nico

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    16. I'm glad you enjoy the paint of your name and your avatar.
      Thank you Gaj.
      Bye Nico

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    17. Je me joins au concert de louanges. Mention spéciale à tes bannières, les chaînes et les petits détails en green stuff... savoir peindre, c'est bien, savoir sculpter, c'est encore mieux ! Bravo à toi.

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    18. Grand merci, c'est vraiment très sympa de ta part.
      A+ Nico.

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    19. Il n'y a pas à dire, tu possèdes la plus belle armée du Chaos que je connaisse.
      Tout, depuis les conversions et la sculpture jusqu'à la peinture, est absolument à tomber.

      Bref, c'est toujours un régal pour les yeux de parcourir ton blog.

      Un grand bravo !

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    20. Un grand merci à toi Caillou, je suis très heureux d'avoir autant de commentaires de la part de la communauté, collectionneurs et peintres me comblent de felicitation, c'est vraiment très encouragant pour la suite.

      Merci.

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    21. Le travail de peinture et de sculpture/conversion est vraiment génial, tant dans les choix que dans la réalisation, au point qu'il est impossible de distinguer ce qui est d'origine ou non. Les bannières, c'est de mon point de vue tout simplement les plus réussies que j'ai pu voir, l'esprit "chaos old school" est respecté et la réalisation est bluffante. S'il n'y a pas de passion derrière le soin apporté à la création de ces unités, alors c'est bien imité :)

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    22. Encore un magnifique commentaire de ta part, je t'en remerci.
      A bientot, Nico.

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    23. WOW!!!! Mr. Nico, WOW! Thank you for sharing these!! You have made my day!

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    24. Arf, c'est bôôô!
      Avec tes facilités en sculpture, tu pourrais presque t'essayer à des figs en pied non? Vu que tu as la touche goodwinesque au niveau des finitions en plus... :)

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    25. Merci c vraiment sympa de ta part, pour le moment j'en reste à ajouter de la matière sur des figurines déjà sculptées... mais l'envie de franchir le pas n'est pas bien loin.
      En tout cas merci pour ton commentaire.
      A+ Nico.

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    26. J'ai manque ce post...ils sont absolument fantastiques, superbes conversions et la peinture est aussi genial.

      Bravo!

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    27. Mieux vaut tard que jamais :) Merci à toi

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    28. Good job Nico ! Perfectionniste jusqu'au boutiste ! A bientôt mon ami !

      Julien G.

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    29. A bientôt dans le Ch'Noooord :)

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