|My newly painted icon bearer for Slaanesh. How do
you capture the outlandish, criminal excess of Slaanesh without making
them look foolish? I opted to use a lot of black and dark purple in their
colors, highlighted with disturbingly fleshy looking parts wherever they
were most suggestive. The trick is to make them garish
without losing the great detail of these models. Sticking with a
limited palette (even if that palette is garish) helps unify the forces
and makes the detail on the models show up better, instead of getting lost
in a sea of colors. After a base of black, purple and pink, I tend
to use yellows, reds and golds for trim. When you paint the
leather and metal bits, they really look tough compared to the body colors!
|The new chaos icon bearer was perfect for Slaanesh, with a topknot
head and lots of furs. I embellished the model by using a Noise Marine
backpack, and added a Pelisse (little coat) on one shoulder, taken from
a Prussian cavalry miniature. The holstered shotgun below the backpack
is from the new Doomrider biker model- that kit is loaded with great bits
for detailing your Slaanesh models, by the way.
|This leader conversion uses a noise marine body and several bits from
other models, including a head from Abaddon and a horn from a fantasy chaos
warrior. The shoulderpad was mail ordered from the substantial line
of chaos pads. Notice the skull kneepad, painted red and drybrushed
yellow for ultra-contrast. Normally I paint skulls white with a brown
wash and that's it, but the variety on this model helps lend a more garish
and menacing look.
|This is one of the new noise marines, with a different upper
body (a metal biker torso?) swapped in. I selected the upper body for it's
topknot, a running theme for my Slaaneshi marines. The backpack
is from the new chaos biker. The model is painted mostly with black
and pink, though I did the cuffs with a black and white fur pattern for
contrast. Gold trim is applied to black regions or edges shaded with
black for more contrast.
| This is one of the old Noise marine models, painted
using the same outlandish scheme as my other Slaaneshi. I love the
old noise marines dearly (thanks to Jes Goodwin of course) and have two
of them in my army, but for variety I use the new ones as well (though
they usually get converted, as seen in the one above).
| For most of my Slaaneshi models, I prefer to use
the old-style Chaos Marine backpacks since they are more curved and biological
looking. Unfortunately, the old backpacks are no longer available, so I've
resorted to stealing packs from other models, such as this fine pack from
the Ahriman Sorceror miniature. It paints up well in Slaanesh colors (yeep)...
|For cultists, I convert dark elf Wyches as they have a pretty tempting
look to them. (This one is not the most current style, but often
you can get older models on sale in the stores when newer versions are
about to come out). I armed her with a shotgun from the metal Necromunda
weapon accessory packs, and a flail from the new plastic Marauders reiment.
|Until recently, I've never been a big fan of the Daemonette models,
preferring to make my own "Succubus" style daemons for Slaanesh. This model
is actually a Fianna from Rackham's Confrontation line, with some wings
added from some other model I found kicking around in my bits box.
I've seen these models painted astonishingly well by professional mini
painters like Jen Haley- there's no way I'd take the time to paint that
well, but the models still look good with even a moderate paint job on
|One of the nicest things about the Confrontation minis is that they
are always so dynamically and interestingly posed. Variety in the
pose really helps make your forces feel like individuals, rather than an
army of clones stamped out and fed into the battlefield. Variety
and uniqueness are good traits to have in a Chaos army...
|Okay, this is probably one of the most outlandish conversions I ever
did- so of course it's for Slaanesh! This terminator champion started
as a stock chaos terminator model. I selected the head for it's beard-knot
thing, knowing it would paint well for Slaanesh. The right arm is
spliced together with chaos warrior arm parts, and a flail top from
a metal fantasy marauder model. The lion pelt is from a High Elf
character, and the slaver girl is from the Dark Eldar Character (Vect)'s
Raider. Thank you, mail order!
|The right arm is a heavily converted noise marine arm, spliced onto
a sonic blaster turned around the other way (an extended glove covers up
the join). The back of the sonic blaster was detailed with bits from
the noise marine backbpack and a horse tail. The scorpion tail is
from the old metal scorpion monster, still available from mail order.
The end result is a very dynamic and menacing character. The contrast
between the violent, hard champion and the soft, defenseless slave is quite
strong, and reminds me of a Boris Vallejo painting. I used the same colors
as my other models, and painted a speckle pattern on the larger surface
areas of the body to add even more detail.
| Here's a conversion by my friend Cory (he's insane, you know).
This noise marine terminator incorporates a tail from a Cold One, and the
speaker booms from a Noise Marine Backpack. The head is from Abbadon. I'm
particularly happy with the way the colors came out on this model. I painted
it lavender, then did a black wash around the edges. Then I went back with
a smaller brush and did pink speckles. The result is quite effective, in
a disturbing way. The varied size of the speckles works even better
than the ones on the champion above. Hmmm.....
|Here's another view of Cory's noise marine terminator. Most of
the trim is painted in gold. The gold and the white bits are washed with
brown, and the tubes, etc. have been painted black, then drybrushed with
white to really make them stand out. I actually painted this model and
another similar one in less than 4 hours (so they'd be ready for the game
the next morning). What was I thinking? And no, please don't ask
me to paint miniatures for you- I barely have time for my own, and did
this model in a fit of insanity. I'm better now. Really....