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15-08-2011, 01:12
Hi everyone!

Here's an interesting failure of logic for you all, I recently sold a fairly large pre heresy death guard army.... So I would have the money to buy a pre heresy death guard army!

The difference being that this new army would be all forge world, or otherwise very heavily converted.

I am doing this army for fun, there is no real plan for it except stick to the fluff as best I can (so lots of foot marines without transports!) and make it look nice. It will not be intentionally beardy in any way.

So lets start with the first thing, A captain, I intend to use the rules for Pedro Kantor for him since he seems to have appropriate bonuses and stats, Here's the model I've made for him:


Next up is the first tactical squad, these all use the forgeworld mk3 (Iron Armour) models, as will all tactical marines, this squad isn't complete yet, they still need the legion's symbol and squad markings as well as finishing the basing:


The only thing I kept from the old version of the army in the predator, I am quite proud of this model, it is based on the current Rhino chassis but with the parts of an old metal predator to make it look more retro:


Finally here's a group shot of the whole army so far:


I've just made a large order to forgeworld for amongst other things, a Contemptor Dreadnought which should tine sometime after tuesday.

so, the question everyone who posts on here is thinking, What do you all think?

15-08-2011, 05:01
It looks really nice, particularly the predator!

15-08-2011, 05:54
Off to a great start! The greenstuff predator mods are especially impressive!

15-08-2011, 06:43
That is a very nice looking and well applied color scheme. They definitely look the part in that MK III armor. I think that the white armor looks spot on for these chaps. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

15-08-2011, 18:13
The predator has a very solid look to it, very Death Guard. Well done.

02-09-2011, 00:54
Thanks for the comments everyone.

Well, the annoying news is that the £150 order I made to forgeworld in order to properly get this army off the ground still hasn't turned up yet (three weeks and counting, I hate the royal mail!), the good news is that they've sent it out again and I should have it in the next couple of days, so anyway, it's given me the time to do more work on the stuff I already had, so heres a picture of the original Tactical Squad:


hopefully, I should have a significant update to this blog sooner rather then later!

02-09-2011, 01:10
Looking forward to it dude! Me Likey :D

02-09-2011, 08:14
they look awesome mate :) cant wait to see em in person

02-09-2011, 09:20
Lovely work. Looking forward to more Death Guard stuff.

06-09-2011, 23:58
Small update.

And when I say small, I mean I have had a Primarch sized distraction while I wait for the useless royal mail to deliver my forgeworld stuff.

So I present the first photo of my WIP model of Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard, Sorry for the slightly poor photo, My camera's battery ran out before I had a chance to take more photos. Oh well, at least it shows I'm still working on this project. The base model is the finecast sauron, It's still very WIP, but what do you all think?


07-09-2011, 00:50
Hmm, fantastic idea, just waiting to be stolen :shifty:

Great conversion, will you do the bodyguards too?

07-09-2011, 00:55
Great conversion, will you do the bodyguards too?

well since they were no more then 20(I really should know the exact number!) paces away from mortarion at all times, I feel I'll have to!

I'm thinking of using Mortarian as Drago and the deathshroud as a pair of Paladins with halbards, obviously only in apocalypse!

07-09-2011, 01:01
Ahh, good idea. Why not use Tempus Fugitive rules for him in apocalypse instead though?

07-09-2011, 01:08
Ahh, good idea. Why not use Tempus Fugitive rules for him in apocalypse instead though?

I plan to use that ruleset when I can but there ca be issues with unofficial rules being used as well as some compatibility issues between the tempus fugitive ruleset and the normal game, that being said, the tempus fugitive stats for primarchs are a bit tasty!

the damned artificer
07-09-2011, 02:24
Looking really good! I think if I ever venture into primarch making I'd definitely use the sauron model for mortarion. I wish you all the best on getting your FW stuff soon :chrome:

07-09-2011, 09:22
Some really great looking models here fella, the predator kit hybrid is particularly striking. looking forward to seeing an update on your Mortarian model.

07-09-2011, 14:53
well, I've given my camera some time to charge up, and done some modifications and improvements to mortarion:


I've re-positioned his scythe to make him look less static.


I've also made some improvements to his scythe, adding the small generator from a power sword and some cabling to make it look much more 40k!



As I already mentioned, and I expect is obvious, my greenstuff skills are not that great, so I'm trying the minimize the amount of greenstuff used while still keeping the model looking striking!

07-09-2011, 15:12
Hey! At least you are attempting to greenstuff things. And it looks decent enough mate. See you on Monday ;)

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07-09-2011, 15:51
He just needs some massive wings now.

He looks awesome btw.

07-09-2011, 17:57
Were's the scythe from?

Hadriel Caine
07-09-2011, 23:49
Very cool scheme. Commendable failure in logic. Cool old/ new school predator. None powergaming list. FW goodies on the way and a really cool Mortarion?

Oh yes, I will be following this with interest.

08-09-2011, 13:13
well, my large forgeworld order finally turned up yesterday, heres the standard photo of the whole lot:


That includes:

-Contemptor Dreadnought body.

-Contemptor Dreadnought Lascannon (still waiting on the powerfist!).

-10 Mk3 marines (for another tactical squad).

-10 mk2 marines (for a devastator squad).

-heavy weapons.

-phobos pattern bolters.

It was quite amusing the other day when I explained what I was planning to bring to the upcoming doubles tournament to the organizer (my armies tend to be fairly competitive) his face was a picture when I said I wanted to use tactical squads with no transports and a devastator squad with one of each heavy weapon! But in my experience people who play tournaments for fun (especially something as social as a doubles tournament) seem to enjoy the event more, even if they don't win anything!

11-09-2011, 00:16
Thanks for the comments on Mortarion everyone, I'm pretty happy with him ant the moment, but he could do with more work, either way, he's taken a back seat at the moment because I feel it's better to have a substantial army for him to lead first! In other news, my normal death guard won the games workshop Brighton armies on parade today which I'm pretty pleased about! shame there where only two entrants... anyway... time for another update:

well, as I stated in my last post, my long awaited forge world order has finally arrived, so heres some of the stuff I've been working on:

firstly, heres the important half of the devastator squad I.E, the big guns and the sergeant, sorry about the terrible photo, I'll post a better one soon!:

secondly, heres a picture of the whole unit:

Finally, here's the contemptor dreadnought, he's missing his close combat weapon in this photo, but I promise that the next photo will be of him fully assembled!:

Coming up next, painted photos (by next I mean tomorrow!)

11-09-2011, 04:03
Have to say, it never occured to me to use Sauron as a base for Mortarion. It works really well, may just have to copy your idea there :p

11-09-2011, 22:56
Time for the promised update, and today's is a big one!

Lets start with a new predator, this one has been a WIP for a while now but for some reason I just haven't taken photos!

Now before I get ripped to shreds, I'm fully aware that it's an annihilator and that they weren't around during the heresy but I couldn't get hold of the parts to make a destructor in the same way as the last one. My excuse is that it's a unique vehicle which was built by the death guard techmarines for a specific purpose etc etc, either way, excuses aside, here's the photos!:



I feel I need to do more to the weathering and make the rust look a bit darker, I'm sure some devlan mud would be a good solution for both problems!

Next up is the Devastators, the first five are now at a stage where I wouldn't have a problem fielding them in a game (still nowhere near finished though!):


Now for the Contemptor, I've been working on this all day and am pretty pleased so far, still needs some detail work done, but it's definitely getting there!:


11-09-2011, 22:57


Finally a couple of photos of the army on a display board, one of the whole lot and on the finished tactical squad with a unit of "proper death guard" for comparison!



Hope everyone likes them so far!

Hadriel Caine
12-09-2011, 01:52
Wow! You certainly work fast. The contemptor looks niiiice! Cool weathering. I'm looking forward to the detailing.

12-09-2011, 08:06
So well done mate! I like the weathering on white. Great job!

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27-09-2011, 15:59
Well... Games day UK has been and gone and I've once aging spent far too much money (thank god I bought all the bus tickets I needed or I wouldn't be able to work!).

Anyway, what have I bought? You may be asking (or not), I got another 10 marines in mk3 armour to be used to fill up the first tactical squad to 20 men and a second contemptor with 2 close combat weapons and a cyclone missile launcher, Heres some photos:





tomorrow I plan to post some photos of the whole army, both painted and unpainted!

27-09-2011, 16:57
can't wait for tomorrow everything looks great

27-09-2011, 19:15
i just bought a pre heresy army and after reading this it is going to be death guard. want to see more. Amazing dread:):):)

28-09-2011, 02:25
Keep your awe-inspiring work. Also, i commend you on your fail in logic. 5 stars.

28-09-2011, 14:22
Looking very nice :) What rules are you planning on using to field the army?

29-09-2011, 00:11
well its a bit late, but here's the promised army shot:


I also checked to find out how big this army is and it came to 1750 pts, which is good!

Looking very nice :) What rules are you planning on using to field the army?

I'm trying to make this army work with both Codex: Space Marines and the the Age of the Emperor supplement from the Tempus Fugitives, it's proving tougher then I expected!

anyway, next up is some games, and more painting!

29-09-2011, 03:32
A battle report you say?! I would love to see that if possible :) great stuff this army is fantastic!

29-09-2011, 11:00
I'm trying to make this army work with both Codex: Space Marines and the the Age of the Emperor supplement from the Tempus Fugitives, it's proving tougher then I expected!

Ahh good good, I was hoping you knew of it's existance :) and I know exactly how you feel, my advice would be 'Magnets are your friends' ;)

29-09-2011, 13:04
Totaly Amazing:):):D

29-09-2011, 15:51
Awesome looking army! It is a real treat to see a pre-heresy army. You sir are spending a small fortune on older mk armor from FW.

I love the look of these and think they look spot on for the Death Guard. Keep it up!

07-10-2011, 14:08
Time for a timely update.

I know I promised a Battle Report, but, despite playing a few games the other day, I got a bit distracted, and forgot to take any photos of any of the games! However, if you're wondering, I got 2 wins against Tau and Dark Eldar and a draw against Blood Angels, Turns out Pedro Kantor's Inspiring presence rule is quite good when combined with a pair of contemptors. I promise that next time I play a game with this army, I will take some photos!

Anyway, on to some WIP photo's of other stuff I've been working on:

Firstly, the second contemptor is pretty much finished:



And here's the photo of both of them side by side:


07-10-2011, 14:09
Next up is a Malcador 'defender' which I've had for a couple of years now, in various paint jobs, I've given it a slight paint strip from nurgle death guard to it's more base colours and plan to re paint it completely to match the heresy era death guard, also, I've modified a leman russ to make it look a bit more pre heresy-ish and that will also be re-painted:





By the way, I have just started a blog to better document my painting and gaming exploits, heres the link: http://mortarionstoilet.blogspot.com/

that's all for now!

08-10-2011, 12:13
Holu **** Rupert! That's awesome!

08-10-2011, 14:35
Very cool army, I always love seeing heresy-era stuff, and Death Guard are one of my favourite Heresy era Legions (though, I will always remain steadfastly dedicated to the Warmaster, Lupercal, Lupercal! But, at least your doods are on the right side ;))

They look wonderfully gritty and weatherbeaten, highly appropriate for the Death Guard. Lovely work.

Its also occurred to me...I have a week to get my own Sons finished. Whuh-oh, I can see several sleepless nights in my immediate future :p

09-10-2011, 00:41
I bought some new basing material from Army Painter and have been obsessively sticking it to random bases, It seems to add to the overall effect of the army quite well. Here's some more photos of the mostly finished stuff from so far:







I promise to do a Battle report tomorrow!

Shadow Fall
09-10-2011, 00:52
Will you be taking these to the Tempus Fugitive event next weekend?


09-10-2011, 01:06
Will you be taking these to the Tempus Fugitive event next weekend?


Unfortunately no, as much as I'd love to, I just can't afford to at the moment!

12-10-2011, 13:45
Look so good, wish I could play against an army like this on the table!

12-10-2011, 13:59
Really loving Pre and Mid Heresy armies, especially when they're realized as good as yours.

Your paint jobs are on a constantly high level, keep on!

14-10-2011, 13:04
I may have told you all I would post a battle report a few days ago... I lied!

What happened was that I got carried away during the game[s] and took lots of photos but no notes of what actually happened.

So instead I present a series of photos of the two games I played and some small bits of info about what I remember happened!

The first game was against the Tau, the mission was capture and control and the deployment was spearhead, here's how the deployment looked:



and some other photos:

These Broadsides aren't in such a great place right now

nor are these battlesuits:

One of my Predators killed a hammerhead!

but then the other hammerhead killed the predator...

14-10-2011, 13:05
Unbelievably the marines lost this combat:

the two contemptors wonder off in bordom after realizing how this game is going!

These two won the game for the tau by deep striking in my deployment zone and causing havoc!

as you may have gathered, I lost this game, but I don't mind as it was one of the best games I've played in ages. what have I learned? well, contemptors are mean and extremely difficult to kill and therefore work very well as a front line unit, massed heavy weapons can be very effective, but will suffer a lot when there's a lot of terrain on the table, and my heresy era death guard work quite well, but they are a bit too static and don't react too well to deep striking and outflanking armies, but, I suppose that is the way of things! However, the most important thing I've realized is that these guys really need painting!:

more to come soon!

18-10-2011, 21:33
Nice pics dreads look awesome! Losing to tau in CC :( what happened!

21-10-2011, 22:46
Looks really nice! I am thinking of starting a pre-heresy death guard army, with MK III iron armour, but it costs 81 pounds for 20? And that is not counting the comptemptors, ect, or the phobos bolters :cries::mad::cries::mad::cries::mad:
How did you get yours, and how can you get them relatively cheaply? BTW, I love the look of your guys, they look great, and the dreads are just stunning. Do you use the rules form IA 2nd edition now?

21-10-2011, 22:56
looking freaking good so far, the mortarion conversion is both original and looks really cool, when can we expect to see a painted example?
i'm in love with dreadnoughts by the way... :p

22-10-2011, 00:46
Looks really nice! I am thinking of starting a pre-heresy death guard army, with MK III iron armour, but it costs 81 pounds for 20? And that is not counting the comptemptors, ect, or the phobos bolters :cries::mad::cries::mad::cries::mad:
How did you get yours, and how can you get them relatively cheaply? BTW, I love the look of your guys, they look great, and the dreads are just stunning. Do you use the rules form IA 2nd edition now?

Unfortunately there is no cheep way to do a forgeworld pre-heresy army :( You're always looking at in the region of £110 for a full 20 man squad, but they do look lovely, especially if you get 2 of them playing eachother :)

Cvife - you said you couldn't make it to the last Fugitives event, any thoughts on coming to the next one? the game sizes have been dropped slightly to a max 2,000 pt army needed :)

22-10-2011, 00:50
@ Squallum: I'm thinking of starting a pre-heresy word bearers and I ran into the same problem. What I'm goin to do is but the normal amount of tactical marines (cheap of wayland) and mix FW pre heresy armour bits around the army so there is at least one pre heresy bit per person. However, this maybe slightly harder for death guard as they are famed for total MK2-3

22-10-2011, 21:30
Thanks! Iam extremely tempted to that, or since my force is planned to be small, I might be a purist. :D Does anyone know what the new rules for comptemptor dreadnoughts are?

Sicarius the 2nd
23-10-2011, 03:30
I love the army so far, any other cool things on their way?! Your Mortarian I fantastic btw!

27-10-2011, 07:24
Phffff! Screw Horus Heresy! I will do a post-heresy World Eaters army based upon the Dornian Heresy!

Also, i love how Marines lost to Tau in close combat. The survivors must be executed!


25-11-2011, 15:00
Hi everyone, I'm back!
Firstly, I'd just like to say that I'm alive, and so is this army, there are photos coming up in a bit.

I got a bit distracted recently with a recent singles tournament in which I specially made a rather nice Black Legion army (even if I do say so myself!), but that's for another thread, did very badly and vowed never to use Codex: Chaos Space Marines in a competitive sense again, but anyway, heres what I've been working of for this army, firstly, a new Captain:
I know he has a storm bolter and that they weren't really around in those days, but it looks cool and thats the main point!

Next is an attack bike, not my favorite model by a long shot, and still a long way from being finished, but necessary for this army to be legal in an upcoming doubles tournament:

Here's a nice group shot of the doubles army:

Any finally a Nurgle chaos lord I've been working on:

That is all.

26-11-2011, 21:08
fantasic looking army love the dreads, could you share how painted this army

01-12-2011, 10:29
what about Mortarion. could you put some paint on him

03-12-2011, 14:12
what about Mortarion. could you put some paint on him

I'm reluctant to paint Mortarion until I've modeled up the Deathshroud for him, I'd prefer to paint them all at once!

on to a small update.

I've finished the attack bike:


This means that the army I'm taking to the doubles tournament is finished, and only just on time!

Also, I have to admit, say what you want about the Inland Revenue, I quite like them, they gave me a nice christmas bonus because I payed too much tax. So I've ordered more stuff for this army, including, a new tactical squad, a mortis Contemptor and enough parts to make a command squad, Including for the first time in this army, some mk4 marines. So, looking forward to that.

Oh and just for good measure, here's a shot of all the finished stuff:

Until next time!

03-12-2011, 14:20
Fantastic group shot, everything turned out beautifully! And good luck at the tournament

03-12-2011, 15:15
looking wonderful fella. when are you planning to do work on the Deathshroud then? i'm eager to see more work on Mortarion.

08-12-2011, 22:50
Yay, it's time for a good and interesting update!

Firstly, I went to the doubles tournament, and came stone, dead, last... which was fine because I also won best army, and this made me happy.

Because of this, I have bought more stuff which isn't just an attack bike.

My forge world order arrived today, and it contained:
3 packs of mk3 armour
1 pack of mk4 armour
1 contemptor dreadnought
2 kheres pattern assault cannons
1 contemptor cyclone missile launcher
1 pack of phobos pattern bolters

from this pack I will make:

Another tactical squad (I know it's a bit boring, but more marines always looks better then fewer!)

A mortis pattern contemptor dreadnought.

A command Squad

and some leftovers.

Here's the contemptor:

I know the pose is a little boring, but this is a shooty dreadnought not a cool chargy dreadnought

next up is the command squad, I've tried to make every model different. I imagine this squad will be next to useless on the tabletop, but if the doubles tournament has told me anything, it's that I like using this army no matter how badly it does!

First is the apothecary:

Next is the Company champion, I gave him a mk4 head, I'm really fond of the idea that the army's veterans are being used as a testbed for the new armour technology and as the squads dedicated combat guy, the champion would appreciate the upgraded senses:

heres a guy with a plasma gun and storm shield, not really sure what purpose he serves, but he looks pretty cool:

next is the sergeant (he has no rules but that's his job), he's armed with a power fist and flamer, just because I can, he also has a complete set of mk4 armour:

and finally here's the standard bearer, possibly my favorite model in the army:

and a photo of the whole squad:

That is all.

16-12-2011, 20:03
that is a shame about Mortarion. keep up the good work. love the new dread

17-12-2011, 13:06
The Mortis pattern dread is cool. I was wondering where the rules were for it are? I am playing a DW list and wanted some heavy fire support. I just haven't seen anything for two guns and a ML.

18-12-2011, 10:32
also how do you paint your whites?

Mr. Ultra
18-12-2011, 13:52
Sweet Deathguard! I specially like the bike.

27-12-2011, 22:46
Hi everyone!

Merry Christmas and such. I have an update for you all.

Despite being hideously busy at work over the past couple of weeks I've still found the time to do some modeling and painting, Here's what I've been up to:

Firstly, let's get the boring stuff out of the way, here's tactical squad number 4:

And the only interesting member of the squad, the sergeant:

Next is the 3rd contemptor dreadnought, almost finished, but still needs some fine detail work doing like the eyes and legion icon:

With the release of Imperial Armour Apocalypse second edition, I've had the drive to play more big games and with 3 contemptor dreadnoughts in this army I felt that the Ancients assault force was a good choice of formation, so here's the techmarine that I've been working on, I thought it would be cool to make him look more like a high ranking mechanicum tech priest, so he has nothing on him to show affiliation the Death Guard, just lots of red, black and white, and grease, lots of grease:

and here's a friend for him, just a totally basic techmarine with no upgrades, not sure if he'll be death guard or mechanicum yet:

Now onto the command squad, they're pretty much done:

And finally the whole army, beginning to look quite impressive now!

That is All!

the damned artificer
28-12-2011, 00:00
This army is so beautiful, great work mate! I've been lurking here quite some time and am really enjoying this thread :)

28-12-2011, 07:34
So... when are you selling it to start a new one? :P

12-01-2012, 13:31
that looks awesome. this has made me want to finsh my death guard:):)

Sicarius the 2nd
12-01-2012, 13:51
Your army looks fantastic dude, I've been following the log from the start and well, the finished stuff look great. I think you need more attack bikes though ;), or just get more Dreadnoughts?

31-01-2012, 17:39
finally, an update:

I've been buying new stuff from forgeworld because, well, I don't need to explain my reasons to you, I just did, OK!


firstly I've basically finished the mortis contemptor, and I want another one now (seriously, that thing is lethal!):

I've bought a new dreadnought, this time it's not a contemptor, instead I just went for a normal dreadnought with a multi melta and close combat, I'm finding it's so cheep in game that it is difficult for it to not do well!:

And finally, I couldn't help but buy the new predator kit, It's a really great model!:

That's is all.

the damned artificer
31-01-2012, 18:29
There is no need to explain why to buy forge world stuff ;) Anyone who doesn't get it is beyond reach :P

The predator is looking great, I gotta get me one of these myself and paint it yellow :D

02-02-2012, 16:53
truly awesome love all of your dreads:)
not to nag but could you tell us how you painted the white (i love the effect)
keep up the good work:):)

02-02-2012, 19:52
truly awesome love all of your dreads:)
not to nag but could you tell us how you painted the white (i love the effect)
keep up the good work:):)

no problem, it's actually really easy;
Start with a Astronomican gray basecoat, drybrushed with as equal mix of astronomican grey and white and then drybrushed with pure white twice, finally paint a mix of badab black and devlan mud into the recesses. That's all I did!

02-02-2012, 20:28
thanks for that.:):)
i will try that out now:D

03-02-2012, 00:19
Time for a small update.

I have decided to prove that I can convert my own models and don't just buy stuff from forgeworld, so I've been working on one of the major elements of the death guard that this army doesn't contain yet, Terminators!

The main issue I have with terminators in this army is the shoulder pads, but in the end I just had to go ahead and convert some out of Plasticard and brass, which I think came out quite well!

I also used some spare plastic parts including heads from grey knight terminators and torsos from chaos terminators, basically ensuring that this is a conversion which I will find annoyingly difficult to replicate when I decide I want more terminators!

Anyway, heres some photos I took just before I sprayed them:




That is all.

05-02-2012, 22:00
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooo ooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:D:D:D

08-02-2012, 16:57
i second what igneous said, looking smexchy! ;)

Duke E
13-02-2012, 11:45
me too:):):):):)

31-03-2012, 00:26
Time for a long awaited update on this army:

Hmmm, what have I been up to recently? well, firstly, I've almost finished the terminators, I am really quite pleased with how these guys have come out, even it a am slightly annoyed that Forge World have lust released a squad of their own! Here's the photo:


Next up, Forge world recently made an update to some of the space marine units they produce including some rather nifty rules for Veteran Sergeant Haas, so I felt it would be important to include him in this army, here's the model I made:


A recent trip to warhammer world proved to be good for this army but bad for my wallet as it just so happens that their store carries the complete range of forgeworld products, so I bought (among other things) an new Mortis Contemptor... I think they look better in pairs!:


And Finally, Im heading to an 1850 pts tournament in Brighton at the end of April, last time I took this army to a tournament I came stone dead last, but won best army, this tim I still want to get best army, but I also want to win some games, here's the army list I plan on taking:

1850 pts heresy era death guard

1 Pedro Kantor

5 Terminators
Cyclone Missile Launcher
2 x Chainfist

1 Techmarine
Servo Harness

10 Tactical Squad
Missile Launcher
Melta Gun
Veteran Sergeant Haas

10 Tactical Squad
Missile Launcher
Melta Gun
Power Fist

10 Tactical Squad
Missile Launcher
Melta Gun
Power Fist

10 Tactical Squad
Missile Launcher
Melta Gun

1 Mortis Pattern Contemptor Dreadnought
2 x Kheres Pattern Assault Cannons
Cyclone Missile Launcher

1 Mortis Pattern Contemptor Dreadnought
2 x Kheres Pattern Assault Cannons
Cyclone Missile Launcher

1 Predator
Lascannon Sponsons
Dozar Blade

Army Total 1850

And here's how it looks as an army:


That's all for now!

31-03-2012, 08:18
Cracking looking army you have there!


21-04-2012, 10:29
Great army!!! :D I am planning to get the same configration for my Comptemptor dread as well. Looks great ;)

30-04-2012, 06:58
Now you just need some rhinos. Great damn army pal. Awsome.

02-05-2012, 19:20
you're right, contemptors look better in pairs.

damn, you're army looks nice!

18-05-2012, 13:18
Hi, It's been a while, but anyway, it's time for a rather large update!

So firstly, I took this army to a recent tournament and came 12th overall (out of 37 players). But more importantly than that, I won best army! And that made me very happy.

on to some photos...

Since the tournament I've been working on a unit of Sternguard veterans based on the mk4 maximus armour, and just because I can, they're armed with 6 combi-meltas, 2 combi-flamers and 2 heavy flamers! their job is to ride around in a Drop Pod, wreak havoc and then die horribly. However, after some play testing, I've found that pedro making them scoring is very good and they provide a massive distraction unit! Here's some photos:


Here's one of the heavy flamers, I converted them from a Grey Knights Psycannon!:

and Finally, heres the sergeant and 2 of the combi-melta guys:

The other new thing in this army is a vindicator, I decided to buy this when one of my regular opponents decided to start a Dragowing army with something like 20 paladins. When I thought about this I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to beat an army like that, so a vindicator seemed like the logical choice!:


More to come!

18-05-2012, 13:20
here's a photo of the vindicator and predator together (the vindicator is waiting for a fancy tank commander from forge world, that's why it has a hole in the top!):


next is some photos of finished stuff, firstly, the terminators, where I've added Legion symbols and painted the rockets in the cyclone Missile launcher:


the two Mortis Contemptors are done, and I am very happy with them:


and the attack bike has a friend, not only do I think they look effective in pairs, but they will have a use during games now that isn't just filling points!:


The next post will be army shots so far...

18-05-2012, 13:21
and finally (for today at least, and indeed at most!), some shots of the whole army:




And the whole thing:


That's all for now, hopefully I'll have an order arrive today from forgeworld containing, among other things, 3 rapiers and yet another tactical squad.

Until next time!

18-05-2012, 13:30
awesome stuff. If i were to do a pre heresy army I think i would go deathguard aswell. I particularly like your termies and dreds, very cool.

18-05-2012, 13:49
Ooooh, looking really good in the army shot! It's a massive army you've got there, and every model looks great, which is the most amazing part. Love how the MkIV armour stands out compared to the MkII-III, really carries the "Legions leveling up" feeling from the HH books across.


the damned artificer
18-05-2012, 15:27
That is one crazy awesome army shot :D And 4 contemptors, that's insane :D

You should definitely buy a LR proteus for these guys, that would look so cool :p

18-05-2012, 21:02
You should definitely buy a LR proteus for these guys, that would look so cool :p

I so nearly ordered one the other day, but I went for a battery of rapiers instead. I probably will get one soon though, I do love that model!

the damned artificer
19-05-2012, 00:56
I so nearly ordered one the other day, but I went for a battery of rapiers instead. I probably will get one soon though, I do love that model!

Ohh yeah it is so awesome, I love mine :D I do need to get me some rapiers for my pre-heresy imperial fists too, and some predators and rhinos :P Ohh so many awesome fw models to buy :D

19-05-2012, 06:09
What a great army! Everything looks so damn good... I'm very very impressed... it puts other PH Death Guard armies to shame. Really love how you've kept to the old school "no transports" mentality. It's a huge, fluffy, plus. Now give us that Land Raider!

19-05-2012, 11:35
love your army, the heavy flamers in your sternguard look awesome, were they hard to make?

i have a grey knights box lying around, so thinking about converting some myself.

19-05-2012, 21:21
love your army, the heavy flamers in your sternguard look awesome, were they hard to make?

i have a grey knights box lying around, so thinking about converting some myself.

they were very simple actually, just cut off the barrel and ammo feed ad attach a heavy flamer barrel and stick a fuel drum (the ones from the contemptor are the best choice) over the ornate grey knights bits, the rest is unchanged!

20-05-2012, 08:59
Looking very nice dude! The only nitpick (if I really have to) I'd have is that the Terminators have Stormbolters rather than combi-bolters, but that's about it!

05-06-2012, 15:46
Love it, looks like a very good army sizing up :D

05-06-2012, 16:50
Four contemptors! I thought my two was enough.

How do you find the Assault cannon & cyclone missile launcher dread in games?

I second that you should get yourself a proteus!

08-06-2012, 22:43

U mad bro? :D

09-06-2012, 18:40
Good job Cvife. Your army is shaping up nicely from the last time I had take a look at it. Keep up the good work!

09-06-2012, 20:57
really lovely work here fella, a most impressive army to behold by any standards.

09-06-2012, 21:09
A really nice looking army

27-06-2012, 18:07
I'm back!

Lots of people have been pressuring me to add a land raider proteus to this army, so I did. I have to say that before I bought one I was really in to minds with regards to this model, on the forge world wed site it looks great from some angles but terrible from others, however, now I own one and have had the chance to look at it properly, I really love it, here's the photos:




That all for now, I promise I'll update this blog sooner next time!

the damned artificer
27-06-2012, 19:01
Yay you buckled :D More proteus love!!

And I'm glad you love it, it really is an amazing tank IRL, bit pricey but when you get it built and put it beside your other models it's really worth it :D

Now how about that new shiny Spartan ;) ;)

27-06-2012, 19:37
Yay you buckled :D More proteus love!!

And I'm glad you love it, it really is an amazing tank IRL, bit pricey but when you get it built and put it beside your other models it's really worth it :D

Now how about that new shiny Spartan ;) ;)

LOL... no chance. It's not that I dislike the model, in fact I think it looks better then the Proteus by a long way, It's just that it doesn't fit into the theme of the army, to much of a transport and not enough like a battle tank!

Besides, I'm moving onto Adeptus Titanicus support next!

the damned artificer
27-06-2012, 22:01
LOL... no chance. It's not that I dislike the model, in fact I think it looks better then the Proteus by a long way, It's just that it doesn't fit into the theme of the army, to much of a transport and not enough like a battle tank!

Besides, I'm moving onto Adeptus Titanicus support next!

Well I had to try XD

But Adeptus titanicus support aye? Can we expect to see a fw warhound, or even a reaver perhaps?? :D

27-06-2012, 22:11

Buy you know if the spartan suited any army it would have to be the deathguard with all the troops they field ;)

28-06-2012, 01:02
Love how dirty and rough your tanks turn out, weathering is just great!

03-07-2012, 19:16
Adeptus Titanicus support? o0 ooh, hope you get some Warhounds :)

13-07-2012, 00:56
Ok, so...

Time for a BIG update, I have been a little busy!

Firstly, I have decided to further theme this army, The intention is now that they are from the Isstvan V drop site massacres, so they are traitors but aren't yet followers of Nurgle, or strictly speking, Chaos at all, they just prefer Horus to the Emperor, this allows for me to branch out into the other legions which were about at that time, and with the new allies system that will be easier then ever! but more on that later.

Firstly, I want to show off some of the Death Guard stuff I've been working on.

I've pretty much finished the Land Raider Proteus, all that's left to do is some highlighting around the weapons and a couple of lenses, I've also added to the weathering around the tracks to give it an even more worn and well used appearance:



I also couldn't resist adding a flyer to my army, so I bought a Storm Talon, I don't think it's the greatest model out there (It is massively better then the Storm Raven though!) and it won't be featuring in any major painting competitions such as Armies on parade, but I has some decent rules and is probably the easiest way to add a flyer to a Space Marine army, here's the photos:



13-07-2012, 01:00
Next is something I hinted at in a previous post:

I have a loyalist warhound for this army! I felt that this army had got to such a size that it needed something big, and this was the answer, it was great fun to paint, but it's in no way finished yet, It's also not going to be the last one either, I eventually plan on having another warhound and a reaver in the same colours.

In case you're wondering, it's in the colours of the Legio Crucius or the 'Warmongers' for short, and if you know about their background you will know that while they weren't on the traitors side, but to me that doesn't really matter, if I'm going to spend over £300 on a miniature, I'll paint it however I want!

Anyway, here's the pics:





13-07-2012, 01:00
and finally, the allies thing i Talked about earlier, I decided I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to Start some Emperor's children.

The intention is to use them as a very small force with Blood Angels rules, and to make them as different to the death guard as possible, so in contrast to the very regimented look I went for with the death guard, I tried to make the emperor's children look very individualistic as I could, here's the unpainted photos of the first half of the first tactical squad:




and to give an idea of how they'll look when they're finished, here's a photo of Captain Lucius...


That's all for now.

14-07-2012, 00:47
I love this blog! Great Idea to bild up EC next to DG. The difference could“nt be bigger. I“m a huge fan of your work!

the damned artificer
14-07-2012, 11:39
Great stuff mate, and that hound is delicious ;D

Uhh and fulgrims glitter boys, awesome! You should do Garro for your DG and Saul Tarvitz so you have the honour brothers ;D That would certainly give an extra point for fluff :D

15-07-2012, 20:28
nice looking land raider, warhound, storm talon and emperors children.

good job!

18-07-2012, 19:38
Whoa!!! I love it :) I am looking forward to some more Titans ;)

29-07-2012, 04:34
Great looking force!

28-09-2012, 14:18
Well, what an interesting few weeks it's been with forge world!

I for one am very excited about the stuff that They'll be releasing soon.

Of course the new army list has completely re-balanced what is good and what isn't in a heresy era army list, so I need to buy more stuff. I want at least one Full Legion Tactical Squad in mk2 armour (I'm reliably informed that there are no plans to release death guard mk3 shoulder pads in the immediate future). as well as a fellblade and a spartan and god knows how many cataphractii terminators... I'd best get saving!

I have more stuff to show off later today, including two new predators, 3 scratch built hyperios defense platforms and a whole army shot.

Until then.

the damned artificer
28-09-2012, 16:31
I will be looking forward to the update :D

I must say it's never been better to collect a pre-heresy force than now!

28-09-2012, 21:07
Good looking stuff. I think Lucius would look a lot better with that loin cloth fabric brown. It looks too close to the armor color currently and gets lost in it. Otherwise fantastic stuff and I really like the proteus.

29-09-2012, 00:24
Good looking stuff. I think Lucius would look a lot better with that loin cloth fabric brown. It looks too close to the armor color currently and gets lost in it. Otherwise fantastic stuff and I really like the proteus.

Hmmm, you know, that may be a very good idea...

Right, on with the promised update, it would have been earlier but I bought all the avengers films today and henceforth got a little distracted!

Anyway, I have to confess that I've been a little rubbish at posting recently, There have been things I've had for ages but haven't posted about or even mentioned such as the warhound which I had almost finished before I thought to post pictures of it! Another of those things is the Rapier Laser Destroyer battery which I've had for ages! These are great models and are really good fun the assemble and paint, and they are pretty mean in game as well, especially when behind a defense line! Here's the photo:


Next, since 6th ed hit I've found, like many, that flyers are completely broken and that it's important to have some anti aircraft, so I raided my bitz box and found a load of valkyrie multiple rocket pods which I've used to make a unit of Hyperios Air defense launchers. They were very much done on the cheep but I think that the rounded look of the launchers lends itself well to the pre heresy aesthetic:


I also bought 2 more Daimos Predators, one normal and one Executioner. The part I'm most proud of however is that the turret weapons are magnitized to allow multiple options, the next two photos illustrate that:



That's all for now... I cant wait to get a bit more money so that I can buy more stuff for this army, I thought it was almost done, How wrong I was!

29-09-2012, 13:41
Finaly your Death Guard is back!

I startet building a Death Guard Force myself and i asked myself how to achive your white. Any chance you share your method?

29-09-2012, 13:53
Finaly your Death Guard is back!

I startet building a Death Guard Force myself and i asked myself how to achive your white. Any chance you share your method?

It's fairly easy, I just drybrush ceramite white over a light grey basecoat (used to be astronimican grey, not sure what it would be now), then put a brown wash in the recesses then do an extreme highlight of white.

However, I almost exclusively use an airbrush these days which is how I did most of my tanks, hope that helps!

29-09-2012, 18:37
Well this army has grown!

And a warhound! You must be pretty exited about the new Horus Heresy Book coming out especially as your legion is actually in it!

The anti air battery is very well done and I love the Rapier Laser Destroyer battery. I am tempted to get a battery for myself but that is a fair investment.

29-09-2012, 20:13
Nice work dude.

I like the battery as well. Good job all round.

Surely we are all creaming ourselves at the thought of Warhammer 30k.

29-09-2012, 20:18
Well this army has grown!

And a warhound! You must be pretty exited about the new Horus Heresy Book coming out especially as your legion is actually in it!

The anti air battery is very well done and I love the Rapier Laser Destroyer battery. I am tempted to get a battery for myself but that is a fair investment.

I am very excited about it, I'm going to be selling two of my other armies so that I can buy about £500-600 on new stuff for this army, as well as the book (which I have read but don't own) I want a fellblade, at least 20 marines in mk2 armour, at least 10 cataphractii, a spartan assault tank and replacement shoulder pads and doors for everything I already own. Oh and I mustn't forget the Death Guard specific Contemptor and maybe some mk2 Assault Marines! And that doesn't take into account new new chaos stuff (although I Could get away with just buying the Codex) and trying to save up for spot of traveling next year.

on a different note, My land Raider Proteus won a painting award today! I got a Realm of battle tile as a prize so I can make a cool display board. I'm thinking of going for a Drop Site Massacre theme with a couple of smashed drop pods and a bunch of dead Salamanders, Iron Hands and Raven Guard lying around with the death guard surveying the carnage.

Also, here's a picture of the whole army:

29-09-2012, 20:38
That is a big army and a hell of shopping list.

Congrats on the win! A fellblade is certainly on my shopping list and you now have me very tempted to buy a battery of guns as well. Damn it!

How have they faired in game?

the damned artificer
29-09-2012, 20:56
And don't forget a primarch, it's been announced that Fulgrim will be the next one they do, and if you're lucky Mortarion will be the third ;)

I ordered a Spartan for my fists, as it is a must have juggernaut of a tank for a space marine legion army :D

And congrats on the win, and sounds like you'll have an excellent display with that idea in mind :P It is indeed a very impressive army shot!

30-09-2012, 10:41
So impressive. Youre luky you got allready so many tactical Squads. Nice 20 Mann Tak Squads with Fury of the Legion. This will be my way to go

30-09-2012, 11:51
Spectacular army! The fantastic weathering really emphasises the DG vibe.

I'm just about to start my Heresy DG, and it looks like we're thinking along scarily similar lines! (although I'm considering Legio Mortis!).

How easy was it to magnetise the predator turret weapons?

The Hyperios launchers are excellent - I may to yoink that idea! :D

30-09-2012, 19:54
very nice pre heresy force! looking forward to see more

30-09-2012, 20:55
Bloody epic work - I like the variety you've given to the Rapier crews in particular. Hope to one day see these boys in a Legion-on-Legion battle report!

02-10-2012, 19:33
I love it. The batteries and rapier destroyers are just top notch. :)

12-11-2012, 15:53
It's been a while but I finally have an update on this army.

The Chaos Space Marine release has been a bit of a distraction for the last few weeks, but I am finally getting back to my favorite army. I recently spent over £250 on more forgeworld stuff, in the hopes that I'd be able to adapt this army for the army list in betrayal. While this plan was completely successful, I found a new problem. I played one game at 2000 pts and quickly descovered how broken it is for normal games as I crushed my opponent in a way that wasn't even funny (pride of the legion is a disgusting rule!). So, until my regular opponents start getting their heresy era collection off the ground, I will be forced to stick to the Space Marine Codex (or Chaos Space Marines if my opponant doesn't mind me completely disregarding the Champions of Chaos rule).

So onto the models, First up is a Spartan Assault tank, and for this one, I actually have progress shots!


Before Washes and Weathering:

After Washes but before Weathering:

Fully Weathered but not detailed (and as a comparison to the Land Raider Proteus):

12-11-2012, 15:56
In other news:

Legion mk 4 Tactical marines:

Cataphractii Terminators (I have 5 more of these but they came mismolded so I'm waiting for replacements):

And a 3rd attack bike to complete the squadron:

That is all for now.

12-11-2012, 16:45
So awesome!

I also love the new legion Kits, i have 8x MK IV, 2x MK III and 8x MK II of the new Legion Kits, they are just great!

12-11-2012, 21:03
Oh goody, you're back! :) Are they the new MK4? Are they biigger then the old sculpt?

13-11-2012, 10:32
Great work!
Now that i have seen the spartan in different views i really need to get me one aswell!

13-11-2012, 10:55
That spartan looks great, really nice weathering. :)

22-11-2012, 21:54
Hi all.

Time for another update. Firstly, I've ordered the new Death Guard specific contemptor, That means that I'll have 5! This one is going to have the claw arm with a plasma blaster and a twin linked lascannon, But I plan to magnitize it so that it can have whatever I need it to have.

I have almost finished the first 5 Catphractii terminators, all they need is the Symbol of the death guard painted onto their shoulders, but I won't do that until they do well in a game! Heres some WIP photos of them as well as the finished models:



The finished models:



Next up is a bit of a deviation but since my extensive (google) research showed nothing, I think it should be interesting for some people. A trip to my friendly local games shop that isn't GW for paint the other day got a little out of have when I realized that they had the new Wall of Martyrs set in, so I bit the bullet and bought one.

This is a fantastic kit which is full of flavor and character, not only that but it is absolutely enormous, easily dominating a 2' x 4' board, which means that in my opinion £100 is very good value! I decided to experiment with it and paint it exclusively with my airbrush and not use a 'normal' paintbrush at all. Personally I feel that it came out really well, either way, it is my belief that terrain is a little like a picture frame, it should look nice but it shouldn't distract from the armies. anyway, enough philosophy, here's the photos:





That's all for now!

the damned artificer
22-11-2012, 23:09
Termies look really good :D
I must admit that the wall of martyrs are growing further and further from my heart, mainly due to all the dead cadians scattered all over the front sections which annoys me a lot :p But other than that it looks really nice :)

22-11-2012, 23:23
A great project truly.
It looks like your white is much more smooth on the later models than when you began. Is it due to better pictures or through better technique?

If you get around to paint Mortarion I must recommend that you turn his scythe round so that the pointy end is pointing forward. In my mint that just look better for some reason.

24-11-2012, 22:49
uhm, i can't really see your latest pictures, are you having problems with photobucket or something?

25-11-2012, 11:44
uhm, i can't really see your latest pictures, are you having problems with photobucket or something?

Same here...

30-12-2012, 15:00
all delightful! how did you find the Spartan for putting together? I'm in the midst of selling various bits on ebay to afford one but heard various issues over construction? Great blog and really delightful death guard!

30-12-2012, 15:17
Yep, can't see your recent pictures either :(

Love the size of force you've managed to put together, any plans for getting some Deathshroud Terminators, or is that a stupid question?


the damned artificer
30-12-2012, 19:11
You didn't by any chance make the rokie mistake of thinking "hey, I'll just organize my photobucket pics and move them into neat albums" Cvife? as that totally ruins the URL to the picture and will force you to replace the URL strings on all the posts you used them on :/

18-03-2013, 22:40
Very nice 30k army great to see more and more off these about how did you wether the armour