I've been meaning for some time to write up a bit of an army diary for my new chaos army. I find diaries are great for inspiration and also help the writer to make steady progress painting new units. Unfortunately I've left creating this diary for so long that the army is almost finished!
The army is themed on the warp ghosts chaos space marine chapter. The basic fluff is that they are recent converts to the chaos cause as of the start of Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade. The renegade chapter marine's are known for their ferocity. The new W40k chaos codex confuses things a little by naming a marine painted in warp ghosts colours as belonging to the Deathmongers chapter, whether this is a typo is anyones guess. Beyond these scant details nothing else is known, so With this in mind I pretty much had a blank slate as to what formations and models to include in the army.
The basic warp ghost paint scheme is a kind of greyish green with black trim on the armour and the odd detail in gold. I experimented painting a test stand in this scheme but it simply didn't work in epic scale, all the detail was lost when I painted on the black trim. I decided to simplify things and stick with a nice green scheme with white coloured highlights.
I've been playing epic since the space marine days and I'm lucky enough to have a few of the older models that are difficult to get hold of these days. I wasn't playing during the day's of the Epic 40K chaos release so I missed out on some really cool models. I've had to get round that with heavy use of conversions to cover some of the stuff that is no longer available and The chaos infantry box set re-release luckily made an EA Chaos army (using the black legion list) possible.
Anyhow, enough talk. Here is what I have painted thus far. I've added some comments for each unit re any conversions/suggestions for the aspiring chaos generals out there, starting with the infantry...
The two Retinues that form the heart of my army. One is led by the warlord, another by a sorceror lord:
These guys are current release chaos space marines with added rhino transports for both formations. I've used the old space marine era rhinos, added some spikey bits and the odd skull.
Chaos raptor formation and two forlorn hope formations:
The raptors are converted imperial jump infantry, with chainswords added from SM assault marines. The lord figure has a old eldar style back banner denoting the formations khornate worship (hard to see from this angle). The forlorn hope stands are simply the early style chaos space marines.
Chosen Terminator Formation:
I found I didn't have enough of the new chaos terminators to go around. Luckily I found a conversion suggestion on the net and used the older terminators to bulk up the numbers. I've also added some reaper autocannons (almost impossible to see in this pic) and some converted obliterators (old imperial robot bits mixed with green stuff and terminator shoulder pads).
I wanted to use my old slanneshi cavalry and decided to dedicate my bike company to Slaanesh. I've updated the models by modifying the helmets to remove the tzeentch stylings and have also modified the bodies of the riding beasts to look less daemonic.