Welcome all to my project thread, dedicated to the 21st Host of the Word Bearers Legion.
The army began as a desire to play Warhammer 40k with my closest mates with ENTIRELY FINISHED models and terrain. The rule is quite simple; if it isn't finished, it can't be fielded in a battle!
It's certainly not a new concept by any means, but it's one that is incredibly powerful and motivating. I suggest that anyone who feels a little tired of the game try this out for themselves - I've never been more motivated to model and paint before.
We began with 2 months and 500 points to paint. The idea is that we would then continue to add 200 points per month to our list and play battles throughout the process! So far we've just finished playing some 700 points list, so are all about to expand a further 200 points in the coming month. This will ensure regular updates to the thread for you guys to look at.
Anyway, onto the army itself. I'm more than happy to post WIP shots of any of the minis shown here, but I thought I'd wait and see if anyone was interested before I assumed so and put the effort in. I'll post some larger shots from the Flickr account if needed too.
The 21st Host of Dark Apostle Baros
When creating a Chaos Space Marine army I wanted the inclusion of Daemons to be an important factor. I chose the Word Bearers after reading the Blood Angels Omnibus and deciding that the bad guys were about 100 times more interesting than the titular heroes of the story.
Initially I was planning on including several units of Lesser Daemons and a few Greater Daemons in the later stages of the project, but as the rumours are now suggesting that we will be able to include allies (or Detachments), I'll be able to include the genuine articles; Bloodletters, Daemonettes and a Bloodthirster or similar. Essentially want the close combat component of the force to be made up of Daemons, and the tactical or shooting aspect to be fulfilled by various nasty Daemons.
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Dark Apostle Baros
Baros is a Terminator Sorcerer.
Baros Makasus is the Dark Apostle of the XXIst Host of the Word Bearers. He fought bravely alongside the Urizen and his brethren since before the heresy and eventual fall of the Warmaster and has been an essential part of the host ever since.
Baros rose to the position of Dark Apostle just a few short centuries ago, although for a long time it looked to be a position that his younger brother, Domos Makasus, would take when the opportunity arose. Although at a higher military rank than his brother, Baros soon began to view his younger sibling with jealousy and fear as he rapidly gained favour within the Host. Domos was a gifted public speaker, fearsome warrior and held unshakable faith in Lorgar's teachings. Soon, Domos ascended to the position of First Acolyte, a role second only to that of the Dark Apostle. It was becoming increasingly clear to Baros that he would never become the spiritual leader of the host, not while his brother still lived.
During an attack by the XXIst Host on the planet of Scintilla, an Imperial World in the Calixis Sector, Baros saw an opportunity to murder both his brother and the current Dark Apostle. This treachery would all but secure his position at the head of the Host, giving him access to untold power. During a ground assault on a particularly important Administratum sector of the Hive world, Baros was assisted in his plan by the ambitious Captain Kor Garron. Together they sabotaged the Dreadclaw drop pod that contained their master, Domos and a selection of Chosen warriors. The Dreadclaw spiralled away from the rest of the assault force, crashing deep into the heart of an Imperial barracks. Upon realising his Dark Apostle was vastly outnumbered and in mortal danger, the Host's Coryphaeus gathered twenty of his Annointed Terminator elite and fought savagely into the barracks, slaying all who crossed their path. By the time the Coryphaeus and his beleaguered unit reached the site of the Dreadclaw, only one man remained alive: First Acolyte Domos.
Domos was immediately evacuated to the Word Bearer fleet as his wounds were grave. He had slipped into a restorative coma and the twisted Chirurgeons on board the main strike cruiser doubted he would ever awake. Baros wasted no time at all, assuming leadership of the Host and ordering the immediate withdrawal of all Word Bearer forces from the sector. He placed the Coryphaeus into custody for having failed to rescue the now deceased Dark Apostle; a failing more often than not punishable by death.
Within weeks, Baros was appointed as the new Dark Apostle of the XXIst Host, and named Kor Garron as his Coryphaeus.
However, there was still one final lose end; Domos, the more gifted sibling, still lay in a coma and could awake at any time. Baros knew that if he allowed his brother to live, Domos would eventually challenge him for the role of Dark Apostle.
Baros could not risk murdering the comatose Domos as his actions during the disastrous assault on Scintilla had already aroused the suspicions of the Dark Council. Instead, he decided to have his brother incarcerated within a Dreadnought, thus preventing him from remaining the First Acolyte. When Domos finally awoke, he found himself bound within the impenetrable sarcophagus of a mighty war machine, doomed to serve the Host for all eternity. For five days and five nights, Domos endlessly bellowed tales of treachery and murder from inside his iron tomb; his hateful words were quickly dismissed as the product of mind ravaged by war. In time, Baros grew weary of the tirade of vitrol and condemnation that spewed forth from his brother and eventually ordered the fleet technicians to disable the Dreadnought's vox projectors, silencing the mighty war machine for all eternity. Domos screamed no more.
The Dark Apostle's right hand, Coryphaus Kor Garron
Filling my 2nd HQ slot is this Terminator Lord. Armed with claw style Daemon Weapon in the game.
The 3rd Coterie of the 21st Host
I eventually want two 10 man Coteries (units) of Chaos Space marines, and my current 700 point list includes two 7 man units. Working up to it. Includes a plasma gun and Icon of Chaos Glory.
Domos the Silent (former First Acolyte)
I plan to avoid tanks in general for this army (not including Rhino transports of course), so this is one of the only armour units I'll be including.
I do have a number of other models and units painted up an nearly complete (including an extra special Rhino), but I shall resist posting shots of them until they're done!