Stingwing – Cockatrice of Chaos

My teenage Orc and Goblin army featured a Night Goblin shaman on Cockatrice.  I’ve sold the bulk of the army, but hung onto the Cockatrice out of sentimentality.  Bulking out my Frostgrave Chaos into a Dragon Rampant force demanded a fantastic monster, so this mythological bird resurrected itself from the ashes.

cockatrice-in-4e-warhammer

The wings on my Orc and Goblin Cockatrice weren’t the original MM44 ones, but had been nicked from an High Elf Dragon.  I replaced these original replacements with a pair of 15mm Demonworld dragon wings.  Since I was converting the figure with non-Citadel parts, I figured I’d swap the rather dull tail with a scorpion one from the Dark World Manticore.

Cockatrice IngredientsThe Cockatrice torso showing his original yellow paintjob.  He was known as “Lemon Chicken”.

I did plan on him having a Chaos rider, and tried every single mounted Chaos figure in my collection.  However, anything bigger than a weeny Night Goblin shaman looked ridiculous, and the wings and neck all obscure the rider.  So Stingwing is an unbound monster, which also means he’s easier to legitimately field in Age of Sigmar.

cockatrice-rough-assemblage
Chicken stripped.

Attaching the Demonworld wings, and at a different angle to the original MM44 wings, required hacking away the sockets on the torso and some heavy pinning.  I used three layers of putty to first fill the gaps, then sculpt muscles, and then add fur.

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In my efforts to bend the old lead wings into curved shapes I managed to break the left one straight in half.  The metal along the split crumbled, and I had a pig of a time trying to reattach it.  I managed it with pins in the only two places that joined, and a good amount of putty.  Luckily the membranes had very little sculpted detail so my repairs are barely visible.

Anyways, here’s the finished beastie! I went with a mainly flesh, and ran the warband’s signature red colour onto the comb, wattles and scorpion tail.

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Cockatrice breaks through a clearing in Mourningwood.

Sadly I have no good photos of the six-way Dragon Rampant game from the Knavecon weekend – I’d borrowed sho3box‘s selfie-stick and only managed photographs of my own arm.

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Put in black and white, however, this looks intentionally arty. And you can’t see my Superman socks clashing with the hotel carpet.

The monsters is also an iconic Dungeon and Dragons monster, and will be featuring in some upcoming adventures!

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Pazyryk  Banefire and the Thugs in the Matityahu Temple.

Clyro Burns, Renegade Bright Wizard

One of the things to get your head round for Frostgrave is that you’re not really playing with a warband, like you would in Mordheim.  It’s about your wizard.  And I agonised over different wizard models for a good long while before settling on the Citadel ME-56 Saruman, for reasons of:

–  I want the warband to be built out of 1980s Citadel Miniatures
–  I’ve got a couple of spare Sarumans (“Sarumen?”)
–  Importing the Lord of the Rings figures into Warhammer proper is pleasing.

"Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for Tipp-Ex®?"
“Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for Tipp-Ex®?”

I really do like the 1980s Middle-Earth figures popping up in mainstream Warhammer.  After Games Workshop lost the the Tolkein licence in 1987 a lot of the not-character figures were rolled into the main Warhammer range, like the Noldor Elves into the High Elf range.  Occasionally the named character miniatures pop up in artwork or studio photographs, like ME-1 Gandalf here in the colour section of the Ravening Hordes supplement.

Oldskool Citadel Gandalf

Gandalf™ is a wise and powerful wizard.
Gandalf™ est un sorcier sage et puissant.
Gandalf™ ist ein weiser und mächtiger Zauberer.

To unSarumanise the figure the Palantir hand was replaced with a suitably chunky hand from a Citadel Night Horror.  Saruman’s left hand was flipped over and had a flame effect added from a (gasp!) modern Tzeentch kit.  This anachronism still makes me feel uneasy.

Despite leading a Chaos warband, I made no attempt to make him chaotic.  The red scheme and the age of the figure ties him in enough.

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A burning sensation in your palm – classic symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome.

He initially had grey hair, but it looked bad. Too much like Saruman still.  To remedy this I sculpted over his bald patch, and repainted his hair fiery orange.  One of the nice things about figures so old is my own limited sculpted talent doesn’t look as out of place as it would on a laser-crisp modern miniature.

I finished the figure with bone-coloured flames on his robes.  I was hesitant initially as he had flames popping out of his hand – I thought both 2D and 3D flames together would be confusing.  But keeping them a flat colour rather than the blended highlights of the Tzeentch-fire, and putting them in bone rather than a orange colour, keeps it obvious what’s meant to be real and what’s meant to be pattern.

Clyro Burns and Familiar

Clyro Burns, looking a little like Donald Sutherland in Kelly’s Heroes.

There he is, Clyro Burns, alongside his 1980s Chaos warband.

I call them “Burns’ Knights”.

Sorry.

Exo-Armour Hearthguard and the Storm Giants

There are several must-haves in a Squat army – and Exo-Armoured Hearthguard are several of them.  Like Space Wolves and their Wolfguard, these heavily-armoured characters can be sprinkled around the army to bolster the ranks, or formed up into squads for real hitting power.

Squat Exo-Armour versus Storm Giants

This model may’ve been influenced by the famous Sutton Hoo helmet. It’s as though the Perry that sculpted these models saw it and thought “Hey! That would look great as a robot – all it needs are hands and feet.”

Sutton Hoo helmet

Eagle-eyed amongst you would’ve noticed that there’s a discarded RTB01 helmet on the base. This is to commemorate the Squats’ victory against Mark’s Storm Giants in our ongoing Golem army challenge. So great was the massacre of these green Marines that Mark has switched to collecting Ultramarines.

Squat Exo-Armour versus Storm Giants

Next off, let’s round these chaps out to a squad with all the variants.

Spiral Eye, Pink Horror of Tzeentch Project Change XXVII

Another of Trish Morrison’s lovely G2 Pink Horror in a rich deep pink (achieved with Warlock Purple). Makes a nice change from the pale schemes I’ve seemed to favour with the majority of the Pink Horrors so far.

G2 Pink Horror of Tzeentch

The huge hands just remind me of the video to Everlong by the Foo Fighters, where Dave Grohl grows big hands to protect his lady.

Dave Grohl Tzeentching out on us

How many models are there for Project Change? Well, it’s difficult to count, I’ve broken down the models into the following categories:

  • G1 Daemons
  • G2 Daemons
  • G3 Daemons
  • G4 Daemons
  • Rogue Trader Renegades
  • Thousand Sons
  • Fantasy Champions
  • Beastmen
  • Dragons
  • Non-28mm (Epic, Warmaster, Man O’ War)
  • Collectibles (e.g. Black Library diorama with Madox)

The forces of Goof

So, just focussing on the G2 Daemons there are 88 possible models you can make:

1 G2 Lord of Change

13 G2 Pink Horrors
Pink Horror Champion, Pink Horror Standard, Pink Horror Musician, 2 one-piece Pink Horrors, 2 Pink Horrors with 4 tail options

10 G2 Blue Horrors

2 one-piece Blue Horrors, 2 Blue Horrors with 4 tail options

64 G2 Flamers
4 bodies with 4 right arm options and 4 left arm options

Which is a lot of figures.  The Flamers really break it as there are 64 ways of assembling the 12 components.  I think I’ll try collecting one of every component, else I’ll go insane.  Doubly so as I’ve not yet worked out how many ways there are of assembling the plastic G4 Pink Horrors.

Wailer, Pink Horror of Tzeentch – Project Change XXVI

This is Wailer – Pink Horror of Tzeentch. Another of the first generation of orkoid Pink Horrors by the talented Kev Adams. He’s unusual that he’s got a very sullen face more befitting a Blue Horror.

Wailer - Pink Horror of Tzeentch

His arms are awfully gnarly and have lots of texture I can only describe as ‘unintentionally crumbly’. It’s odd, as the main body is nice and crisp and a joy to paint. Meh.

He’s accompanied by a second of my iridescent Harpies, which aren’t really Tzeenthcian so don’t really count towards Project Change.

My collection of Tzeentchian artefacts is growing like some sort obscene shrine, and now it’s even jumped media. Here’s a piece Tony Ackland artwork I bought.

Tony Ackland Lord of Change

This is the Lord of Change that appeared in Realm of Chaos: the Lost and the Damned. Yep, it’s the original (not a print or reproduction), as you can see the pencils where Mr. Ackland changed the pose.

Tony Ackland Lord of Change

My friends have recently started referring to my pad as the Didsbury Warhammer Museum because I take such fetishistic pleasure in collecting and displaying all this stuff.