Chaos Cultists – The Changed

I have a a soft spot of chaos cultists. Not sure why – they are definitely not the best at anything in the 40k game or background, but they hit that ‘dark spot’ for me somehow. Maybe it’s something about them being drawn into a mess they don’t really understand. They are taken in by trying to do something to improve their lot (maybe not a good way) – yet they likely still fail and fall foul of the system they don’t comprehend…

For whatever reason, I have ended up with quite a few of these figures. They are usually cheap in second hand boxes etc which then makes it easy for me to pick them up and that is a reason for it as well. So, I decided that I should slap some paint on some of these up. I actually do like how they painted up in the end as well.

I decided that I would paint this set of 16 models in a blue and yellow theme. As all have their faces covered or masked, I thought it would be a fun thing to call them something which maps vaguely to Tzeentch. They likely don’t know they are on that path, but the mutations which they may hide and the colours gave me that idea. Thus, ‘The Changed’ as a gang were created.

As I mentioned there are 16 of them in this gang and I’ll show the different models in sets of 4 (front and backs), to allow for reasonable view without going into too much detail or a massive photo montage on them. I really need to get better at taking pictures but these came out ok.

I also went with a ‘dirty’ look to them. For me the life in the Chaos cults and especially in the large industrial wastes of the future is unlikely to be pristine and perfectly clean. So a black wash gives them the right grimy look that I think of for this setting. It does not hurt that this gives an easy finish to the models and hides any mistakes as well!

The colour scheme means that these guys are really easy to spot as a gang which is the main idea of the colour scheme. That said each model is pretty much unique, ensuring that they all be easy to identify in a game. I guess if I ever play a big game of 40k – which is unlikely then they will be a good unit as well.

As with all the GW Chaos miniatures there are a few similar ones, but there are only so many combinations of the bits that you can so. I do like that you can make them custom though so unlike some manufactures each model is still different and there are few true repeats. That said I do like the guy with the Axe above/below. He likely will be the leader of this gang.

This set of models can really be used with all sorts of games. I think they would work really well with the new Osprey Zona Alfa rules. I got those and although I doubt I’ll paint up any modern type models for that, with a squint these will work great for that. To be honest they should work well in most future gang/skirmish type games. Their weapons may be a little off from modern stuff but heck…

The bases are done very simply to convey the rough industrial look. That again is because I see these types of gangs working in those area’s. No nice, flash, clean environments for these guys who live on the edge and try to avoid too much notice from the authorities.

The overall theme colour system is one I really like. I’ll likely try to do some other ‘gangs’ of cultists in a similar type theme to differentiate them. You never know I may end up with a gang for each of the Chaos gods. I believe I have enough of the models somewhere in the great lead/plastic pile…

About mellis1644

A painter and gamer who has no illusions about being the best painter but likes to play with decently painted toys and have fun gaming
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9 Responses to Chaos Cultists – The Changed

  1. Markus Sharaput says:

    These look great! Oddly enough, I’m working through a pile of these as well – for my Khorne force. They’ve been nerfed a few times, but like you, I have a soft spot for them.

    • mellis1644 says:

      There is something about the cultists for sure. I’m sure your versions will be spectacular, but these work. I am tempted to get the new Corpse Guilds models for a Khorne gang. It’s not like I need them but heck why not…

      • Markus Sharaput says:

        Oh, yeah, those guys look pretty great. Sooner or later, I’ll cave on Necromunda, and when I do, it’ll be the Corpse Grinders.

      • mellis1644 says:

        I love the Necromunda background but the system is a little clunky I find. But there are so many systems which you can use for those games it’s not a major issue really.

  2. I like these, Mark! 🙂 the grubby blue look works well I think!

  3. Looking good, I must admit I actually have a soft spot for Genestealers.

  4. Marvin says:

    Super work and you’re right about the basing approach. Beginning your post with “I have a a soft spot of chaos cultists” made me smile!

    • mellis1644 says:

      Thanks and yes I say that as some of the GW Chaos stuff does not really do it for me. But the chaos cults and the dark corruption theme just resonates with me so much more than the large nasty spikey chaos monster… 🙂

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