“Trying to keep up my recent pace of blog posts,[…]”
~Prometian Painting, June 2018
…So it’s been a while since I did a post. My sincere apologies to any regular readers still around – a combination of LARP taking over my Summer, work fatigue and videogames dominating my Autumn and simple laziness eroding my Winter have meant that I’ve lacked the energy, time or enthusiasm to keep up with blog posts.
I have, however, been painting. I took an extended break for a few months, but have managed to finish a few projects, and a torrent of exciting releases has kept my interest up. Hopefully (but it’d be foolish to promise anything) I’ll stay in the saddle for a bit longer this time and release a few posts in a row!
Anyway – enough preamble. If you’re here, you’re here for the models. Here’s one of my favourite conversions to date – my Obliterators.
…God, these were fun to work on. I’ve wanted to make some obliterators ever since I read the lore on them, and been put off the idea ever since I saw the models.
To say they haven’t aged well would be, er, an understatement. I know some old models have special places in some collectors’ hearts, but I have honestly never met someone who likes the official Obliterator models – they’re ugly blocks of resin with goofy faces, awkward poses and a mishmash of guns that’d make an Ork Mek sigh in disappointment. The gribbly body horror approach to Chaos has never really appealed to me much anyway, so using the models as even the basis of a conversion was a non-starter of an idea.
Fortunately, there are other kits that make much better obliterators than the stock models. My constant source of inspiration Krautscientist did some very impressive stuff with various kits, and a google search for Obliterator conversions shows people using terminators, Kastlean robots, Primaris Aggressors and other similarly chunky models for more mechanical, less mutated bases for their conversions.
The ideal pick, it turned out, was Centurions. Big and chunky enough to fit the stat profile nicely and with a plethora of spare bits, they were a perfect place to start – once all the Imperial iconography had been filed off, anyway. A process that took some time, incidentally – the base models are literally covered in aquilas, winged skulls and other nonsense. I consider myself very lucky that nobody in the sculpting team decided to add purity seals.
The other key component, as you can probably tell, was the Helbrute kit. In my search for inspiration I came across Master of the Forge’s preposterously well-made Obliterator conversions, which combined the centurion kit, the Helbrute and some sort of greenstuff witchcraft that was beyond my comprehension. The clever use of Helbrute shoulderpads and horn crest things was not, however, and as it turned out the only bit of “sculpting” I had to do, if it can even be called that, was to build the top of the cowl for each model.
While my green-stuffing leaves something to be desired, one lovely perk of being a Chaos player is that if something doesn’t look very good, you can just wedge a skull or a spike in there to cover your untidy work.
The weapons were also largely from the Helbrute kit, neatly slotting in at the centurion’s elbow joints. The one being shown between paragraphs here did get a hodgepodge of smaller weapons around its terminator chainfist, including an Imperial Knight’s heavy stubber and a centurion’s flamer, but by and large the weapons were just added straight from the Helbrute. The trim on the weapons matched the shoulderpads, which really helped tie the models’ aesthetics together.
The rest of the build was fairly straightforward. Cables were made out of green stuff with my trusty tentacle maker, partially to bulk the models out and partially to hide the very clean and mundane rears of the models. Spare bloodletter heads were glued over the mechanicus symbols on two of the Obliterators’ reactors and painted to look like worked metal instead of daemonflesh (although in the Warp, those two terms are not necessarily mutually exclusive). The other got a nice little Khorne rune that I think came from my Bloodthirster, of all things.
The final stroke of genius that I’m quite proud of was the chest plates for two of the Obliterators. Long-term readers will probably know the part as from my favourite kit for conversions, but if you don’t recognise it, I’ll give you a moment.
For painting the models, I have to say I really like how these guys came out. I really pushed myself with the blue-black armour, dialling it up, and I think it came out really rather well. I also experimented with the lava cracks on the last Obliterator I painted (the one at the top of the page, with the twin heavy bolter and multimelta), and found that if I put the brightest part of the cracks where the lines meet rather than at the edge of the armour plate, it looks so much better. I will bear this in mind for future models!
All in all, really happy with these guys. They’re probably one of my most striking centrepieces to date, and instantly recognisable as what they represent despite having no bits in common with the official model – a converter’s dream. The fact that they kick ass on the tabletop only sweetens the satisfaction of finishing them.
As always, criticism and feedback is hugely appreciated – I’m amazed that this blog is still getting hits given my inactivity, so please – I love hearing from people, if you visit this page, say hi!
For my next post, we’ll be looking at something a bit different – in my time between blog posts, I’ve started work on a massive project completely separate from anything Warhammer-related. Here’s a picture of one of the more interesting angles of one of the models in question:
Stay tuned! 🙂