Here’s a quick post to show you guys the Nurgle helbrute I’ve been working on this past week or so. Then again, if you played Chaos Space Marines prior to 6th edition, you probably still refer to these modern demon engines as dreadnoughts. For the sake of argument, however, I’ll refer to them henceforward in their current incarnation.
When I first set about collecting Death Guard, the first model I ever converted was a chaos helbrute. As crude as it was, my kit-bashed creation was my pride and joy. Its armour was strewn with chains as if it had just broken free from its restraints, and I’d even sculpted on some `green stuff’ to represent patches of decomposing flesh and open wounds.
As I put the finishing touches to my hideous masterpiece, I recall feeling a great sense of achievement. Once I’d painting it, rusting and bleeding from every orifice, I decided to take my new model down to my local war-games club to show it off to some of its members.
One guy – a bit of a Fluff Nazi – came over and glowered at my beautiful figure: “Huh… Dreadnoughts don’t bleed – they’re machines”. All of a sudden, my cool-looking figure just didn’t look anywhere near as cool as it had. No matter how hard I tried, never again did I see that model in the same light. As insensitive as his comments were, he was right.
Of course, everyone’s entitled to explore their own artistic licence when it comes to miniatures. But somehow `that guy’ struck a nerve with the purist in me and the model just served to irritate me after that. Looking back now, many moons on, it really was god-awful! But then we’ve all got to start somewhere, right?
If you’re interested in seeing more of this project, be sure to check back soon for more updates.
Until next time,