“The Space Hulk designated Orchestra of Sin has oft been a herald of rebellion, heresy, and destruction across the Imperium. It follows no discernible route and leaves only ruin in its wake – emerging from the warp, plunging entire systems into chaos, then dropping back out of realspace until it re-emerges elsewhere – sometimes months later, sometimes decades. To those Inquisitors that have studied it, the hulk’s sightings are random and unpredictable but to the dark pilgrims aboard the hulk, its path is guided by the unseen hand of the Youngest God, Slaanesh.
A colossal amalgam of numerous vessels the Orchestra of Sin has been so warped by the tides of the Immaterium that there are probably none living that could name the separate craft that represent its constituent parts. Even those that dwell upon the hulk don’t know its full makeup such is the ruination of vessels and star-bound scrap at its heart. Somewhere at its core lies a vast conveyor that had been running millions of souls to newly conquered worlds at the height of Macharius’ Crusades. The vessel became becalmed, the astropaths on board screaming their messages of distress into the aether, amplified a thousand-fold by the fears of those aboard. By the time these astropathic messages were received by others their meaning had been corrupted and those that came to their aid all arrived with vastly different expectations of what they would find. Astartes light vessels arrived to fight xenos pirates or a deamonic incursion. Imperial navy vessels and troop conveyors sought to put down a mutiny or search for survivors after critical systems failures. None can say who was responsible but by someone or something’s hand the conveyor suddenly shifted into the warp, those rescue vessels and boarding pods attached to it like ticks were dragged into the sea of souls also – without sufficient warning to have raised their Gellar Fields all of the vessels and the souls aboard them were prey to the foul entities that awaited them. When next it emerged in the sea of stars the vessel was a composite of the original conveyor and those ships that had gone to its aid. Over the years, more and more vessels have been consumed by the hulk so that it is now a maddened splice of Imperial, Traitor, and even Xenos ships plus all manner of debris.
The roster of the Orchestra of Sin’s crew is in constant flux. The only thing they all have in common is that they are in thrall to Slaanesh. The shared company of similarly minded sorts allows those dark pilgrims aboard to indulge their whims in relative safety but each is only truly interested in furthering their own goals. Their numbers are regularly thinned when they turn upon each other or engage in war but then new pilgrims flock to the hulk whether they be members of secretive cults on worlds that the Orchestra of Sin draws near, Renegade Astartes, or prisoners-of-war / refugees brainwashed or enslaved to the bidding of new masters.”
The above is a snippet of background to my new army, yes, the Renegades and Heretics are gone. I’m a terrible hobby magpie but I’m hoping this project might help me turn a corner. It’s a bit of an odd one as I’ve wanted to do a mono-slaanesh army made up of daemons and marines etc for ages but for a multitude of reasons I’ve largely put it off or gone on different flights of fancy although there have been a few false starts in the past with my Spider-Centaur Keeper of Secrets conversion and my Emperor’s Children who got a half-painted Fulgrim.
The problem with those attempts though was I pigeon-holed the armies, so I had a very clear idea of what I could and couldn’t use that would be Emperor’s Children-y and in the case of the spider daemon had intentions of all of the daemons taking a similar form an idea that shot itself in the foot due to the rules for Nurglings (who were going to be my hordes of counts-as spider babies) in 5th edition. When you’re a hobby butterfly flitting from idea to idea like myself that much structure is army suicide. So in their latest guise my Slaaneshi sorts can only be defined as such. There will be Daemons and Marines and a great many things in between if I have my way. The concept of a vessel of hedonistic pilgrims emerging from the warp to make war / love / noise and pick up more pilgrims means I can really go wild and throw in whatever I fancy. For instance, I’ve had a long term want for some Slaaneshi White Scars ever since the Dornian Heresy was published on Bolter and Chainsword and there’s a biker lord taking form in my imagination and bits box to realise that but equally I know that I would never be able to commit to that as a full scale army but as a character or perhaps a full bike unit it’s manageable and then I can flit to the next mini-project of Slaanesh – or such is the hope any way!
So, for those that have read my rambling above or the tl;dr kindred – what have I got to show for all this so far!
Firstly another itch I’ve been keen to scratch for a while is a unit of Noise Marine Obliterators. I’ve got three at about the same stage so far – still a lot of work to do but pleased with the start I have made.
I also did a mock-up of a ‘regular’ Noise Marine. He’s been slightly re-purposed since as a bolter marine as I’m going to try something else for my Noise Marines.
But it’s not just Noise Marines being worked on. Their Daemonic allies are also on the agenda. I’ve been working on a Herald on Steed of Slaanesh. I was keen to do something to make her stand out from the regular Daemonettes so decided on giving her a third arm and really playing on the asymmetrical nature of Slaanesh’s daemons.
Lastly I’ve also started on a Soul Grinder. It’s a wonderful kit (although there are some horrendous gaps and misaligned parts to work on) and the only real change I wanted to make was to give it a Noise Marine style vox-grille to represent the Baleful Torrent (which to my mind is a daemonic Doom Siren).
So lots of work to go and lots more ideas to flesh out – would appreciate any comments or feedback you have and hopefully will have further updates in the not too distant.