Kastoros Lydon – The Choirmaster – WiP Daemon Prince of Slaanesh


“Dearest Fabius taught me so much…”
The voice spoke from the silhouette of the throne that Altrian had been thrown down in view of. A bank of spotlights had been mounted on the wall behind the throne. The light from them was blinding. Without his helm even his post-human eyes teared up trying to look upon the figure reclined there. Cheap theatrics Altrian thought to himself with a sneer but had expected no different. “This, my magnum opus, is as much his creation as it is mine,” the voice continued gesturing to the machinery that idled behind Altrian with a maddening, teeth-itching hum. Voices Altrian half-corrected himself, well, singular voice but multiple speakers. 

“I was but a child taking my first timid steps when he took me under his wing. Fabius is a godless man though. He thinks that makes him stronger than the rest of us. But his godlessness is just to hide his fear. Fear that he treads a path not his own… Sweet Slaanesh loves him and watches over him even though he spurns, the youngest god’s love. It was sweet Slaanesh that saved me, elevated me, remade me in an image more pleasing to him.”

“When he was my master, before he was yours, Fabius took my voice from me for some petty transgression…

It was the cruellest and yet most delectable thing. In my enforced silence I heard it. The siren song of Slaanesh. The birth cry of a god layered in the lament of the dying of the race that birthed him. It was so beautiful and with every ounce of my being I longed to add my voice to that song. Not the tinny artificial thing from the vox-aug I was fitted with or even the voice I had use before then but my true voice. I knew it was buried. Inside of me. I needed to bring it to the fore.

“Pain was the answer as it so often is. I built this device for me. Its tender attentions ministrations took me to the brink. The thread that separates life and death. In that place I found my voice. I surrendered myself to the death I knew would meet me and I screamed, my very soul shrieked out in blissful agony. That soul-cry joined with the Song of Slaanesh. It was a fleeting note. My weak, pitiful, physical form was torn apart by the intensity of its tone. But my one note in that glorious song and the price I paid to sing it, caught the attention of my sweet god and in his delightful excruciations I was remade. Slaanesh brought me into his choir but I knew that my place now was to help others find their voice.”

Almost lost in the thrumming of the pain engine behind him Altrian heard the rustle of robes and a number of cybernetic limbs.

“Honoured Adept Domitian here, made a weapon of the process,” the voices explained as the robotic hands of two Thallax hauled Altrian to his feet. The figure on the throne rose to his feet. Taller than a regular astartes and thinner, more graceful of limb. The full horror of its visage became clear as it spread its leathery pinions blocking the harsh spotlights and allowing Altrian’s eyes to adjust. He at last made out the true horror that was his captor –Kastoros Lydon; Kastoros The Resplendent; Kastoros The Choirmaster; The Silent Song and a hundred other names besides. The daemon’s ornate armour was a headache inducing riot of pink, warped into something more fitting to his form even if less practical now. Practicality was rarely a concern for the servants of Slaanesh let alone for those no longer confined to the harsh truths of mortality.  His face and helm had long since blurred. Now his visage was of a cruel, living ceramite behind a static-spitting voxgrille, almost lost in a mane of tubes and cables. When he spoke the words came from the psychically slaved heads skewered on trophy racks atop the creature’s throne. 

“I had so hoped Fabius, would be with you. I wanted to give him my thanks and repay him in kind. I shall take some comfort, for now, in adding your voice to the song in his stead”

Still got a long way to go on this mini but I’m working on a new Daemon Prince. So far there’s an assortment of bits from: Fulgrim, Chaos Terminator Lord, Helbrute, Dark Eldar Scourges, Possessed, Khorne Blood Reavers and an ever increasing amount of green stuff. Got quite a clear vision for both the mini and his background though so that should see me through the hard work. Looking forward to getting him to a point where I can start painting!

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A Sonic Ensemble – Orchestrator Serron Plus Further WIP

Orchestrator Serron is my Kill Team Leader for our upcoming Khristmas Kill Teams event (although I think I’m going to go with Sonic Ensemble rather than Kill Team). John will be posting more details about the Khristmas Kill Teams soon I’m sure.


A picture of the painted Sonic Ensemble so far:

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Been working on a few other things in between. First of which is a Spartan. I’ve got an early WIP mock-up of how the Dirge Caster / Exhaust system will look at the rear of the tank and then a more recent WIP picture of where I am with the Spartan for now.

 

I’ve also started on a trio of characters inhabiting the Orchestra of Sin. I’ve worked on two Sorcerers – one in Cataphractii Terminator armour and the other a simple conversion of the Dark Vengeance Lord Krannon mini. I’ve also done a mock-up of one of my Chaos Lords on Bikes – this one a traitor White Scar.

Thoughts and feedback greatly appreciated!

A Glorious Host – Maiden of Slaanesh

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Made a start on painting the Daemons to go alongside the mortal denizens of the Space Hulk The Orchestra of Sin.

The photos highlighted a stray spot of pink that I’ve since fixed. Also got a family portrait of the 3 painted minis so far:

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Just need to decide what to paint next!

An Orchestra of Sin -Lord Vardas Soulchewer

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Seems to have taken a while to get this guy finished. He initially started life as a Crimson Slaughter ‘Prophet of the Voices’ with a Mark of Slaanesh but in the couple of battles he’s fought so far he’s been a Black Legion Lord with the Spineshiver Blade or a counts-as Lucius The Eternal. Lord Vardas Soulchewer. Although I’m hoping he’ll earn the epithet Wulfenchewer against our regular Space Wolves opponent…

The mini is a Forge World Gal Vorbak marine with the head from the  Slaves to Darkness Chaos Chariot kit and the claw-spear from a Hosts of Slaanesh Hellstrider.

I might need to add something extra to his base just to finish him off though.

An Orchestra of Sin – The First Oktavist

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I’ve had my first painted Noise Marine finished for a little while now but only just managed to get some photos of him that I actually like!

Took a while to find a ‘rank’ title for him that I was happy with. The Kakophoni in the Horus Heresy are split into Orchestrators and Chora which I wanted to keep for Champions and Sonic Blaster armed Noise Marines respectively, but I needed something for the Blastmaster armed Noise Marines and after some research Oktavist stood out…

Just the rest of them to paint now! Any comments, feedback, critique welcome!

More Orchestra WIP

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Following on from my previous post introducing the background for my new Slaaneshi army, I have a few more WIP pictures of some of the minis I’ve been working on.

I showed a WIP of the first of the Noise Marine Obliterators I was working on previously. Here are the three together, still quite a bit I want to add to these and make them feel more like Obliterators than just Terminators with Sonic Blasters.

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Noise Marine Obliterators

I’ve also started to put together my Noise Marines. First up are two Noise Champions. The Forge World Kakophoni marines are absolutely stunning and I’m going to have great fun making two characterful units of Noise Marines.

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Noise Champion 1
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Noise Champion 1
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Noise Champion 2
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Noise Champion 2

I’ve also mocked up one of the Kakophoni with a Blastmaster. The sonic weapons they come with are amazing so think I’d like them to be the Sonic Blasters to make up the bulk of the sonic weaponry so going to go for the finecast Blastmaster.

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Noise Marine with Blastmaser

Still quite a lot to do with each of these but please with the progress so far.