In honour of the new Chaos Daemon Codex arrival, I thought I would turn some normally background models into the starts of the show – my assorted Horrors, Plaguebearers and Bloodletters.

When I started taking photographs of models, I realised that I didn’t have any opposition for some of models to be battling against. Enter the demons! I got a box of bloodletters, of horrors and plaguebearers along with a few contrast paints and got to work.

I’ve always loved the World Eaters, and wanted to use some of the ideas from their colour scheme on my Bloodletters. I painted them a light flesh colour (Cadian Fleshtone with a dry brush of Kislev Flesh) and then used an old toothbrush and Blood for the Blood God to flick red all over them. You’ll notice that some of the heads and weapons aren’t from this kit – I bought some Skullcrushers at the same time and borrowed some parts from them.

The Plaguebearers are mostly Athonian Camoshade with some highlights and Mephiston Red eyes. Rather than metallic weapons I decided to make it look like they were all made of Obsidian by base coating them black and applying green highlights. The green goo is Nurgles Rot technical paint.

The blue horrors are Talassar Blue, with the metallics being Stormhost Silver. I did this because i love the idea of a Tzeenchian hall of mirrors reflecting back a twisted version of reality, and wanted the weapons to represent that.

The Brimstone Horrors were my favourite models of the set to paint. I painted them with Iyanden Yellow in the centre, Gryph-hound Orange further out and then Flesh Tearers Red around the edges, applying each layer before the previous had dried to allow some blending. Doing this mimics how a flame looks (brighter and more yellow in the centre, the hottest part) in a way that is really easy to pull off. 

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All the daemons have very simple bases – I didn’t want to draw any attention from the models themselves, and it means that I can put them on most gaming boards without them looking out of place. Below are a couple of the photos I took with them in frame, never the main purpose but adding to the overall effect of each shot.

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