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  1. Old content here in the OP, can disregard, I'm keeping it here to edit/modify it in the future. The first page is discussion re: a discarded idea. Had this thread moved to WIP forum to be merged with my other WIP thread. Thank you for looking! Currently writing up a bunch of narrative for fun as well, hope to share that soon. Much more to come!
  2. Hey folks! I am brand new to Horus Heresy. I've always been intrigued by the Word Bearers ever since I read The First Heretic, but I've never liked the Chaos range in 40k. There's too much trim and teeth and tentacles. Horus Heresy allows me to dip my feet into the heretic pool without having to deal without all that nonsense! (until I want to -- planning some Gal Vorbak down the line). In any case, here's what I've got so far! Planning on updating here as I complete models. First up is my Praetor! Captain Esarhaddon of the Serrated Suns. He is Corrupted, and wields a Tainted Blade. Here is my first tactical squad! Outfitted with bayonets.
  3. One of my favorite threads I've ever read on the B&C, and one of the main reasons I got into the hobby was @Kierdale's thread for his psychopomps. I've similarly enjoyed @WarriorFish's Sundered and what I've seen of @Tallarn Commander's Warpborn. I'm also looking forward to reading about @Slave to Darkness's Khornate Word Bearers warband. I like reading about you guys' custom warbands and I'm going to channel that energy into my own hobby blog. The warband is still a WIP. I have yet to settle on a name that I really enjoy. But I do have some solid themes I want to incorporate and a paint scheme. I mocked up this digital test model with the app impcat. I think I am partial to the one with the black boots. I've also done up a test shoulder pad to see how the colors actually look in real life. I used the new Mantis Warrior Green contrast paint and then a conventional blue black for the trim. I'm going to have to come up with a method for touching up the green, otherwise I'm going to take some years off my life stressing out about painting so much black trim next to my beautiful, bright acid green. I'm choosing a leviathan's cross for the symbol for a couple of reasons. It invokes imagery of the occult It is connected to alchemy where it is a symbol for brimstone (sulfur) It looks cool Its simple enough to freehand that I don't need to mess around with transfers.
  4. After a year and a bit of painting Guardsmen and starting not Squats (Wargames Atlantics Einherjar) for games of 1st ed I thought Id return to my one true love Chaos (not Kebabs, but they are a close second). After a bit of head scratching on what to do and all the retro feels bouncing about currently due to the 35 years of 40k I started thinking back to the glory days of my younger years and my first proper Chaos army (not including the mish mash of stuff I had from RoC). The army in question was inspired by this John Blanche army in the 2nd ed codex, but back then my idea of painting was literally throw paint at the mini and hope it looks ok, so it looked nothing like what I was trynna achieve. Now at least I understand shading and blending (even though I still throw paint at the minis) so I thought Id have another pop at trying to replicate (shamelessly copy) this army. I have even picked up a Mephiston and Vet Sgt Centurius for this project, and Im currently eyeing some Asmodais on ebay for the Icon Bearer (still trynna find the old Verminlord for the right price though). There are some other influences Ill be 'borrowing' ideas from, some are other Blanche minis shown in WD 150 and Fred Marcarini's minis (painted by some chap called Lorenzo) in WD199. Blanches stuff. Freds. As they are all Khorne marines I think that has dictated what God Ill be following this time around, but I dont want to be locked into World Eaters, so I have decided to combine them with younger me's other interest of Occultism, Demonology and the Esoteric (I used to play Dark Angels and the fact they named the characters after Demons amused me, clearly Traitors). So it looks like Khornate Word Bearers or a renegade chapter that used to have worryingly close ties to the Ecclesiarchy before they fell. I dont really have much in the way of 'lore' for these yet, and I dont remember what I wrote all those years ago other than they were super edgy and called themselves 'The Damned' (I went through a bit of a dodgy Goth phase before I discovered Black Metal) so I get the fun part of starting from scratch (name will be changed as well) so I guess its time for me to dig out all my old books that would have gotten my door kicked in my Matthew Hopkins back in the day and start bashing ideas together into some form of background.
  5. We Bear the Word Clothed in darkness, gilded in fervor By aethyr bound, an unbroken creed Through our faith we are known For we are the Ebon Word We Bear the Word of the Warmaster Chosen to serve under the broken Legion Long have we toiled without our Lord's eyes upon us Long have our brothers denounced us as traitors For we are the Ebon Word We Bear the Word of Lorgar Our pact is hidden, our blood runs true We are a twisting blade in the hands of the Despoiler We guard the Eightfold Path For we are the Ebon Word We Bear the Word of Chaos Bound to break the dreams of Man Our travels vast, our works unending The red hands of Chaos reach out For we are the Ebon Word
  6. Have a tournament coming up in December. Newer local store is running their first event. It's going to be a smaller points event, they have several newer players that got into the game over the pandemic. I've been playing 40k since 3rd but mostly skipped over 7th and most of 8th and have only been playing 9th regularly for a few months since I found this new group. I plan to play my CSM at the event and I'm just looking for some tips on list building. I'm not too concerned with it being ultra competitive, most of the players there are going to be pretty casual so I'm aiming for that sweet spot of strong but not exactly min/maxed. We've also been playing mostly just Tempest or War or normal Eternal War missions so I have almost no experience with Nephilim and secondaries so would love tips on what I should be picking there too. Anyway here's the list ++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Chaos - Chaos Space Marines) [65 PL, 3CP, 1,250pts] ++ + Configuration + Battle Size [6CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points) Game Type: 4. Chapter Approved: War Zone Nephilim Legion: Word Bearers + HQ + Dark Apostle [5 PL, 95pts]: Chaos Undivided, Illusory Supplication, Warlord . 2x Dark Disciple: 2x Close combat weapon Master of Possession [6 PL, 105pts]: Chaos Undivided, Mutated Invigoration, Pact of Flesh + Troops + Cultists Mob [2 PL, 55pts] . 8x Chaos Cultist w/ cultist firearm: 8x Cultist firearm, 8x Frag & Krak grenades . Chaos Cultist w/ heavy stubber: Heavy stubber . Cultist Champion . . Autopistol and brutal assault weapon Legionaries [7 PL, 145pts]: Chaos Icon, Mark of Tzeentch . Aspiring Champion: Astartes chainsword, Boltgun . Marine w/ balefire tome: Balefire tome, Prescience . 2x Marine w/ boltgun: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Boltgun, 2x Frag & Krak grenades . Marine w/ heavy weapon: Reaper chaincannon Legionaries [7 PL, 130pts]: Chaos Icon, Mark of Khorne . Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Power fist . 3x Marine w/ astartes chainsword: 3x Astartes chainsword, 3x Bolt pistol, 3x Frag & Krak grenades . Marine w/ heavy chainaxe: Heavy chainaxe + Elites + Chaos Terminator Squad [10 PL, -1CP, 200pts]: Mark of Tzeentch . Chaos Terminator: Power fist, Reaper autocannon . Chaos Terminator: Accursed weapon, Combi-melta . Chaos Terminator: Accursed weapon, Combi-melta . Chaos Terminator: Accursed weapon, Combi-bolter . Terminator Champion: Accursed weapon, Black Rune of Damnation, Combi-bolter, Trophies of the Long War Helbrute [7 PL, 125pts]: Helbrute fist, Mark of Tzeentch, Multi-melta Master of Executions [4 PL, -2CP, 65pts]: 1. Flames of Spite, Aspiring Lord, Chaos Undivided, Stratagem: Relic, Ul'o'cca, the Black Possessed [7 PL, 140pts]: Possessed Champion . 4x Possessed: 4x Hideous mutations + Fast Attack + Venomcrawler [6 PL, 105pts] + Dedicated Transport + Chaos Rhino [4 PL, 85pts]: Havoc launcher ++ Total: [65 PL, 3CP, 1,250pts] ++
  7. Greetings fellow followers of the eightfold path. I am a recent convert to the dark powers having long pledged myself to the Dark Angels, I turn now to my most evil creations, the word bearers. These are the word bearers of the black Heralds chapter and I hope to use this as way to show off paint jobs, bat reps and flesh out the storyline of this legion offshoot. By way of intro here’s my first ever batrep using them. Hope you like it… part 1 With the imperial capital falling to the hands of Chaos and the Forces of the Death Guard ascendant a new threat emerges on the calixis sector and the Hazeroth Abyss. The Word bearers have come forth lead by their Dark Apostle Kor Harken. Their sights have been set on the world of Regulus. Leaving a bloody trail of victims, Harken and his possessed have nearly complete control of the planet. After surprise at the swiftness of their arrival, the Black Templar garrison on their fortress world of Cloister have sent a relief force led by brother Redemptor Karno and his captain Altair. The brother Captain Tomaso Altair brings forth his brothers to confront the menance… Deployment: the word bearers have set up in the agricultural processing facility. While the black templars setup at the edge of the city. Wb Dark apostle Cultists 10 Possessed 5+ 1 champion Obliterators x2 Black templars Captain Assault intercessors x5 Veteran Bladeguard x3 Redemptor dreadnaught ‘Prepare to show these dogs the power of the Pantheon!” T1 - Black Templars Marines burst forward from cover of the red temple ‘Cut down down the heretic with blade of faith and hearts of hate!’ The redemptor dreadnaught unleashes its hell fire on the obliterators but the word bearers use a hexaggrammatic ward blunting its potency. T1-word bearers The word bearers move about the cliffs for protection, while obliterators unleash on the bladeguard, the cultists take a few shots at the bladeguard inflicting 1 wound. “Prepare to die imperial dogs” The resulting melee sees the intercessors left with only blood stumps, while the possessed take minimal casualties. Full batrep found at blog spot but rest will be posted here over the week. http://legionofcaliban.blogspot.com/2022/09/calixis-campaign-eightfold-path.html
  8. It has been quite some time, and Warhammer has changed along with B&c. I don’t quite know where to start with my word bearers, but here’s where I’m at. How is the life of a chaos marine nowadays?
  9. "Put your trust only in the weapons you bear; for even those you consider closest might harbour thoughts of malice and treason under the familiar visage of a trusted brother." Unnamed Word Bearer Legionary. Unidentified firearm. Speculated to be a Khaladine pattern bolt rifle. Torso plate bears superficial damage, likely from previous engagement.
  10. Greetings all. It has been a quick minute since I posted on the forums (way back in the depths of 2019). Some of you may recall my Thousand Sons, but this time I am back with a slightly different shade of red, the arterial red of the XVIIth legion. My friend wanted to get back into heresy and what better way then to split the launch box. This gave us both a core foundation to build on as we evenly split the tactical marines and terminators. I wanted to go with a look that was metallic red reminiscent of what was found in Book 2 Massacre and Book 5 Tempest. I chose the Flayed Hand chapter to represent the bulk of the legionaries though members of other Chapters will be appearing due to their presences on the lovely transfer sheet. Below are my initial works (not pictured is the Spartan). I've not quite decided on an expansion direction. Likely expansion directions include the Kratos, a mix of Rhinos and Drop Pods to lean into different rites of war, and then a unit of Procurators from the exemplary battles. Flayed Hand Chapter, 3rd Battalion First tactical squad - During the build process I had built all the bodies up and promptly forgot which arms paired best with each body, this led to some more varied posing with the bolters. For colour variety of the armour I have incorporated more black and silver panels on the back-packs. I also blacked in some of the beaks. As I had ran out of spare bolt pistols, I decided that the plasma pistols would become warpfire pistols for which I wanted an eerie green glow. After initial highlights on the armour I then apply a highlight with iron hands steel to reemphasis the metallic look of the armour and to added battle damage. Tactical squad two - This was the squad I built first and very much stuck to the instructions. Head poses do slightly mask the the repeating poses a little bit. This squad also has the most bare heads for variety. Since I used them here I didn't want repeating faces in the squad above. In the back you can see some of my initial test marines whilst I was waiting for the boxset to arrive. Now we come to Praetor Endyios Feyd, commander of the 3rd Battalion of the Flayed Hand Chapter. He is likely to be joined by a diabolist in the future. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
  11. From the album: Word Bearers

    A Gal Vorbak kitbashed from a plastic Aspiring Champion and some Possessed bits.
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    From the album: MaliGn's Word Bearers

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    From the album: MaliGn's Word Bearers

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    From the album: MaliGn's Word Bearers

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    From the album: MaliGn's Word Bearers

  16. From the album: Post-Calth Ultramarine Veterans

    WIP shot of first Ultramarine Veteran base, complete with dismembered remains of one of the Word Bearers.
  17. From the album: Word Bearers

    From the Fires of Ghalmek, a podium has been raised to have the Word be spread all over the galaxy!
  18. TalonofHatred

    First Warrior

    From the album: Word Bearers

    My first Word Bearer since I decided to go WB again (for the 100th time...), getting this holy warband done... for Aurelian!
  19. Greetings Bearers of the Word, Does the Diabolist gain preferred enemy on shooting attacks? The text in Horus Heresy book 5 states "The Diabolist gains the daemon special rule and preferred enemy added to all their close combat attacks (in addition to any other weapon effects)." Does the text in the brackets mean he also gains preferred enemy on shooting attacks? - or solely during combat?
  20. I know that traditionally Word Bearers can not be taken as loyalists, however while I was reading today I noticed that the Orphans of War row specifically says that it is to represent loyalist elements of otherwise traitor legions, and then that this row "may only be taken by" and then goes on to list Word Bearers amongst the other traitor legions. If using this rite of war could one make the rules argument for taking a loyalist Word Bearers force? The in-universe explanation would simply be that these were morally-deficient loyalists willing to do anything to keep their true loyalties hidden until they determined the time was right. (The HH obviously becoming the "right time" to reveal their true convictions) But I am wondering more specifically if the Rite of War's rules would create an exception to the Word Bearers original "traitors only" rule, or if it is likely just a mistake and tough luck. Interested to hear people's thoughts.
  21. Okay, so. I've got this set of Blightlords sitting around. Since I've dissolved my Death Guard army in favor of Word Bearers, I'm wanting to run them as straight-up standard Chaos Terminators. However, the Flail isn't a weapon option for Chaos Terminators... so I'm on the hunt for some Lightning Claws for the lad. I don't have the bits left over to just swap out weapons with power axe/combi-bolter and be done with it (all got used) and I think it'd be pretty cool to have the one guy with lightning claws. Any good source for them? I know you can get them in a FW Upgrade pack, and if I'm not mistaken, they come with the base Cataphractii kit, but I'm looking for a simpler (cheaper) solution.
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