Herald of Tzeentch: Work in Progress #1

A while ago, over a year I think, I got a model from a friend. It’s this model here.

Herald of Tzeentch: WIP #1
I thought it was a cool model, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use it for. It’s definitely a very old-school Chaos Sorcerer, but I don’t really have a need for a Sorcerer on disc. Plus, while I think it’s a very cool model, and I like the sculpt, I didn’t feel it would fit in with my Chaos Marines army very much.

I had set aside the model, forgotten about it, untilĀ  started working on some lists with Daemons as an ally, featuring a Herald of Tzeentch on disc. I dug out the model and set to work.

My goal was simple, make this model work as a Herald of Tzeentch with minimal work. I hate working with metal models. Everything is a chore. I cut off the plasma pistol, sculpted some flames over the hand, and added the top to the staff (which was missing when given to me).

For the flame, I wasn’t aiming for realistic. I knew damn well I couldn’t pull of a realistic flame, so I just went for something fun and interesting that when painted up would look cool. I figure so long as the flame looks like it’s glowing when I paint it, it will work out just fine.

I scoured my bits for something to top the staff. I kept finding things close, but not quite right, or would take too much time to make work. I found that bit you see, and it’s the perfect size for the staff. Plus, the staff has a technological look to it, seeing as it’s a Sorcerer’s power weapon in reality, and the servo-skull look fit in I thought.

The only thing I need now is for my flying bases to come in so I can fit that up. I’ll have to magnetize the flying base since the disc isn’t thick enough for the peg to stick into.

From here it will be on to paint, but I want to work on my Screamers before this Herald. I’ll save this guy as a reward, and I have a lot of ideas already.

  • The solution was obvious, give it to Rory. But since you have taken this second approach with it you are doing well. Looking forward to seeing the progression.

    • Haha, thanks. Not sure I’m going to do much else with him. Probably work on the flame a bit, but can’t see much else worth doing.

  • Dang! I wish I had more friends like yours! Really cool model! Do it justice!

    • Yeah, I can’t complain with the cool stuff I get for free :)

  • I like :) . Lots of character to this chap. Looking forward to the paint scheme

    • It’s what I love about the old models, they do have so much character to them.

      Still mentally working out the paint scheme. Been getting inspired by Tzeentch schemes by others in the meantime.

  • Definitely agree with you about working on metal models. I know some people who actually prefer them, and it just boggles my mind. Nicely done here despite that, and I look forward to seeing your paintjob on him.

    I’ve got one of these guys too, along with a handful of other RT-era CSM. 4 in total. Hoping to find a decent deal on a 5th at some point here and run them as a Chosen Squad.

    • Thanks.

      A whole squad would be awesome. I love mixing in old models like this, but never had the chance to do a squad. Love to see that.

  • Cool old model. It’ll be interesting to see what you do with it.
    Did you order standard GW flying bases, or something more robust?

    • Just the standard bases. The hole on this guy is so shallow that nothing out of the box is going to work. I’ve never had bad luck with the normal flying bases anyway, so I’ll try them on the Screamers and see how it goes.

  • Castigator

    Oh, I love the old Chaos models, I’m so looking forward to seeing this painted up.

    • I’m pretty anxious to start painting this guy. Still not sure what I’m going to do, but most of the time I never do, and I just get into the moment and let paint fly.

  • I think you should give this fellow an excessively large flying stand. :)

    • Oh? I don’t follow…

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