Thor’s Workbench: Chaos Helbrute (PIP #1)

I started building this model in the last Chaos codex and then set him aside when the new one came out. There’s nothing wrong with them in the new codex but with the new toys I really like (Heldrake, Maulerfiend and Forgefiend), the Helbrute has some serious competition and has mostly sat around unused. At one point I put a quick base-coat on the model and then I started playing with a Warpsmith based list lately and figured it was time to get this model done.

As you may notice, I did some conversion work to the model. It’s small stuff, the sarcophagus, some greenstuff skulls and Chaos icons, but I was aiming for simple. Again, when I started this model it was a Chaos Dreadnought, not a Helbrute, so it doesn’t share that melded and mutated look of the current model. Here’s some shots. Sorry, the first one is a bit blurry.

At this point everything is base-coated, shaded and in various stages of highlights. It won’t take me long to get this wrapped up when I find another free moment to work on him.

I do have a DCCW (Dreadnought close combat weapon), arm ready for him but I have to do a little cleanup (modeling), and then get it painted. I’m still hunting down a lascannon for the other side. I have a thing for lascannons and it may be the most expensive option on the Helbrute but I have found it worth it. I don’t field tanks with Chaos so lascannon access is limited for me beyond Obliterators.

In other news, I got five Cultists painted and completed over the weekend. I’m going to wait until the entire unit is done before I do a showcase on them, which may be a few weeks.

  • I like how the face came out. It is a good looking model so far. Maybe you could convert a Dreadnought (fine Hellbrute) sized Obliterator arm for it? The end of a lascannon barrel isn’t hard to build from some plastic rod and the other details could be covered up by the fleshy arm.

    • Thanks. I’m happy with how that face came out. It ended up being easier than I figured it would be.

      I like the melded flesh look but since the rest of the model is stock Dreadnought I feel it would look a bit out of place. I figure I’ll keep the more Imperial look for him and fluff him as a newer Helbrute and thus less warp exposure for the whole flesh meld bit.

  • Man, part of me is now imagining the standard cut down the middle paint job (like you have there) but instead of a paint division, do one half all fleshed out like an Obliterator. But yeah, that face is nice.

    • I like that idea! You could leave the armor plates on the leg and sarcophagus but add some musculature behind them then add a heavily fleshed out gun arm. It would look like the growth started with the weapon arm and is slowly spreading from his right to left.

    • Thanks. That would be pretty cool for sure.

  • Warren Falconer

    Hes looking great!

    • Thanks. Since this I got the layering and highlighting all done and the base is started. Just need to add snow and this part is done then on to the DCCW.

  • JD Brink

    Looking good. I am especially impressed with how clean your dividing paint line is. Nice work!

    • Thanks. You do enough in this manner and that dividing line is easy to do!

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