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Abaddon the Despoiler (Chaos Master of Crusade) Painting Showcase

I have been plastering social media with WIP shots of this model, the Chaos Master of Crusade (counts-as Abaddon the Despoiler) who I’ve named Fane Bloodstar, over the past few weeks. Well, there will be no more WIP shots because I have finally finished painting him!

Fane Bloodstar (Abaddon the Despoiler) Gallery

I took a TON of shots. I wanted to try to get every angle because it’s such a cool model and it has so many details.


I have a tutorial on how to make icicles and for the snow basing done on the model for those interested.


I really enjoyed painting this model. It’s the most fun I’ve had working on a model ever.

There’s so many details on the model that it really painted itself. I didn’t have to try to accomplish much other than putting the colors in the right spot. That’s what I love about models like this – they make your painting look better than it is by virtue of an awesome sculpt.

I already talked about the power sword in the tutorial, but again I’m really happy with how it came out. It creates a nice focal point for the model. Normally I would do the power claw with the same effect (on the blades), but I wanted the sword as the only focal point on this model.

The blonde hair was a longshot. I knew I didn’t want to do red hair, as the model has red cloth, and I knew black would just blend in too much. I thought maybe white, tried it, and I didn’t like it. So, I began playing with glazes and washes and ended up with what you see.

I know the blonde hair is atypical for Abaddon, but this is a counts-as for me, so I’m not trying to match it up anyway.

Brian on Twitter mentioned the blonde hair made him look young, and he’s right. Blonde hair is definitely something we perceive as a youthful color. That concept is fine with me. My Chaos warband is new in the grand scheme of things. So, a leader who appears youthful is fitting. Plus, I do like doing things different; even if it is just hair color.

Other than that, the rest of the model was pretty standard for me. I did try a new skull technique though, and I have to say I like it.


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