Keeper of Secrets Painting Showcase

Lately I’ve been doing some work on old models; mostly rebasing them. Well, the Keeper of Secrets has been on my rebasing list for years – literally. With 8th edition having arrived, coupled with my desire to try him/her out, and the fact I had to repair an arm, the Keeper got some work done and proper pictures taken of him/her.

Keeper of Secrets Gallery


The Keeper was the very first big dameon I painted when I got into Chaos Marines 6 years ago. As such, it’s far from an amazing show piece. However, I really enjoy the model itself, so I tend to overlook the simple painting techniques I used on it. I think it’s a solid tabletop painting job.

The sword OSL (object source lighting) is (I believe), the first I ever attempted. You’ll notice the not so great blends of the pink on the sword, and top of the Keeper’s head. We all had to start somewhere!

Broken Arm

The left arm snapped off the Keeper months ago. Somehow it snapped off in my army bag. I was so disheartened that I set the model aside to ignore it.

The arm had been green stuffed to fill in gaps, and the snap created some very visible paint chipping. I had no idea what I was going to do to fix it. I knew I couldn’t fill in the seam and blend paint in. I’d never be able to match the paint up right. Then I got an idea.

I decided to do some really simple sculpting to create a ribbed like band around the seem. This look mimics other areas like it on the Keeper already. Fortunately, I remembered how I arrived at that pink’ish color, and was able to match it up pretty well.

So, if you’re wondering why my Keeper has an organic band around his left shoulder, that’s why!

  • Good stuff. Nice repair work that fits in well with the model. While your painting has come on a lot I wouldn’t say this is no good. I like it!

    • Thanks. I have a soft spot for this model regardless. I agree, the painting isn’t bad, but seeing your old work makes you realize how far you’ve come.

  • Oh yes, I like Shim!
    That is a great repair on the arm and it’s such a simple but clever idea.

    Great work!

    • Thanks!

      I was really bummed when the arm popped off because I had no idea what I was going to do. I was quite pleased with the solution I finally came up with.

  • Looks nice! I know you can see all the stuff that you wish you’d done better, or do better now, but as someone seeing the Model for the first time, it’s a good one. Excellent thinking on the repair job, too.

    I really need to get over worrying about screwing mine up and get her finished.

    • Thanks, and yes, were our own worst critic for sure.

      Get it painted! I used to worry about painting models I really liked for fear I’d screw it up. At some point I said fuck it and just went for it. You’ll always get better, like my Keeper, so just go for it and do the best you can now.

      • I think I’m going to tackle that as my project after OFCC at the end of the month. Right now I’ve got 17 Assassins, 3 Inquisitors, and an Alpha Legion Kill Team that I need to get finished up for that first.

        • Priorities. I look forward to seeing the work when you get to it.

      • Berman

        I know that feeling. Stepping back to my Nids for the last year. Had the come up with a new scheme (caprice color I used no longer exists). I anted something that would allow my old Nids (first 40k models) to fit in on the table but also move them forward with my painting skill. Settled for an 75% pa Not quality. Huge step up from the old but also simple enough to really churn out models. My focus has been on speed the last 6 months and at this point I’m about 2-3 times as fast as I was a year ago for the same paint quality.

        • For tabletop speed is very important. It’s something I’ll be working on also once I get back to rank and file. Going faster and keeping quality is a big improvement.

  • Berman

    Excellent repair on the shoulder. Almost looks better with the extended ribbing. Solid piece.

  • Fine work with this model! Great colors and transitions. I am not overly fond of this head variant though, I still prefer the old school cattle head :P

    • Thank you.

      I got the model used, so that’s the head it came with. I like this head more though, but that’s probably because it’s the one I’m used to.

  • Kenneth Raymond

    I love the greater daemons from this period {Apart from the Great unclean one} and still use them occasionally (I personally prefer the cattle head but this head works just as well.) and your paint job does make the model look very striking.
    My gaming group hates my KOS (as in one game I got the Acquiescence (slaanesh) and Invisibility(telepathy) psychic powers. Thus making him immune to all blast and template weapons as well as denying overwatch. He chewed through a three strong carnifex brood, a hive tyrant, a squad of black Templar terminators with emperors champion before finishing the game locked in combat with four different units. Ah memories)

    • The KoS always tends to do decent for me, but not as good as your example. Generally the poor bastard gets shot to death before he can do anything.

      • Kenneth Raymond

        Well that has only happened once (getting either of those powers was a minor victory and both was overkill). Normally it is as you describe near instant critical existence failure as every single gun (that is not targeting anything more lethal) fires on the model usually in Turn 1.
        Oh well time will tell where the 4 greater daemons sit in 8th Ed. (maybe it won’t degenerate into a just take the lord of change style affair like in 7th)

        • I’ve used the Keeper twice in 8th and it was mixed. First game he got smited to hell by Magnus, then charged and destroyed by him. The second game the Keeper almost took down Magnus, but Magnus retreated and eventually KoS died to smite. Same opponent, Tzeentch themed if it wasn’t obvious.

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