Painting Showcase: Deathcry – Chaos Marines Helbrute

Normally I don’t retake shots of models I’ve already showcased when I just add a magnetized option, in this case the twin-linked lascannon, but I also rebased the Helbrute too. The previous showcase showed him with the missile launcher and my older snow basing technique. Now, Deathcry is updated to the fluffy snow technique.

I just noticed there’s a hair that shows up on the twin-linked lascannon arm at the bottom of the Chaos symbol. Doh!

Deathcry (Helbrute) Showcase


The twin-linked lascannon is made from the Iconclad Dreadnought’s hurricane bolter casing with some plastic syringe tips for the lascannons. It’s a simple conversion but I think it works.

For those who pay attention to such details, you’ll notice he has a name now Deathcry. It’s a bit of a joke because whenever I field this Helbrute he doesn’t accomplish anything and because of the face of the model. I tell everyone he’s crying because nobody wants to play with him.

  • Castigator

    Oh I like that, the pink power weapon really works with the armour’s colours……and you know what? It works brilliantly with the Dreads ‘face’ ;-)
    Great work.

    • Thanks.

      He’s such a sad Helbrute, though he did well last night so he’s a bit happier than usual :)

  • Not too shabby a conversion. Barrels are a little weedy, but it’s a good use of the hurricane bolter casing.

    • I probably should have done some work to the barrels in hindsight. Eh, there’s always next time.

      • Absolutely. To be fair, if you went too large on the barrels, say by using Land Raider sponson versions, you run the risk of it being TOO large and dominating the whole Dread silhouette. You could call him Popeye!

  • Something that might be fun at some point thor…try painting up a cadian as “frozen” with lots of blue, and then stick him in the snow! I like the cool split nature of the dread here. Looking cool man!

    • That’s a great idea next time I’m working with a large base. I’ve got some scrap Guardsmen I can use too.

  • A very nice crisp paintjob. I really like the pink fist, and the face looks really good. Great job man! :)

    • Why thank you :)

  • I’ve always been a bit sad fielding my dread/helbrute as they are never as cools as they should be. At least they won’t shoot your own squad – twice, like they used to. The sad face is impressive how well it is worked into the face-plate.

    • I love Dreadnoughts. There’s just something awesome about a big stompy robot.

      Yeah, the crazed rules don’t suck now. You can still get a result you don’t want, like stand still and shot twice when you wanted to charge, but like you said, you’re not harming your own army now. I don’t mind random but random with harmful side effects can get old.

      The formations for the Helbrutes are good and really the only way I’ve found to get these guys to be more useful.

      • I remember reading those and thinking the same thing. Where they a WD formation or a black library digital? I have two more helbrutes that have been patiently waiting for paint to complete the formations.

        • Digital unfortunately but definitely check them out. You can even find them with a little work ;)

  • JD Brink

    Great job. I really like the claw and chaos symbols. Nice work!

    • Thanks.

      Freehand is one of my favorite things to do and it’s hard to pass it up with so much open space on this one.

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