Thor’s Workbench: The Calling of Chaos

The projects continue. I’ve been a bit all over the place with them the past few weeks. If one project needs downtime (IE: washes drying, glue setting up, etc.), I’ll jump on to the next project. So, I’ve got a bit of this and that.


A unit I started a few years ago is getting some recent paint. I haven’t been sold on them in 8th for Chaos, but I felt like painting something that would be relatively easy, at least compared to my Land Raider.

Nothing special at this point, just some basecoating. I still have to pick out cables, lenses, and details in general. From there they will get a wash and highlights. Simple.

Raptors WIP

Combi Weapons & Icons

The shop I play at has been doing power level for the monthly tournaments. Last month was 80PL, and August will be 100PL. I have my issues with PL for tournaments – namely that it’s not for them as per the rulebook itself, but that’s another article.

Anyway, as a result I have to get some combi weapons done, and some icons. They’re free with PL, so I’d be stupid to not load up on all the freebies. Everyone else does. I was 350pts behind one guy at this month’s tournament, and no doubt some (not all) of that was related to stuff like this.

Anyway, I got these combi-plasma and combi-melta guns from Kromlech last year. So, it was time to put them to use.

You’ll see below that I painted up one of each: combi-plasma and combi-melta. I also painted two Icons of Wrath as they’re the only universally useful ones for Chaos (re-roll charge). Well, other than Vengeance (+1LD), but I have two of those right now.

The longer one is for my Terminators. It gets magnetized to the base and stands up behind the Termie.

Nothing fancy on any of this, just getting it tabletop ready.


I picked this up last year with the intent of fixing it up. Well, I’ve started that process, and the first thing was a bath to strip it.

Stripped Predator

The process seemed to weaken the glue holding most of it together. So, I took it apart to be able to clean up the glued areas and put it together again, which is good because a lot of it was assembled poorly.

I’m still early in the process. Metal is a chore to work with, and the top turret needed a bit of love. There was a horrible mold line around it that took quite a bit of filing to clean off. Also, the turret wouldn’t slot into its hole, so I had to file the turret ring, and the hole, a bit to get that to fit together.

By the time I got that all done, I glue down one metal plate and called it a night. See, my hobby light bulb burnt out and I have no replacement – hence the dark picture below. I ordered two of those last night (I’ll have backup this time), but I won’t get it until Friday.

Predator: WIP #1

The End

I recently finished up my Maulerfiend, so I’ve been busy getting into 8th. That being said, I’m also not doing anything that’s not an overdue project. With a Chaos codex due out before Christmas, and no doubt some changes to come, I’m not going to commit to too much right now. Still, I don’t want to remain idle either; I did plenty of that in 7th.

How’s everyone else’s projects for 8th going? All done or a lot more left to do?

Update: The Chaos Predator is painted.


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Good stuff chief. Aa you said on my post we both have old metal predators on the go now, no doubt yours will be painted better.
Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Kenneth Raymond

Metal predators were always a hassle to put together. (You appear to be doing to classic escalation painting style. starting with raptors, then a predator before attempting your LR?)
I hate looking at my backlog (75 normal models, 14 from BFG, 9 from AVP, 15 Zone mortalis tiles, 4 zone mortalis doors, a hydra platform, and a pile of assorted scenery [inc Aos Chaos helfort, bastions, wall of martyrs, an Aquila strongpoint and various scatter terrain. 6 realm of battle tiles]) so I am ignoring it and my lack of paint by pushing onwards with some Death guard (the new ones, I finished the Lord of contagion) while proceeding with the Praetor missile tank rescue attempt. (LR track sections are now filed flat and are glued into position. I have prized off the treads and will be sorting them out during Death guard related distractions as I have the paints I need for them.)


Yeah, those Predators are a total pain to work with. One of them was my first 40K Vehicle kit, and it was a freakin’ nightmare. I ended up assembling it somewhat differently than it was actually supposed to go, because I just couldn’t get the parts to fit right the way the directions said.

Still not as bad as the Plastic/Metal hybrid Land Raider Crusader, tho. I never did manage to get that thing to last more than a single Game without some part or other falling off.

Your stand for the various magnetized bits looks kind of like a stick figure CSM ;)


The old metal tanks were wonky as hell, but there’s something about working with them that I enjoy. Must be my love of refurbishment. I rebuilt one old metal Razorback, and two metal Land Raider Crusaders. I started on a Vindicator before losing interest and selling the parts.

I’m still slogging through this trio of Landspeeders, despite knowing I’ll likely never use them in 8th. Too many points.


I’ve been doing the same, going through my stuff and finishing off units (well, planning to finish off anyway :) ). Def good to wait till the codexes drop before adding anything new.


Some really nice progress there! I remember the same thing with my Predator all those years ago. I also ended up having to file down the turret just to make it fit.


I’m also building a lot of stuff for 8th. My main Chaos army for 8th will be Thousand Sons but I’ll add a couple of auxiliary non-TS units too. I’m looking at Chaos Terminators with combi-plasma, raptors with melta and a combi-melta and a group of Chosen with five combi-flamers. If you can get that group of chosen in range your looking at a potential 30 autohits and an additional 10 bolter shots. Pretty good and a reasonable price too, even if you add a few body bags.

Ser Chaz of Casterly Rock

Having highlighted 10 Warp Talons, I feel for ya! You’re spend a LOT of time highlight the Raptors!