Gamer, painter and member of the Warhammer Community team, Eddie Eccles has been in the thrall of Tzeentch for a long time. Over the last couple of weeks, he’s been writing a series of articles about how best to use the new Codex: Thousand Sons to bring glory to the Changer of Ways (and win games). He’s covered Rubric Marines, Tzaangors and Magnus the Red – and now it’s time to take a look at Eddie’s army:
Greetings, fellow seekers of knowledge.
For me, the most interesting element of many of the Traitor Legions is that transition from noble heroes of mankind into self-serving champions of Chaos – none more so than the tragedy-strewn tale of the Thousand Sons.
When picking a colour scheme, I wanted to go with something that represented this transition, so I’ve tried to capture the armour in the throes of change – slowly warping from pre-Heresy crimson into the regal blue of their new allegiance. I like the idea that, rather than being “painted”, the corruption of their souls slowly encroaches into their armour and the new colours of change bleed into, or cracks through, their existing heraldry.
The colour scheme turned out to be pretty fiddly on smaller models, but works pretty well – I think – on larger kits, like these Chaos Predators. I went with the Deimos pattern for both tanks, to match that “fresh from the Heresy” look the rest of the army has.
I always end up adding Dreadnoughts of some type to all my Space Marines forces. The larger areas on my two Contemptors and the Deredeo Dreadnought allowed me the space to play around with the colour scheme a bit and provided a cool-looking trio of automata-walkers to stand imposingly at the core of my battleline.
I was pretty pleased with how this guy turned out. I mixed bits from a few different kits to get the character I wanted here, with armour from a Death Morghast to the spare alternate blade I had left over from building Magnus. The colour scheme is designed to mirror the Crimson King himself – I imagine many of his most devoted followers would end up mutating to have red skin, echoing their cyclopean father.
The latest addition to my army is the Mutalith Vortex Beast. Painting this guy was a nice change of pace from the rest of the force. I swapped out the warp anomaly on its back for an Exalted Sorcerer, in mid-ascendance to daemonhood (or possibly spawnhood). I like to think that the Vortex Beast was maybe that Sorcerer’s pet (or apprentice) that has erupted with warp energy, and turned into this betentacled monster.
I’ve certainly not finished building the army. Next up are almost 100 Tzaangors of various types, with the goal being to field a small army composed solely of Tzeentchian beastmen.
After that, I have a demi-company’s worth of Terminators, representing another army I’d like to try at some point – the full Scarab Occult, in battle as a single force alongside their Primarch.
Well, that’s all from me.
I hope you enjoyed the series, and remember: Change is good.
Sounds like we’ll be seeing more from Eddie’s Thousand Sons in future as his dastardly plans come to fruition… In the meantime, you can pick up Codex: Thousand Sons now, and start on your own sorcerous forces, or grab the codex for your phone and tablet from Warhammer Digital and iBooks. Let us know how you’re constructing your Thousand Sons army on the Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page.
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