Wishlisting Projects: Corrupting the Stormcast?

I bought a couple of Dominion boxes when they came out. What can I say? I’m predictable.

Now, I know what I intend to do with the Kruleboys side of that box. I’ll just be painting them up as is and expanding the army with some of the awesome monsters that Games Workshop has been previewing. I mean, just look at this chap:

Yes. Yes, please. My single favourite model in that range.

So, that’s easy. What, then, of the goldenboys? The stormlads? The… dudes in gold armour what are dead but not, but yeah, but no?

That’s a bit more complex. You see, I don’t know if I want a Stormcast army or not, but I do like the minis. The less ornate look of the recent Stormcast appeals to me a lot more than the old goldenboys of previous releases.

They are nice, but I dunno. Maybe I could build an army of them, or maybe I could do some conversions to do something a bit different with them. Perhaps corrupt them a little? Yeah, that sounds fun! What would it look like, though? Let’s take a look at the options arrayed before me…

Khornecast Infernals

Khorne is not my favourite Chaos God. I’m not sure he makes it into my top 4, truth be told. He’s certainly above Slaanesh, though! That said, he – or rather, his followers – actually have a pretty solid aesthetic. There’s a distinctive Khornate look, isn’t there? In terms of models, I have access to three Dominion sets if I need them, and there are lots of cool minis from both the Khorne and Stormcast ranges that I can use to further embellish the force.

To get us started, here’s a list based on some stuff we could put together:

Allegiance: Khorne
– Grand Strategy: None Chosen
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Valkia the Bloody (140)
Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut (155)
 General
Mighty Lord of Khorne (135)
Slaughterpriest (110)
Bloodsecrator (125)
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)
 Axe

Battleline
10 x Blood Warriors (210)
 Goreaxes
10 x Blood Warriors (210)
 Goreaxes
10 x Blood Warriors (210)
 Goreaxes
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (170)
 Ensorcelled Axes
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (170)
 Ensorcelled Axes

Units
1 x Slaves to Darkness Chaos Spawn (50)

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 143
Drops: 13

Let’s break this down, starting with the Blood Warriors. These would be based on the Stormcast Vindictors. They’d need, what? Dirtying up, a head swap, some spikes, and maybe some work on the weapons? That all seems pretty doable, though most of the available, third party khornate heads are more 40K than fantasy, but I’m sure we can find something. Now, I had all these ideas and then decided to a wee bit of Googling. In doing so, I found this great article from Warhammer Community. I’m going to use some pictures for this article when discussing the Blood Warriors and the Mighty Skullcrushers:

The Mighty Skullcrushers and the Lord of Khorne on Juggenaut could also be a lot of fun. The riders would, of course, be done in pretty much the same way as the Vindictors. The decision would be whether to try and put a Vindictor onto a Juggernaut of Khorne, or to Khorne-up the Gryph Chargers ridden by Stormcast Palladors. I’m leaning more towards using the Juggernauts. They’ve help to underline the Khornate theme, distinguishing them from just a set of Stormcast covered in blood. Again, some pictures from that great Warhammer Community article:

The Flesh Hounds could also be pretty straightforward. I could see myself just adding spikes and whatnot to some Gryph Hounds. Maybe some sort of spine or collar? Either way, These wouldn’t be too tricky.

Onto characters, and onward to some real fun. The Mighty Lord of Khorne is represented by a Khornate Lord and his Flesh Hound doggo-pal. I’ve already said how I’d approach to doggo, but what about the Lord? Well, let’s return to that Dominion box and grab our Lord Imperatant. A quick weapon swap, a few wee snips at that halo and either a new head or some spikes for his normal helmet. Yup, easy job!

The Slaughterpriest can again be drawn from the plethora of characters in that Dominion box. A weapon swap and possibly a headswap will see our Knight Arcanum repurposed as a priest of the Skull Throne. A nice glaive would not go amiss, and again a head swap will be needed. A skull mask would really suit the miniature and keep the idea of the masked priest:

Of course, there ain’t no Khorne army without a Bloodsecrator. It’s such a useful character to inlcude in the army with the really substantial buffing it provides to attacks, the removal of battleshock tests and limiting casting by wizards. Yeah, if I’m doing a Khorne army, I’m having a Bloodsecrator in there. It’s one of the few miniatures I’m including for rules, rather than just theme. It wouldn’t take all that much work to take the banner-bearing Knight-Vexillor and attach the massive banner from the official Bloosecrator miniature:

The Daemon Prince is where I break the theme a little bit. Up until now, everything is Stormcast-based, and from the Blades of Khorne book. I guess I just like the idea of having something more directly and quintessentially Khornate in there with a big, angry, bestial Daemon rushing headlong into combat. The problem is that the current Daemon Prince miniature is really quite awful. With that in mind, I’d look to convert one using one of the Ogroid miniatures, a spare axe and a pair of wings. These minis would make a great basis for a Khornate Daemon Prince:

Finally, the inspiration for the army. I swithered over whether to use Yndrasta as a Daemon Prince or as Valkia the Bloody. Ultimately, I could go for a Valkia-esque look and still use her as either. Obviously the base on Yndrasta is much, much bigger than that of Valkia, but I don’t care. It’s a centrepiece and it’s not like I’d take it to a tournament or anything. It’s also a little underwhelming to have a model on such a big base with only 5 wounds. Still, This could be really, really cool!

Khorne isn’t my favourite Khaos god, but this sort of converted army really does appeal. I also feel that it would be relatively easy to do, with the only really difficult bit being to find a plentiful and cheap source of suitable alternative heads. That’s not going to be too hard to overcome in the era of 3D printing. I also like that this would be very much a Blades of Khorne list that uses Stormcast miniatures. It would not be a Stormcast army sprayed down with some blood. Ruleswise, this appeals to me.

Plaguecast Eternals

So, I think that anyone who has poked around this blog to any degree can tell that clearly, I love me some Nurgle. Clearly

With lots of heavy infantry available to them, the Maggotkin of Nurgle are another good option for putting together an army using Stormcast miniatures. Here’s a potential list:

Allegiance: Nurgle
– Host of Chaos: Blessed Sons
– Grand Strategy: None Chosen
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (180)
 General
Lord of Blights (135)
Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)
Gutrot Spume (145)
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)
 Axe
 Mark of Chaos: Nurgle

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (330)
 Reinforced x 1
5 x Putrid Blightkings (165)
5 x Putrid Blightkings (165)
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (185)
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (185)

Units
5 x Chaos Chosen (145)

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 154
Drops: 11

The core of the army are the 20 Putrid Blightkings that march for Papa Nurgle. The miniatures for this would be a mix of Vindictors and Annihilators. From 2 Dominion sets, I could make 25 (well, 26, but that’s not so useful) minis. Some weapon and head swaps would be needed, and I’d ding and dent the armour with a craft knife. I think the next step would be adding some texture to be rust and painting it appropriately. Rusting these up will be the main way to really sell them.

Next up we have 5 Chaos Chosen. The Stormcast Praetors seem pretty perfect for this role. I don’t even think I’ll need to do a weapon swap, though I will want to rough them up a bit. Otherwise, the process will be pretty much the same as for the Blightkings. I actually really like this idea. I might actually change the Khorne list, nipping back and removing the Spawn and Hounds in favour of a unit of Chosen.

The next set of miniatures, the Pusgoyle Blightlords, are going to be a bit trickier. Realistically, I’m going to have to marge more pieces from the two ranges. The drones will be pretty much unchanged, but I’ll need to work on converting the riders to be more Stormcast-esque. Most likely, I’ll use the Annihilators, being the chunkier option that I have access to. I think these could be really cool.

Along with the Pusgoyles, I’d be fielding a Lord of Afflictions. He’ll pretty much be the same as the Pusgoyles, as far as process goes, but I’d definitely keep that trident that he carries. That’s a gorgeous weapon and it would look right at home with the sort of aesthetic I’d be going for.

The Rotbringer Sorcerer is a bit of no-brainer. Using the same dinging, dirtying and rusting that I would use throughout the army, the Knight Arcanum would serve as a great base for this conversion.

The Lord of Blights is a little trickier. It’s a pity to get rid of the banner altogether, but that arm would become the shield arm. In other, I could keep the sword or swap it out for something else. I’ve got plenty of shrunken heads left over from my Plaguebearer kits, which are thematically quite important for this guy.

Now, I actually really like the idea of turning the Lord Imperatant into Gutrot Spume. That Hammer could easily be swapped out for a suitable heavy axe and that other arm would be snipped off and replaces with tentacles. I like making tentacles. Heck, I might even be able to find a use for his doggo…

Finally, there’s the Daemon Prince. A fitting use for Yndrasta I seem to enjoy making Nurgle Daemon Princes. She’d be done in pretty much the same as the rest of the Stormcast, but I’d need to find some appropriately impressive weapons and a suitably daemonic head. The base already looks great and would fit with my other Nurgle stuff. You know, even if I don’t do this particular army, I’m still tempted to take a spare Yndrasta and do this anyway.

The fact that I already have 2,000 points of Nurgle, am working on a second 2,000 points and have some more to add beyond that is both a point in favour and a point against this army. Yeah, I’d love to fit some more converted miniatures into my existing forces, but it would also be nice so do something else, y’know?

Changecast and Pleasurecast

I’m not going into particular detail on either the Tzeentch or Slaanesh options. In the case of Tzeentch, I don’t think I can do what I want with it. With Slaanesh, I just don’t care.

A friend suggested that a Changecast army could feel a lot like 40K’s Thousand Sons Rubric Marines. They could be empty suits of armour, held together by magic. The Lumineth miniature, the Light of Eltharion would be a great example of the sort of thing I’m talking about:

How cool is that? Hollow, possessed armour? Yes, please!

Thing is, I just can’t do it. I don’t have the skill to really pull this off. This means that if I were to do a Changecast army, I’d be going down the same route as the Nurgle and Khorne lists, swapping out some bits on the Stormcast’s heavy infantry to make them suit their chosen God. Sure, this could still look really good, but there’s still one big problem.

I couldn’t use them as Disciples of Tzeentch.

The Disciples of Tzeentch just don’t have any heavy infantry. They have Kairic Acolytes and Tzaangor. Both units are fine, but they just don’t have the right rules to go with these Stormcast miniatures. Oh, sure, I could use them as Chaos Warriors with a mark of Tzeentch, but I don’t really want to field these as a Slaves to Darkness army.

When it comes to the forces of Slaanesh, I just don’t know enough. I’m not really a fan of the army. I think the models can be done really well, and there are two really gorgeous Slaanesh armies at our local club, but they’re just not for me.

Shroomcast Eternals

Okay, this is a fun little option that, as I go on with this article, is actually becoming more and more appealing. Stormcast plus Gloomspite Gitz. I love the gobbos, so this is so cool to me. A quick google for Gloomspite and Stormcast brought me to Reddit user, -MatthiasR-. He’s made some truly stunning miniatures along this theme.

I like the strangeness of the goblin heads on the full Stormcast bodies. It’s odd seeing them standing so tall and looking for formidable and determined. I’d love to fully embrace this weirdness. Some of the conversions would be pretty minimal, with just a head swap and maybe some weapon stuff, but other could be a lot more involved. Imagine that new Stormcast chariot being pulled by a giant squig from the Mangler Squigs kit. There’s a ton that can be done here.

Ruleswise, I think these would have to be based on the Stormcast Eternals rules. I just don’t see the Gloomspite Gitz rules being an appropriate fit at all.

Conclusions

The Dominion box includes a fantastic set of Stormcast miniatures, and there are plenty of highlights in the rest of the Stormcast Eternals range. I’d be happy using the Stormcast miniatures as-is, but it’s fun to consider one’s options.

I’ve got plenty of time to think about it because, as far AoS goes, I do have a habit of taking on too many things at once. What’s on the slate just now? Gloomspite Gitz, Slaves to Darkness, Sons of Behemat, finishing off my old Tzeentch stuff? There are some Kruleboyz on the horizon, too. That’s a lot. Gives plenty of time to consider what to move on to later, I suppose!

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