Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Adeptus Titanicus Knights of House Rajha

Lord Marshal Vladimir Krell alone holds the rank to bear the marks of leadership upon his knight armour. As the master of House Rajha he rules with absolute authority and he is a lord of death among a house of killers. He leads his banner with all the fervor of a madman and can be as deadly to his own men as the enemy. Some believe he was a follower of the Blood God before His worship was spread by the Heresy. Like all who follow Horus into rebellion Krell bears the Great Eye of the Warmaster to the worlds he devastates.

The knights of House Rajha are without honor and seek no glory. They kill because they are killers. They bear no crests nor honors for the ghost-gray color of their knights alone speak the tale of their prey's death. The Ghost Knights of Banner Krell are hunters without equal. Their tally of engine kills, were it known, would border on the incredulous. Yet in true House Rajha tradition they carry no kill marks. The knights of Banner Krell eschew all long range guns and bear only the weaponry of the stalking hunter. Only brutal combat with massive god machines can stir the blood of these pitiless killers.

House Rajha is mentioned in Horus Heresy book 3: Extermination as a knight house that is allied with Legion Fureans. All that is said about them is that they are "ghost-grey". So naturally I decided to make up my own color scheme and background.

And now Titanicus

So as per usual I have jumped to a new topic. Adeptus Titanicus, the reintroducing.
At first I wasn't going to get into the new edition of Adeptus Titanicus because of the cost of the models, they are comparatively expensive even by GW standards, but after playing a titan vs titan game against my brother I got hooked. I bought a Reaver and played a few games against my brother's two Warhounds and these were some of the funnest games I've played in a long time. I got a box of knights on Monday and painted them up yesterday. Since I am a big fan of Oldhammer I had to choose a titan legion from the original Adeptus Titanicus days, so I chose the Tiger Eyes, since I love to paint stylized flames. I have now finished my Reaver and the box of knights, which have been painted as House Rajha, a traitor knight house that has pretty much no fluff and a vague official color scheme at best. Hope you like the battlegroup so far. I will eventually have a full maniple of one Warlord, two Reavers and two Warhounds, as well as the knights.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Anagi Leeuwenhoek, Grand Parasite of the Lidless Eye

Anagi Leeuwenhoek, Grand Parasite of the Cult of the Lidless Eye has been a member of the Mechanicus since before the singing of the Treaty with Terra. She worked within the gene vaults of the Emperor beneath the Imperial Palace at the onset of the Great Crusade as a surgeon pioneering many of the techniques which would become integral in creating the organs necessary in creating the space marines. There are secrets locked within her memories that no one but her recalls. Even Belisarius Cawl has lost many of the secrets from those early days, but Grand Parasite Leeuwenhoek has lost none of her long memory.

Archmagos Leeuwenhoek has many titles within the Lidless Eye. In her war aspect she is Archmagos Dominus Leeuwenhoek, who's knowledge of the microscopic world sees her unleash terrible nanomachine plagues upon her enemies. To the rest of Mars she is the Omnissiah's Red Right Hand, a destroyer of worlds and extinguisher of species. She is the figurehead of the Cult of the Lidless Eye and is seen as its leader. In truth she is closer to an ally to the Cult. The Golden King is the true leader of the Cult and Leeuwenhoek is his most powerful tool. Her extensive knowledge and political power within the Mechanicus has lead the Cult of the Lidless Eye to become the most powerful faction of Dark Mechanicus working within the Segmentum Solar.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Eternal Wanderers

A large portion of the Cult of the Lidless Eye is dedicated to the exploration of the rad wastes of Mars as well as the vast data vaults beneath. Among these forces are the Eternal Wanderers, who search the wastes for the lost and forgotten entrances to infocaverns and datacaves deep within the Red Planet. Z-436x has roamed the wastes of Mars longer than he can remember. He is the Knight Baron of the Eternal Wanderers and under his command is a Rad-Zone Corps consisting of several units of Skitarii Vanguard, Sicarian Ruststalkers, and his own Sydonian Dragoon brothers. With z-436x at their head this army of irradiated killers roams the surface of Mars plundering the forgotten history of the Mechanicus.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Archmagos Dominus Anagi concept

I went out and bought the Lady Olynder and some green stuff today to make an Archmagos Dominus conversion. I have done a beginning sketch to start with. I'm sure she will change a bit as I come up with more ideas, but for now here is the initial concept.

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Clockwork King/Aurum Custos I

None suspect that the robot bodyguard Aurum Custos I is the master of the Cult of the Lidless Eye. To all outsiders it is merely an advanced and powerful bodyguard for the Tech Priest Dominus Galt Singe. In truth he is in fact an Abominable Intelligence. He is the impetus for the cult's research into AI technology as well as biological studies. His ultimate goal is to house AI intelligences within human flesh. With this ability he will be able to place his agents in all levels of power within the Imperium. It was the Clockwork King who was integral to the onset of Old Night and his plans to usurp mankind's dominance was only ruined by the emergence of the Emperor. The Clockwork King secretly backed Horus as soon as his rebellion came to light and he and his agents have opposed the agents of the Emperor ever since.

I wanted this model to have a completely different aesthetic from all the others in the army to give it the feel of something much more advanced and at the same time more ancient. I feel like the elegant Art Nuevo look of the model helped convey that feeling. I think adding the axe to the model helped add that brutal element to the model to bring it into the Grimdark of 40k.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Black Hart of the Woods

Deep within the Great Bog of Ulgu's Seventh Dominion a festering darkness lives. Once who has existed since the time before Malerion. It is known by the Free Peoples as the Black Hart of the Woods. To the Aelves it is the Gathua Gul, the Dark Star. To the horrors it leads it has no name. It is madness given form and it has risen high in the esteem of the Gavespawn of Ulgu. As a high priest of Morghur it wields madness and mutation as its weapons. The source of this creature's power is said to be an ancient artifact of great evil. The Horns of Morghur is a Braystaff so twisted and corrupt that to wield it with one's bare hands would instantly warp the wielder so rapidly and completely that they would explode in a welter of gore and mutated limbs. Only by handling it with another artifact as blasphemous can its power be held in check. It is with the Obsidian Gauntlet that the Black Hart wields the Horns of Morghur and will bring about the ascension of its master. By slicing off small splinters of the Horns of Morghur with its obsidian ritual dagger and consuming them in a gristly rite the Black Hart brings the power of the Great Devolver into himself.