Submitted by Iggy Koopa, August 25, 2015 at 9:09 AM.
If you were at the last Battle for Oz Round 1 Tournament last weekend or you’ve ever been apart of any of the Wheat Shocker Series Tournament Series we held in the past or even if you participated in last year’s first ever Wicked GT then you’re well aware of who Austin Murrey is. He’s a long time Warhammer player and one of my good friends that I’ve been gaming with for about 15 years now. Austin has always been a great painter and continues to get better and better with each model that he adds to his growing collection. He took home 2 out of the 4 categories in the Golden Toto Painting Competition and has one of the best looking Chaos and Wood Elf armies I’ve ever seen! Recently, Austin decided to open up his own painting service website – The Herald’s Hold – and offer his services to anybody that wants to get their hands on some well painted models, buildings, or large monsters! Make sure to visit his newly designed website to check out what painting services he can offer you!
Now that that’s out of the way it’s time to focus on Austin’s newest model that has been added to his Chaos army – A Chaos Lord on Juggernaut. Austin took the time to answer some questions about this amazingly painted (and converted) miniature. To find out more, read on!
Awesome Model Feature
Painter: Austin Murrey
Type of Model: Converted Warriors of Chaos Lord on Juggernaut
1. Give some details on the type of paint colors and styles that you used to paint the model:
Austin: As a model meant to lead a chaos army, I thought this needed some features to make it unique. The armor plates are the same purple as rest of the army on bottom, but fade to teal toward the top, and the presence of this fade several places on the model gives the armor an overall “shifting” feeling, which I thought was fitting for Tzeentchian gear.
Probably the most striking feature of the model is the covering of hand-painted scales on the mount. I actually started out intending on a more “cracked” effect, but the way the first areas I worked on came out put me in mind more of scales, which I thought were also appropriate to the Changer of Ways, and a good way to distinguish this steed from juggernauts. Once I got the feel of shaping the scales, it went faster than I expected.
The gold filigree is one more way this model stands out from his followers. The design on the cloak is meant to resemble the bottom portion of a Chaos star fitted onto the shape of the cape as sculpted.
2. How long did it take you to paint?
Austin: I lost count, but I would have to guess around twelve hours, give or take.
3. Would you consider this model to be your “centerpiece” model for the army? Why?
Austin: I would say so. It is definitely the most intricate model in the army, and it has some colors that don’t appear elsewhere, but the giant-sized Kromlech daemon definitely competes for onlookers’ attention.
4. How does this model usually fare on the battlefield?
Austin: So far so good. He can certainly bring some hurt when things go right, and I don’t think he’s ever gone down to an opponent’s attacks directly, but he definitely got run down by Chris’s horde of super-soldier Empire. Still trying to wrap my head around S6/T5 State Troops.
5. Anything else you’d like to add about this model / why you chose it / army details / etc.
Austin: Actually the inspiration to build this model came from some of the awesome conversions I saw at this year’s Wicked GT. Specifically, I was struck by a lord mounted on what I believe was a 40K thunderwolf. I thought that was so interesting and wanted to do my own version of a chaos lord on a unique mount, and I really like the sculpting and proportions of the juggernauts, so that seemed a good start. After looking at several different monster heads to go with it, and almost deciding on one of the griffon heads from the Karl Franz kit, I dug around in my closet and found the spare heads from my Mortarchs of Nagash set, and thought the armored head from Neferata’s mount fit the bill with only very minor alterations. The best compliment I got on the conversion itself was from an OKC gamer who said, “That looks like it should be on the cover of every heavy metal album.” High praise indeed.