Nazrath the Defiled - Sorcerer of Nurgle
I say that I already have an army of Warriors of Chaos; that might be an exaggeration. In truth, I have Tamurkhan on his Toad Dragon, Bubebolos, which is held together with bolts, screws and some ingenious magnetism (I won't lie, I got a good friend of mine to help with it as he's the resident Big Mek), and a couple of units of Chaos Warriors, and a Sorcerer of Nurgle. The Sorcerer and one unit Champion are even painted!
How did this start and not get anything done? Well, it's a tale of epic war and the woe it brings... Ironically enough, without a single battle being fought.
Back in 2011, I was working as a humble Blue Shirt in GW Kingston, and I was tasked with creating and running a Warhammer Tournament that would culminate in a trip up to Warhammer World for a mini tournament. I even still have the campaign blog to prove it! The trouble was, I put all of this onto my own shoulders, ran all of the events and even purchased Tamurkhan himself in order to spearhead it all!
I succesfully painted the Sorcerer, unit champion and most of Tamurkhan, before me covering various other GW stores resulted in another staff member taking the campaign up to Warhammer World and running the event in my absence. I was not best pleased. I'd spent a lot of time and effort, didn't get to go, and didn't get to play a single game with the army. Ah well, such is the tide of fate. I got over it.
Vazric the Ever Oozing
In July, with the release of the book "Valkia the Bloody" by Sarah Cawkwell (Which I raved nigh endlessly about across Twitter and the real world - I still rate it the best damn Warhammer book I've read!) I set about converting my own Valkia model, which I showed a couple of nights ago in a blog entry, and for a few days, also painted up an Exalted Champion of Khorne before, once again, slipping into another project.
It's only recently that I've been looking back at my old models that I was driven to possibly start up this army again. The release of the new Skullcrushers of Khorne, the Chaos Warshrine and, of course, the astonishingly-similar-to-my-July-conversion Valkia the Bloody, I have seriously considered starting the army back up properly.
However, this leads me to a conundrum.
I've always really loved Valkia's backstory in the WoC Army Book, and when Sarah Cawkwell wrote "Valkia the Bloody" I practically exploded with glee - an act I was VERY happy to be justified on! This means I really want to do a Valkia themed army as she leads her warhost of Khorne across the Chaos Wastes on a grand slaughter. I picture the army on snowy bases, every unit being Khornate and probably having some daemons as allies or unit fillers. Loads of gore, skulls and viscera.
This means the two army ideas clash utterly. Valkia and Tamurkhan are different eras; the armies are on different bases, and I really like the idea of single-god armies.
My converted Valkia the Bloody
But maybe that's for the best. After all, I still need to finish painting my 2400 Beastmen list, and by only doing a handful of support models, I can really go to town on them.
Perhaps by only working on my Warriors of Chaos intermittently, I will continue to nurture that love for them, and can really lavish the attention I want on the models. Ultimately, with time, the Horde will amass, and perhaps one day, the grounds of the Old World will shake and tremble under the tread of Tamurkhan's noisome mount, or be darkened and cast into shadow beneath Valkia's terrible wings.
Until that day, I think I'll just really enjoy building and painting some awesome miniatures at my own pace.