I’ll be using this Herald of Khorne on Juggernaut to demonstrate how to paint Grimdark Daemons of Khorne. The Backer Campaign for the series is up and running so make sure to head over to the website and grab access to the entire series.
Building the Herald
I was unable to pick up a Herald of Khorne on Juggernaut from my local Games Workshop so instead I grabbed the Daemons of Khorne start collecting box with the idea that I could use the Herald on the Bloodthrone instead.
For starters, I really like how large the Herald for the Bloodthrone is. He is a bit oversized for the Bloodcrushers that also comes in the start collecting box but I think that ended up working to my advantage.
The only necessary modification was to heat up the plastic of his left arm and pull it down so I could get a clean mount from the chain leash to the Bloodcrusher’s collar.
For that, I used a high heat blow dryer and slowly adjusted the arm until the connections I wanted lined up.
Passed that, I decided to change out the weapon from a sword to a double flail. The bits for the flail were taken from the Khorne Wraithmongers/Skullreaper’s kit.
For the base, I wanted to at least insinuate the “Brass Citadel”, perhaps the outer reaches, where I would picture most battles in this environment happening.
First and foremost I wanted a steep angle, something to exaggerate the pose of the Bloodcrusher. I also wanted to pose the Herald’s head as if looking down a sharp cliff as if observing his legion of Bloodletters charging to battle.
To achieve the angle, I used a large piece of bark propped up on a few pieces of cork. On the back side of the angled platform where the Bloddcrusher stands, I built up a sharp wall using another piece of bark, placed vertically.
After the basic forms were in place I used a two-part modeling compound called Apoxie Sculpt to fill in all the gaps and round off the base.
Next, I packed the base with as much chaos imagery as I could. Using Glottkin bits, I wreathed the outer edges of the base with large spikes as if they were growing from the mountainside. I did all this before the Apoxie dried so that I could easily mask the connection points.
To further add to the base I placed the Banner from the start collecting box and the Icon from Wraithmongers box on the back side of the base.
Finally, I added a spare piece of terrain to base. I made sure to use a pillar since that keyword comes up with researching the Brass Citadel. I also adorned that pillar with Khorne imagery and to finish things up I used Paver Base (rock and sand) to add a gravel texture to key areas on the base.
I’ll be using the converted Herald as the final demonstration piece for the color recipe. This will come in the way of a multi-part tutorial series where I will first cover each aspect of the recipe (skin, armor, cloth, etc) in their own videos so if you want to catch all those tutorials, again, head on over to the website and sign up!