Wednesday, 17 March 2010

First Thousand Son - Project Change XXII

I'm continuing my focus on the Thousand Sons with the classic 1990 Jes Goodwin Thousand Son.

Jes Goodwin's first Thousand Son

I've got ten of them! It's taken months and months of trawling through eBay, buying one here and one there and now I finally got enough for a complete squad without paying more than a couple of quid each. They've stripped back beautifully too. In fact, I have one too many (the last auction I won was for a group of four) so I can test a second scheme out before deciding how the squad'll be done.

As I've just started reading A Thousand Sons, I thought I'd try implementing the colour scheme on the excellent Neil Roberts cover artwork.

A Thousand Sons

As you can see, Neil's interpretation of the Heresy-era Thousand Sons features quite understated headpieces, leaving plenty of scope for them to get corrupted by the time the Battle of Terra comes.

This is an awesome model. The early 1980s Chaos Renegades were sculpted by the Michael and Alan Perry and Kev Adams. This was at a time when Chaos had a yet undeveloped visual identity, and so most models were unique mindfracks with crazy bespoke armour. They involved a lot of cross-over from the design of the 1980s Chaos Warrior, with elements or H. R. Giger thrown in. Though the sculpting quality was a tad primitive, they were full of a vibrant creativity. Here are two. (Hell, I've been whining about doing red without it looking Khornate too long now so I just went and painted a World Eater.)

Retro Renegades

Then, in 1990 a young Jes Goodwin came along and produced a renegade model for each major Chaos God. At about the same time Jes was working on the then-new mk7 Space Marine armour (which endures through to this day), and he took a lot of the design elements through into these Renegades. So much so they'd not look out of place in modern 40K armies, despite being 20 years old.

Jes Goodwin's cult marines

Interestingly, this is the first type the Egyptian motif appears for Tzeentch. Prior to this, Thousand Sons were just gribbly fungus bird marines.

And finally, I'm not sure if I'm cheating the terms of Project Change here (i.e. no conversions), but rather than model the first of the Marines with the Chaos Renegade backpack, I chose the mk7 Imperial backpack. Neil Robert's illustration doesn't feature the debased stabilser jets of Chaos backpacks (which I've written about at length here). Ah well, I've got another nine to paint with the correct backpacks.

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Posted by Curis at 3:44 pm


At Wednesday, 17 March 2010 at 17:11:00 GMT , Anonymous Lamenter said...

Nice paintjob. I hate it when artwork this awesome comes along because now I want to collect Thousand Sons too. :-)

At Wednesday, 17 March 2010 at 18:18:00 GMT , Anonymous Curis said...

Well, I finally gave into it. Well, it wasn't giving in as it was something I wanted to do. But I want to convert Abbadon and the Mournival, I want some pre-Heresy Deathguard, I want some knightly Dark Angels, I want a bad-ass Alpha Legion dude casually walking somewhere ...

At Wednesday, 17 March 2010 at 22:05:00 GMT , Blogger Cyborg Trucker said...

Very nice! I did a Chosen squad in the classic colors a while back on some 80's renegades. I miss the old minis.

At Thursday, 18 March 2010 at 10:16:00 GMT , Anonymous Curis said...

Sweet! I figured if you managed to get one of each of the Tzeentch Renegades they could actually be fielded legally under the current Chaos Codex as their weapon options are so diverse.

At Friday, 19 March 2010 at 18:14:00 GMT , Blogger Molotov said...

Really very nice models. The dark red scheme works beautifully for them.

At Sunday, 21 March 2010 at 09:37:00 GMT , Blogger Von said...

I agree with everyone who's saying that Thousand Sons scheme looks marvellous.

It's almost enough to make me want to do an army of Chaos blokes in various shades of red. Almost.

At Sunday, 21 March 2010 at 11:46:00 GMT , Anonymous Curis said...

Didn't you have some big red Word Bearers at some point though?

At Tuesday, 30 March 2010 at 13:04:00 BST , Blogger André said...

wow, how did you do the trim on that Jes Goodwin 1k son? It's awesome!

At Tuesday, 30 March 2010 at 20:30:00 BST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you paint the red color?

At Thursday, 1 April 2010 at 01:00:00 BST , Anonymous mathhammer said...

Can you post some details on the colors you used. Thinking I need a squad or two.

At Friday, 9 April 2010 at 03:58:00 BST , Blogger Hungry Ghosts said...

Surely you mean gribbly fungus bird marines with extra arms. I also agree with the others, the red 1000 Son looks great, and I think you made the right choice with the small marine backpack instead of the Chaos version, the 1000 Sons should be more streamlined in appearance than the Chaos pack allows.


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