Friday, October 30, 2015

30K: Rebuilding the Warlord

Legio Serpentus, the War Hydras, had fought alongside the Iron Warriors during most of the Great Crusade. The close relationship shared between the legions lead to a great deal of cultural crossover, with the Titans and their crews retaining the same dour, scientific approach to war as their space marine contemporaries. When the Space Marine legions defected to Horus' cause, it took little convincing on Pertuarbo's part to bring the War Hydras into heresy. The Buzou was one of the many immense war machines that rose against the Emperor during the rebellion. A Warlord titan of Lucian origin, its immense firepower was at the forefront of many sieges laid against the loyalists. The titan fought on Terra and ultimately survived the traitor's defeat, fleeing to the eye of terror to harry the Imperium for millennia to come.

There is a certain generation of 40k affiliate to whom the Lucius Warlord holds many warm feelings. The model was released at a high-point of my war gaming career, before both my own personal and the wider corporate cynicism of GW had fully set in. The model represented an attempt by the studio to really reemphasize what I feel is the optimal setting for 40k - epic - in a fresh new manner that broke with some of the traditional caveats. The aesthetic shift was bold. Prior to him most titans had been characterized by their rounded, Gothic appearance and the new interpretation of the Warlord class was far more akin to science fiction brutalism. As a result of all this nostalgia and good feels, when I delved back into epic I had to have one of these puppies. There was just one issue.

Yes, the classical warlord was positively diminutive by modern standards, barely surpassing a modern warhound class and just generally looking unimpressive in comparison to the new range of titans. Further, while he did posses some iconic features, some of the sculpt was really quite lackluster, in particular the mechanical components of the legs. When contrast with the bulky immensity of the Forgeworld designs, these chicken legs looked like they should simply snap under the pressure of the upper torso.

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Nevertheless, this model was, in my view, truly revolutionary and I wanted to do something that would bring him up to a more modern standard. I turned to possibly the worst model in the GW range - the Dreadknight - a kit that, regardless of its other flaws, has a very useful set of legs on it. After a bunch of chopping and sanding, the addition of new weapons and chaosy panels, the Lucius Warlord was reborn with a far more looming and immense silhouette.

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I dedicded that rather than apply bright colors in a manner similar to Legio Anphelion, I would stick with a drab, no-nonsense palette to that paired well with the Iron Warriors force this fellow was supporting.

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As you can see, while not quite matching the Mars Warlord in height, he definitely now retains an appropriate level of stature for his class.


  1. Thats amazeballs. Definetly a vast improvement.

  2. Thats amazeballs. Definetly a vast improvement.