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Painting the Doombull – Part 2

I put in some much needed time painting my Winged Doombull recently.

Although I was inspired by a Tzeentch themed Doombull from an ancient White Dwarf issue aswell as the Tzeentch themed content from Warhammer Online when I began this project I’ve felt rather stuck when it came to painting it. Because of this I’ve ended up falling back on the colours I always like on miniatures and feel comfortable painting, black, reds, browns and yellows.

Now although I really like how this is coming along, I hadn’t intended to make this a Khornate themed Beastman army. I’m very strongly focussed on the idea that an army isn’t just a collection of models you want to make effective use of in a game, but is also an aesthetically cohesive collection. So, I want the whole army to share the same colour palette, even the characters and the centrepiece models like this Doombull. Stupidly though I start with the models I most want to make and paint and always tend to leave the rank and file stuff till last.

At the moment with the red and gold armour this guy definitely looks aligned to Khorne and I could certainly imagine that an entire Beastman army decked out in these colours looking very nice on the table. However, with a little photoshop jiggery-pokery I’ve mocked up some alternate colour schemes.

Of these three I have to say the white-ish colour (I’m imagining a NMM steel) is most interesting, and I can see that working as a colour scheme for a Tzeentch themed force (polished steel and gold!). On top of this there is also the option of painting some subtle patterns on the armour plates, and I’m also really keen to add some bold tattoos, particularly to that bulging upper arm.

Other than my complete lack of ability to make decisions for myself this guy is very nearly finished and I’ve placed an order for a Beastman battalion box set (hoping that arrives tomorrow) and been searching ebay for some OOP beastmen models too.

Because my focus on building armies is the aesthetics, I like to create a rigid army list beforehand so I know exactly what models to buy and what conversions I plan on doing. This is my current 3000 point list:


Great Bray Shaman (General & lvl4) – Hagtree Fetish, Crown of Command, Obsidian Lodestone

Doombull – Wings, Heavy Armour, Shield, Warrior Bane, Talisman of Preservation

Wargor BSB – Battle Standard, The Beast Banner, Gnarled Hide, Shield, Heavy Armour

Wargor – Sword of Anti-Heroes, shield, heavy armour, Ramhorm Helm, Luckstone

Wargor – Shield, Heavy Armour, Hunting Spear (Champion with huge bow or crossbow)

Bray Shaman (lvl2) – Dispel Scroll, Ironcurse Icon

50 Gors – full command, extra hand weapons

30 Gors – full command

30 Ungor – full command

10 Ungor Raiders – full command

9 Chaos Warhounds

40 Bestigors – full command,  Standard of Discipline

1 Razagor (converted from SW Thunderwolf into a giant Chaos Warhound)

9 Harpies – Scouts (bird/eagle beastmen rather than Harpies)


I may swap out the Great Bray Shaman for a Beastlord and just keep the level 2 Bray Shaman for defensive purposes, but that’s a small alteration.

I’ve always had a preference for infantry heavy armies, both in Fantasy and 40k, so not only should it look really nice on the table top, most of the army can to built by buying just 4 battalion boxes, nice and straight forward. For conversions, the characters, Razagor and Harpies will be getting the full treatment, but I’m also tempted to resculpt some parts for the plastic Bestigors to bulk them up a bit, I’ll have to wait and see when the battalion box set arrives.

The exclusion of other troop types is mostly down to the look of the models, no Minotaurs for instance, and I’ve never been a fan of chariot models.

Anyhow, back to the model in question, I need to decide to either keep the red armour and paint the force as Khornate aligned or repaint it white/steel and follow the calling of the Raven God. Whichever I choose will also influence the future Warriors of Chaos allied contingent I want to collect, as I don’t like the idea of mixing patrons.

Decisions, decisions…..

April 25, 2012

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  • Dave Taylor

    I’m liking the white scheme a lot, but think it’d be best as a stained and dirty white rather than an NMM steel.

    Looking forward to the next step!


    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Y’know, I think you’re right. All this time I hadn’t once thought about adding dirt, grime and blood stains to the model. The white will give me a better chance to add some subtle patterns to the large flat areas of the model too.

      Thanks mate.

  • spyke13

    Got to agree with the white. I think that the darker colours – red, purple etc – draw the eye away from the face which is the focal point of the model.
    You could always go a sickly, washed out green and worship Papa Nurgle instead …………………

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      I started the repaint with a light grey base coat today and it does already look 100% better, so I’m definitely pursuing the battle weathered white finish.

      My only issue with Nurgle over the other patrons is that it’s far more common as a theme amongst Chaos armies (at least as far as I can tell). There aren’t nearly as many really well crafted Tzeentch or Slaanesh forces, because their aesthetics are a lot more refined and difficult to get right.

      Personal opinion of course.

      • spyke13

        To be honest, as I don’t play Warhammer (I’m a 40k guy at heart), I can’t say whether there is a predominance of one Chaos power or not.
        The dirty white/grey would work well with either pink or blue though so the Doombull could be Slaanesh or Tzeentch affiliated. The pink tinge you have in the white would be a nice, subtle way of showing which god is the Doombulls patron without being in-your-face.
        I’m whittering a bit – hope it makes sense some how…………………….