Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Rogue Trader World Eaters (Part 6): Bloodletters and a Chaos Dreadnought.

As a change from the World Eater Marines I decided to paint some Bloodletter Demons, and a Chaos Dreadnought.

The Bloodletters are the Lesser Demons of Khorne, and the World Eaters can have up to three summoned squads of them, albeit at 600 points per squad. I really like these miniatures, the sculpts give them a lithe and otherworldly feel. The arms, legs, and bodies are overlong and spindly without looking comical. The Gieger Alien looking heads also add to the weird looking length and feeling of movement. GW went on to make horrid Bloodletters in 2nd Edition, before finally returning to a similar design to these with their current plastic set.

The Bloodletters were a joy to paint. I wanted a bright, slick, otherworldly demonic look the them. So I undercoated them white, something I rarely do (I usually undercoat black) and only do white if I want a brighter look to the colours. I undercoat the Slann white for this reason. I then painted Citadel 'Bloodletter' red ink over the white. This made them look pink, which whilst amusing, was'nt a problem. After allowing that to dry, I then painted them, with another ink, this time a brown, Citadel 'Agrax Earthshade' to add some shading. Once this was dry I again painted them with the Red 'Bloodletter' ink to bring out the intial red and tie the brown and red together. Once dry I highlighted them lightly with bright orange, and then added the details.

For the Chaos Dreadnought I used the same drybrushing techniques I use with the renegades. The only differences were that I wanted to make the highlighting more stark to bring out more depth of colour, so made the highlighting more of a clash. Also I washed the Dreadnought with GW 'Bloodletter' ink before the last set of highlighting in order to bright out more of the red paint colour, and to just see what it would look like. I am very pleased with how he turned out, with the mix of reds and orange making him look almost flayed. 

Enjoy :)

 Squad of eight Bloodletters.
In order for them to balance and not fall over, I had to bend a few of the arms and bodies to better place their centre of gravity.
 Bloodletter #1, with shouldered sword.
For the skin, swords, and milky white eyes,  I took my inspiration from the Bloodletter on the front cover of the 'Slaves to Darkness' book.
 Bloodletter #2. 
I painted the tongue purple as it seemed to fit the look of the Bloodletters more than red or green. To get that effect I waterwd down a little purple paint and let the paint form natural highlighing and shading.
 Bloodletter #3.
 Bloodletter #4.
 Bloodletter #5.
 Bloodletter #6, same sculpt as #5.
 Bloodletter #7, again with shouldered sword.
His legs are acutally legs designed for mounted Bloodletters, but work they well for a dismounted Demon.
 Bloodletter #8.
 Close up of the skin tones. I am very pleased with how they look and the tones.
 Chaos Dreadnought.
 Right hand side view, showing the Heavy Plasma Gun arm, and the highlighting on the shoulder.
 Top view of the Gieger-esque looking bio-mechanical carapace.
 Biological 'exhaust sack'.
 Left hand side view of the claw. 
I progessively highlighted from black to an orange-white to make the claw more Demonic crab looking.
 Great Goblin/Gnoll archer!!
I've added him because I bought him today quite by chance. I found him in the bottom of a box of junk in a box in a Flea Market in Worthing. He only cost £1. 
All on his own, poor little Goblin. :( 
Despite all the Renegades, I've not forgotten the Goblins! :) 

Next update might be a special one. I am nearing 100,000 views very soon, as of this evening I am up to 99,389. So I might do a retrospective update on all the different things I have posted since I started my blog. :)


  1. I really like those bloodletters and dreadnought, I have something in the vein (uhuhuh) of your posts but will keep it secret, I'm a little surprised not to find any in your army btw !

    1. Thank you JB.
      That sounds very interesting, I'm wondering what it could be.
      I still have some tanks, a Bloodthirster, Assualt Marines, officers, Techmarines, and support weapons to paint. I am going to, at some point, convert up Possesses, Spawn, and Demon Princes.
      The only thing I have'nt planned to do are Beastmen squads, as I used all my Beastmen in my Fantasy Chaos army.

      I will await with interest what you have in store..... :)

    2. C'mon Lee, a Khorne model designed during the RT era... ;)

    3. A Blood Slaughterer?
      Either that or Flesh Hounds.

    4. Both actually ! But the former is halfway done ;)

  2. As ever it is a joy to see this army progressing. I love those old school blood letters!

  3. Thank you LegioCustodes, they were great fun to paint. I had'nt planned on painting them yet, but just decided to after assembling the miniatures. :)

  4. Weee, this is getting better and better! What an army, seriously :)

    1. Thank you Suber.
      The army seems to be shaping up nicely, I'm pleased with how it's going. I am going to start work on the Assault squads next, then the Terminators.

  5. You did a great job on that dread Lee! The colour transition is nicely done :)


  6. Cracking work - especially on the Dreadnought. I do like the old Bloodletters too!

    1. Thank you, the Dreadnought has proved quite popular.
      The old Bloodletters are great old sculpts, and great fun to paint.