I thought I’d do something new on my blog today, and share a bit of a review of a Warhammer kit I’ve been working with recently, largely because it was so damn impressive. Whether it becomes more of a feature will remain to be seen, but anyway! Let’s take a look at the Chaos Space Marines kit!
I picked up the Horus Heresy boxset back when it was released, and after some vacillation, I’ve decided to paint them up as Alpha Legion, so after some thought, I picked up a box of these chaps to try out the colour scheme that I’d settled on.
I’d been searching for a scheme that would be noticeably different to the Ultramarines that I have been planning for a few weeks now. After a series of blues, there was one that had the right kind of turquoise-y look that I wanted, so set to work assembling them.
And my goodness, this kit is amazing! The equivalent of the Space Marine Tactical Squad, there are enough parts to make ten Chaos Marines, armed with a whole panoply of weapons that I actually find more exciting than the regular tacticals. The forces have Chaos have long interested me, but all the spiky bits have kinda put me off any of the models before now. Of course, there is a proliferation of such bits in this kit, but it really helps you get into the theme of the army you’re building.
Speaking of army themes, the overriding theme here is Chaos Undivided, but there are some specialty bits to make unit champions that show their allegiance to each of the four Chaos gods, both heads, shoulder pads and banners. I’m doing Alpha Legion, who turned traitor to prevent the onset of Chaos (well, kinda…) so didn’t have need of these extra bits, but they look really great. The Tzeentch banner was a bit confusing to work out, which I suppose makes perfect sense, and the Nurgle bits are suitably disgusting. All in all, nice work.
With chainswords and chaos bolters a plenty, there’s still time for some more specialty weapons, including a power sword, power fist, and heavy bolter. All in all, the package is tremendous, and as with a lot of multi-option kits from Games Workshop, the multiple poses you can achieve here really excite me. While perhaps not as amazing as the Lychguard kit, I still love the multitude of looks you can achieve with a unit.
In terms of practicalities, there aren’t that many mouldlines to remove, even though this kit is getting on a bit now. The worst ones, for me, are on the bolters, but that’s kind-of to be expected. The most surprising thing, for me, was the instruction booklet. Unlike most modern multi-part kits, the sprues aren’t numbered, and the instructions almost assume you know exactly what you’re doing, and provide just general pointers. Granted, if you’ve built any multi-part plastic kit before, you’ll likely be fine. If you’ve built any space marine kits, or any of the new Stormcast Eternal kits, you’ll also be fine. Unlike those kits, the parts are ordered on the sprues so that paired arms appear together, for the most part. But there are some odd moments, particularly the right arm of the heavy bolter guy, that are very weird to sort out, and the poor quality of the instruction picture was no help whatsoever.
I’ve only built five of these so far – they are, after all, only test models, as I don’t want to make a hash of the board game and feel like I need to buy a second one. But the fact that I’ve actually built five of these bad boys really goes to show how much fun I had with these guys. The other five won’t be too far behind no doubt, as they are really amazing-looking models. The flair that comes from all the extra bits and pieces, topknots and horns, just make it so much more interesting than the regular marines…