Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part IV)

Woowee, plastic reinforcements have arrived in the shape of 10 Betrayal at Calth Space Marines as well as (thanks to some unexpected overtime pay) a multi-part box Chaos Helbrute!

The progress slowly but steadily continues (thanks broken lamp for limiting my hobby times to daytimes when I’m not at work).

The former Lamenters Renegade gets an upgrade to his Plasma Gun – the Heresy-era one from the aforementioned BaC. He also has received hastily-welded on plating to repair his damage left leg greave. The inspiration from that was taken from the Oath-Broken warband in the Black Legion supplement:


In a fit of inspired logic (why struggle to paint freehand heraldry when you can just sculpt each one individually!?), the former Lamenter got just that:

I deliberately didn’t add the little blood drop because where I added damage to the heart I will add ritualistic drips of painted blood to simulate part of this Red Corsair’s desecration of his previous loyalist ties. I’m still going to have to relate how to paint checkers though…

Finishing off today, I’ve started sculpting work on my Helbrute, known as Jhasius the Bound, have a squint at the screenshot below and try and guess why that’s his name!

(Why yes, that is the beginning of a Flawless Host symbol. *suspicious cough*)

See you next time!

Ps. If anyone has access to the Betrayal at Calth assembly instructions, give me a shout!


Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part III)

Back with a little progress!


Corsair no.1 gets a jagged Chaos arrow and armour trim on his left greave. He has also been designated as previous a member of the Children of Purgatos renegade warband.

I thought it would be good to expand my choice of former allegiances not just from loyalist chapters but also from lesser renegade warbands. 


Part of the fun of this project is trawling through the Internet and various GW and Forge World publications for scraps of information and colour schemes of said minor renegade warbands. 

A little request, if anyone owns a copy of Imperial Armour 13 and would be gracious enough to take a few decent pictures of some of the example colour schemes – please get in touch!

Finishing off today’s post with the first picture of Corsair no.5.  

A very simple build, only conversion of note at this point is the head taken from the Dark Angel Sergeant from the Dark Vengeance box. He will likely originate from the Avenging Sons chapter, which is one of the colour schemes in IA13 I’d love to get a better look at (per my request ;)).

See you next time, comments appreciated as usual.

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs [Part II]

Progress has been made!

Corsair no. 1 has gotten a helmet swap for a horned Chaos Space Marine one – I was worried he looked too Imperial!

I added damage to the right shoulder pauldron representing where a bullet had cracked the outmost layers of the armour. It’s meant to be more subtle than the deep gouging of plastic I’ve seen other people do to represent such firearms damage!

Starting adding some details, a holstered Bolt Pistol as well as ammunition containers somewhere from the Warhammer Empire range.

Corsair no. 3 begins to take shape – the first main conversion so far is adding a Khorne Berzerker torso front to the standard MkVII parts. I’ve also began work on the top of his left leg to create crude bionics peeking through the rends in his thigh armour.

  Finally, Corsair no. 4 has been started – an ex-Lamenter. He is partially equipped with MkVI “Corvus Armour”  as well as a Plasma Gun. An unlucky combination! As per the first model, damage has been added to the leg greave.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this update, keep the comments and suggestions coming!

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs [Part I]

You did read my last post right, the one with all the rambling? If not, go do it first!

Assuming you did, allow me to present my humble opening work on my Red Corsairs.

I purchased a box of the most recent iteration of the Space Marine Tactical Marines, breathed in deeply and got to experimenting…

First thing to say, I love how clean and sharp the details are on this kit, a good mix of standardised Imperial-issue MkVI and MkVII pieces. There are a couple neat alternatives too like the pair of MkIV legs as well as a prestigious MkVIII chest piece for the sergeant.

Second thing, the Bolters now have the trigger hand attached to the gun – very handy (excuse the pun) for the assembling, converting and painting stages.

Last point, the legs and arms have differing poses! The former aren’t as crouched and squat as they used to be, whereas the latter offer a more interesting variety of firearm poses (relaxed, across chest, aiming down barrel etc.)

With any first model built using an unfamiliar or new kit, I keep it simple! The basic build itself is straight up classic Space Marine.

The first changes to note are to the Bolter, replacing the standard clip with a more archaic belt-feed and a tassel for the butt of the trigger – both from the (sadly-dated looking) Chaos Space Marines kit.

The second as you can see from the top of the legs are some simple plasticard spacers. I ummed and ahhed for a long time deciding whether to “truescale” or not – in the end the aforementioned spacers in the legs as well as the torsos which will be stuck on higher up than normal is my compromise – taller for the effort but not a massive amount of work needed.

The third and most interesting change is thus – one of the main aspects of the official Huron Blackheart model I love is the armour. Not the profusion of baroque trim, but just how cracked and ill-repaired it is. This is a design aspect I wanted to appropriate for my Red Corsairs

As for this model, there was originally a purity seal on the leg, which was swiftly yet carefully removed with the knife. After that, I shaved off a little more plastic so that the cracked armour I would be sculpting back in would be flush with the rest of the leg. For a first attempt, I’m pleased with it.

Next up in the pipeline for Corsair no. 1 will be some more cracked armour and perhaps a subtle bit of baroque trim to help emphasise his allegiances.

Last thing to say about him before I move on, as part of the background I’m slowly developing in my head – each Red Corsair will of originated from a Space Marine chapter – so any suggestions for which chapter and most importantly why he he turned renegade would be much appreciated! Way in the future when these guys will get some paint, the left shoulder pad will retain the insignia of their former chapter (plus a big red saltine through it!).

Now I’ve explained some of the design concepts I was trying to show in Corsair number 1, let’s move on to Corsair no. 2!


In my search for useful bitz for the project, I found a handful of leftover MkIII parts from a previous project (I believe I bought them for Plague Marine conversions originally) – I found some unused torsos, helmets and the odd salvageable shoulder pad or arm. Red Corsairs are nothing if not notorious for their close-range boarding actions, so these MkIII bitz will be very useful!


In my mind, Corsair no.2 is likely to previously been an Imperial Fist – although if anyone has a suggestion for another chapter likely to still use and maintain MkIII armour, please let me know in the comments!


Finishing off this post with a close-up of the broken armour. In my next pass with putty, I’ll likely try to add some exposed power cables underneath through the cracks and tears.

I’m going to leave it here for today, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for chapters.

Project Time: Red Corsairs (Warhammer 40,000)


That wonderful blood red-orange, those monochrome chevrons and the chunky, bulky power cabling…

It began when I decided to start re-reading some of my Black Library books at the start of this year, which had been sat collecting dust for a long time.

I started with Treacheries of the Space Marines, figuring as a shorter anthology collection it would be easier to get back into the swing of reading. Gildar Rift came next, now I’m currently powering through the excellent Night Lords trilogy.


What do all three of those books have in common? 

Renegade Space Marines, in some cases more particularly – Red Corsairs.

Fun fact, I made some around about 2008 / 2009, inspired by the archaic simplicity of Wayne England‘s portrayal of Huron Blackheart, as well as from the renegades colour section of the 3.5th Codex: Chaos Space Marines.


Alas, in the last ten years or so, the Red Corsairs have evolved in both the main GW publications, miniatures and numerous Black Library books. Gone are the simple red saltine-covered ragtag piratical renegades of old, now more a traditional and contemporary Chaos Marine faction. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of facets of this newer continuity I love (the Corpsemaster, the treachery and capture of the Wolf of Fenris, the entire Badab war in detail, etc.)
At the end of the day though, I’m still always drawn back to that Wayne England painting and classic look of the Red Corsairs….

In the years since I last dabbled with Huron’s finest, both the quality of the Space Marine plastics and (I’d like to think) my abilities as a hobbyist have vastly improved. Let’s give it another go shall we?

We take a look at my opening modelling efforts in a moment in the next post!