Unboxing: Tzaangors (Thousand Sons / Disciples of Tzeentch)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I haven’t been completely idle. Alas, that’s an update for another time as I though I’d do an unboxing for one of my favourite classics to re-emerge from years past – Tzaangor!


First introduced in the Realms of Chaos tomes in years past, then more recently re-invisioned and actually made as plastic miniatures this year for Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. Now with this month’s twin-release of Wrath of Magnus and Traitor Legions – followers of Tzeentch can rejoice that we now have a full multi-part kit for the bestial blighters!

What’s in the box?

In the box you get six sprues (2 duplicates of 3 different ones);

(shots of front and backs of sprues)

 

Interestingly there are a lot of weapon options here. This serves as a duel-purpose kit for both Warhammer 40k as well as Age of Sigmar. You get enough standard pairs of close combat weapons for all ten, as well as the option to swap them all for the chainsword and Autopistol (40k only). In addition, there are also a couple great weapons (I spot an axe and a really long two-handed sword) as well as bits for a Standard Bearer and a Musician (Age of Sigmar only). In fact, you get two copies of the banner and trumpet so those could be great for converting duplicate Pink Horror units!

To finish off the box contents, you get the usual instructions as well as a bag of ten 32mm round bases.

Instructions are simple enough, but however here comes the main critique of this set. The instructions miss out how to assemble any of the Age of Sigmar specific options (shields, great weapons, command options etc.) I can cope with the instructions not telling me how to assemble the special optional head for the Twistbray (it’s two parts. It’s obvious!) but the rest seems rather odd being missing. I did notice how the instructions only mention 40k. Am I missing any Age of Sigmar specific instructions?

Overall Thoughts

I haven’t begun assembling them yet, but reading through what instructions I have makes these seem like a simple enough kit to assemble.

Hobby Plans

I was all set to go with the chainsword and Autopistol combo for the box to go alongside my slowly growing Chaos Marines for 40k.

However…

About an hour before I could leave work, come home and wrote this, GW posted this teaser on social media…


Utterly fantastic news! What a great surprise for my birthday tomorrow! 

I’ve been keenly waiting for this Battletome since Silver Tower got Age of Sigmar Warscrolls shortly after release.

That has thrown a spanner in the works though, so now I think the standard close combat weapons option would be best as I could use them across both systems. Whilst I love the aesthetic of savage Gor-Kin with pistols, I’m willing to compromise to greatly expand their usefulness.

I would finish with a comparison picture between this kit and the Silver Tower ones, but I have yet to put clippers and knife to the former. I’m gonna do that right now, so thanks for reading!

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One made from kit on the left, Silver Tower monopose one on the right. 

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I’ll just leave these here..

Tzaangor Hero! Tzaangor on Disks!

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part IX)

“Today we stand in the blood of our brothers, for we have been shattered by betrayal.”

Attributed to Obayn Gheist, during the Scourging of Makenna VII [M41]


I started chucking some paint on one of the Shattered Chaos Marines. The red was a doddle as I have that colour scheme locked down now. The silver however proved to be a tad more challenging. Initially I tried my usual NMM but it wasn’t working out so I switched back to true metallics, something I’ve not done in years.

I only had a W&N silver ink to hand, which I found is great to pseudo wet-blend over (it takes a longer time for it to fully dry) as all I was addin to it was varying amounts of black and glazes of brown and blue. Unfortunately, it sucks up a lot of paint so I had to keep going over and over the silver ink, which takes a lot longer to do than my usual feathering thin paint layers over dried paint. 

Still, there’s something neat about the contrast between the matte red and the glossy metallics which is something I didn’t consider.

I love the look of it so far, but I certainly need to invest in some GW metallic paints (silver and brass) to really finish these models. The need for the silver is obviously, whereas I need the brass for the leg great times on the Shattered and for the Red Corsair backpacks and details.

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part VIII)

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Figured I’d post a quick update on this most dreary and wet of English mornings – can’t get outside to prime miniatures!

As you can see I’ve built the six members of the second squad. I was very excited when my (10-man) MKIII Burning of Prospero plastics arrived!

Since these are supposed to be former Iron Warriors, MKIII armour was clearly a must but due to their outcast status, each one also has incorporated more recent replacement components from MkIV and even the odd loyalist MK VI part.

The middle one in the first picture is the Aspiring Champion (as shown last post) whereas the middle one in the second picture will be the squad’s Meltagun specialist.

Speaking of the Aspiring Champion, aside from his Combi-Melta and (somewhat hidden) chainmail tabard, he is quite to identify him differently from the rest of the squad – hence I made his backpack a bit more ornate;

Hopefully you’ll agree it’s a bit more subtle than the usual unwieldy spiky poles that Chaos Space Marines are quite fond of!

As I said, once the weather clears up I can prime these newly built additions and begin their own colour scheme – something a bit like this;


That subtle blue sheen for the upper parts is something I’d like to emulate (over a more traditionally gritty Iron Warriors dark gunmetal).

Best thing is, this squad of six combined with the five existing Red Corsairs on my desk combine to make a legal 200pt Kill Team! 👌🏻

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part VII)


Painting has begun!

Reds are the only thing that have been completed so far.

The recipe for that is as follows;

  1. Basecoat Mephiston Red
  2. Highlight by adding increasing amounts of Troll Slayer Orange to the basecoat colour (up til pure orange for final highlights)
  3. Tidy up highlights with glaze of Mephiston Red.
  4. Shade by adding increasing amounts of Rhinox Hide to the basecoat colour (up til nearly pure brown for deepest shades).
  5. Edge highlights with pure Troll Slayer Orange.
  6. Sponge on Rhinox Hide (particularly on hard edges and damaged parts of armour).
  7. Glaze all red sections with an even mix of Lamenters Yellow (GW Technical) and Tamiya Clear Orange).

Fairly simple in my books. Putting on the final glaze is incredibly satisfying to me, shame it doesn’t dry with the same glossiness it starts off with.

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I received some MkIII “Iron” Armour in the post today, and swiftly added a few components from the kit to a model I build one night;


Built an Aspiring Champion for the beginnings of a second squad of Chaos Marines. I was heavily inspired by an illustration in Black Crusade;


For this second squad, I’m thinking Iron Warrior outcasts with a dirty iron and red colour scheme, with red and black chevrons. I have some background inklings in my head which I need to write up first. Does the Shattered sound like a good minor warband name?

Now to start building the rest of these gorgeous MkIII plastics!

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part VI)

Painting has commenced!

The only parts that have been done are the red and the desecrated shoulder pad. The rest has only been blocked in to get an overall idea of the finished project.

*shudders thinking about painting checkers on a rounded surface…*

By coincidence, the Black Library have also announced a new novel called Tyrant of the Hollow Worlds;

*drops to knees and thanks whoever made this happen*

The cover artwork has given me some ideas for both painting and sculpting for future models in this project. 

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part V)

Back to working on the Red Corsairs!

I’ve commenced working on these again due to reasons such as the re-released Kill Team rules, the rumours of “upcoming Thousands Sons” as well as those lovely newly-released MkIII Iron Armour models in Burning of Prospero.

Anyway, the first five have finally had all their sculpting, kit bashing and cleaning up done and have been primed;

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Guns and backpacks are being primed and painted seperataly, hence not in the photos.

Now onto the basecoats!

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!