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WIP: The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth Word Bearers

Probably the biggest release in miniature gaming this year, the Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth. I started the audiobooks to the Horus Heresy series earlier this year while I was painting/driving and I'm on the 20th or so book so far. When I heard rumors of Gamesworkshop producing plastic Horus Heresy-era models, I didn't believe it, but now it's finally here.

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers Contemptor Dreandought

I may pick up a few more boxes and paint other Legions, but I split the box in half with Word Bearers (to join my Chaos) and the Ultramarines (for my Imperials that I haven't started). The original plan was to get this game at the midnight release and have another night/morning to work on the, but that didn't work out. I ended up getting the game Saturday afternoon and only finished painting the Word Bearers :(

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers

The Legion of Lorgar in all it's glory.

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Horus Heresy

I had some Forge World bits laying around so one squad had Word Bearers shoulder pads and an older Mark of helmets.

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers

The other squad kept the Mk IV helmets, but I didn't want them to look like Ultramarines so I picked up a Chaos Space Marines Attack Force and used some of the Raptor heads and Chaos Space Marine shoulder pads to make them look more evil and corrupt. The Ultramarines were built with no conversions.

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers Terminators

Random Terminator bodies I had combined with the extra Terminator Lightning Claws. I know that the Terminators are Black Legion, but they look okay painted as Word Bearers.

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers Dark Apostle

Dark Apostle

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers Dark Apostle

The Dark Apostle. Not sure if I like the purple cloak on the Word Bearer's model, but I wanted it to tie in with the rest of my Chaos models.

Horus Heresy  Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers Tactical Squad

First tactical squad. All of my Plasma Guns are brass but I do plan to give them a cool glowing effect when I get the rest of the 40k Plasma Gun models put together.

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2nd Tactical squad. 

Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth: Word Bearers Contemptor Dreadnought

Contemptor Dreadnought. The model is a little bland like some people pointed out but I added some bits from the Bloodthirster model and the Chaos Rhino kit and he looks okay now. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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All the forces of Chaos that are painted so far. I have models that can be used in any of Gamesworkshop's three game ranges although I doubt I will play with these ever. All of the Chaos forces from the Age of Sigmar box is here along with Dark Vengeance (minus the cultists/blood reavers) along with the Horus Heresy stuff and some Daemons.

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And another project I'm working on as a commission. More pictures to come, but these are very different from my speed painted Word Bearers. It took several weeks to get these guys done. More pictures to come.