In early 2020 I pledged to support Into the Abyss, a Kickstarter project to produce a batch of old-school-inspired classic chaos warriors sculpted by Mattes Lüdtke. The project ran into various delays due to COVID, Brexit, and assorted other concerns — totally understandable, of course, and I am happy to report that I received my pledge earlier this year. I set about painting them forthwith, and the first batch of results are here for you to examine.
The models are incredible detailed, multi-part resin sculpts dripping with gruesome character. Every one of these figures could be a chaos champion in their own right — a gnarled veteran of countless battles, perhaps, or an upstart warlord throbbing with the dark power of chaos.
I went with a traditional dark, smoky paint job for the armor. Most of the skin & flesh were contrast paints…quick and easy to work with, if a bit unrefined. The robes and other clothing items got a dark gray/blue paint job.
Props to my buddy John for quickly printing a batch of scenic 32mm round bases to help bring these guys to life. You may have recognized a couple of these figures used in last month’s game of Open Combat — I wasted no time getting them onto the table. These guys will figure prominently into my nascent Chaos army, as well.
This wasn’t the sum total of what I received through my Kickstarter! I also took possession of a vicious Chaos lord on a cavalry mount, as well as a trio of armored dwarves that will go great in my dwarf army. Here’s a look at the Chaos lord in his prepainted state.
Stay tuned for more!