Realm of Chaos - XXV.

A departure today - not just from the usual Imperial 40k bias that I lean towards on the blog, but also from the way that I would ordinarily write about projects; typically, I'll report on an event after it's occurred with a longer series of posts documenting the miniatures brought and the games played; today, though, marks the start of more traditional log documenting a foray into the Old World. This year sees the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness - a seminal publication which began my continuing obsession with the GW IP, and, as well as making me feel a bit old, I thought it an opportune moment to mark this quarter century by instigating a Chaos Champions campaign with some of my fellow gamers. Now, I'm not the only person to have decided to instigate a similar endeavour this year, and I highly recommend Realm of Chaos 80s blog for a great example of some excellent gamers doing likewise. However, I'd decided to steer away slightly from simply collecting and rebuilding vintage war-bands, instead allowing participants to utilise any GW miniatures - including the recent GW plastic chaos miniatures - making those trickier chaos mutations slightly easier to model; and whilst this year is only the twenty-fifth anniversary of Slaves to Darkness, we'll also be using the rules in it's twin, The Lost and the Damned, to enable gamers to build war-bands of Nurgle and Tzeentch, as well as those devoted to Khorne and Slaanesh.

For those unaware of the books, the Realm of Chaos tomes provide a massively detailed system for generating Champions of Chaos, with their attendant war-bands, and particular gifts and rewards from their patron power. War-bands fight it out in order to gain the favour of their God, increasing in power and status, attracting further chaotic miscreants, and hopefully achieving apotheosis - ascending to daemonhood. However, the road to power is a precarious and dangerous one, and most fool mortals are turned to gibbering spawn - mad, feral half-things, detached from sanity and biology - rather than arising to sit at their patron's side. The first book, Slaves to Darkness was devoted to the bitter rival forces of Slaanesh and Khorne, whilst the second enormous tome, The Lost and the Damned, details the rival factions of Nurgle and Tzeentch. Full of grisly imagery and dark tales of foreboding the volumes still encapsulate that true dark gothicry of the Old World for me, and I'd long relished building another war-band to reflect this grim majesty.

So, having invited five other gamers to join, I have the pleasure of being able to blog the progress of some of these extraordinary talents here on Isstvan: taking part are Peter 'PDH' Hudson, Tears of Envy, Neil101, RiseOfTheMagi, John Blanche, and myself. I should point out that as GW employees, I won't be blogging the progress of Jon, Tammy and John, but with permission should have some shots of their completed war-bands after the project is completed. Each member was allowed to chose their patron and select from a series of starting races - generating one from the standard table; choosing a human; or daring to risk one of the 'Children of Chaos' (Beastman, Minotaur, Centaur or Dragon Ogre) - and we began to generate our fledgling Champions when we met in February to play our Arkke Wald games. To move our narrative along slightly, each player generated their Champion, with their initial attendant retinue, and rolled for a further two sets of followers. We also allowed Champions to generate three separate rewards from their patron in line with these developments to represent their shift a little further down their path to damnation.

As well as building and painting the above, each player was asked to consider building a piece of terrain reflective of the Chaos Wastes to bring with them (should they have time) and to log the progress of their Champion in that Beowulf-ian saga-poem style as outlined in The Lost and The Damned, to be catalogued at the end of the campaign.

Ensuring that all four of the brethren were represented, we set to choosing our patrons as follows -

  • Tears of Envy - Tzeentch
  • John Blanche - Tzeentch
  • Neil 101 - Tzeentch
  • Peter - Nurgle
  • RiseOfTheMagi - Khorne
  • Myself - Slaanesh


Seems that the great trickster is in the ascendancy!

Tomorrow, I'll outline the individual war-bands as they currently stand and have the first in a series of WIP photos I've been sent by everyone.

19 comments:

  1. SWEET. Another awesome tale of grim imagination to which I may look forward...

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  2. Everybody loves Tzeentch...

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    1. A shame that sitcom never took off.

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    2. It was a shame indeed. But at least we still had Fiends and Married with the Emperor's Children.

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  3. O I can't wait to see the progress on this!

    If you have time or inclination, we've a similar Realm of Chaos warbands project going on at the papanurgle forums with some spectacular work thus far.

    http://papanurgle.com/viewforum.php?f=44&sid=50cc2a23212356255f3a540ae3f14229

    I have my own effort ongoing, though it's a slow one on regular progress.

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    1. Cool! Great stuff, I'll have a look at both of those later today - thanks for the tip, Dai.

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    2. love the multi armed beastigor and centaur.

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  4. Fulgrim - Nice start. Looking forward to seeing more and some of your own WIPs for that matter.

    Phiq - Oh no I have Hatred for Tzeentch - while Blightsting has an Irrational Hatred of Goblins!?

    Dai - I think it would be appropriate for me to join in the fun over at papa nurgle. Thank you.

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    1. No problem - more later.

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    2. yep great introduction, I am looking forward to seeing everyone's work progress to paint .

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  5. Really cool project. Lookin' forward to see more of this.
    I remember reading these wonderful tomes at a friends house, being completely mesmerised by Adrian Smiths sprawling pencil drawings. They had a twisted wierdness to them that fitted the subject perfectly he unfortunately lost somewhat when he moved on to "paint" his illustrations.

    By the way - wasn't there a chapter with rules and tables (oh lovely tables - there was a lot of those back then) for creating minor chaos powers? I seem to recall a sample goat/vermin god whose name had escaped me at the moment...

    Might be an idea for a future project - build your own minor deity...

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    1. Yes, there is - kweeful, I think, might have been the deity's name... Well, if this goes well then I'm sure we'll return to it at some point in the future.

      I love Adrian Smith's drawings, though, too. They're lovely things. So evocative.

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    2. If you do let me know! The lure of chaos is growing strong after a long streak of puritan inquisition modeling...

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  6. REALLY looking forward to how this one develops! Coincidentally I've just written a post on what could be considered as John Blanche's first published chaos conversion: http://eldritchepistles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/xaxus-chaos-thrall-bryan-anselljohn.html

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    1. I read that just before, Steve - what a find!

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  7. This is so good, it will be cool to see what you guys come up with

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  8. This idea (enriched by some posts on Papa Nurgle) is so awesome, I immediately went to ebay to buy the Realm of Chaos books.

    Very much looking forward to this here, especially as a fledgeling disciple of the fine art of Blanchitsu.

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