OK, let's assume you've decided to stick with convention in this Slaves To Darkness anniversary year and go for Khorne and/or Slaanesh. What will be your colour scheme? According to John Blanche (and let's face it, he's the man in the know):
"A livery mainly composed of the martial colours (red, black and brass) suits the followers of Khorne perfectly, whereas Slaanesh has pale skinned followers bedecked in pastel shades, offset by shiny black leather and studs."
If you decide against these colour schemes, then good for you - your place in the pantheon of chaos will be assured. If, however, you decide to follow tradition and John's suggestions you'll be following in the footsteps of the great and the good. Let's take a look at some of the colour schemes evident in Bryan Ansell's collection.
First up is Khorne:
|Kill, kill, kill, kill...|
Here's the same basic figure but with progressively wackier colour schemes:
|Death, death, death, death...|
|Murder, murder...OK, you get the Khornate point by now...|
Here, however, are some beastmen whose allegiance is unambiguous:
|Are those Khornate horns or are you just pleased to see me?|
|The beginning of skull-creep.|
|Dodgy hood - check. Right breast protruding - check. They must be Slaanesh.|
Here's some more androgynous excess:
|Bondage gear rather than hoods, and it's that breast again. Check out the eye-liner!|
Back to the hood, waist markings and right leg binding again (there must be a pattern emerging?):
|I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow...|
Finally, if you thought the above were old-skoooool, check out these next ones:
|You can see these actual figures on page 75 of the Warhammer Armies book (2nd picture from the top)|
Heralding from a time when the four chaos powers were just a glint in Bryan Ansell's eyes, these are the original Citadel beastmen from the Runequest lineup back in the early 1980's. Bryan ranks the RQ beastmen as his favourites of all the Citadel beastmen, and I have to say I agree with him. It's probably nostalgia - they were the first beastmen I bought - but the RQ beastmen were "proper beastly" - have a look at this advert from the first Citadel Compendium:
I'm sure you'll agree there's a fantastic selection of chaos mutations scattered among this lot, and giving that they are 30-ish years old, the sculpting quality is actually very good - well, they are Perry sculpts after all...
You can see these figures and more in my Bryan Ansell gallery, to which I'll be uploading lots more new pics this week.