|Veterans of the Long War assemble to bring ruin to False Emperor's Imperium.|
For being based on the excellent plastic Space Marine terminator kit, the Chaos terminators leave a lot to be desired, and are a pretty large step back in quility. They are replete with huge dull spikes and over-sized skulls. All of the details on the models have very rounded edges and are not well defined or distinct (which is the opposite of the Space Marine Terminator kit). Each of their weapons have comically large blades and chainsaws attached, all with minimal detail. Their combibolters have a shoddy cobbled together look, and are even larger than their SM counterparts. Unfortunately, they do not give you enough powerfists to equip the entire squad, and the two they do give you were based on the same SM arm, and therefore have the same limiting outstretched pose. In an attempt to combat this lack of options we decided to use the parts from the plastic Chaos Terminator lord to supplement the squad. To my shock, the powerfist he comes with is the same powerfist that is essentially duplicated twice in the Chaos terminator box (it was modified to be brandishing its middle finger, but due to the overall pose of the arm you really cannot display it properly). The lord comes with a combi-melta, but it too is simply the one from the Chaos terminator box with more gaudy spikes and extraneous bolter magazines and dangling bolter rounds. The more I worked with both kits, the clearer it became that they were pretty lazily designed and rushed. They are certainly salvageable, but require much more effort and attention to detail to get them looking nice when compared to the corresponding Space Marine kit.
We wanted the unit to have a very unified look to it, and decided that giving them matching/similar helmets would be a good way to initially achieve this goal. Most of the stock Chaos terminator helmets have rather extravagant horns that we felt were distracting and not very Tzeentchian. Initially we considered using Thousand Sons marine helmets for the models, but decided the headdress adorning them was a little much and took away from the brutal, pragmatic tone we were trying to achieve. We ended up choosing the Warhammer Chaos warrior helmets. By simply removing their horns and a bit of sanding, they fit nicely into the terminator bodies.
|Without too much modification, the Chaos warrior helmets fit nicely onto the terminator torsos.|
Note how this terminator's powerfist is nigh identical in pose to the one in in the picture above...
|The combi-melta gun looks much less unwieldy after replacing the chainblade with the barrel of a second edition Chaos bolter.|
|This terminator braces himself as he readies his Reaper autocannon.|
|This Tzeentch champion channels the Winds of Chaos (if only they could in the game...).|
- Godwyn Fischig