Off with their heads

Inspired by Jeff Vader and Krautscientist´s reciprocal articles on the scions (and more scions) and the latest skavens,  I decided also to do an article about my favorite kit of the moment : the Skaven Stormfiends.

I spent quite some time without being able to physically sit down at my work table and this gave me the opportunity to decide what I wanted to do with my blog. 

I left the hobby before the explosion of the blogosphere. I find it great that people share their tips, technics, interests, point of views, and motivations.

In my personal case, I have a pretty serious ADHD hobby syndrome. I started the hobby last century (do I qualify as an “oldhammerer” ?) and was introduced to it by my older brother who taught me (maybe wrongly) that “the models from the box should only be the base for your future models”. A great legacy but also a curse. I can´t help but to convert a model or more precisely kitbash it as the youngster call it these days.

Living in China is a curse for my wallet : There is no bits store ! Shipping from the rest of the world takes about a month and the distribution of your parcel is … quite aleatory. Of course, this is based on the assumption that your parcel will be cleared by the customs. 

During my convalescence, after filling several notebooks of ideas, I realized that I have more ideas than I have time and that GW is offering more parts than I can offer here in China. So since I have to buy a box for a bit (don´t get me wrong, nobody is putting a gun on my head to do so) I thought I would save you time, dear reader, and present you some heads that would make the Stormfiends look interesting or not.

I like to take the Fantasy model and drag them into the futuristic 40k universe. 

I´m French and I was (and still am) a big fan of the Confrontation games and models by the Rackham company. I bought the Stormfiend kit with the idea of creating a futuristic Wolfen. Here is the result when you combine it with a wolf head

wolfen new head

Use of the head (Fenrisian wolf)

For the purpose of the exercise, I´ll keep the same body (ignore the wolf tail) to give a sense of the proportion and a close up of the head on the side.

Vargeist head

vampire new head

vampire new head cu

Might be a good base for a mutant or a xeno but the other heads for the Crypt Ghouls from the same kit are spot on!

ghoul new head ghoul new head cu

The obvious choice for Grosteques as Jeff Vader demonstrated here. I just used the other helmets.

 de new head_  de new head 1

de new head 2

Another of Jeff´s ideas

 co new headco new head cu 1

I really like this one. It´s a very interesting Xeno with the long neck. But as you can notice on that photo, the neck needs a little bit of filling and work. The head comes with the bits and reins that would have to be taken off. The reins could be repurposed as a necklace for example. The neck can be shortened too but the long neck distances it from the original kit. Of course the hair has to be shaved.


The savage Orc head fits really well the Stormfiends body.

 orc new head orc new head cu

How does an Ork head fit so ?

ork new head ork new head cu

A squig´s head

sq new head sq new head cu sq new head cu 1

Parts of bits and reins too but the model has some cartoony features.

Ogryn´s heads

ogryn new headogryn new head cu

ogryn new head 2 ogryn new head 2 cu

They do work quite well for a big muscular character. The gas mask especially.

Morghast Harbringers

mv new head

Pink horror head

horror new head cu horror new head cu 2

Would need a lot of work but could work.

Chaos spawn heads

 spawn new head 3 cu spawn new head 2 cuspawn new head cu

They need some work on the neck

spawn new head

An ogre dragon head

cho new head

The neck also needs some work

5 thoughts on “Off with their heads

  1. I picked up a box of Stormfiends about two weeks ago (with a view to converting them in to Chaos Obliterators), yet the sprues have just been sat on the pile of ‘when I can be bothered’. However your article has been damned useful in giving me some ideas, cheers very much bud.

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      1. I don’t doubt it! I’m going to be trawling through your blog like a pig in muck (that was supposed to be an uber compliment, came out kind of weird, let’s run with it anyway). Also, just checked out your Iron Sleet (un)invitational mock up from Feb, seriously cool. Tc bud


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