In war are we eternally reborn.Uriah Grimm, Brother-Chaplain of the Flesh Eaters
Brother-Chaplain Uriah Grimm is the first HQ choice for my Flesh Eaters army project. I started work on him a few months ago, hope to have him complete in time for a call for examples of Dramatis Persona in the War of the False Primarch, but in the end I missed the deadline by quite a way. Next I thought I’d have him finished in time for the Armies on Parade 2022 ‘Gods of War’ month, but that came and went too! Still, he’s finished now, and I’d always rather take my time and get things “right” rather than rush to a deadline.
Design & Building
Chaplain Grimm is heavily influenced by the Rogue Trader era Chaplain pictured above. This is the first 40K model I ever painted way back in 1993, using a mix of Citadel paints from the time (good old ‘Blood Red’) and my dad’s Humbrol paints. You may have seen me post this ancient model before, I like to dig it out occasionally just to remind people that we’ve all got to start our hobby journey somewhere and anyone can improve their painting with a little practice. You can see a more competently painted version of the same model in the bottom left of the image below.
When updating this model I didn’t want to make a literal rivet-by-rivet identical version, just to capture the key points and general feel of the miniature. The pose, the weapons, the distinctive skull shoulder pads and helmet were the main points I wanted to preserve. Everything else was up for grabs. You may recognise I’ve based my miniature on the Indomitus Chaplain, while the arms and shoulders are from the Black Templars Castellan, the backpack is from the Forge World Mk V Heresy Armour set and finally the helmet is a re-sculpt based on the Primaris Reiver helmet.
The LED plasma pistol was created using the techniques described in my LED Plasma Weapon tutorial, although in this case I used a TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED instead of the pink LED described in the tutorial. The reason for this is that I am trying to limit the colour pallete of LEDs in this project to only green and yellow. The other slight difference – as seen in the images above – is that I rotated the LED through 90 degrees so that it faced upwards through the plasma coil rather than out of the barrel. This makes the coils a little brighter which I prefer when you can’t really see down the barrel in this pose. The otherwise bare resin of the coils has been given a thin shade of Citadel Biel-Tan Green, just to make it look a little more visually appealing when the LED is switched off, as seen in the right-hand picture above.
Painting (a.k.a. To Bone or Not To Bone?)
One of the things that delayed me finishing this model was settling on exactly how I was going to paint it. I knew from the start that I wanted to limit the ceremonial “black” colour of the chaplain office to robes and other small areas. My main hang-up was whether to go with a traditional beige colour for the bone-styled areas of the Grimm’s armour, or to stick with Corax White? As you can see the white won in the end. This was because it emulated the original model I had painted, and also it meant I didn’t have to add any more colours to my armour colour palette, as Corax White is already part of the scheme. At first I started painting the whole shoulder pads white (rims and all), but I realised that was a little much and decided to introduce the silver and black so that the shoulders didn’t end up dominating the whole model.
The Caputmori – an eagle with a human skull – became the notorious symbol of the Partisan forces during the War of the False Primarch. The replacement of the twin heads of the Imperial eagle with a single alternative was a clear challenge to the authority of the High Lords. So how did a chaplain of the staunchly loyal Flesh Eaters acquire such a symbol of office? As with so many things in the War of the False Primarch, we are reduced to speculation. Maybe it was taken from a defeated Partisan chaplain as a trophy of conquest? Or perhaps Brother-Chaplian Grimm was simply attempting to “reclaim” this symbol for Pentarchy of Blood? We may never know the truth. But what we can be sure of is that the crozius arcanum did not leave his side for the duration of his recorded engagements during the war.EXTRACT FROM ‘A TREATISE ON THE WAR OF THE FALSE PRIMARCH’ BY SCRIBE HOWTOPHER BUXCRAFT
So there we have it, two Troops choices and an HQ. I think that technically counts as a ‘Battle Forged’ army, doesn’t it? That abomination the False Primarch doesn’t stand a chance! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon for with some more Flesh Eaters.