"It happened one winter that my Lord was called to a feast at the house of an old enemy, that their feud, long standing should be forgot and buried in evenings of oath-taking and gift giving, and feasting and drink in the arms of friendly girls. I and nine others my Lord left behind, the care of all his halls and treasure and folk to us entrusting, and as he departed, we assured him that we would not fail him, and that he had naught to fear, and he smiled, and said he knew it, and rode away under a fast-greying sky, and that was the last time I saw my Lord living.
And we ten looked at each other, and we said that it would not stand.
"At whiles, a comrade would fall in battle. Khorne would guide another to me to take his place. With me I will keep only nine fighters. For it must be as it was in the beginning. We ten who rode out in the service of Khorne, we will always ride out, again and again. I cannot now recall who amoung my band was with me in the beginning, and who came after. All the helmets begin to look the same to me. Maybe all my old comrades are gone now. It makes no difference. There will always be ten.
"I don't know what became of my Lord's lands, his women, or the great hall. It's still there, I imagine. Perhaps some other man calls it home now. To me it means nothing. I paid my debt to my old Lord, and I have pledged my oath to a new one now, mighty Khorne, God of Battles. It is he I serve, and I go where he bids. He has guided my steps to the warm lands of the south, there to seek out the horde of the Chaos Lord Buzzgobb Phesterlick, follower of weakling God Slaanesh, in the city of Lost Veghuz, which rots between the Smoking Mountain and the Black River. He has work for me here. And I shall accomplish that work."
The experience of painting this wretched unit was so frustrating that before I'd finished with it I was nearly ready to turn to chaos myself. Painting colored armor is not something that came easily to me, and I gave up on the unit more than once. I also made poor choices on choosing colors for individual warriors. For instance, I think Ulfgrimm's red helmet makes a nice enough contrast with his steel-colored armor, and on his own, he looks reasonably acceptable, but when I put him in with his buddies, he fades into the unit. I should have colored him all red instead, as a leader model should 'pop' out from the others, but by the time I'd finished him, I'd laid down so many washes and highlights on him, and put so much work into him, that I just wasn't prepared to consign him to the strip jar. I had some other problem figures that I just couldn't get to look right, but eventually I had to tell myself that these guys just weren't going to come out as well as I'd wanted, and I pushed on and finished the unit, just for the sake of getting it done.
There are some things that I think came out ok...I tried to make the brass-armored fellow look as if his helmet is actually a part of his face, so that the helmet has gums and teeth, and I think that came out alright, but on the whole, I was hoping for more. Hopefully I've learned something here that will be of help when I start on my Tzeentchi marauder unit, which I should be getting around to in the next couple of months....
Anyway, Blood for the Blood God and all that. These fellows should be a potent addition to Buzzgob's chaos horde...