The Blood Wolves – by Christian Byrne.
The other day I was passing through the canteen when I got chatting to Christian Byrne - one of the Studio book design team and a regular face in the pages of White Dwarf. Over the course of a sausage bap (that's a cob to you northerners, a roll to most people and a bun if you're odd), we got chatting about his latest creation - the Blood Wolves - a renegade chapter of Space Marines themed around Chaos Space Marines and Space Wolves. We thought the army was so gorgeous that we just had to show it off, regardless of whether they're good or evil. Here's Christian to explain the method behind the madness:
Christian: Some people might know that I like to paint the odd Chaos Space Marine from time to time. I've always been a fan of the villains of the 41st millennium, ever since I was a lad. I remember playing games of Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition on the living room floor with an army made up of models from the first boxed set (Orks and Gretchin) and Chaos Space Marines from Space Crusade. Around about this time we all started eyeing up the various codex's that were around at the time and I remember liking the Space Wolves the most, even more than the Chaos Space Marines!
However, I was soon off to university and it would be many years before I would return to playing. When my interest in the hobby was renewed in my mid twenties I automatically went for Chaos, then Dark Eldar, but I always wanted a Space Wolf army of my own but never seemed to get around to it. Fast forward to the latest release of Space Wolves and the gorgeous boxed sets created for them and I could no longer hold back, I was going to do an about face and declare allegiance to the Imperium after years of heresy. As you can probably see, corruption runs too deep and the warping powers of Chaos (particularly Khorne) managed to sneak into my plans yet again. Some colleagues in the studio were confused by my project, but I didn't care, I like kit-bashing miniatures and I love Chaos...
Dan: Much like Christian, if you've got a beautiful army and you'd love to show it off, send us an email and we'll gladly take a look. Who knows, if it looks great, it could be your army featured on the blog next time. To see more of Christian's Chaos Space Marines (there's quite a lot of them), why not check out this article with them all in - that should satisfy the Chaos fans amongst you (and silence the voices in my head for the time being).