Making your own Obliterators is practically a right of passage as a Chaos player. I liked my original Obliterator models. Barrels coming out of eyes, mouths the works…
They are three distinct models. This is how Obliterators were released originally so this is how I knew them.
I was happily using these. The new models came out…
As far as I can see its basically three different heads and all of the rest of the model is the same. It’s also ugly, not in a good Nurgle way either.
So I carried on with my old ones. But then my opponent one day couldn’t believe I was using the old ones when there were new bigger ones available. I really wasn’t going to get those new bigger ones. So I decided I had to make my own.
This was my favourite bit of Obliterator art I could find so I decided to base my Obliterators on this. It looked to me a bit like a Chaos terminator so that was the base for mine.
This is the first one. There are quite a few bits on this guy I based on the artwork. I found possessed arms to be very useful for the Obliterators. They are bigger and have a lot of flesh to armour transitions which were very useful.
I put a couple of claws from the old chaos dreadnought scourge on the back of the possessed arm to represent a powerfist type weapon, that’s what they had on the table top. Green stuff fleshy bits are all over this model. I also used a spike and green stuffed into the 8 pointed star on the shoulder pad, the artwork had this and I thought it was a nice touch. This model is pre tentacle maker, so I use a lot of guitar strings to represent cabling and the wires that poke out the top of the Obliterator.
The lascannon is from Space Crusade! Between that and the chaos dreadnought scourge this model has some real heritage. I added an ammo box and more greenstuff. The shoulder pad on this side has a green stuff vent and a couple exhaust pipes green stuffed on.
The head is a Space Marine Captain head, all three Obliterators are actually. The respirator look is one of my favourites in 40k generally, it’s quite a vicious look. A bunch of paper clips and more green stuff finishes him off.
My second Obliterator…
At the time the Obliterators could pick and choose their weapons each turn. Even though they could have anything (alien weapons, chaos tech etc) on the models I found it useful to wysiwyg them (in a fashion) to help me remember my options mid game. So that’s how you end up with a plasma cannon and twin plasma gun toting model. The plasma cannon on terminator look is a nice one (only seen on Dark Angels these days I believe).
This was a particularly pleasing case of possessed arm armour being the exact right width and cracking and transitioning into flesh exactly where i could put the plasma cannon. Green stuff fleshy bits. Canister on top. Done. The possessed arm had wires also and I could keep the big plasma feed that goes all the way round the back.
Another captains head, this time a bit Borg like finishes him off…
My third obliterator…
Another Space Marine Captain head, this time looking like The Terminator. I got to put my favourite Cyborgs into this project.
With this one I started to think about how the Obliterators got all the various weapons on demand. I was basically imagining a Chaos cross between transformers (with transforming noise) and the final scenes from Akira where Tetsuo’s body goes out of control.
This is where I make an Obliterator mid change, this guy has a plan. He’s fighting a rhino full of space marines (in my mind). He’s used a multi melta to destroy the Rhino, now he is using a heavy flamer on them and will need a powerfist next.
Multimelta, past tense…
It’s sort of folding away, been used and will go back up into the Obliterator body/mess of tech and bio matter. Around the front there is a slack bit of cabling to help demonstrate that it’s folding away. Now the Scourge claw is descending to become a power fist around the back.
The heavy flamer is in use, I’ve extended the barrel for aesthetics. The green stuff on this is completely based on the Akira body horror images…
All three all together, my favourite Cyborgs…
I probably did these about ten years ago but I still enjoy using them. Now my opponent gets to say ‘why aren’t you using Centurions as a base for your Obliterator conversions’…
Maybe next time, I’ll make some Centurion Obliterators.
I love these guys so much. It makes me ashamed to use my standard ones. Maybe after my possessed i will heavily modify mine with a biymt of Tzeenctch flare (tongues and eyes everywhere).
At this point i would like to own up and publicly shame myself into admitting i am the opponent who questioned the old models. I would like it to be said though, that i know you like them and im fine with you uaing them now. So long as that Diminutive Unckean One doesn’t join in!
To be honest, id be grateful just to get a game in these days, do what ever you like. This models are awesome though and it looks like you had a lot of fun making them. It been a long time since ive seen you make a model where you could really use your imagination reletively unrestrained and i really look forward to the next time you get the chance.
Another fantastic edition to your nurgle army.
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I would love to see some suped up Tzeentch Oblits.
You did me a huge favour, these are much better.
I really did have fun making these.
The only place you’ll see mini Unclean one is on the Bloodbowl pitch 😉.
These are great, a clever idea to show the options you could use.
Those ‘current’ models from GW are awful, right up there amongst the worst stuff they’ve releasd (sorry Pandora), the work you’ve done on these is lovely, very well thought out and executed. If you do some Centurion based ones some day I’d love to see them, I feel you could capture the classic style of guns everywhere with the chest bolters and such like.
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Thank you. That’s all I want to do now, use Centurions to recreate a modern version of those old ones. I’d go for nondescript weapons this time. Just old school 2nd edition chaos type weapons. Great idea!
Ok… I’ll take this as a challenge. I’m going to work on my Oblitorators next (after my possessed) and I will try to use the original ugly ass models as a base to try and make something you guys thinks looks cool. Kit bashing isn’t necessarily one of my strengths so I may have to greenstuff my way out of this.
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Good luck to you! I’m sure you will do a great job. I really want to kitbash some more too, recreate a modern version of their first incarnation. Something for the ever increasing later-base. Like the nurgle daemon prince, do a conversion them re-do it when better parts are released.
I like the idea of using the centurions, maybe i could get a box and then mix and match the parts with my original oblitorators. That way i could get 6 out of it and lots of guns…
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No I’m pretty sure you said you were going to greenstuff them… 😉
Why find a part when you can just sculpt it out of metal like normal? Maximum effort, mimimum reward.