This summer I received a surprise gift — a box of random Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Space Marine models from a fellow player in our local club. Tucked away underneath piles of plastic figures was an oversized metal daemon prince.
The figure was incomplete, missing an arm and (I later learned) an armored loincloth. Worse, since I hadn’t played 40k in many years, I couldn’t immediately identify the figure. Thankfully the Internet (actually the Warhammer 40,000 Facebook discussion group) helped immensely, identifying the figure as one Be’lakor, Daemon Prince of Chaos. One generous player in the UK actually volunteered to send me the missing arm! (Cheers Jason!)
So armed with a new arm (haha) Be’lakor slowly came together. The loincloth remained elusive, but to be honest I’m not offended by the look of the model sans loincloth.
When I turned my attention to painting him, I was torn. Do I go with the traditional “dark flesh” color palette that typifies most daemons? Or maybe try out a new color scheme? I had recently picked up a new jar of deep magenta/pink paint, and I think that sealed the deal for me.
As is typical with my painting, Be’lakor got a basic paint job with some highlights and drybrushing, followed by a coat of Minwax Polyshades Antique Walnut, which imparted shiny brown highlights to the fleshy magenta shades on his skin.
Even though this figure took easily 5+ hours of work over the course of many evenings, this was essentially a speedpainting job compared to professional painters. But as is always the case for me, time is of the essence! I’m expecting to get Be’lakor onto the battlefield later this month for a game of One Page 40k!