Army Showcase: Michael Baginski’s Chaos Knights

As you know, we here at Master of Magics like to keep our eyes peeled for interesting and unique armies. Hobbyists spend hours of their time creating, for lack of a better word, art, so when we see an army that impresses us, we reach out and ask the owner if they want to tell us about how and why they came up with their ideas. While I was perusing the online groups for some inspiration, I came across one such army in the form of the Chaos Knights of one Michael Baginski and asked if he wanted to share his force with you all. Thankfully, he said yes. They might not be loyalists, but we won’t hold that against him.

So, what inspired you to go with a Word Bearer-inspired Knight army?

Word Bearers have long been my favourite of the Chaos Legions, and I have had in the back of my mind the idea to get a Chaos Space Marine army together. Earlier this year I had begun work on said army, and decided to add even more to the force, and so a Renegade Knight or two felt like a good addition. Since I was planning on fielding them together, using the same paint scheme made perfect sense.

What’s the backstory for these fine chappies? Where do they come from?

With the visibility of the Dark Mechanicum increasing over the past few years, the idea and story for them grew from the Word Bearers’ practice of infusing possessed subjects into dreadnoughts such as the Mhara Gal. With the successes of that, it seemed to me that the next logical step would be to use the same process on something larger. A corrupt pilot, bound to a twisted machine spirit, and infused with the Warp would make for a valuable and potent ally. Created on the Hell-Forge world of Ghalmek, the efforts of Masters of Possession, Dark Apostles, and Hereteks came together to unite machine, daemon, and flesh into terrifying engines of war.

I have to say I love the daemonic appendages. Do you have a particular model you are the proudest of?

I do, though it is a tough choice! The one that I have to say is my favourite is the Rampager that I use as my Warlord when I play. It’s the one with the skull mask, exposed ribcage, and the torn flesh draped over its shoulder. Between the movement pose and the bone parts, I felt that this one came out the best. It was inspired by the story of the Chaos Knight that was followed around and worshipped by Necron Flayed Ones.

So, what’s next on the painting table for these guys?

I’ve got one more project in mind for them before I take a bit of a break from the Knights. I’ll be adding another Tyrant class with the Castellan variant weapons but will be merging the standard kit with the Soul Grinder to make a four-legged monstrosity.

Any plans for what you’re going to do next?

Let’s see… I have way too many models and ideas in the works to settle on just one thing. What I’ve been doing for about a year now is to work on a project for a month’s time before moving on to the next regardless of whether the first one was finished or not. By going back and forth I’ve been able to finish four armies (Spiderfang Grots, Skaven, Tyranids, and Harlequins) and have made good progress on a handful more. But my next focus will be on Cities of Sigmar, specifically Dark Elves!

Sounds great, I might have to ask you to share them when they’re done! If you have a unique and interesting army you have been working on and would like to share it with the wider community, then you can contact me via twitter @MTGTengu. Maybe yours will be the next army featured in our showcase. If you have enjoyed today’s article, please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics. If you want to support the site directly; you can join our Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Until next time though, remember: “Attack is the only order worth remembering.”

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