Army Showcase: Eric Willis’ Untamed Beasts

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 Warband in the form of the Untamed Beasts of Eric Willis and asked if he wanted to share his warriors with you all. Thankfully, he said yes. Now we all know I’m a huge fan of Warcry, and hopefully, Eric’s warband will inspire you to give it a look yourself.

So, what inspired you to go with the God of War inspired warband?

The paint scheme is inspired, of course, by Kratos of God of War, but I also wanted to use a darker skin tone behind it to highlight the fact that the lighter colour is, in fact, a white body paint. I looked at some pictures of African tribal body paint and noticed that as they move around, their body paint wears off in the creases around their muscles, producing a great and intimidating contrast. The blood-red paint is there to signify their allegiance to Khorne, the god of war, blood, and skulls, all of which inherently go with the original theme of the untamed beasts.

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

They are the untamed beasts from the beast realm of Ghur. But I wanted to make them look more feral and animalistic in their appearance, as they shun all forms of civilization. Also, I’m trying to show their slow turn from worshipping the pantheon of chaos to their devoted worship of Khorne alone.

Do you have a particular model you are the proudest of?

As with most new paint schemes it takes a few models to really get down what you are trying to achieve. I feel that the “First Fang” is probably the model that exemplifies the look I was hoping for. His smooth skull helmet really pops with the blood-red markings on it, and since this is the focal point of the whole model it really comes together quite well.

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

I want to expand them with some of the Reavers boxed sets as those models have a lot of bare skin that will go well with the white body paint aesthetic. I’ll have to be careful what I pick, though, because I don’t want models that have a lot of parts that are supposed to be metallic.

Any plans for what you’re going to do next? Any other warbands or armies planned?

I’m going to completely expand this into a full army for Age of Sigmar. I will probably have to pick up a lot of the untamed beasts boxed sets to get the bits that Im going to need. This colour scheme is going to be pretty unique relative to what you are used to seeing in Khorne armies that mainly focus on red-, brass-, and black-based colour schemes.

Can’t wait to see them when they are 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, and 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: “Blood for the Blood God.

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