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The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:58 pm
by Bane
Ok so it's not painting per se but definitely a challenge (painting will come later). I would like to introduce the inaugural Bitzbox Warband Challenge.
Here are my (self-imposed) rules that helped me focus, but of course feel free to use your own:

1. Every model must be converted / kitbashed to hell (and therefore unique)
2, I must use only currently owned bitz (no buying more stuff!)
3. I must not use more than two parts from the same kit on one model
4. If using Realm of Chaos, then rolls must be adhered to or complete the conversion and then find attributes to match (I did the latter here).

I'd love to see if anyone else is up for the challenge; it's quite a satisfying feeling to create something new out of unwanted and unused stuff and the chaotic nature of combining loads of bits lends itself especially nicely to the Realms of Chaos, but can be applied to any race/army/system. If you're interested in doing something similar, with whichever race and in whatever quantity, please post your efforts here.

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:01 pm
by Bane
Here's my bitzbox warband, created over a few long evenings with my bitzboxes, scalpels, clippers, paper-clips, plastic glue, super glue and imagination:


Seth SpawnBloat, Champion of Nurgle:

Darn the Veiled, Chaos Marauder:

Aruf, leading his Beastmen:

And a Chaos Centaur:

Can you recognise all the bitz? (which in itself is a nice side game to the challenge).

You can see more on my blog if you're interested:

So why not have a go, get creative and share your work here, it's fun!

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:37 pm
by daddyorchips
what a great idea! i'll have a go when i've completed my Oldhammer Ahoy model....

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:26 am
by VanLoon
Great idea and great warband Bane. I particularly like your champion - very effective!

I'll have a look through my bits boxes and see what I can come up with...

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:41 pm
by weismonsters
This is looking very impressive so far.

Liove the blue horror centaur playing the drums..

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:22 am
by Asslessman
I realmly like those rules, anything that helps reduce the model pile and makes one work on modelling rather than spending more is good in my book.

Funnily enough, I used about the same rules to do my RoC warband last year : ... ished.html


Won't be making another RoC Warband before some time but will be following this one with much interest !

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:05 am
by Fimm McCool
Also interestingly enough, I did the same challenge for my Inquisimunda Warband this weekend, will be blogging photos soon. :) Good rules.

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:58 pm
by James Holloway
Some Inquisitor-y models; only done a few so far, but I think I'm on a roll.


This guy will get armoured shoulder pads and a higher-tech weapon holster, and maybe some other bits and pieces of armour. Body is a WHFB 5th ed. plastic Saurus, found in the bottom of a big box of Bretonnians my wife found in a charity shop. Head is from a WGF greatcoat shock trooper, purchased used on LAF. Weapon and left hand are from an AoBR Ork (I think?), picked up free on Freecycle.


Body is an em-4 plastic robot (£2.50 for 5), heavy bolter is a spare from a vehicle kit, and the arm ... I have no idea. This guy will be getting some more devotional doohickeys here and there to make him look more superstitious.


Body is a WGF greatcoat shock trooper, arms are from Mordheim mercs (I may give him a better off-hand weapon), bolt pistol from Chaos marines, head is a MaxMini spare I had lying around after finishing my Nurgle cultist conversions, and the shoulderpads are from VOID Junkers.

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:29 am
by James Holloway
And some more! This is fun as hell.


Clearly one of the heavies of the bunch -- Marine torso, right arm and pads from relatively modern kits (although, in my defense, different ones!), head and loincloth from flagellants, legs from late-90s Chaos marine, left arm and pad from 2nd ed marine, and a backpack you can't see from a Robogear toy. I am starting to get the idea that this is the retinue of a slightly batty Inquisitor.

"Sir, I'm pretty sure Traitor Marines can't 'reform.'"

"Nonsense, Gunderwald. He's promised he won't do it again."

"Won't betray the emperor and turn into an immortal other-dimensional murder-addict again?"


"Can you do that more than once?"



"How many of us are the Lord Inquisitor?"

(Sigh.) "Just you, sir."

"And that means I can do ... ?"

"Whatever the hell you like, sir."

"And by contrast you should ... ?"

"Shut my pie hole, sir."

"Will there be anything else, Gunderwald?"

"No, sir."

"Carry on."


Is this the frustrated Gunderwald himself? Body from a Warzone 2nd ed. plastic, pistol from a 90s Ork sprue, power claw from a Mantic Ork, head from a Marine. I'm gonna give him a badge or a medal or a purity seal or something to make him look fancier. I think his neck looks too long, so I may pop it off and trim it down a bit; it looked OK in person -- maybe it's just the low angle of the photo?

Re: The Bitzbox Warband Challenge

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:22 pm
by Bane
Great to see your warband on here again JB, a real inspiration for this challenge.

James I can't see your images, I'm not sure what's wrong but it's frustrating because they sound great from what you've written!

VanLoon, daddyorchips and Fimm - looking forward to seeing what you create/created, when you get the chance....