This is Dissimbre, The Immortal Sword, Lord of Slaanesh. Not all that hunt vampires do it for honour or faith or justice, some do it for pleasure. Vampires are anathema to Slaanesh: cut off from the touch of Chaos, all their twisted decadence, corruption and depravity is forever out of reach to the Prince of Pleasure. They are like precious jewels, locked away from his grasping fingers. Like wonderful dolls she is forbidden from playing with.
Slaanesh is does not like being denied. She is resentful of vampires, and she is a spiteful god – when the mood takes her – so she created a weapon to use against vampires – Dissimbre, called The Immortal Sword, a Lord of Slaanesh with one purpose, to destroy that which his master is denied. The Immortal Sword is both the man and the weapon, a daemon blade that drinks the blood of Vampires and imprisons their essence, leaving their souls screaming inside the ruby-like blade of the weapon for eternity.
There is a twist to the tale however, because legend has it that Dissimbre was once a vampire himself, a vampire knight that turned to Chaos in search of more power, at a time when vampires were young and foolish. Though Slaanesh could not claim the creature’s soul, he had ways to exert his influence and gifted the young vampire a suit of bone armour. But the armour was bonded to the vampire and the helmet could never be removed: the vampire was left unable to feed, cursed by immortality, and with no choice but to do the bidding of the dark god. Dissimbre was set to purpose to kill his own kind, using the daemon sword which somehow allowed him to feed through bloodshed.
Slaanesh was delighted with his new toy, for a while, but in the centuries that followed the god grew bored and Dissimbre was neglected, left to endlessly walk the Old World in search of vampires. And so in time, he too has arrived at the Throne of Bones.
This model was made at a time when everyone was making Realm of Chaos inspired warbands, and I had an idea to jump on the bandwagon and Slaanesh is obviously the cool Chaos god. The model languished, unpainted for a while but PDH kept reminding me of it. When I originally made it, I wanted it to look partially sci-fi, in the way that the original chaos range did – inspired largely by a fantasy sorcerer model I always loved as a kid that inexplicably had a power pack on his back. As such I think Dissimbre could be used in 40k on occassion, perhaps in Vorr’s retinue. But I did want to make him look as fantasy as possible, because I get a lot of pleasure taking a 40k model and making it Fantasy – something that is more often done the other way around.
The cloak is supposed to be rubies, I imagine he makes a noise like a hundred glass bottles clinking together when he walks, and the pose seemed suitably arrogant, like he is beckoning someone to fight him, or like he is orating (I originally thought he could be reciting poetry, but the slightly shoe-horned backstory doesn’t fit that so well, considering he is a pretty darn worn out vampire inside the armour).
He is made from the Necron character Nemesor Zahndrekh (I love working with Finecast). The head is from a Dark Eldar Wrack, spliced with a helmet from the Slaanesh Hellstrider cavalry. The sword is from the 40k Chaos Lord from Dark Vengeance. The roses are from the Empire Battle Wizard set, the belt is made from a Witch Elf head and some other bits. The legs are also from the Hellstrider set, although the upper leg is greenstuff and the lower leg is two Hellstrider legs spliced together for height. The original version in the WIP was too short and oddly proportioned.