Chaos Space Marines: Veteran Classic Minis

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Today we look back over decades at some of the classic CSM models that defined the Grimdark’s favorite villains. Veterans of the Long War indeed!


The Chaos Space Marines are a very, very early creation of the Warhammer universe. The Horus Heresy was mentioned in the original Adeptus Titanicus of 1988 and the Realm of Chaos hardbacks from 1988-1990. There were some very early “Chaos Renegades”minis back in those heady days – which have long gone the way of the dodo. You can see some of them below:


How that for some tabletop crazy. Look at that Land Raider! Look at the Dreadnought vs Bloodthirster fight!



Horus, from The Realms of Chaos hardcover, 1988


Special callout to Rick Priestley’s rockin 1988 fashion! He’s OWNING that tabletop!

220px-Codex_Chaos_FCover Codex Chaos rolled out in 2nd edition back in 1996 and 3rd edition’s 1999 CSM Codex grew the miniature range into a full fledged force with all kinds of goodies. Below we take a look at some of the early “Collector’s Range” of CSMs from that early golden age of Chaos.



Yes, that is indeed Doomrider in the (metal) flesh.  I still have one of those CSM Lords in Night Lords colors – quite an impressive mini for his era.  Below  them you can see that Fabius Bile has had his unstable bodyguard since the early days and minis to boot!


Many people forget that there were Chaos Cultist models long long ago.  Below them see some early Noise Marines that are a bit more on the musician side of things than the later models would embody. Also props for the crab-claw Slaaneshi powerfist!



Ok several things to wade into on this set.  Up top we have the early Havocs with all thier heavy weapons. They may look a little haphazard, but it was the CSM vibe back then.  Below we get to the shoulder pads and you will note EVERY Traitor Legion had it’s own. If you could cough up the cash for a sack of pads, you could dress up your army as your favorite legion.  A rare but awesome looking way to theme your army back in the day.


OMG – the old pipe-organ pack Raptors.  You still see these rolling around on ebay and some Night Lords collectors still gobble them up for modern or 30K armies, probably because of this single image from 2003’s Index Astartes.


There are so many more early CSMs from the mists of time to savor, but there is only so much nostalgia a gamer can handle in one day.

~Thanks for this trip down memory lane folks. What are your favorite memories of the old school Chaos Marines?

  • Slite

    Those cultist models are cool

    • euansmith

      They certainly are. Rather Dark Eldar/Nemisis the Warlock looking.

      • Coltcabunny

        Looking back I loved the White Dwarf article on them when they were first released and they had to hide behind an “honest guv, those are not the new Tactical or Dark Eldar bits on them” (Space Marine knives. No. Young me was disappointed when he tried to replicate said conversion and it didn’t look right) as neither had been released yet, hell DE didn’t even exist at that point.

    • Haighus

      Something kinda KKK looking about them too. Which fits for an evil cult…

    • Emdee

      I still have those original 8 guys. Although I do like the new ones from Warhammer Quest. They are very similar.

  • Lord Elpus

    I still have and use the old Palanquin of Nurgle with the Plague bearer/Marine as my lord, so glad I have a few of the old Nurgle renegades, they have SO much character.

  • BT

    Nothing beats the OG (lead) Chaos heavy weapons Marines or the awesome Tzeentch champions,

  • Hedwerx
    • euansmith


      • Hedwerx

        If your whammy-bar doesn’t have a bolter fitted to it, you’re not trying hard enough.

    • Deacon Ix

      Still Got 5 of these 🙂

    • Admiral Raptor

      I’ve got one of these guys. I use him as a slanneshi lord! Awesome models.

    • I have 7 of this guy haha

  • euansmith
  • Luca Lacchini

    I have a lot of the Realm of Chaos minis in the first pic (and some more, including a super cool marine with flamer held by a tentacled arm).
    But my crown jewel of the weirdness goes to a full 20-men squad of Chaos Marines renegades… on horseback. I kid you not. Horseback.

  • Emprah

    Chaosy old Chaos, but that World eater “lipstick shark” banner makes me cringe harder than Sonichu.

    • Hedwerx

      It was for playing Rouge Trader.

    • euansmith

      I’m guessing it is a play on the Rocky Horror Picture Show title sequence.

  • ZeeLobby

    Have 2 full units of those old noise Marines. Awesome models.

    • Admiral Raptor

      Lucky! I wish I had bought them before they got replaced.

      • ZeeLobby

        I only had 1 from back in the day, had to pay some hefty fees to buy the rest off ebay. But painted up they look awesome!

  • OldHat

    Random thought… yellow extremities, black body and backpack…

    Confirmed, Marines Malevolent are Chaos Marines!

  • Agent OfBolas

    Nostalgia – the only thing keeping players buy and play CSMs. … I bet it’s not their book.

    • Admiral Raptor

      Oh man, why is this so true? Chaos use to be so awesome.

  • SilentPony

    Oh memba when Iron Warriors could take basilisks?

    • Strategery.

      ohhh i memba

  • Subexarch

    Back when Chaos looked like chaos! Now they’re just loyalists with pointy bits. If the plastics could look like the old pewter I’d buy a sizable force. But I’m talking tentacle arms, digigrade legs, weird (and/or extra heads) crab claws, the whole shebang. Honestly it could be a separate sprue, with the way GW packs on the parts these days there could be quite a lot on there. Let you mutate your plastic dudemen a little here and there or pack it on to make chosen. Then all the chaos forces would be chaosy again and no two forces would be alike.

    • Brian Griffith

      It’s called: Buy an extra pack of Possessed (but don’t field Possessed, their stats are awful) and mix the parts in where you want extra flavor.

      The Forsaken kit works even better, but it’s out of production.

      • euansmith

        Maybe, in the wake of the Genestealer Cult hybrid-kits, GW will bring out a Chaos Marine up-grade sprue to mutate all of the Loyalist kits?

        • Brian Griffith

          It’s not beyond the realm of possibility. The old mutations sprue that used to be packed into CSMs was a re-use from a Chaos Warriors kit from Fantasy.

          • euansmith

            Cool. Pushing conversion is always a win in my book. Anvil Industries actually has a thread for people using their bits to make conversions.

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    Quite a few of the current CSM models are this old.

    • Haighus

      Fabius Bile for one! He looks surprisingly good for his age IMO.

  • Angus Murphy

    i still have every model there except doomrider, never liked that model

  • Captyn Bob

    🙂 I love my chaos renegades.

    ooh. I only have two out of five of fabius bodyguards.. hmmm

  • The RT era traitors are all I’ve ever wanted for my CSM. I have 2 currently, I hope to have a whole army’s worth some day. Nothing produced since for the CSM line has matched them in my eyes

  • kobalt60

    best part of the old school models was the ability to order every part separately from mail order. the red and blue catalogs/books were great to see the entire 40k and fantasy ranges, and every bit associated with them. That and all the lesser daemons had individual names, except for some reason the bloodletters