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Warhammer 40K: First Among Chaos – The Original Greater Daemons

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Apr 25


Oldhammer fans, we are turning the clock back three decades to see the original Greater Daemons of Chaos.

Today we’re going all the way back to the late 1980s, to the original Realm of Chaos books to look at the original Greater Daemons of the 4 ruinous powers.

Slaves to Darkness (1988)

This is the tome that gave us Khorne and Slaanesh. Let’s take a look at their daemons:

Just look at those big daemons in the back row of the three spreads.

A LOT of different head options was standard in the early days. You can just see the inspiration for the three different types of Bloodthirsters in the modern plastic kit from these fellows.



All bull heads all the time, with your choice of arms up or arms down.

The Lost and the Damned (1990)

Two years later in 1990, we got Tzeentch and Nurgle.

Early Tzeentch was perhaps more colorful than even today.

Note the early “proto Fateweaver” dual-head bit up there. The skeletal and pterodactyl heads are an interesting theme that did not survive.


Nurgle however has gotten a bit browner over time.

Not just heads but plenty of gross belly options. This guy weighed a TON in metal. I’m so happy that the giant mouth “BELLY 3” made it’s way into the new plastic kit.


We’ve come a LONG way in 30 years. Modern technology has given us the giant new Bloodthirsters, Lords of Change, Great Unclean Ones, and the Keeper of Secrets, perhaps the most tempting of them all.

~Which one’s do you still have hitting the tabletop or sitting on dusty shelves to this day? Are you using them as Daemon Princes now?

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