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On the 12th day of Christmas the Dark Gods sent to me:

12 cultists praying,
11 Alphas sniping,
10 raptors leaping,
9 horrors dancing,
8 hounds a-hunting,
7 nurglings playing,
6 fiends a-slaying,


4 blight grenades,
3 chainswords,
2 extra arms,
And a loyalist impaled on a tree.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: Chaos Edition
Just a quick thing I threw together for a thread on a Facebook group. It's a little bit Warhammer 40,000.
WIP - Worldeater Chaos Lord and Chosen by RichardCowen
WIP - Worldeater Chaos Lord and Chosen
Inspired by Greek Hoplites, although I opted not to give them helmets, a squad of Chosen bodyguards for the Chaos lord in the middle.

Models are based on the Citadel plastic Chaos Space Marine kit, but with some Forgeworld parts (chiefly the Worldeater upgrade set, plus the legs and head of a 30k Worldeater for the lord), Anvil Industry glaives, cloaks, groin-flappy-things and heads, and Citadel Chaos Marauder shields.
“Winter is coming,” so the proud lord spoke,
Upon the frost-bitten heath of his realm.
Around him, pyres and columns of smoke,
A field of rent shields and cleft helms.

“Winter is coming,” he announced once more.
Upon his lips clung the taste of blood red;
His throat still ached from his victory roar,
Most of the men he had battled were dead.

“Of course winter’s coming, you utter twat,”
Muttered the fool, ever stood at his flank.
“It’s December. I’m certain you know that,”
He said, “So why do you spurt out such wank?”

“I’m being portentous,” the king did say,
“Tis a necessary part of my role.”
The jester scoffed in an obnoxious way,
“More like pretentious, you pompous arsehole.”

“Hang on,” cried the king, “you speak to the crown,
“Curb thy foul tongue or I’ll have it cut out!”
“My lord,” laughed the fool, “Are my trousers brown?”
“No. You ignore what a jester’s about.”

“The gods have decreed that you be the king,
“But that I am also blessed with this gob.
“For when my lord says ridiculous things,
“So will this jester’s lips brand thee a knob.”

The boil of the king’s pomposity lanced,
The jester took his leave of the field.
Returned to the camp, the little man danced:
His master’s humility was healed.

The king considered the dark clouds above,
It was time to leave another clown dead.
Though the fool had acted only from love,
Much too far: “Winter is coming,” he said.
The Privilege of Fools
This is a thing I wrote last night for a prompt competition.

The prompt was 'Winter is coming' (a reference to Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire), with the intent I do something unusual (and probably pornographic) with it. I didn't, but I did do a poem which wasn't rubbish, so there is that.


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Richard Cowen
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United Kingdom
This deviantArt page is mostly intended as an online portfolio of my written work. From time to time, it will also feature photographs, usually of painted miniatures; I tend to do a lot of roleplaying and wargaming in my free time.

Mostly though, I write. I'm currently working on a dieselpunk fantasy novel, itself based on a roleplaying game that I'm also writing. I also dabble in side-projects, such as helping run Black Swan Horror's live-action roleplaying events ( or whatever freelance writing projects catch my eye.
Since writing the last journal entry, I've made a very difficult but, as it's turning out, good decision: I've scrapped my novel Smog & Mirrors as it existed and restarted it from scratch.

A bit drastic, you might think, but it was inevitable if the end result's ever going to be publishable. Basically, Smog & Mirrors started out as a splurge of words on a page and grew and grew and eventually acquired a plot from somewhere.

A tip to all budding writers: don't write novels like that.

The plot became overly-complex, as did the back-story. Some of the characters lacked motivation to get involved in the plot, or even to speak to each other. Several long scenes of exposition took place sat around a study while characters sipped brandy. The main character was boring.

So, towards the end of October I sat down and wrote a simplified version of the plot, having altered the main character (from a male journalist to a female police constable), split screen time vaguely equally between her and the other two point of view characters, so the reader sees things happening rather than just having the protagonist get told about it, and then started again. I wrote 30,000 words of the new version of the story for NaNoWriMo (I can't really do high-volume writing - not yet anyway), and have managed another 8000 since the start of December. It feels better. Definitely first draft in terms of quality of prose, but the plot's a lot tighter and the characters are more defined.

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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thankss for :+fav:
On Oook Tribute to Terry Pratchett by maiarcita
I really appreciate :iconcocoloveplz: :rose:
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ElysianTrooper Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the watch..
             Regards from the guard ;-)
Vermilionhue Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch :)
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