Plaguebearers: A Fly if Not a Lord

So I’ve been hard at work at the Infection Vats on my plaguebearers.  I’ve set myself the magnificent (and attainable) goal of completing a legal squad for the February Squaduary Painting Challenge from Stepping Between Games.

Additionally, I have decided to institute a Cloud of Flies Codicil to the challenge, which is that I want to reach an overall total of at least twenty completed plaguebearers by the end of the month.  If I complete both the challenge and codicil I have no doubt that my minions, toadies, and other assorted parasites will see fit to “spontaneously” petition Nurgle’s Garden to name a new disease after me in a manner that befits my dignity as a mighty Chaos Lady.  +  

Didn’t stint with the yellow washes.

The Fly Guy here doesn’t count toward the Squaduary Challenge because he is one of the daemons I started work on before February.  He is my eighth completed so he represents some progress toward the Cloud of Flies.

He would have been done sooner except that I’ve been going through a spate of dropping work-in-progress miniatures so I broke Fly Guy’s sword.  I tried to glue it back together a few times until I finally decided to do what you see here.  I’m not sure if he is looking at it and saying, “What have you done to my beautiful rusty sword?” Maybe he’s decided he is going to take up Florentine fighting or perhaps just huck the broken tip at whoever gets a little too close for comfort.  In any case, I feel like I’ve successfully made maggots of marmalade, so moving on….

Mouthy smiling for the camera!

Mouthy here represents the first plaguebearer I’ve completed that counts toward Squaduary.  I have found some of the tips in the recent Nurgle-themed White Dwarf useful, which I followed in painting the horns.  I had been leaving them the same color as the body in the past.  I like the new horn look enough that I’m probably going to paint the next nine the same way.

I gave Mouthy a sling from the Wargamesfactory Amazons kit, which I bought a few years ago.  I started to paint it in a conventional, leather style but it occurred to me that it would be keen to have the weapon appear to be made of guts.  The little bag holds an extra sling bullet or two, and is held in place by nimble flaps of grasping skin.  I decided to have the bag look more conventional so as not to draw the eye away from the sling.

So for next time it’ll be (you guessed it) more plaguebearers and I’ll be posting a bit more often through the end of February so I can finish on the right side of the challenge.


 

I thought I’d better include that last bit just in case the work-in-progress nurglings talk my well-meaning but easily influenced greater daemons into something silly.  It has happened before!

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Into the Painting Challenge Breach …

So after failing miserably in the Decembruary Painting Challenge, I decided that I’d try again this month with the Stepping Between Games’ Squaduary challenge and work on some more plaguebearers.

In short, the idea with Squaduary is to assemble and paint a game-legal squad of models during the month of February.  I put seven daemons put together on February 1st – 2nd and have done a little work on them since then.  I still have to put together three more, though I’ve gotten the parts off the sprue and cleaned them up, so I’ll do that this weekend as well as some painting.

Squaduary Progress as of February 8th.

Azazel’s painting challenge for February is “Finish A Neglected Model” month.  The idea is to finish one or more models you started at least six months ago but never finished.  Below is a small sample from Ye Olde Abandoned Legions, all started, heck, never mind six months ago … it was probably years ago.

My goal to complete Azazel’s challenge will be to complete any one of these wretched models.  If I complete more than one then that is bonus points and glory.

A veritable rogue’s gallery of work-in-progress mooks.

I wanted to participate in Alex’s Fembruary Painting Challenge but unfortunately I don’t really have any miniatures of women I want to paint right now.  I was going to buy some aspect warriors for the purpose, but was put off because I don’t favor resin.

I considered re-entering Becky the Bloater and saying I had given her a woman’s name so that surely was good enough, but I decided maybe I wouldn’t go that route, partly (mostly, actually) because I’m not sure with the other commitments I have, both painting and otherwise, I would be able to finish  the stupid daemon engine in time and would thus be forced to eat psyber-crow not just once, but twice!

This guy sees no problem with eating crow, I’m sure.

So for next time I hope to have some progress to show with this month’s challenges and perhaps some more non-challenge stuff as well.

Fighting Orks in Hand-to-Hand Combat

I was reading the current “reassuring” missive from The Regimental Standard when I saw this things about fighting orks. Since Orks were my first 40K army, I do have a soft spot (maybe in my head?) for them. I got a bit of a laugh out of the article; it reminded me of some of the moves I’ve learned in martial arts classes where everything works great until the subject starts resisting, lol!

The Regimental Standard

The green-skinned alien known as the Ork is the one of the most widespread and rightly despised xenos races of the galaxy*. They are also amongst the most common enemy you will encounter as an Imperial Guardsman.

At range, the forces of the Ork are no match for the disciplined armies of the Imperium, and will be outmanoeuvred, outgunned, and destroyed in short order. Single Orksare also little threat, their large muscles hiding poor coordination and low intelligence

However, due to their individual weakness, Orks have been known to attack in such numbers that firepower alone does not suffice, and it can occasionally become necessary to despatch these aliens in close quarters fighting.

While the large frame and brutish appearance of the Ork can make them seem an intimidating foe to a cowardly soul, as a Guardsman of the Astra Militarum, you should be above such fear.

While every…

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Not Pied but a (Nurgle) Piper Nonetheless!

Here we have a flutist, along with his omnipresent entourage, which is the seventh addition to my plaguebearer mob so far.  This is good because Urnafortunus needs painted minions now that he’s a properly painted herald himself.

My troubadour’s right leg seemed appropriate for a case of Black Bloat, though it came out more like a variant Purple Bloat this time around.  A good thing I started noting how I do things in my posts because otherwise there would be a tendency to ask myself a few months after doing something, “How on earth did I do that?”  I’m sure some of you reading this know what I mean.

Nurglings are pretty acrobatic as a group, in addition to the whole irrepressibly happy thing.  I dislike happiness in my daemons by and large for some reason.  I guess I have more in common with Mortarion than the Great Grandfather regarding things Chaos, but the nurglings get a pass.  If someone has to be happy in my fetid companies then I find it begrudgingly acceptable that it be these mites.

Finally and not too surprisingly, one of my omnipresent duo of Oppressors of the Dust Bunnies and Drinkers of the Paint Water …

Urnafortunus: Herald of Nurgle

So I’ve been working on Becky the Bloat Drone still, but I also finally got this handsome fellow done.   I’ve had him for a very long time.  Despite having only now finished painting him, he’s been popping up primed with various colors in games now and again since 2013.  Talk about an Unpainted Veteran of the Long War!

He’s a Kromlech “Morbid Spawn” model.

This resin mess started out his (?) career as a nameless chaos spawn in equally nameless space marine armies.    He spent most of his early days furiously trying to come to grips with fire warriors before they gunned him down; usually quite successful thanks to the prevalence of doomcasters in those days.  He’s also run with Daemonkin, and there was a Chaos Undivided time, which he doesn’t like to talk about, when he had a green body with one blue tentacle, one red, and one purple.  His colleagues gave him the name Ezekyle to mock him.  Those were dark days indeed.  Happily, he has more recently found a new calling as a Herald of Nurgle or as they are styling them now, a Poxbringer.

His mighty array of weapons, the huge, rather nasty maw, that monstrous right arm (talk about a power fist!) and of course the varied spiky bits and last but not least that deadly triad of tentacles fully equips him, I’d say, to be every bit as formidable as a jumped-up plaguebearer with a balesword, a prehensile tongue, and a mouthy nurgling sidekick.

Once I get the Poxbringer, which came with the Nurgle battle force, painted then Urna will probably graduate once again to a counts-as Spoilpox Scrivener.  His visage certainly seems to fit the powers a Scrivener brings to the table, i.e. makes plaguebearers step more lively and fight harder.  I imagine any daemon in the ranks foolish enough to slack off or malinger will soon regret it.  Pop said malinger into his Motivating Maw, give him a bit of a chew then spit him out again.  I bet the rest of the unit would be falling all over itself to be the first to expend that extra two inches of movement or roll a 7+ with his sword!  His motivating speech:  “Shirkers will be shredded, malingers mauled and thieves throttled!”  Perhaps instead of counting diseases he has a mania for perfect formations with lovely, straight columns and ranks?  Who knows the mind of Chaos?

Always finding odd uses for that Nihilakh Oxide paint!

I call him (?) Urnafortunus or Pot Luck, because that is how I felt painting him.  I tried various experiments or just went with my whims of the moment, and kept what I liked and repainted what I didn’t.  A lot was done on the fly while watching Netflix with my husband.  As usual I’ll catalog some of what I remember doing for anyone who is interested and my own future reference.

I did the skin with the usual white primer followed by Athonian Camoshade, then Agrax Earthshade, more Camoshade with some patches of yellow and orange glazes.  Highlights were done with Nurgling Green.  Used rust washes, some Baal Red, Carroburg Crimson, Nurgle’s Rot, and of course Blood for the Blood God on the skin until I liked the final result, or more accurately I had reached that sweet place where if I kept working on it I would be more likely to make the model worse rather than better.

Some of the small, bright red tentacles were painted with Tallarn Flesh, then washed with Bloodletter and then brightened up with a gloss varnish.  With others I experimented with a bit of watered-down Blood for the Blood God.

Not his best side, but I’m not really sure he has one….

For the three big tentacles I used  a mysterious and seemingly endless series of green, black, brown, purple, and blue washes.   Then a final wash of glossy Nuln Oil, followed by giving the suckers a final wash of Biel-Tan to brighten them up a bit with regular Nuln Oil on the tentacle talons.  The teeth and horns were just multiple coats of Nuln Oil.

I decided to use rust washes in the mouth and also where the bones are sticking out.  I was going to paint the bones more traditionally, but in the end I decided this daemon had a weird, blackened skeleton so more Nuln Oil there.  Going back to the mouth, I decided the various nasty bits in there needed a little brightening up, but not too much, so I did some highlights using various colors such as Ratskin Flesh and so on.  I might eventually brighten it up some more but for now I’m happy with it.

Posting with a cultist for a size comparison shot.

So I’m going to continue my work on my bloat drone, though it is looking more and more like I’m not going to get it done by the end of the month in time for Azazel’s Decembuary Challenge.  Still he has apparently become the challenge guy extraordinaire, which is fun, and he has one for February as well.  So if I must eat the bitter ashes of defeat and disappointment in January, then perhaps for next month I’ll finish the bloater and complete the next challenge too and taste the ambrosia of victory with both the paintbrush and the dice cup!

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Are YOU a Mutant?

Enjoyed the current offering of Regimental Standard today. I might be in trouble though….

The Regimental Standard

Attention, Guardsmen!

Could you be a mutant? While one of humanity’s great strengths is its biodiversity, there is a narrow line between useful adaptation and warp-tainted aberration. Constant vigilance is needed to keep the bodies of your regiment – both your own and those of your comrades – free of mutation.

Due to the increased workload on Mutation Inspectors, the Departmento Munitorum has ingeniously devised a mutation self-report system, allowing for your reassignment to a role that better suits any vile, abnormal talents you may have.

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0 Points: While you possess a commendable level of purity, Guardsman, such unmolested genes suggest frequent shirking of front-line combat duty against the forces of Chaos. You have been assigned to the front of the next assault wave in order to rectify your deficiency of courage.

Between 1 and 9 Points: While your level of impurity is relatively minor, there is no guarantee…

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Dark Vengeance Cultist

So I’ve been squeezing in a few other models while I’ve been working on Becky the Bloat Drone, and one of them is my first Dark Vengeance cultist.  Considering how much I use these guys in games it is sort of shameful to let them linger unpainted so I finally made a start.

That cudgel doesn’t exactly look standard issue.

I decided upon my usual desert theme, then painted and based accordingly since this will go with my daemons.  I messed around with a bunch of washes on his one shoulder guard as a sort of a test for plague marine power armor.  Good job I did too, because while it is fine for this guy, I wouldn’t have liked it on my plague marines.  I guess that is why one does tests on guys like this.

Decided to go for yellow on his respirator tank to add some needed contrast to the model.  I’m finding the cultists useful for getting some experience painting skin that could conceivably be called human.

Need some steel wool to sort out that pistol, but it could be far worse.

Only 19 more to go and my Dark Vengeance cultists will a force to be reckoned with, Tide of Traitoring, Cult Ambushing, and so on their way to victory.  For now it is just this guy.  Occasionally squeezing one into the queue from time to time, I’ll probably have the unit done by 2022 or so.

Next time I’ll post another Bloat Drone update.  I should have the flesh more or less done by then.  I have a Herald of Nurgle-Poxbringer-Kromlech Chaos Spawn I need to put up here as well when I can as well.  I’ll use this guy with him for size comparison purposes.

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