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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Bloat Drone Work-in-Progress Update

I’ve been working pretty diligently on Becky the Bloat Drone for Azazel’s Painting Challenge, which is due at the end of the month.  Here are a couple more quick paint table, work-in-progress shots of where things stand now.

I have the base colors pretty much done and have made a good start with washes as well.  I’m pleased so far, too, with the drool coming out of the mouth of one of the plaguespitters: a little experiment using Mod Podge.

Once my bloater is done I will want to put up a list of colors I used and perhaps a few notes on how I did things.  This will definitely help the future me, if I decide I want to paint another one of these monstrosities.  So I’ll start my list here of what I’ve done up to this point.

  • Bone: Zandri Dust, wash with Agrax Earthshade.
  • Cables: Vallejo Black (70.861) but any black will do (I used what I had on hand at the time); Averland Sunset for yellow cable. Wash all cables with Agrax Earthshade.
  • Drool on Plaguespitter Mouth: Typhus Corrosion
  • Flesh: Ceramite White for the white areas, Naggaroth Night for the purple.
  • Gold: Balthasar Gold, wash with Agrax Earthshade, drybrush Retributor Armor.  Wash patches, especially where it is overly bright, with Athonian Camoshade.
  • Green Armor: Caliban Green, then stipple Loren Forest.
  • Red Fly on Plaguespitter: Khorne Red, wash with Agrax Earthshade
  • Steel: Leadbelcher, then wash with Agrax Earthshade, drybrush Runefang Steel, wash in patches (not whole thing) with Athonian Camoshade.
  • Tri-Skull Symbol: Skull White, Khorne Red, wash with Agrax Earthshade, then brighten skulls back up with Skull White.

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Azazel’s Challenge: Road to Glory!

So I’ve been making good progress on my bloat drone as my primary goal for completing Azazel’s Painting Decemb-uary Challenge by the end of January.  But hubris waxes eternal with us Eye of Terror types so I thought I’d add a few more things to the challenge.  If I succeed then I’m the Glorious Chaos Lady of Painting and all shall worship me and despair (to paraphrase another Chaos Lady) and in the unlikely event that I fail then I’ll cast all of the blame on my minions and/or vague tzeentchian machinations of conveniently shadowy, anti-painting entities.

A unit of plague drones and some nurglings in the priming box.  I’m not sure why that kroot slipped in trying to pass himself off as a plaguebearer.  As for the nurglings my plan is to stretch the three bases they give you in the Start Collecting box into six bases by using some of the many individual nurgling bits that seem to spread in the old bit box like a disease the moment one decides to add a couple of Nurgle units to one’s forces.

Got my snap fit Myphitic Blight-Hauler from the game store one day after I asked the owner to order it for me.  Now that’s service!  I put it together over the holiday.  The kit certainly did go together easily and I didn’t use any glue to see  how it would work out.  I was pleased with the results.

It’s alive!

It is a simple kit but since blight haulers don’t have any equipment upgrades it is all good.  A missile launcher and multi-melta are just the sorts of things my forces need, actually.  For some reason my armies tend to deal with tanks and such by beating on them with swords.  This seems less effective this edition with the notable exception of my daemon prince of Khorne.  The shrouding the hauler provides accompanying infantry is welcome too.

“Oi!  Can we be in the challenge too, ya git?”

Unfortunately the conditions of Azazel’s challenge state that the models have to be no smaller than an Age of Sigmar hero or an ogre, so no mouthy, work-in-progress nurglings allowed!  Even if they try and make themselves look bigger by forming up into daemon pyramids and such like a bunch of Blood Bowl cheerleaders.  You really do have to keep these lesser daemon types on a short leash.

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