Three Poxwalkers and a Friend

I recently finished poxwalkers seven through nine of the regulation twenty.  I broke with the tradition of working on identical pairs and included the guy in the center, who doesn’t seem to know which end of a rifle to point at the enemy.  Let’s hope he did better in life than in unlife.  I imagine not or he wouldn’t be in this present fine fix! *

I am continuing with the idea of doing ten green ones wearing orange and ten red ones wearing yellow.  The somewhat turquoise bits are a mixture of Nurgle’s Rot and Nihilakh Oxide.  The white is the ubiquitous Nurgle’s Rot watered down with Skull White to a curdled milk texture.  Otherwise more of what I’ve been doing with slight experiments and variations far too cunning and subtle for my cell phone camera or my CPC photography skills.  Fortunately the Ruinous Powers know all and see all! **

The poxwalkers’ smile is contagious; even the skeletal snake thingie looks happy.

I found the skeletal miniature in a game store bits box. It had never been painted, but looked pretty old and I thought it was neat so I decided it was a worthy addition to my forces, daemonic and otherwise.  I did a little poking around online and couldn’t find my skeletal worthy anywhere.  If anyone knows anything about the production details, I’d appreciate any information you can kindly provide.

The tentacles evoke an earthworm vibe for me.  Yummy!

I have some other stuff done, that I haven’t taken pictures of yet. Still working on the mate to the poxwalker holding his rifle backwareds, and I’m one plaguebearer away from having a unit of ten, and I’ve slipped some cultists into the daemon queue for variety. After all today’s cultists are tomorrow’s poxwalkers and plaguebearers, aren’t they not?

Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

++ Thought for the Day:  Those who Hate most love Nurgle Best. ++


* John, you can’t say we didn’t give you fair Nurgle Warning this time because here is it. Enjoy your morning tea!
** “Ruinous” so far as the lapdogs of a corpse emperor holding impotent sway over a dying empire of ignorance are concerned, and rightfully so, at least according to the skeletal snake, who has proven to be very talkative. The plaguebearers have taken to calling him The New Guy or Frasier, though I’m not sure why so far as the latter nickname goes. They won’t tell me as it seems to be some sort of inside joke. Nurgle daemons love their inside jokes!

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Three More Plaguebearers

So I’ve made some more progress on my plaguebearers.  These are four through six of the ten daemon mob I’m working on.

I originally was trying an experiment out with Nuln Oil Gloss with Rhinoceros Guy here, but it went awry so I ended up slathering a bunch of blood on his torso and calling it a day.  Perhaps one too many bolter rounds in the heart?

In any case it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down too much. Same bleeding plaguebearer from the back. Scout snipers won’t have too much trouble tracking him!

This was my first go at one of the mob, who has a nurgling companion, though I think ‘tormentor’ might be a better word.  The intestine the sprite is pulling on didn’t quite match up to the daemon so I made another overlapping intestine out of green stuff.  Seemed like it worked out ok.

Not too much to say about this guy other than when I thought of the children’s book Horton Hears a Who when I first started painting him.  (Probably the trunk.)  I gave him the Orange Pox, which is just an orange dry brush on the warts and some rust washes.  I favor his yellow toenails though I’m not sure why yet.

Views from the back of Horton and the guy getting his intestines played with.  Rhino Guy seems like what he is seeing, which is kind of nice.  For next time perhaps a couple more pox walkers and either the plaguebearer with the fly head, or an old metal model I found in a store bits box.

I’m also working one of the worthy pink horrors, who has been soldiering along for quite a long time now with its fellows in an shameless unpainted state.  I imagine it has quite tired of the jibes and taunts from the fully painted brimstone and blue horrors.  It ain’t easy being a daemon.

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… and two more poxwalkers

I finished up two more poxwalkers, numbers five and six of the requisite twenty-strong mob from the boxed set.  I continued with the idea of having two general schemes:  the green ones with orange clothes and the reddish ones with yellow clothes.  That way I could use them as two units as well as one big mob.  In a bigger mob, they have a little variation makes them look a little less like they are in lockstep, but still somewhat unified.

One little trick I tried this time was using Vallejo rust wash around some of the open sores on the red-colored poxwalker.  I noticed that the areas I applied it to looked more inflamed without being bloody.  (Shows up better in person, as is often the case with my cell phone pictures.)  I haven’t tried the technique on the green ones yet, but perhaps I will if I remember.

For next time I’m hoping for another Nurgle trio since I have poxwalker seven all done except for the base, and number eight is about half done. The plaguebearers are no problem. They paint up much more quickly since they don’t wear clothes or carry much around other than swords and the burden of their self-imposed accountancy of Nurgle’s Gifts throughout the universe. I imagine the musician and the standard-bearer will take some more effort though, once I turn my brush in their direction.

I’ve also added a small project to my queue painting up some old metal models I found in a game store bits box.  I scrounged almost enough for a little warband of sorts. Hoping to do some green stuff work on one of them this weekend.

Bucking for Herald

So I finished up my third plaguebearer the other day.  The first thing that struck me were the three beady eyes.  “How cute!” I exclaimed.  That was when I noticed the face grinning up at me out of her stomach.  That’s when I knew I was talking to no ordinary plaguebearer, assuming there is such a thing.

She has a lot going on.  Originally I did the belly face with some dark shades, but changed my mind a few times and decided I wanted it to stand out from a distance.  So I settled on yellow with a healthy dose of slime, especially around the mouth.

I’m also rather pleased with how the yellow puddle on the base and on her lower torso came out.  I mixed wood glue with a bit of bright yellow paint, Italian seasoning, ground ginger, and some of my husband’s dandruff.  Sealed it with varnish as a preservative and so she wouldn’t make my whole army smell like a plate of spaghetti with ginger.

I call this stuff going on with her arm Emerald Pox.  I’m using it on some other plaguebearers and in the spirit of such entities I am keeping a catalog of diseases so I want to mention how I did it here.  Too often I do something, want to do it again later on, and have the reinvent the wheel because I’ve forgotten.

Started out with a wash of Biel-Tan Green, heavier where the concentrations of pustules are greater.  Then I picked out each boil with Moot Green.  Simple, and pretty too.  I’m inclined to make a gift of this disease to my other lovelies and who knows, if I get ambitious maybe some cultists or lucky guardsmen.

Here, on the left leg we have a nicely developing case of Black Bloat.  I only vaguely remember how I did this one.  I think I started out with Nuln Oil, then a modest amount of Leviathan Purple.  I also used a small amount of Asurmen Blue, and finally carefully applied some Nuln Oil Gloss around the folds.  I used the older washes instead of their new counterparts because they were at hand and I’m trying to use them up.

I think that I might have gone a little overboard.  She is quite busy, that’s for sure.  I tried to resist but I couldn’t and finished off with the final touch being the much desired and arcane Mark of Ann.  With everything she has going on with the coveted Mark as well, I think the Kromlech “Morbid Spawn” languishing miserably in my paint queue might be in trouble because this young lady is apparently bucking for herald!

Happy Samhain all!

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A Second Nurgle Trio

Today’s offering to the resident Great Unclean One is a second triumvirate of Nurgle troops to go with the first trio I finished back in early September.  Only twenty-four more models to go and both squads will be done.  A good thing neither Nurgle nor Mortarion expect their fetid warriors to be speedy.  I’ll be in real trouble though when I start painting daemonettes!


I’m pleased with how the left guy’s back pustules turned out.  I thought dry brushing some black and then white added a little interest.

So I decided to try something different with the maggots on the fellow to the left this time instead of the traditional well-fed white look.  I did a yellow wash and then glossed them up to represent a somewhat rarer sub-species of carrion crawler.  They turned out alright I thought, but in hindsight I probably should have put them on the guy with the orange loincloth instead.

A second plaguebearer completes this offering’s trio.  Nothing too innovative here, though I did experiment with glossy Nuln Oil to darken up some of the wounds.  I was also going to have pus weeping from the daemon’s single eye, but I didn’t like the way it ended up looking.  So I decided it was weeping blood instead and made the change.

I wanted to add something a little different to his sword too so I watered down some bright yellow and then dry brushed white onto the tip.  I was going for a somewhat chalky texture, so I used tap water instead of Lahmian Medium.  Could be poison, could be a fungus growing on the end of his blade, could be a paste concocted from the bearer’s own rotting innards.  Perhaps all of that and more!

Next time (surprise!) I’m planning on posting yet another Nurgle trio.  This will continue until either both squads are done or I get tired of painting them and decide to throw some pink horrors into my queue.

 

Two Poxwalkers and a Plaguebearer

I decided to add some Nurgle to my painting queue, after spending a fair amount of time completing first the brimstone and then the blue horrors. Once I am done with these, only Slaanesh will remain to complete my goal of having a troop choice for each of the four gods.

I have never painted anything like this before, though I found it pretty simple for the most part. The black blotch on the base is the result of an experiment, which somehow went wrong. I’m not even sure what I was trying to achieve, but one fortunate thing about plaguebearers is that a mysterious pile of Black Whatever doesn’t really diminish them at all. As the painter Bob Ross used to like to say, “A happy little accident!” At least I tell myself that.

I put together all of the Death Guard guys from the Dark Vengeance box set, so I thought I should paint some of them as well.  All grist for the Plague God’s mill after all.

Here we have two poxwalkers, which are essentially zombies. Two identical sets of ten come in the boxed set, so I decided to paint them a bit differently for variety and in the unlikely event I ever want to use them as two squads of ten.

I like the miniatures, though my preference is for a darker theme. Their “rictus death grins” look more like manic evil clown grins. A small point though. Perhaps I’ve been binge watching too much Fear the Walking Dead lately?

I might put the poxwalker with the yellow pants back in the paint queue to take care of one small detail.  There is a maggot coming out of his mouth, which I painted like all the rest, but it is close enough to the color of the zombie’s teeth where it doesn’t look quite right to me.  So perhaps I’ll adjust the maggot some to fix that.

I’m finishing up another plaguebearer and two more poxwalkers.  I’m also in the middle of an experiment with a pink horror.  Not sure how that is going to turn out.  Perhaps it’ll have the Honour of being the template for a whole unit though just as likely it could suffer the ignominy of the Simple Green tub.  The gods are fickle!

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Blue Horrors Finished

So I finished painting my ten blue horrors.  Now I have to start on my pink horrors, though some plaguebearers and poxwalkers seemed to have wandered their way into my painting queue.

A group shot with their brimstone friends.

I made each horror’s knife different so I could play around with various ideas.