Ancient triumvirate and a plaguebearer visits …

A couple of my gaming friends have been cleaning out their garages, attics, basements, cupboards, etc. and giving me models they purchased back decades ago but never got around to doing anything with.  The plague marines below are three such models.  Someday I’d like to collect up the entire set of seven.

Thanks, Frank, I’ll put Moe, Larry and Curly here to good use!

A little poking around revealed that my diminutive but ancient astartes date back to Rogue Trader times and are detailed in the book Realm of Chaos.  Given the general zeitgeist of the 41st Millennium this makes them powerful indeed since we all know that anything really old is better than the new stuff.  New stuff, for the most part after all, is simply old stuff that has been rediscovered.

The base tabs read “RENEGADE” and “© GW 1988.”

After I cleaned up them a little with blade and file, I noticed that the existing bases were crumbling to pieces in my hands.  (Sort of oddly fitting for Nurgle, don’t you think?)  So I epoxied my lovelies onto some new bases.  I was going to go with the new fangled 32mm, which is what plague marines are supplied with now, but after thinking about it I opted for 25mm because I decided to use the same size bases that were originally supplied by Games Workshop when the models were new.

Switching rusty gears a bit, I also want to give a few individuals, from this mob of plaguebearers I completed back in February, their oh so brief moment in the spotlight so here is this daemon.  Her multi-hued horn indicates this was one I completed after reading the January 2018 White Dwarf with their much appreciated focus on Nurgle.

The sword was the product of many different experiments, which all pretty much ended unsuccessfully, so I threw on a bunch of coats of black ink, some bright green highlights, ended with Nuln Oil Gloss and called it a day.  Pretty basic looking, but I’m happy with it.

While beautiful, the gifts of Nurgle can be perplexing sometimes.

The meat to this particular daemon are of course her posterior bits as you can see here.  My mob consists of two identical boxes of plaguebearers and while I took care to try and mix the heads and arms, I wanted some of the second batch to have some features not included in the kit.  So when I had a little left over kneaded green stuff from something else, I dug up a couple of mysterious spiky bits from that Bag of Endless Spikey Bits most of us acquire and just sort of cobbled something together with no particular plan.

She’s deadly coming and going.

I’m almost done with my Poxbringer aka Herald of Nurgle from the Start Collecting set, so I’ll probably feature him next time.  I’m not sure where that will leave my current poxbringer, Urnafortunus.  I’m sure that my forces can handle having two poxbringers, no doubt at delightfully cross purposes, or perhaps my named worthy can learn the ways of the Scrivener and use that big mouth and even bigger fist to make sure my festering legions step lively into battle.

I’m also working on finishing another poxwalker and plan to reprime the old school plague marines since we are getting some excellent priming weather these days here in central California.

Chaos Symbol Clip Art

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Thirteen Poxwalkers

I’ve always found thirteen to be a lucky number!

Today’s offering is a quick picture of my poxwalker mob as it stands so far: thirteen strong.  Since a minimum-sized mob is ten, and I started the month of June with less than ten, this completes Azazel’s June painting challenge.

For July I plan on completing more poxwalkers with the goal of finishing the full twenty, if not in July then certainly before the end of summer.

 

Another Painted Poxwalker

I offer up another painted poxwalker this week in my slow, grinding way that sort of mirrors the Death Guard itself: I take forever to get a model/unit done but just when you thought it would never get done it is. This guy is the companion to last week’s Beach Boy Poxwalker.

I went with the tried and true Emerald Pox, though for the final pustule drybrush I decided upon a more muted Skarsnik Green instead of the usual Moot Green this time.  I didn’t spare the yellow wash either, and I drybrushed a little yellow on the back of his left leg as well with the idea that perhaps we have a small but developing case of some yellow mold.

If you look closely, it does have the coveted Mark of Ann!

This zombie firmly cements my having a completed unit for Azazel’s latest painting challenge.  I have one more that I’ll probably finish up tonight, along with a cultist, and then I’ll have to wrangle up all of my painted poxwalkers for a group shot for the painting challenge.


 

+ For some reason the phrase “painted poxwalker” causes that Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers tongue-twister to run over and over again in my head.  I hope that doesn’t happen to you too.  Oh no, too late!

 

Beach Boy Poxwalker

I recently added another poxwalker to my painted forces.  This one is the ninth I’ve posted pictures of so far, but as it turns out my latest offering is my tenth painted one.  Seems I forgot to take pictures of the companion to the poxwalker in the baggy pants holding its rifle backwards I completed awhile ago.

Once I retrieve the elusive tenth walker from its home in the game store display case, I’ll post a picture of it and a group shot of the unit.

I’ve got that song Beach Blanket Bingo running through my head now.

This time I wanted to try something a little different, so I went for a look that sort of evokes the idea of someone who has some sand clinging to them because they are/were a zombie at the beach.  You know, you’ve been swimming and then played some volleyball.  Finally you grab a girl drink and chill under the umbrella and you’ve got sand in all the most embarrassing places?  Well, that happens to poxwalkers too.

I used AK brand Corrosion Texture for the effect.  I like how it came out, and not surprisingly it isn’t quite as pronounced as the pictures make it appear.

Just Baal Red.  No Blood for the Blood God! this time.

This month I hope to make more progress on my poxwalker unit for Azazel’s Junit Challenge.  The idea is to complete a group of at least three thematically unified figures for the month of June.

At minimum, going with his guidelines, I’ll declare success if I can complete at least two more walkers for June, which would bring the mob to twelve.  In the unlikely event I finish all twenty, I’ll declare it a major Nurgle Victory.  Cake, tentacles, and afflictions all around!

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Neglected Tankbusta with Can Opener

I started this guy probably back sometime in 2016 with the idea of him being another ork with a rokkit launcha to use in my then nascent tankbusta squad.  Then I remembered a conversion I liked, which I had seen maybe in 2014 or so.  It looked pretty easy so I thought I might give it a try myself.  I never did finish the model so I thought it would make a good candidate for Azazel’s May 2018 Neglected Model Challenge.  As is my unintentional custom, I present my offering on the last day of the month.

The red helmet and belt buckle denotes his status as a Tankbusta.

The conversion was easy enough.  I chopped the end off of a rokkit launcha, saving the rocket to stick on the end of a slugga to make it a rokkit pistol.  Then I cut the fleshy bits off of a power klaw, cemented the two together and added some small trukk pieces to hide my cuts and pretty it up a bit.

Painting the klaw thingie/can opener/kan opena was easy enough as well.  I used the recipe from Warhammer TV: based with Leadbelcher, washed with Typhus Corrosion, dry brush with Ryza Rust, then more dry brushing and a few edge highlights with steel/silver.

His shoulder didn’t turn out as I hope:  Blood for the Blood God! to the rescue.

I’m not sure about the all-over corrosion effect.  I like it but at the same time in the future I might try a variation where instead of Typhus, I just use some slightly watered down brown paint and eschew the particulates or maybe just do them in patches.

So next month Azazel is having a challenge where you complete a unit, whether finishing one you already started or from scratch.  I have many candidates.  Some, such as the Work-in-Progress Nurglings are eminently doable while others, like my hideously neglected cultists, are probably wishful thinking.  As for the orks, well, I have a functionally unlimited supply of those guys … could always use some more tankbustas or some more boyz.

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Keeper of the Emerald Pox

I thought I’d put up some pictures of the mob leader of these plaguebearers I completed back in March.  This daemon bears the honorific Keeper of the Emerald Pox because she was the first one I tried it out on, even if she wasn’t the first miniature I finished bearing that disease.  Either way, the emerald pox has become one of my favorite maladies because I like the way it looks and the ease of application or infection, if you will.

Having a laugh with her (mostly) cheerful compatriots as they march toward victory!

 

Make sure you get my good side!

 

In the meantime I’m picking away at a few random neglected models for the current iteration of Azazel’s Neglected Model challenge for May 2018.  My plan is to get at least one model done by the end-of-month deadline.  So far the most promising candidate is an ork tankbusta I started in (maybe) 2015, though I’m also hopeful about finishing another one of my horribly neglected cultists as well.

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April 2018 Assembly Challenge Complete

The group ended up being 41 models counting the invisible poxwalkers.

I finished assembling a bunch of models during April for Azazel’s April 2018 Assembly Challenge, and took a quick picture of what I did for the month from my terminally will-organize-it-eventually hobby room.

  • Great Unclean One
  • Warhounds of Chaos (10)
  • Daemonettes (8)
  • Raptors (3)
  • Possessed (3)
  • Space Marines: seven Dark Imperium Death Guard, and one of the green Easy to Build guys.
  • The Changeling
  • Darkoath Warqueen
  • Poxwalkers (6)

I particularly like the one with the frag grenades for some reason.

I remembered that I put together a box of Easy-to-Build poxwalkers at the beginning of April.  Actually I didn’t exactly remember.  I found them squirreled away in a drawer where I store stuff I built so it doesn’t get dusty, when I was looking for neglected models for the May painting challenge.  So a quick, over-exposed picture later and here they are in all of their green glory.

I didn’t do any custom work on most of the miniatures, though I did magnetize two of the three raptors, and gave them meltaguns as their first weapon choice. I traditionally tend to be weak in ranged anti-tank in my armies.  Apparently my generals think that running up to tanks and such and whacking them to pieces with swords is a good idea.

Swiss Army Raptors!

I think jump infantry are excellent guys to give meltaguns because in the current state of the game it is likely they’ll get into position for at least one good shot.  If not then these worthies will likely force my opponent in to a bubble wrapping or delayed deployment situation.  Forcing your opponent to move in a certain way can be a small victory in itself!

As for the Great Unclean One, I decided to go with the sword and flail combination. I’ve fought against the bile blade and bell, and while I like the bell, I didn’t think the blade fit my style of play very well.  The sword, while not exactly up to Bloodthirster standards of offense, still packs a pretty nice punch.  Mainly though, I’ve found the utility of this particular greater daemon to be presenting another (extremely resilient) target, which often allows my other, more fragile units a bit more scope.

One strange thing that came up with the Great Unclean One was assembling the flail.  I put the miniature together correctly, as far as I could tell, but the middle part was too long.  The middle skull contacted the base in a way that would have made assembly not possible, at least not without some unwonted modifications.

The solution I came up with was to hack off the skull and replace it with the end of the bile blade, which I wasn’t planning on using anyway.  I’m pleased with the result and think that it may add interest when painted.

GUO gave me a use for all of those maggots one ends up with collecting Nurgle.

The warqueen will make an admirable herald of Khorne for my 40K games.  I have owned a half-painted resin herald of Khorne for a couple of years now, but I never much liked the model.  On the other hand I like both of these models just fine.

The Changeling and Darkoath Warqueen

For May I think I’m going to participate in Azazel’s Paint a Neglected Model Challenge.  I don’t have quite the hobby time or energy, now that I’m working full time again, as I used to have, but I’m pretty sure I can complete at least one model this month.  Given that the challenge is it has to be a model that one started at least six months ago and didn’t complete, it’ll be nice to finish one or more such models.

I also have a box of old Vampire Counts zombies, as well as another box of bloodletters, I want to assemble but I think I’ll wait until the next assembly challenge to tackle those.