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.


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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Azazel’s Challenge and a Fetid Reply

I stumbled across Azazel’s Painting Decemb-uary Challenge he set for himself, and since he invited others to jump on the bandwagon I thought I would.  Not a bad thing either because my shamefully unpainted foetid bloat drone has been seeing a lot of action on the gaming tables these days.

Azazel’s challenge is pretty open-ended:  “nothing smaller than an AoS hero or ogre-sized model” and no terrain.  Also, the end date is January 31st, so lots of time for anyone reading this who might be inclined to join the fun.

I’m posting an early work-in-progress picture to document my entry into the challenge.

Progress on Becky the Bloater as of Boxing Day 2017.

I originally spray primed my bloater black, but then changed my mind and reprimed it white.  Then I sprayed some Death Guard Green onto the frontal armor and general environs, though as it turns out I didn’t really need to do that.

From there I base coated the inverted lobster tail armor and requisite parts on the plaguespitters in Caliban Green.  Speaking of the plaguespitters, my original thought was to try and drill an ellipse in the end of each barrel.  After mulling things over I think I’m going to instead paint them to look more like organic orifices that can open and close to spray anything that gets too close.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday and has a good time ringing out 2017 and welcoming in 2018.  My how the time flies!

p.s. Bonus challenge points if I can get my (appropriately) grubby hands on a myphitic blight-hauler in time to put it together and some decent weather to prime it.

p.p.s. Super bonus challenge points for any Plague Drones I can finish before the deadline as well.

p.p.p.s. I was going to say something about my long-suffering and multi-primed heldrake, but the less said about him, probably, the better.

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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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.  I tried to resist but I couldn’t and finished off with the final touch being the much desired and arcane Mark of Ann.  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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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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