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.

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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!

 

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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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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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.