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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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.

 

Plaguebearer With Banner

This is a closer look at the lucky and honored standard bearer from the mob of twenty plaguebearers I recently completed.+  At this point I should probably issue a Nurgle Warning:  there are one or two icky pictures if you continuing scrolling down.  Gifts of our generous Grandfather are not for the overly faint of hear- … er, stomach!

I tried to do a whole Cycle of Existence thing with the banner, where you have birth and life transitioning to various stages of decay and finally death what with Nurgle not just being exclusively all about the aforementioned death and decay as many (or at least some) of the uninitiated believe.

I put this model together and after the glue dried I noticed that one of its horns was pressed up against the bell in an awkward way.  I tried filing it down a little and didn’t like the results.  So I cut about halfway through the offending horn with some cutters and then tore it off.  I was going for a jagged break rather than the clean slice of the elegant Slaanesh Xacto knife.

Gives new meaning to talking out the side of your mouth.

I originally tried an experiment where I painted his belly teeth black.  It seemed good in my mind but I don’t think it worked out well at all on the model.  So I redid the teeth in a lighter color and then used some rust washes, with a final bit of blood and Nurgle’s rot.  The mouth doesn’t really stand out on the model at a distance, but I don’t want it to.  I like how it looks close up though.  The focal point of this guy should be the banner.  With that in mind I kept the plague sword kind of basic too.

“They’re not good dancers they don’t play drums … “

I’m really quite pleased with how the pile of worms on the base turned out.  So much so that I ended up putting a bunch of them on my Great Unclean One’s base when I put her together.  When you collect Nurgle, you are never at a shortage for nurglings nor little piles of intestinal parasites, though with the size of these beauties I’m thinking someone’s intestines had a little transformation and decided to go on crawl-about.

A somewhat confused but ultimately effective advance vs. an IG gun line.

So next time I’m hoping to put up a couple of pictures of a pink horror I painted as the first of a squad of ten to go with the brimstone and blue horrors I finished some time ago, who are now veterans of many a desperate battle.  I’m also working on another cultist as well, and the last odd plaguebearer that will finish off the ones from my Start Collecting box.

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+  Twenty-two if you count the metal skeleton snake undead bit box thingie and the ancient Sebelex the Devourer!

The Upstart Necrons and You

Seems appropriate with the new Necron vs. Admech Forgebane set coming out. A dashed good thing those pesky Necrons are so primitive and crude! 🙂

The Regimental Standard

Wonderful news, Guardsmen!

As you know, many regiments have been assigned to assist the Adeptus Mechanicus with their ongoing geological survey. In a stroke of complete coincidence, many of the worlds with blackstone deposits you have been assigned to also contain a sizeable population of mechanical xenos known as Necrons, meaning you’ll have plenty of chances to test your combat skills and quite possibly help the Imperium execute two heretics with one bolter shell, as the saying goes. In order to assist you with your duties, we have produced this informative leaflet:


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Who are the Necrons?

Necrons seem to be a relatively young xenos species, not yet capable of warp travel or advanced rational thought. They originate from underground, choosing to hide from the Imperium like the basest rat or sump-mutant, emerging only occasionally to vent their spite on our more enlightened civilisation.

In recent years, the Necrons have…

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