Friday, 26 August 2016

"...Nurgle Is A Giver Of Bounteous Life And Manifold Blessings.."

"...A patron who simply cannot resist raining down rancid gifts upon those who please him."
These two 28mm Plaguebearers are just some of the plastic multi-part models which can be assembled from the sprues found within the “Games Workshop” Plaguebearers of Nurgle boxed set. Painted as daemonic minions for my fledgling Befouling Host of Nurgle, these plaguesword-wielding servants of the Great Unclean One will be contributing towards a unit of ten similarly grotesque miniatures I intend fielding for “Age Of Sigmar”.

Having followed the instruction booklet which accompanies the rank and file models in order to piece them together, I initially gave the putrid creatures, as well as their cheery Nurgling follower, an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and washed them all with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. The fly-infested bloaters were then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki before I ‘picked out’ details such as their horns, open sores and troubled teeth with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. As each vile fiend suffers with Nurgle’s Rot various parts of their stomach-churning anatomy were coated with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red or Heavy Warmgrey, and subsequently washed with a combination of “Citadel” Thrakka Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson. Lastly all the creatures' boils and pimples were dabbed with a spot of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.
Nurglings WIPS - These tiny chuckling daemons just need to be varnished and added to their larger base
Ordinarily I wouldn’t go to such lengths to highlight such putrescence in my models. But as one of the Plaguebearer’s abilities is that they’re “Disgustingly Resilient” I thought it would be time well invested. Indeed one of the loathsome lesser daemons’ strengths is that each time they suffer “a wound or mortal wound” you get to roll a dice and “on a five or more the wounds sloughs away rancid flesh but does no real harm and is ignored.”

As I’m currently now close to completing my unit of Plaguebearers, I have been paying more and more attention to my Nurgling bases. These ‘swellings’ from the rotting bowels of Great Unclean Ones have actually proved somewhat intimidating to paint on account of their number, their tiny detail and the fact that ultimately I know a far portion of my paintwork will become lost when each 40mm circular base is fully assembled. However, having persevered with the final two animated pustules, I’m now in a position where the first of my three Nurgling stacks just needs to be gritted and flocked.
Beast Of Nurgle WIPs - This Finecast monster now needs to have all his detail undercoated in black
 Finally I am also making some progress with my Beast of Nurgle. Having previously primed this Finecast model with a double-coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki, I have treated it to a very heavy wash of “Citadel” Thrakka Green and then been dry-brushing the “truly horrendous aberration” in order to bring out all its gruesome detail. I’ve seen some very interesting colour-schemes for the miniature. But ultimately have decided to stick with the same sickly green paint-job I’ve been using throughout my Nurgle force.

However, I have bought a second identical model, and now it’s (very) necessary 60mm circular base has arrived, I’m in two minds as to what colours I should apply. I’m especially tempted to go with a light brown base coat, as I plan on using a similar shade for some metal “Oldhammer” Plaguebearers I have discovered in my collection. These ‘ancient’ warriors won’t actually be fielded as part of my Host but will be available to be ‘summoned’ by any Chaos Wizards I have, and as a result I want them to look particularly dank and rotten…

28 comments:

  1. If I was doing 40K (I am not) I would be very tempted tp start a nurgle army. I really would potentially the best looking army out there.

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    1. Many thanks Clint. I actually bought my Plaguebearers originally for the start of a "Warhammer 40k" army, and have a number of Plague Marines ready for the time I dip my toe into the futuristic ruleset. I'm hoping the next edition will be something like "Age of Sigmar" or else I may just try "40K in 40 minutes".

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  2. These guys are still disturbing. Can you imagine date night?

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    1. "Can you imagine date night?" - Now THAT is a disturbing thought, Martin :-)

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  3. I love the term "rancid gifts" lovely. These Nurgle followers are looking really good Simon

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    1. Cheers Andy. Much appreciated praise!! If there's one thing that has really caught my imagination about this game, its the fluff and writing. So much better than "Warhammer Fantasy" imho.

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  4. Good work, Simon, and I'm looking forward to seeing a group shot of your Nurgle army. Hint, hint!

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Once I've finished the Plaguebearer Unit I'll be doing some 'showcase shots' I assure you. Currently I just have the Icon Bearer to 'tidy up' and then I'll be on to the washes for him and the Piper. It shouldn't be too long now, plus I've the start of a non-Nurgle "AoS" force to start posting as well as some non-"AoS" minis which I've been using as a break from all the rancid flesh ;-)

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  5. I have to say that I've really enjoyed watching this army grow Simon - more wonderfully disgusting progress.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Its certainly seems to be picked up pace now I've got the hang on the colour scheme I want to do, and I'm also able to do them in pairs which helps as well.

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  6. Due to your posts on this topic, I have paid a visit to the GW site and I have to admit, there are some lovely models on there - although they are quite pricey. However, should I decide that I MUST have some GW figures for whatever project I'm working on, I will be looking at purchasing them elsewhere. Nice work, Simon.

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    1. Cheers Jez. May I suggest E-stores such as "Dark Sphere" for some cheap(ish) "AoS" deals; albeit their P&P can make them a bit steep.

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  7. These keep getting better and better Simon, and though you haven't quite managed to part me with my cast just yet (thank god!), I have to say my opinion of this chaos stuff has risen a few degrees over the last couple of weeks, gorgeous (wrong word really, but you get my drift)painting mate.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Many thanks Roger. Chaos will soon be getting some support from another of its gods, so perhaps I'll tempt you yet further ;-)

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    2. I know my brother in-law used to have the old (80's)Greater demon of Khorne, and that was a nice figure, I think he also had the Slaanesh (excuse spelling)he definitely had the denomettes.

      Cheers Roger.

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    3. The beauty of "AoS" is that the different daemons can fight together against the likes of Destruction, Order and Death. But also amongst themselves too. So expect some Chaos vs Chaos Batreps when I've enough minis painted.

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  8. Great stuff. Very nasty looking.

    The bug-head is a nice variation.

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    1. Cheers Finch. I'm very tempted to track down some more of the bug-heads from a Bitz seller the next time I make such an order. I think its a cracker!!!

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  9. The Beast of Nurgle looks fantastic! I'm hoping I shall get to see all your Nurgle figs together in one hideous group photo!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. I'm hoping to have my initial Host finished soon, and then the obligatory group-shots will swiftly follow :-)

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  10. More excellent gribblies mate. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. I've a few more finished ready to post, but thought I'd go with something a little different for my next article or two ;-)

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  11. I don't for one minute believe that "Nurgle Is A Giver Of Bounteous Life And Manifold Blessings", he just doens't look the type; now deth destruction, plague and pestilence maybe.

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    1. I can only go by what it says on the label, Joe, or rather the rule-book in this case ;-)

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  12. Surely soon there'll be enough painted up for a group shot?!

    Great work per usual mate.

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    1. Cheers Dai. Just as soon as I've finished the Icon Bearer and Piper then an obligatory group-shot will be posted I assure you. I've still a few minis left to finish before this Warhost is finished. But I don't think it'll be long now...

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