Monday, 8 August 2016

"Within The Realm Of Chaos Lie Strange And Hideous Sights Beyond Counting."

"...Thick with infectious spores and buzzing plague flies."
This 28mm Plaguebearer is one 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 a pilot piece for my fledgling Befouling Host of Nurgle, this plaguesword-wielding minion of the Great Unclean One is the first of ten similarly grotesque miniature I intend to paint as a single unit.

Having pieced the model together it was initially given an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki before being washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. The rotting demon was then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and had details such as its horn, open sores and hand-weapon ‘picked out’ with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. In order to try and provide the horned fiend with a sense of putrescence various parts of its anatomy were coated with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red or Heavy Warmgrey. These areas were subsequently roughly washed with a combination of “Citadel” Thrakka Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson. Finally all the creature’s zits were ‘pimped out’ with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.
Plaguebearer WIPs - Plaguebearers in various stages of painting and washing
With the first of my Host completed I’ve been merrily beavering away at some of its sore-covered brethren, and managed to get something of a factory painting process going on them. To this end I’m essentially working on two to three of the models simultaneously, whilst pausing to dabble at the odd unrelated miniature in order to break up the constant application of green, brown and red washes…

Currently I’m working my paintbrush around my unit’s Champion, and managed to effectively break the back of the Plagueridden’s stash of head-trophies and three-eyed face. In addition I’ve got another figure in a position to apply some washes to its puss-riddled body, and laid down some “Citadel” Abaddon Black base-layers on one of the more complicated (vignette) miniatures I have assembled; a long-snouted denizen of filth who is busy having his intestines pulled out by a cheekily helpful Nurgling.
Perry Class Frigate WIPs - The 6mm starship has been undercoated, washed and then dry-brushed
 One of my aforementioned distractions is a collection of 6mm spaceships from the Imperial Fleet range made by “Irregular Miniatures”. I actually ended up buying a single model from each code as I wanted to see what they looked like in the flesh and am well-impressed with the similarities between their design and the Federation vessels of “Star Trek”. As a result I hope to use them for some space battles against the early Romulan Empire, using the ever versatile “7TV” rules by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio.”

For now though I plan to use this Perry Class frigate as a test piece to see whether a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil” will work as a base colour for the somewhat tiny, though instantly recognisable spacecraft. 

40 comments:

  1. The Plaguebearer looks suitably icky - well done. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. One down... about thirty to go! Sounds like your "Pulp City" minis collection ;-)

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  2. I do admire your forces of Nurgle. They look really grotesque!

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    1. Cheers Clint. Hopefully this paint scheme will give them all a nice putrid look.

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  3. They look particularly putrescent!! Lovely ;-)

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    1. Thanks Andy. That's precisely the look I was aiming at :-)

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    2. Aimed for and hit with aplomb! great brushwork dude

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    3. Cheers Andy. I think they'll look very icky once all together, especially with some of the larger monsters Nurgle have these days. I'm really looking forward to painting some of them up!!

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  4. That Plaguebearer looks wonderful Simon, even more so now that he has his high gloss coat, helps to sell that gory, slimy look - splendid work Sir.

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    1. Cheers Michael. I know my generic gloss varnish on everything is a bit controversial with some. But for this mini I really think it works well and gives him an icky look.

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  5. I love the plaguebearers, some of GW best efforts!

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    1. They are indeed Fran. Lots of combos are possible from their sprues too. They're wonderfully characterful imho, especially when a few are accompanied by Nurglings.

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  6. Nice work on all of them. Hey, I've just noticed you've now got 100 followers. It seemed to be stuck on 99 for ages. Well done, mate!

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    1. Thanks ever so much Bryan. Very much appreciated :-) I do look at the numbers from time to time. But actually concentrate much more on the comments, as they tell me whether people are enjoying the posts/BatReps and where we can all learn from one another's experiences and top tips.

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  7. I keep saying it....but those Plaguebearers look really good!

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    1. Cheer Gordon. You can keep it saying it my friend!!

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  8. Amazing work on those plaguebearers!

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    1. Thanks Bill. Glad to get the first one finished... now I need to push on and get the rest finished.

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  9. That finished plague bearer looks ace!

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    1. Cheers Roy. Glad you approve. A nice simple(ish) paint scheme, which is only complicated by all the zits!!!

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    1. Thanks Martin. Much appreciated :-)

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  11. I love those Nurgle Plaguebearers. Anything Nurgle (or Slaanesh) is always a safe bet I always find, but these are awesome.

    Irregular Miniatures do make lovely minis: and Ian is always so helpful and obliging to communicate with, either via mail or on the phone.

    How would you use space ships using the 7TV rules, you have me totally intrigued now?

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    1. Me too, can't wait to see that!!

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    2. Cheers T. Lots more Nurgle to come to keep you entertained. I'm hoping the paint scheme will give the entire Host a nice icky feel... and its reasonably simple to paint once I've picked out the eyes, teeth etc.

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    3. Ha Ha, both you and Andy will just have to wait then, as I want to see how I get on with a few test pieces before buying enough for a game. But as you say T, "Irregular Miniatures" are excellent, so they shouldn't take too long to arrive once I make a proper purchase. In the meantime all I will say is I'll be using some movement templates, amongst some other adpations of "7TV2" in order to give it a more spacey feel ;-)

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    4. This caught my attention too. As Spock would say: "fascinating"

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    5. Thanks Steve :-) My order for the first two small-scale Federation & Romulan fleets are already with "Irregular Miniatures". So you shouldn't have to wait long...

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    6. Ha Ha. They've all safely arrived, so I'm just waiting for "Star Trek September" to arrive and it'll be ahead warp factor eight on this project :-)

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  12. Ooo! Love that use of washes and glaze on the PB! Looks super good! A whole unit of these buggers will be a perfect start to the rotten lot.

    Just saw the new Star Trek flick. I liked it, though it's not better than the other two imo. It DID though, make me want to build some Trek ships for a game. (Glad I don't own any - would end up being yet another project that most likely won't get finished!)

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    1. Many thanks Dai. I know how close to your heart Plaguebearers are :-) Having a bit of a "Star Trek" moment currently, hence the starships. Good to see you being strong and not flitting from project to project. Obviously you get that from me ;-)

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  13. Yes OK that Nurgle figure is pretty cool, and really suits your high gloss finish, I'm still not going to buy some though! (thought about it but luckily GW prices brought me back down to earth.

    Nice to see some Irreg stuff on your site Simon, as you know well I'm a bit of a fan of Ians stuff (and his prices are more appealing to a tight bum like me!) Most of my "Full Thrust" collection came from Irreg, though strangely I don't have any of the "not" federation ships so looking forward to seeing these finished. Please don't tempt me though.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I can always point you in the direction of a cheap "GW" seller, like "Dark Sphere" ;-)

      They'll be a lot of "Irregular Miniatures" spaceships coming over the next couple of months, as the minis make a simple yet effective diversion from all the green/washes my Nurgle Host will need. Plus I've some (hopefully sound) ideas for an Early Star Trek campaign...

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    2. "I can always point you in the direction of a cheap "GW" seller, like "Dark Sphere" ;-)"

      Don't you dare!!

      If you need a diversion from nurgle, you could always finish your "Forgotten Heroes". ;-)

      Cheers Roger.

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    3. My "Forgotten heroes" are certainly not forgotten Roger. Indeed I'm actually planning on doing some more ;-) However I currently have a number of minis ready for posting, and am therefore simply trying to weave them in to my articles alongside some of the older stuff and BatReps. Its a nice problem to have :-)

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  14. Beautifully disgusting, as I though they would be.
    C6 make some great fleets out of the Irregular ships.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I think it was Hugh's site which first drew my attention to the "Irregular Miniatures" ships tbh.

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  15. so, sores and saucers? (Did you see what I did there...?)
    Very cool, Simon. The Plaguebearers are suitably vile and disgusting. However, what caught my eye was the starship. I was always a big fan of the Federation starships from Star Trek and now that I know Irregular do some 'not' starships, I might have to take a look...

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    1. Cheers Jez. Lots of Nurgle and starships coming over the next few weeks I assure. "Irregular Miniatures" certainly come recommended, and are a great company to do business with.

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