Thursday, 10 November 2016

“A Mortal Who Resists The Ravages Of Nurgle’s Rot…”

"These larger, more powerful Plaguebearers often lead armies of their kind..."
This impressive-looking 28mm multi-part plastic Herald of Nurgle model is made by “Games Workshop” and can be bought either as an individual miniature or as part of the company’s “Age Of Sigmar” Daemons of Nurgle “Start Collecting!” boxed set. “Wiry and muscular, with a massively deformed leg and entrails so exposed that they touch the floor”, the mortal hero is ‘blessed’ with being “Disgustingly Resilient” on the tabletop; an ability which allows the Plaguebearer to ignore “a wound or mortal wounds” on a roll of a 5 or more. Furthermore, he also ‘enjoys’ the rather useful “In Death There Is Life”, which permits the chaos daemon to heal a wound “each time a unit is wiped out within 7” of him.”

Having super-glued the Herald of Nurgle together and placed him upon a "Citadel" 40mm circular base, the seven-piece figure was given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki, washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green and dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki.  I then ‘picked out’ his numerous festering wounds, “repulsive Balesword”, gory innards and “spindly arm” with “Citadel” Abaddon Black.
Bloodletter WIPs - These Khorne Daemons now need to have their Hellblades painted "Vallejo" Gold
Once all this base layering was finished I painted his guts, exposed spine, organs and “ribbed tongue” and “lesions” with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red, Dead White or Heavy Warmgrey, and subsequently heavily washed these areas with “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. In addition, I applied some shading to the Plaguebearer’s “rancid flesh” and complementary Nurgling, using a combination of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, “Citadel” Thrakka Green, and (more) Carroburg Crimson. As a final touch, all the creature’s zits were ‘pimped out’ with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.

With most the daemonic hero now complete I turned my attention to the numerous bells which adorned the miniature’s body and horns. These were painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Brass, "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and "Citadel" Nihilakh Oxide. Lastly, the herald’s formidable-looking Balesword, which “weeps vile toxins”, was dry-brushed with “Vallejo” German Grey.

Having now settled upon a colour scheme for a unit of Bloodletters to accompany my “Age Of Sigmar” Host of Nurgle, I have been busy washing, dry-brushing and progressing my daemons of Khorne. Despite being predominantly red and black, the “Slaughter-kin” are proving somewhat time-consuming due to their wonderfully over-sized Hellblades; which I am planning on painting using a combination of “Vallejo” Gold and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
"Kill Team" WIPs - Once finished these Plaguebearer Specialists can also be used for "Age Of Sigmar"
Sticking with all-things “Games Workshop” I have recently succumbed to the call of “Warhammer 40,000” and purchased the genre’s “Kill Team” boxed starter set. This “standalone two-player game”, which focuses upon “brutal close-quarters combat in the 41st Millennium”, has really caught my imagination, especially as it only requires 200 point forces, and, as a result, has led to me assembling some more of the company’s repulsive Plaguebearer figures to use with the rules.

In fact, having also bought the fantastically illustrated Codex: Chaos Daemons I have realised that I already own enough Nurgle-related miniatures with which to field a suitable force for the game. However, as the “32-page softback Kill Team book” bestows special abilities upon certain members of your squad, I wanted to use some Nurglings to ‘mark out’ my ‘elite’ Plaguebearers on the tabletop. Delightfully, the added bonus to this endeavour is that the additional miniatures can also be used to bolster my current unit of Tallyman of Nurgle for “Age Of Sigmar”.

28 comments:

  1. More Nurgle filthy slimy rottenness!

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    1. Thanks Clint, and plenty more to come too :-)

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  2. Due to your posts, I decided to visit the GW website and was quite taken with the retro marines featured in the Horus Heresy boxed game. Must...stay...strong...

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    1. Oh dear. I'll soon be posting my Horus Heresy marines from both Betrayal and Prospero. Don;t be tempted Jez ;-)

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    2. Can't wait. Even though i's a big buy, the Betrayal at Calth game is quite a cost-effective way of getting the models, as buying them separately would work out a lot more expensive.

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    3. Absolutely. That's why I bought them anyway. I have some "Kill Team" Ultramarines coming up first, and the beginning of their ten-man squad WIPs should start to be posted pretty soon.

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  3. Brilliant looking Nurgle daemon you've got there.

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  4. THATS IT!!!! Stevie and I have been looking for ages to find a perfect figure to represent the American urban myth/folk lore "The Jersey Devil" and your Bloodletter is simply ideal. WOw, who would ever have though to look at a GW 40kk piece to find what we have been searching for hehe. *gulp* he will cost an arm and a leg, but I will see if I can find us one next time I`m in Other Realms in Cork, they stock a heck of a lot of GW stuff.

    I`m loving your Herald of Nurgle and of course the Bloodletter in especial. And of course, anything Nurgle is always a treat to see. If I played 40k (end believe me, there have been times I`ve been so tempted to get back into it again, despite my reservations about GW) I would definitely be a Slaanesh and Nurgle girl.

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    1. Many thanks Hil. I too have steered well away from "Warhammer 40k" in the past, but the fact "Kill Team" uses just 200pts per side has convinced me to give it a look. Plus, I already have my Nurgle force ready as "WH40K" uses the same Nurgle models as "Age of Sigmar" - what a result!! Bloodletters are pretty common these days and you might like to look for one of the old OOP metal ones for something truly special to use as "The Jersey Devil".

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    2. what a great idea... thanks Simmon.

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  5. top notch Simon, and I agree with Hils about that Bloodletter mmmm.

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    1. Cheers Steve, and I hope you find a suitable Bloodletter :-)

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    2. Will be heading to Cork in a few weeks so hopefully might locate one then. I love how your painted yours. Very atmospheric.

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    3. Thanks Steve. Good luck hunting, and hopefully you'll like my finished Bloodletters just as much now I've completed their shining gold Hellblades.

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  6. Looking good, Simon. You're building up a fair sized Chaos army - or should that be armies?

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    1. Thanks Bryan. For now its just one Chaos Army. But once I have enough Khorne elements then the two will doubtless fracture and provide two forces for both "Age Of Sigmar" and "Kill Team".

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  7. Lovely guts! I shall look forward to seeing more blasphemous abominations!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. There are many more to come!!

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  8. Another excellent Nurgle creation Simon. :)

    Great stuff mate. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. Much appreciated. He's a keeper ;-)

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  9. Nurgles ranks are certainly swelling! Lovely work dude!

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    1. Cheers Simon. Still a 'few' more left to paint ;-)

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  10. The kill em looks suitably revolting

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    1. Thanks Joe - the more revolting the better!!

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  11. I have a mate who was gifted the Kill Team set with a nice collection of Tau to paint up. It inspired me to find some of my old 40K Inquisimunda projects to see if I could put together some sort of Inquisitorial force. Not sure when we'd get to play, but at least the option is there for the upcoming year.

    Plaguebearer leader looks fab mate - fits in just fine with the rest of the other daemons you've painted to date. Am eager to see your upcoming Great Unclean One!

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    1. Cheers Dai. I've a unit of Bloodletters to finish first before I look to my next "AoS" unit, but the Great Unclean One is primed and washed already. I look forward to seeing your dealings with "Kill Team"; I certainly plan to have a few postings dedicated to my minis for it.

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