|"...And the land sickens and withers as the Daemons of Nurgle lumber into battle..."|
This rather busy-looking 28mm multi-part plastic Herald of Nurgle is made by “Games Workshop” and can be purchased as either an individual miniature or as part of the company’s “Age Of Sigmar” Daemons of Nurgle “Start Collecting!” boxed set. However, having already previously painted one such ‘mortal who has resisted the ravages of Nurgle’s Rot’ I decided to alter the appearance of the miniature by swapping its head for that of a Plagueridden, replacing its “repulsive Balesword” with a Putrid Blightking’s scythe and removing a severed head held by the figure’s accompanying Nurgling.
Once this straightforward conversion work had been completed the ensemble 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, formidably-sized scythe, and spilling guts with “Citadel” Abaddon Black.
|Slitheen WIPs - The aliens have been primed, washed and dry-brushed|
One of the most intimidating elements to the daemonic character was painting all his putrefying, open wounds, so I patiently began painting his innards, exposed spine, organs and “lesions” with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red, 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” Biel-Tan Green, and Carroburg Crimson. As a final touch, all the Herald’s zits were ‘pimped out’ with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.
With the "Disgustingly Resilient" Plagubearer essentially finished I turned my attention to the numerous bells which adorned the miniature’s body and horns, as well as the Scythe’s blade. These were painted using "Vallejo" Brass, "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and "Citadel" Nihilakh Oxide, before being dry-brushed with more “Vallejo" Brass. Lastly, the shaft of the “Warhammer 40K” psyker’s hand-weapon was pigmented using Heavy Sienna, a little Charred Brown, and a splash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
|Shipwreck WIPs - The "G.I. Joe" character has had all his blue areas finished|
Despite spending a fair few hours progressing my Herald of Nurgle, I have still managed to find some spare hobby-time with which to work upon "Warlord Games" excellent-looking Slitheen sculpts for their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" tabletop miniature game. These extra-terrestrial criminals from Raxacoricofallapatorian have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed, and now just need their claws and toes to be picked out before the application of some last-minute washes.
In addition, I’m close to completing the sixth model in my “G.I. Joe” collection. Shipwreck hasn’t admittedly had much attention since I initially primed him “Citadel” Abaddon Black over a month ago. But now the “Chief Petty Officer” has had his trousers, shirt and belt-buckles painted he should resultantly be finished in pretty quick order.