Monday, 22 August 2016

"...A Hateful Force Of Unbound Plague And Corruption..."

"...Whose touch brings rot, decay, agony and misery."
These two 28mm multi-part plastic Plaguebearers can both be assembled from the sprues found within the “Games Workshop” Plaguebearers of Nurgle boxed set. Worthy additions to my ever-growing Host of Nurgle, these vile servants of the Plague God will form part of a ten figure-strong unit I plan to field for “Age Of Sigmar” by "Games Workshop".

Having super-glued the models together each Lesser Daemon was treated to an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. The "Tallymen of Nurgle" were then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and had details such as their single cyclopean eye, horn, glistening innards and plaguesword ‘picked out’ with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. In an attempt to imbue each figure with Nurgle’s Rot, the pox-infested horrors' guts were painted with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red or Heavy Warmgrey. These areas were then heavily washed with a combination of “Citadel” Thrakka Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson. Lastly, both creatures' pimples were ‘highlighted’ with a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade, whilst their "thick, rusty cleavers" were dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal.
Plaguebearer WIPS - These daemons just need to have their boils 'picked out' before being varnished
Making these monstrosities look repulsive really ties in to the Plaguebearer rules, as each fiend is surrounded by a great cloud of flies which "buzz about them." These droning swarms actually obscure the Daemons from the view of their opponents, which means they "must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made in the Shooting Phase..." Sportingly, I've already purchased a second box of these loathsome warriors in order to try and utilise the secondary 'Cloud of Flies' ability, which states that if a "unit contains twenty or more models, your opponent must instead subtract two from their Hit Rolls, as well as subtracting one from any Hit Rolls that targets it in the Combat Phase."

Having finished these two Plaguebearers, I am 'pushing on' with some more models from the unit, as well as the second row of my first Nurgling base. All of these figures, having been haphazardly washed with various “Citadel” Shades, now just need me to 'pick out' their spots and pimples before being ready for varnishing...
Beast Of Nurgle WIP - This horror requires a second "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki undercoat before being washed
Lastly I have taken possession of a couple of Beasts of Nurgle, and actually managed to assemble one of the Chaos Daemons, despite the mini failing to arrive with any instructions. Indeed, I'm not terribly happy with this seven-piece "finely detailed resin cast kit" at all, as despite it being shown in numerous article photographs as having a 60mm circular base, and even appearing glued to one on the "Games Workshop" store website, the slobbering tongued monstrosity came with a 40mm one; a stand so small when compared to the model itself that it wouldn't even allow me room for both of its feet... Let alone its slug-like body.

Fortunately the sculpt itself is superbly gruesome, and once I had worked out where each sore-infested piece went, fitted together a treat. In fact if it wasn't for the fact I'm currently waiting on a second 60mm circular base, I would be painting up the pair simultaneously. For now though I'm looking forward to working on a creature which not only batters "their victims with claws and tentacles" but additionally "shower(s) them with affection by enveloping them with their slobbering tongues."

22 comments:

  1. These models are bonkers! Love them and their paint jobs

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    1. Thanks Andy. Praise be to Nurgle but they're great, aren't they!! Both my two WIPs are now varnished and flocked, so they should soon be posted, and my first Nurgling base isn't far behind either :-)

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  2. Mighty fine painting, Simon. They do look disgustingly repulsive which I offer as a compliment.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I've got the methodology cracked now (I think) so these guys are starting to shift on my tabletop. I am though nearing the need for a bit of a break, so I have some non-Nurgle stuff coming soon.

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  3. Excellent work as usual Simon! That Beast of Nurgle looks like it'll be a treat to paint!

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    1. Thanks Bill. Much appreciated. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how the Beast of Nurgle takes to my colour scheme :-)

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  4. More wonderfully gory work Simon, can't wait to see them as a group.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Hopefully it won't be long now.

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  5. Not a bad looking model that Beast of Nurgle. I always hated the old sculpt (at least the one available in the early 90s).

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    1. Ah the old 1991 "Citadel" sculpt was an interesting one with all its eye tentacles. I too much prefer this one, Roy.

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  6. I think if I ever do a GW 40k Army I would do nurgle as well. All dark and forbidding and just a little creepy.

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    1. Cheers Clint. I was thinking the same thing that an awful lot of these models would do for "Warhammer 40K" if I needed them to; albeit they'd have to do an "AoS" version for me to want to play it ;-)

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  7. More excellent work on the Plaguebearers mate. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. Slowly but surely plugging away on these fiends.

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  8. The Tallymen were and are some simply cool old Warhammer daemons. The old fluff had them spend their time "Counting Nurglings and poxes". But Nurglings don't sit still (As "everyone knows") and so their count never ends. They are the miserable aspect of the Nurgle deamon pantheon, dour and sullen in the misery that is their eternal task.
    The "Beasts" though were another thing altogether. Happy and puppy-like, running up to each and every new being, joyous in their welcoming and unknowing that their very touch brings paralysing death to the recipient. The original sculpts for the Beasts were a lot more fun that the current offering, but far less dynamic.

    It sounds like you are really enjoying this project and it's certainly fun on my end to follow!

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    1. Cheers Dai. Much appreciated. I am indeed having a blast with these minis, as my output hopefully attests. My only problem currently is trying to ensure I don't buy any more figures until I've painted all these wonderful creatures of Nurgle up. Its so tempting.

      The "AoS" fluff is superb in my opinion, and I'm finding the "GW" audio plays and warscroll books a real motivator. The few numbers of minis you need is also a real attractive bonus in my books and keeps me going. Glad you're enjoying it too. Praise be to Nurgle!! :-)

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  9. They do look really impressive with your excellent colour scheme and skilful painting Simon. I can't really see the exact details of that last model yet, but looking forward to seeing it in glorious "putri-colour!".

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Many thanks Roger. The Beast of Nurgle has now been washed and dry-brushed in line with the rest of my Host of Nurgle, so the next time I post up some WIPs you should be able to see the detail a whole lot better.

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  10. Utterly repulsive (in a good way).

    Outstanding work, Simon. The Nurglings remain my favorites.

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    1. Cheers Finch. I'm having a lot of fun with these guys. The first base of Nurglings is now finished, and I'm just gritting their base. They do take a lot of time though...

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  11. Right, that's it = I'm going to have to look at the GW site now...

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    1. Sorry Jez ;-) Let us know what you buy!?! Oh... and Praise Be To Nurgle!!!

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