Monday, 1 August 2016

"Age Of Sigmar" - Nurgle Rotbringers - WIP - Part One

Plaguebearer WIPs - Plagueridden, Plaguebearer and Icon Bearer
Recently I’ve found myself once again drawn to the “jovial and utterly revolting Great Unclean One”, and as a result have decided to dedicate the vast majority of my hobby time over the next two months to (finally) painting up a fledgling Befouling Host of Nurgle for “Age Of Sigmar”. The plan is reasonably realistic in that I hope to not only ‘finish off’ the unit of Nurglings and party of Plaguebearers I started assembling and priming in February this year. But also complete a unit of either Putrid Blightkings or Plague Drones of Nurgle, as well a general… the Lord of Plagues.

To begin with I have finally finished super-gluing together my old box of “Games Workshop” Plaguebearers of Nurgle. These multi-part plastic miniatures don’t seem to have changed since “Warhammer” Fantasy was replaced by “Age of Sigmar”. Although I did need to purchase some of the ‘new’ “Citadel” 32mm round bases for the models, as mine came with the old square ones.

As far as command figures were concerned I was initially only interested in constructing the unit’s Champion, now known as the Plagueridden [with Two Attacks], and the Standard Bearer, or rather Icon Bearer [potentially adds D6 Plaguebearers to the unit when making a Battleshock Test]. However having read the superb Grand Alliance – Chaos book, and discovered that Musicians may force nearby enemy units to reroll successful Battleshock Tests, I have subsequently assembled the wonderfully characterful Piper as well.
Plaguebearer WIPs - Plaguebearer with Nurgling, Piper and Plaguebearer with Nurgling
The rest of the plaguesword carrying fiends have simply been pieced together using the assortment of bellys, heads, arms and torsos found on the unit sprues. However in order to create a couple of crude vignettes, I have added a couple of intestine-pulling Nurglings onto some of the bases as well.

The vast majority of these miniatures have now been treated to a double dose of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and a heavy wash of “Citadel” Thrakka Green. But I have managed to make a bit more progress on my Plagueridden by picking out his weapon, horns and sores with Abaddon Black. Likewise I have picked a reasonably simple Plaguebearer to use as my test piece, and having painted all of his boils, teeth, tongue, entrails and cyclopean eye, I am now ready to apply some final washes to the grisly warrior…

In addition to my rotting foot soldiers I have also managed to make quite a bit of progress on the back row of two of my three Nurgling bases. I can already tell that these cheerful psychopathic terrors are going to prove somewhat frustrating to paint, as much of their detail actually becomes lost once you place the middle and front rows onto the base; and thus mask the majority of the creatures behind them. I did consider simply sticking the entire base together and painting them as a whole. But felt the fact I couldn’t therefore reach any of the partially hidden figures with a brush tip would probably annoy me even more.
Nurglings WIPs - These razor-sharp toothed terrors are slowly have their horns, eyes and teeth 'picked out'
For now I’ve simply picked out all their horns with either “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand or “Citadel” Abaddon Black, and undercoated their raw sores with “Vallejo” White or Heavy Red. I’ve also added several sets of eyes using Dark Vermillion. Once I’ve tidied up their rancid flesh with some Heavy Grey, I should be able to start applying a series of finishing washes to these disease-ridden terrors.

Indeed I’m already mightily tempted to include a second batch of these tiny razor-sharp toothed fiends to my Unclean Host as each base has 5 Attacks and Endless Swarm [allowing any base which hasn’t been slain to immediately heal back up to their starting 4 Wounds during each player’s Battleshock Phase].

32 comments:

  1. Wonderfully disgusting, looking forward to seeing you make your mark with this project. Best of luck Simon.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I have a game planned for the end of the month, so currently I'm rather motivated to get these done, and as you say they look repulsively disgusting to paint.

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  2. The skin colour is really good it makes the teeth and tongue stand out vary nicely!

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    1. Cheers Clint. It certainly helps me see what I'm supposed to be painting. Plus I'm hoping the mass effect of all my washes will help mask some of my painting deficiencies too.

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  3. These look fantastic mate. Really loving how you have done these.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Fingers crossed I can get a factory line-up established and start churning these out.

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  4. Very nice! Looking forward to seeing this project progress!

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    1. Cheers Bill. Much appreciated. My fingers are crossed this won't be just another project I fail to realise. Although as I say I have a game planned for next month, so Nurgle's forces must be ready by then.

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  5. The Nurglings are looking fantastically gruesome already! Superb!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. Hopefully my paintbrush will do the critters justice.

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  6. Ooh, I like those.
    I wouldn't mind looking into Age of Sigmar, and seeing if there was any potential players at the local GW club, but I best not or I'll be spread far too thin over many gaming fronts. Never getting around to playing any - Doh!
    Was always into Nurgle and the Skaven Clan Pestilence, due to my own dodgy health providing a link, but Slaanesh found its mark on me, instead, and I dipped my toes into that Chaos God's followers with a renegade Imperial Guard force allied with Emperor's Children Marines. Only wish I had some of those 1980s Chaos Noise Marines, as I really like those sculpts.

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    1. Cheers Roy. I love "Aos", and as odd as it sounds, its my go-to-ruleset for "Doctor Who" battles (as per my recent Cyberman-Yeti BatRep). I own some Noise Marines somewhere... I'll try and find them when I next go hunting in my loft.

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  7. Simon, I'm absolutely certain you'll paint these critters up to your usual high standard. Although I am not a fan of either the figures or the rules you plan to use them with, I do wish you all the best with this project. It clearly means a lot to you and that is all that counts, my friend.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I wholly appreciated "AoS" isn't you particular cup of tea. But hopefully they'll be something for you to enjoy, and I have still a few semi-finished "Heroclix" to post up too. In the meantime I'll be slavering at your excellent "Black Plague" postings and getting ready to start painting mine up once you've finished.

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  8. As Bryan said above this isn't my thing either, could never take to the chaos stuff (especially Nurgle, sorry), but your paintjob's are as excellent as always, so best of luck with these (not that you'll need it).

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Oh dear Roger. I'd have thought what with all the experience of GreenStuff you have that Nurgle would have been your very thing ;-) Still hopefully they'll be something on view for you to enjoy over the next few weeks (and besides not everything will be "Games Workshop" based I assure you).

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    2. You never know one might make the top ten yet.

      Sorry Andy didn't mean to upset you GW and Chaos stuff really does seem to be the "Marmight" of the wargames world you either love it with a passion or want to stab it to death with it's spikey bits!

      We are all different yet the same, and that's the beauty of wargaming.

      Cheers Roger.

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    3. Having almost finished my test Plaguebearer I'm hopeful that at least something from this project will peak your Top Ten interest my friend :-) We are all different, otherwise I wouldn't rate that wonderful lady in a hat model you painted :-)

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    4. That blooming lady in the hat is fast becoming the bane of my life!

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  9. I disagree with Bryan and Roger, I LOVE Nurgle!! I always found the animation of the minis tremendous fun! These are painted really well Simon, good luck with the rest

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    1. Precisely Andy, what do a couple of blogging newbies like Bryan and Roger know, eh ;-) Glad you've enjoyed the WIPs. Hopefully you'll like some of the finished minis just as much. Praise be to Nurgle.

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  10. Can never have enough Nurglings, whether in swarms or as base decor. :)

    Nurgle is my long love from my GW days. I still have an old untouched project that needs attention.

    Are you including a Great Unclean One as well?

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    1. Quite right Dai. Perhaps I can tempt you into returning to that old project as you keep making me want to paint WW2 Winter Russians :-)

      I'm hoping to get at least one of everything in the army eventually, including Bloab Rotspawned on his gigantic maggoth Bilespurter. You certainly can't have a Nurgle army without a Great Unclean One (or three) ;-)

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  11. Excellent start on the plague-bearers. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. There's quite a few to paint. But I'm hoping I can get into a rhythm with them.

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  12. I'm lucky enough not to know what a Nurgle is, but as it sounds revolting I'm sure that these suitably disgusting figures will do the job of nurgling well.
    Revolting looking figures (smart paint job) - I'm sure thoroughly enjoyed painting these.

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    1. Cheers Joe. These are certainly proving great fun to grunge up. Just a bit of green dry-brushing to do on my test Plaguebearer, and some puss to yellow up, and he'll be done. Suitably revolting enough?

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  13. I've been vaguely thinking of creating a "plague" faction to face off against my 17th century Witch Finders, as an occasional alternative to the more traditional crones & hags. These figures would work nicely for that, I think.

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    1. Indeed they would Hugh!! I'd certainly enjoy one of your excellent BatReps featuring them. Plus, having bought a second unit of Plaguebearers I actually think they're reasonably priced for a box of "Games Workshop" plastics. Or do you already have some?

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  14. Ah, Nurgle...my favourite Chaos faction. I never got around to actually collecting an army for them, but there was something cheerfully revolting about this faction. I shall be watching with interest.

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    1. Thanks Jez. There should be plenty to see over the coming few weeks.

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