Tuesday, 31 January 2017

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Age Of Sigmar" February 2017

Karanak WIPs - The Flesh Hound has had all its details base-coated with "Citadel" Chaos Black
This month's randomly themed attempt to try and reduce my overwhelming collection of metal, plastic and resin miniatures has been superseded by my desire to dedicate another month to my Befouling Host of Nurgle for “Age Of Sigmar”, and its blood-crazed Khorne allies. I have been trying to paint at least one new unit for this "Games Workshop" army per month since late last year, but have increasingly found myself losing momentum and falling further behind schedule with each passing week.

As a result I have 'dusted off' a few notable models I started working on before the commencement of the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, and additionally 'brought to the fore' a few Khorne Flesh Hounds I primed in anticipation of submission into the event's West Bonus Round; the savage beasts being part of "the Goretide's westernmost Blood Warrior warbands" during the famed Battle of the Brimstone Peninsula. Foremost of these resin monstrosities is the three-headed Karanak, whose scaly red hide has already been washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade" and dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Red.
Great Unclean One WIP - The large model has been primed, washed and dry-brushed green
Equally counting as a single model unit, but infinitely more formidable, is my model of a Great Unclean One. This towering Greater Daemon of Nurgle was unfortunately assembled, primed and washed well before the start of the Challenge, so isn't eligible for entry. However, I felt it was about time the 'facsimile of the Chaos God himself' had some tender loving care, and I have therefore already finished dry-brushing him in preparation for base-layering his Massive Bilesword and Plague Flail.

The figure really is crammed with extraordinary detail, such as a couple of cheeky Nurglings and wriggling maggots, and has been constructed using the sculpt's original antler-less head. I actually own a second metal version, complete with horns and serpent-headed tongue. Sadly though, I am missing the model's non-sword arm, so have side-lined the old OOP 'Sixth Edition miniature' until I can source one...
Sutekh WIPs - The Osiran has had his Egyptian backdrop dry-brushed
With plenty of time-consuming projects on the horizon, I have once again turned my attention to a few "Black Tree Design" "Doctor Who" miniatures as some easier subjects to paint, and resultantly invested a little time constructing an Egyptian-flavoured base for Sutekh the Destroyer. This Fourth Doctor villain from the 1975 BBC Television story "The Pyramids Of Mars" will hopefully lead a small(ish) force of service robots, the murderous Ibrahim Namin, and the extra-terrestrial's hapless slave Professor Marcus Scarman. I may even have purchased a laser cut MDF 30cm x 30cm gaming area representing 'The Tomb of the Serpent God'.

For now though I have simply super-glued my motionless Osiran onto his black stone throne, placed him upon one of the thin 50mm round plastic bases I use for my larger objective markers, and then used two 40mm square "Lord Of The Sand" Egyptian bases as an improvised backdrop. The God-like being's heavily bandaged mummies will be worked on next...

24 comments:

  1. Great start on Karanak Simon, from what i remember the great unclean one is covered in detail so this could take a while. If you have some black and red ink( not washes) there is a great way of doing open flesh quickly.
    Great start on Sutekh love the edition of the wall, really adds to the scene

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    1. Thanks Dave. I'll be using the black and red technique I use for my Plaguebearers on the Great Unclean One, in order to pull them all together. I'm so glad I invested in those 40mm resin bases for Sutekh. So much better than leaving him with a backless throne ;-)

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  2. Progress is progress, Simon... however slow.

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  3. An interesting month ahead Simon and whilst the AoS models look lovely, I am rather taken by the Sutekh WIPs - very interesting!

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    1. Cheers Michael. Hopefully I can squeeze in an "AoS" BatRep too, just to tempt non-believers!! Sutekh is a great mini to start my "Pyramids Of Mars" project with.

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  4. Nice start to Karanak cracking miniature that is. The bigger models always take that little bit longer but there well worth the effort in the end.

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    1. Thanks Simon, and you're so very right about the extra time spent on larger models being well worth it.

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  5. Reducing the lead/plastic mountain is always a worthy objective and making any impression on it, no matter how small, is progress - good luck make any significant advances in that direction!

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    1. Cheers Joe. I've recently just ordered probably the last of my "Black Tree Design" models, so that pile should go down a bit over the next month or so.

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  6. Well, those are some interesting looking models. As to reducing the mountain of bits, getting stuff ready to play with, and then simply playing, just do what I'm doing; limit yourself to just playing X-Wing or STAW. It makes it so much easier when all the hard work is already done for you ;)

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    1. "limit yourself to just playing X-Wing or STAW" - I think there's a lot of merit in that stance, Roy. But I'd miss "Zombicide" amongst other rule-sets ;-)

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  7. I must admit I do like a little Nurgle!

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  8. "I may even have purchased a laser cut MDF 30cm x 30cm gaming area representing 'The Tomb of the Serpent God'" Splendid. Shall look forward to seeing that. Nice job on Sutekh. Also looking forward to seeing the Great Unclean One!

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    1. Thanks very much Gordon. Hopefully I've a few things to grab people's interest over the coming weeks.

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  9. Though not a fan of the chaos stuff as you know you do paint it very well, so shall look forward to that. however Pyramids of Mars is one of my all time favourite Tom Baker stories so that is a real treat to anticipate!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I've plenty of "Pyramids Of Mars" minis coming...

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  10. The dr Who stuff looks brilliant Simon, look forward to seeing your finished product

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    1. Thanks Andy. Feb should be a good month for both "AoS" and "Doctor Who" tbh.

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  11. I by far prefer this version of the GUO to the antlered and snake tongue one. That one looked far too cartoony.

    Pyramids of Mars is a fantastic story! Really excited to see this project come alive. Osiran and his backdrop already look fab!

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    1. Cheers Dai. I too like the original version of the Great Unclean one. Glad you're excited by "The Pyramids Of Mars"; lots of "Doctor Who" stuff planned this month!!

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  12. There are a lot of good things going on here!

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    1. Thanks Clint. I like to work on a spread of projects, as you know :-)

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