Thursday, 7 September 2017

"These Spirits Of The Air Are Winsome And Wild..."

"Only marginally intelligent, they often substitute whimsy for strategy..."
This 48mm tall plastic miniature of an air elemental is "made in China" by "Wizards Of The Coast" and can be bought as model number 29 from the company's randomly sorted "Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil" set. In addition, the villainous pre-painted piece can also be acquired as part of the board game "Temple of Elemental Evil", and is a much-appreciated gift from Steve and Hils of "The Game Cupboard" fame.

The "fast, flying creature made of living air" was initially undercoated with "Vallejo" White and washed with Pale Grey. It was then dry-brushed with some more White before being appropriately 'streaked' using some Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". Lastly, and in order to simply blend all of the figure's swirling vortexes together, it was given a third and final dry-brush of White.
Herald Of Nurgle WIPs - The model is slowly having all his intestines 'picked out' and washed
With the latest adversary for my planned "Expedition To Barrier Peaks" campaign completed, I have managed to make some additional progress on my (second) Herald of Nurgle for "Age Of Sigmar". This particular model of a "mortal who resists the ravages of Nurgle's Rot" is proving particularly fun to paint, despite all its detailed dripping innards, festering sores and tanglesome antlers, because it can also be fielded as a daemonic psyker for the eighth edition of "Warhammer 40K".

Indeed, as with so many of my Plague Lord followers, this "wiry and muscular" chaotic addition will actually help me towards my goal of fielding 1000 points worth of Nurgle forces for both Warhammer Fantasy Battle's replacement system, and Game Workshop's futuristic 41st millennium tabletop rule set. A dual role which is genuinely helping me overcome some of the time-consuming tedium of the quite heavily-converted plastic sculpt...
Plague Guard WIPs - The Heretic Astartes has been primed and then layered
Disconcertingly however, the promise of a much-more fast-paced science fiction shoot-fest by the Chaos God of Disease, Decay, and Destruction, has led me to build yet another Heretic Astartes from the game's "Dark Imperium" starter set. These traitors from one of the tainted legions are absolutely covered in intricate detail, much of which looks wonderfully ripe for an application or two of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash.  

28 comments:

  1. More Nurgle nastiness. Well painted my friend. Wretched to see, but executed so very well. And the Air Elemental is a triumph

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    1. Thanks very much Clint. I'm certainly enjoying my Nurgle nastiness currently.

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  2. The Air elemental looks excellent - well done. :)

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  3. I'm not a fan of the elemental sculpt, I think it looks marshmallowy, rather than wispy - sorry, it is the sculpt that has left me cold not the brushwork at least.

    The Herald however is a thing of... erm "beauty"? Really like him and you're doing him justice.

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    1. Thanks Andy, it's the brushwork that is important ;-) The Herald has really captured my imagination, and despite its detail is coming along at a good rate.

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  4. I definitely need that air elemental model, although my plans for it will be more dessert related...maybe with a cherry on top. And a biscuit base.
    "New to Channel 4 - GhostBake-Off!" 😉

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    1. I did try and get a couple more of the air elemental models, Jez, but they're a bit pricey, imho.

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  5. Great work on all Simon, will we be seeing an example of the finished astartes soon ?

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    1. Thanks very much Dave, a Heretic Astartes is ready for posting next week :-)

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  6. Just a thought. The brown undercoat, in the photos at least, disappears almost totally in stage 2. Perhaps if you just started with silver and let the later stages bring out the traditional rusty, decayed look it might save time. Then you can stop playing Nurgle and get a real army ... Khorne ;-)

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    1. I already have some Khorne ready for both "WH40K" and "AoS", Phil; albeit its just the ten Bloodletters and Karanak for now.

      As you say the brown does virtually disappear in the photos, but does remain in the deeper recesses of the model and then looks nice and rusty once I start washing them. I'm always keen to 'miss a step' but the brown prime does seem to help my subsequent shading stage.

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  7. Excellent work Simon, and the "dual purpose" mini's are a great idea.
    Do I spy a bit of an "antler theme" starting here?? The Wendigo and now the Herald of Nurgle!

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    1. Thanks Wargame Addict. Lots of antlers are coming... perhaps I could add some of the "Frostgrave" deer-people I recently bought too ;-)

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  8. I have to agree with Andy about the air elemental but to be fair I've seen worse air elemental figures. It is well painted, but that is only to be expected. :-)

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    1. Cheers Bryan, and good to see you back posting/commenting.

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  9. Now I, actually, like the air elemental model (the painting is good, too, if you really want to know ;D ). I think the sculpt and paint job capture a comic/cartoon -look perfectly and I'd definitely be wanting it as a 1st pick choice in any group games.

    The Herald figure is looking good! Definitely the hard work will be worth it in the end, as it'll look great on the tabletop (not that that's a promise of it playing any good, mind!)

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    1. Thanks Roy, I always want to know the painting is good ;-)

      I'm hoping to get the herald mini finished this weekend, and then make some progress on the (third) of my Beasts of Nurgle.

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  10. Elemental is looking interesting, and the Herald Of Nurgle always was a favourite sculpt of mine... anything Nurgle actually, and especally Slaanesh :-}

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    1. Cheers Steve, one down about four hundred of the minis you kindly sent me left to go!! :-) My conversion work on the Herald's head and scythe have made him a bit more cumbersome to paint than the original, but the extra effort should be worth it in the end.

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  11. {{one down about four hundred of the minis you kindly sent me left to go!! :-) }}

    Course, you do know all the ones we sent you were already painted lol, just roll out the map tiles and start playing.

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    1. And I plan to, but I have grabbed a few more elementals which I plan to paint at some point too :-)

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  12. Love the air elemental, though it does look a little whimsical and the Nugle is of course nurgling goodness.

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    1. Thanks Joe, glad you like the elemental, and the Herald of Nurgle should be finished soon :-)

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  13. Air elemental needs a flake stuck in him. :) he'd be welcome to any rpg session id run.

    I like your rusty power armour - very different to stock versions

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    1. Cheers Dai. I'm really pleased with how the Air Elemental turned out. I wanted a simple palette for my Nurgle marines as they;d otherwise not get finished; especially considering just how much detail these new plastic minis contain!!

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