Monday, 12 March 2018

"Nurgle Wishes To See Rot And Contagion Bloom Across The Mortal Realms..."

"...Drowning the bastions of his enemies in a tide of putrid filth."
This 28mm scale Putrid Blightking is one of the five multi-piece plastic figures which can be assembled from the sprues found inside the “Games Workshop” Putrid Blightkings boxed set. I had initially thought to use the predominantly plate armoured combatant to represent a particularly blessed Plaguebearer, and resultantly super-glued a Plagueridden's head upon the stump of his neck to better illustrate the point. However, the "hulking warriors of Nurgle" aren't actually daemons but blighted mortals, so I later ended up replacing the head with a formidably horned one from the kit and repaired any damage with a bit of grey-stuff.

Due to the "favoured mortal servant" wearing so much armour and chainmail I undercoated the model with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before laying down a couple of layers of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey over it. He was then washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. The brute's soiled loincloth was treated to some "Citadel" Abaddon Black, two thin coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red", some "Citadel" Nuln Oil" and lastly a careful dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Red.
"Yet Nurgle is not malicious - far from it."
With the basics finished, I began slowly working my way up the miniature by picking out all the severed skulls handing from his armour with a combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green. Each grisly ornament was subsequently lightly dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, and made a little more gory with a dab of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.

In addition I applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna to both the Blightking's sword and shield as a base-coat, and then treated the "slime-encrusted" armaments to some "Vallejo" Brass, a shade of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and then the "Citadel" Technical paint Nihilakh Oxide. These areas were later dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Brass to help blend in the patina.
Polar Bear WIP - The 'Ursus Martimus' needs to have his claws, eyes, snout and mouth picked out 
Whilst picking out the few spots of pustule-covered flesh on the "Age Of Sigmar" model, I also took the time to simultaneously apply the exact-same recipe of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green to a couple of Nurglings. I plan to use a plethora of these tiny pot-bellied gremlins as Wound Markers for some of my host's larger miniatures, so was pleased to get a pair finished as I waited for the paint to dry on my Putrid warrior.

Finally, I have salvaged a Polar Bear by "Copplestone Castings" from out of my partially-painting backlog, and applied a fresh undercoat, wash, dry-brush, shade and second dry-brush to the animal. Originally I did consider placing 'Ursus Maritimus' on a lipped circular base and using him for "Frostgrave", but then felt he might make an excellent addition to my ever-increasing "Gotham" crew for Mister Freeze...

24 comments:

  1. I agree that your polar bear would make a cool pet for Mr. Freeze. Your colours look good on him.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I'm hoping to add quite a few models to Mr Freeze's crew over time.

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  2. OK,I'm going to have to say it (through gritted teeth)...... I really like some of these new Nurgle mini's.
    Having made that admission - and already quizzed Bryan about the new Necromunda mini's, I'm actually being tempted by some GW products (but NOT for use with GW game systems).
    The polar bear looks 'cool' too, and I like the idea of him/her joining the Freeze crew :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. The Putrid Blightkings are one of the best "AoS" mini-sets going, imho, and I reckon the polar bear will prove an excellent addition to Mr Freeze's crew once finished.

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  3. The Blight king looks fabulously gruesome mate. I love the Polar Bear and would be a perfect addition to Freeze's gang.

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    1. Thanks very much Simon. Much appreciated. Hopefully once the bear is finished I can do a group shot with Freeze etc.

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  4. Your Blightking looks really good, you have that "Burgle look" absolutely spot on. Great mini really brought to life. The Polar Bear is looking good and it never ceases to amaze me what is in your collection. The stars for me are the Nurglings. Big complex minis sometimes can't compete with something that is simple and this is the case here. Great characterful, cheeky sculpts that just look amazing. Great objectives too. I'd fight for one of those Nurglings!! Good job all round!

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    1. "Damn auto spell. Should be "Nurgle look." - Ha Hah, I liked Burgle look better ;-)

      I've another pair of the cheeky Nurglings to paint alongside my final Blightkings, so more of the fellas to come :-)

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  5. The Blightking looks great Simon, as do the nurglings, nice idea to use them as wound markers. The polar bear turned out well and will be a great addition to Mr Freeze's unit

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    1. Cheers Dave. I always like to use the spare minis from my GW boxed sets whenever I can :-)

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  6. Nurgle’s favoured looks good mate. Love that bear!

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    1. Thanks Andy. The bear is a great "Copplestone Castings" sculpt imho.

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  7. GW have started to make interesting stuff again and I really like your blight kings and nurglings, be interested to see how your polar bear comes out.
    Best Iain

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    1. Cheers Iain. Should have the Polar bear finished soon, and then you can see the size of the brute compared to the "Heroclix" minis.

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  8. Lovely job on the Nurglings, so happy and cute... little puss balls. I like the polar bear, I have a Willy Miniatures one to paint for my Norse team.

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    1. Thanks Phil. I love me some Nurglings :-) Looking forward to seeing your Polar Bear for your Norse Team - sounds awesome!!

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  9. Whilst I'm not a huge fan of the tecent GW Nurgle figures, I do like the Nurglingd, as I can see other uses for them.

    And I do like that Polar Bear. Nice idea to use it for Mr. Freeze, as otherwise you're a bit limited to uses for it (i.e. anywhere with snow).

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    1. Cheers Jez. As you say, I think the Polar Bear was going to be a bit limiting if I'd stuck to "Frotsgrave" with it, whilst for Mr Freeze it should see more tabletop use.

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  10. Those nurglings! <3 So cute.

    The polar bear needs a black nose and eyes. Otherwise, he's a lovely addition I think. A mate just gave me the 1st ed Batman Minis rules book. Been trying to decide if I really need to be buying that Riddler Crew afterall...

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    1. Thanks Dai. The Polar Bear needs his claws done too, and then he'll be joining Mr Freeze's crew.

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  11. The "Blightking" is a very 'busy' figure, the detailing must have been a bitch to do and looks well worth the effort.
    Love the nurgling and your polar bear is a great figure.

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    1. Cheers Joe. The Blightkings are truly time-consuming, but worth it imho. Hopefully the Polar Bear will soon be finished and on the tabletop too.

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  12. Interesting post Simon, it's nice to see the latest GW figures even though I'd never buy them myself and you do paint them up so well!

    Likewise the Polar bear, though I can't think of a use for him myself, I do like your Mr Freeze idea, you might be able to work him in with the Penguin too.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. There's a lot of "Games Workshop" stuff in the pipeline, its just a question of posting it all up. Plus you're spot on about the Polar Bear and Penguin - he'd be good for him too!

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