Monday, 30 April 2018

"Oh, Great Nurgle, Accept This Offering Of Blood And Filth!"

"Witness my devotion and send your might to slither through my clotted veins."
This 40mm tall "favoured mortal servant" of the Plague Lord is one of the five multi-piece figures which can be assembled from the plastic sprues found inside the “Games Workshop” Putrid Blightkings boxed set, and actually follows the box's assembly instructions for Putrid Blightking 5. However, as the miniature's single-cast legs, which disgustingly depict one bloated hooved foot firmly planted upon a small rock formation, are actually also used for the unit's Icon Bearer, I ended up purchasing a second pair of limbs from a 'bitz' seller to use for this particular model.

"Blessed with the bite of the daemonfly", I originally undercoated the "hulking" warrior with "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, before dry-brushing it with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki. I then worked my way up his pustule-covered leg picking out the leather straps which keep his fatty folds in check with "Citadel" Abbadon Black, and painted both his malformed hoof, as well as a nearby 'decorative' skull, using a combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
A five-model unit of Putrid Blightkings costs 180 Points in "Age Of Sigmar"
As the relentlessly rotting combatant was predominantly encased in a suit of discoloured plate armour, I carefully 'blocked in' these areas using a base-coat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and some "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. These surfaces were subsequently shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and high-lighted with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. In addition I 'picked out' the Rotbringer's wooden shield, animal fur and a few straps with Heavy Sienna plus a liberal washing of Strong Tone Quickshade. I even managed to get my paintbrush to apply a mix of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to the heavily-armoured fiend's 'hard to reach' dirty undergarment...

Due to the grossly-disfigured mortal being capable of driving "relentlessly through the foe's battle-line and shatter[ing] it apart, before hacking down the survivors with contemptuous ease", I treated its "Blighted Weapon" to a coat of "Vallejo" Brass, a wash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and some dabs of the "Citadel" Technical paint Nihilakh Oxide. All of these parts were then later dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Brass so as to help blend in the patina.
Cybermen WIPs - The four silver giants have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
Lastly, I set about 'amplifying' the Blightking's "Virulent Discharge" (which can cause either D3 mortal wounds or heal D3 wounds on the roll of a 6+ to "each unit (friend or foe) that is within 3" of any friendly units with this ability"), by 'pimping out' its numerous zits using “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and a wash of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. I also dabbed some “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson over the decaying flesh to add to its discolouration.

Infinitely easy to progress, have been four wonderfully characterful metal miniatures gifted to me by the excellent Simon Quinton of "Brummie's Wargaming Blog". These particular 'silver giants', now long out of production for arguably obvious reasons, were bought from a private collector and stand an impressive 43mm tall. Initially, I wasn't entirely sure whether to use them as Cyber-giants for my "Black Tree Design" "Doctor Who" Cyber-force, or utilise them as metal/mechanical constructs for "Dungeons & Dragons", so in the end I've simply based them upon some generic 25mm circular stands...

26 comments:

  1. Great work on the Blightking Simon, what a wonderful gift from Simon, really like the look of these cyber giants

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    1. Thanks very much Dave. Terrific gift from Simon. Really pleased with the Cybermen as you can imagine :-)

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  2. Fab job on the latest Blightking addition. They look cracking as a unit together.

    Nice to see the cybermen with some paint on. They look good already enjoy :)

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    1. Cheers Simon. And once again big thanks for the Cybermen - awesome models, and very much appreciated :-)

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  3. All hail Nurgle! I think the grandfather would be proud of those monsters as they look great together. Well done on getting those detailed and tricky sculpts to such a great standard. Well, what a lovely gift those cyber giant thingies are. They look really detailed and look lovely to paint. Is there such a thing as a cyber giant? After the cyber ale thing I recall in one episode then I suppose anything is possible! Nice read as always. Hopefully we will see more Nurgle in the future, but I bet you need a break from them for now?

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    1. "I meant ape not ale! Damn auto correct!!" - Many thanks Undercoat. Its good to get this particular Nurgle unit finished, but I still have many more to go. I am now planning on a little break but not from Chaos or "Age Of Sigmar", as I hope to crack on with this month's Khorne "Shadespire" warband - which can be used for both systems :-)

      As for the Cybermen, well I think they'd look good with some of the "Crooked Dice" scale minis, so that's where they may well sit for some adventures against my 'Third Doctor' "CD" proxy.

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  4. Those Cybermen are excellent sculpts, way better than the oddly proportioned Black Tree models with their huge heads and small bodies. I'd be tempted to use them as Cyber-Leaders with the Warlord Games' Cybermen. A most impressive and surely welcome gift from the other Simon.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. The Cybermen were indeed, both a great delight and surprise from Simon. What a top fellow :-)

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  5. Like the cybermen. GW are not my favourite peeps in the world although I will admit sometimes they make a nice figure.

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    1. Thanks Clint. I too have had my past issues with "Games Workshop", but their Nurgle and "Shadespire" stuff is awesome, imho.

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  6. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous model.

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  7. Another generally grand posting Simon, but the icing on the cake is the group shot of the Blightkings, which I've REALLY looked forward to seeing :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. Hopefully I'll be able to get the Putrid Blightkings into a BatRep soon :-)

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  8. Must be kind of a relief to finish your Blightking and have a complete unit to field, eh Simon? Do you see tiny putules and boils when you close your eyes? 😉

    And those Cybermen are wonderfully characterful. As we've not yet seen a mass release of this particular iteration of the silver giants from Warlord, it must be nice to be able to add them to your collection.

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    1. Great relief regarding my Putrid Blightking's, Jez, albeit I have another five built, based and ready for priming :-)

      The Cybermen are great sculpts and should look on the tabletop no matter which other minis I mix with them. Great gift from Simon.

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  9. The Blightking turned out exactly as I suspected it would, with some wonderful detail and the grop shot is much apreciated as it shows just how good they look.
    Very impressed too with the Cybermen, great gift.

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    1. Thanks very much Joe. I'm really pleased with how the Blightkings have turned out, and obviously with Simon's corking gift :-)

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  10. Ahhhh I do love your Nurgle warriors, really nice mate, really nice

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    1. Cheers Andy. Very much appreciated. Hopefully I can get them on the tabletop soon and in a BatRep.

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  11. Fantastic looking nurgle warrior! Lovely looking cybermen too!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks very much, Iain. Good to get this particular "Age of Sigmar" group finished, and hopefully the Cybermen will be completed soon too.

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  12. O mate, those nurgle brutes look smashing! Long hard road for you to get there, but wow, the finished unit looks amazing.

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    1. Cheers Dai. Very much appreciated from a fellow Nurgle such as yourself. It'll be good to get these guys on the tabletop soon.

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