Monday, 27 August 2018

Nurgle Is A Perversely Paternal God..."

"...Generous with his foul gifts and proud of his worshippers' every disgusting achievement."
These two tiny 28mm scale Nurglings are by "Games Workshop" and can be found inside the company's Plaguebearers of Nurgle boxed set for "Age Of Sigmar". Ordinarily, these little solitary chaps don't actually serve any purpose as part of the tabletop wargame, except as simple scenic adornments upon the bases of my other Nurgle units. However, I've previously felt that they'd make 'cute' thematic damage markers for some of my Plague Lord Host's larger creatures, such as my Putrid Blightkings or Rotbringer's Sorcerer, so resultantly decided to paint-up another pair in order to (once again) re-familiarise myself with the palette I employ when usually pigmenting my Maggotkin of Nurgle.

Initially given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki, the lesser daemons were washed with “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green and dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki. I then ‘picked out’ any spilling guts or innards with a combination of Squid Pink and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. In addition, I applied some "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to the pair's horns, and some "Vallejo" Dead White and Heavy Red to their teeth and eyes respectively. I also applied a little Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter" to their bodies in order to create a little extra shadow and blended this in with a superficial dry-brush of (even more) “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki.
The Stix Brothers WIPs - The "ice-hearted killers" are almost ready for their shades to be applied
The release of the new edition of "Warhammer Age of Sigmar" has really captured my imagination, to the point where I'm now planning on participating in the official Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Doubles Tournament at Warhammer World towards the end of next year. This "classic event" will be an entirely new experience for me, as I've never played Matched Play or Pitched Battles before, but have been somewhat pleased to discover that in line with the new point costs found within the General's Handbook 2018, I already have more than enough painted Nurgle units to field the required 1000 point force, including my favourite spell the Balewind Vortex.

However, what I do lack is an understanding of the new rules, especially the changes to Summoning, the Magic System, and Command Abilities, so expect plenty of future battle reports, after action write-ups and of course extra models for both my ever-expanding Nurgle Host and its numerous enemies, like Khorne. I'm also hoping to assemble and 'field' a few other Vanguard-sized armies over the next twelve months which are currently still cellophaned up and gathering dust upon my shelves, such as the Stormcast, Death, Beastmen, Sea Aelves and Kharadron Overlords...
Resistance Fighters WIPs - The Soviet-influenced models have been assembled, based and primed
Of course, that doesn't mean I haven't been working on this month's mini-project to paint the three models found within the "Warlord Games" Stix Brothers expansion box for their "Strontium Dog" skirmish game. Despite their rather uninspiring static poses, my two remaining cloned Search/Destroy agents are almost ready for shading and highlighting. A good job too, as the Nottingham-based manufacturer has just released even more figures of the "2000 A.D." comic book-based body hunters, including my favourite "unsavoury aliens" Darkus and his Howler henchmen.

Lastly, I have discovered some wonderfully characterful Resistance Fighters by "Statuesque Miniatures". I'm planning on using the heavily-armed ladies for a 'Ghost In The Shell/Terminator' mash-up of some kind, and strongly influenced by the Soviet's uniforms during World War Two, I have already started applying a few base coats to the first four of my soldiers.

14 comments:

  1. Those Nurglings are great. Such characterful sculpt with a lovely paint job. I think they are ace, great job! A tournament? What cool have you roped into doing that? Great progress on the Stix, they look good. The cyberpunk minis look very interesting too, can't wait to see what they turn out like. Nice read.

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    1. Thanks very much, Undercoat. Good to get the little tykes finished and off my painting table, and so begins a big push into the world of "Age Of Sigmar". Hoping to get the Stix Brothers real soon, and then its time for a spot of Dungeon Saga'Tember with Roger and Keith. Hoping to get the Cyberpunk minis finished too as well ;-)

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  2. YOU at a tournament!? Honestly never thought I'd read you describing as such. Well, good. Bring death to those Sigmarite scum.

    The little Nurglings are very cool and a nice idea to use the extra bodies.

    Ghost in the Shell/Terminator mash-up sounds hectic and fun!

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    1. Cheers Dai. I'm rather looking forward to it tbh - five games over a weekend and hopefully plenty of fun to be had too. Spookily, I'm probably thinking of going with a Death-related force for the tournament, but to begin with I want to stick with my trusted Nurgle and get to grips with the new rules using a familiar force... Plus, the Ghost In The Shell/Terminator mash-up should prove a bit of a distraction.

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  3. Keep up the good work on the Stix Brothers. They're not that hard to paint. I'm really loving those four Statuesque Miniatures Resistance Fighters and they're high on my shopping list.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I'm not finding the Stix Brothers poses to be particularly inspiring sadly, but they should be finished soon, and I certainly recommend the Resistance Fighters. Marvellous sculpts.

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  4. I always rather liked the little Nurglings, even thought the rest of the Nurgle stuff left me pretty cold, the Styx are coming along nicely too, though I agree about the poses. I am very impressed with the Statuesque ladies though, they do some beautiful miniatures. So you weren't tempted by the Warlord sale to pick up the "official" Terminator game for a tenner then? Sadly I succumbed and have that, the Pirate boardgame and The "G of A" dice game coming though the post soon I hope.

    I blame you of course! :-)

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. LOL Roger. With the exception of “Warlord Games” - “Doctor Who”, “Strontium Dog” and “BtGoA”, I’m actually going to try and stick to just some of “Games Workshop” AoS and WH40K releases for the foreseeable future, so no I didn’t go for the Terminator game; albeit I hear the rules are very good apparently.

      The “Statuesque Miniatures” purchase was somewhat impulsive, but I immediately thought of the Ghost in A Shell implications of many of the minis, and felt they were something different to what I usually paint.

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  5. Great work on the nurglings Simon, the Styx are coming along nicely and nice start on the resistance fighters

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    1. Thanks Dave. Simple stuff for the Nurglings, and the Stix Brothers tbh, but the Resistance Fighters will take a little work with all their straps and delicate details.

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  6. Hi Simon you are just so prolific I can't keep up. I enjoyed the start of your last game but will we get more? The Styx brothers are very static poses but presumably that's how the characters are, you've made a good job of the previous one so these should look good when finished.
    I'm a big fan of the Statuesque minis, they are all very well sculpted and I'll be interested to see how you paint them.

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    1. Cheers Vagabond. I do like to paint a good 9-10 minis a month if I can. Part 2 of my “Howling Commandos Of SHIELD” BatRep will be posted soon, have no fear - I like to give them a week or so in between parts as a rule of thumb.

      The Stix Brothers are now finished and simply need varnishing and their bases flocked, and I have more “Statuesque Miniatures” WIPs to come too :-)

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