Monday, 25 June 2018

Maggotkin of Nurgle: 2nd Plaguebearer unit complete

Just a quick post this time. Hot on the heels of the last post I have finished my 2nd unit of Plaguebearers for my Maggotkin of Nurgle army.

There's two champions. One is for the previous unit because I had a bit of  mix up... Doh!


I just thought I'd leave a run down of what I have left to do to complete this force:

  • 1 Poxbringer Herald: Banner, a few details to paint, basing.
  • 20 Plaguebearers: Several details to paint, blood/pus, rust/oxidisation, basing.
  • 9 Nurgling Swarms: Highlights, a few minor details, basing.
  • 6 Plague Drones: Wings to paint, few minor detail washes, rust/oxidisation, basing.

So they're all very near completion now. I'll keep pecking away at them but take breaks to work on other things to keep myself interested/motivated.

I think I want to get back to texturing my Necromunda terrain so I can then see how the sealing went when it comes to priming.

I'm also kind of chomping at the bit to get on with my Assassinorum set... We'll see what I end up doing soon.

Until next time, take care.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Maggotkin of Nurgle: 1st Plaguebearer unit complete


I've had enough of a break from painting now I think, and my pile of constructed hobby projects really knows about it!

So I've gone back to put some work into my Daemons of Nurgle. These were the Plaguebearers I used to first try out my airbrush way back here. I added another ten and the bases have been updated to match my recent Great Unclean One

Much happier with the look of the bases now.

My rotten little friends are starting to look really nice together.

I've updated my current Project Log and will be spending a bit more time getting the rest of the army finished.

I still have 1 Poxbringer Herald, 40 Plaguebearers, 6 Plague drones and 9 Nurgling Swarms for this chunk of the army. Somewhere in the region of 2000+ pts.

They are all literally near the finish post, I just got tired of production line painting the whole army; so I've broken it down to the individual units and will finish one at a time.

At that point I'll be leaving the Daemons alone and possibly starting on another chunk of my Maggotkin army. I've been building them to be stand alone forces that together will give me a large diseased legion.

But what next, when the Daemons are complete? Nurgle Mortals or Clan Pestilens skaven?

Do I take a break from Nurgle and work on something else?

I'm not sure, what do you think?

Well there's plenty of time to think about that, I'm getting back to my next 20 Plageubearers.

Until next time, take care.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Necromunda Underhive Zone Mortalis terrain - pt.1

Shortly after the release of the new Necromunda Underhive, a company called Deathray Designs produced an mdf set of walls/corridors to use on the boards called Deadbolt's Derelict.

I managed to get a set during last years Black Friday sales at a cheaper price, shipping was insane though. But it' is a very nice set and I really wanted that claustrophobic feel to my Necromunda tunnel fighting.

I've been working on the kit a little here and there between other projects and they were finally fully constructed recently and waiting for the paint queue:

These are the corner columns with the holes that anchor all the walls together.

The single wall sections, notice the hooks that lock into the columns above.

The double wall sections, with all sorts of industrial detailing.

I actually broke the very the very last piece I was removing from the frames, it was the only one that didn't separate easily out of the entire set. I'll just hide the damage with a load of rust texture.

I've kept all the refuse from the frames, thought they might come in handy for detailing any scratch built terrain in the future.

I've only had experience working with MDF terrain kits once before. And that just so happened to also be some Necromunda terrain that I made for a local games club.

I remember the MDF being very thirsty on paint and soaking it up like a sponge. I got some advice in the comments back then about sealing the terrain first with a P.V.A/water mix.

But there are an awful lot of fine lines and detail on these kits and I didn't know if the glue mix might fill some of the said detail. So I thought I'd experiment with satin varnish to seal the pieces before priming:

I use this brand of varnish through my airbrush regularly with no problem whatsoever, so I thought I'd give it a try.

First coat of varnish on the pieces upside down to get under the details so I don't miss anywhere.


I'm just letting that first coat dry while I write this, so I can flip them over and give them all a coat from the top.

Once I've made a bit more headway and got the primer down, I'll update and report how the varnish worked as a sealer.

Well... Looks like everything is almost dry now, so going to get back to it.

Until next time, take care.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Great Unclean One, my completed model, construction and inspiration.

So I completed this miniature quite recently as part of my Maggotkin of Nurgle army that is currently in progress (well and 40k too). And it's been shared in various places already I was just waiting until I'd cleaned up the blog before sharing him here.

I got the miniature when it was released and was just completely blown away by it. Just an absolutely wonderful kit to work with.

It just so happened that as I was starting to work on him that Helge Wilhelm Dahl decided to host a Great Unclean One competition over on his awesome blog, so this gave me much impetus to get the project finished with a deadline.

There were a lot of amazing entries, some of which I followed during their construction in various places across the web, take a gander at the gallery of entrants and while you're at it give Helge a follow if you don't already:  GUO Competition Gallery.

As you can see that was a beautiful bunch of miniatures and art showcased there, the winners were announced shortly afterward: GUO Competition Winners.
I didn't place, but it was a wonderful thing to be a part of and two of my favourites did place and very well deserved. 

But I'll stop the ramble, here is my rendition of the Greater Daemon of Nurgle in all his glory, I'll be going into my inspirations and construction after the images:







Monday, 28 May 2018

My first White Dwarf and a Chaos Renegade Terminator Centaur

This post is kind of a follow on from my previous one about hobby motivation.

A while back I found myself tired of all the projects I was working on at the time. I was still very much wanting to do something hobby related, just not on anything I already had on the go.

So I decided to treat myself to another quick fun hobby project while my creative drive was buzzing.

I found myself flipping through art books and old magazines for a bit of inspiration, when I happened upon my very first issue of White Dwarf magazine.


Issue 123, March 1990. I do love this issue still, it really was one of the things that pulled me deeper and interested in the miniatures hobby after the release of Heroquest the preceding year. I recognised the Games Workshop logo on the magazine when I was in the newsagents at the bus station. My Grandfather bought me it to keep me occupied during the journey and long wait times.

I was spellbound, Orcs and Goblins, Space Marines, Titan Legions, Waaagh the Orks! This issue probably has a lot to do with my big love of Greenskins. And more importantly there were some absolutely fantastic full colour pages of peoples miniatures that I just couldn't stop poring over.

I may have to write another article that is a complete review of this issue and the wonderful colour pages that enthralled so very much as a child and stayed with me.

but probably most significant to this post, it was the first time I'd ever encountered a word that really stuck with me... Conversion.


This post is regarding specifically the one in the image above. A Chaos Terminator Centaur conversion by Nick Reynolds. I'd always loved it and over the years I'd always wanted to make my own. But for one reason or another I never had.

This was perfect for a quick little project, to finally recreate my own version of a much loved conversion from my youth. Not an exact copy, but something inspired by the concept.

And here's what I managed to do:




When all said and done I really enjoyed this quick project and he lives in my cabinet at the moment. I've not really had any ideas about using him in game.

I'm really happy with how the textures on the armour turned out, the battered leather and the look and colour of the base. I wasn't completely happy with how the sword turned out, but hey. It's all the process. I made this as a bit of fun and overall it came out pretty much how I imagined it, so I'm still happy with the final result.

Until next time, take care.