Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #3: Trish Morrison’s Great Unclean One (1996-8) Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Part 5

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

This post is doing double-duty. I’d mocked up a draft post for a couple of WIP shots from the same series I took last week, but I’ve been working on the Great Unclean one pretty constantly whenever I have some hobby time, so the model’s been changing apace from the shots I was going to post about.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

I had also planned to post a more general Painting Decembuary update this weekend, but there’s only been one update from the participants regarding it in past week, a rather lovely dreadnought from Tinpotrevolutionary, (go check it out!) so given that, I’m making this post about my own model, and hold off until late next week for the wrap-up Decembuary post.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

So the double duty is for my own Nurgle Daemon army build, and my own entry to Decembuary. You’ll notice the odd years up above. The model has 1996 carved into one foot, yet the model doesn’t show up until the 1998 Citadel catalogue, so my best guess is that it came out in late 1997. I could check old White Dwarves for the exact year/month, but ain’t nobody got time for dat right now.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

The model is fucking busy. There are SO many little buboes, maggots, rot-worms, rents in the skin, pustules and whatnot, and I was determined to do a job on it that I’d be satisfied with – unlike my fast job on the original GUO that’s always bothered me a little (he’s getting renovated now with a new base). This meant no “wash and done” since I knew it’d just bother me later on.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Given that I really didn’t get much done in December at all because of what happened, I really thought I’d fail to get anything finished this year – let alone this guy, plus my overly-optimistic “stretch goals” of Mamon, maybe Cor’Bax, then onto completing Be’Lakor and maybe even the Marauder Giant. But yeah. Under the circumstances, I managed to finish this guy, and I’m happy with that.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Mounting him raised up on some slate has given his Flail of Skulls the effect of being sort-of swung behind him, off the ground. Anyone familiar with the original model will also notice that his tongue has been swapped out. I hated the original head-on-a-tongue sculpt – not conceptually, but the execution – so I replaced it entirely with a metal tentacle from the original Chaos Spawn model from the 1990s’. I bought a few of them just for the bits, back in the day.

Yeah. This guy was a lot of work, but I’m quite pleased with the final result.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Happy, but not satisfied. Therefore I’ve also restarted work on Mamon, and I’m hoping to have him completed before the end of the month. It’ll be close, either way. I also seem to have misplaced all of my Nurglings. Once they’re located, I’ll paint some up and place them on appropriate models – this model for example, will only get 2nd-gen metal Nurglings.

Oh, there’s now also THIS guy on the horizon. Not for awhile though, as I want to finish all my Nurgle metal and resin before starting on the plastic. When this guy becomes a thing, this old Great Unclean One will probably have to be demoted to Daemon Prince of Nurgle – just as the OG Realm of Chaos GUO will be once he’s rebased. The size discrepancy will just be way too much.

For now, I’m happy to let him lord it over his minions…

Community Painting Challenges for 2018

Leonard the Cat and LPS Bub look to the future of painting challenges.

So as Painting Decembuary seems to have been reasonably successful for those of us participating, I’ve been asked about other challenges. I have an idea that I think manages to keep it simple but hopefully focused enough to keep it interesting for anyone who chooses to participate.

February and March will be small challenges. I may or may not have an initial round-up post at the start of the month and a single wrap-up post for each of these two – but no more than that.

Mega-City One Judge. Adeptus Arbites in Power Armour, RTB01 Marine.

This guy was REALLY neglected. For over a decade.

February will be “Finish a neglected model” month. Simply complete a single model (or more if you want) that you started painting at least 6 months ago, but still sits unfinished.

A game-legal unit of Minotaur Space Marine Devastators wot I finished.

March will be “Finish a legal unit” month. I don’t care if or when you started the unit – or even how many models are in it. Just finish it. It could be 100 goblins or one Space Marine Medic. As long as it’s a legal unit for a game, then it counts.

Example photo from mordian7th.blogspot.com (Mine are in a box in the shed!) Look at all those sprues! Euggggh!

April will be “Assembly-Easter”. Where we celebrate not with chocolate eggs but by assembling something largish that you’ve been putting off for months or longer. I’m sure we’ve all got something like that. Depending on interest, I might do semi-regular updates as with Decembuary.

May and June will probably repeat the “neglected model” and “legal unit” challenges – simple and easily-achievable things that can nonetheless help to motivate us to get some more stuff finished – before another more “Main” Painting challenge in July. We’ll figure that out later, depending on interest – along with anything further through the year.

For a small donation of time this coming month, you can give your neglected models some paint and flock so they can find a new home on your shelf instead of thrown in a box.

If Un-Neglect February strikes your fancy, then start thinking about what poor neglected model(s) you might have hanging around that you might be motivated to pull out of that cabinet, out of that figure case, out of that box, out of that sandwich bag – and get them finally finished off.

The criteria for February: Simply complete a single model (or more if you want) that you started painting at least 6 months ago, but still sits unfinished.

If you’d like to participate, please let me know in the comments here. Or don’t, if you prefer – but I can’t include you in round-ups if I don’t know you’re out there. I’ll do an intro post next week, then post your updates on your own blogs at your own pace. I’ll than do a wrap-up post at the end of next month.