Squaduary 2018 Wrap-Up

Plaguebearers of Nurgle and Wolves

I’d never heard of Squaduary until Westrider mentioned it was a thing in the comments of my post discussing Community Painting Challenges for this year. Since I planned on trying to paint all of my metal Plaguebeaers after finding a stash of 27 of them in my Great Unclean One’s box late last year (with the actual GUO nowhere to be seen), I decided to join in. After all, I planned on painting the things anyway, and so that part was easy – and if the challenge could help to motivate me to get them all done in that time frame, so much the better. So over the course of the month, I managed to get all of the Plaguebearers done, a batch at a time. I’m not sure if Squaduary helped motivate me to get these done, but it certainly didn’t hurt.

I also had a bunch of wolves from various sources that I’d gathered together, and they had been kicking around for ages, getting in the way and generally being annoying. Since models with fur are relatively easy, and Squaduary is a “start-to-finish” type challenge, I decided to try my hand at them as well. Finishing them off a few days ago, after all of the Plaguebearers. For these, I can definitely credit Squaduary for motivating me to get them done.

So my total Squaduary models come to 27 Plaguebearers, plus 9 wolves. 36 models, so not too shabby.

With three (work) days left in February, and half of a Sunday (yes, I’m writing this blog post before the day it goes up and throwing it into the auto-post queue!), It’s time to see what else I can manage to complete for Alex’s Fembruary, and my own Neglected Model February. Now if only I could find my Vallejo Light Grey Wash…

Necromunda! – Escher Leader & Heavy updated (Fembruary Painting Challenge 2018)

Last November, with the release of the new edition of Necromunda imminent, I dug out some of my old gangers with a mind to updating some and completing others. Well, like so many projects, stuff happens and they get put to the side. The same thing happened with my planned completion of my 3rd Edition Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team (maybe I should add them to the list for next month’s challenge?)

Anyway, while these figures have stayed within the dozen or so figures in my “do these next” section, they’ve kept getting overtaken by queue jumpers of all description, so now I’ve finally gotten at least the first two of five done, due mostly to Alex’s Fembruary challenge.

Both of these figures are 1st Edition Necromunda Escher Heavies. I simply weapon-and-backpack-swapped the pair of them, since in 1st Edition Necromunda, leaders could have a plasma gun and I needed a figure to represent that. As a bonus, the “Heavy stubber” model featured braids, which resembled Susan Veraghen, who was a truly kick-ass warrior in the Grendel: War Child mini-series, as well as in some of the subsequent stories told in issues of Grendel Tales.

For my Necromunda gang, she was renamed Zarina Veraghen, and was my gang leader. Not Escher, though. My gang of those days was called “Grendel” and was composed of both male and female figures. I used different gang templates over different campaigns (and only Van Saar once or twice, despite “Techno!”)

The other heavy with mask remained a heavy, and was used simply with the Heavy Stubber, which I tended to use as my starting heavy weapon – I think, it’s been awhile!

I’ve always been happy with how the heavy came out. I think she’s a good example of having the tiger-striping on the leggings turn out well.

She’s also a good example of tattoos having turned out quite well. If I were doing them today, I’d have mixed in a bit of flesh to give them that sub-dermal look, but since I’m already happy with them I decided not to mess with it when bringing these two models up to date. I guess her tatts have been recently touched-up.

Really, this pair are very much the same as in their original state as far as the paint goes. New bases for the new generation, and a little bit of touch-up here and there is all it took.

 

 

If painting them from scratch today, I’d have probably toned down the brightness levels on some of their accoutrements, but I think they still work well enough today, despite being a little garish.

But, you know, new figures painted from scratch, and those finished from a half-done point will probably not have all of the primary colours on them so prominently. Probably.

And here’s the four of them together. Skittles, anyone?

Who Let The Do- Oh, wait. I’ve used that joke twice now. Here are some Wolves. (#Squaduary 2018)

So here we have a bunch of wolves that have been sitting around since roughly forever, that Squaduary finally motivated me to git’r’done. (That’s a word, right?) I’m not going to try to claim this one as a Fembruary post, though.

These wolves come from at least three manufacturers, and possibly up to four or five. Like a dumbass, I didn’t take proper note of what was stamped in their bases before gluing them down to the Warlord Games pill bases. I think some are either Ral Partha or RAFM. Or perhaps both? And possibly some of them once belonged to a non-citadel goblin chariot of some description.

They’re painted quite simply, and unlike on Conan’s wolves, I didn’t go all-out on trying to make their fur layers stand out, or mixing in of brown into the greys, or a lot of facial markings.

There are definitely at least a couple of different sculptors’ work here, even before we get the the final two (more interesting) wolves. I seem to have forgotten to photograph one of them in a glamour shot. Ah well. It’s still in the group shot.

These two are the ones with a bit more story. The finely detailed wolf is a Mithril Miniatures Warg that I purchased back in the early 1990’s. I wanted to use this more impressive wolf for a goblin hero riding a wolf. From back when Warhammer heroes and warlords and generals rode pretty much the same beasts as their troops did. Clearly, that particular kitbash model never got completed.

The rough-as-guts wolf with the cartoony snout is one of the few remaining models that I still have from my brother’s collection. It’s a Warg from Minifigs’s Lord of the Rings line. It’s a Large Wolf from Minifigs Mythical Earth line. So this figure dates back from 1977.

Finally, a size comparison shot, so these wolves can be seen alongside a Conan Wolf, a Space Wolf Wolf, and a Space Marine. These wolves will mix pretty easily into any game that needs wolves really. From fantasy to historicals to role-playing. Maybe even Space Wolves something something. I’ll probably make them a MDF unit base or two for Kings of War, though I haven’t played that game in an age now.

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #9: 3rd Wave Plaguebearers (Again!) (2001) 3rd Wave Plaguebearer Command (2007). #Squaduary Painting Challenge Success. #Fembruary Painting Challenge Success.

3.5 Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle Command 2007

If you’re sick of Plaguebearer posts, you’re not alone. I’m sick of them myself. The good news then is that this post represents the last of all my metal Plaguebearers painted and completed. Sure, I’ve got a ton of plastics to paint up at some stage, but since I ain’t touching my plastic kits until ALL of the older metal is done, we have a reprieve.

2nd Wave Plaguebearer of Nurgle 1995/6, 3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001

2nd Wave Plaguebearer of Nurgle 1995/6, 3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001

I’m sure they’ll still feature in some other posts. I should do an “Nurgle Daemon Army-so-far” post sometime soon and I’ll do a personal Squaduary wrap-up in the next few days, though I still need to put the final, finishing touches on the Wolfpack first. I’ll do the same for Fembruary, though that will be closer to the end of the month, or even the first weekend in March, since the month ends on a Wednesday and then I’ll need a few days to photograph and then write up a blog post. And of course, there will be my final February wrap-up post encompassing everything I got finished this month, but after that I can only see them turning up in batreps or subsequent “Nurgle Daemon Army-so-far” posts as the force continues to build up.

Realm of Chaos Lost and the Damned Original Oldhammer Plaguebearers Kev Adams, 1991, 2nd Wave Plaguebearers of Nurgle 1995/6, 3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001, 3.5 Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle Command 2007

Here they are, united with the original batches of “green” Plaguebearers.

 

 

C18 Night Horror: Medusa (1987) #Fembruary Painting Challenge Success (Again)

C18 Night Horror: Medusa.

Today’s model is an old figure from a classic range, rather than a classic figure in it’s own right. Released in 1987, I don’t even remember how I ended up with this model, so I’m going to assume that it either came in a Night Horrors Blister with other figures I liked enough to grab the pack, or perhaps I picked it up secondhand from Dave.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

Yeah, dark brown would definitely have been a better choice of wash.

Either way, it got an unfinished simple paintjob years ago, and was taken out of a figure case sometime in the last ..year? Or two. Anyway. While I was looking for another figure yesterday, I found this thing in there. Because Fembruary, I decided to grab it out and make myself finish the thing off.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

Alongside a couple of other old-school Night Horror miniatures.

Once I had it on my desk, I remembered why he thing never got finished. I didn’t know how to paint the robe and …towel. Belt. Thing. This was largely because the details show it to be haggard and damaged throughout, and especially on the hem. After a little bit of thought, I decided to go Greek with it, because Medusa, and paint it with a nice red that would contrast well with the green of her hair-snakes, and a pale yellow for the towel-belt. Add a Greek Key (or Meander) to the hem, and then a black wash to grubby the thing up. On reflection, maybe a dark brown would have been better, but c’est la vie. It’s not an important enough figure to go back and “fix” by repainting yet again.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

And alongside a couple of other figures that will make up the Mythical Greeks.

So now it’s done. It’s not a model I particularly like, but it’s done, finished painted. It fits both Fembruary and Neglected February, and without at lease one of those (probably both, let’s face it) it would still be clogging up space in a tub. Now it can clog up space on a shelf in the War Room instead. She can be used in Fantasy RPGs or in that Mythical Greek Army that is a slow-burn project.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

Bonus Size Comparison photo, featuring SPEHSS MARINE.

Squad: March! Painting Challenge 2018

With a week left of February and (at least) three paint challenges running concurrently (Fembruary, Squaduary, and Neglected Model February), I thought it time to flag my paint challenge plans for next month. I’m calling it “Squad: March!” in the fine tradition of NCOs and officers bellowing at their charges on the parade ground.

The objective, fine reader, is simply to complete a squad or unit. Now, I’m being a little more specific than on some previous challenges – we’re looking at troops of some kind here. Not 40k’s narrow and specific definition of troops versus elites versus fast attach, etc – but a unit containing at least three members. So no Dreadnoughts or Heroes or Greater Daemons or Tanks this time.

Of course, I’ll happily allow exceptions, so if you’re the sort that thinks big, and you want to complete a Zug of Panzers, or a Maniple of Battle-Automata, or a Contemptor Talon, then sure – go for it!

Probably the biggest distinction between this challenge and ones like Squaduary are that I only care about you completing these units. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that squad during Squaduary, or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months, or if you’ve got units that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. If you have a squad of five figures and two are complete while the other three are bare plastic or metal, that’s fine too. It’s about completing units. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration for people.

Since this March Painting challenge is a “minor” one, like February’s – I won’t be posting updates over the month on it. I’ll likely do a round-up of all the participants I’m aware of just after the end of the month, though. If anyone is wondering why this comes on the heels of Squaduary, it’s because I had planned on doing squads in March before I knew Squaduary was a thing, and I ain’t changing my plans.

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a week for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in March! 😉

 

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #8: More 3rd Wave Plaguebearers (2001) 3rd Wave Plaguebearer Command (2007). #Squaduary Painting Challenge Success (Again). #Fembruary Painting Challenge Success (Again).

 

2nd Wave Plaguebearers of Nurgle 1995/6, 3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001, 3.5 Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle Command 2007

Okay. We’ve had the Green Plaguebearers and the Tan Plaguebearers, it’s time for the Brown Plaguebearers. As with the last Plaguebearer post last week, the batch is made up of a mixture of the 3rd wave metals, with a couple of 2nd wave metals, and the shitty 2007 3.5 wave command trio.

3.5 Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle Command 2007

3.5 Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle Command 2007

I already shared my opinion on these in the last Plaguebearer post. Suffice to say, if you think these look okay, then I’ve managed to successfully slightly polish a trio of turds. That and we’re looking at them from their most favourable angles here. The pointing finger was missing from the Champion/Plagueridden, so I used a “bone axe” hand from a Shieldwolf Mountain Orc as a replacement.

3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001, Aly Morrison

3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001, Aly Morrison

Since posting up the previous batch of Plaguebearers, I’ve found that not only did Aly Morrison sculpt these 3rd Wave models (which are a mixed bag – my favourite three are above) and those embarrassingly awful abominations of a command group, but he also sculpted the original Great Unclean One, which stands as a timeless classic (to me, anyway). Talk about an uneven resume.

2nd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 1996, Aly Morrison/Colin Dixon

2nd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 1996, Aly Morrison/Colin Dixon

Here’s a pair of 2nd Wave Plaguebearers. I never liked these compared to the originals, or even the 3rd wave models. They always struck me as a series of unnecessary resculpts. In that they looked quite close to the originals, while still being noticeably inferior. I always assumed their main reason for existence was because Kev Adams had moved on (or been moved on?) from GW. Not sure if that’s true or not, but this range still seems to me to be one of the more redundant series of models ever released. Sculpts are by either Aly Morrison, Colin Dixon, or both, depending on where you look, as I’ve found them both individually credited for this range as well as “and-credited” for this range.

3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001, Aly Morrison

3rd Wave Warhammer Plaguebearers of Nurgle 2001, Aly Morrison

I ended up with an awful lot of that hunched-over Plaguebearer, so here’s a pair in brown along with a friend. The overall palette and techniques for these guys was pretty much identical to the tan and the green, just with a different base colour, hightlight and shade for the core flesh. The discolourations, tentacles, horns, bone, wounds, etc were all done in the exact same way, which will unify them nicely with their fellows I think.

As with the last set of Plaguebearers I painted, I’ll call this another completed submission for Alex’ Fembruary Painting Challenge 2018 as well as the Squaduary Painting Challenge. I’ve still got a few more Plaguebearers to show (I finished them concurrently with these ones), so now I can shift painting gears a little and try to finish some other models before the month ticks out. I’ve still got that pack of 9 wolves that I’d like to complete for Squaduary, as well as the Dark Elf Sorceress and the Escher to complete for a more traditional set of models for Fembruary.

And then there’s the two Ork Nobs that are all I need to complete their two Mobs.

Of course, the “to paint” list is endless, but it’s good to have the next few targets decided on…