Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #12: Shadows of Brimstone Burrower as Giant Chaos Spawn (Monster March ’18)

I took a hard left turn in my participation on the Monster March painting challenge this month. When I got sick two weeks ago, I found that I was unable to paint fine details to the standard that I hold myself to, so that put the kibosh on getting the Terminator Squad I’ve been working on finished. I also found that shading all of those god-damned bones on the Reaper Bone Giant and the Dracoliche was just not gonna happen.

So I took a different road. I had ordered some extra-large bases from Reaper Miniatures, and they finally arrived in the middle of the month. Also recently, my mate Carlo had done some gluing and puttying on a few kits for me, and the Burrower from Shadows of Brimstone was one of them. It’s not an amazing model by any account, but I looked at it and the complete lack of fine, fiddly details on the model, and as I now had the large bases, I decided to try and paint the thing for Monster March.

I went with a colour scheme inspired by the Nurgle models that I’ve been painting over the last couple of months, with the idea that I could also use it as something in my Nurgle Daemon army – the Giant Chaos Spawn profile from the Forgeworld Chaos Index for 8th Edition 40k fitting the bill quite nicely. I’m sure there’s something big and gigantic I could fill in the stats for in AoS and KoW and a dozen other games as well.

The figure itself was a matter of basecoats followed by a series of drybrushes, washes, picking out of those little bumps across the whole model and some veinage on the tentacles, and stippling in various locations to try and give it at least sort of a natural look. Matt varnish on the base and body, satin on the “teeth” and gloss on the tentacles.

Paint was started last weekend (the WIP photo was last Saturday), and I’ve just done a little bit here and there when I could after work. Luckily the model is simple enough that I got the whole thing done in less than a week.

As you can see here, the model is pretty big. Giant Chaos Spawn, indeed! I have to thank Swordmaster for running this challenge. Although I failed miserably at completing the two models I wanted to finish (because I got sick!), I still managed to get motivated enough to paint a model that could have sat there unpainted for a bloody long time.

I also have another figure that I’d been working on to mount on one of the large bases. Today is the 30th of March. Let’s see if I can finish that one for Monster March as well. Will I get it done in time or will this stubborn chest infection, Assassins Creed: Origins and the newly-arrived Far Cry 5 prevent me from doing so? Tune in tomorrow and find out!

Shagrat, Mordor Black Uruk Commander and Mordor Uruk Banner – Lord of the Rings: SBG

Shagrat, Mordor Black Uruk Commander and Mordor Uruk Banner - Lord of the Rings: SBG

Convoluted enough post title for you? It should actually be worse, since the character of Shagrat should really be called Gorbag if we were going by their actions in the books, and then they should both be Black Uruks of Mordor, and – you know what? Never mind all that for now. Let’s just talk about the toy soldiers instead.

So, Shagrat is the one with the heavy armour, shield and sword. He’s also the one pointing, with Frodo’s Mithril shirt. Waitwat? Well, when GW initially released Gorbag and Shagrat (that sounds so dodgy, doesn’t it?) they were doing figures based very much off the films, and so Shagrat got the coat and a pointing pose – probably telling his underlings to kill Gorbag, come to think of it. Later on, when GW changed their focus from being more about the films to being more about selling wargames figures for wargaming, they decided that Shagrat didn’t look war-ish enough, and kitted him out with what they decided was Black Uruk Captain’s gear. No idea why their painted version of him is blonde, though. That’s just weird.

Shagrat, Mordor Black Uruk Commander and Mordor Uruk Banner - Lord of the Rings: SBG

The other model here is a regular Black Uruk, which I had too many dupes of and so converted into a banner bearer using one of the spare plastic banners from either the Chaos Beastmen or Marauders (I’ve got both in the same storage tub). The skulls are pretty oversized, but then I’d say they’re clearly not from humans, and must be from …Half-Trolls. Or something. Not human, though, right?

Shagrat, Mordor Black Uruk Commander, Mordor Black Uruk-Hai Banner, Mordor Uruk-Hai - Lord of the Rings: SBG

These three were painted pretty much alongside the rest of the Black Uruks for the most part, just separated out a little at the end and completed last so they could have their little extra bits picked out nicely enough. Two commanders and a banner is probably command overkill, and while I’d like to get that last figure from “Mordor Uruk-Hai 2” blister, I don’t know if I can face painting any more of these guys. Even though they’d be a good idea, thematically…

Mordor Black Uruk-Hai – Lord of the Rings: SBG (Squad: March ’18)

Mordor Black Uruk-Hai - Lord of the Rings: SBG

Another group of Uruks. This time, they’re of the Mordor variety. I’ve got a ton of Isengard Uruk-Hai, bu only a small number of Mordor’s Black Uruks. I guess that’s what happens when one type is available in an affordable plastic kit while the other is only available in metal with a very limited number of sculpts (3!) for the first several years.

Mordor Black Uruk-Hai - Lord of the Rings: SBG

I’ve seen some nice work online on these sculpts featuring a lot of browns, but I wanted to keep my own Black Uruks more literal and stick with black-greys, just using brown as a weathering colour and for the spots of fur on a couple of the models. It also lets the weathered, slightly rusted metal of their armour pieces stand out a little more and not look like they’re also made of leather. Their flesh is painted simply, using a bluish shade of grey inspired by the films and also to help distinguish their skin from their wargear. I wanted their eyes to look particularly dark, so just a glint of white reflection on a black base, rather than the usual outline-whites-pupils thing that we do.

Mordor Black Uruk-Hai - Lord of the Rings: SBG

I only gave three of the models shields, which are an option in SBG. In games we’ll either consider them uniformly equipped with or without the shields or play WSIWYG. More important to me was to make the duplicated models a little more unique where possible – not always easy when dealing with multiples of metal sculpts. The Mordor shields of the eye are pressmoulds of the shields from Citadel’s ME-44 Uruk-Hai models from their original Lord of the Rings range from the 1980’s. I painted the eye icons in the usual metallic way, then painted the red quite roughly on them, leaving some metal showing due to paint chips and indifferent paintwork by the Uruk troops.

Mordor Black Uruk-Hai - Lord of the Rings: SBG

Ten in total. One solid unit of Black Uruks for a Mordor force in Lord of the Rings games

Scifi Heresy Girls – Miniature Set: Heresylab Kickstarter

I try to avoid pimping Kickstarters on my blog, but I’ll make a rare exception for this one. I stumbled onto this one about a week or so ago (translation: I can’t remember how I found it) It might have been while browsing the three Kislev teams that are all running at once that the “you might be interested in this” thing they have on KS. Anyway, there’s an endless stream of small producer, self-published small sets of figures campaigns running all the bloody time. There are also a lot of “Sexy ladies of not-40k type campaigns” – again, which I’m almost universally happy to ignore, but this one stood out to me.

Sorry, the render pic is one giant image.

Anyway, what stood out to me on this campaign is the …well, not a total absence of battle bikinis, but the fact that the models have a nice variety to them. There are different body types represented, there are quite a few figures with “that’s clearly armour” covering their décolletage, and a few that through the clever positioning of collars could easily be painted as clothing, armour or bare skin, depending on your personal inclination. I like that. We’re not talking Wargame Exclusive here.

The campaign is also offering pretty good value at present, with the sweet spot being pretty cheap for 14 models, and the fact that you can choose the models you like. Which means you can skip any that you don’t like for whatever reason. I’ll be skipping the flying guns-akimbo Commissar because the post looks stupid to me, but probably picking up the rest. The creator is also offering to allow the purchase of the STL files for personal use, which is an interesting twist on things.

There are also quite a few stretch goal models unlocked, and frankly, I like the idea of being able to easily run things like some female assassins from temples not called Callidus.

Hopefully it’s obvious, but I feel that I should point out that I have no affiliation with the creators, I don’t know them nor have they offered me anything to mention them here. I’m mentioning them here because I like the look of the models, and Heresy Lab seems like they can use any exposure they can get as they’re clearly not as well known as other up-and-comers like Bad Squiddo (who hardly needs me to mention her!) I’m down for a buck at the moment, and will most go in for a Level 10 on payday, probably 2x Level 10 via the PM so I can get 1 each of the models I like with a couple of dupes and a big maybe on the STL files. I don’t actually have a 3d printer, but I’m sure I will one day. I’m going to see how information on shipping, etc pans out before I go all-in, though.

It’s also worth pointing out that the campaign page says it will be delivering in May. That’s clearly some kind of dream as you’ll appreciate if you have any experience with Kickstarter. A safer expectation is to hope that it delivers before Christmas. I’m not even being mean or sarcastic there in the slightest. Just realistic.

Anyway, if these seem interesting, check out the campaign. It concludes in just over 84 hours.


WAAAAGH! Pt.14: The other 40k Ork Nob Complete = Boyz Mob #2 Complete (Squad: March ’18)

40k Space Ork Nob

While it might seem cheaty to finish a single model and call it another squad complete, that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. Mostly because finishing this Ork Nob does indeed finish off another Mob of my Orks. I left him and his mate from a week or so ago to paint last – after I completed all of Da Boyz, because I wanted to do a little bit extra on them – and painting these metal Nobz to lead them would serve as my reward for slogging through the plastic boyz.

40k Space Ork Nob

I may have combined the two of them into a single post, but when my camera’s battery ran out, it put paid to that, as I didn’t get it charged and more importantly back out to take photos again for a few days. I’m good with that regardless, as it let me focus on this guy a little more in the photos.

40k Space Ork Nob

As with the previous Nob, some coloured washes on his armour plates and choppa to suggest heat discolouration when it was being forged (or beaten into shape!) as well as the Blood Axe-ish camo clothing and the tusks and horns on his helm painted in bone rather than silver (which just didn’t work well).

40k Space Ork Nob

Hm. I need to go and grab the model to check what’s going on with that spot of white underneath that toof on his armband. (Later: It was a spot of paint. Fixed now!)

For something a bit different on this guy, I took the opportunity to experiment with some rust discolouration effects on white-painted metal. Not a terrible start for a first try, I’d hope you agree? I might try incorporating some crackle medium next time I try it and see how well that works. When I get working properly on Ork vehicles and walkers, there should be plenty of opportunities to keep playing with these techniques.

Space Ork Boyz Mob

And a shot of him with his minions. This leaves …not too much more to complete this first Ork force from 2005. Just the Warboss, and a herd of Grotz. I used the GorkaMorka Snotling models, so we’ll see just how painful they turn out to be, as they’ll all have to be rebased in this “cracked earth” style before being finally completed. I’m guessing, pretty painful. Once that’s done, I’ll do an army shot. I can probably force myself to complete the Warboss during Neglected May, and the Grotz for Squad: June…


Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad (Squad: March ’18)

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Here’s another squad, finally completed. I dug these guys out of a figure case several months ago and have been slowly plugging away at them pretty much ever since. I’d completed them except for the Jump Packs in January, so with the squad-based focus this month, I was able to get motivated to finally finish them off!

My Flesh Tearers take a few deviations from the official scheme. This is because these models were initially planned to represent an option for me to use them as either a Blood Angels successor chapter, or as a models that could be used in a Khornare/World Eaters Chaos Marine force (probably as Khornate Raptors). The models are built from a mixture of what was readily available back in that 2005-2008 time period, so Tactical Marine, Assault Marine and Khorne Berserker parts. I think they work just as well (or better) with the black chest and bone aquila.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

The skull-helmet is a Khorne berserker helm with the “bunny ears” trimmed off. The bare head is the one with the canines, that I figured would work well enough for a non-Blood-Angels-handsome vampire or a chaos marine. The Power fist is from the 2nd Edition chaos close combat sprue. The loyalist purity seals were added later.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

This squad all feature metal “Death Company” shoulder pads from the 2nd edition metal box set from the Codex: Angels of Death release in 1996, so I’d had them for quite some time before this. When I originally planned this dual-use force out in 2005 or 2006 or whenever it was, I wanted to use metal shoulder pads for chapter icons, in much the way I’m now using 3D-printed icons. Because I value consistency for Marine models. The Saltire (cross) on the pads was to be part of the Chapter Icon, rather than something to represent the Death Company. These guys got the saltire with skull, another squad type would get saltire-only, another squad type would get skull -only. Of course, in the intervening decade, I’ve forgotten the entire system I had worked out, so I’m simply calling the Saltire-with-Skull an “Assault” designation.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Despite the use of Melta Guns being (briefly) removed as an option for Blood Angels in the 8th Edition index, they’re back in the new Codex, so they’re legal again. (I’d have just used them anyway.) I had some fun with the barrels experimenting with a nice heat discolouration look on the barrels.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Another change from the initial models was a change to their Jump Packs. With new products available, I swapped out the original “two thruster” backpacks with these ones which tie them in more strongly with many of the Blood Angels models – particularly the Sanguinary Guard.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Chainaxes obviously have no standard place in a Blood Angels force, though they’re very much a weapon that is in character for the Flesh Tearers. In friendly games, I’ll just use the stats taken from the Khorne Berserker entry, and should it ever be an issue, they can just be fancy-looking chainswords instead.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

The eventual plan for the Flesh Tearers is for them to be combined with the “proper” Blood Angels as a combined Sons of Sanguinius army. I’m going to completely ignore GW’s rather arbitrary rules on which heroes can influence which troops and eventually paint all of my metal BA characters in their own livery – as well as Gabriel Seth – and simply use them together as one. In the meantime, I do want to get the Flesh Tearers to a 2+1 stage on their own before doing the same with the Blood Angels, and them combining the two. I’ve got a Rhino/Razorback in progress that I picked up off Nerdfest on Dakka, and also a hero in progress. So hopefully those both get finished in the next couple of months so I can then begin on the second FT squad (Tactical, probably) and then take it from there!

Assembly April: Monthly Hobby Challenge

Diorama created by Michal Tafil. More of his work can be found at

Something a bit different this next month for anyone who cares about these things. Not actually a painting challenge this time – the “theme” of April’s hobby challenge is to build or assemble something. For quite a few of you, this is like second nature, for others (aka me) it’s something I rarely get around to doing much of, since I seem to always be trying to finish off the painting of older models, painting one-piece casts, or working on models that have very little assembly/creativity to them, like building a few Space Marines.

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Here are some examples:

  • Build a large kit that’s been sitting around, taking up space for ages. That Dreamforge Leviathan, that Baneblade, that Big Bertha, that Promethium Refinery. (Yep, scenery/terrain is fine!)
  • Kitbash or convert a larger model for an army centrepiece or your mantelpiece.
  • Copy I mean be inspired by another hobbyist’s work and create your own version of something you’ve seen online.
  • Kitbash a cool trooper, or hero, or commander.
  • Finally crack open that Start Collecting!/game-with-models/boxed set/ancient blister pack/zip-lock baggie from eBay that has been sitting around forever and assemble (at least some of) the stuff inside.
  • Create a diorama. (Obviously doesn’t need to have all the painting completed or be fully assembled!)

Too many boxed kits. Possibly.

For those of you for which assembling or kitbashing stuff is second nature and also have some time off for Easter that’s not already pre-filled with commitments, you might want to consider a stretch from what you usually do. Or not. Just a thought. 😉

As always, the open and flexible nature of this thing is designed to fit in with a lot of people might be doing or thinking about anyway – and just give that extra boost of motivation.


I hope to build at least one “inspired by” figure as a hero for one of my armies and also assemble something of decent/centrepiece size that’s either made of resin or plastic that’s been sitting around here for long enough to become annoying. Ideally one each of both resin and plastic, but you know how it goes. But yeah, I’ll personally be happy if I get 2-3 builds done. It’s not supposed to be a chore, after all!

Upcoming Challenges: 

May will be completing Neglected Models again.

June will be finishing Squads/Units again.

July will be paint a centrepiece/cool big thing. Maybe the thing that you assemble in April? 😉