Nurgle’s Children 2019 #19: Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle (Awesome August ’19)

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

It’s been awhile since I posted up any Nurgley Daemonic stuff, but a combination of making myself finish off things and Awesome August helped me to complete this ..erm ..guy?

This ugly creature is the Herald of Nurgle that comes alongside the Forge World Daemon Prince model, aka Mamon Transfigured. A figure that I actually managed to paint, early last year. It may have actually had it’s own name, and probably did, though that’s no doubt deep inside one of the older format Imperial Armour Forge World campaign books which appear to have become a thing of the past for a variety of reasons. (And a great shame, too!)

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

Now that it’s finished and I don’t have to deal with painting, nor compelting it, the Herald is once again a pretty cool model. A right pain in the arse to paint, though. Even though rusty, pus-covered Nurgle stuff should be a doddle to paint, this one was a bit tricksy, not helped by it’s off-balance feel (not the actual weight – it’s resin so weighs fuck-all).

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

The Herald is actually a decent-sized model – that’s a 40mm round base it’s sitting on, though when placed next to Mamon (and especially Mamon-standing-on-rocks), it looks tiny by comparison. As you can see, I attempted to keep the colours somewhat similar – though it’s all still pretty in-keeping with all my Nurgle Daemon stuff…

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

The Herald is even carrying a couple of little pets – a pair of Nurglings! You can also see the usual Nurgle effects from this angle – open wounds, pustules, maggots, a slime trail.. all that good stuff.

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

Yeah, a fiddly model as far as the Nurgle stuff goes, as I said – but now finished, and while I still find the unbalanced narture of the sculpt, and how it makes the model sit on its base a little disconcerting, I’m happy with the completed product – so all good. Or good enough!

Oh, I mean, Awesome! 😉

WAAAAGH! Pt.16: Gretchin Grot Loaders/Splatta Kannon crew (Alan Perry, 1994?) (Neglected Model June ’19)

Gretchin Splatta Kannon crew, Alan Perry

Another pair of half-painted Grots got completed last month! This pair come from the Splatta Kannon model, which I have around here somewhere, and if I ever do find it, I’ll endeavour to get that completed as well. This pair were sculpted by Alan Perry, who did quite a good facsimile of Kev Adams’ style with these two.

Gretchin Splatta Kannon crew, Alan Perry

Their rear views are pretty unexciting, and the photo shows the cloth that they’re wearing overly-contrasted (no Contrast Paint on these two, though!) The rationale for their clothing being so plain is because I want them to fit in with the overall “desert scavenger” look that the rest of the force has, though I also feel that the Orks would have taken all of the camoflague cloth for their own clothing, leaving the grots with the plainer stuff…

Ork Kannons, Mantic BattleZones Bunker

For now, both artillery pieces will have to make do with a pair of crew – like they used to have – rather then the five(?) each that they have now. Here’s a shot of them, sans artillery bases on the Mantic BattleZones Bunker I finished a little while ago.

Ork Kannons

And to finish – the glamour shot of both crew-so-far with their Kannons, finished in May!

The Others: 7 Sins – Abominations of Greed (Proxy Blue Horrors of Tzeentch)

The Others: 7 Sins - Abominations of Greed

Another half-dozen figures from the 7 Sins Kickstarter today. In this case some fleshy little grubs from the “Greed” faction. As with most of the others, I’ve painted them with the Warhammering in mind. So once again, I’ll just quote myself from a month or two ago – I’m not sure what the “official” paint scheme for these is supposed to be, but let’s face it – I gave (and give) zero fucks about the lore of this particular box of miniatures with a game shoehorned onto it. When I first saw them on the Kickstarter page, I had the very thought that stayed with them to conclusion. Proxy Blue Horrors of Tzeentch.

The Others: 7 Sins - Abominations of Greed

Ass, Ass Baby…

Despite their appearance, these models were not painted with GW’s Contrast Paints – they were painted with 2 layers of washes over a pale, fleshy bascoat, though – so essentially the same process. And much the same process I used for many of the not-Nurgle Gluttony guys from 7 Sins as well. Oh, and have I mentioned Vagina Dentata in this post yet? Because, well, just look at their “faces”.

I know there’s the whole “if that’s what you keep seeing, then the issues are with you, not me” argument to be made about a great many things, but my counter to that, is where there’s smoke and also a whole lot of flames coming out of almost every window, then I recon there might just be a fire in there…

I’ve still got both the Avatar and Controller to finish for this next faction to be complete. I suspect that some more Contrast Paint experiemnts might be in store..?

Heavy Metal Thunder! Iron Warriors Vindicator (Mechanismo May ’19)

Iron Warriors Vindicator

It took another 5 months following the Iron Warriors Rhino that took me forever to complete, but now I’ve FINALLY got this Vindicator done! As with the Rhino and the Dreadnought (Hellbrute), this model was bought second-hand from the same guy back over a decade ago, and then took me a long, long time to get around to stripping off the over-done spikes and replacing a few parts.

Iron Warriors Vindicator

I built a new set of combi-weapons for the pintle turret mount, in this case a bolter and flamer combo. The launchers can work either as smoke or possibly as Havoc Launchers (I searched and searched, but I just couldn’t find a legit set of Havocs!)

Iron Warriors Vindicator

I removed a few sets of hazard stripes that weren’t to my liking and simply painted those panels either black or metallic. The striping on the weapons combined with the dozer blade seemed enough, so I didn’t feel a huge need to add in more on the top or sides.

Iron Warriors Vindicator

The Vindicator and its Demolisher Cannon obviously owes a direct debt of inspiration to the Sturmtiger from WWII. The reason that the Vindicator tank destroyer (and the Predator MBT, and the Whirlwind) are all based on the Rhino APC chassis – even today – is because the only plastic vehicles available in those early Rogue Trader days were the Rhino and the Land Raider (which with it’s WWI tank stylings was not going to work for these concepts).

As you can see above, we’ve got the very first Vindicator and what later became the Whirlwind from an old, old White Dwarf. Some time afterwards, in 1995-ish, TimDuPertis (later Armorcast) sold a licenced conversion kit that replaced the stock front glacis plate of the Rhino with the cannon. A few years later, GW rather suddenly cancelled the licences to make 3rd party products that companied liked Armourcast and Forgeworld (yes, really) and Epicast held. They then brought many of the designs that others had been creating into their new in-house resin shop, which is the Forge World that still exists today.

This particular model is actually long, long out of production, but it’s the original (GW) Forge World resin conversion kit on a Rhino Chassis, as seen above.

Iron Warriors Vindicator

So here it is. The third of those three Iron Warriors pieces finally complete. Now I have a few other half-finished vehicles to try and get complete, but I’m pretty open for my next big piece of Iron Warriors Heavy Metal. Predator? Land Raider? Sicarian? Basilisk/Medusa?

Legion of the Damned #5: Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988)

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted (or painted) any more Legion of the Damned models, but today we have a pair of them – finished as part of Mechanismo May (after missing the end of Armoured April). The biggest reason my Legion of the Damned has petered out so much is because I tend to have a few models from my various projects on the go at any given time, and I like to finish the WIP ones before allowing myself to start more. That way, starting the new models are a “reward” of sorts for completing the previous batch. It takes awhile, but it does work out a lot better than my previous method of just starting new models all of the time, that appears to have just given me a thousand or so neglected models to wade through.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

So why, dear reader, did it take me so long to get through this pair? Well, the answer is that I don’t actually like either of these models very much. As much as I like the character of the old Beakies from the Rogue Trader days, my personal aesthetics go with Mark Copplestone and Bob Naismith’s renditions, and the Aly Morrison ones – with their short, blunt helmets and extra-hunched poses are a distant followup. So with that, they can be a real chore to paint, and so this pair has taken me well over a year to get done. I can’t even remember when I began on them, quite frankly.

This pair were chosen for the Legion because of their sculpted details. The skull-shoulder studs and knee-skulls on the first “Brother Morris”, and the big-ass shoulder-skull on the second. Also, being Aly Morrison sculpts, I can “hide” the soft details on their helms to an extent by freehanding skulls on them.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

In the end, these models have come up decently, and I am now happy enough with them to incorporate them in with the rest of my Legion. It’s that thing I’ve encountered a fair bit where through the painting process, I really quite dislike the model(s) I’m working on, but once completed, I’m pleased enough with the final result that I no longer resent the models, and can even quite like them in their final form. With a Multi-Melta and Plasma Gun between them, I have the Special and Heavy weapons for a squad here, so I’ll have to check my existing painted models and work out a Sergeant and 7 Legionaries to go with them to fill out another game-friendly squad.

WAAAAGH! Pt.15: Ork Big Gun Kannons (2001) (Mechanismo May ’19)

Ork Big Gun Kannons (2001)

Following on from the last post, which featured a pair of artillery pieces on desert bases, today we have a pair of artillery pieces on desert bases! Of course, there are more than a few differences between the two pair. With my 40k Ork force being (nominally, at least) based on Blood Axes in that they have a military-ish desert theme running throughout – which is why they also have rough-looking Imperial-style numerals painted on them.

Ork Big Gun Kannons (2001)

I’ve had these on the go for quite some time, having picked them up from…. I’d guess eBay, as they were both second-hand and acquired separately. (And both missing the fittings sprue) – but one problem I always had with them was the basing issue – basically what to do with them. I wanted to have them based, but also wanted to ensure that they could be used on a wide variety of terrain, and particularly butted up against fortifications. Eventually, I figured out the (obvious) solution – Magnets!

Ork Big Gun Kannons (2001)

As one can see, this solved the problem quite nicely. and so the finished models can sit on their textured bases on the battlefield, and they can also be removed if and when needed to be placed behind cover, on fortifications and anywhere else those 60mm bases become an awkward issue.

Ork Big Gun Kannons (2001)

Here’s one of them with the pair of crew-grots I finished in April – amazingly, these two are even the proper crew for this artillery piece! The main problem here is that Ork artillery now have 5 (or is it 6?) crew each, so even with another pair of crew coming soon, my models will still be a mile behind the current ruleset. I guess 40k snotling or even fantasy goblin proxies will be the order of the day!

Mentor Legion #9 – Scout Squad (Armoured April ’19)

Mentor Legion Space Marine Scout Mentors

Today I have the final five of last month’s models – a squad of five Space Marine Scouts from the Mentor Legion (aka Mentors). As with my previous entries in this army, I’ve used the original/old school livery, though in the case of these models that’s limited to their chapter badge being the “Owl Face.”

Painting Scout Space Marines for me is always a divergent project of sorts, as the common practice of painting them just like their parent chapter, maybe with off-white cloth parts just doesn’t make sense to me. For scouts, at least. With that in mind, I prefer to use camo schemes, along with muted tones, and then throw in a bit of ridiculousness because Space Marines. In this case, it’s the clean, bone chest aquilas, the bits of non-dulled metal scattered across the models along with the teal of their shotgun shells and such (red would have been a little too much!) Oh, and that rope on the sergeant’s hip. Naturally, I was obliged to paint “Geordi LaForge’s” visor in gold.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Scout Mentors

Here’s a little focus on their Chapter Icons, along with a slightly better look at the camouflage pattern used on their armour – inspired by the classic US Woodland.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Scout Mentors

Last shot has a couple of the scouts – a Sergeant and a Neophypte alongside a Tactical Sergeant. Now, I just need to actually, finally complete one of those Tactical Squads to modern rules compliance!