AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero (Armoured April ’19, Discount Gorechosen Revisited)

AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero

It’s been a good while since I started this guy – with the intention of using him as a proxy model for Vexnar the Reaper in our games of Gorechosen. Why a proxy? Simply put, I wanted to get in some proper practice before starting in on the rather expensive and very nice “official” models that came in the box. Similar to the previous proxy model I’d painted, but with a slight *cough* delay between models.

AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero

AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero

Anyway, I’ve finally gotten this guy done. And while he fits nicely enough into Armoured April, the impetus was just as much seeing it on the desk and just making myself get the bloody thing finished.

AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero

AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero

I’m pretty satisfied with how the model came out overall. The only real thing that bothers me is the teeth on his skull-helm look a little like a comedy moustache from a distance at time, which is probably not what The Blood God intended. There’s a slight conversion going on here, in the form of a weapon swap. He’s had his Katar-shield replaced with a hammer from one of the plastic Dwarf kits – it works both as a direct reference to Vexnar – armed with an axe and warhammer – and as a piece of looted war booty. After all, if you’re going to use a warhammer stolen from a foe, a dwarven hammer is the way to go, right?

AoS 1st Ed Khorne Blood Warrior Hero, Champions of Khorne

As a final little thing, and a shout-out to all Science-guys from Germany, I have a shot of most of my main Khorne Champion-types from the last couple of years. Skulls for the Skull Throne!

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Unit (Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge, Squad: March! ’19, Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge 19)

Skaven Plague Censer Bearers

And here’s the unit that goes with yesterday’s Skaven hero for the AoS challenge. As with the hero model, these models were absolute cunts to paint and really not fun at all. They’ve butted up against a ton of Neglected Model and Unit Challenge months over the past year, with no success. As I said in yesterday’s post, the fur+skin style is the opposite of enjoyable to paint, so I hope I don’t come across any more of this generation of metal skaven models in my box’o’skaven, even if I’m actually pretty satisfied with the final product.

Skaven Plague Censer Bearers

Fist-bump to Wudugast as well here – his relentless work in painting and sharing his own skaven has been the biggest thing causing the constant niggle to keep on trying to get these done. And finally(!) – I got there. Thanks for the inspiration, mate!

Skaven Plague Censer Bearers

Group shot to conclude! No more for Alex’ AoS challenge this month unfortunately (despite my best plans), and the Round-Ups will be delayed a little this month. More on that later, though. (I’m typing this on Saturday evening).

Monday Edit – Also, another couple of submissions for Monster March just need photographing, then they’ll be going up in the next couple of days!

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion (Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge)

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion

What? Who has gamer ADHD? Yeah, well… today’s model is one that’s been serially neglected for a couple of years since I got it with a batch of models off of eBay. I unfortunately found this model and the other skaven of a similar nature complete motherfuckers to paint. The semi-furred style that replaces Jes Goodwin’s fully-furred skaven, combined with a fuckload of details just made this style of Skaven a nightmare to paint. It scrubbed up pretty well in the end and I’m pretty happy with the final results, but it wasn’t an experience I enjoyed or wish to repeat anytime soon. Or ever, to be more blunt.

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion

Anyway, because reasons I’ll go into later one way or another, I didn’t manage to get any of the other models I originally hoped to completed for the very cool concept of growing a few small AoS warbands. I have the next batch of dark elves primed, as they have been for a couple of weeks now – and the beastmans shaman still sits untouched since January, and the next few savage orcs have had a small amount done to them, but we’ll have to see how April pans out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards #3 – Complete! (February Terrain 2019)

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

Right at the very end of February, I managed to complete the final two pieces of the Nightvault Arcane Hazards. As in, this means that I actually managed to complete the whole box, assembled and painted. Holy shit! How did that happen?

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

The last two pieces are these – the fallen (Nagash?) skull-monument piece and the double-shattered pyramids with the ghostly ectoplasm-stuff running in-between them. I’m not super happy with how the ectoplasm turned out, but I have to say, it’s good enough for me at this point. I am pretty happy with how the sandstone-looking shattered Nagash-skull came out, though.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

Still, another pair of pieces that will look good on a WH:Underworlds board, and also (mostly) fit into various Warhamer or Fantasy gaming tables.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

I also realised that I never posted any scale pics with any of these, so I added in a couple of models to rectify this oversight. As you can see, they’re movement blockers rather than LoS-blockers, but that’s fine. They can certainly add some character to a battlefield!

Morathi: Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress (Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997) #Fembruary 2019, Neglected February 2019

Morathi Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress, Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997

Today’s model is also my slightly-delayed submission for Alex at Leadbaloony’s Fembruary 2018 painting challenge. Originally, I’d hoped to get a few other models done in time as well, but with how February turned out, I’m actually quite happy just to have finished off Morathi to a this standard.

Morathi Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress, Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997

Of course, there’s a new pair of models for Morathi these days, as in AoS she currently leads the Daughters of Khaine faction. But never mind those – I’ll get to them when I get to them! This model originally had a rather ornate head to the staff, but as I didn’t like it, I chopped it off around the time I bought this model and simply replaced it with a skull from a plastic skeleton kit. Morathi might not look “dressed for battle” with more than a touch of cheesecake but to me she gives off a nice “Maleficent” type vibe, and she’s clearly powerful enough to dress however she likes…

Marouda, today.

As well as Alex’ challenge, I’m also dedicating this Fembruary model to Marouda, who is both a mentally strong woman as well as one who has been becoming physically stronger as the weeks go past (we’ve been going to the gym regularly since late last year, but more on that in a later post). She didn’t know why I wanted to take this photo, either. 😛

Morathi Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress, Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997

The palette I’ve chosen for Morathi is around the overall scheme that I’m doing my Dark Elves in, which is to say a lot of Turquoise and Aqua, with use of the blues and greens to each side. I’m also going to call this model the beginning of another AoS Skirmish warband, and shoehorn it into Alex’ other group project as my only other painted Dark Elves are limited to a pair of Assassins and a pair of Bolt Throwers that lack crew. Warbanding them up a bit more seems like the perfect motivation to getting a few more of these models painted!

Now, to get on and paint some Skaven! (wait, what?)

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards #2 (February Terrain 2019)

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

The next couple of terrain pieces from the Nightvault Arcane Hazards set today. The Throne and the brazier. Once again, I’ve gone for schemes that broadly fit inbetween the box art and the Balewind Vortex.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

The Skull Throne (no relation to Khorne’s Skull Throne) is done in a similar way to the Boz Art version, though I’ve used drybrushing instead of an airbrush for the effects. Paints used were a mix of blues, greens and turquoise shades, with two glazes of green to finish the effect, before picking out the armrest skulls and the latticework.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

Originally, the plan was to finish this piece in satin after the more protective gloss coat, but I thought it looked more interesting and a little different as gloss, so I left it there. The odd looking white marks on the latticework were a spray varnish side-effect, and have since been fixed with paint and paint-on varnish.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

The brazier’s scheme is pretty much the same as the Balewind Vortex. I guess this is how I’m doing a lot of the Undead stuff now – Turquioise Stone and flame in an Eldritch Green. I considered OSL on the skulls, but then thought it might just look messy. It’s something I need to practice and learn sometime – but not right now.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

The other side looks pretty much the same as the first, but it’s a nice little piece of terrain for any fantasy game, I think. It’ll work pretty easily as a Chaos-y piece in 40k as well. I have actually finished the final pair of them, but haven’t taken the photo of them yet, again due to the current heatwave and not wanting to go out into the War Room to take more photographs. Because Hot.

So expect them in the next few days. Speaking of same, I finished the replacement base for my Fembruary model yesterday as well, so when it’s cooler (tomorrow is forecast for high 20s instead of high 30s today), I’ll get out there and do another round of photos – so hopefully she’ll be up tomorrow!

Savage Orc Boyz #1 (Neglected Model February + #Squaduary + Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge)

Savage Orcs, Savage Orruks, Bonesplitters, Oldhammer, Midhammer

Here’s my next few Savage Orcs. They’re a mix of the Alan Perry Orc models from ’95-96 and then the later batch released in ’98 – though to be honest they were probably all sculpted around the same time by the look of them. I’ve (naturally) got a whole lot more of them to get to and through, but these at least are now finished. The shields are taken from the current range of Savage Orcs/Orruks and with a tiny bit of cutting and drilling have been made to fit these older models. Being from the mid-late 90’s they’re not considered “real” “Oldhammer”, but being 20 years old, they’re still far from new!

Savage Orcs, Savage Orruks, Bonesplitters, Oldhammer, Midhammer

Obviously and firstly, they’re Neglected Models. They’ve been sitting, basecoated (badly, by someone else) in a Chessex case since the early 2000s at best until very recently, when they got taken out of there and basically redone from scratch – including new bases – simply using the old basecoat as a coloured undercoat because if I stripped them, I’d never get around to painting them. Secondly, they’re a small unit that I managed to actually complete – and so Squaduary – because why not?

Savage Orcs, Savage Orruks, Bonesplitters, Oldhammer, Midhammer

And thirdly, Alex (of Leadbaloony) has a small challenge-type thing of his own. Well, a couple of them, but these Orcs aren’t here for Fembruary.

So I’ve decided to attempt to jump on board with Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers challenge, but as with all of these things that aren’t my own, I’ve had to bend and bastardise the rules to make it fit me, but them’s the breaks!

The ‘rules’ of the project are as follows:

Build & paint 100ish ‘renown’ points in Feb (to include our Generals), and 25ish renown per month thereafter, up to 250 pts. This should equate to a manageable 3ish minis per month.

I’m going to use the Shieldwolf Mountain Orc hero that I painted only last month as my hero for the Bonesplitterz/Savage Orcs. He would count as a Savage Big Boss at 120pts, but that’s the closest that particular faction allows for a melee hero.

So for this month, instead I’m going to add to that 5 Savage Boyz @12pts ea = 60pts

I’m also tried to do something similar with a second force that has only a couple of models done – but I failed to get the hero model done. We’ll see if I can catch up next month. There’s also a third faction, that I might actually be able to swing (again, with minor cheats) if I stop typing and get back to painting…

The warband must be from a faction we don’t currently collect. Ross and I chose the faction for each other, with me getting Daughters of Khaine, and Ross getting Sylvaneth

Given that I had only that one Savage Orc painted, and only three “troop” models from that second faction, I’m going to call it “close enough” on both, here.

Set in a common realm, (realm tbd), based & modelled accordingly

I’ll be using my standard basing – keeps them consistent with the rest of my fantasy collection. Though to be fair, I probably won’t be playing against Alex, Ross or Wudugast anytime soon, so it doesn’t really matter here

Push the modelling & painting – AoS28 style, crazy conversions, grim-dark, etc.

Uh…. maybe not with the modelling, outside of duplicate models. I’m very loathe to cut up non-duplicate old classic metals after all – especially unless it’s going to be necessary to represent something special. Paint on the other hand.. I’m keen to continue the body paint of my orcs, and maybe see if I can find something interesting to do with the others with the brush.

Lowest cost possible – beg/borrow/steal, freebees, scratch build, re-use, etc.

Dipping into my existing collection of unpainted and neglected models here is a given.

Narrative rather than competitive warbands – named characters, backstories, etc.

I’m not really one for writing background fiction for my models, though I do often name heroes and units – and more importantly go for models that are background-friendly as well as fun and interesting to paint over “competitive”.

Savage Orcs, Savage Orruks, Bonesplitters, Oldhammer, Midhammer, Shieldwolf.

And here they are. So far.