Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #15: WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires (as Poxwalkers): TG9511PB & TG9505PB (Unit-Ed October ’18) (Zom’tober?)

TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

Yeah, another bloody mouthful of a post title. Maybe the worst yet. Still, there’s a lot of crossover with the content of this post.

Firstly, the models themselves. They’re 7 of the 8 models from the two old-school WarZone blisters, TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires and TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires. Clicking those links will take you to Prince August’s site where both are still available from original stock after all these years. Pretty good sci-fi zombies, to be quite honest. Old-school WarZone collectors often get in contact with me and ask if I have anything to sell so I like to point out when the figures on show are still available where possible. (If I ever do sell any, I’ll post them up here – I promise!)

TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

The missing eighth of the models was actually painted a few years ago. Now, I haven’t played WarZone for many, many years at this point – but some of the models were real crackers (some were awful as well, no argument there!) These sci-fi zombies with guns were always pretty cool looking, but I never really had much of a use for them. Still, I did a bunch of Blessed Legionnaires when I gave the Nurgle Cult army a first-go-round back in 2015 or so. Need to rebase that Spawn of Demnogonis as well onto a proper 32mm base.

TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

Obviously, this lot fits in with my own monthly challenge – that of Unit-Ed October. Because it’s a unit of models. A unit of 7 in fact – Nurgle’s (un)holy number! Coincidence, yes – but a fitting one. Paint scheme-wise, I painted 6 of them in the same Auscam as the main elements of my Imperial Guard force – the 11th Terror Australis Regiment. The 7th has his carapace armour painted in greys in a nod to his Warzone Bauhaus roots.

TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

And finally, I found out via Rantingsfromunder’s blog that there’s a thing called Zom’tober in the minis blogging community – though it’s one of those Blgospot ones, and we know that WordPress and Blogspot are a pain in the arse when it comes to getting on with one another. Unfortunately, it seems that Zom’tober has some pretty specific rules about completion that rule me out participating  …pretty much ever.

To take part you just need to paint one Zombie or Survivor (or more!) each week, in any scale you like, posting it to your blog by that week’s Sunday (we use Sunday’s as the end of each Zomtober week). So that means posting one or more newly painted Zombie or Survivor minis each week on or before the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th this year.

Doesn’t really work for me. I finished 4 of these suckers at once 2 weekends ago, and then the final three last weekend – with the blood effects across all of them applied yesterday evening in two sittings. I mean, they’re zombies! Are there any other figures that lend themselves so well to batch painting?

TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

So while they don’t exactly fit into the Nurgle Daemons army, I’m sure that nobody reasonable would complain about a bunch of poxwalkers thrown in there as well. I’ll have to figure out where I’ve stashed the Blessed Legionnaires and that other zombie and pool the lot of them together for the next time I do an “army in progress” type shot for the Nurglites.

Oh. And after taking the above photos, I found the 8th model. While he’s fully painted, he does need a bit of touch-up to get him to the point where he’ll nicely fit in with the rest of his cohort here. I might attempt to get him done before the month ends, so I can bump my monthly total up that little bit more towards the 31 I want to have done…

Edit – Got that last one touched up, retook three of the photos tonight (following night to original post) and replaced the original pics of three with the four.

Realm of Chaos

Since the majority of my recent posts have featured Lord of the Rings figures, I thought a bit of variation was in order. These figures are various Warhammer 40k Chaos types, to be used as various champions in 40k, if I ever get around to playing it again. All are conversions, and mounted on the same range of scenic resin bases from Back to Base-ix that the Orc in the first post is on.

These figures were mostly finished during my previous foray back into painting miniatures, around the middle of last year. They were started.. a long time ago.

Chaos Chosen of Slaanesh

Chaos Chosen of Slaanesh

Chaos Chosen of Slaanesh

Slaaneshi/Emperor’s Children Champion. Converted years ago for me by Dave M. The base is a Kharn the Betrayer body, with a 2nd-gen Daemonette claw (the only thing that range of daemonettes were good for, in my opinion), a head from same and a Chaos Terminator weapon, which looked similar enough to a Blastmaster once the chaos skull shoulder pad was glued onto the base of it. Backpack is I think from the 40k Chaos Sorcerer.

Chaos Plaguemarine Chosen Lord of Nurgle Terminator

Chaos Plaguemarine Chosen Lord of Nurgle Terminator

This guy is a Terminator Champion of Nurgle. Also converted for me by Dave M (who had a good supply of old figures I was unwilling to cut up my own of). Simple enough, it’s a Chaos Terminator base, Jes Goodwin Chaos Champion head, terminator combi-weapon and left shoulder with a Abaddon Lightning claw, with beckoning fingers to finish. I can’t remember if Dave put the tentacles on it or if I added them myself later on.

Chaos Plaguemarine Chosen Lord of Nurgle Terminator

Chaos Plaguemarine Chosen Lord of Nurgle Terminator

Another Terminator Champion of Nurgle. I think Dave started this guy but I was unsatisfied with the result so extensively reworked it myself. Abaddon body, Chaos Warrior right arm with the original Chaos Terminator Power/Daemon sword on the end of it. I’m pretty sure I swapped out the original left arm for the GorkaMorka-era Ork Bioniks Claw and swapped in the plastic Chaos Champion head. I also drilled out the various tri-abcesses in the armour, added the bloated torso with putty over the top of some plastic Zombie intestines, added the dismembered heads, sculpted the hooves and added the tentacles.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

I also started up a small Combat Patrol-sized Iron Warriors Army awhile back. I figured that a metallic/predominantly silver army would be a quick and easy one to paint, right? Not so for me. I tend to mess around too long on the finer details and they still take forever for me to do. I did complete one squad out of three which can be seen above. I did have a very specific vision in mind for them, so used a combination of Chaos and Loyalist Marine parts, Iron Warriors and Iron Hands components, and wanted to pretty much completely avoid the “Space Viking” horns that so many Chaos Marines have.  I also wanted each model to be pretty nicely unique, so there’s a fair bit of kitbashing, cutting up metal components, and a bit of guitar wire involved.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The slightly incomplete second squad. I may have even finished the project, but I take so long that GW keep on changing and updating the Codex books. I do have the latest CSM Codex somewhere. I’d just need to find it. And then rewrite the army I’ve assembled and half-painted. Then no doubt relegate some models to the “unused” figure cases. And paint up some replacements/additions.

Anyone out there have a love of writing and tweaking army lists? If so, I’ve got a lot of potential fun for you across both 40k and LotR SBG!

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterators

Two Obliterators!

I absolutely hated the originals, and there were not yet detailed (enough for me) Plastic Terminators when I got these, and no Plastic Chaos Termies at all. I do like these a lot more than the previous figures, but found the large tracts of organic matter on them difficult to plan/paint, so I just went with a bloody-ish muscle/sinew look. I also changed out their heads for WFB Chaos Warrior head that fit in far better with the Iron Warriors theme, and kept the morphed weapons to smaller ones, as I thought the much larger ones looked rather stupid. Also added some piping and hoses with guitar wire, to make them look a little more unique.

Strictly speaking, these guys are not legal for a Combat Patrol, but I designed this (and other) CP army lists based on a theme of having fun with my non-collector friends. The concept being that I could have non-minis wargamer (but still gamer) friends over and have them choose a 500-pt CP-based army out of a selection of quite a few themed forces, and then have a fun hour-or-so battle on my games table. I’d supply all the figures, dice, rules etc, and the objective would be soley to have fun on a nice looking table with good looking figures. Since I’d be supplying and painting all the forces, there’s no stress of the “you cheating bastard” type, either.