Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #1: Kev Adams Plaguebearers (1991)

Realm of Chaos Lost and the Damned Original Oldhammer Plaguebearers Kev Adams

These Plaguebearer models were released as part of the initial “proper” waves of Nurgle models back in 1991, alongside the seminal Warhammer rulebook – Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned. If you’re at all interested in the background and artwork that got us to where we are today in terms of Chaos and how it fits in with Warhammer Fantasy, Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000, I strongly suggest getting hold of both Slaves to Darkness and The Lost and the Damned. Obviously the books are hard to get hold of – especially on eBay, but they’re worth it. I believe that Forge World is reprinting them for some special events this year, and of course, with this being the internet, .pdf files of them exist. Though of course, I’m sure that if you picked up a copy in this manner, you’d be careful to ensure that you already owned them in book form first.

Anyway, these five are all I have of the initial release. There are 11 sculpts, counting variations and not counting the “Combat Card” Plaguebearer that was never officially released. I’d love to pick up the others, but with Oldhammer being the cool, trendy-retro thing that it’s become, it has gotten much harder to pick up older models in the last few years. I always especially wanted Woundlicker, Snotsprayer and Wormrot, so we’ll see if I manage to get hold of them one day…

Realm of Chaos Lost and the Damned Original Oldhammer Plaguebearers Kev Adams

Many aspects of Nurgle that remain to this day can be seen on these figures, from the Nurglings capering around their bigger cousins’ legs to the overall appearance. The “joy” that followers of Nurgle hold so strongly is evident in several of their faces, though the dour expressions that have come to typify Plaguebearers specifically can be seen on Vomitrot, who just looks like a miserable bastard.

Of course, the faces of these old Plaguebearers have a striking similarity to those of the Orcs (and Orks) of the day, in that they’re very clearly Kev Adams sculpts, and he seems to have simply given them pretty standard Kev Adams Ork faces and maws, albeit with a cyclopean eye, mono-horn and a more human-ish nose. The similarity also extends across to the work he did for Heartbreaker on a good amount of WarZone’s range, including the Necromutants that will also be (re)drafted into one of my 8th edition 40k forces. Poxwalkers, perhaps?

These figures will be paired with other Plaguebearers from later range refreshes and have a lot of potential use across a number of games. In 40k they fit into the Nurgle Daemons or more general Daemonic army, they’re used as troops in the Death Guard Legion force, they can be used in Age of Sigmar and even in Kings of War in an Abyssal force. And those are just the obvious used for wargames

Iron Warriors Warsmith (2001)

Iron Warriors Warsmith (2001), Chaos Space Marine Lord, Warpsmith

Next up, the Iron Warriors Warsmith model. Quite an old model at this point, it dates from way back in 3rd edition 40k, more specifically the 3.5 codex release in 2002 (models are obviously sculpted some time in advance). This is one of several of this model that I’ve accumulated over the years. My first one I converted into an Exalted Champion (for 3rd) who I’ve been using as a Chaos Lord in our 8th edition games to date. I’ve also got one that I picked up from eBay as a bare torso, sans arms and pack, and one more, still in the blister to be used later. This one I actually got second-hand & assembled when I bought a some of a local guy’s Iron Warriors many years ago. I picked up this figure, a Rhino, a (converted) Vindicator (based on the Forge World kit of the day), and the Dreadnought/Hellbrute that I’ve been working on very slowly for Dreadtober.

Iron Warriors Warsmith (2001), Chaos Space Marine Lord, Warpsmith

So yeah, I’ve had this figure for over a decade, and again, as part of the finding and finishing 40k figures and putting them into armies that I’ve been up to lately, I finally got this guy done. As per usual, I remounted him onto one of the new Sector Imperialis bases. As he’s got quite a lot of cabling on him, I wanted to make some of them a little distinct without doing the whole “skittles” thing.

Iron Warriors Warsmith (2001), Chaos Space Marine Lord, Warpsmith

It’s a nice model but rather a busy one. Of course, adding in the hazard stripes of the Iron Warriors does nothing but make the model even more busy.

Iron Warriors Warsmith (2001), Chaos Space Marine Lord, Warpsmith

Interestingly, and sort-of amusingly for the “no model, no rules” crowd, this model doesn’t actually have rules in the 8th Edition of 40k – despite still being sold (as you could see from the link to GW at the top of the page). Sooo… I guess I’ll just use him with the Warpsmith rules. Which isn’t quite the same thing in the background (or equipment) but close enough, I suppose.

Iron Warriors Warsmith (2001), Chaos Space Marine Lord, Warpsmith, Narik Dreygur, Dark Apostle

We now have a trio of heroes for the Iron Warriors. The War(p)smith, Nârik Dreygur: Exalted Champion, and the model who I’ve been using as a Chaos Lord, who will now slot into the role of Dark Apostle. It seems more appropriate for that model’s build, after all. And yes, this means that a new Lord for the Iron Warriors is in the making sometime soon.

Despite my general dislike of changing models for new rules and new editions, I did buckle and replace the Bolt Pistol on the Chaos Lord (Dark Apostle) recently. He now has a Plasma Pistol as a small but effective upgrade.

Nârik Dreygur: Iron Warrior

Nârik Dreygur, Narik Dreygur, Iron Warriors

Today we have the Narik Dreygur Iron Warriors model from Forge World. Nominally for 30k/HH, Narik, the “Gravewalker” was a renowned Iron Warriors commander during the Horus Heresy who eventually turned from the Traitors and became a loyalist and close confidant to the Salamanders – specifically, Cassian Dracos, the “Iron Dragon”. While my grand plan for my Iron Warriors force does include creating a decent element that will be 30k/40k compatible, I’m also realistic to know that my chances of ever playing 30k aren’t huge, so the main focus will be the 40k aspects.

Nârik Dreygur, Narik Dreygur, Iron Warriors

With that in mind, I’ve painted him following the same scheme as my 40k Iron Warriors. They’re pretty much the same between 30 and 40k, but perhaps a little more in terms of Hazard striping and in some cases copper/brass trim. I considered going brass with his right shoulder, but felt it looked good in iron – and would probably look less good if I changed it, so it remained. My 40k IW retain the heraldry of the IV Legion, so Dreygur’s power fist seemed an appropriate place to stamp that firm.

Nârik Dreygur, Narik Dreygur, Iron Warriors

I gave him a not-Iron Warriors shoulder pad from Puppetswar, in Poland. They have some amazingly great designs, but when I ordered from them they were slow as molasses and the casting quality was nightmarishly bad to the point where they ended up having to replace most of my order – but only after I kicked up a huge public stink with the photos to the extent that they stopped posting on Dakka for a couple of years. I’ve not ordered from them since, so I don’t know if their casting quality and QA have improved, and I’m not that desperate to try again. I know they do occasionally send out freebies for review, and those models would obviously be lovely, cherry-picked casts.

Nârik Dreygur, Narik Dreygur, Iron Warriors

The backpack under his feet is painted in the dark green of my Dark Angels. I considered Minotaurs, but I felt that the brass of their armour would be too much metallic to add to the model, and not distinct enough from either Dreygur or his base, while their traditional foes, the Imperial Fists wouldn’t work well since I plan to eventually have only 1-2 squads of them, as opposed to the scores of Dark Angels I’ll eventually have painted up.

While Dreygur is a named character in 30k, in my 40k force he’ll be used as an Exalted Champion, to run up alongside assaulters to help inflict those important close combat wounds (rerolling 1s to wound!) I might well keep the moniker of Nârik Dreygur, as I’m sure the IW would appreciate that kind of dark irony.

Realm of Chaos

As I was going through and continuing to repair the damage wrought onto my blog by Photobucket (yep, I’m still plenty bitter!) I found this post – one of my earliest. My seventh, in fact. The models here have by now all been shown again in some form or another – the Iron Warriors especially having been one of the armies I’ve refocused on for 8th edition – finally completing these models and more. This post being more than seven years old shows how long a road its been to get them up and running on the table and they’ve now had a couple of games as I relearn 40k.

The Nurgle guys were promoted into the “leadership team” for my Nurgle Lost and the Damned Cult back in 2015 – and now I need to go fix up that series of posts very soon.

The Slaaneshi model is probably the most tragic of the lot here – he’s never seen the table despite being converted around 2nd-3rd edition and painted sometime before I posted the original here – around 2009. I do plan to build at least a small Emperor’s Children force in the near-mid term, so it’s in the cards for him at least.

So yeah, the images or models may have been re-shown relatively recently (as in, within the last couple of years) but it’s interesting to me to see and reflect on how long the road has been…

Azazel's Bitz Box.

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…

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Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines – Group Shot!

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Army

Happy 40k Day! With the release of 8th Edition today, I’ve got a few pics of my completed Iron Warriors force so far. Nominally 43 Power Rating right here (I’m short 3 cultists and 1 Obliterator to “properly” be 43). I haven’t looked into “proper” points values of the force yet. That will come later on.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Tactical Squad

The “First” Squad of my Iron Warriors is the “Tactical” Squad. I used to have names for all of these guys written down, so I’ll edit them in if and when I ever find my old lists. These guys are PR9. And yes, I am working out the “simple” PL value of this army as I write the text of this post! 😉

Legions of Steel Nightmares, Iron Warriors Cultists

These “discount terminators” are a bunch of Legions of Steel “Nightmares” that I painted earlier this year. I figure they look like perfect Chaos Cultists for an Iron Warriors army. Obviously less “cultists” than “automatons created by an allied Dark Mechanicus Forgeworld”, they fit the IW aesthetic and are a portent of some other WIP stuff yet to join this army. They’re PR3 for 10, so I’ll combine the leftovers with the ones that you’ll see in a little while. There’s one with a chunkier weapon, so that can be the squad’s Heavy Stubber, and I’ll probably have to glue a skull to one of their bases to mark the “champion”. Or find a slightly fancier looking robo-skellyman from somewhere to lead them. So the skull for now.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Obliterators

The Obliterators. Sorta-illegal at this point, they’re now purchased in units of 3 for 10PR. So it’s simply going to be a matter of finding my other models, and getting at least one of them painted in the same manner as these guys. And then deciding if the others become Iron Warriors or go to a different Legion from my long-term plan… In the interim, I’m sure friendly games will happily let me run them at 7PR.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Lord

For the time being, my former Exalted Champion becomes a PR5 Iron Warriors Lord. I guess his “Thunder Hammer” gets to “officially” be a lowly Power Maul, though I’m also sure that friends and casual opponents will be fine with letting me use the TH stats.

Iron Warriors Assault Chaos Space Marines

My second Iron Warriors squad appears to be illegal now, due to the presence of two power weapons – the sword and the fist. That’s without even considering “Tempus Malleus” might have a Thunder Hammer rather than a Hydraulic Hammer (aka CCW – though in this case I think they’re all “chainswords” now). I’m fine with that.

Oddly, because of the extra Power Weapon, it seems that the way to run this unit “legally” is simply to split it in twain. Instead of one 10-man, PR9 CSM “Assault” squad, I now have two 5-man PR5 CSM “Assault” squads. Again, that’s easy, so I’m fine with it. I can bump them “both” up to 10 later by building and painting more models. Simply looking at the figures I’ve got completed, perhaps I’ll visually lean one more towards “Chaos Marines” while the other will lean towards “Horus Heresy Traitors” in terms of armour makeup.

River Horse Terminator Genisys

What’s this? Terminators of the Arnie kind rather than of the Space Marine kind? Yes. These guys are from River Horse/Warlord’s Terminator Genisys game. Why are they here? The same reason that the Legions of Steel Nightmares are, of course. Proxy “cultists”. I’m not sure which one is the “champion”. The one with 2 skulls, probably. I’ll convert up a TG heavy weapon down the line and that can then fill in their Heavy Weapon slot. Another PR3.

River Horse Terminator Genisys Crawlers

These Terminator models are obviously feeling a little under the weather. Obviously without any ballistic weapons, these are the ones armed with an autopistol and brutal assault weapon. Just squint and I’m sure it’ll make sense! I’ll add them to one of the other “cultist” automaton units, along with the pair of extra Nightmares for +3PR.

There’s still a lot to add to this force. More Warriors, Chosen, Havocs, Raptors, Khorne Berserkers, a Warpsmith, Sorcerers, Obliterators, Terminators, Dreadnoughts, Contemptors, a Vindicator or two, transports, FW tanks… The army may have been born over a decade ago, but This Tale of Iron has barely begun…

Iron Warriors Army Building – And One More Makes Ten (and post #400!)

So here we are. 400 posts since I started the blog in 2009. I only noticed that number in my dashboard a few minutes ago, so there’s no long, reflective post for it. I’ll try to be more aware when we get to 500 and do all of that stuff then. For today, we’ll get back to the models!

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines, Forge World

So that Iron Warriors “Tactical” squad that I got up to 9 guys last August? Well, I finally finished their 10th man. Because I’m fast and focused like that.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines, Forge World

I used a mix of parts, which was why I started buying “Historical” armour sets from Forge World in the first place, long before 30k was even a thing. It just took years for me to get interested in 40k enough to motivate me to finish the half-done squad, let alone build and paint the last man.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines, Forge World

My 40k Iron Warriors are going to be much more hybrids of 30k-and-up armour sets than Blanche’s early sketches of “Space Barbarian Vikings” covered in fur and horns and spikes. Those things might make an occasional subtle accessory appearance here and there, but they won’t be the main show. While I’m happy to add some decoration and flourish, I also want to keep them cold and businesslike. As always, transfers for the Chapter Badge and Legion Number, and freehand for the hazard striping.

Iron Warriors Assault Marine

Malleus Tempus – Hammer Time

The other model today is “Hammer Time” from the Iron Warriors “Assault” Squad from a few months ago. D&B, Mikko and I had a brief discussion on the pun-tastic options for this guy and I eventually decided to do it. “Writing” legible script in paint at this size is always a challenge, and I found that using metallic paint (even really nice, thin, well pigmented stuff like VMA) to do so instead of black makes it all the more sketchy. Blown up like this, it looks a bit crap, but in hand it looks decent.

Blast from the Past: Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Chaos Lord

Can you say 2nd Edition with me? Can you say 1990’s? Can you say mining old posts for recycled content? *cough* Well, actually I’ve still got plenty of new stuff ready to show after I pull the photos from the camera, and go through the resize-and-crop process, but I was looking at the Detolf I have in the room where I do my painting and spotted this guy – and realised that the last (and only) time I showed this figure was 7 years ago, when I made a total of 9 posts and had fewer viewers for the year than I have in 2 weeks today. So… not many people will have seen this one, comparatively.

Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Champion

This fine fellow is (was) a Slaaneshi/Emperor’s Children Champion. Converted many 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 RT-era Chaos Terminator weapon arm – the original Chaos Autocannon – which looked similar enough to one of the 2nd-Gen Sonic Blasters once the chaos skull shoulder pad was glued onto the base of it – from back when such things could be taken by Slaaneshi Champions. Backpack is from the metal Ahriman of the day.

In current terms, he’d probably be a Chaos Lord, Mark of Slaanesh, Shriekwave or Bolts of Ecstatic Vexation to represent the Sonic Blaster, Power Fist or Lighting Claw for the crab claw… I imagine it’d probably be a terribly inefficient combination, but all I can say to that is Second Edition, Rule of Cool, and Who Cares? 8th Is Almost Upon Us Anyway.

Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Champion

Painted in 2009, when I’d just gotten back into painting miniatures after a bit of a hiatus, these photographs were actually taken back in 2010. The only additon since then being a tuft of grass and a tuft of flowers – things not easily accessible back in the day. I certainly didn’t have any, anyway!

Noise Marine Emperor’s Children Champion

Looking back at this figure now, I feel like I might have overdone the pastel colours – I’d skip the baby blue and the pale green tassels. By the same token, I’m happy enough with the paintwork on this figure and… I guess respect it enough to feel no need at all to back in and touch it up. I actually added Prince’s “Love Symbol” as the shoulder badge, though it can’t be seen here. I thought it looked quite cool and felt the Androgynous nature of the symbol to be appropriate for this particular champion of Slaanesh. I’ll take a pic later and edit it in (it’s 7am and rainy here atm!)

Anyway – I hope you enjoyed this blast from my past!