Realm of Chaos – The Death Guard #1: Poxwalkers #1-3 (Zomtober ’19) (Contrast Paint Experiment #12)

Nurgle Poxwalkers

And with this trio of figures, my force of modern Death Guard officially begins! Initiated as part of my Contrast Paint Experiment series after seeing and being inspired to get started on them by what Krautscientist did with his GW sample models, not to mention seeing painters like Wudugast and Ann pound them out for month after month – but even so, they kind of stalled a bit on the desk – I’d planned to finish these in August, then September as part of Squaddie September, but they missed both marks. Now, thanks to the Zomtober Painting Challenge over on Brummie’s Wargaming Blog, I’ve got the first three of my initial half-dozen of the suckers finished this afternoon. For those who are unaware, the Zomtober Challenge is to paint up a Zombie or a Survivor each week and have them posted up by the Sunday.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

Thankfully, there appears to be enough flexibility to allow people like me who are more likely to get the zeds (or poxies) painted up in a single or pair of batches to participate as well as allow non-standard Zombies like these Poxwalkers to contribute. So I’ve been able to leverage that into some painted models. Of course, “Poxwalkers” and the new, “horny” design tweak is simply GW’s slight reworking of the previous “Plague Zombie” concept into something more trademark-friendly for their own purposes. So it’s all the same, pretty much.

On the Contrast Paint front, these models are pretty much perfect for the stuff – organic, mutated, discoloured, not-quite-right, and highly detailed. All factors that make the Contrast Paints work perfectly with them while being quite forgiving of the colours looking a bit off or improper here and there. It’s pretty much guaranteed that once the other half of the six I started are done, I’ll be starting on some more, regardles sof whether they get finished during Zomtober or not.

And yeah, since these things aren’t Nurgle Daemons but are instead part of the chaff from the Death Guard, they officially mark my beginning to paint the 40k-Mortal half of my Nurgle forces…

Small Scenics: More Little Boxes …from Mantic’s Mars Attacks (Scenic September ’19)

Mantic Mars Attacks Crates Boxes

Two years ago, I managed to paint all of the boxes from my Mantic Mars Attacks urban scenery. Great stuff, job done.

Then earlier this year, I found quite a few baggies more of the stuff. What could I do but seperate them into some tubs and …entirely forget about them for quite a few months? At least in September, I managed to get them done and out of the way. So following on from both that post two years ago and yesterday’s Incredibly Interesting Traffic Pylons, we have 20 small piles of boxes. To quote myself from two years ago:

They’re a little on the small side, and while they’ll work well as meeples for barricades in games of Zombicide, they feel a little like those annoying foot-high “walls” that videogames use to keep our otherwise athletic heroes from straying outside of the designated play area… They might work better stacks on top of other items to create useful cover, but even as is they make for decent ground clutter.

Sadly, I didn’t manage to get any of the larger pieces of terrain I’d hoped to complete. Looks like Terrain’s getting shoehorned into one of the next couple of months challenges again – gotta motivate myself to get that shiznit done!

Small Scenics: Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Traffic Pylons #1 (Scenic September ’19)

Secret Weapon Miniatures' Traffic Pylons

Well, like the best laid grand plans I had hoped to get some larger, more impressive terrain completed in September, but unfortunately life events and shitty weather conspired to prevent it. I did, however, continue on the Scatter Terrain train, and so I managed to complete the first of what will no doubt be two batches of “Traffic Pylons” from Secret Weapon Miniatures. Basically, I was buying some other stuff from a local retailer, and saw that these were cheap, so I got several bags. Turns out that each bag had 10 of the pylons in it, so I didn’t manage to get them all done. The 25 shown here are the ones done so far, and are about half of the ones I picked up. I’ll paint the others in a month or two. Or work on them slowly when tired after work.

The good news here was that they are/were simple enough to paint, and so during the perios where I was feeling under the weather, or tired, I was still able to plug away at a few of these at a time. Once they were painted, it was gloss varnish, satin varnish, paint wash to grime them up, and then matte varnish. As scatter terrain, and especially being resin they need to be pretty durable, so with that in mind, three coats of varnish isn’t overkill.

So yeah. Not impressive in any way on their own, but they’ll add a lot of that little extra layer of detail to any urban locale in a modern, post-modern, or even many sci-fi tabletops. I do have my Secret Weapon tiles that I’ll be making another pass at once the weather gets consistently better and I have a bit more time from work to work on such things, so let’s all cross our fingers and toes…

Orctober 2019 gets a new wrinkle: Orcslayer 2019 – Community Painting Challenge

So yeah. Last night I finished my final trio for Squaddie September, and then immediately found another, long-neglected figure from that same faction and got to work on him. Today, as I got close to finishing that model, I was musing about how amusing it would be to count that model towards Orctober, because it’s kind of adjacent to greenskins via the whole “Orcslayer” thing. (No, it ain’t Gotrek or Felix). Anyway, the thought stayed with me. And was still with me this evening. And so, well, that model counts for October anyway, because it’s been Neglected for probably 20 years (I am a bad person). But I figured that a twist keeps things interesting, and it also allows more people to participate should they be interested.

So to quote Mel Brooks “It’s good to be The King”. And like that, I’m adding in “Orcslayers” to the Orctober Community Painting Challenge. So if you have any models that can or should reasonably be called Orcslayers, then feel free to submit them over on the official sign-up post. NOT HERE. I’ll GET CONFUSED OR SOMETHING WHEN COMPILING.

What’s the criteria for this new wrinkle? Well, if your model(s) have a significant history with Orcs, or Orks, or Uruks, or Goblins, etc where they don’t get on very well at all, then you’re golden.

I’m not too fussed about depth of criteria, but, you know, keep it reasonable to the background of whatever you’re basing it on.

So this means that if you’re doing some 40k miniatures, it’s probably not going to be Hive Fleet Leviathan as the arch-enemies of the greenskins.

Of course, for your own armies, you have a lot mroe leeway. And why, yes, I did feel like posting up a bunch of pictures today.

On the other hand, if your RPG character has a long and storied history against Orcs, who am I to argue?

Now git out there and PAINT before Eomer eats your face!

Zombicide Toxic City Mall Expansion: Toxic Zombie Abominations (Squaddie September ’19, Contrast Paint Experiment #11)

Zombicide Toxic City Mall Expansion: Toxic Zombie Abominations

The next batch of three from my “I should paint those Zombicide Abominations” run, the Toxic Abominations from the Toxic City Mall expansion. These obviously closely follow the trio of Berserker Zombies from the other day, and were started immediately after those were completed. Like the previous batch, a lot of the work was done with Contrast paints, though I couldn’t resist combining them with “normal” painting techniques as well – which – let’s face it – is always going to give the best results. So after using different greens and combinations (because I mix my colours) from the Contrast range, these were all given a yellow glaze, and then the boils were goven some extra yellow and/or red to bring them to …the boil.

Zombicide Toxic City Mall Expansion: Toxic Zombie Abominations

Because Zombicide humour, the models are wearing undies or Speedos and wearing fluffy bunny slippers, as well as what may be tanning goggles, sunglasses or sleep masks. To keep it simple and make the three of them a little distinguishable, I went with different accessory schemes for the three of them – red/pink, “white”, and blue. Not sure why the models are covered in little squares, but they’re there on the artwork. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, as they’re a bit of a crappy detail of the sculpts – so I simply painted them flouro, as though they’re Post-Its. Again, because WTF else was there to do with them?

Zombicide, Toxic Zombie Abominations, Berserker Zombie Abominations

As with their Berserker brethren, these aren’t amazing models, but they’re quite decent, especially for boardgame monsters. These also have the benefit of fitting into the Nurgle force if need be as… I dunno? Plaguebeaers? Yeah, that’ll do it. They painted up pretty easily, were another fun (as opposed to shitty) experiment with the Contrast paints, and give me another trio “Squad” for September’s painting challenge. I’ll take that.

There’s a couple of little “Easter Eggs” on one of them for the sharp-eyed as well. Now that leaves me with the Orcish Abomination from Green Horde and the regular ones from the base game to do. And that’s before I get into the crazytown special ones from the later campaigns. If only I could get a break from dealing with other people’s needy and/or helpless bullshit for more than a scattered single day at a time…

Gobbla the Squig (No Skarsnik …yet) (Kev Adams, 1994)

Gobbla the Squig, Kev Adams, 1994

A quickie today. A month or so ago, I showed off Berkeley, Zombie Survivor which I painted as part of a “pick two”, where I asked Marouda to choose two models off my desk that I’d get painted. Berkeley, obviously was the first, and Gobbla, shown above and below, was the second of them. Gobbla here has actually been completed for a couple of weeks now, but there was a delay with taking the photos, and now an even longer delay in writing this post and getting him up on the blog.

Gobbla the Squig, Kev Adams, 1994

This is the first version of Gobbla, and I do need to find and then complete the accompanying version of Skarsnik to have the infamous duo done, finally. I just had a 20-minute look for Skarsnik, and while I found a bunch of models that I’d like to complete for Neglected Orctober next month, there’s no sign of the Infamous Goblin Shaman himself…

Paint-wise, he’s come up a bit shiner in these photograps than he is in hand, but hin skin does have a satin finish. Hopefully he looks a bit better when I show him again side by side with Skarsnik (eventually). There’s a fair bit of Contrast paint in him as well, though used in diluted form (using the medium) for some nice, densely-coloured but still opaque washes.

Neglected October plus Orctober & Orcslayer-Tober: Oct 2019 Community Painting Challenge.

First things first – the July and August Challenge Community Round-Ups are coming. I’d planned to have at least one of them done by now, but I’ve been both flat out and under the weather for the last week, which was supposed to be a time for me to have a bit of a rest. No such luck, of course. So.. they’ll still get done, but my descriptive bits will probably be a lot more concise.

I’ve also been doing a bit of painting myself, but again – not nearly as much as I’d like. There are at least three sets of three models that “should have” been done, like a week ago. Actually, I still haven’t had a chance to finalise the flocking for the final one of my own Awesome August models, so at this point I probably won’t even count it anymore…

Still, the world rolls on, and so here’s the (slightly late) October Challenge Announcement Post. As with last year, I’m going with the Orc theme, so anyone’s greenskins of any type (even if they have grey, brown, ochre, etc skin) will count, that’s across any games or models of course as long as they’re Orc-related (yeah, I’ll allow Squigs).

UPDATE: We’re now also including Orc-Slayers as part of this month’s challenge!

The other part of the challenge, which helps to make it accessable to pretty much anyone is the Neglected Models part. To summarise (since I have no energy right now), this means a model that was started more than 6 months ago but has been left to linger on the proverbial “shelf of shame”.

What’s “started”? Well, I’ll leave that up to you. Anything from “just needs a wash to be finished” to “I glued it together” works for me. The point – as always – being to help motivate people to get stuff finished that has been hanging out for too long. Nothing started that’s sat for more than 6 months? Well in that case, I firstly admire your discipline, and secondly, I’ll take something that you’ve owned for 6 months+ that you haven’t done anything to. Because I’m nice like that.

Usually, I try to comb through previous versions of the month’s challenge to add in some examples by participants, but like I said, I’ve got no energy still, so you get a few of my own Neglected and Orcish models, plucked from the photos stored here on WordPress. Don’t worry about me either, I’ll be fine in a day or three. 🙂

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a couple of days left for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in October. I don’t care when you started them!  😀

There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples.

Oh, and Neglected Scenery counts as well. Because why would it not?