Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #12: Shadows of Brimstone Burrower as Giant Chaos Spawn (Monster March ’18)

I took a hard left turn in my participation on the Monster March painting challenge this month. When I got sick two weeks ago, I found that I was unable to paint fine details to the standard that I hold myself to, so that put the kibosh on getting the Terminator Squad I’ve been working on finished. I also found that shading all of those god-damned bones on the Reaper Bone Giant and the Dracoliche was just not gonna happen.

So I took a different road. I had ordered some extra-large bases from Reaper Miniatures, and they finally arrived in the middle of the month. Also recently, my mate Carlo had done some gluing and puttying on a few kits for me, and the Burrower from Shadows of Brimstone was one of them. It’s not an amazing model by any account, but I looked at it and the complete lack of fine, fiddly details on the model, and as I now had the large bases, I decided to try and paint the thing for Monster March.

I went with a colour scheme inspired by the Nurgle models that I’ve been painting over the last couple of months, with the idea that I could also use it as something in my Nurgle Daemon army – the Giant Chaos Spawn profile from the Forgeworld Chaos Index for 8th Edition 40k fitting the bill quite nicely. I’m sure there’s something big and gigantic I could fill in the stats for in AoS and KoW and a dozen other games as well.

The figure itself was a matter of basecoats followed by a series of drybrushes, washes, picking out of those little bumps across the whole model and some veinage on the tentacles, and stippling in various locations to try and give it at least sort of a natural look. Matt varnish on the base and body, satin on the “teeth” and gloss on the tentacles.

Paint was started last weekend (the WIP photo was last Saturday), and I’ve just done a little bit here and there when I could after work. Luckily the model is simple enough that I got the whole thing done in less than a week.

As you can see here, the model is pretty big. Giant Chaos Spawn, indeed! I have to thank Swordmaster for running this challenge. Although I failed miserably at completing the two models I wanted to finish (because I got sick!), I still managed to get motivated enough to paint a model that could have sat there unpainted for a bloody long time.

I also have another figure that I’d been working on to mount on one of the large bases. Today is the 30th of March. Let’s see if I can finish that one for Monster March as well. Will I get it done in time or will this stubborn chest infection, Assassins Creed: Origins and the newly-arrived Far Cry 5 prevent me from doing so? Tune in tomorrow and find out!

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad (Squad: March ’18)

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Here’s another squad, finally completed. I dug these guys out of a figure case several months ago and have been slowly plugging away at them pretty much ever since. I’d completed them except for the Jump Packs in January, so with the squad-based focus this month, I was able to get motivated to finally finish them off!

My Flesh Tearers take a few deviations from the official scheme. This is because these models were initially planned to represent an option for me to use them as either a Blood Angels successor chapter, or as a models that could be used in a Khornare/World Eaters Chaos Marine force (probably as Khornate Raptors). The models are built from a mixture of what was readily available back in that 2005-2008 time period, so Tactical Marine, Assault Marine and Khorne Berserker parts. I think they work just as well (or better) with the black chest and bone aquila.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

The skull-helmet is a Khorne berserker helm with the “bunny ears” trimmed off. The bare head is the one with the canines, that I figured would work well enough for a non-Blood-Angels-handsome vampire or a chaos marine. The Power fist is from the 2nd Edition chaos close combat sprue. The loyalist purity seals were added later.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

This squad all feature metal “Death Company” shoulder pads from the 2nd edition metal box set from the Codex: Angels of Death release in 1996, so I’d had them for quite some time before this. When I originally planned this dual-use force out in 2005 or 2006 or whenever it was, I wanted to use metal shoulder pads for chapter icons, in much the way I’m now using 3D-printed icons. Because I value consistency for Marine models. The Saltire (cross) on the pads was to be part of the Chapter Icon, rather than something to represent the Death Company. These guys got the saltire with skull, another squad type would get saltire-only, another squad type would get skull -only. Of course, in the intervening decade, I’ve forgotten the entire system I had worked out, so I’m simply calling the Saltire-with-Skull an “Assault” designation.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Despite the use of Melta Guns being (briefly) removed as an option for Blood Angels in the 8th Edition index, they’re back in the new Codex, so they’re legal again. (I’d have just used them anyway.) I had some fun with the barrels experimenting with a nice heat discolouration look on the barrels.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Another change from the initial models was a change to their Jump Packs. With new products available, I swapped out the original “two thruster” backpacks with these ones which tie them in more strongly with many of the Blood Angels models – particularly the Sanguinary Guard.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

Chainaxes obviously have no standard place in a Blood Angels force, though they’re very much a weapon that is in character for the Flesh Tearers. In friendly games, I’ll just use the stats taken from the Khorne Berserker entry, and should it ever be an issue, they can just be fancy-looking chainswords instead.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Assault Squad

The eventual plan for the Flesh Tearers is for them to be combined with the “proper” Blood Angels as a combined Sons of Sanguinius army. I’m going to completely ignore GW’s rather arbitrary rules on which heroes can influence which troops and eventually paint all of my metal BA characters in their own livery – as well as Gabriel Seth – and simply use them together as one. In the meantime, I do want to get the Flesh Tearers to a 2+1 stage on their own before doing the same with the Blood Angels, and them combining the two. I’ve got a Rhino/Razorback in progress that I picked up off Nerdfest on Dakka, and also a hero in progress. So hopefully those both get finished in the next couple of months so I can then begin on the second FT squad (Tactical, probably) and then take it from there!

Mentor Legion #8 – Plasma Gunner (Tactical Squad III-3)

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marine Plasma Gunner Mentors

Another part of Tactical Squad III of my Mentor Legion here today. The squad Specialist, armed with a Plasma Gun. I tend to paint the plasma coils in coppery tones rather than glowing, since they can’t always be charging or firing.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marine Plasma Gunner Mentors

I’ve posted him up individually rather than holding him back mostly because I’m wanting to get all of March’s models posted on the Blog before the monthly round-up. I’d typically have held showing this guy back until I had a few more done.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marine Plasma Gunner Mentors

The model is a very simple conversion – it’s a second edition Plasma Gunner with the head carved off and a 3rd edition helmet (with neck!) dropped into the hole I carved out and oriented in the direction of the weapon. Since I had to literally saw the head off a metal model and then use a drill to hollow out a collar, I’ll call this one a conversion rather than a kitbash.

Mentor Legion #7 – Jump Pack Librarian Scipio Aemillianus

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

So here’s an Illegal Model. I expect that the Games Workshop Staatssicherheitsdienst will be around presently to assist me with my re-education. More specifically, we have a Space Marine Librarian with Lightning Claws and a Jump Pack. A simple kitbash by my good self from the 3rd edition 40k era, when such things were ferpectly legal. Of course, as I’ve already blogged, none of my Mentor Legion of the day (my 3e New Edition, New Army) actually got completed due to a horrible experience with custom decals. Since discovering the wonders of 3D printing for Chapter Icons and a local source of pretty good printable decal paper that plays well with my Laserjet, I’m on the Custom Decal Train and I can finally finish off some of these old projects.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

This Space Marine Librarian is known as Scipio Aemillianus (I was saving Africanus for the Captain), and as an Assault Librarian led my Mentor Legion force in their batttles during 3rd edition. Usually attached to one of the two 7-man Assault Squads, he regularly wreaked a furious vengeance on The Emperor’s foes.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

Another kitbash/conversion from the all-metal days, his base is one of the metal Librarians (Power Axe, I think) with metal Lightning Claw arms from a Terminator grafted on, as well as the metal Jump Pack. The skull-rings on his Jump Pack were an interesting decal I found on an old Epic sheet, as is the skull and crossed axes on one of the vents. The Librarian symbols on his tabard are freehanded, as is the skull on his other vent.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

I had to use a smaller Mentor decal than I would have liked on his shoulder, since I had the scroll there, and didn’t want to “cut off” the beak. I noticed the ding on the paint on his left greave and have since fixed that up. If I were painting the figure from scratch today, I’d have had less red on him and probably replaced some of it with silvered and copper metallics, but again, I’m trying to finish figures that I’m otherwise happy with. Maybe I’ll go back, but not anytime too soon. He’s a force leader, so he’s allowed to be a little more blingy.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian Chaplain

Here’s a 2-shot of the pair of Characters so far completed for this army, and Scipio Aemillianus here is the last of my “Neglected February” models to share. I’ll do a personal round-up tomorrow, and then the day after, I’ll do one including all the people who have participated in the challenge.

So far (in my draft post) I’ve got Krautscientist, Alex, Justneedsvarnish, Mikeland82, Wargamer Eric, Ann, Steinberg Shed Space, Argentbadger and Back to the Hammer. If I’ve missed you, please add a comment below with a link to your Neglected model post so I can be sure to get everyone in. Because I feel like I’ve missed a person or two, despite combing through my reader and notifications…

Mentor Legion #6 – Tactical Squad III-2

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Here’s the next pair of models that go with Tactical Squad III. The Sergeant and the Corporal. The sergeant is the metal model that originally came with (from memory) either a boxed tactical or Devastator squad in early 3rd edition. I’m thinking it was probably a Dev squad since they came with metal arms and backpacks for their heavy weapons, so a metal model for the Sergeant makes more sense, while a Tactical Squad of the time could very easily be all-plastic.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

His offsider here is one of the “robed marines” which were the first incarnation of the Robed models pushed out for Dark Angels – again in 3rd edition, based on the plastics of the time with sculpted details simply added on top before casting in metal. I originally envisioned this guy as the Sergeant for Tactical Squad I, which at the time would have been the veterans. They had a slightly higher statline, but not much else – they certainly didn’t have the gear of modern Vanguard or Sternguard. Obviously this guy doesn’t fit into either of these categories, so I changed his squad designation marking from I to III, repainted his helm from white to green, and now he’ll work fine as a 2ic for the standard tactical squad.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Even today, I’m quite happy with the freehand pattern I added to his robe. It keeps it from being too plain,

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

On some of the older models with metal shoulders, the 3d-printed icons can be a little big.  Still works well, though but it does illustrate the variation, shrinkage and warpage that you get with metal models at times.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

III Squad slowly takes shape…

 

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #10: The Army So Far (End Feb ’08)

So this is the state of the army now, two months into 2018. Four packs of Plaguebearers, two Beasts of Nurgle, 1 Daemon Prince of Nurgle (represented by the original GUO), 1 Great Unclean One and Mamon the Transfigured. I’m not even going to worry about “proper” points at this stage, but it comes to a Power Level of 54 for 8th edition 40k, so we’re getting towards a decent sized force – though a ton of those points come from the Great Unclean One.

Mentor Legion #5 – Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

I’m still working my way through February’s Neglected Models, especially after I had a bit of a surge of getting stuff done at the end there, and then took a break from posting for a few days because videogames.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

Today we have a Space Marine Chaplain from the mid-1990’s. Spefically the second range of Chaplains launched with 2nd Edition 40k when they got Jes Goodwin to slowly resculpt the entire Space Marine range. You can just barely see my Custom Mentor Legion transfer on his shoulder, peeking out under his pack here.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

The figure and jump pack are mostly metal, and as with all of the Mentor Legion that I’ll be working my way through in the foreseeable future, were started back in early 3rd edition. And completed about a week ago. The jump pack is once again metal – pinned in place, while the little skulls on the pack are plastic details, carved off …something.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

The skully pauldron you see here is a metal conversion piece. It might have originally been a Blood Angels pad, or possibly a chaos one. Works well enough for a Chaplain, though – so that’s what he got. The rest of the right arm is from a Chaos marine, with a 3rd edition Imperial Bolt Pistol.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

He’s perhaps a bit colourful for a Chaplain, but at least it’s all in context this time. The green of his bolt pistol, scabbard and pouches and the white of his pauldrons reflect his chapter colours, the red is all purity seal wax in my usual colour (and the same colour used on my Mentor Legion) while the blue is a richer edge highlight colour on his black armour, and the metallic blue on his Rosarius and Crozius is a way I often represent power (fields, weapons, etc). The brass accessories add some gravitas to him, as he’s a Chaplain rather than a mere Astartes, and of course, bone for the skull-helm, scrolls and such. But yeah. Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. Black and White and Bone. Silver and Gold. Grimdark Chaplain!

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996) Assault Marines.

And here he is with a pair of plasma-toting bodyguards. Ready to swoop in and ruin your day! Hm, you can’t attach characters to squads anymore. I wonder how he’ll work out?