Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #8 – More Warzone 1st Ed Zombies

As a followup to both of these posts that featured WarZone 1e Dark Legion Demnogonis (WarZone’s version of Nurgle) models, I’ve gotten off my arse and painted these four, that I found and photographed as a post-script to that last post. I actually found them next to my light box, where I’d left them and forgotten about them months ago.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Zombies.

Once again, they painted up damned quickly – within a day and a half from start to finished, most of which was drying time and time spent playing with my PlayStation. As with the previous post’s Black Númenórean Warriors, there’s not a lot to say about showing more figures from a range I’ve painted and shown off before, painted pretty much in the exact same manner. I’ll have the other seven, more military-themed ones done soon(er or later). The Auscam that I plan to give them will make it all take a bit longer, no doubt.

Once all are done I’ll probably do another group shot of sci-fi zombies. And then more again when I bust out the plastic Mantic ones. Bloody zombies never end….

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #7 – Great Unclean One & Devout Tormented

These guys provide the final set of newly-shared figures (for now) of my Nurgle Lost & Damned force. With a bit of luck, I’ll be able to get a fair few more painted up before too long.

The Original Great Unclean One of Nurgle.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

I want YOU! For Papa Nurgle.

I bought this figure back in the Realm of Chaos days, and started painting him not long after in the browny green olive tone above. Unfortunately, I stalled out for whatever reason and it took over a decade before I’d get back to him to finish off. I did so about 4-5 years ago now, and did so with a combination of The Dip and normal highlighting and shading. Basically, I wanted him to look properly disgusting, which seems to have worked decently well.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Nurgle’s Twerk! And some dripping behind him.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Big hands, hungry tongue.

The nice thing about these models was the fact that you could essentially build your own unique Greater Daemon – as there were multiples of all of the main components, so you could really put together a series of unique models, and your Greater Daemon was unlikely to be identical to your friends’. Something replicated somewhat these days with the new plastics, but still not to the extent of old (without a bunch of kitbashing, anyway!)

Oldhammer Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Lower angle shot.

I might have another one of these somewhere with different components – I’m not 100% sure. I do have the later one that came out in the mid-90’s, though I have the early version with the horns and prehensile tail. I also have a FW one here as well, though neither are painted, and it’ll probably be at least a while before their numbers come up.

Chronopia’s Devout Tormented – As a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

This big dude is probably unfamiliar to most readers. It’s a Devout Tormented from the Chronopia line of the mid-late 1990’s. Chronopia was essentially Heartbreaker’s take on Fantasy Skirmish following on from the Success of WarZone. Unfortunately, with the fall of Heartbreaker, both games fell. WarZone has had several resurrections over the years, but Chronopia has sunk into the dust, mostly forgotten.

Chronopia's Devout Tormented - As a Daemon Prince of Nurgle

Tormented Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

I had this model sitting around for quite some time before I decided to use him as part of The Lost and The Damned. As is often the case, the idea behind him is for multiple use. He can play the part of a Chaos Spawn when needed, but also fill the role of a Daemon Prince of Nurgle. He’s a good size, and is much more of a unique model than the usual Daemon wearing Space Marine armour. I’ve got a couple of those to build one day as well, but it’s nice to have something very different as well.

Chronopia's Devout Tormented - As a Daemon Prince of Nurgle

Tormented Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

Obviously the sculpt has some Nurgle-friendly elements. Being torn in half and still draging himself along the ground like a Zombie Crawler is one thing, and the large mono-horn ties in strongly with the Plaguebearers. As such, he can also fit in with my eventual “proper” 40k Daemon army, and in my Kings of War Abyssal (Daemon) Army (of Nurgle). The two will be mostly the same figures dual-purposed, as you do.

Chronopia's Devout Tormented - As a Daemon Prince of Nurgle

Tormented Daemon Prince of Nurgle – Dismembered!

Shortly after painting the “Gym Cultists”, I painted this guy. I used a similar palette to tie him in with them, and used “The Dip” via brush on his exposed viscera and dismembered sections, to tie him in with the Great Unclean One. It hasn;t come out well in the photo above, but the back of the base shows a trail of blood and general disgustingness behind him.

Chronopia Devout Tormented & Damned box.

This is the boxed set he came from. Along with a very Dragon Ogre kind of model – the Damned. Both are mostly resin with metal detail accessories. Unfortunately, they’re the resin of the time, so don’t expect something like McVey or Mierce’s stuff here. The resin is “drop-cast”, like Scotia Grendel’s scenery and while the Tormented here is fine due to his design, but all of the space underneath the Damned’s torso is filled, and you’re kinda expected to paint it black etc and try not to notice it. I suspect that the resin components of this kit might have even been outsource-cast by Grendel.

Oldhammer Great Unclean One, Plague Marine, Chronopia Devout Tormented

Great Unclean One, Plague Marine, Devout Tormented Daemon Prince.

A group shot with the Plague Marine Sergeant shown recently, to give a sense of scale for the two models. Not huge by today’s standards and more recent models, but they were both big for their time, and I think retain a lot of their presence simply by being cool models.

Nurgle Lost and the Damned – Army Shot! – Click to embiggen.

The whole army for the time being. It’s probably not a legal force, with a tiny points value with all of the zombies and cultists – and there’s obviously more to come, but this was the first time I ever managed to get the whole lot of them together on the table. So it’s nice. Marouda also took some photos at the time, so I’ll have to get hold of her photos and if they’re any good add one final update (for now) of close-ups of the force…

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #5 – More Plague Mutants & Zombies (From WarZone 1e, & DUST)

Some more painted figures from the LatD Army-oriented models.

WarZone 1e Dark Legion Heretic

WarZone 1e Dark Legion Heretic and Iron Maiden T-shirt.

I’m still pretty proud of this figure, another from the WarZone 1st Edition line – he’s a “Dark Legion Heretic“. I’m not especially a fan of Iron Maiden, but with that face, could he actually be Eddie in miniature form? I clearly thought so! Replicating their well-known font on a tiny miniature t-shirt was always going to be a bit much, so I went for more of a “Heavy Metal”-friendly font.

WarZone 1e Dark Legion Heretic

Dark Legion heretic with Gatorade Bottle. Stay Hydrated!

He’s painted with Dark Legion iconography rather than Nurgle or Chaos, but the DL is pretty much Chaos with a different name. The interesting/fun part of this model is the Gatorade bottle I gave him.

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

These two are (I think) Necromutants. I can’t find them on the Prince August site, and I suspect that these two might even predate WarZone 1e and actually be Mutant Chronicles models. Clearly these two were sculpted by Kev Adams as their faces both have his trademark style. From their faces, they look almost like they used to be an Ork and Squat, now fighting side by side in undeath. Which suits Nurgle just fine.

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

Even looking at their gear and posture, I find them to be very reminiscent of early Rogue Trader Orks and Squats, right down to their quilted armour. I’ve really got to dig out and (re)paint my RT-era Boyz sometime…

WarZone 1e Undead Legionnaire

WarZone 1e Undead Legionnaire

This guy is an Undead Legionnaire. They usually come in sets of four models, but apparently I only have the one painted. While the Blessed Legionnaires are much more generic zombies, the models of the Undead ones are designed with the look and uniforms of the WarZone corporations. This guy is a former Cybertronic trooper. I believe I have some more of these – but – down the track!

Catachan Zombie Kitbash!

Catachan Zombie Kitbash!

Sharing is caring – want some sausages?

These two pics aren’t that great. I may have accidentally turned off the Macro function, according to Marouda – and the Zombie is pretty washed out. I built this guy using Citadel Catachan models combined with their Plastic Zombies and a bit of putty. I built it for use with the first edition of Frag! as I recall. He’s also got a welcome place with Papa Nurgle’s band of misfit models.

Plague Zombies and Plague Mutants.

Plague Zombies and Plague Mutants.

Another group shot of all of today’s figures, sans the Zombie Horde part…

DUST Zombies

DUST Zombies, ready to be Poxwalkers.

Much like the DL Blessed Legionnaires in the last post, I’ve shown these DUST Zombies before but took the opportunity to take a new photo of them, as Nurgle Plague Zombies were always one of the things I had in mind when I painted them originally early last year.

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #4 – Big Mutants & Zombies (From WarZone 1e)

Ahem. Back to painted models.

The first one of these guys was shown years ago, but he’s being reshown here in the context of this LatD army which he’s a part of. Once I work out a proper list.

Spawn of Demnogonis

Spawn of Demnogonis as Nurgle dude.

Spawn of Demnogonis

Big Mutant? Herald of Nurgle?

He’s a Spawn of Demnogonis from the first edition of WarZone. The stitching and bandages make him thematically suitable for a Nurgle force, and the model looks to be suitable for perhaps a 40k Hearald of Nurgle or a Big Mutant directly from the LatD list. He’s mounted on a 30mm base from some brand of semi-soft plastic prepainted figures that was available in the 1990’s.

WarZone Carnal Harvester, Target Games

WarZone Carnal Harvester.

WarZone Carnal Harvester, Target Games

WarZone Carnal Harvester, Target Games

WarZone Carnal Harvester. He makes a great Big Mutant or Chaos Ogryn for Lost and the Damned forces. He’s not an especially Nurglish model, but he’s been painted to go with the Kitbashed Cultists from the previous few posts. Though without a wood-grain finish on his weapon.

Spawn of Demnogonis, Carnal Harvester, WarZone, Target Games

Big Mutant Family (and scale) shot!

And a little group shot. I’ve got another half-painted WarZone figure (Gomorrian Emasculator) somewhere that will make another great Big Mutant/Chaos Ogryn if I can find it and finish it, as well as quite a few others that are entirely unpainted.

Warzone Dark Legion Blessed Legionnaires, Target Games

Warzone Dark Legion Blessed Legionnaires as Nurgle Zombies. Or Poxwalkers. Or Chaos Cultists.

These models are actually Warzone 1st Edition Dark Legion Blessed Legionnaires, to be used as Nurgle Plague Zombies in one form or another. I showed them off last year, but the photos weren’t the best, and so I took a new one as part of the Lost and the Damned force I’m showing here (and seeing what I have ready to run and what’s started and part-painted while I do it).

11 More Warzone Dark Legion Blessed Legionnaires.

…like these guys that I’ve just found. They’ve been spray primed and are now going into the paint queue to be part of this army.

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #3 – Cultist Command

This is the final post of the triptych that deals with my little batch of cultists. It’s probably worth pointing out at this point that at the time I kitbashed these guys, the only cultists that GW had produced were these guys, nice enough figures, but a mere four sculpts which I also believe were also well out of production by then. They had also released a “mutation sprue” that was sold in a bundle with plastic Catachans and other stuff as a “build your own” solution for Chaos Cults and LatD armies. This was also long before Forge World stepped up to the plate with their own designs.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Chaos Cultist Command.

The smaller of these two guys are pretty straightforward. More kitbashes from the Catachan and Chaos Marauder sprues. The big guy in the middle was originally a metal Ork Nob that had been an unfinished conversion into some kind of DiggaNob prospector hero (from GorkaMorka) by (I believe) a GW Melbourne Staffer. I somehow ended up with it through sale or trade. He originally had a shovel, which I swapped out for as “normal” looking a pistol as I could find from my own Nobz. I thought he looked just the part for the leader of a Chaos Cult. Over-bulked up? Fingernail-talons on the end of his fingers? Skull-beard-braids? It all works. I added the chaos-style plastic plasma gun and its sling (I must have had Necromunda in mind actually – I always gave my leaders a Plasma Gun!) As always, cheap-looking plasticky “wood” panelling for the weapons.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Rear View, with the plastic-wood panelled Plasma Gun.

The Banner I kept completely plain. Green adds a possible implication for Nurgle, as do the brown and green tones of their clothing, while also not tying them to being only used as one-trick ponies of Nurgle.

Metal Citadel Chaos Cultists

Original Metal Chaos Cultists

Here’s those original Chaos Cultists. I’d usually just link to SoL from the appropriate text above, but I couldn’t find the right page. If anyone happens to know/find it, please LMK. 🙂

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

The Big “Gang” Shot of The Viking Muscle Power Gym Militia. Click to Embiggen.

And finally, the money shot of all of my cultists. I’ll undoubtedly paint up more cultists at some stage, but they’ll be a different batch and style to these guys. On one hand I’m somewhat tempted to revisit these guys and add a ton of tattoos and some satin and gloss varnish to represent sweat and oil, but on the other hand, they’re done, have been done for years and I’m still happy with them – no purple pants on Orcs that need to be repainted here! So I think I’ll leave them be and move onto other figures that actually do need to be touched up – and of course – completing and painting entirely new models.

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #2 – Melee Cultists

Following up on the post from a couple of days ago, here are the pics of the second “squad” of probably-chaos-but-possibly-bodybuilding cultists. These guys are kitted for close combat in the far future, which is why they’re armed with axes, flails and swords (and a shield!)

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Kitbashed Klose Kombat Kaos Kultists – Lost and the Damned

The paint scheme on these guys (3-Colour US Desert Camo, plastic-looking, pseudo-wooden weapon furniture, etc) is pretty much exactly the same as that of their rifle-toting brethren, which makes sense since these were kitbashed and painted together. These guys got a couple with fur capes/pelts, which is to distinguish the Leader of the Pack (sing it!) and his second.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Rear View of the Cultists.

The rear view shot shows off the junk hanging from their backs, including a nasty-looking pick apparently held onto that one guy’s back by magnets, or personal gravity. Told ya they’re from the far future! Then again, in a nod to Chaos, the guy’s got spikes growing out of his shoulders…

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Swinging those things around in tight formation seems safe. What?

The “other half” of the squad, though in practice on the table top they’d all be mixed in together anyway. I wonder if I could use this squad in Kings of War without anyone noticing? I removed the horns from the one guy’s helmet both for variety and for common sense. GW-sized “viking” horns and a flail is a clear OH&S-violating combination that’s just asking to end up in traction on Cultist’s Worker’s Comp.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Gratuitous Arse Shot!

As before, the rear shot shows off some of their additional gear, including their collection of pistols, both archaic and newer looking. And some longbones. Gotta love that Kroot Accessory sprue!

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

A Clowder of Close Combat Cultists.

Here’s the usual squad shot. This half of the group is what really makes them into a feasable Necromunda Gang – using Goliath Rules, naturally! Though as noted, there’s lots of scope to use them as all kinds of generic bad guys and nutters.

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #1 – Ranged Cultists

Last week I read a post over on Hobgoblin Orange that reminded me of a project that I’d started and actually managed to finish back in the late 2000’s. A couple of units kitbashed from Chaos Marauders, plastic Catachans, and whatever other bits I found to suit (plastic Goliaths, bits from the Kroot Sprue, Mordheim guys, etc). I couldn’t even remember why I’d put them together at first, and it took digging them out and looking at some of the other figures near them for me to realise/remember why I’d started them – they were to be a part of a smallish Lost and the Damned force from Codex: Eye of Terror.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists – Lost and the Damned

The idea was that they were to be vaguely Nurgle-themed, but without the specific pustulence and decay that we typically see on Nurgle models. This was to keep them a little generic and flexible for potential use in other games, forces and scenarios. Besides, every cult needs some cleanskins …right?

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Rear View of Chaos Cultists.

I went with US Desert 3-colour camo and a military green for the armoured plates for a few reasons – I wanted to keep to the general colours of Nurgle, but also retain a kind of Military (or Paramilitary) feel to the models. Brass fixings because Chaos (and it looks good against the green) with red spot colours for leg wraps and headbands. As well as that, I enjoy painting real-world camo patterns, and the 3-colour desert both looks good and is also pretty easy to replicate.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Riflemen and a flamer.

I also chose to paint them with plastic-looking pseudo-wooden furniture on their weapons in imitation to the garish look of those AKs we all saw plenty of throughout the ’80s and ’90s. The flamer guy naturally got the cigar-chomping head from the Sentinel kit. And flames on his bandanna.

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

Rear View of Kitbashed Chaos Cultists

By keeping the “Chaos” on them slightly subtle (and even moreso compared to recent kits!), I figured I could also use them for various techno-barbarians, space pirates, deserters or even a militarised Body builder’s club-cum-Citi-Def/PDF unit (which is more of a weird Judge Dredd vibe kinda thing – but then, pseudo-Dredd has always been a core part of my 40k ethos going right back to Rogue Trader.)

Kitbashed Chaos Cultists, Techno-Barbarians

The Viking Muscle Power Gym Militia, ready for hot, buff, sweaty, oiled-up action. Or Nurgle Cultists. Whatever floats ya goat!

These guys are the Ranged “squad”. There’s also the Close Combat-themed “squad” which I’ll get a post up for soon. I’ve got to say that even now I remember how much I enjoyed building and painting these guys. Aside from the choice of kits and “one special weapon, one heavy weapon” IG squad thing, it was really liberating to just have a bunch of kits and bits, and to give myself free reign over how I put them together.