Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #7: Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World). Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Postscript 2

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

So here we are again with yet another Nurgle Daemons army post. Sorry to anyone that’s getting bored with this particular project, but it’s probably most accurately described as my main focus for the time being, and I know how much of a hobby butterfly I can be, so I’m taking as much advantage of my own sustained interest for as long as I can sustain that interest.

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

The model I’m sharing this time is the Forge World model, known alternately as Nurgle Daemon Prince and Herald, or Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted. He has rules for both 40k as well as Age of Sigmar, which is a nice touch. He’s also got a little mate on the Forge World page – a slug-bodied, bionic-armed Herald of Nurgle who I have sitting here – and while I’ll get to him as well, I’m in no huge hurry as I’m still working on a bunch of metal Nurgle plaguebearers right now, with even more old metal Nurgle stuff queued up right behind them – and I don’t want to start too much more before completing a bunch of the stuff already on the go.

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

This model was of course started as part of Painting Decembuary, and unfortunately just missed out on completion at the end of January. I did manage to complete it during the following few days, in the first weekend of February – so I’m still happy about that. I’d have showed it earlier, but I thought it more appropriate to break up the Nurgle a little with the Minotaurs Captain, and we might have ended up with two Plaguebearer posts in a row if I showed the last post after this one…

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

We’ve started referring to this guy as “rustbucket” around here. I’m still not 100% happy with the rusty barrel, but I’m okay with it now after having done a bit more to it. It’s a little harder in a sense, as it’s got a fair bit of detail sculpted onto it. The tiny little blight flies were a nice touch I found on his right arm when painting him. I painted them with metallics, like Blue Bottle flies.

As with the other larger Daemons of Nurgle, he’s standing on a decent chunk of slate to enhance his stature. Rather than blood and viscera at his feet, I’ve given him a bit of Nurgle’s Rot-slime instead. The rest of the scheme is very similar to what I did with the 2nd-gen Great Unclean One. A yellow-green spray basecoat, with green wash, and then other colours blended into the skin – most notably Bugman’s Glow.

It’s a pretty nice model overall, and certainly one that makes a nice centrepiece – or by modern GW’s standard, a medium-sized centrepiece. Until I finish a more recent giant Nurgle Monster however, this guy rules the roost here.

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

Mamon comes with four Nurglings “built-in”. Two riding his shoulders and two enjoying the hot tub on his back. I tried to paint all four of them so that they’d stand out from Mamon’s skin, without making them all too similar.

I used a few layers of water effects inside the barrel and on the dripping fluids. I also mixed in a little bit of green wash and also flouro green paint into the resin, which also submerged one of the skulls entirely as well as raising the “water” levels on the Nurglings. Rather than trying to pop them, I pushed the little bubbles to what I felt was an amusingly appropriate point on the model, so it looks like the Nurglings are having a good old fart in the tub.

Originally, the goop in the barrel was going to be dark, but I think the luminous green I added on top of it works pretty well. What is it? We probably don’t wanna know!

Here’s a final pic, showing the three “Big Boys” of my Nurgle Daemon force together, along with a Plaguebearer to provide a sense of scale. I think the slate on these guys helps to emphasise their size and importance without being over the top. They’d still tower over the smaller figures (well, maybe not the original GUO so much), but the basing certainly gives them more gravitas without being over the top.

I really need to get another, proper group shot of this army-in-progress done soon. I expect that will be one of the next couple of posts…

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #5: Aly Morrison’s Original Oldhammer Great Unclean One (1988-9) Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Postscript 1

That bloody post title’s long enough, don’t ya reckon?

This figure is a “renovation” of the original Great Unclean One model, a figure I bought on release, finally originally started about 7 or 8 years ago, sat in limbo, then completed almost three years ago. Nominally for 40k, but with Kings of War equally (or more) in mind – given the square base.

The problem, well, the problems were that:

  1. I was never really satisfied with it. I didn’t like how I’d completed the face of the model.
  2. The base. Again, I’ve always preferred the aesthetic of round bases over squares. I didn’t have any GW-style 50mm round bases at the time either – and 40mm round was too small and 60mm round way too big – so he went on an original-size 40mm Square base.

When rebasing, I wanted to keep it in line with the later Great Unclean One, so some large chunks of slate to improve his stature (he’s looking pretty small by modern standards), and as witht he original version, a bit of a gore trail behind him.

So aside from rebasing, I also needed to add a bit more variation in tone to his flesh, rather than just being a muddy green. I added some ruddy fleshtones to him, scattered around his bulk, but also focused on knee, elbow and knuckle joints, with a little around the shoulders. I also purpled up his tongue where it had originally been red, and added the green glowing eyes that I’m using across (most of) my Nurgle daemons. Because of his smaller stature and the fact that I now have the larger 1997-ish GUO painted, this one will be used as a Daemon Prince. Which will also be the ’07 model’s eventual fate when I have an ’18 model assembled and painted…

Here’s how he looked before the renovation. Not radically different, but I feel it’s been an improvement that I’m happy with, and now I’m finally satisfied with the model. Looking at those old LaTD posts, it makes me realise there’s some other stuff I could/should pull out of that series of models to include in the updated Nurgle Daemon force. Time to go hunting…

Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Part 6 – The Final Round-Up!

So here we are. Wrapping up the second time this challenge has been a thing, and the first time I’ve invited others to participate if they so wish. There was triumph, tragedy, we laughed, we cried, there were tears, and fears. And possibly someone listened to Tears for Fears at some point. I’d hoped to complete the 1996 Great Unclean One as well as one (or two) Forge World Nurgle Daemon Princes, and maybe a Herald of Nurgle, maybe the Original Great Unclean One, and possibly even finish Be’lakor and the Marauder Giant that still languish on my desk and shelf, unfinished from the previous Painting December of 2015. HA!

I did get the ’96 GUO finished, and Mamon, Daemon Prince and the Original GUO are both close enough that they will be complete very shortly. Probably later today for the original GUO, in fact – and hopefully by tomorrow night for Mamon. (I’m typing this on Saturday.)

Wudugast from Convert or Die completed his Skaven Screaming Bell.

 

The 28th Scribe completed Grymdraig from Mierce Miniatures. A nice subtle use of brass and verdigris on the torso add interest and detail to the completed model.

 

Alex from Leadbaloony converted and painted a personalised version of Arkhan the Black, using a combination of Grenadier’s old-school Death Dragon, and old Citadel Skeleton Cavalry model, and a few spectral undead models for the basing.

 

Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer completed Goremaw, a huge model from Reaper’s Bones line. I’ve been working on getting my own Goremaw assembled after seeing his completed one!

 

Archer from Dakka completed his Necron Monolith.  He’s gone for a sandstone-and-metal look which has come up really very nicely. More photos are buried at the bottom of his gigantic post.

 

TinPot Revolutionary completed Venerable-Brother Dracorus of the Iron Eagles Space Marine Chapter.  Sharp, neat highlights combined with a muted, military colour scheme makes the extra details really pop.

 

Joshinjapan from Dakka completed what I last time called an inspirational job on Great Cthulhu from Reaper Bones. Somuch so, that I’ve been looking for the same paints that he used locally (with little luck, so far).

 

Zergsmasher, also from Dakka, smashed out a great Mortarion. All those fiddly details!

 

Last finished model to show, but very much not least is Imperial Rebel Ork’s fantastic Ogre/Ogor Mournfang Stonehorn and rider.

 

There were a few non-completions – both shared online and not, but hopefully those figures will now be well on their way to being done. And there’s no reason they can’t be used as content for any future painting challenges, either here or elsewhere if it comes to it. Anything that helps motivate us to get more stuff done is a good thing, after all.

 

Ian Sturrock is close to completion on his Bones Frost Giants. Having been interrupted by a house move, he just needs to find everything (because packing) to drive them to final completion.

 

Ann from Ann’s Imperium‘s work on Foetid Bloat-Drone “Becky the Bloater” appears to have stalled out at the end of January. I’ve heard that Becky might make a reappearance as part of Leadballoony Alex’s Fembruary Challenge.

 

Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe was working on a Khorne Lord of Skulls. He appears to have been distracted by the schemes of Tzeentch, however. Hopefully one day Khorne’s big mechanical champion shall arise!

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #3: Trish Morrison’s Great Unclean One (1996-8) Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Part 5

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

This post is doing double-duty. I’d mocked up a draft post for a couple of WIP shots from the same series I took last week, but I’ve been working on the Great Unclean one pretty constantly whenever I have some hobby time, so the model’s been changing apace from the shots I was going to post about.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

I had also planned to post a more general Painting Decembuary update this weekend, but there’s only been one update from the participants regarding it in past week, a rather lovely dreadnought from Tinpotrevolutionary, (go check it out!) so given that, I’m making this post about my own model, and hold off until late next week for the wrap-up Decembuary post.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

So the double duty is for my own Nurgle Daemon army build, and my own entry to Decembuary. You’ll notice the odd years up above. The model has 1996 carved into one foot, yet the model doesn’t show up until the 1998 Citadel catalogue, so my best guess is that it came out in late 1997. I could check old White Dwarves for the exact year/month, but ain’t nobody got time for dat right now.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

The model is fucking busy. There are SO many little buboes, maggots, rot-worms, rents in the skin, pustules and whatnot, and I was determined to do a job on it that I’d be satisfied with – unlike my fast job on the original GUO that’s always bothered me a little (he’s getting renovated now with a new base). This meant no “wash and done” since I knew it’d just bother me later on.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Given that I really didn’t get much done in December at all because of what happened, I really thought I’d fail to get anything finished this year – let alone this guy, plus my overly-optimistic “stretch goals” of Mamon, maybe Cor’Bax, then onto completing Be’Lakor and maybe even the Marauder Giant. But yeah. Under the circumstances, I managed to finish this guy, and I’m happy with that.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Mounting him raised up on some slate has given his Flail of Skulls the effect of being sort-of swung behind him, off the ground. Anyone familiar with the original model will also notice that his tongue has been swapped out. I hated the original head-on-a-tongue sculpt – not conceptually, but the execution – so I replaced it entirely with a metal tentacle from the original Chaos Spawn model from the 1990s’. I bought a few of them just for the bits, back in the day.

Yeah. This guy was a lot of work, but I’m quite pleased with the final result.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Happy, but not satisfied. Therefore I’ve also restarted work on Mamon, and I’m hoping to have him completed before the end of the month. It’ll be close, either way. I also seem to have misplaced all of my Nurglings. Once they’re located, I’ll paint some up and place them on appropriate models – this model for example, will only get 2nd-gen metal Nurglings.

Oh, there’s now also THIS guy on the horizon. Not for awhile though, as I want to finish all my Nurgle metal and resin before starting on the plastic. When this guy becomes a thing, this old Great Unclean One will probably have to be demoted to Daemon Prince of Nurgle – just as the OG Realm of Chaos GUO will be once he’s rebased. The size discrepancy will just be way too much.

For now, I’m happy to let him lord it over his minions…

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…