Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #15: Plague Toads (Forge World)

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

Back to Nurgle again today. Finally. A second trio of Plague Toads. Even though it’s been almost exactly two months since the first trio that I shared, I actually started on all of my Plague Toads at once, I just ended up splitting them off into their overall colours, and so the “brown” ones got finished first, and now, finally, I’ve finished the “green” trio.

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

These are some really nice models, really – but so very busy, especially when compared to the smooth lines of the new plastics. I’ve got a few more old-school metal Nurgle models still to assemble and get through before I go onto the plastics, though – as well as a bit more resin and a couple of extra surprises that I’m already working on.

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

As with the brown trio, I gave these green ones some broad stripes of darker green across their backs, the rear view being where they stand out the most. I felt that it gives the green a bit more depth and makes these unnatural, daemonic beasts look that little bit more “natural”.

I also ran some thinned purple and yellows through them in various places – again to vary their flesh tones that little bit.

Now here’s some individual portraits of the three of them – I’m basically out of words, so enjoy the photos!

Delicious!

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #14: Plague Toads (Forge World) (June-It ’18)

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

Back to the Nurgle Daemons today. It’s been awhile, I know, but these three have been a slow march, mostly because other stuff keeps taking their spot in the queue. Now, finally though – it’s their turn to shine! Or glisten.

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

I’ve actually had these Forge World resin models for years now, but like so much in my collection, they were bought because I wanted them to eventually paint up for [army] and then they just sat there. Since this year I’ve been doing the Nurgle Daemon thing, they finally got their time. I still have a bunch of other metal Nurgle mobs to paint up before I allow myself to start on the plastics, but I’m allowing resin models to be painted thoughout.

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

There’s not really a great deal to write about these things. They’re pretty nifty in the current edition of 40k, and I assume quite nasty in AoS as well, though I honestly haven’t looked up their stats there yet. I’d have had these posted up earlier, but we’ve had an entire day and a half of rainstorms and occasional thunderstorms here, along with quite cold weather – which has meant a rather unsuitable climate for spraying. As we move into midwinter, that will of course only get worse, so I foresee a more sporadic posting schedule to come – where it will only be every few days (or on the weekends) I can manage to spray new models, so we’ll have “dead air” here on the blog while I wait for a suitable day and completed models pile up, followed by a mass of photos once I’ve had a spray day that gives me a backlog of stuff to spray.

Forge World Nurgle Daemon Plague Toads

Depending on how that goes, I might end up doing some more “thought” pieces, like finishing that post about paints that sits half-finished in my drafts folder, or some painting tutorials (provided I can remember to take the photos. I still need to do one on iron/metal, and I’ve been thinking of documenting how I paint Isengard Uruk-Hai and their skin. Provided I start painting the bloody things!

Here’s the usual size comparison shot, showing how they stack up to a couple of friends and a couple of foes.

They’re pretty nice models, all in all – at least in that messed-up Nurgle way. They’ve also got a pretty impressive stature to them, and are quite a bit bigger than I’d expected when I first ordered them, oh so many years ago.

WAAAAGH! Pt.13: Keelhaul, Orc Warboss – and his faithful squghound, Muttley. (Neglected Model May ’18)

Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks, Squighound

Another pair of Brian Nelson classics here today. These figures are relevant to me for quite a few reasons. More relevant in fact than anything I’ve painted since the initial pair of Celestial Lions last December – and with a personal backstory that goes way beyond then. Firstly, and probably least importantly, they’re another pair of Neglected Models – though I have to credit that particular challenge with being a strong motivation that drove me to get over my mental block on the Warboss and complete him – the very same can be said for the snotlings I completed very recently.

Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks,

As I mentioned in the Lions post linked above, I’ve only gotten back to painting the Orks last year, as a tribute to my brother who was the biggest single influence on my life and who is responsible for all of these geek interests. This pair of models mark the final models that were part of that original Ork warband that I was painting when he passed away over 10 years ago that I was only able to start again in on last year. There’s still more to come for the Ork army over time, but that entire first small force is now complete.

Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks,

My brother had three pseudonyms that he used over his life. Keelhaul was one that surfaced during his time playing PBM (play-by-mail) games, which were very much a thing before the internets arrived. He kept that one up in various games up until the end, and it fits in well enough with Orks, so this big bad bastard is now Keelhaul. Sure, he doesn’t look like a freebooter, nor does he have a pirate’s tricorne hat, but he’ll still happily keelhaul you using whatever is to hand. With or without water. Squggoth, Wartrukk, Battlewagon, Megatank, Kill-bursta. Moving or not. Doesn’t matter to him. A second dates back to his biker days, and fits perfectly with the Squighound – Muttley. I don’t think I need to say more on that one’s appropriateness.

Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks,

In terms of the modelling, I believe I swapped the head out from the original from another Warboss kit. I can’t remember if the cables from his head onto the torso were part of the torso (ie, a head AND torso swap) or if I sculpted them there. They look a bit rough when you get close, so it may well be the latter. I did have a metal “iron gob” from another kit carved and ready to glue in, but I couldn’t find it originally, and now don’t feel like I really need to add it, even if I did find it.

Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks,

As far as painting goes, we’ve got the usual camoflague patterns on his clothing, along with the usual dark metal. I decided to “skin” some of the parts that I’ve left as plain metal on the other Orks – speficially his shoulder pads and weapons. I went with the heavily weathered bone colour, since it worked so well with the Nob I painted a little while ago and also fit in well with the whole “desert camo” look of the force. The red lines are something I added to add some structure of sorts to his gear, kinda reflective of the stripes I often give to the weapons on Imperial and Iron Warriors models. Marouda said that it reminded her of a set of skins from a videogame, so there might well be a subconscious influence there as well.

Brian Nelson, Warhammer 40k, Squighound Brian Nelson, Warhammer 40k, Squighound Brian Nelson, Warhammer 40k, Squighound

I actually had the Warboss finished when I suddenly remembered that I originally had this specific Squig as his pet. This led to spending literally half of the day last Sunday looking for it and delayed this post by several days. Once again, Marouda came to the rescue when she got home and she found it in a tub that I’d only looked through about three times already, not seeing it repeatedly. With that, I was able to rebase and then paint Muttley over a couple of days, drawn out further by the cold weather making the spray varnish take forever to dry. I added some blood effects to his maw because he should be a slightly terrifying looking guard “dog” for his master, after all.

Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks, Brian Nelson, Ork Warboss, Blood Axe, Warhammer 40k, Orks,

I’ll get photos of the whole force up sometime soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to take some photos this weekend.

WAAAAGH! Pt.12: GorkaMorka Snotz as 40k Gretchin. (Brian Nelson, 1999) (Neglected Model May ’18)

GorkaMorka Snotz, 40k Gretchin, Brian Nelson, 1999

These little fellas have been on the go since 2005. They were part of the Ork Combat Patrol force that I was working on when my brother passed away, which got boxed away until last year when I was ready to start working on them again – which almost all of these WAAAAGH! series posts are. I’m very happy to have finally finished them off over the past few days, which included rebasing all of them. These figures aren’t “proper” gretchin, in fact (as the post title has already told you) “Snotz” from GorkaMorka in 1999. Which means I started painting them only about 6 years after buying them, which for me is actually pretty good.

GorkaMorka Snotz, 40k Gretchin, Brian Nelson, 1999

They’re based on little 20mm round bases. While rebasing them from their original GorkaMorka “football” grot bases, I did briefly try one out on a regular 25mm base, but it looked absolutely ridiculous, but fine on a 20mm base. I did have to order some more of them, as I only had a few from a Red Box Games order a couple of years ago. I’m sure they’re legal enough in the current version of 40k, as GW doesn’t seem too fussed about base size anymore.

GorkaMorka Snotz, 40k Gretchin, Brian Nelson, 1999I do recall when I showed the WIP versions of these models many years ago (must have been on DA-WAAGH forums) one guy told me that I had them on illegal bases, and then another guy chimed in stating that GW had said that any model could always be used on either the bases they came with, a larger base than that, or whatever the current base size was. Clearly a way to grandfather in things like the Rogue Trader-era terminators, or Abaddon the Despoiler, who originally came on a 25mm base. (I should really paint one of mine!)

GorkaMorka Snotz, 40k Gretchin, Brian Nelson, 1999

Now one thing that’s hard to miss is just how bloody luminous they are. Something that was a part of older Orc/Ork fluff was that essentially, the bigger and tougher an Ork was, the darker their skin became. Obviously the pinnacle of this sort of thing were Warbosses in 40k, and Black Orcs in Fantasy. On the other end of this spectrum was that goblins/gretchin tended to be lighter and brighter, and obviously snotlings are even moreso.

GorkaMorka Snotz, 40k Gretchin, Brian Nelson, 1999

Why so many photos of the 4 sculpts x4? Because look at them! They’re snotlings! No-one is ever going to look at them as much as a few people online have just looked at them right here right now. Certainly not on the table when there’s other big and eye-catching stuff there, but at the same time there’s a lot of work here. This is their brief moment in the sun. At some point I’ll get onto the “proper” gretchin models that I have from Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition, as well as the tidy collection of GorkaKorka gretchin, vehicles and of course Da Red Gobbo.

GorkaMorka Snotz, 40k Gretchin, Runtherd, Brian Nelson, 1999

In the meantime, here they are with their Runtherd, also from the GorkaMorka range. Having completed these models, I’m left with only one more figure from that original warband – the Warboss. He’s been on the painting table again for the last few days, so my hope is to finish him off in the next few days and then get him posted up here. varnishing him is going to be a problem with the current UK weather that has somehow made its way down here to Australia (actually, today’s downpour and cold comes from Antarctica). Wish me luck!

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #12: Sammy the Snail

This cute little fella is a random thing that ended up in my figure boxes. I don’t remember when or where or who it came from. It’s basically a life-size snail. I suspect that it was one of those little shelf knick-knacks in soft-ish pewter that people put on their shelves or whatever, and I can only guess that it came from my mum.

Since I’ve been painting the Nurgle Daemon stuff lately, I decided to get it done, finally. It’s not quite a Beast of Nurgle in stature (unless it’s a puppy!), so I figure it can be used as a non-combat familiar model. Maybe an Objective marker occasionally. Something to follow the GUOs around or put amongst the Nurgling bases like a protective guard dog for them. I could even use it as a Plaguebearer in a pinch.

It took longer to paint than you’d expect. Mostly in my dithering around on the shell colours and patterns. In the end what I settled for isn’t perfect, but it works and is good enough.

Here’s a size comparison shot with a Plaguebearer, so as you can see, Sammy makes for a pretty large familiar.

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!

WAAAAGH! Pt.11: The other 40k Ork Nob Complete = Boyz Mob #2 Complete (Squad: March ’18)

40k Space Ork Nob

While it might seem cheaty to finish a single model and call it another squad complete, that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. Mostly because finishing this Ork Nob does indeed finish off another Mob of my Orks. I left him and his mate from a week or so ago to paint last – after I completed all of Da Boyz, because I wanted to do a little bit extra on them – and painting these metal Nobz to lead them would serve as my reward for slogging through the plastic boyz.

40k Space Ork Nob

I may have combined the two of them into a single post, but when my camera’s battery ran out, it put paid to that, as I didn’t get it charged and more importantly back out to take photos again for a few days. I’m good with that regardless, as it let me focus on this guy a little more in the photos.

40k Space Ork Nob

As with the previous Nob, some coloured washes on his armour plates and choppa to suggest heat discolouration when it was being forged (or beaten into shape!) as well as the Blood Axe-ish camo clothing and the tusks and horns on his helm painted in bone rather than silver (which just didn’t work well).

40k Space Ork Nob

Hm. I need to go and grab the model to check what’s going on with that spot of white underneath that toof on his armband. (Later: It was a spot of paint. Fixed now!)

For something a bit different on this guy, I took the opportunity to experiment with some rust discolouration effects on white-painted metal. Not a terrible start for a first try, I’d hope you agree? I might try incorporating some crackle medium next time I try it and see how well that works. When I get working properly on Ork vehicles and walkers, there should be plenty of opportunities to keep playing with these techniques.

Space Ork Boyz Mob

And a shot of him with his minions. This leaves …not too much more to complete this first Ork force from 2005. Just the Warboss, and a herd of Grotz. I used the GorkaMorka Snotling models, so we’ll see just how painful they turn out to be, as they’ll all have to be rebased in this “cracked earth” style before being finally completed. I’m guessing, pretty painful. Once that’s done, I’ll do an army shot. I can probably force myself to complete the Warboss during Neglected May, and the Grotz for Squad: June…