Legion of the Damned #6: Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 (Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989)

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989, Oldhammer 40k

It’s been another long break since I’ve posted (or painted) any Legion of the Damned models, but thanks to Le Tray, I’ve managed to complete a model that I’ve been stuck on for well over a decade. Out of the three original Librarian models, I managed to complete the painting of the first back in 2017 for my Dark Angels, and now I’ve finally completed the second – for my Legion of the Damned force.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989, Oldhammer 40k

“But wait!” you say. “Legion of the Damned can’t have Librarians!” Well, yes. But also, no. You see, dear reader, that back in the mists of time when 3rd Edition 40k and its codices were current, there was a Chapter Approved Codex published in White Dwarf that gave rules for running entire armies of the Legion, complete with characters and war machines. It was during the times when these rules were still valid that I began work on making a whole Legion of the Damned Army. I didn’t get very far, but I did get this guy started. And now, in the middle of the clusterfuck that is otherwise known as 2020, I’ve gotten him finished.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989, Oldhammer 40k, RT01 Marines, Sergeant Centurius, Sgt Centurius

The model is basically stock, except for three changes. 32mm base, his (broken) sword was replaced by one from a WarZone weapons blister, and his backpack is a metal Legion of the Damned one from the more recent run of the models. Please enjoy this photograph of this nameless librarian alongside his dark brethren. And yes, I really do need to paint more of these.

…and what of the third Librarian? Well, like his two brothers, I’ve got specific plans for him. One Day…

Realm of Chaos – The Death Guard #4: Poxwalkers #8-13 (Contrast Paint Experiment #12.2)

Nurgle Poxwalkers, Zombice Green Horde Orc Abomination

I’ve completed the next six Poxwalkers. At this point I need to either find the missing parts from the two other sets I’ve clipped off the sprue, just use the parts I have and go all Wuduast in converting them lightly and get another set ready, or put them aside entirely and sort out a new set and not lose the parts this time. Here they are alongside the Zombicide Orc Abomination from the other day – all the Zombie-ish figures from May’s painting all together, and also shows how well the Abomination would fit in with the Poxwalkers in my Nurgle force, as well as obviously with a Fantasy Undead force.. This works as a scale shot for the Abomination.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

For their clothing I’m trying to keep it reasonably logical – at least for those that are wearing clothing or regognisable scraps. In this case it means work pants that match the ones used in the initial bunch, some scraps of a lab coat, and a pair of white over-pants that looked to me like PPE.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

I added a little bit of bloodstain to the PPE pants, as well as some trails on the maggots. These really are brilliant sculpts across the board, with subtle details to the point where you can sometimes see that the maggots are supposed to be underneath their skin or clothing. When I see these, I tend to paint them as though they’re on the outside, since the detail is so subtle it just won’t be seen at all otherwise. Though I certainly appreciate it being there.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

The poxwalkers that wear more nondescript clothing like loincloths have just continued to get the dark green ones. No point going bright or too different with them, the way I see it. I went more “crusty” with the rust effects on this batch, though I’m sure they’ll still fit in just fine with the first ones.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

The rear view of them. I’m not being as creative as Ann is with them all being individually painted – nor as I noted earlier – Wudugast in converting and kitbashing each model – but varying them by each small batch is a happy enough compromise for me.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

And lastly, a group shot of my Poxwalkers so far. Not too bad so far, but there’s still a ton more of them to go…