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.
This model was originally released as a “Dwarf General” but was repurposed to represent Queen Helgar Longplaits during the Grudge of Drong 5th edition WHFB campaign. I picked her up alongside many of the other dwarves that I’ve had since shortly afterwards, including a number of the Slayers. Now, finally, thanks to Fembruary forcing my hand, I’ve finished her.
In general terms, I’ve been really bad at blogging over the last week. I mean, on one hand it’s only been a few days since my last post, but on the other hand, that post was written and queued on Sunday. So for a few days, I haven’t been reading new posts from people nor following comments nor seeing who the new people who have subbed actually are.. and the result is a massive backlog!
The reason for the time off maintaining the blog has been a combination more of the endless ups and downs on the rollercoaster that is my workplace, and deciding last Sunday to “take a look” at Assassins creed: Origins on my X1X, since I bought the bloody thing months ago. While I’ve done a little bit of painting, AC:O basically took all of my free time since then. Blogging? Meh. Watching Wrestling? Meh. Other games? Meh. Even now, I’d rather be playing it then needing to open Photoshop to crop and resize these bloody photos I just took – and a delay even there since some from Friday night were blurry which meant a second trip to the light box today.
So now I’m going to try and post up the last of February’s backlog over the next few days. The last couple of Fembruary models, followed by the last batches of “Neglected Models” (though there would have been a lot more if not for AC:O), then my own round-ups for Fembruary and Neglected Models, a full “February” round-up for myself, and then a group round-up for all the people that participated in Neglected Model February – and thank you to everyone who posted a link or comment about that. If you joined in and painted a neglected model in Feb and haven’t already done so, please either leave a comment or a pingback to the post linked here so I can do the round-up.
As for Helga, well, she counts as both a Female model, and a Neglected Model, so 2-up for her on Paint Challenges…
If you’re sick of Plaguebearer posts, you’re not alone. I’m sick of them myself. The good news then is that this post represents the last of all my metal Plaguebearers painted and completed. Sure, I’ve got a ton of plastics to paint up at some stage, but since I ain’t touching my plastic kits until ALL of the older metal is done, we have a reprieve.
I’m sure they’ll still feature in some other posts. I should do an “Nurgle Daemon Army-so-far” post sometime soon and I’ll do a personal Squaduary wrap-up in the next few days, though I still need to put the final, finishing touches on the Wolfpack first. I’ll do the same for Fembruary, though that will be closer to the end of the month, or even the first weekend in March, since the month ends on a Wednesday and then I’ll need a few days to photograph and then write up a blog post. And of course, there will be my final February wrap-up post encompassing everything I got finished this month, but after that I can only see them turning up in batreps or subsequent “Nurgle Daemon Army-so-far” posts as the force continues to build up.
Here they are, united with the original batches of “green” Plaguebearers.
Okay. We’ve had the Green Plaguebearers and the Tan Plaguebearers, it’s time for the Brown Plaguebearers. As with the last Plaguebearer post last week, the batch is made up of a mixture of the 3rd wave metals, with a couple of 2nd wave metals, and the shitty 2007 3.5 wave command trio.
I already shared my opinion on these in the last Plaguebearer post. Suffice to say, if you think these look okay, then I’ve managed to successfully slightly polish a trio of turds. That and we’re looking at them from their most favourable angles here. The pointing finger was missing from the Champion/Plagueridden, so I used a “bone axe” hand from a Shieldwolf Mountain Orc as a replacement.
Since posting up the previous batch of Plaguebearers, I’ve found that not only did Aly Morrison sculpt these 3rd Wave models (which are a mixed bag – my favourite three are above) and those embarrassingly awful abominations of a command group, but he also sculpted the original Great Unclean One, which stands as a timeless classic (to me, anyway). Talk about an uneven resume.
Here’s a pair of 2nd Wave Plaguebearers. I never liked these compared to the originals, or even the 3rd wave models. They always struck me as a series of unnecessary resculpts. In that they looked quite close to the originals, while still being noticeably inferior. I always assumed their main reason for existence was because Kev Adams had moved on (or been moved on?) from GW. Not sure if that’s true or not, but this range still seems to me to be one of the more redundant series of models ever released. Sculpts are by either Aly Morrison, Colin Dixon, or both, depending on where you look, as I’ve found them both individually credited for this range as well as “and-credited” for this range.
I ended up with an awful lot of that hunched-over Plaguebearer, so here’s a pair in brown along with a friend. The overall palette and techniques for these guys was pretty much identical to the tan and the green, just with a different base colour, hightlight and shade for the core flesh. The discolourations, tentacles, horns, bone, wounds, etc were all done in the exact same way, which will unify them nicely with their fellows I think.
As with the last set of Plaguebearers I painted, I’ll call this another completed submission for Alex’ Fembruary Painting Challenge 2018 as well as the Squaduary Painting Challenge. I’ve still got a few more Plaguebearers to show (I finished them concurrently with these ones), so now I can shift painting gears a little and try to finish some other models before the month ticks out. I’ve still got that pack of 9 wolves that I’d like to complete for Squaduary, as well as the Dark Elf Sorceress and the Escher to complete for a more traditional set of models for Fembruary.
And then there’s the two Ork Nobs that are all I need to complete their two Mobs.
Of course, the “to paint” list is endless, but it’s good to have the next few targets decided on…
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.
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.
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…
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 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…
Here’s the next batch of 12 completed Plaguebearers, fresh(!) from the paint queue. This bunch has been painted with a washed-out, pale fleshy base with ruddy-flesh accents and the odd bit of purplish tentacle-worminess.
First up for “showcasing” are the command group. While they do look okay once fully painted, the actual figures are (forgive the pun) disgustingly bad, lazy, pathetic sculpts. I did a musician before I found the bunch of 27 figures that this dozen came from, and was dubious about the way the details like the bell are joined to the body, but having now painted the trio of them, I can honestly say that they’re really shit figures that were clearly rushed into production and rushed out the door to release alongside the 40k 4th Edition Chaos Daemons Codex and WHFB 5th Edition Warhammer Armies Daemons of Chaos.
I’m not sure who sculpted these, I’m not even sure if it was the same sculptor that did the others from the 2001 release, if a trainee just went over the top of some masters, but they should definitely feel bad about such shoddy work. EDIT – Turns out it was Aly Morrison all along. For both the originals and the Command Group. Credit to Krautscientist and his old collection of German WDs for checking it.
Pretty much just smushing greenstuff between bits of sculpted detail to join things together “because Nurgle” is lazy and pathetic. Sure, much of that is hidden between and under other details, but having large areas of basically no detail bit lines poked into the sculpt is not up to scratch, especially for the prices that GW was charging even in 2009. Seriously, look at the “drips” of muck. That’s childish toy cartoon levels of detail, not expertly crafted miniature detail.
Here’s two pairs of duplicate figures. While the aesthetic could easily be questioned on these, the sculpting in the finer details is miles ahead of that found on the command models. I’ve used Citadel’s Blood for the Blood God (a dark, glossy clear red) in their open wounds, though you can’t really tell in the photos. As with the Spartan Shield on the Minotaur Captain, it ends up looking quite flat when photographed.
When I was painting these, and drawing closer to getting them finished, I was also thinking about Alex’s theme for February: Fembruary. Which is to paint some female miniatures during the month. I got to thinking – and I’m entirely serious here – this 3rd wave of Plaguebearer sculpts – this particular lot – could just as easily be “female” as “male” in pretty much any breakdown of figures.
Let’s look at the facts. Plaguebearers are created from the victims of Nurgle’s Rot in the lore. Nurgle’s Rot effects civilians and whole populations just as much as it does military, so there’s no real weighting there, even if you go with the idea that military forces in the Imperium are overwhelmingly male (until they update things like the Imperial Guard figure ranges, hopefully!). To quote GW: “These loathsome Lesser Daemons are crafted from the blighted soul-stuff of mortals who have been slain by Nurgle’s Rot.” So there’s that.
Beyond that, we’ve got physical appearance. Let’s go with sexual organs first. They clearly all have uncovered secondary sexual organs (bare breasts/pectorals). They’re not sculpted in any kind of way to engage the prurient interest, but that’s not what we’re looking at. Scroll up and look at those chests. Do they look more male or more female? Some each way? All a bit asexual? Primary sexual organs? Well, these aren’t sculpts by Mierce or Brother Vinni, so there’s no Tab A or Slot B on any model in the range. But then, what did you expect?
Of course, they’re all ugly as fuck. And we’re conditioned at this point to expect our female figures – by and large – to be beautiful, with maybe a Troll Hag or Female Ogre or a haggard witch being the exceptions. Check any Imperial Sister, or Eldar model, or any sorceress or female Warrior or Bard or almost anything from Reaper or Avatars of War or Privateer Press or… We’re talking overwhelmingly beautiful and/or explicitly “sexy”. Male figures, on the other hand can be as ugly as you like, and I think that’s a big part of why we (myself included until a couple of days ago) consider models like this to all be male, when they’re actually not really defined one way or another.
With 100% seriousness, I’m calling several members (at least) of this daemon pack a successful submission for Alex’ Fembruary Painting Challenge 2018. I still intend to complete some more “traditional” female models as well.
I’m also calling this dozen models, all started this month a successful submission for the Squaduary Painting Challenge, for all the reasons stated above. It’ll probably continue to go under Stepping Between Games‘ radar, because I ain’t signing up for either Disqus or Twitter for a single paint challenge, unless Ann or Westrider wants to give them the heads-up.
I’m entirely sure I’ll get the other 15 Plaguebearers done this month as well, though maybe not this weekend, because Pandemic Legacy and NJPW. I’m also sure that IRO will appreciate the ridiculously long post title that including it in all of these categories has entailed. Funnily enough, these haven’t been neglected (started but unfinished) miniatures, so they don’t count for my own challenge… 😉
I thought this picture might be a nice way to wrap up this post. All of my painted Plaguebearers. If I need to, I can segregate them by skin tone, but I prefer to have them all mixed together in a messy horde of Nurgle’s children, even if they’re in packs of 10. Roll on completion of the next dozen in the next skin tone!
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:
- I was never really satisfied with it. I didn’t like how I’d completed the face of the model.
- 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…