Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Ulcer of the Abstruse Sector - Great Unclean One of Nurgle

Over the past few weeks I've been doing a little work here and there to finish off my Great Unclean One, who will be known as The Ulcer of the Abstruse Sector. For none shall know the True Name of this foul denizen of the warp, and thereby bind it into service...

I've had this model for ages, and had painted it previously (some 6 years ago) to a much lower standard.  When I decided I was going to try and put together a mono-Nurgle Daemon force some time ago, along with a load of other stuff, it went into the paint stripper.  After a rebuild, re-pin and re-fill on the gaps, and a lengthy little  at a time paint job, here is the finished (apart from varnishing) beast.  I think I enjoyed painting this a great deal more than I did the previous time. Maybe this is partly due to increased confidence in my skill level (slightly improved from a few years back), and maybe partly due to a better understanding of colour (he was green last time; the folly of youth). But most probably because of taking steps in using new techniques (newish to me at least) like not drowning everything in bucket loads of wash, and instead applying it a bit at a time, in the right places, and also gaining a bit of confidence with glazes...

I've done some pictures in normal lighting (which came out a little dark), and also some further shots with flash, which show (hopefully) the colour transitions and glazing effects a bit better. Apologies if they are a bit glarey, but I took them with my phone.  In fact, why am I apologising? If I really meant it, I wouldn't publish them.  Feel free to ponder that one out to your hearts content should you wish to do so.

Tried to put a filter on this picture. You can now more of less tell what's in it!

These flash shots do unfortunately pick out the small flaws in the basing (now corrected)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Lazarine, Daemon Prince of Nurgle

Quite some time ago (obviously this will be at least 2 years since - usual Tony of Nurgle standard practice), I picked up the fantastic Old Death model produced by Enigma Miniatures with the intention of making it into a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

I really like how the static pose of the creature implies loitering in the background (waiting escort the damned to Hades or some-such), while the wind swept robe adds a nice sense of movement. If he was a bit taller I'd maybe think of him as Mortarion as Daemon Prince. Perhaps it would be a more accurate reflection of a Grave Warden elevated to daemonhood.  Either way, I think he adds a nice touch of visual variety to my mono-Nurgle daemon army...  I've named him the Lazarine after a form of "spotted leprosy".

Monday, 6 October 2014

As the wails of tormented souls echo about the desolate landscape, a horrific apparition lurches into view...

This is my interpretation of a Herald of Nurgle on a Palanquin. In theory it can be used as such, or as a suitable stand-in for Epidemius.  It's a kit bash idea I've had in mind for quite some time, asides from the finer details.

I should take the opportunity to thank Tim (Fulgrim) from The Tears of Istvaan for kindly donating most of  a Vampire Counts Corpse Cart kit. So er, "mad props, yo" (or whatever the youth say these days).  I rounded out the missing bits with a bit of cut down and melted sprue (where one of the stumbling corpses attaches to the yoke of the cart; a head from the ever popular Empire Flagellants kit; and a random zombie arm I had laying around (it might be from a Kings of War zombie or a GW one - can't remember which).  The other key addition to the cart is the widened platform at the back where old Rotten Chops himself stands. This was created from them wooden stirrer things you can pick up in Costa coffee shops. Apologies to Costa for robbing their stirring sticks.

These here are some photos that I took. Sorry that they aren't the best quality...

Monday, 29 September 2014

I'm in danger of actually finishing TWO projects.

Yes. That's right. I'm in imminent danger of finishing a modelling project or two! I know this verily beggars belief, but it's true!

Mono-Nurgle Daemons are within a fortnight of completion at my current work rate. I've not posted anything about them for a while as I didn't want to interrupt my so called flow. But anyways, this is actually happening.

And the terrain project is worming it's way toward completion.

Somebody call the authorities. I've actually almost broken out of the self-repeating rut of part-completing projects.  All this is a result of just doing a little bit of stuff almost everyday.

Be ready to watch me fail.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Ordo Malleus Inquisitor 3D sketch for INQ28

This is a 3D sketch for an Ordo Malleus Inquisitor by the name of Ziegfried Daubenton.  The parts come from the Tzeentch sorcerer, the Tempestus Scions and the vampire lord from the Zombie Dragon/Terrorgeist kit. The tabard with purity seals I'm not sure of the origin. Possibly Black Templars? Anyway, from the bits box.

Bearing in mind this is held together with blu tack, this explains why he appears to be leaning backwards in one of the pics.  I expect his accessories may change somewhat before the finished product is ready.

Friday, 29 August 2014

World Building: Part 9 - The Path of the Martyr (terrain progress)

It seems I've been reasonably busy on the quiet working away at the terrain for the Path of the Martyr. What has been a bit of a hot summer in "Croydon, yo", particularly in the furnace-like area of the house I'd got set aside for a painting area made for a bit of a nightmare climate. Paint seemed to dry on the brush even while using thinned paint on a wet palette.

In order to solve the problem, or avoid it, more to the point, I bought a pack of cheapo paint brushes from a discount book store by the name of 'The Works' for 3 English quids. I moved my painting shit to the dining table and did some rough and ready paint jobs with some jumbo brushes on the terrain, which seems to have turned out pretty well, even if a little basic.

It also seems I have enough terrain ready (or near enough ready) to pretty much fill a 4x4 table. Which was a surprise discovery earlier this evening when I decided to put it all on the gaming table...

The wood in the foreground is unfinished

An overview. Please ignore the miscellaneous crap in the background

Please ignore the frankly awful duvet cover that is protecting the dining table

28mm dudes eye view

Monday, 25 August 2014

Daemonhosts - the Sacred & the Profane part 2

Following on from the previous blog post, this is the second of two Daemonhosts.  The previous one representing the Sacred, this one representing the Profane.

The Profane is manifesting in a different way to his erstwhile companion, and is restrained and warded differently too.  You will notice there is an obvious size difference between the models (see final picture).  The Sacred has been forced into increasing the size and strength of the host body in order to better manage the burden put upon it.  The Profane can sometimes be hard to keep under control, and has a vicious and violent nature.  The host form has been placed in consecrated stocks which are adorned with litanies of faith.

I like to think of the Profane as an homage to Nosferatu. Only partially accidental!

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