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  1. Well I was trying to avoid another work-in-progress, but I'm enjoying myself so I thought I'd better 'fess up to what I've been up to the last week or so. The new edition of Warhammer 40K was released on the 17th, and as usual I failed to resist a big box of plastic crack so now I have a load of Death Guard and new Space Marines to paint. I really bought the box for the big marines (a head taller or more than the previous standard) but was won over by the Nurgle models when I saw them in person, so those are the first to see some paint. For the (perhaps luckily) uninitiated, Nurgle is the Chaos God of pestilence and disease, and is a jovial grandfatherly god who loves to give his followers (and anyone else) presents of delightfully interesting plagues, poxes and other unpleasant afflictions. A bit like a fetid Father Christmas. https://www.games-workshop.com/en-NZ/Warhammer-40000-dark-imperium-eng-2017 So last week I cleaned up, built and primed 31 minions of Nurgle, starting with ten Death Guard - space marines which have fallen in with his icky ways: (click for bigger) I've only photographed five so far, which include the special models like the chap with the bell, and the one spewing a cloud of something nasty. The other five are more normal, but they're all different and have interesting details. After that I did the Bloat Drone, which is a sort of demon-powered flying sludge lorry. The model is supposed to look like this: but I wasn't in love with the rotors and modified mine a bit using some spare parts left over from another Nurgle model, as follows: giving a sort of Baron Harkonnen battle suit result, or so I hope. I think sticking the guns on might be a mistake so I'll probably be removing those again before I come to paint him. Lastly I had to put together twenty pox-walkers (plague zombies) which came on two identical sprues. I've made up one set as-is and converted the others a little so they're all different. It's not a dramatic difference as apart from one case I limited myself to using parts removed from other pox-walkers, so it's really mostly head and weapon swaps with a few other changes. Tuesday night I spent a couple of hours getting some basic colours onto one of the pox-walkers to try out ideas for the group. I thought it was a good start, but the PPE was better all in safety orange, and the brown cloth was too close to the other colours so I've done that green. I might give some wine red or white cloth as well? So this is where I'm at now: Nearly time for a matt coat and some metallics on the gun and nails. But I need to paint the base first. The flat bit will be glossed over as a swamp, and the sticking up bit needs to be wet earth or moss I suppose? I really hope I stay the course with these, we all know how easily I get distracted and twenty zombies is a lot But I loved painting the first one, lots of well-defined detail and a nice open pose (I suppose that's de rigeur for something which is only two injection-moulded parts). Plus doing the icky bits is really fun Cheers, Will
  2. Hi folks, I hope this is OK here, usually the Warhammer Chaos stuff crosses over between sci-fi and fantasy. If not let me know and I'll move it to one of the figure subforums. This was one of those impulse purchases which had a life of its own - it came out yesterday, I built most of it last night and primed it this afternoon. Now I have to figure out how to paint it! Fit was excellent and the joints are mostly hidden by the surface features. I have run some CA into one or two to clean them up, and I need to do a wee bit more based on these pictures. As is often the case with the bigger GW kits there were three versions to choose from. Three styles of mouth/tongue, three styles of belly, three riders. You also get forward and back versions of both legs and arms allowing for a wee bit of variety in pose. (The threes are very apt in this case since that's a magic number for Nurgle, the Chaos god of filth, rot and disease, whose minion this is.) I went for the guy with the grinning Nurgle face, and didn't add the second belly mouth - a bit too much like vagina dentata. I'm pretty sure this is the first model I've built where boils were used as alignment pins... Will
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