Change of Plans

So I biked to Strategies today, to try and get a little exercise, get out of the house.  I talked to Darren the owner about some things I’d noticed in the big red book, corrected him on a few points.  Told him how my 1500 point Ork and Goblin list has only two orks in it.  Then he mentioned the fantasy campaign starts this Sunday.

I knew it was the to start on the 25th.  I knew in order to play I’d be better off taking the daemons as they are way more points per models than the goblins, but I’d still planned to work on my second test bezerker and a test lesser demon.  That had to change, I’m not the fastest painter, but even three plaguebearers takes me time.  I suppose I could just drybrush and wash the heck out of them.  That is what a lot of so-called nurgle painters do.  They call it a messy or even a realistic style.  As if there is a realistic way to paint fictitious monsters.

I plan to paint one kinda bright sickly green.  I don’t really have any painted that way and I’ll do it for the champ so he’ll stand out a bit.  The other two will be brown-y or flesh-y.  I’ve seen some people paint Nurgle models or zombies like this so I thought I’d give it a try.  Also on the paint table is the one stand of Nurglings, I don’t need this for the 1500 point army list but I do for the 2000 point one.  It is much less of a priority.  One of the Nurglings will probably painted pale-blue grey like the Servant of Decay skin was.  The others will probably test out various foundation colours a little more, including my newest acquisition, Tau Sept Ochre.

I also need to make a movement tray for my 40 strong horde of Plaguebearers and I need to rebase my Beasts of Nurgle on 40mm square or 60mm square, whatever “monster” bases are.  I don’t actually have any, I’m just going to use balsa wood, then cover it with sand, skulls, and of course cat liter.

It is finally starting to cool down here in Vancouver, so I think I’ll publish this, make something to eat, then get cracking.

Primed black Nurgle demons on painting table

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Modest Hobby Update

Today I went to Strategies, wrote out a token Ork and Goblin 1500 point army list, and invest money I don’t really have into Warhammer 8th Edition.  I didn’t buy any minis but the big red book isn’t cheap.  I also am more and more sure I didn’t get the job where they planned to make a decision Thursday or Friday.  You never know I’ll politely inquire Monday afternoon if I don’t hear anything.

After spending too much time hanging around the local gaming store, I spent more time hanging around one of the many cafes on Main Street, then when I got home I read and flipped through the big red book some.  Eventually after a modest meal I took a break and promptly fell asleep on my bed.  I’ve been trying to get out and exercise a bit more and I think it hit me this evening. Freshly prepared miniatures

I had planned to do a little more work on my many miniature painting projects.  I actually laid out two plaguebearers and another Foundry WW1 rifleman before my impromptu nap.  When I got back up it seemed hotter than when I went to sleep.  I started cleaning the models and must not have been fully awake as I managed to slip while rotating my exacto knife and cut myself on the inside of my index finger.  I got a fresh reminder of the true colour of blood and after patching myself up I returned to the modeling table with more focus on the task at hand.

These three newly cleaned and prepared for painting models, will get some beach sand and some black primer before I go to bed and after exciting domestic chores tomorrow I’ll probably resume painting the three models behind them.  They are a test chaos daemon which I plan to paint a very dark purple, a second test Khorne bezerker, and a test Servant of Decay.  Hopefully I can crank them out pretty quickly as my painting queue seems to be getting longer instead of shorter.

I want to finish off my 2010 Vancouver Astronomi-con army promptly, but now I need to paint some lesser daemons of Nurgle too by the end of the month so I might do them before the three rank and file models I need to do for my Astro army.  That still leaves me the big three models for this years Astronomi-con.

WW1 Foundry Rifleman closeupIn other hobby news Zac’s blog network is up and at it.  He came up with some membership criteria which may be even stricter than From the Warp or the Bell of Lost Souls network.  I’m not sure how much traffic these blog networks generate, but the answer is some.  One of the reasons I set up a dedicated hobby blog was to apply for membership in probably all three of these networks.  I may need to wait five more months before I can apply to the Table Top Gaming News one.  Some people in the networks are selling something, miniatures, painting services, hobby products, even ad space, but most are just hobbyists.  I just want some of my ramblings to get read.  Plus if I go to all the trouble of preparing a tutorial I hope it is eventually of use to somebody.

Speaking of my one true tutorial so far on this blog, I sealed the WW1 Canadian Corps rifleman, it made his helmet shiny.  I used Purity Seal but I think a little too much may have landed on his lid.  Anyway it is just a test model, I also took some effort and used the bright haloegen lamp on my painting test to try and show that I did indeed paint the eyes of this 25mm figure.

Well that is all for tonight, look for more ramblings, and work in progress photos this weekend as I have no shortage of miniatures to paint.  I just hope it isn’t too hot in Vancouver.  I still have some terrain work to do on the trench table and will probably do some sort of rust painting tutorial in conjunction with it.

Terrain pieces on the side of my painting table

Warhammer 8th Edition

So loyal readers of this blog, both of them will know I’m working on my Astronomi-con army, my army for next year’s Astronomi-con, my terrain for next year’s Astronomi-con, and some WW1 guys to take full advantage of the modular trench table I’m building.  So what’s this post about Warhammer Fantasy Battle doing on this blog?

Well I honestly haven’t played Warhammer Fantasy Battle in over ten years, but I’ve been encouraged over the last decade to get my Orks and Goblins on the table, I have many of them painted, well over one hundred goblins.  They aren’t the prettiest but they are usable with three exceptions.  One they are not based or more correctly they are just on black plastic bases, two they spearmen really should have shields, so I have to paint 63 goblin shields, and three the rules have changed so many times over the last decade the army needs movement trays and a few goblin crewmen for the warmachines.  In short it would take a lot of painting and work to get 1500 points of goblins on the battlefield.  1000 points was what I was shooting for before, but 1500 seems to be the magic number at Strategies. My Goblin Horde

I went down to Strategies today, but no Darren.  I did bring the army book to my other fantasy army.  What other Warhammer Fantasy Army? I  mean I haven’t played in over a decade…  Well as Owen figured out over ten years ago I have enough Nurgle Daemons in the Diseased Sons to field a small fantasy army.  However through the magic of over the top characters and 100 point magic items, my demons especially considering I’ve painted more over the last decade can easily make 1500 points.  In fact 1500 points isn’t a very good number for using daemons in in WFB.  You’re allowed to spend a maximum of 375 points on a Lord and the cheapest Lord is probably 300 points naked.

I could have went all Heralds but I ended up with the following army list.  I had one Daemon Prince (with wings), one Great Unclean One, 37 Plaguebearers (two standards, one musician), 9 stands of Nurglings, and 3 Beasts of Nurgle painted to work with.  Now I’d vowed never to run daemons again, at least not all Nurgle because they are slow, have no ranged attacks, and not the best magic.  I actually have some more unpainted stuff I could have included, but for fun tried to make an army of what I had painted.  Here is the list we came up with:

  • LORD: Daemon Prince of Nurgle with Wings 355 points
  • HERO: Herald of Nurgle, Battle Standard Bearer, Banner of Unholy Victory, Level One Wizard, Soul Hunger, and Slime Trail 275 points
  • CORE: 39 Plaguebearers, Full Command, Icon of Eternal Virulence 523 points
  • SPECIAL: 4 Nurgling Stands 140 Points
  • RARE: 2 Beasts of Nurgle 200 points

My Nurgle Daemons

My Lord is basically naked and making him a follower of Nurgle seems to get him nothing, Darren’s lackey looked but couldn’t find any bit where he’d get an extra wound or mark of toughness, it didn’t even make him a Level One Wizard.  I decided to do it anyway but I suppose I should start writing out the 2000 point list…

Initially they tried to talk me out of it, but I’m all four one big unit of Plaguebearers.  I bought a new box of command as initially I thought I needed to have at least two CORE choices, but apparently I need three units of anything instead.  Beasts of Nurgle may actually be good as they have a movement of six, but I couldn’t afford to take all three, because I also wanted Nurglings.

I’m going to need to re-base the Beasts of Nurgle, make one big movement tray, and paint two more plaguebearers by the 25th when Strategies new Warhammer Mighty Empires campaign starts.  I totally expect to lose, but maybe 2000 points will be kinder too me.  I plan to put the Plaguebearers in the middle, the Beasts on the right flank, the Nurglings on the left flank, with the Daemon Prince initially screened by the Beasts which might ‘hide’ him.  I really don’t know all the rules, but as I said, “I have a PAINTED ARMY.”  Most people play, I paint, surf the net, and now blog.

Expanding to 2000 points may be in my best interest, 1500 points is the official level of the campaign, bigger games are optional, I could make my Daemon Prince a Wizard too, give him a magic sword, possibly buy a second Herald, but mainly I’d field my third Beast of Nurgle and probably run two squads of 5 Nurgling stands.  I’m even tempted to buy another Beast of Nurgle as I think they might be the best unit I have, they are after all the Rare choice…

I’ll take some new pictures when I get home and I guess clean and prime another Plaguebearer, probably the new champ model or the new musician…

I was hoping to have a new job today, but it is after 5pm and I haven’t heard either way which probably isn’t a good sign, maybe they are still debating, but I’d really prefer to be employed…

Oh and for the record Darren is old school, if you want to play in his store, your models have to be painted and based!

I just did the math to grow to 2000 points I’d need to paint one Nurgling stand, as I’d allotted six more for two units of five, the third Beast of Nurgle and then made my Daemon Lord more expansive giving him the abilities of a Level 2 Wizard and the Trappings of Nurgle which will make him even harder to kill with a 4+ armour save and regeneration.  I’m no WFB expert but all my attacks except for Daemon Prince are Poisonous, I’d get D3 extra combat resolution from my big unit and count all wounds as double combat resolution, and at 2000 points everything but the Nurglings has regeneration.

Warhammer Fantasy Battle is a bit too crazy for me, I’d rather play Warhammer Historicals or Epic…

Closeups and Touchups

I’m back from Vancouver Island.  I ended up missing the ferry I was trying to catch, it was a hot slow day and we arrived minutes too late on my bus.  Coming back from Vancouver Island was no great relaxing trip either, I re-read some Too Fat Lardies scenarios for the Through the Mud and the Blood that are in the supplement Stout Hearts and Iron Men. Closeup of Rusty Sword

Otherside of Rusty SwordI basically had a nap when I got back to Vancouver but now that it is evening I did some touch-ups on the Nurgle demons.  I then tried to take some closeups of the rusty swords.  This didn’t go that well with my iPhone.  Eventually I got some OK pics of the light grey Plaguebearers sword, the other demon didn’t seem to want to photograph well, which is ironic as his sword had more rust detailing.  I think I may have done one rust wash too many…

The other thing I read on the ferry was Sidney Roundwood’s latest post on making terrain.  He made the World War One trench table seen in the Through the Mud and the Blood rulebook, he eventually added a ruined village scratch building the buildings.  I will probably add a ruined village to my trenches someday, I’ve looked into some of the resin buildings for sale but maybe I’ll have to have a go at making some.

Hopefully tomorrow it isn’t too hot and I’ll resume painting, but I have a lot of real world things to do too…

Finishing Up Old Models

So having finished off two terrain tiles, I cleaned up my painting area pretty good, put away most of the materials and bits that were littering the floor and set about getting some models finished an off my painting table.  The first batch I decided to finished were mostly already painted.  The batch consisted of some new Nurgle demons that I’d been painting on the side and experimenting on, also added to the queue was an old plastic goblin spearman.  This model had a bent spear and hadn’t been seen for years having gotten stuck to some foam.  I fixed the spear and gave the model an average actually better than average paintjob, plus affixed a shield to him. Touching up and finishing miniatures

The two models I finished first were too old mid 90s Diseased Sons character models.  Both were converted to have jump packs, one an old Ork jump pack and the other a converted metal loyalist jump pack.  Back in the day during 1st and 2nd edition jump pack characters were all the rage.  They usually had conversion or possibly even displacer fields which made them tough to kill.  Now-a-days models seem to go about in rhinos and land raiders as it is safer and the models are cheaper and readily available.

Old plastic Goblin SpearmanThe one with no helmet is Oderous the Unclean he was the lord/leader in the early days of the Diseased Sons.  The other model which is in Crusader Armor was usually used as a lieutenant, sometimes both would be in an army list.  He only has a chainsword whereas Oderous usually used a Plague Sword or sometimes a Deamon Weapon when I went a bit over the top.

These models were considered pretty damn well painted back in 96 or 97.  I learned that once sealed you can’t use washes much on old minis so when I update one, I generally just add highlights or paint in lowlights.  These models got the tiny line treatment and because they have sentimental value and I wasn’t in a hurry I touched up and improved a lot of things about the models, from Oderous’s face to the leather bits.  This is the best these models have ever looked. Old Diseased Sons HQ

I still don’t think they’ll see the tabletop much, I may make another lord with wings someday, but generally I try to keep costs down on my HQ and like everyone else stick them with a squad in a vehicle for safety.  I was going to make some Nurgle Raptors and I’ll probably still do it someday, but first I think I’ll do Khorne Raptors it makes more sense tactically.  I’m also trying not to buy stuff, but to complete a squad of 8 Khorne Raptors I may need another jump pack or two plus possibly legs… Though I think I’ll get buy it will be the Noisemarines which I’ll do someday too, that will require the buying of some more legs and torsos.

WIP PlaguebearersThe models that I put a lot of work into, especially relative to their importance are the Nurgle demons.  I don’t need more painted Nurgle demons, I can’t even use them in a Chaos Space Marine army currently.  However I bought some both for fun and because I had a plan for hordes of Nurglings…  After buying and assembling them they sat primed in a box for years so slowly I’m working through them.  I think I have six more stands to go.  I use Nurglines and Plaguebearers to try out new techniques and color combinations, sometimes I just use up paint on them left on my palette.

These models were mostly finished prior to the terrain building period, but I still had enough bits undone to try some more stuff out.  The blue grey skin may become a fixture of my Servants of Decay force.  The Zombie on the Nurgling base was painted similar to how I did the sandbags with GW greens: Gretchin, Camo, and Rotting Flesh.  Camo isn’t so important now that I have Gretchin green, it is probably better for zombies anyway.  I used washes mostly Badaab Black and Devlan Mud but also probably Gryphonne Sepia.  Most of my plague demons will look similar to this one, but I’ll try to streamline the technique some. Three dark reds made by Reaper

Plaguebearers with dark red gutsThe other thing I wanted to test was the new Reaper brand dark reds I bought.  The plaguebearers especially the pale one had lots of exposed guts these got covered in Terracotta Clay, Bloodstain Red, and Clotted Red.  Clotted Red is the big winner it covers well and is a nice dark red. The others are more brown, still useful but when trying to get say a squad done I’ll be keeping my red recipe as simple as possible.  I will be painting some Khorne worshiping models and I don’t want them wearing no sissy red.  GW reds especially the new ones tend towards orange.  I don’t want that.

I’m going to Vancouver Island for a few days, see the family, watch the World Wup final with my cousin from Austria.  So I’m trying to get these models done before I go.  I tried finishing them last night but it is getting hot in Vancouver even late into the night.  The reds are drying right now, soon I’ll give them some washes and some highlights with GW reds, I have plenty of those then finish off their weapons and the rags on the one model and they’ll be done.

I tried to use my Awesome Paint Job.com Drying Blood wash but despite shaking regularly it separates and then gums up its dispenser.  I ended up mixing a bit of the thick stuff with water and using that.  I bought three of these washes and the only one that has worked is well I used an excessive amount of Cool Gray again because it gummed up and came out in a big blurt.  I’ve taken to poking a needle in the Reaper and these pots, Vallejo gives me less trouble but it separates too, it just mixes back together better. Next four models I will paint

I have various red washes, glazes, and inks mostly old GW stuff, but you can buy artist ink.  I’ve been buying some of that mostly orange, sepia, and flesh.  I have this olive green one too, but I haven’t tried it.  Oh well maybe on the next batch of Nurglings.

I’m using pigment mixed with water and my beloved old Rust Brown Ink to make the rust on the Plaguebearers blades.  I’ll also probably mix in some orange paint as I often do two or three tones of rust to get an interest effect.  My mom just called so I have to wrap up the miniatures and this post and make sure I don’t miss the 5 o’clock ferry.  It is only 2:30 but I also have to pack and take out the garbage…  I wish I would have done the laundry I guess yesterday, but I guess it will just wait until I return.

I’m going to try the Krylon Matte sealant on these models.  I used it on some of my scatter terrain, nothing bad happened, but we gotta wait and see how it wears, I don’t play much, but I do use my models in games occasionally.  When I get back from Vancouver Island I’ll work on these four tester models and maybe yet more Nurgle demons.

Nurgling Stand

Plaguebearer of Nurgle

Plaguebearer of Nurgle

Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere online, I do know how to paint Nurgle models.

Freshly Assembled Miniatures

So despite today being a big sports day and despite it possibly being the best UFC card ever, I walked home and immediately started working on finishing up the models I started assembling today.  These are the models I mentioned in my previous post.  From right to left they are an all metal GW plaguebearer, a Foundry 25mm British/Canadian WW1 Rifleman,  an old OOP plastic Khorne Bezerker, an almost as old plastic Necromunda Orlock, a hodgepodge of a Plaguemarine armed with a melta gun, and finally, another kit bash of a Chaos Space Marine armed with a heavy bolter.

Some of my old OOP GW figures

These models will be part of my Diseased Sons, Nefarious Fire, or Servants of Decay armies/warbands.  The plaguebearer is mainly for fun and the WW1 model is to test a paint scheme for the Canadian Corps.  The rifleman is noticeably smaller than more recent models, even the Orlock looks small but that is actually correctly scaled next to a Chaos Space Marine.  The Necromunda fig is so old, it hasn’t seen the light of day since I lived in Yellowknife.  That was during the second edition of Warhammer 40,000.  I’m surprised I even remembered it was an Orlock.  The Goliath gangers may look more chaotic, but I think the Orlock will allow me to test my brown, black, and purple paint scheme better. Models before UFC PPV

Some of the knifes got broken off the Goliaths but I repaired them.  There are basically two poses per gang with a variety of guns.  There were spare guns and lord knows I have bits, the problem is most of my bits are for space marines.  My vaunted bit box is running out of Chaos Space Marine legs, even torsos.  I was also out of backpacks of the non-Khorne variety.  The only plastic chaos backpacks I could turn up were from second or first edition.  I’ve converted so many loyalists to the dark side I’ve used up most of my backpacks and torsos.  I gotta stop buying loyalists… Of course I’m trying not to buy any models, I have plenty of one piece metal chaos space marines, including a pile of Bezerkers.

Models after UFC PPV and more workI also am running out of suitably Nurgly heads.  One of the most recent, in fact the most recent chaos kits I’ve bought is the possessed so those bits are getting pressed into service.  One thing I have plenty of is shoulder pads, if you like your shoulder pads fancy.  I have piles of metal Deathguard ones, so I keep using about one a mini when I do a Nurgle guy.  I used one of the new Space Wolf shoulder pads on the Heavy Bolter guy.  His legs and torso are pretty plane Jane, but I made sure to get his gun assembled well, though it too two tries.  His head is a loyalist head, from the Black Templars upgrade sprue I think, I like heads with targeters for my heavy weapons guys.

Still plugging away

So after finishing my second modular trench tile yesterday I took a break, but I couldn’t sleep so I got up and work on terrain some more.  I still plan to assemble and get painting some more miniatures for my 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver army, but I also worked on another entrenchment.  This one entirely scratch built to fill a gap, as Snapdragon only makes so many sizes and shapes.  I’m wedded to the 12″ tile for at least the majority of this project. Test fit of tiles D2 and D3

I also cleaned a lot of resin this morning during the second half of the World Cup game.  All these bits are from Ramshackle, they were bought for my ork army to scratch build and customize some vehicles, but a few of them will do nicely as battlefield debris.

Hand made and cast entrenchmentsI also dug out the photo I took of the drawing of how the battlefield will look.  This is the second drawing and it has been fixed to the wall above my painting table for months.  I’ve been scheming and planning and preparing for this project for well over a year.  So far things have gone according to plan, but if I don’t get a job soon, I may have to put stuff in storage…

Finally I plan to assemble several models.  I actually have a written down paint queue which I regularly adjust, but don’t regularly post to the Internet.  It is one of the tabs on my army Excel file which lists all the models I have painted for the Diseased Sons and the Nefarious Fire.  It also shows real and hypothetical ways to field them.  I’ll have to make a similar spreadsheet for the Orks eventually.  I’ve held off even making an army list for them, I want to make all or as many of my old ork figures and squads legal before I worry about tactics and optimizing.

I also uploaded the document that details the plans for individual tiles, some have detailed descriptions, others are more vague.  I jotted these down one night and have been updating it and the drawing when I feel the need.  I’ve even worked on a No Musk’s Land 2.0 tile layout.  It requires six more tiles, so that might be for 2012.

Consulting my own Excel file, as sometimes I forget to build things or paint them the correct color.  Often I write which squad a model is for on the bottom of it’s base when I prime them, as sometimes models sit on my painting desk for years…

  • 2nd Test Bezerker
  • Test Servant of Decay
  • Test WW1 Canadian Corps Rifleman
  • CSM with Heavy Bolter
  • Plaguemarine with Melta Gun
  • Plaguebearer
  • Secret model

OOP Plastic BezerkerFor the test bezerker I’m using the old, original, OOP, plastic model, I have five of them still on sprues.  That tells you how long I’ve been going to do some Khorne guys for…  For the test Servant of Decay I think I’ll use one of the plastic Necromunda figures.  He’ll be pretty much as is, but I’ll paint him in my proposed scheme of brown uniform, black boots, shoulder pads, and helmet, with purple accents.  The rabble can have a variety of earth colours for their clothes possibly including some greens and reds.  The big risk is the skin tone, I’m going pale blue as they are supposed to be Nurgle followers.  The Plague Zombies will be more traditional greenish tinged flesh. Ramshackle Games Resin Bits

I’ve painted a number of Heavy Weapons for the Nefarious Fire but no Heavy Bolter, which as the cheapest will be pressed into duty for my Chosen.  I don’t know when the plastic CSM with Heavy Bolter came out, but I’ve never painted one, so that is the fig I plan to use.  The plaguemarine is just for looks, I have unused metal Plaguemarine havoc bits, so I figure I’ll paint one up.  The plaguebearer is just for fun, I like to have one on my paint table to use up colors or to test techniques, Nurglings are great for this too.  I’ve already got a couple on the go, which along with touching up some old models I hope to finish off quickly.

WIP Demons