Painted bones and cables

After finishing the armour and the trim as well as the other metallics on the guns and backpacks, I move on to painting the cables and all the skull and bone motifs found on Chaos Space Marines. That is my standard method that I’ve stuck to for years. On the Diseased Sons and most models really I use the same basic recipes.

For bone I like to base coat with Snakebite Leather. Then I paint on in kinda a wetbrush Bleached Bone. Next comes a wash of a thinned down Rust Brown Ink with a little Plasma Red Ink added to the mix. After that dries I add a lighter color, often as a drybrush. This time I used both Vallejo Beige and Skull White.

The cabling is green. I start with a really dark green, this time an old pot of Dark Angels Green. Then I use a couple medium greens and then a wash. I used GW’s new green wash to save time. Then for the lascannon coils I painted on another highlight of a lighter green, Scorpion Green.

Then I called it a night and watch a movie. WIP Nurgle Havocs

Next I plan to paint two different sickly fleshes. I use pale blue flesh for my Plaguemarines and followers of Nurgle. I use a more traditional rotting green flesh for daemons and in this case the various skulls hanging as trophies from these models. That’s a pretty modest goal for today’s painting but, I have to deal with some other things such as finding a job.

I use techniques for painting flesh similar to those detailed by Ron at FTW. I plan to try out Dhenab Stone as a base, though I’m traditionally a light grey or a pale green guy.

Immortal Brush Year Four

The Immortal Brush is a local painting competition in Vancouver put on by Darren at Strategies. I actually remembered to drop off some entries this year. I don’t usually paint for competitions and I didn’t paint anything special this year, I just entered two categories using models from my Chaos 40K army or armies. My chaos army has gotten so large it is probably better to think of as three armies.

Into the fantasy squad category I entered five fairly recently painted plaguebearers. Most of those models have likely been featured on this blog.

Horde of 40 Nugle Plaguebearers

My more impressive entry is “The Council of Chaos”. You have to enter five models on 40mm bases or smaller in the sci-fi category. It doesn’t have to be a legal squad so I cherry picked some models from my collection. I chose models that have never been entered into a painting contest, certainly not Darren’s. I also then chose one representative of each chaos power and one worshiper of chaos undivided.

The models I chose were mostly character models, models that have lead my armies in various tournaments. I wanted to use Da Kanopena, as it was my newest spiffy model, even though some people like his little buddy better.

Da Kan Opena

To represent Slaneesh I naturally opted for the Phantom of the Rock Opera.

The Phantom of the Rock Opera

To represent Tzeentch I went with my renegade with lascannon conversion. Which I can’t seem to find a picture of online…

To represent Nurgle I settled on Malefactor the Marred, at least I think that is the model’s name. He’s on a 40mm base, the same one as the Phantom of the Rock Opera and was painted around the same time. He was actually used in some games, unlike the Phantom.

Nurgle Lord with a Kai Gun

Finally for my undivided model I chose my Chosen with Autocannon or Renegade with Autocannon conversion, the one everyone likes. I was worried it was on too big of base, but Darren has no problem with it.

DIY Havocs

These five are all visually cool looking and they fit together due to the purple and black motif. I think the Nurgle guy is well painted but the Phantom and the Khorne guy got the initial glory from people in the store.

I want to try and swing by tomorrow around 4pm to see who wins and to see the other entries. I also want to check out some of the free concerts and other stuff happening in Vancouver as part of Main Street Drift.


The Last Purple Plague Marines

Much reviled by some on the InterWebs and not one of my better decisions of all time, I’ve none the less continued to paint my Plague Marines/followers of Nurgle a variety of colours. Originally it was green for assault, purple for devastators, and brown for tactical squads.   also had one grey squad but that has given me the most problems as Ghoul Grey is long out of print.

For over a decade followers of Nurgle or at least Mortarian couldn’t use weapons that shot over 24 inches. This was deemed tactically prudent by someone at GW HQ. Furthermore it was decided Plaguemarines would forsake all weapons but the almighty knife. So some of us had to dutifully convert or paint new models armed with bolters and plague knifes. Then it was deemed that the bolt pistol was A-OK and once again a bunch more plague marines were converted and painted to have bolt pistols.

During this time there was either no Plague Marines in-print or an extremely limited amount. All these people out there that complain that they only have one or two poses of a fig, or just a plastic kit, or just a metal kit, or whatever. For a while there was nothing for Chaos Space Marines all you could get was the backpacks and even those were a special order and you pretty much converted loyalists. Eventually Chaos got their first ever Codex after battling it out for a long time with the infamous “Black Codex”.

The Diseased Sons started at the dawn of 2nd Edition and were formed around the Black Codex. So lots of five man squads, devoted to Nurgle with either a single special weapon or a single heavy weapon. It was even legal to give an entire squad power fists and jump packs I believe. I used to have a squad like that. In fact over the years I’ve made most every Plague Marine squad possible, 20 models strong, three plasma pistols, whatever.

As time marched on I did inventories of my models. I got tired of painting another model to make some army list, that is why the Nefarious Fire are all black with purple flames, no matter what their battlefield role. This makes forming squads so much easier. I even deemed it OK to re-paint knee pads to change models from squad to squad, after refusing to even do that for years. This worked pretty good for the green guys but all my heavy weapon models were useless for over a decade. Eventually I divided my army into three groups. The good looking group, largely painted more recently and for 3rd Edition onward. The updateable group, this included some pretty old models, and required a bit of converting to make certain models legal again, but though it took years, I updated them all. The final group were the oldest Diseased Sons, 2nd and 1st Edition plastic loyalists and a few old lead Nurgle Renegades. These were stripped. This batch included almost every heavy weapon I’d ever painted for my Chaos Space Marine army.

Now the world is a smaller place. You can, with a credit card, buy models off people in other countries, even at 2AM PST, allowing you to collect old Out Of Print figures. GW even used to let you order these directly, first from the UK, then even from the colonies. I was a university student for much of the last 15 years and a high school student before that. I’ve also spent too long unemployed. I’ve never been Mr. Money Bags. I worked hard to pay for most of my undergrad degree. We won’t get into my beloved MBA…

Anyway after updating a third of the army. Stripping and then repainting almost all the classic models. Buying most every Nurgle model put out by GW for the last 15 years and dutifully painting it, converting all manner of differently armed soldiers, I decided to re-purpose my squads. As far back as GT Calgary I’ve had seven squads of Plaguemarines, Nurgle’s sacred number. I’ve never really needed to field more troops than that for a single game. My miniature collection is based on swapping out models to play 1500 point games with a variety of army lists. I don’t even know how many points I have painted. But a decade later I still have seven squads devoted to Nurgle.

In 5th Edition Nurgle’s followers could once again have heavy weapons. They still couldn’t use grenade launchers, multi-meltas, or conversion beamers even though those figs were released once upon a time. I actually acquire more renegades over the years so I could swap in the appropriate weapons and or convert them to carry the correct ones. I decided to make each of the seven squads unique, though the two green squads I use the most basically have enough special weapons painted for them to be twins, as for a while I thought one flamer and one melta was optimal.  Now I’m a two melta man, I roll too many inopportune ones.

The final three Purple Plaguemarines


  • Jaundice Squad was dusted off and it was discovered despite relatively mismatched power armor they had the most painted special weapons, so they became my veterans and have at least one of each special weapon. I gave them a missile launcher too, as Chosen, the new veterans, can have four special weapons and a heavy weapon.
  • Green III, Gangrene became my melta squad. This is the squad I use the most, Bob has been transferred to it pretty much full time, I even converted a new Bob with a combi-flamer, but lately I never seem to have the ten points for it.
  • Green II, was the former all Power Glove squad, they were used as my Lord’s retinue for a while as they had all sorts of odd armaments like hand flamers and dual chainswords. Things that used to be legal. They also had plasma pistols so they became the Plaguemarine squad with plasma pistols for special weapons. They also got named after an obscure disease AZOOR. Now I want to rename them and with the latest Death Guard Codex they will become the AXE Gang because everyone loves Kung Fu fighting.
  • Green I, the Burning Sores have always been a personal favourite. They were always flamer based and although they can field some melta guns, they can lay down three flame templates in one turn too if I want to field them that way.
  • Brown I, Diarrhea, still had heavy weapons as I deemed them painted too well to strip. There used to be a Brown II squad Gonorrhea, but after all the rules changes I just folded them together so I could actually field a squad though they rarely got used. With the more recent codex I set about to make a true Devastator squad and looking at the bits and models I had stripped I thought 4 Heavy Bolters was the way to go. That squad was 200 points and didn’t work so well at Astronomi-con. What I really wanted to do was Autocannons but I couldn’t find enough of them…
  • Purple II, Syphilis, basically got all the old OOP Nurgle models, the new metal Plague Marines (and Havocs), plus a few conversions. I got the idea to do a 14 model squad for GT Vancouver, but by the time the tournament rolled around the squad had been downsized to 9, the last model removed the morning of the first game… They had two plasma gunners. Eventually while in Japan I painted up enough models to field a 20 man squad, then I converted and painted up another champ and two more plasma gunners. I also painted them an Autocannon as I was keen on them for a while.
  • Purple I, The Scarlet Fevers, this squad is actually the cause of this entire post and my current painting efforts. Having already painted a pile of Purple Plague Marines and putting them almost all in a single squad and then made Diarrhea my ‘Havoc’ squad these guys need something to make them useful and unique. I ended up giving them two different heavy weapon models and decided to paint up the other two, available to Chaos Space Marines, to make them a versatile Nurgle worshiping tactical squad. They also got a champ or two, an icon, that’s another thing I converted and painted over the years for each squad was a different looking icon bearer. Finally after all this time I’m painting the final three members of this squad.

This won’t finish off the Diseased Sons, I’ve always had plans for Nurgle Raptors and Bikers, that was what I was going to use the Forgeworld Conversion bits for. I also bought the terminator Death Guard conversion bits though I didn’t need more Nurgle terminators, but those are the other three converted and primed models keeping me from working on what I really want to work on which is my Astronomi-con 2011 army, my trench table, my Servants of Decay, and of course Waaagh Musk. I even have more Daemons to paint most of which will end up on square bases…

So there you have it an abbreviated history of the troops that make up the Diseased Sons. I’ve spent a lot of time updating old webpages and hopefully in 2020 will update the Diseased Sons to work under the new Death Guard Codex which will mean swapping some models, painting a lot of new special weapons and tramps. I’m not sure I need all seven squads, maybe just 3-4 will be modernized. Painting is time consuming for me and I only have so much I can devote to this hobby.

Post-Astronomi-con Vancouver 2010

So tradition dictates that I make a new army list and paint campaign badges on all the models that perticipated in the tournament. That is finished much earlier than usual. I uploaded a bunch more pictures to Flickr, I painted all the red diamonds and brass letters in one sitting. I had a couple beers and my advise is use non-metallic paint for the text and paint your most important models first if you’re drinking.

My future army lists are top secret, I don’t want the riff raff and rivals to have an unfair advantage. After all it is now a proven fact that the road to Best Overall at Astronomi-con Vancouver goes over my dead body.

Old metal Khorne Bezerkers
Old metal Khorne Bezerkers

Maybe next year I’ll field a more competitive army and be in contention on day two. You never know I used to be a contender. In my first GT I got quite a few battle points, I think three wins, a draw, and a loss. But that was long ago, probably two editions of the game and maybe three of the Chaos Codex. I’ll be finishing off all the unfinished models on my painting desk and then more Bezerkers so I can use my Blood Slaughterer. I even sorted through my old metal Berzerker models late last night and chose the four I would do up next.

Thanks again to Jim Bell for getting most of these models for me.

Nick Daniels and Jason Dyer have typed up post-Astronomi-con blog posts and hopefully a few more accounts will appear, maybe from the Americans or Kelownaites or whatever you call people from Kelowna. I know James Chen took a pile of notes as did Devon when I played him, so perhaps some more battle reports will be forthcoming. In the mean time you can go re-read mine or just explore Flickr which will hopefully get more pictures from the event. There was even a videographer present so look for some YouTube videos perhaps.

Favourite Rhino

Renegade With Nurgling For Brain

Bob The Necessary Evil

Favourite Plaguemarine

Blister Packmate

Chaos Renegade Of Tzeentch

Long Hair Leader

Slaneesh Renegade

A lot of Purple Flames

I procrastinated away the morning. I just lay in bed for hours. It is too bad you can’t just visualize the model being finished then it will finish itself.

I’ve spent the last three plus hours painting purple flames. So I decided to celebrate and take a picture of the models, especially the base of the Terminator Lord. I used a different camera position so hopefully all the work I’ve done on the resin base is visible. Before anyone asks it was made by Scibor. Gotta find the link now.

The purple flames are my new dark purple recipe with slight variations for where on the model the flames are. The 3D flames are highlighted where as the free hand flames are painted with the lighter colours in the centre. You can have it both ways as far as I’m concerned. I mean they are demonic purple flames, the laws of physics don’t apply.

A lot of Purple Flames
A lot of Purple Flames

I still have to paint:

  1. Silver metallic bits
  2. Green tubing
  3. Brass Trim
  4. Bones and Skulls
  5. Belts and leathers bits
  6. Terminator Lord’s Loin Cloth
  7. The Sorcerer’s Force Weapon

Then it is final details like eyeballs and touch up work. The grey stone on the bases needs a little touch up, but I’m waiting until after I do the Brass Trim. The Sorcerer’s base actually has a lot more detail behind him, bricks, skulls, shell casings etc. It is going to be a long night, but I think I will soon leave the house and get some fresh air and a bite to eat.

My right knee is really bothering me. Too much time spent hunched over the painting table this week…