Painting Plague Marines still am I.

I managed to finish one purple plague marine and I’m almost finished a more classical looking Diseased Sons…

So the last few days I have been on staycation while my mom was in town. We had a heatwave so it was tough painting to start but I managed to finish one purple plague marine and I’m almost finished a more classical looking Diseased Sons. I used some old techniques and some new techniques. I also used some old and some brand new Citadel Contrast Paints so I’ll try to recollect basically what I did below and include both WIP and a finished miniature photo.

Purple and Green armour

If you’ve been following along you’ll know I’m painting both purple and green plague marines and for the lone purple plague marine I decided to try priming it with Wraithbone and using Shyish Purple as a base. It was not an overwhelming success but painting secondary parts of the model like the tabard are much easier. Of course for the black base coated model I went back and painted a bunch of things like skulls, tubes, and yes the tabard with Wraithbone so I could once again use Contrast Paints to try and speed things up.

Lots of Wraithbone

My problem with Contrast Paints is I can’t just do one coat and done. Usually I put a wash or some edge highlights or sometimes I go crazy and use washes, glazes, contrast medium, and highlights on some minor piece like the tubing or the pustules. But I’ve seen people do this bruised skin looking tubing and I thought it looked good so I did my attempt at it. Not sure I should have painted the tubing inside red though.

I do like Contrast paints for bones, some odd skin tones, and cloth so I’m hoping to use them extensively when I get back to painting Chaos Cultists and then I’ll have to resist temptation to keep highlighting and shading.

On the purple model’s tabard I used the new Garaghak’s Sewer but it came out pretty close to Snakebite Leather over Wraithbone. I added some highlights and washes but there isn’t much difference between the two. One paint I did use a lot was Mortarion Grime, it isn’t too strong, when I want more browny green or greenie brown I reach for Baby Poop.

The green plague marine has a Basilicanum Grey tabard and I just realized I didn’t paint a unit marker on the purple plague marine, he is supposed to be a member of the Scarlet Fevers. It has been a long time since I added a new model to an existing squad, I thought I was done with plague marines purple or otherwise.

I spent a lot of time on the metallics using Tinny Tin, Gun Metal, and some GW metallics including a pretty old pot of silver, the new pot I bought seems to work less well, it is not mixed well and no amount of shaking seems to fix it, maybe I’ll have to try using a tool. I’m even tempted to get one of those paint pot shakers.

Finished the metallics on the models

Tesseract Glow was used on the slime. You have to put it on pretty thick, but then I put an old green glaze, the ones with the red lids over it, that seems to have yielded good results quickly. Nurgle’s Rot is more yellow and less opaque so I use it over other paints to tint them. I also use bright coloured paints and I have some fluorescent ink I’ve yet to try.

Both these models are mounted on resin bases but I bought them long ago and I’m not sure who made them, but one may have been from Dragon Forge Design, I’ve ordered a lot of bases off Jeff over the years.

I am almost done painting the unit markings on the plague marine with the blight launcher, the first new plague marine I’ve painted. I want to paint a bunch more blight launchers, I bought the the bits so we’ll see how easy the conversion turns out to be. I want to put two into Gangrene squad and then I’m not sure which squad I’ll add one to, possibly Jaundice or the AXE gang.

Gangrene Squad
Classic Diseased Sons

The last step is taking a picture and posting it to the Internet, specifically Flickr, but I often miss bits and I like to seal my models, so sometimes I take a picture before sealing it, in case the colours are affected, but generally the lights and the digital tomfoolery affects the colours more than Citadel sealant, that is the brand I tend to use.

Purple Plague Marine
New School Purple Plague Marine

If you have thoughts on painting plague marines and whether a black base coat is better than a lighter one, or if I should just switch to coloured primer and simplify my paint scheme, you can leave your thoughts below.

Painting Plague Marines Still

of course I’m also painting mud, skulls and Nurglings too…

Of course I’m also painting mud, skulls and Nurglings too. Always be painting Nurglings, I actually bought another box of them because I’m out of single Nurglings, the last one I had off sprue was glued on to Bob the Necessary Evil this week.

In fact that Nurgling is the only part of Gangrene that isn’t done. I don’t have to finish it tonight and there are lots of parts of the models I’d like to improve but for now they just get bigger bases with more skulls and mud, plus of course the champion of the squad gets a Nurgling on his base.

Purple Diseased Son using Shyish Purple

I’m also painting a purple plague marine. I used Wraithbone to prime him and thinned Shyish Purple as the first coat. Then things get weird, well weird if you’re a GW fanboy as I used 19B Royal Purple from the Foundary Paint System. This isn’t a great match for Shyish or for my old dried out Citadel colors but it is what I have and have used recently. Then I used Warcolours violet shade, this is probably my favourite paint of the ones I ordered from them. I used it un-thinned but it was just obscuring my tiny lines so I thinned it. Then of course would come 19A and more tiny lines and then to try and tie it together Purple Glaze with a red lid and an octagon pot. Those were great GW paints and I wish I had the whole set.

No 40K This Weekend

Bill was out of commission so I took that as a sign I should paint, but I never put in that many hours, we’ll see how the Purple Diseased Son ends up. I might paint one more Purple plague marine, but I might go back to the black basecoat. I’ll have to try a Contrast green plague marine, I keep buying paints and testing them on Nurglings or small parts of models. I tried Kroak Green Shade on my latest Nurgling, that might be a winner.

Although no Warhammer 40,000 was played at least not by us in our narrative campaign, the regulars and one extra attempted to play a 9000 point a side Horus Heresy game. I managed to watch one turn, if it doesn’t look like a fair fight it is because the Imperial Fists were late and everyone and their dog was in reserves.

9000 points of Horus Heresy supposedly

It was actually Aiden’s birthday so I walked down to the Sentry Box to wish them well, Mortarion had just arrived when I left, his Spartan had been destroyed, it is one of the grey ones but Mortarion himself and his bodyguard were painted.

As I may have revealed last week I planned on adding some more Blightlords both to my collection and to my squad in the narrative campaign and although Sentry Box had several boxes last week, when I got there this Saturday there were none, they did have Nurglings which I may eventually field, but my paint queue is going to go plague marines, blightlords then new HQ after Maceo’s not unexpected demise. I’ll paint him as a spawn but he’s back to sitting in my display case.

Maceo the Retired

This weekend I took it pretty easy but I did exercise and I did paint and now I have updated this blog. I was tying to finish off the bases on five models tonight, but I just don’t need to, tomorrow is #MiniatureMonday so I’ll probably paint again and post to the Gram. I just have the fine detail work to do on the Nurgling and I prefer to do that when I’m fresh.

I’ll also find out if contrast power armour saves me time or yields better results than my traditional black basecoat Diseased Sons’ technique. I do think contrast paint will speed up some of the secondary parts of the model like the cloth tabard but for true metallics I think I prefer painting those over black. I did pick up some Mortarion Grime maybe that will become the new Devlan Mud at least among Death Guard and Nurgle players.

If you have thoughts on painting plague marines or Nurgle miniatures you can leave them below.

Painting Cultists & Cleaning Brushes

It has been another weekend at the painting desk…

It has been another weekend at the painting desk. I’m slowing down which I’m not sure is a win as Chaos Cultists probably don’t need to be this carefully highlighted. As the title implies I also cleaned and ultimately bought some new brushes to see if that will make my life better.

Some in Calgary seem amazed that I can get any paint on the models without poking my eye out with the brush. It is true my vision has gotten worse and I actually have taken to painting fine details without my glasses on, bringing the model closer to my face, but I’m getting stuff done and my lowered standard is still higher than battle ready standard.

Painting Purple and Black Robes

I’ve already given away all my top secret techniques for painting robes and I think I used to be better at it, but my black highlighting technique relies on Foundry Charcoal Black triad #34. I also usually use another Foundary triad, #19 Royal Purple and I still may. Currently in the banner that is Hormagaunt Purple with just a thin wash, it doesn’t look that bad, but considering I did like seven layers of grey, I’ll probably do more layers of purple.

This purple doesn’t match the purple plague marines, but that is OK. I’m not sure how many more purple plague marines I’m going to paint, maybe one, maybe three. I could even do four, but honestly I have over thirty done and the most I can field at once is 20 unless I create a third squad.

My black robe highlighting technique or a simpler version can be seen on numerous goblins. I did not do purple flames because I didn’t think it was very Nurglish. So instead I painted parts of the robes purple. I plan to do some browns, khaki, and lots of metallics.

Work In Progress Chaos Cultists

Corax White

Bad Pot of Paint

I bought this pot a while ago, likely from the Sentry Box and it isn’t mixed well so I spent time mixing it. This is why I finally threw away so many old pots, I didn’t want to spend time trying to save them. I may give this paint another chance as I often prime black and I want really bright flames and I want them correct so lightest color at the bottom. Usually when I paint flames especially over black I paint the darkest color and work towards the centre of the flame going lighter.

These cultists will have pale blue flesh, I’m not sure if I’ll use Contrast paint or a thin wash or what. A lot of my old paints have died and been throwaway and I don’t need everyone to have the same coloured flesh, I usually just mix up something and try it.

Priming over Grey

This was popular and something I experimented with. Some Ork players do it and then use washes to get their green Ork flesh. A lot of the best painters were using grey primer for a while, now Zenithal priming has become big. I don’t own an airbrush and I have limited space for painting and no garage, so I would have to use rattle cans.

So next time I’m in the Sentry Box I’ll get another pot of Corax White, likely another backup pot of Wraithbone and finally a pot and a rattle can of Grey Seer if possible. I need to speed up my painting especially of Chaos Cultists. When Contrast paints first came out I thought it looked best and most Nurglish over Wraithbone and that is how I’ve done numerous Nurglings and now one Chaos Spawn but for cultists I may try Grey Seer as primer. I also may get a Grey Contrast paint and maybe Dark Angels Green because that might be the closest to the green used on my Diseased Sons.

Painting More Cultists

When I was literally dripping in sweat highlighting cultist robes with only slightly lighter greys, I quickly realized I couldn’t do ten more like this let alone thirty. The Chaos Spawn has some fine details but I proved at least to me and Bill that I can paint Contrast carefully enough to have bright colours beside each other. That and controlling washes was a problem with the Nurglings and Necromunda models I did earlier.

I still think a little grimdark or a heavy wash or even actual dry brushing is OK. Our campaign is just for fun and I won’t be entering any tournaments or likely painting competitions this year. I just want to update my army for 9th Edition and apparently once again I was ahead of the trend as Poxwalkers are becoming less popular as you need troops that can actually think and perform actions and if rumours are to be believed, Cultists will have a bigger role in the upcoming new Chaos Codex.

Having painted between 100 and 200 Chaos Renegades, I can run a very infantry heavy army and have ran all footslogging armies many times, but I appreciate the lowly Rhino more than Bill, but with the trend towards more and more elite armies, I’ve also embraced the cheaper portions of the Codex. A Chaos Spawn is 23 points or one PL. So I can place it down and draw out something more valuable. A cultist is 5 points, you can’t arm them with much, but in theory there must be ways to boost them, they have the Death Guard keyword but not Contagions of Nurgle so I’ve been cheating slightly. I do plan to give them a chance, so ten more if not thirty more will be coming and they won’t have seven layers of carefully painted grey.

Old Diseased Sons army photo from July 11th 2008

What of actual Diseased Sons?

I’m going to build and paint three new Plague Marine models to boost the Burning Sores so they can have the maximum number of plague flamers. I also will paint my Forgeworld Death Guard Terminator and they’ll be primer-ed black and whatever greens I have, which depending on when I get my Warcolours order may include the original green, grey, and purple that I used back in the 90s or a very close approximation.

I’ll also embiggen more bases, likely Gangrene will be next followed by five more members of Syphilis. Then likely five members of the Scarlet Fevers. That will give me four squads of plaque marines. Those are easy additions to my campaign army. But what might help more is Foetid Virion. I will do a Plague Surgeon first as I think it will have the biggest impression on the campaign as it unlocks an agenda. But I also plan to do two Foul Blightspawn as I’m using the Chosen Sons plague company rules and I want a Tallyman and I don’t see why I won’t ultimately do the bell and the bottles guys, that would give me six, so two Elite slots worth of boosting auras. Alas I don’t think they help cultists much, they are not Bubonic Astartes or Core.

If you have thoughts on how to highlight black robes or purple robes or the best primer to use with Contrast paint you can leave a comment below. If you have a favourite Foetid Virion you can tell me which one is the best below.

The Siege of Vanithros’s Bastion has been delayed

That’s right, our campaign apparently has a name but it still isn’t starting…

That’s right, our campaign apparently has a name but it still isn’t starting. I’ve read Sun Tzu so your delay tactics won’t work on me, it will only give me more time to paint fresh recruits with bigger better 9th Edition guns.

Now you may be asking yourself where is Vanithros or who is Vanithros what is in his Bastion and why am I sieging it? The short answer is I don’t know, but I did Google it, after being informed via Google Doc that this was the name of our Warhammer 40,000 campaign. I did not learn a thing.

I am also assuming I am the aggressor. Signed up to the campaign so far are Henry Cavill’s favourite army the Custodes. All I know about them is they are supposedly ten feet tall and bulletproof. But I heard a rumour they easily get the sniffles. They are presumably coming to the aid of the blue bootlickers themselves the Ultramarines. Also rumoured to be in the vicinity are the so-called fallen dark angels. Ooohhh how foreboding.

Spawn using Magos Purple Contrast Paint

Despite working maybe too much, I also busted my ass painting and prepping for the campaign, so tonight I’ll be taking it easier and sleeping in tomorrow, but I got Gryphonne Sepia drying on my latest model. This one was not the easiest to assemble or paint and with my new worse eyesight and having been forbidden to drybrush by Bill, I resorted to Contrast paints, glazes, washes, and a somewhat sloppy but impressionistic highlighting style.

First Flesh Highlight

Bill also requested or suggested the model be fleshy, then he described it as grisly as I alternated between highlighting it and then drowning out my highlights by not thinning my wash/glaze enough. So it probably could have been done even quicker and better especially if I didn’t throw in a surprise by doing four distinct skin colours.

Highlighting Chaos Spawn Flesh

Also requested and sticking to my theme was a giant skull on the base with glowing green eyes. I have not painted the eyes yet but they will be green, likely a random Vallejo green with Tesseract Glow gobbed in the eye sockets. Why are GW paints so hard to spell and this one you really need to shake.

Billalexdevin, Spawn of Chaos

Chaos Spawn

I don’t have too much more to say, I’m tired, it has been a long week, but those expecting me to post a battle report tomorrow will be disappointed but fair warned.

Welcome New Fans!

Given my recent digression into blogosphere nostalgia and people’s obsession with vanity metrics I should give a shout out to my three biggest fans. They are not however my biggest sources of referral traffic.

Top Three Fans

  1. Codsticker
  2. Plague Gardener
  3. Cadian Shock

Of these three I think I’ve only met one and even then it was a long time ago on an island far far away. I think they still have some hills I made.

Three Top Sources of Traffic

  1. Facebook
  2. La Figoblogotheque
  3. Blogs of War

That is right, not only am I big in France, I also seem to benefit from my oddly chosen featured image size on these websites, well maybe not Facebook. To be popular you gotta crosspost too much for my liking. I probably need to be more aggressive at self promotion than I am and use really big photos.

Top Ten Posts

Now that I’ve posted, crossposted, and likely started appearing in Google again what are people reading? Well anything Death Guard posted to the Death Guard Facebook group but over the entire ten plus year history of this blog these are the most popular posts of all time:

  1. How’s this for a trench table?
  2. Five Freshly Painted Night Goblins
  3. Glowing Green Paint Effect
  4. Painting Rusty Weapons
  5. 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver is Over!
  6. Trench Table Beginnings
  7. Painting Evil Dark Red
  8. 3 Finished Plaguebearers
  9. Top 5 Plague Marines of All Time
  10. Orks and Goblins in Warhammer 8th Edition

My trench table is mostly unbuilt and in storage with the rest of my terrain at my mom’s house. I have some stuff I bought for it here in Calgary but I need a bigger place to hold games on a 6*4 table. But now 40K is a different scale and I actually think a skirmish game like Necromunda or Kill Team is a better fit for my lifestyle.

Writing more tutorials could happen but I just am not as good at painting as I used to be. But I still paint rusty weapons, glowing green, and evil dark red. It will be a while before I paint more plaguebearers but some plague marines or even orks and/or goblins could happen.

What’s Next?

Old Brushes

Next up on the painting table are four previously primed black chaos cultists including the long awaited return of Cancerous the Extremely Naughty. After that is will be a lone “Blightlord” and three actual plague marines that may actually be available to purchase from GW. Our campaign will happen, Bill and others have been painting. I made index cards for each unit, we have a Discord server or channel. That is where the action is, that or Instagram.

And yes I know it has been an extremely shitty week for some, the worst week of their lives, but there isn’t much I can do. My job is working with databases and creating reports, so of course I have my campaign army in an Excel spreadsheet, but tonight I need to rest. I’m now waiting for Contrast paint to dry. I may do another glaze then it is those damn glowing green eyes.

If you know where Vanithros is or even who Vanithros is you can leave a comment below. If you think the Custodes are going to wipe the table with the mere 7ft tall genetically engineered super soldiers you can leave your reasoning below. That’s all besides mentioning again that preparing for this campaign and work has been tiring, if you’re tired you can leave a comment below as well.

Painted mud and skulls for hours

Only to have our game of 40K be cancelled…

Only to find out on the morning of the big Warhammer 40,000 game, the possible start of our long discussed campaign, that it is cancelled on account of snow. That’s right it started snowing while I was painting last night and although we didn’t get that much, it was deemed enough to delay our 40K game for a day or a week or more.

All was of course not lost, as although not my best work, I did paint an entire model in under a day, I finished it this morning. I also embiggened the bases of another batch of Plague Marines. I did forget to enbiggen the base of my proposed Death Guard Chaos Lord. After consulting the Internet and Bill it was decided to go with 32 mm, so I have to paint yet more mud and skulls.

Nurgling Infested Objectives
Essential Nurgling Infested Objectives

Nurgling Infested Objectives

Long time loyal readers may recall I entered the 2002 Calgary Grand Tournament. That was about twenty years ago and I’m still painting bits I bought by the pound or gram back then. One of the requirements was to bring three themed objective markers so of course I converted some Nurgling infested ones.

One of them was on a 40mm base but the others were just loose pieces of plastic and metal. That’s right Nurglings like everything else used to be metal. They were finished the night before the tournament using whatever greens Owen had lying around.

I think I won the most games of any Grand Tournament I attended in Calgary, but I got a lower painting score and I didn’t think they did a very good job judging, so I vowed to show those guys in Calgary where they could stick their brushes and painted like mad for the next Western Canadian Grand Tournament, the 2003 Vancouver GT.

Campaign Badges

A lot of models got stripped and repainted since 2002 so models with the campaign badge from then are rare. However that is when I started the tradition of painting little badges on the power armour and vehicles of the Diseased Sons. Bill still hasn’t determined the name of our yet to start campaign. I volunteered the ultra uncreative Nachmund campaign.

Once I get a couple more models painted and rebased I’ll take a group photo of those who started the yet nameless campaign. Unlike a tournament this campaign could go on a while and you are allowed to spend requisition points to add new models, weapons, even entire units to your force. So even though my eyes aren’t what they once were, I’ll be painting a lot more little campaign badges and those with eagle eyes among you can play spot the campaign badge and try to work out which force that model was once a part of.

Purple Plague Marines
Infamous Purple Plague Marines

Mud & Skulls

Another thing my models have been dinged for at tournaments is the bases. They are basically dry brushed sand. Eventually I bought a lot of resin bases so most models painted since the early 2000s will have those, but I grew up on an Island, sand was free and dry brushing bases was the way it was done back in the 90s.

Now as part of the great rebasing of 2022, I’m adding at least one skull to every base. My new skull recipe is Wraithbone then Skeleton Horde and honestly that looks pretty good. I’ve tried various combinations and the colour I’m most likely to use to highlight with if not Wraithbone itself is now Vallejo Game Color Bonewhite. Then if I want it even whiter which I didn’t do this batch I’ll go to Vallejo Game Color Dead White.

I’ll often use another wash, I can spend a lot of time on skulls. I will use a thin red wash or glaze, I’ll also sometimes use a thinned black ink. Also in my bag of tricks are various GW products, I was a big fan of Gryphonne Sepia, while everyone else was on the Devlan Mud bandwagon I preferred the more subtle effect of Gryphonne Sepia. I also have my old old Rust Ink, which when it is gone, I’ll be sad. I’m beginning to use Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone, Agrax Earthshade, and even Seraphim Sepia but my secret weapon last night was Baby Poop.

Plague Marines, Mud, Skulls, Nurglings and TP

How to paint Nurglings

You can paint Nurglings anyway you want, but I tried out a couple new to me paints/products on this batch. I did the horns the same as I did the skulls and I am trying hard to use Contrast paints so the one I tried out this batch with some success was Militarum Green. Maybe I’ll go back to Plaguebearers Flesh. If I have unlimited time I’d paint them all different colours, but if you have to paint a horde of Nurglings you need some tricks and shortcuts.

So after you spray them Wraithbone you do a thin (possibly actually thinned with Contrast Medium) of your favourite green, this time it was Militarum. Then I recommend a dry brush, a lighter dry brush colour than I would choose if I was edge or layer highlighting, the odd combo and top secret Nurgle colour I’ve taken to using is Foundry Paint System British Equipment Canvas A. I picked up a lot of paints to try and match the historical colours of the Vandoos.

After your dry brush you then want a wash or a glaze. Last night I finally tried Secret Weapon Baby Poop. So if you want to know why some of my Nurglings look like shit, it wasn’t an accident.

Another product I bought at Sentry Box after reading about it online is Vallejo Game Ink Black Green. I used to make my own dark green wash, because some green washes are too shiny and sometimes as second wash dulls things too much. So when I want dark greens I’ll use this ink or the baby poop or maybe one of the GW products listed above. I also want to order some more stuff I’ve read about online.

What about the pink Nurgling?

Like I said I’ve been experimenting with the Contrast paints and I’ve tried two purples: Shyish Purple and Magos Purple. The former comes out dark and shiny so you probably want to thin that with Contrast Medium. And it is so dark you’re going to have to paint a lot of highlights on it, I haven’t had enough success with it to make me want to replace my traditional purple recipes.

So that leaves Magos Purple which I put on quite thin but no actual Contrast Medium was used. I think it is easier to paint some things with Contrast paints, I wouldn’t use them everywhere for everything. Something small with folds like Nurgling skin is a good option. But then I used a product apparently few people bought and now is long gone GW Purple Glaze, these came in hexagon pots with red lids. I honestly wish I’d bought every one, as it is I have five.

As my eyes have gotten worse and I’ve tried to speed up my painting process I’ve looked to make greater use of techniques like dry brushing. I’ve always used washes, generally thinned but sometimes straight out of the pot/bottle as the manufacture designed them. The other thing I really like are these glazes. Maybe the chemistry behind Contrast paints and GW’s new shades is fancier, but that pink Nurgling was literally two coats of paint, very thin, pushed into the folds.

Guts and Boils

I was rushed finishing yesterday’s Nurglings, for today’s Nurglings I did paint some boils. Guts have gotten really easy over Wraithbone I like Fleshtearer Red, then I’ll do another quick highlight with whatever old GW red I have that has still survived. For the trivia obsessed that is Ruby Red at the moment, but any bright red will work. A wash or a glaze is also good. Sometimes I might use pink or purple for guts, but generally I stick to red.

Now boils, I have chanced upon a boil recipe that will stand out on both brown, green, and purple flesh and you can see it in action on the newest Nurgling Infested Objective. Basically paint the boil brown first. This will cover, you can use a variety of browns but today I used Terracotta Clay from Reaper Master Series. The next colour I used was red, again from Reaper Master Series, this time Clotted Blood. These are from my quest for an evil dark red for my Bezerkers and were bought at Imperial Hobbies in Richmond, the only reason to go to Richmond except maybe noodles.

Then I dab on orange and yellow. You don’t have to be that neat, I use a pretty thick dab of yellow. This time the yellows and orange were from Vallejo. I used the same yellow for the Nurgling eyes after first trying the Contrast Yellow. Then for this batch of boils I put Nurgle’s Rot over top, but you can use a thin glaze of red or yellow or orange, even purple might work.

Nurgle’s Rot

I want to like this paint and you need to shake the pot a lot and I think it benefits from multiple thin coats, but many gob it on at the end which isn’t always optimal. One of the Nurglings on the base of the model I plan to use as the champion got green vomit as opposed to guts. It was painted green, I think flat green from Vallejo then washed with the original Waaaggh Green Ink, then I did Tesseract Glow and probably should have stopped, but on the Escher Necromunda model I did Nurgle’s Rot over top.

Improved Vomit

It came out better the time before and as per the introduction I literally was painting these models this morning, so now I can get it out of the miniature case and put a thin wash over top because it lost a lot of definition that I had gotten from careful washing and highlighting. Let me stop blogging and do that.

After it dried I took another photo. Maybe I’ll paint another highlight on, this is a problem I have, I spend too much time on small parts of models sometimes, I could have had pink/purple vomit in two coats, but I like coming up with never before seen colours especially given I’ve painted so many Plague Marines, Plaguebearers, and Nurglings.

What does tomorrow hold?

Well maybe another game of Warhammer 40,000 if not the start of our nameless campaign. These 40K campaigns are supposedly a lot of book keeping. I have a journal and the biggest index cards Staples carries. I want to get a printer but Bill thinks I should get a car, until I pointed out to him that the printer was $200 dollars at Staples and the car was going to clearly cost more.

After busting my ass the last 24 hours some of the models when looked at in a blown up digital photo have obvious spots I should have touched up or highlighted further. I also don’t always get the real life colour in the photographs especially on Instagram. I’m using various magic wand buttons either on my iPhone Mini 13, or the one in Apple’s Photos or the one in GraphicConverter 11 which I think is the latest greatest version.

Sometimes the photos I take with my Panasonic DMC-GM1, my fancy lightbox, and the algorithms do worse than just a quick snap with my iPhone on my painting desk. So when I do add photos to this post it will be from a mix of cameras, apps, and algorithms.

Next Up in the Painting Queue

Bigger Base for my Lord, for my Lord

I discovered this morning that I didn’t enbiggen the base of the Chaos Lord I planned to use to start the campaign, Maceo the Maligned. I would like a Lord of Virulence but I’m trying to use models that are already bought and painted. I need to paint four more cultists to give me the minimum squad of ten fully painted models. I also want to paint another “counts as” Blightlord. It is a real Chaos Space Marine in Terminator Armour with Forgeworld Death Guard bits but it isn’t armed with the latest weapon you can only get if you buy an entire box.

I haven’t bought an entire box of Blightlords yet, but I do have a box of Plague Marines and Space Marine Heroes so three more additions to the Burning Sores will be assembled and primed next. But once the campaign starts who knows what will happen. I will get my spawn on the table, painting first then gaming, unless my Lord rolls poorly and ends up a spawn. I plan to stroll along the Path to Glory, but I have unpainted spawn and an unpainted daemon prince just in case.

A Plague Surgeon and even more themed objectives and markers will likely happen, I don’t know if that will help me win games, but it will impress Bill. I haven’t bought that model yet, nor do I have Plagueburst Crawlers, Myphitic Blight-Haulers, or Foetid Bloat-drones. Units that cost exactly 5 PL would be the easiest to add once the campaign starts and what will take the least effort is another five Plague Marines even if they don’t have Blight Launchers or any of the new snazzy magic sticks.

Five more plague marines will cost cost 6 PL…

If you have thoughts on how to paint mud, skulls, Nurglings, vomit, boils or the Death Guard in general you can leave a comment below. If you think I’m crazy to be starting a 40K campaign with no [insert the best thing in the codex] you can leave your diatribe below.