Having applied the final touches to my Plague Marines over a month ago, this one’s well overdue. I won’t bore readers with a bunch of irrelevant excuses, although I beleive a more stringent process for updating Slow And Purposeful is certainly in order. If anyone out there cares, why not leave a comment below and let us know what you’d like to see more of in our updates. As much I enjoy blogging, I’m still relatively new to this game and bringing you all enjoyable content is what I strive to do – and our followers’ collective input would be extremely helpful to us!
Since my last update, I’ve made some decent headway with the unit of Nurgle Spawn, which are gradually getting closer to completion. Here’s one I snapped last week against a beautiful Play-Doh backdrop:
Instead of painting Plague Marines yesterday, I thought I’d take a break and start work on some Nurgle Spawn conversions I’ve had in the pipeline for a while. Being that I’m not a massive fan of the actual spawn models themselves, I decided to opt for some Forge World Plague Ogryns to act as my nigh-unstoppable toughness 6 unit, which I reckon are a pretty sound alternative.
As there isn’t much scope to mix and match the parts that come with these models, I built the first three the way the sculptor intended, but, after acquiring two more from eBay, I thought adding some additional parts and green-stuff would be a great way to add some suitably-horrific variations.
With a bit of luck, I’m confident I can have these guys on the painting table as soon as next week. In the meantime, I should have the first five of my 14 Plague Marines completed to go towards the 1000 points worth of models I would like finished before Christmas.
Following on from the brilliant new additions made to James’ Tzeentch army recently, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share one of my own. Well, it isn’t exactly a new addition, as such, but rather a completely fresh start for my Death Guard. That’s right, the rest of my models are sat in striping solution as I type this update… (Gulp!)
You see, when I painted Typhus late last year, I decided upon aslightly modified technique for painting Death Guard armour. By doing so, of course, I created a problem for myself– my models simply didn’t match! It could be argued that Nurgle models don’t need to share the uniformity of, say, White Scars or Ultramarines – thismuch is true. But for me, personally, having a degree of uniformity is still important. The contrast between Typhus and my older stuff justplain irritated me, to put it frankly. Therefore, starting over mightn’t be all that bad, really. Most importantly, however, I’m hopeful this could signal the end of the hobby-slump I’ve found myself in lately.
A few weeks ago I ordered a selection of bits from www.bitsandkits.co.uk. Included wereseveral Wracks, which I had intended to mount on my transports to represent the crew manning the sophisticated hull weaponry available to Dark Eldar, and a variety of Nurgle bits from both the Maggoth Lords and Blightkings sets.
On the morning they arrived, I excitedly tore open the small jiffy package, fully expecting its contents to reveal the entirety of the order I’d placed a mere three days earlier. Yet, to my utter annoyance, however, the parcel was light – two Wracks and a Blightkings head light, to be precise. Despite this, in a clearly half-jacked attempt to rectify the problem, the company had included two replacement items. Both of which completely useless to my cause, I must add. Moreover, the replacement items they sent didn’t equate to the value of that which I’d paid. Immediately after my discovery, then, I e-mailed the company to bring the missing parts to their attention. Three weeks on, I’m still awaiting a response! Needless to say, I won’t be returning my custom. Beware, guys…
Nevertheless, I still managed to make good use of the parts I did receive. I had originally intended to use the Blightkings heads on a Toughness 6, Nurgle bike squad I’m on the verge of building. However, once I saw the parts, I realised that they would be simply too large for Chaos Marine-sized helmets. Instead of discarding them to my bits tin for all eternity, though, I remembered seeing a really cool helbrute conversion by Wadugast over on Convert or Die, which largely inspired the finishing touches I decided to apply to my own version. It’s took a while to figure it out, but I’m glad to say the conversion process is finally finished!
Being that my house had recently begun to resemble a pigsty, I thought it would be a good idea to cash in on some well-deserved holiday time in an attempt to restore at least some form of order at home. Once the washing was sorted, the floors shined and I’d found enough hair bobbles to open my own flippin’ shop, at around teatime I sat at the dinning table looking down at the pile of models that my wife is forever bleating at me to shift from the bookcase. (I always intend to put them away, but I just never seem to get round to it – you know how it is!) Among them was the – now infamous, and still unfinished – helbrute, and the most `recent’ batch of Plague Marines that I’d painted, which seems so long ago now my memory fails to recall the exact details of when that was.
In the light of seeing these models, and experiencing a feeling of great shame, a feeling I’m growing all too familiar with, I’ve decided to set a challenge to myself and my fellow co-bloggers. The goal, if they accept: Paint at least one character, unit, vehicle or monstrous creature before the month’s up. I haven’t told either of them yet, so let’s see if they embrace the challenge or end up running scared…
As part of my own target, I’ve decided to stick with my ol’ friend helbrute. I’ve attached some additional details today, including an icon I acquired from the Blightkings set, so it shouldn’t take me too long (he says, ha!) before I get cracking with some actual painting.
I had intended to type this post sooner, but following a family holiday in Primrose Valley and a visit to the creepy-as-hell `Dracula Experience’ at Whitby, I’ve been down and rotten with a horrid sickness bug this past week. Yesterday I had planned on making an overdue start on my Heamonculus Covens army that I picked up a while back. Admittedly, this was merely done to distract myself from both the new Adeptus Mechanicus realease and a strangely reoccurring fancy for Necrons. I’d even gone so far as inviting my cousin round to offer some much-needed moral support while he worked on his own projects. But alas, the illness got the upper-hand; I was forced to cry off in defeat and shamefully crawled into my pit where I stayed (feeling sorry for myself) until this morning. Sorry, Tony…
Anyway, I’m feeling slightly fresher than I did yesterday, so I had better get on with what I was meaning to share.
Last week James, Elazar and I arranged a modelling session over at my humble abode. It wasn’t the most productive of meets – far from it, in fact. But I did manage to finish sculpting the fleshy areas on my helbrute. Mind you, I would have probably got more done had it not been for two `trolls’ demanding I make them cups of coffee every few minutes! Save for a handful of minor fixes and the addition of some extra details (of which I have yet settle on), it shouldn’t be too long before model’s ready for an undercoat. I was considering having two headless corpses impaled atop the hulking beast’s sarcophagus. Although, as cool as that sounds, I’m not sure it looks quite right after doing a dry fitting. I guess I’ll just have to ponder some more before I decide which way to go on the final piece.
While we’re on the subject of helbrutes – specifically of the Nurgle variety – I thought I’d share my cousin’s Death Guard Dreadnought he finished last night (after traipsing home following our failed modelling session). I reckon Tony’s done a stellar job capturing the essence of what makes a Nurgle figure look… Well, Nurgley. In fact, if you ask me, the style is faintly reminiscent to that of the great John Blanche.
Being that I’m a huge fan of the chaos god Nurgle and his corrupted followers, I imagine my Death Guard and Daemons forces will make up the bulk of my blogging activity. That said, my recent purchase of a Haemonculus Covens army will no-doubt occasionally creep from the shadows whenever I’m tired of looking at greens and browns.
Before I get cracking with some freshly painted figures, though, I thought I’d post some completed models from my collection as a taster of what’s to come. Hopefully I’ll muster the strength to get a bit more progress done on my helbute tomorrow. But in the meantime I hope you enjoy the samples I’ve attached below.
At the moment I’m really trying to focus my attention on making a dent in getting my Chaos Space Marines built up. You wouldn’t believe how long some of my models have been sat in their boxes; loved, but untouched. Then again, maybe you would…
Oddly, the whispering whims of fancy have been trying to lure me into painting city ruins of late, too.