Sunday, 27 November 2016

082. WIP Converted Nurgle Chaos Champion and terrain possibilities...

I've really gotten on board with the direction in the new WD and the way the 'community team' is coming together.  GW are really heading back towards what I loved around the mid 90's-early 00's.  I've started picking up the WD again following the relaunch and with that copy you got a free miniature - a Warriors of Chaos Lord (Slaughterpriest I think the official name is).
Converted Nurgle Lord - front shot
Free miniatures are always nice, particularly when these ones retail in Australia at $50 a pop; however, I wasn't quite sure what to do with this chap seeing as my Chas focus always leans towards Nurgle.  After pondering it for a while, there isn't actually a lot of sculpted detail that screams Khorne that would be insurmountable to remove, and while the figure doesn't have some of the classic Nurgle tropes (distended belly being the big one), I figured I could make do.
Converted Nurgle Lord - the skulls on the base hark back to this models time in the Khorne camp!
So pulling out the greenstuff I got to work modifying the model by:
- filling in the helmet detail including the Khorne symbol and eye slots
- placing three buboes on the forehead in place of the Khorne symbol, and making a single, cyclopean hole at the vision slot
- greenstuffed over the Khorne symbol on the belt and marked in a Nurgle fly device in its place
- greenstuffed a triad of dots onto the front of the right shoulder pad, and another Nurgle fly device on the rear of that pad - these two changes serve to obscure the armour detail which had formed the Khorne symbol
- greenstuffed a buboes triad on the right elbow
- removed the skull spike from the left shoulder and greenstuffed in its place a horn/bone spur and rotten/nurglified flesh
- greenstuffed over the left leg upper armour guard which had a raised Khornate device on the armour and made it look like rotten/flesh armour.  I wasn't able to do the same to the right side but it's occluded by the sword/sword arm and isn't as obvious.
Converted Nurgle Lord - rear shot
The Dort again helped build the model and base him - it was on her advice that lots of skulls (or heads as she calls them) were added to the base.  She also painted the base at the same time we had completed the previous Orks and I picked out the skulls and started putting some other colours down while waiting for different colours to dry on the Orks.  He's still very very early WIP but she's got an eye for colour already. 

The figure is a ways off obviously, and if I ever pick up some Blight Kings is likely to receive further modifications, but ultimately at this stage I am quite happy with how he looks, and imagine once he is painted to the same finish as my previous Nurgle Lord, he will fit into my Lost and the Damned force nicely.
Home made terrrain plans with the Dort
I've also been thinking of ways to get the Dort more involved with the hobby without having to sacrifice minis I'm currently working on to her 3-year-old skills.  To that end, and based on something unrelated Ray had been talking about in one of our group chats, I dug out my old 'How to make terrain' books and showed them to the Dort.  She got quite excited about the idea of doing 'craft' with her dad so we might end up doing something along those lines either one weekend or when I'm on my Xmas leave (soon).  The Industrial Site looks like something we could whip up without too much fuss with gear we have laying about the house.

Cheers all,

Liam

Friday, 25 November 2016

081. Fun with the dort - expanding the Orks...

Back again, this time showing where I'm at with those Ork reinforcements I mentioned last time.   
Again, the kidlett jumped on the chance to ‘help’ me so we started a dad-daughter build week where we’d clip and clean and build a couple of figures each night before bed.  She likes clipping anything really so I set her up with blank sprue (I took all the parts of a sprue before giving her the empty frame) and then she chopped it into pieces for ‘her pile’ (she was totally supervised and sat through multiple lectures on how to safely handle the plastic cutters).  She’s also ‘helped’ rummage around in my bits boxes and pull out all the ‘shiny’ bits she thought I’d need – basically any metal bit irrespective of faction.
We've settled in for a batch painting marathon running up to the New Year - or so we hope
After all was built and primed we got on with the business of ‘batch painting’ the not quite 50 odd models I have left in my Ork horde that aren’t yet painted.  My hobby goal for the remainder of the year is to finish them all so my Ork army is fully painted (excluding a FW Kill Krusha Tank).  
The Dort concentrating on basing the models - Scorched Brown, Bestial Brown drybrush, Bleached Bone final drybrush
She was half decent, though could do with a better grip on the brush
The Dorts pile of 'completed' bases
The kidlett was super excited to help again and so I set her up with her own brush (an old beat up drybrush) and carefully measured out paint and she helped apply all the drybrushed colour stages on the base, as well as the metal tone layer (Bronze), drybrush (Boltgun Metal), chipping (Mithril Silver) and wash (Devlan Mud).  Aside from being overzealous with the Bleached Bone on a few of the bases, she handled the ‘messy’ stage of painting the O really well.  
Explaining why she needs more metallic paint, and why my 'light touch' approach is naff
Tinny Tin base coats
Boltgun Metal drybrush with Mithril Silver sponge treatment for variety ready for the Devlan Mud all over wash
We sat down and talked about it afterward and she knows she won’t be able to help me with the cleaner/fiddly bits that follow (skin, details etc) but she is keen to keep painting as we do more of my ‘toys’.
Starting the 'red' phase - this is where the Dort stepped away (for now)
Bringing in the white spot and checks
I cant unsee F1 Chequered flags after one of the lads in my group commented on how he views the checks on the swords/axes
I’ve since gotten all the red armour completed, as well as added white spot detail and the checks, and this week managed to get the green base colour down on all the skin ready for layering up and highlights. 
Green base coat going down on the skin - this is where things get tedious through the layer/wash/highlight phase across 50 models
 Cheers all,

Liam

Sunday, 20 November 2016

080. Horus Rising...

It’s been a while between drinks.  Since the last post things have slowed, picked up, slowed again and then fired right off on the hobby front.
Horus "Lupercal" - The Warmaster
For a period the Orks I had been working on, the Shoota Boys, languished in a state of semi-paint.  I lost a bit of interest in them so went looking for inspiration to fire me up again in my collection of Black Library books.  That led to a re-read of John French’s fantastic Ahriman series, as well as ADB’s Talon of Horus (ToH), and select Horus Heresy stories.  The ToH book in particular really got my imagination stirring so I went rummaging through my shelves of shame and pulled out the FW Abaddon and Horus figures and thought about how to tackle them.
Horis "Lupercal" - The Warmaster - Base Detail
I have half of the HH character series models but have always put off doing much with them for fear of making a mess of it.  I put that fear aside after finishing ToH and launched into Horus.  My 3 year old daughter has been showing more and more interest in my ‘toys’ and so I let her ‘help’ me when it came to setting some basic colours down and doing some dry brushing on the base – she was actually half decent (under supervision) and expressed a keen interest in doing more at a later time.  

I moved back and forth for a while between the base and model before finally getting it sorted after a last push following completion of a re-read of the seminal Horus Rising.  I’m quite chuffed with how he turned out, particularly with his base and the blending of his cloak (blending not being something I generally get much into), though if I had my time again I’d approach the wolf skin differently (more brown, less grey) as well as blend/glaze the armour rather than edge highlight it. 
Horus "Lupercal" - The Warmaster - Base detail and rear cloak
Following Horus, I parked my plans for Abaddon as I’d picked up a number of bargains for my Orks on one of our local buy/swap/sell pages.  I managed to grab a couple of boxes of Lootas/Burnas and a box of Storm Boys, giving my horde some much-needed dakka and an alternate assault unit to my ever dependable Nobs.  But then that's a post for another day

Cheers all,

Liam