Enter the Blight

Mal Blight, compensating.

Mal Blight, compensating.

…And we’re done. 14 months after arriving in the post the second of my warriors of Poxton is done and dusted. Given the four month lay off since finishing my last Pestigor, I thought he turned out well. The miniature quality helps tremendously, Jes Goodwin’s work is always a joy to paint.

This chap is named Mal Blight, after Australian Football coach Malcolm Blight, who happens to have a particularly Nurglesque name. Two of my Warriors will be roadblock types while the other pair will take up killer roles. With his zoidberg claw, ol’ Mal here’s a killer.

The colours I used are:

FLESH: VMC German Green, VMC Light Sea Grey, VGC Elf Flesh
PURPLE: VGC Black, GW Xereus Purple, VMC Fluoro Magenta, VGC Squid Pink, VGC White
BONE: VGC Charred Brown(?) VMC Flat Earth, VGC White
RED: GW Khorne Red, GW Evil Sunz Scarlet, VGC White
INK: VGC Red, VGC Brown
BASE: VGC Charred Brown, GW Agrellan Earth

And the wheels begin to turn once again

I’ve managed a couple of small sessions this week, the first since October last year Muscle memory is a wonderful thing, and I finally have a little bit of content for 2015.

This delightful chap is a converted Nurgle Champion from the Jes Goodwin stable of greatness, circa 1988.  I’ve snipped off his mace and replaced it with a monstrous claw. I think there’s an original shot of him around somewhere as well…

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Four Arms, Four Armpits, bad BO

Oof, another month without a post.  I had a false start with my previous four-armed Pestigor, as much as I like the mini, he’s just too darn big.  He towers over my late 80’s Realm of Chaos warriors and my opponents were confusing him for the ST4 Pestigor on the side.  So… in comes the old 2nd edition star player, Slarga Foulstrike.  No horns on him but the scale is good and he’s a decent enough mini.  Here he is, work in progress.  I’ve tried to make him look as sickly as possible without resorting to sores.  Jaundiced skin and putrid greenish fur.

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My Cousin Ben

Also today, some WIP shots of the first Nurgle Warrior.  No doubt many of the swelling ranks of fans I have following this blog (ha!)  will notice that the purple bears a striking resemblance to the Chaos Troll I painted for my triumphant Eucbowl winning team of 2013. And they’d be right, I’ve been copying it.  The base is Xereus Purple, I lighten it with VGC Squid pink and the secret ingredient is VMC Fluorescent Magenta.  The Magenta has a slight glossy sheen, which will disappear when I’ve varnished him, but it is nice and lurid.  If I’m painting maggots, they should be vibrant maggots.

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The Rot sets in

I think every parent must look back at their pre-parenthood state and wonder what they did with the oceans of time that life afforded them. I’m still amazed that I can summon the will to paint at 5am; just because I know that its the only chance I’ll have – I must really love painting as well!

And here is the output of this early morning work, a fully functional Poxton Strangler named Smudge. As I mentioned in previous posts I fully intend to avoid the massively clichéd green colouration that is applied inevitably to Nurgle teams. Sinces Plagubearers eschew clothing all together, I’ve greenstuffed on some kneepads and a ripped guernsey so that I have some surface to apply the Strangler’s Purple/White/Red colour scheme.

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The base skin colour for this shabby bloke is VMC ‘German Uniform’ or more less euphimistically; ‘Nazi Green’ (is that jackboots in the distance?) He has been progressively highlight with German Uniform + Light Sea Grey and finished off with a glaze mixed from more German Uniform and Medium Blue.

For the uniform I went with Citadel’s Xereus Purple with various amounts of Black, Hormagaunt Purple (an old foundation paint) and VGC Squid Pink, and then liberally dabbed brown ink over the top to sully it appropriately – old pus ‘n shit stains.

Finally, the base is coated with VGC Charred Brown (including the rim) before a good smothering of Citadel’s Agrellan Earth and a nuanced dusting of static grass.
And that’s it!

Helmut Grosswürst

Its been a long time, I know. Work, winter, the World Cup, Blood Bowl tournaments and timetable changes due to Spieledeluxe becoming a trading entity had been taking higher priority than getting back to the hobby desk. However, the MBBL does not rest for long and my new Nurgle team wants for conversion and painting. I’ve had three wins in the pre-season so far, (re)burying the nightmare I had with the Necros and I am excited to put a nice original scheme on my rotting scumbags.

Still, you gotta convert before you paint and below is Helmut Grosswuerst, one of my four warriors. They are so repugnant that opponents will often refuse to block and risk dropping the ball if passing or catching nearby on account of their rank stench. In addition to their high strength and armour, they also have a 50/50 chance of regenerating injuries – in short they are fabulous Blood Bowl players, and worthy of a fine paint job.

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Because Nurgle gets up to four of these titans, its worth building in-game with different roles. Tentacles can prevent players dodging away, while a Claw tears through an opponents armour. Helmut here has the best of both worlds, making full use of his unearthly gifts.

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There’s a little bit to go, some green stuff around the cuff of his right arm to even out the join between the claw.  Otherwise I’m looking forward to putting some paint on him.

The Poxton Stranglers

Its a bit of a transition period at MiniMakeover Towers. Family members are selling houses and I’ve been flat out helping my wife set up her retail business (which I will plug here in the not too distant future). All that has meant a lot of picking up heavy things and putting them down again along with a lot of home renovation type activities like drilling holes in brick, hanging shelves, sanding and painting and all other man-card-reinforcing stuff.

Although the hobby skills don’t directly translate to DIY, a methodical attitude, patience and dedication to preparation do and I’m reasonably proud of the results I’ve achieved.

As such I’ve had little time or energy to devote to my beloved hobby, DIY is draining and while I’d normally get up early to get some mini painting done I now find myself looking in horror at the clock for a moment before bounding to the shower, as if the saving of a second will make me less late for work!

Actually that is a total lie, I catch up on some important business (Impact Kickstarter Campaign) and left-wing outrage (The Guardian) before shambling in. A life before smartphones was a life half-lived.

Also in transition are my projects, as we shift away from my ill-fated foray into the world of Necromantic Blood Bowl teams and hopefully toward better, smellier and suitably festering times with a Nurgle side. I haven’t posted much about the Necro, because for the most part I couldn’t figure them out. They’re a hybrid team, with bashy and dashy players. In theory you’ll be able to bash the sides that are dashy, and dash past the bashy ones – in practice I found them to be a mediocre and fragile bash team without enough agility to compensate. Most of my opponents were low armoured, agile teams which negated my team’s natural advantage of having Claws on its Werewolves, and I also didn’t have enough Tackle to bring them down regularly. All in all it was my most dismal season going 1-4-2 (W-T-L) just a year after hoisting the championship. Bye Frank!

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So, we’re done with the dead-ites and the eye-bleeding futility that came with them. Now we’ll move on to Nurgle and probably a plata segunda of shambling misery.
However, I’m confident that they’ll do two things better than I could manage with the Necro – stymie my opponent, and pick up the ball.

So, on with the team!

First up are the Rotters, able though brittle servants of Papa Nurgle and thus pretty cheap. Best of all you get free ones when one of your team members kills somebody! Normally people use zombies to represent Rotters, but I’m one of the minority in this hobby that is at least partially baffled by the geek love and mainstrem-ification of zombies. Never played Last Night On Earth, never watched an episode of Walking Dead or read the comic. What I am a fan of though is old skool Realm of Chaos (RoC) minis and all the lovely white metal character that comes with them. Yes, yes, Plaguebearers aren’t Rotters, who cares! (plague swords optional)

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OK, so I’ve only got three warriors right now. Bilerot and two RoC champions. The Oldhammer revolution has turned these fellas into the hobby equivalent of bitcoins, right now fetching double the price I paid for them back in January. None of that will save them from conversion in the slightest, in fact you can see the claw I’ve given to Mr My-Arm-Is-My-Leg. Alien-Tongue is going to lose the scythe/halberd fairly shortly to be replaced with more tentacles. Bilerot is just going to get a paint job when I figure out a scheme…

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Just the one Pestigor right now, two arms good, three arms better is mantra. After two seasons of butterfingered undead fumbling the ball I am looking forward to a delightfully pustular Pestigor and his Sure Hands + Extra Arms ball cradling combo. This is what insuance looks like people!  Horned and boil-ey! He is a Beastface mini from blog reader Axiom’s personal line, a little on the large size, but I figure that will mean I roll a bunch of +ST . More Pesti’s to come later as I add them to the roster.

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We now enter the ethically dubious section of the post. Astute readers will note that the below miniature is a Confrontation Chthonian Larva 2 from the very much defunct Rackham miniatures. This particular example is a resin recast, a very good quality one from a chap in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I’m unsure of the efficacy of the Ukrainian postal service currently (rocket attacks, insurrection etc) but it was just fine back in January and I’m grateful for it. I did do a good search for several weeks, but the only ones that turned up on ebay were also resin.  Its a damn shame people can’t sort their shit out enough to meet the demand for their quality product.

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So there we go, a long post for only half a team – none of it painted. I’m trying to come up with an original scheme that has NO GREEN in it. Just about every Nurgle team is green and I don’t do cliched schemes.