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.