Sunday, June 26, 2016

Progress Report 6/26/16 - Flying away!

We've got a problem round here... a fly problem!!

Finished these guys up yesterday. Still need to add some goop and a little detail on the bases but otherwise they are ready to fly the friendly Nurgle skies. Really happy with how they turned out. A couple firsts for me here - first time painting a model this big, first time painting something on a flying stand, and first time painting things in pieces before assembling them. 

Speaking of firsts... how about those Plaguebearers I started working on way back in the Spring?

Painted and ready to go! 11 of them anyway. Still have another 9 sitting on my desk in various states of basecoating. But small victories are important too! Had to balance my time on these guys as I really wanted to give them lots of gross detail but also know they will get blasted off the 40k table pretty quick in most games. At least they will look good (gross) while doing so? 

And last but not least we have a bit of basecoating progress on the two bigguns in my 750 list - the Soul Grinder and Daemon Prince. 

Nothing too fancy just getting the color scheme going. I've since made quite a bit more progress on the two of them and I am getting closer to washes and details. Hope to have them done this week. Then I just have a mess of Nurglings to get painted before my first 40k tournament in July. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Progress Report 6/10/16 - What's in a Daemon?

Played my first game of 40k (of the current edition) last week. Had a good time vs Eldar?! I think I surprised myself with that. It was a learning game/testing out a scenario for the upcoming escalation campaign tournament at 750 points. Here is my current list:

Daemon Prince
- Daemon of Nurgle
- Greater Daemonic Reward
- Daemonic Flight

Herald of Nurgle
- Lesser Locus of Virulence
- Psyker Level 1

Nurglings x 3
Plaguebearers of Nurgle x 11

Fast Attack
Plague Drones of Nurgle x 3

Heavy Support
Soul Grinder of Chaos
- Daemon of Nurgle
- Phlegm Bombardment

Total Points: 750 (of 750)

Game started off with a fantastic Warp Storm roll turning the Eldar Warlord (a Farseer I think?) into a Herald of Nurgle who proceeded to dance in front of his former allies before getting shot into many pieces. 

In general there was a lot of shooting nurgle forces into tiny pieces but with the power of the Daemon Prince (who is just downright nasty all around) and some fire support from the Soul Grinder the Nurgle forces managed to sneak out a win... until they gave it up on Turn 8 when another roll on the Warp Storm table had Khorne reaching down and crushing the one remaining troop in the Eldar deployment zone the nearby Plaguebearers and Herald needed to charge and kill for 2 VP.

It was surprisingly fun to play the game! Even though there are a lot of rules I don't know (and frankly don't feel like learning all these damn weapon types) I managed to hold my own and outmaneuver the Eldar while rolling a lot of 5+ saves in the process. 

I think the fantasy model will work well for my Soul Grinder but my Daemon Prince was certainly not the right size. After purchasing the Daemon Prince kit with the intention of heavily nurgle-fying it I picked through my bits box and started slapping some parts together...

I filled in some of the holes with plastermold (kinda like a soft plaster of paris mix I use for bulking out sculpts and filling things) and then wondered what a head might look like on this guy. 

Kinda silly and gross! Perfect for my Nurgle force. With the basic forms in place I started the GS sculpting and detailing on the front. 

And you gotta have some tiny wings for a flying Daemon Prince right? That gaping maw/jetpack won't keep you suspended forever. 

Still going to add more details to the front and finish up the filling and scuplting on the back but so far I am very pleased with how he is turning out. Should be a glorious rotten Warlord for my Nurgle army moving forward. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Progress Report 5/27/16 - Cat got my tongue.

It's been a rough week... my beloved cat of 20ish years had a heart attack and died on Monday. Getting used to not having her around is a challenge but working on miniatures has been a good source of joy and humor. It also makes me think of all the times she tried to knock my hard work off the table and on to the ground and why I had to lock my painting room door so she couldn't break in and mess with my stuff. I'd take all that back though if it meant having her around a bit longer.

My grouchy old bitty kitty Schwinn. RIP
On to a happier note - I won my first painting competition with the Nurgle Plaguebearer conversion I posted in my last update! Exciting! I've also been busy assembling (more!?) miniatures and even painting a little bit too. I have the TNT bug right now and even though I am not playing the game often it occupies a lot of my thoughts. I love the setting and the creative freedom the game brings to the table. 

First I built this thing out of junk and some toy bits - a caravan for the Caravaneers and caravan scenario:

This Dunger has been sitting around collecting dust so I put him to work pulling the wasteland scrapcart he is now attached to. I think it turned out pretty good! Still going to add a couple details and some basing but pretty much it is done. 

And what would a caravan be without some Caravaneers? I picked up these Pigiron minis to represent a mix of wasteland warriors (possibly Tribals, or Reclaimers, or Caravaneers). 

Neat models that come in various sets of legs, torsos, and heads. I mixed them all up to give them that "we live in the wasted lands" kinda vibe. Still going to do the bases and probably add some greenstuff cloaks/cloth to a few minis. A nice mix of weapons and stances and I am impressed with the sculpting quality and casting. Very minimal mold lines and everything fit together nicely (even though it was technically 3 different product lines). 

And last but not least I have a new Mutant warband with 2 Psychic mutants and a couple of nasty big'uns too. Using the old Deadzone minis that are sitting around. Here is the current state of the warband. 

Hoping to get these guys out into the wastes and taking back their mutant lands soon! No updates on the Nurgle forces but I heard a rumor of a 40k escalation campaign starting at the FLGS and while I have very little interest in the game I do want to play something so... perhaps a Daemons of Chaos 40k force is starting up too?? We'll see...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Progress Report 5/3/16 - Keeping the piece(s)

The past couple weeks I have been focused on two things.
1. Assembling the TNT Peacekeeper minis I recently acquired.
2. Painting some Nurgle fun.

And I have accomplished these things! But first up... some minis from the wastes!

Here we have a collection of irradiated radical rats, roaches, razorbacks, and a few Trogg's/Chud lovers with a rogue psychic husk. Never know what you might bump into out there...

Got a few folks in suits trying to keep the place clean and next thing you know... 

The Peacekeepers show up to tell you how to run things! Maybe we like breaking the law! 

Took a few of the extra pieces from the TNT assembly line and added a bit of flavor and fun to these minis from the Bones line that are taking up space in my unpainted miniature collection. I figured they could make good additions to the Peacekeepers or maybe a group of Caravaneers out looking to make a few caps?

And in the other world we have this guy...

Pretty happy with how this Nurgle Herald turned out. Bits from the Plaguebearer, Blight King, and Plague Drone kits all bashed together with a bit of additional sculpting. Having a lot of fun painting the ooze!  

Here are some less fancy shots...

Those were taken before I finished the base, a few details, and the Nurgle ooze. I think he looks fun! And speaking of fun...

This big boy is just about ready for a priming! Can't wait to get this painted up. Wondering what colors I should paint him? Maybe a purple or grey? 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Progress Report 4/16/16 - Getting sloppy.

Slogging along through the priming and pre-painting stage of these Nurgle dudes. Feeling pretty good about where they are at now and wanted to share my test model. 

Started off with some simple basecoats and slight washes/highlights to get the solid funk going on.

Added some additional details and highlight and I am feeling pretty good about the results on this test model. Still need to finish a few details and the base of course but not bad for a rank and file troop. Might get more gribbly later on... 

Also spent some time last weekend playing two games of TNT with a local player at the FLGS. My Raiders vs his Caravaneers. Both games went to the Raiders (Skullkrushas) but they were close fough affairs with the Raiders being outgunned in every situation but still making it in to crush heads. 

First game was A Little Slice of Heaven with the Raiders bringing it to the Caravan's hideout in the middle of the night while some of their group were away or asleep. The Caravan had a very well defended position and lots of shooting to keep the Skullkrushas at bay so a bit of tactical approach was needed to keep them safe. 

After a daring run in approach and deftly dodging most of the incoming fire the Raiders caught up with the Caravan forces and beat them off of the objective to claim the win. Groin (pictured at the top) was extremely lucky and survived 6 rounds of close range blasts from a large caliber shotgun before crushing the head of the Caravan guard holding the high ground. 

The second match was a race for a water supply in a nearby rusted out water container set in the center of the board. Both forces held occupied positions around the outskirts of the supply but again the Caravan brought the big guns and outgunned the Raiders for most of the encounter. The Skullkrushas did manage to bring on a Flamethrower and Assault Rifle to help even the playing field a bit and the Raider leader also brought a compound bow which he used to Rambo off a few of the guards on his way towards the objective.  

Floyd the mutant tried desperately to punch a whole in the water container before the Caravan shoots him to death (he failed to do either).

Another two great games of TNT and I just fall in love with this game more every time I play it. A lot of luck helped keep the Raiders safe but we all know luck can't last forever out there in the wasteland...