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WIP : army of nurgle

One of the Armies of Warhammer that I’ve been fascinated with is the Nurgle Warriors of Chaos. They stand apart from the typical armored “kill-mc-duderson” by grotesque imagery. Clouds of flies, pus weeping blades, rotting tendrils; a great blind date.

Something about their color palette always appealed to me. Dark greens and muted browns give a great chance to contrast and make areas stand out. Typically, it’s the pale flesh.

Two years ago, I ran a Mono-god list of Warriors of Chaos to Quake City Rumble! I did fairly well (3-2) despite my own jackassery of inebriated rage-quitting a game I was winning. Tabling the guy infact. I loved the feel, lore and color of the army, but with the new book Nurgle became the “teh ubar” go to God/Mark for power gamers. I’d like to think that I’m not a gamer like that, I enjoy winning, who doesn’t? But I like my opponent to have a fun game too. It’s not a video game, there’s a real life person there to play with, talk to, (often) Drink with and they want to have fun too. So power armies don’t appeal to me.

I played an all too powerful Chaos Dwarf army at last year’s WEST COAST HAMMERTIME! and I took little pleasure from it. Even winning, it was less fun than a loss with my beastmen.
So I decided to relaunch the Nurgle Warriors of Chaos!

I enjoy the lore of the armies and tend to go all one mark or no mark. Once you start dabbling, then it’s a slippery cherry picking road to complete filthy-no-fun-low-comp armies.

So, long term, this is the begginging of my revamped All Nurgle Warriors of Chaos army.

The goal is to have it debut at this year’s WEST COAST HAMMERTIME!

I’m trying a lot of new techniques with the airbrush, so a lot of it will be experiments.

The first unit I’m working on is a unit of NURGLE WARRIORS (with halberds). I’ve bought the Avatars of War: Warriors of the Apocalypse models.

I can’t say how fantastic they are. So easy to put together, exceptionally crafted and very few flash-lines.

Below is the priming method I’m using.

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primed

Here is the base coating with some pre-shade. I used Vallejo “Gunship Green” for the base.

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Base coats

Here they are after a few layers of Green. Maybe I went overboard with it.

here’s the steps (all Vallejo)

  • Gunship green
  • Black green
  • Intermediate green
  • Lime green
  • lime green & flat yellow (1:2 )
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4 greens:

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Those are the contrasting colors that I want on the cloth/ banners.

I went with a nice vermillion and want to build to orange.

However, I’m going to do this by hand. The airbrush, while fantastic effects, is spilling over to the green that I worked hard on.(heh….hardon). I think that I’ve hit the point where I need to spoil myself with a new, more fine airbrush to get these details.

Right now I’m using a Badger 150 with detachable nozzles, but I think I’ve hit the limits of what it can do.

So anyone with airbrush advice/ preferences , feel free to let me know what you like!!

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New Dark Elves! Sneak Peek!

Ok.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I wasn’t salivating over these new models.

I love the lore of the druchii, but wow, they were not balanced (over the top) last edition. I hope they’re good and brought into line / balanced so I can get back into them.

How can you say “No” to black dragons and heroes on manticores??

You can’t.

the new cauldron

the new cauldron

here’s the new cauldron. It needed an update. This looks like it goes IN a unit of witches, much like the screaming bell.

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shadowblade/ assassin. not bad.

hydra. eh.

hydra. eh.

hydra.
looks like a toad monster. Could be the paint job. reserving judgement on this

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multi kit cauldron. I suppose it will act as some support? Not too bad looking. Love the Naga as a corsair unit filler

witches

witches

FINALLY! New witch elves!
though rumored price is $60. that’s absurd

dark chariot?

dark chariot?

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some multi kit cauldron thingy.... or an AWESOME unit filler

some multi kit cauldron thingy…. or an AWESOME unit filler

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black guard

black guard

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warlocks? Mobile light cav? They LOOK impressive

Cold one chariot

Cold one chariot

Executioners !!!!ermerger!!

Executioners !!!!ermerger!!

Warlocks (?)

Warlocks (?)

dark riders

dark riders

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don’t ask me why, but besides the executioners, I’m most interested in new spearmen. The lore for these guys is amazing. they can be equipped with Spears, Repeater crossbows OR SWORDS. Huge in this edition.

New spearmen!

New spearmen!

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Stay Frosty, my friends; Frost Phoenix

Quick update.
Helping my friend get ready for QCR and trying to take a break from all the goat-men painting. He’s putting together a ‘monster mash’ type list with his High Elves….if he listens to my advice, and avoiding the new high elf cheese.

Yes I said it. The new book has things that make the Chaos Dwarfs seem tame and balanced.

Before going into it, here’s a quick and fun painting of the new Frost Phoenix

top finished (not detailed)

top finished (not detailed)

 

Step 1: White Primer

Step 2: Under-highlights;Vallejo’s Purple + Red ( 2:1)

Step 3: Prussian blue

step 3

step 3

Step 4: Medium blue

step 4

step 4

step 5: careful outer strokes with  Vallejo Sky blue

finished top and bottom.

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there you have it. Not the best pictures. But a fun model to paint and took me about 1 1/2 hrs, not counting pin/brush cleaning.

 

stay frosty

 

 

 

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West Coast Hammertime G.T. recap

After months of excitement and preparation,  this weekend was the

WEST COAST HAMMERTIME Grand Tournament! 

In November, I got my Chaos Dwarfs in the mail. A few stragglers came in; Drazoath the Ashen model, some war-machines.

A recent RTT showed that the chaos dwarfs could fight. (not to mention were lucky…very lucky) and I finalized my list for the West Coast Hammertime GT!  Here’s the list!

magma for days

magma for days

2500 Chaos Dwarfs WCHT 

Lord:

Sorcerer Prophet:

lvl 4, General, Great Taurus, dark forged weapon.

Chalice of Blood and Darkness, Talisman of Preservation, Charmed Shield

 What’s not to love about monsters? The model for this particular one is exceptionally well made. The large target gives the general a leadership 10 18″ bubble. While the Great Taurus doesn’t have an armor save, it is somewhat protected. Non magical attacks have to be re-rolled and flaming attacks cannot harm it and restore D3 wounds to it. Not shabby.

Heroes:

Infernal Castellan: BSB

Mask of the Furnace, great weapon

A resolute BSB, a 3+ armor save, high toughness and 4+ ward and 2+ v flaming attacks. 

Bull Centaur Tau’ruk

Great Weapon, Black Shard Armor

Dawnstone, Dragon Helm, Other Tricksters’ shard.

I call this guy “mini doombull”. He’s tough 5, a great armor save, 2+ v flaming and hits like a ton of bricks. Not only that but he’s able to force a challenge and make all Ward saves shaky. 

Core:

Infernal Guard: 29, full command, lich bone banner, Great Weapons.

Pretty much the heart of the army. This unit was able to wade into the thick of it and dish out a ton of pain and withstand a fair amount. 

Infernal Guard: 19 full command. Hand Weapon & Shield.

A solid block with a decent strength. These guys were able to hold objectives and pose a serious flanking threat. 

Special:

Magma Cannon

Magma Cannon

These guys are stellar. I tried the Death Shrieker and all it did was scatter into oblivion.  I’m sure if I baby-sat it with my Sorcerer Prophet or a demonsmith, they’d be ok. But that’s not my style. If i get 2 rounds of shooting with them, I’m happy. Due to the slow nature of the dwarfs, I’m often protecting them just by being there.

Rare:
K’daai Destroyer.

Big Red. 

That’s the list!

Marching to war!!!

Marching to war!!!

The Venue was the Laguna Hills Elks’ Lodge.
The venue was fantastic. A well priced bar, great diner and breakfast, not to mention the hospitality. The Elks were very curious about the game and the hobby. They put up with about 50 exuberant gamers and our yelling, and were amazing hosts.  This is one of the best venues I’ve been to for a tournament and everyone loved it. Food was RIGHT there, beer and booze was absurdly cheap and plenty.  A great find by the guys at West Coast Hammer Time

There was a massive Elk head in the hall and it was watching over the gaming. I thought it was an ill omen for any wood elf players…Orion’s hunt didn’t go so well.

There were 50 players for a first year tournament! that’s unheard of! The guys from leadership 2 came down and that really makes for a great tournament. My games with the L2 guys have always been some of the most fun, challenging and bloody matches any player could hope for. Not to mention the painting. When you go to a tourney, you want to play painted armies…these guys deliver.

 

 

Next up; Game 1! 

 

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Bull Centaurs: WIP pt 1

Attempting to keep up with the vaunted ‘to do list’

Here are the Forge World Bull Centaurs that I’ve been working on.

Priming:

Priming white

Bull Centaurs. priming

Note that their hands are missing; this is for ease of painting the shields and surface below.

I’ve primed them using the Vallejo White primer.
The primer worked very well. I poured it into the airbrush feeder and went at it. My one complaint is that it started to clog after a bit. Little by little. I had to clear it, but warm/ hot water worked until I went to disassemble the unit.

I went with a strong “German Grey” bull body and fade into a lighter torso; “light sky grey”

Bull Centaurs

Bull Centaurs

I then base coated the beards a dark blue mixed with black (5:1 blue black).

for some darker areas, I used ‘dark sea grey’. This was also used as the next step on the bull torsos to go lighter.

 

WIP

Forge World Bull Centaurs

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Forge World Bull Centaurs WIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you can see some of the steps here. there’s a lot of work to do, but for now, some base coats have been laid . I’m hoping to add some bright colors with the weapons and armor.

Work work.

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New Warriors Book

New warriors:art by GW.

New warriors:
art by GW.

 

New Warriors Book finally out.

rumors are about, but waiting for it to be in my filthy paws.

bout time

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Darklands Kickstarter. Mierce Miniature’s Minotaurs!

It’s pretty obvious that I like Mierce miniatures. I belive that they have some of the best sculpts on the market.
Their monsters are much more to my tastes than most sculpts by other companies and not only that, but they do justice to some of the more obscure monsters out there. Namely, the Chimera.

 

Mierce's Chimera

Mierce’s Chimera

I have quite a few of their sculpts, both here and here.

They fit well, well made, almost zero flash and really make amazing center pieces.

Recently, they launched a Kickstarter.

Mierce DARKLANDS kickstarter

Mierce DARKLANDS kickstarter

 

I saw the rewards: Well sculpted Minotaurs & another chimera?

                                            HELL YES.

not only that, but it’s a great way to see many new and alternative models come out.  Plus if you’re a fellow Warriors of Chaos player, these sculpts will help make your army a show stopper. (belle of the ball, really) Check out some of the basic rewards. More on their SITE:

Some of the rewards from Mierce

Some of the rewards from Mierce

I don’t know much about the game “darklands” but would be eager to give it a go.

 

The people at Mierce have been amazing. They’ve helped track down hard to find orders, ensured their deliveries and just been on the ball about listening to the community’s requests. The HERDSTONE requested minotaurs, and damnit…we got minotaurs.

 

Go, support some good people and great minis.

game on.

 

 

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