Saturday 30 December 2017

Blessings of the Plaguefather - Plaguebearers 9 & Plague Drones 2

I picked up earlier in the year some more reinforcements for the Nurgle Daemons, namely another unit of Plaguebearers and another unit of Plague Drones.

This week I finally got round to building them.

For the Plaguebearers you may notice above that I am putting together three champions.

Originally when I build the first two units I had I used the Champion bits for one unit and as I didn't want duplicates I didn't use them on the second one, instead made him stand out in other ways. However now that I will be fielding 40 of the buggers I really need to have the unit champions stand out more, and what I did for the second (and later third) champion just isn't good enough when you have loads of 'bearers all bunched up. Hence now making three new champions using the raised sword so that the will all stand out nicely. For when I field larger units, e.g. two 20 man units or one 30 man with a 10 man unit the two champions standing on rocks will be the unit champions, the other two relegated to the ranks.

As with the other icon bearers I did previously I used the same standard but made a few changes so each one looks a bit different, in this case I kept it simple and just used a spare Blight Kings bit.

Plague Drones 2

I do hate building these things. Gaps everywhere and the wings are a nightmare to fit.

You may remember (but probably not) that I am using these without the riders. I've just never liked the look. When I had only three it was quite simple to tell who was who with the champion being the one without an icon or an instrument. Now I've added three more I needed the champion to be obvious as there will now be four drones without icon or instrument.

Obvious way to make one stand out is to add a Nurgling, who is obviously the brains of the operation.

Drones now come with 60mm bases rather than flying stands. So I have made three new bases for the existing drones, however I need to redo two of the bases to raise two of the drones up - even using the tallest stand the one drone scuplt is too low and they hit the base,

And about Nurgle...

I am sure everyone has seen what is coming out in the next few weeks.

I will be picking up both the new Daemon Codex and AoS Nurgle battletome.

I am sure this will result in some changes to both my 40k and AoS forces. The main thing is I will be adding some Beasts, I just don't know how many - though at £25 a pop it won't be a huge amount.

Taking everything into account, including now using the force for both 40k and AoS and adding the Mortal elements I have updated the State of Play chart...

The right hand column are all of the Mortal elements for Age of Sigmar. Kazyk and the Lord listed used to be down as Heralds. Likewise five of the Blight Kings were originally down as Heralds. As you can no longer take as many Heralds easily I won't be fielding any more than the three I already have...though depending on the new books I may add the new characters.

Monday 25 December 2017

Blessings of the Plaguefather - Mortal Legions 1

I decided for Age of Sigmar the Nurgle force needed some of Papa Nurgles' mortal followers.

So I picked up three boxes of Blight Kings and from eBay a unit of Nurgle Ogres and a unit of Blight Trolls.

Blight Kings

For these I tried to add some minor conversion, weapon/head swaps etc to bring some variety. I didn't want to do more than that as when they are all fielded as a unit it won't really be an issue.

Plague Ogres.

I do really like the Plague Ogres, very nice sculpts. Other than some GS gap filling they went together really easily. Managed to find three 50mm bases for them. 60mm just looked too big.

Bile Trolls.

The Bile Trolls were an absolute bitch to put together. Pinning, GS, dremel and so on were all needed. Lots of gaps and things not lining up. The one arm just did not fit at all.

Apart from that really nice models...

To show how big the Ogres and Trolls are here is a scale shot. Keep in mind the Blight King is big anyway...

That is probably all the mortal units I'll add. I already have five Blight Kings and on top of those I have Tamurkhan to lead them plus his henchman and a couple of leader models.

Today we had the reveal from GW about the forthcoming Nurgle units..

Plastic Beasts of Nurgle...finally.

So yeah, will definitely be adding some of those, the rest not so in a rush to get. Will be interesting to see what those Plaguebearer character models are and the GUO, if he looks ok in scale compared to Scabby then i'll add one, if he's too big then I don't see much point in getting one.

Monday 27 November 2017

40k Open Day 2017

So I was at the 40k Open Day Saturday and as always here are some of the pictures I took, plus a bit of info.

Specialist Games.

Blood Bowl:

Elf Union team out soon (as we've seen obviously).
We may see the next team in January before being released within a few months after that.
Nurgle team is "in production" which could mean many things, not being boxed up at the moment...though I hope it will be the one in the new year. Bloaters sound great.


Orlocks are next (again we we've seen) with Gang War II coming along at the same time with rules for them.
By the end of next year we will have the big six gangs out.
Also coming - spring time was mentioned - we'll have Genestealer Cult, Chaos Cult and Bounty Hunter gangs in White Dwarf.
The Chaos gang is based around the Dark Vengeance cultists, but you can add things like a Spawn and a psyker. It was mentioned that the chaos gang are based around the idea of dissatisfied hivers and workers rebelling against the tyrants above and calling on the chaos gods to help them.

Pictures for Necromunda:

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Blessings of the Plaguefather - Plague Hulk Redux 4

Nearing the end of this build now.

Still a bit more to do, namely:

  • Decide on front legs pose & attach - add additional texture as required.
  • Decide on and finish head of CC weapon, plus any texture to weapon itself.
  • Some minor clean up.
But for now here are the current set of pictures:

The four legs have been pinned in place with 2mm brass rod running through the body.

The one front claw is not fixed in place yet, that is the current idea of the pose, with the other front claw in place it'll be something like...

Finally some close up detail shots:

Monday 13 November 2017

IPMS Model World 2017 - Picture Heavy

So Saturday I paid a visit to the IPMS Model World show.

As always I grabbed pictures of anything that grabbed my attention...some pictures aren't the best quality...

Monday 30 October 2017

Blessings of the Plaguefather - Plague Hulk Redux 3

So the two arms have progressed.

Right arm...

Onto the left arm.

Started with the gun, basic shape.

From there I needed to sort how to attach it and keep it removable.

The styrene arrangement was then fixed in place with some brass rod.

The gun slots in place snugly and doesn't fall off.

Then a shed load of Green Stuff was added. This is the basic shape, once cured shaping and detailing etc will be done to both the arm and the gun.

And with the gun in place:

I have also been plugging away on the legs...note, crap pictures.

Getting there gradually.