A while back I bought a corpse cart from GW for reasons that remain unclear. I don’t collect undead, I have no intention of collecting an undead army. You know how it goes, all that lovely plastic crack available on the website, your brain goes a bit soft and pow! Perhaps someone did a conversion that I thought was awesome and decided I needed to do it too, perhaps I had a clever idea that faded with the morning sun. I dunno, anyway it was sitting there staring at me and so I thought I’d try and do something grimdark with it, make it suitable for InquisiMunda or 40K or something like that. A project. Well, we all know that hive cities live on corpse starch, but where does it come from? Maybe someone has the job of going out and collecting the dead (and the getting better) and keeping the underhive clean of all those dead gangers. And so out went the cart axles and wheels and in came half a vincent black shadow from the bits box (the things people do to minis), some resin tracked wheels, and a few other bits and pieces. The necromancer driver didn’t need any work really, though I painted a hand silver to indicate a bionic. I have tried to do make it look like its in shadow, with the dark bits really dark and the light bits glowing but it didn’t work especially well. Its all practice though, and I’m pretty pleased with this.
This is a bit of a one-off project that I painted for the hell of it, though I suppose that over the last few years I’ve probably painted enough fantasy squads that I could put together some sort of Chaos army, especially if you consider all the Battle Masters stuff… which reminds me, I must finish that sometime. Yeah, a chaos army would definitely work, some beastmen, chaos knights, I’ve got some plaguebearers and some pink horrors, some tzeentch wizards, some chaos dwarf artillery. that would make a good army. Anyhoo, when I pulled a war alter out of the leadpile, I struggled to think what to do with it. It was incomplete, missing a horn, and I considered trying my hand at sculpting but in the end decided that it would be more fun to tell a story with it.
Recently captured by a Nurglish wizard, the alter is just beginning its descent into chaos. It has been desecrated in Nurgle’s name, and sacrifices have been made on it to Nurgle. The statue hasn’t yet begun to change, but is degenerating. When enough sacrifices have been made, our wizard friend is possessed by a demon of decay and his physical form changes. Then men will tremble and plagues will run free!
Happy Christmas everyone, hope 2021 is a better year for us all.
Its been a funny few months hasn’t it? At the end of January we got another dog, a puppy to be a friend to our traumatised whippet. We brought a charming little lurcher puppy into our household, and we’ve had two months of stress since then as we’ve all had to learn about the new format of the family unit and how we fit together. There have been a lot of days when I’ve said to myself,if I find it this hard caring for a puppy then I am not going to manage kids…; plenty of times when I’ve wondered if we haven’t taken a household of two happy adults and one happy dog and made a household of four unhappy creatures; and times when I’ve disappointed myself at my own failings. In amongst all this there hasn’t been a lot of time for painting. I’ve barely been outside for two months! So pandemic and lockdown hasn’t made a lot of difference to my day-to-day life! Its still mostly about ensuring the needs of my doggies are met… things are much calmer now, the dogs are friends, we’re not house-trained yet (70 days and counting, but to be fair to her she spent the first four months of her life living in a barn and pissing where she liked, so its kind of engrained), and the biggest hit is that our dog socialisation has had to go our of the window and we’re worried that she’ll pick up insanity from him rather than him picking up sanity from her…
I don’t normally write about my life because its not really very interesting, but I wanted to give some context to my work. and the pictures I post over the next day or two. I hope everyone is staying safe and being sensible to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Warboss Uzbog, featured a few posts back, already had a Big Mob, and so he needs a retinue. This post will show off his retinue nobz, and their custom battlewagon. I enjoyed building and painting the battlewagon particularly, I was influenced by a piece in Fantasy Miniatures. That guy’s work is far better than mine but I hope that the spirit of Orkish kustomisation is with me too.
A relic of years passed when Land Speeders were a support choice for the Imperial Guard. this is a lovely miniature that was a pleasure to paint. I’m pleased with the way this turned out, I think the crewmen especially came out alright. I was least pleased with the tiny repair job I did, replacing a missing under-slung bolter with a plastic bolter from a modern Space Marine tank. I decided not to put any iconography on the Land Speeder so that it could be used as either a loyalist or traitor army, depending on my mood.
Long time no see! It’s been a while since I finished anything, so it’s good to be back with another update. Once again I’ve finished another mob for my Ork Freebooter army. I’ve now got 5 Freebooter mobs and a big mob, so I really should paint a warboss and retinue so as to have a complete game-legal army ready to play with.
This bunch took me longer than I expected, not least because I did it properly. Having decided to paint some Stormboyz and picked the minis, I then chose the weapons load-out. Giving them all bolt-pistols and hand weapons seemed a no-brainer, after all they were going to be assault troops. Curiously, you still need to take a boy with a heavy weapon, even when using jump packs, so I gave mine an heavy plasma gun because it seemed like the coolest Orkiest thing to do. Heavy plasma gun and jump-pack! You can see below how I modelled it. Then I gave the nob a roll on the assault weapons chart and got a power glove. Rolled for some stikkbomz, because the nob had one modelled onto him. Then I rolled for chaos rewards. D4 + 1… 5 gifts! I went to Slaves To Darkness and rolled 5 times on the rewards charts. This is what I got: bestial face – flesh hound / dog; a pack of chaos hounds; gift of the gods – weapon hand; eye of the gods – chaos weapon (singing) + collar of khorne; aggression bonus (+1 ws, bs, s). Whew! This chap is quite the fighter. But now I had to model it! Lacking anything that remotely resembled chaos hounds, i ordered a box from GW. Khorne’s number is 8, there were ten in a box, so i had a spare to make a bestial face with. I scraped away the Nob’s face, then glued in the chaos hound’s muzzle. as you can see, i didn’t fill it in enough. I thought it would be alright when painted, but i needed more green stuff. It’s not a deal-breaker though. I decided to pass the power glove down to a lieutenant, as i couldn’t see a way of having a weapon hand, a chaos weapon, and a power glove on this model. If anyone complains that its not game legal I’ll say it’s a bionic arm and doesn’t have any game effect. I sawed the hand off the nob, then sawed part of the bolt pistol off, and glued the two together. Sorted! The power axe that the nob already carried could easily pass as an orky chaos weapon. I chose this nob because he was bigger than the other Orks. Mostly I’m not into the modern Orks, but these nobs (from Assault At Black Reach) work sometimesbecause they’re so big and muscly compared to the RT period Orks. He really comes across as a gnarled champion of Khorne. For the rest of the Stormboyz I was happy to use RT and 2nd Edition minis. Normal Orks are a bit beserk, so it stands to reason that Khornate Stormboyz would be smartly dressed and uniform.
I didn’t take a lot of time over the chaos hounds, just experimented with washes and drybrushing. Worked out OK, but I won’t be showing them off. I’m a lot happier with the Orks. My painting skills are improving gradually and I think these are amongst the best I’ve ever done. I hope you enjoy them.
One muddy afternoon on a battlefield on a planet called Laroche, on the edge of the Coronid Deeps, a Mek called Wazguk and a Runtherd called Skumsol, met for the first time as they took shelter in a crater. Wazguk complained that his Warboss wouldn’t let him use a Shokk Attack Gun. Skumsol complained that his Warboss wasted perfectly good Snottyz on mine clearance. At that moment an idea was born. Shortly after this the two of them said “sod dis lark” and nicked off with a shuttle, whatever raw materials they could pilfer, and a Painboy called Gutz who caught them nicking some bitz and fancied coming along for the ride. Since then Wazguk has been building artillery pieces, Skumsol has been breeding the bravest Snotlings he can, and Gutz has been trying to work out how to wire Grotz into a Dred.
I’ve been working on these on and off for a few months now. I’m pretty pleased with them. A nice mix of Oldhammer and Newhammer models that work well together. The biggest problem was painting Snotlings. I got so bored. There were going to be 8 Snotling bases involved but after four, like the Oddboyz, I said sod dis lark.
A few years ago, when I first started buying miniatures, I found something interesting in a job lot. It looked a bit like a Citadel Miniatures Mole Mortar, but upon examination it was actually homemade. What a good idea, I thought, and then forgot all about it for ages. Coming across it later I decided that the creator’s work should be honoured. It’s a good job, if a bit rough around the edges, I’m not sure I could make a better Mole Mortar myself.
The original paintjob was a bit scuffed, but was suitably oldhammer friendly – with “death from below”, a winged bomb, and kill tallies painted on. I didn’t change anything, just added a bit of shadow, some green lines for the control panel screen, and some rough edge highlights.
As I have lots of Chaos Cultists, it made sense that this was a repurposed Imperial mortar, and anyway, Cultists are always fun to make. These two are well along the Eightfold Path, mutation stealing away their humanity. I’ll leave it to the reader to identify the parts used.
Finally I added some fencing to cover up the least convincing part of the Mole Mortar, and to make it look more like an artillery emplacement. Those two had better hope no Space Marine sees them using that old helmet, or there might be trouble!
The Imperium is a big place. Lex Imperialis is the theoretical, but perhaps not the practical. Even in the important systems, on the key planets, there are many places to hide or avoid the gaze of the Inquisition or Adeptus Arbites. At the edges of the Imperium, where the reach of the Adeptus Terra barely stretches, many worlds are adrift from the Imperium altogether, the loyal worlds compromising on key tenets of Imperial rule, or ignoring them altogether. Thus it is that despite ten thousand years of homo sapiens chauvinism there are still dozens of thriving strains of abhuman. How’s a bloke to earn a living in a universe that says his horns are wrong? The answer, as throughout history, is piracy….
This pack of homo sapiens variatus makes a living as best it can. Perhaps they’d prefer the term ‘mercenary’ or perhaps ‘buccaneer’. They are led by Seo Jong, a huge, cunning, and violent giant of a (beast)man – the model is of course one of the recent Space Riders collection. (As a brief aside, I’d never taken part in a kickstarter before, and so I only dipped my toes in and foolishly just bought the minotaurs). Jong’s second in command, Soyuz Charlie, rocks a power glove for smashing skulls. The others have an array of weapons, including a plasma gun, shootas, and their pride and joy, a conversion beamer. The two dimmest, most inbred beastmen have only axes and primitive shields. They can’t be trusted with precious modern technology.
Jong’s gang move from world to world at the edges of the Ultima Segmentum, doing security, taking on paid missions wherever someone needs some muscle, or perhaps doing a bit of raiding here and there. As long as there are no Space Marines or Inquisition involved, of course!