My 40K Death Guard – Nurgle soup – NobodyToPlayWith Vectorium, army update.

A little animation I made, based on the Tallyman’s Portrait by Mark Holmes. (Guessing it’s his)

Not that I know how to play, anyways… But I have been collecting and painting “as if”, lately.

Finishing the Nurgle Knight for the ongoing “Jewel of July” community challenge by Azazel, totally motivated me to get the minis out of the shelf and make them march for a group picture.

It… stands out. Another thing that I’m happy doesn’t look ridiculous it’s my newly re-painted old pewter model of Typhus the Traveller, Herald of Nurgle and Host of the Destroyer Hive… in fully Squat proportions, once placed on a huge rock, and with over-the-top plumes coming out of his back exhausts… kind of sizes himself alright surrounded by the “Primaris-sized” Poxwalwerks.

After some recent presents and acquisitions, I finally have something that can be called a “small pile” of “grey shame”… Hesitant to call it that, yet! I only see prospect of hobby-time, still… They haven’t been sitting long enough to have accumulated any shame at all, really.

The Death Guard side of Dark Imperium, 6 Nurgle Toads, 1 Blight Hauler, Lord Felthius and his Tainted Cohort, Start Collecting Daemons of Nurgle and and extra box of Plaguebearers.

As if I didn’t have enough for a year, here… I’m still waiting for a couple more things. Getting into shameful territory now! Three of the easy to build Death Guard marines, and a creature to use as a Spawn of Nurgle… (I think), an abomination called “The Wet Nurse” not from Games Workshop… totally, clearly, not from Games Workshop.

And since the economical climate is what is… to help justify all this well spent dough, I need to try and make some money out some things I have accumulated over the years, and that if they will hardly support it, at least might alleviate it. So I’m going to part with my Star Wars action figures collection, and some painted miniatures, if the other part allows me to reach international market (need to have 10 successful local sells on eBay for that, apparently)

And one of the things I have been thinking on listing was the Plague Doctor kitbashed Knight… Yeah… Why would I? I wanted to keep my Death Guard! But then, it seemed to have a good “value-price-work” potential… So to get over the attachment I got myself (cheaper than originally) the two ugly McFarlane robot action figures that I used for the base of it!

I have some irreplaceable bits missing… But then, if I do it again, I wouldn’t want it to be a carbon-copy, anyways (just for the fun of it, it’s bound to be different) Maybe better… Then I might want to keep the two of them? I’m doomed!

40k – Death Guard – Typhus, the Traveller & Scribbus Wretch, the Tallyman.

Finished this two characters at last! Not going to lie… Not crazy about the result. While Typhus had been “recently” painted in 2015, and I can see an improvement…

Somehow, it’s a lot more sloppy and low-fi than what I intended. I’m disgruntled specially because I feel like I destroyed Typhus’ face, on the last step, when trying to apply a green glow to the slit of his helmet’s eyes. The plate had great transitions, and the light was focused… I mushed it all with with the white wash to serve as foundation for the green. I might go French Revolution on the guy and try to fix it…?

WIP – 40K – Nurgle Titan Apocrypha. (the Plague Doctor) part_26

After a quick trip home for some unavoidable errands, I got the loose parts I had packed and forgot. All together now. Just missing the two bloatflies, a plume on the rigid incense burner of the arm, and the paint to go on the new parts…

Then, removing it from the can, retouch the trim of the base… some slime effects…

And questioning the banners… Should I maybe just add some shadows, highlights and leave them plain… some staining maybe…

Or attempting some freehand or scribing on them…?

WIP – 40K – Nurgle Titan Apocrypha. (the Plague Doctor) part_25

A little update. Some little touches of paint, and some brain actually used to apply sand pigments this time. I used matt medium, and then, dusted the pigment over. Used matt varnish to fix it, but from further than last time… But specially, took some pictures in which the work can be better seen. A thing to note… I seem to have accidentally smeared some TYPHUS CORROSION over the left foot… Can be seen on the previous update… But trying to clean it, I touched “bone “, so came up with a tear on the panel.

WIP – 40K – Nurgle Titan Apocrypha. (the Plague Doctor) part_24

Highlights… Lots of edge highlights. And retouches here and there. This is it, at first light… Note to self. Don’t do that. Direct light looks dramatic but kills areas in shadow.

Tomorrow I’ll be grabbing the loose bits, and hopefully… After doing some work on the cloth, it might be called finished/abandoned!

Any advice/criticism/suggestion, would be greatly appreciated as this point!

Anyone with gaming experience, would love if you commented how this abomination could be played? Judging by looks and feel…?

WIP – 40K – Nurgle Titan Apocrypha. (the Plague Doctor) part_23

Lots of little details tackled… The tentacles needed more interest, so I free-handed some striations, mixing layers of the two flesh tones I’ve been using, plus GW dwarf flesh. The screens/gems/diodes got a highlight of blood red, a shadow of pure black, and a hotspot of white, same as the Nurglings’ eyes. The beak got some scratchy weathering with typhus corrosion and silver on the highlight.

I don’t have all that much to do left, pending the pieces I forgot at home… So I couldn’t help to move into effects territory. I spray-painted some cotton with black, then green, and manually, lime green over the white that was still showing. I stuck all those into the big and small incense burners.

I also used Vallejo smoke to do a couple more runs of “fluid” here and there…

WIP – 40K – Nurgle Titan Apocrypha. (the Plague Doctor) part_22

Fleshy abundance… I got to work a bit more into the soft areas, adding BFTBG, and CARROBURG CRIMSON into the recesses.

The wooden post for the banners on the back, was showing some nice and naturalist gradients, so I tried to just filter it somewhat using CHESTNUT.

The stubbers under the shoulders were weathered with Vallejo gunmetal blue, and the barrel made wider with a bigger drill, this time… Added some rust too.

I gave some of the neon lime accents a shadow with GW orc flesh wash… Diluted like one to ten.

The bells on the head horns were painted with GW KHORNE RED, Copper and Bronze from Vallejo, all washed with AGRAX EARTHSHADE.

I picked out some buttons/diodes/thingys with Khorne red, too, and used TYPHUS CORROSION to start making scratches and chips, on the less textured panels.

The base… Tamiya XF-59, AGRAX wash, and drybrush of ZANDRI DUST and UNDERHIVE ASH. I then dusted it with Vallejo pigments: Burnt Umber and Light Siena. A matt varnish spray to fix it and erase 90% of that…

Oh, and after snapping once again, bell-nurgling got his butt safely stuck against the Titan’s knee.

WIP – 40K – Nurgle Titan Apocrypha. (the Plague Doctor) part_21

I’m approaching the stage of leave it, or screw it? A bit unsure on the transition I made on the front beak, going from GUNMETAL BLUE to SILVER…

I made a black oil pin wash on many if not all of the panels and transitions, like cables and borders.

Blisters were based with AVERLAND SUNSET and highlighted with UNDERHIVE ASH.

Painted some runs of YELLOW GREEN and purples… I also used that same fluor color to highlight the interior of the incense burners and some accents. I stippled Grey’s and oxide-like oranges to the exhaust, fleshy pipes got smeared with BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD…

I also opted for a change in focus and tackled a bit of the basing.