Earlier this year Games Workshop re-released Age of Sigmar Skirmish through the pages of White Dwarf magazine. Much as I enjoy building and painting armies, when it comes to the rare occasions that I roll some dice I prefer a skirmish game and so I decided that the game was worth investigating and found myself painting up a mob of bloodthirsty Khornate savages to unleash. Back then Warcry had yet to emerge from the dark imaginations of GW’s finest minds but I was already drawn to the idea of Chaos warbands fighting it out for the glory of the dark gods and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore that.

After adding to the warband in fits and starts over the past few months I completed the final warriors of Khorne in September – although I’m still tempted to keep going and expand the group into an army. For now, however, the bloodthirsty boys are ready for action. As usual larger versions of the group shots are available just by clicking on them.

Khorne With The Wind

Truth be told Warcry is beckoning me far more at the moment but should the opportunity arise I’d still like to give AoS Skirmish a bash, and that means the Blood God’s berserkers need a rival to pit their blades against. On the other hand I’ve got a number of projects crowding the painting desk and demanding a share of my attention so the quicker and easier this second warband was to assemble the better from my point of view. With this in mind I dropped the more complicated plans I had made previously (although I don’t imagine they’re gone forever – as soon as time allows I’ll return to them) and started looking for something more straightforward. Tzeentch and Slaanesh would both be fun to explore but would require more work than I have time to put in just now. Nurgle on the other hand seemed like just the fellow. I’d already painted a sorcerer last month and now he seemed like the perfect leader for the new warband.

Nurgle AoS Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)

Next I took a look through the Nurgle daemons I’d already painted and drummed up a few likely looking recruits in the form of three plaguebearers and a swarm of nurglings.

Nurgle AoS Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)

Finally I wanted to add a mortal contingent and this was the point at which some actual painting was required. Despite the blightkings being one of my all time favourite GW kits I’d never actually painted one, although I’ve borrowed plenty of bits to make plague marines. A few years ago I did kitbash one into a 41st millennium mutant but I was never all that happy with it, and to my eye it just looked like a blightking with a gun. This project seemed like a fine opportunity to do something about that and restore him. Those familiar with the model will note at few tweaks and a little bit of greenstuff was required to replace parts which were lost or damaged since the original build.

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The only entirely new model required to complete the group was a second blightking, which came together quite quickly thanks to my predilection for painting diseased flesh and rusty metal.

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Here’s the two brothers in pestilence together.

Blightkings AoS Wudugast Nurgle ConvertOrDie (7)

And here we have them, just like that a second warband is ready to challenge Khorne’s dominance of the chaos wastes.

Nurgle AoS Groupshot Wudugast

Of course it may well still be some time before they get to fight it out but should the chance arise I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

21 responses to “Rotbringers

  • Le Bim

    Nice and impressive painting !

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Another excellent job but nothing more than I have come to expect!

  • Ann

    A very likely, as you say, and very nice rusty warband. I particularly like the one with the bell inside of his (?) gaping stomach cavity. Was that a happy addition on your part or did the mini come like that? Also like your take on the plaguebearers.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The bell in his gut comes from the stock model – it’s not my work (I was going to say I wished it was but actually, given what that would say about me and my imagination, perhaps I don’t…).
      It’s been a while since I painted those plaguebearers, they were one of the very first things I posted on this blog (way, way back in 2013). They could probably do with a bit of touching up and improving now actually, but they’ll do for the moment. You can see them here if you fancy a nosey at how far things have come!

      • Ann

        Oh, I don’t know … I think it would say good things about your imagination. I think if you are going to go down the dark, carnivorous road to Chaos, you should go all the way with a smile and a walking stick, though not protruding from your chest cavity probably….

  • Brantley Allen

    The 3rd from the left is reminiscent of a marauder from Age of Reckoning. Great job per usual, Nurgle would be proud my friend!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you very much! I never played Age of Reckoning but somewhere I have an art book which was given to me by a friend who’d played the game – some very inspiring ideas in there, I’ll have to dig it out again.

  • Alexis West

    Excellent! The Blightkings are such fantastic Models, and you’ve done great work on these two. Rusted metal is one of my fave things to paint as well, and a big part of the draw of Nurgle stuff.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I really enjoyed painting them, if I had any more I’d be tempted to paint them too (the others from the box all got rolled into my Death Guard army so if I was being sensible I’d paint those instead of dreaming about spending money I don’t have on an AoS Nurgle army I don’t need…).

      Honestly if there’s a theme to my armies it’s that they’re all grubby and rusty. I’ve often joked that someday I’ll paint the world’s first High Elf army dressed entirely in rusty armour :-p

  • 5 on Friday 18/10/19 – No Rerolls

    […] Rotbringers @ Convert or Die – Age of Sigmar Skirmish is a good game, but it does seem to have been understandably overtaken by the release of Warcry. Warcry is very good, by the way. Much like the author of this article, I too use Rotbringers in AOS Skirmish. I’ve never got that far with my army of Nurgle, but I have enough done to field a small skirmish force. The author’s warband consists of just a handful of models, but they all look great. All of the mortal members of the group also look really individual, which is great for any Skirmish system. […]

  • Alex

    Brilliant mate – I love your Khorne marauders, so it’s great to see them getting some arch-rivals! Definitely can’t fault Nurgle for the quality of their minis or the speed at which they can be painted, so good call on faction & off to a cracking start!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers man! I don’t know how much more I’ll do with these in the immediate future but I’ve got loads of ideas I’d like to explore so I’ll definitely be building on this sooner or later. Some day I’d like to put together a warband for each of the gods – another one for the backburner at the moment though.

  • patmcf

    Great job mate I love the plague bearers !

  • Moldek

    very cool warband ! They look diverse enough for a warcry band too.
    If you wanted to bolster their ranks you could convert a few poxwalkers into nurgle marauders. Just an idea 😉

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Good shout on the poxwalker/maruaders, that’s another one I might explore. I’ve seen people kitbash the zombies (a very ugly kit) with the marauders (another very ugly kit) and produce awesome looking Nurgle marauders – it’s like some strange alchemy where two wrongs produce a right.

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