I hadn’t really intended to tackle the plague marines for my Death Guard for a while yet but this model has received a bit of attention, on and off, over the last few months, until a couple of days ago when I decided to just crack on and get it finished.
As a devoted follower of Nurgle in the 41st Millennium I’ve got quite a few plague marines models which I’ll tackle sooner or later, many of which – like this one – have been kitbashed with the blightkings. Before I get to them however I’d like to finish painting the hoard of poxwalkers currently occupying a corner of the painting desk. There’s only ten to go now so I’ll aim to knock through them in short order and then turn my attention to the plague marines properly. At least, that’s the plan, and you know what they say about the best laid plans…
November 6th, 2019 at 6:28 am
When I picture a Mudhoney fan, this *is* what comes to mind…. 😉 great work yet again!
November 6th, 2019 at 9:12 pm
Hahaha! Aye, you’re not wrong there 😉 Glad you like him!
November 6th, 2019 at 7:02 am
Very nicely done as always but if I am being picky this isn’t getting your orc’s army done now is it? 😉
November 6th, 2019 at 9:18 pm
Ha! Aye, too true. Still, there’s only so much green skin a man can batch-paint – but I shall shuffle back to my Herculean task now, duly chastised 😉
November 6th, 2019 at 7:48 am
Whoa he is disgusting!! I love him
November 6th, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Cheers dude! He really is pretty foul isn’t he?
November 6th, 2019 at 9:53 am
Very nice. Were the Blightkings difficult to convert? Was it a simple arm swap and then sticking a backpack on? More Plaguemarines is always nice, but I’m worried my army will start to look a little same, some of these would really shake things up.
November 6th, 2019 at 9:32 pm
Thank you! This one was pretty straightforward, mostly just an arm swap and the backpack. The trickiest part was that I’d lost the bit of chainmail that should cover his bum somewhere along the way so had to assemble something to protect his modesty using odd bits of spare armour. He’s about right for size as well compared to the other plague marines. I’ve been converting some of the other blightkings into plague marines as well – how difficult it is varies from model to model but I’ve yet to find any that I thought were particularly tricky, and greenstuff usage has been minimal. There’s also loads of spares in the kit which can be used to personalise other plague marines. Overall I’d recommend them, it was a lot of fun to really let loose and just enjoy kitbashing and Nurgle is always very forgiving when it comes to converting.
November 6th, 2019 at 3:19 pm
Very nice. I particularly like the antlers, and the skin too.
November 7th, 2019 at 5:29 pm
Cheers! Those antlers really suit Nurgle models, I wish they did a few more heads like that actually. As for the flesh it’s always fun to do, a chance to break out some nicely disgusting effects 🙂
November 8th, 2019 at 5:54 pm
I agree, those moose-looking antlers do really suit! If I ever stumble across any in my travels I’m definitely going to grab them for nurgle-based antlerifying! Well done. 🙂
November 6th, 2019 at 9:24 pm
That is great. Looks like the armour has rotted off him, unable to contain the bloated flesh Papa Nurgle gifted him….
November 7th, 2019 at 5:29 pm
Thank you! Yes, that’s very much what I had in mind for the model, he’s burst out of his armour but he really doesn’t need it anymore anyway.
November 6th, 2019 at 9:25 pm
I always kind of love takes like this on Plague Marines, where the blessings of Father Nurgle are so powerful that actual armour is more or less reduced to an aesthetic option since their actual bodies are now as resilient as ceramite!
I think I’d probably add some green or purple washes in some of the deeper folds of flesh, and some red on and around the various open sores. That’s a stylistic decision, tho, and I totally get it if this is your vision for them.
November 7th, 2019 at 7:24 pm
Thank you! Yes, exactly so – look at the state of this guy, is he even going to notice a few bolter shells? Good shout regarding working up the sores some more, I usually do but with this guy it started to overegg things a little so I toned it back. I think some bruising around some of the deeper folds of flesh (yuk!) might be a good idea though – good thinking!
November 7th, 2019 at 1:43 pm
Terrific conversion, and a great bit of painting to boot – well done!
It’s also classic 41st millenium in that he’s wearing a hat and armour on his right arm and lower legs only, but the towel covering his modesty will protect him adequately from the fiercest of incoming fire.
November 7th, 2019 at 7:47 pm
Cheers – I’m really pleased with him 🙂 Aye, too true – you see loyalist marines running around without helmets and World Eaters indulging in void combat with no sleeves but the Death Guard are here to show them what really tough looks like. Mind you I like to think he’s got some ceramite speedos on under there – you can’t be too careful after all!
November 11th, 2019 at 12:59 am
Lobe this guy! I remember having my difficulties with the same Blightking body, back when I kitbashed my own true scale Deathwatch, but you have turned this into a wonderfully grimdar, Blanchesque model! Very clever use of those armour plates to cover up the hindside 😉
November 13th, 2019 at 2:32 pm
Cheers! He was a lot of fun to work on, I’m definitely feeling the call of Nurgle at the moment. Glad you like the use of the armour plates, I did consider leaving him “bare cheeked” as it were (you can get away with a little bit of childish humour with Nurgle after all) but decided that would be taking things too far in the wrong direction (and would call for more sculpting skill than I suspect I have). I really enjoyed your Death Guard models – they undoubtedly played a part in inspiring my own stuff, are you planning to do any more?
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