Lord Of The Flies

Some readers may recall this Nurgle Daemon Prince which I first created way back in 2015 – long before the Death Guard gained their own codex. However, as is so often the case, as my skills have improved so some aspects of this model of which I was once proud of have begun to trouble me. The face for instance now seems distinctly lacking, particularly on a centrepiece model. Meanwhile the jagged slab of metal he’s clinging to is rather fragile and so I spend a lot of my time worrying he is about to snap off, especially when I move him.

Nurgle Daemon Prince Wudugast (1)Nurgle Daemon Prince Wudugast (2)

Time to give him a revamp then, replacing his head with something that looks a bit less like a lump of greenstuff, anchoring him to a suitably solid ruin and generally touching up and improving his paintjob, so that he might once again buzz hideously above my advancing ranks of plague marines and poxwalkers in the style that befits their commander.

Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (1)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (2)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (3)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (4)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (5)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (6)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (7)Nurgle Daemon Prince 40k Wudugast (8)

To my eye he’s a big improvement, without changing too much of the original model. He’s also been hanging over my head for quite a while (not literally of course, that would be terrifying) and now he’s done I’m starting to feel much more enthused about my Death Guard again – something I’ll try to focus on painting more of Nurgle’s scions in the near future.

16 responses to “Lord Of The Flies

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Nicely done. Personally I’ve always been caught in two minds when looking at my past work. On the one hand the idea of bringing them up to the standard I am currently at is appealing but on the othet hand I like the thought of preserving my modelling journey. In the end it always comes down ro the latter, mainly due ro laziness I think!

    • Ann

      I’m also of two minds, though most of the time I opt for working on new things rather than going back over old models, unless I use said models a lot in gaming and sometimes not even then.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! For me old models which are no longer up to snuff (which is really only a small proportion of the overall collection) can be split into four rough camps.

      A)Those which look a bit duff but which represent important stages in my painting “journey”, for example my first ever GW miniature (an ork in heavy armour). Never to be repainted, these are little time capsules that remind me of how far I’ve come.

      B)Those which are important for other reasons, for example this daemon prince which is intended as the overall warlord of my Death Guard army. I plan to expand the collection a lot so I really need to make sure the general isn’t putting the rest to shame.

      C)Those which just look terrible and which I’m no longer enthused about having around. Generally these just get packed away, I’m not someone who can ever bring himself to get rid of models I’ve worked on. Some however, such as my old Chaos Marines, get broken up so that the bits can be used to make new Chaos Marines – to me this is an acceptable sacrifice because replacing the bits I used for them – many of which are now out of production and hard/expensive to find, isn’t worth the hassle – plus this way I can recreate the old model but looking much better (and sacrificing a bad model to get a good model is just common sense right?)

      D)Those which look a bit rough but nothing too shocking, which could probably use a bit of a touch up, maybe, someday, if I can be arsed. These are the vast majority, and although I like to tell myself that soon I’ll go back to them, and it really wouldn’t take much to improve them a lot, I never quite get around to it, and undoubtedly never will…

  • Ann

    Looking nice. It didn’t look bad before, but I think your refurbishments are a definite improvement.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Much improved- he looks really good.



  • imperialrebelork

    To my eye it’s a big improvement too. Liked the original LOVE the new. 🤘🏼

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man! I was really pleased with the original when I first made him but times, and my skills, have moved on – time to make some improvements (and I’m very happy with the results).

  • Spooky N

    Standing upon the ruins of an Imperial structure,
    The Daemon Prince leans out against his hideaway,
    And mocks the Emperor’s righteous.
    The Lord of Files claims a skull for himself,
    And Khorne’s prize was denied for today.

    – Lord Inquisitor Varnek, M41.831

  • Azazel

    I don’t think the original was too bad at all – including the head – though as you say, the new version looks much more the leader type. It’s a rather horrible looking creature as well, so kudos for that!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I was really proud of him at the time but I’m much, much happier with the new version. Plus I hadn’t thought about it until you said it but you’re quite right, the new one feels more like a leader than the old one, which was more like a monster or a warbeast.

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