Gun Of A Preacher Man

I decided to use the lockdown to sort through some boxes and stumbled on this crazy old preacher. He dates back to several years before the start of this blog and may well be my very first dip into the weird world of Inq28. He’s not perfect by any means but I think he holds up fairly well even now. Quite why I decided to paint his robes in a natty blue of course is anyone’s guess!

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I’ve often seen other bloggers use a glimpse into their past hobby endeavours to mark milestones, something I generally intend to do and then forget all about until the moment has passed. However a week or so ago I made my 600th post here – surely an opportunity for this old man to get his moment in the sun. Plus, he’s a man for the times. Global pandemic eh? Look at him, he’s not going to take Nurgle’s bullshit!

38 responses to “Gun Of A Preacher Man

  • davekay

    Nice work and he’s certainly grimy enough for INQ28!

  • patmcf

    Congratulations mate,600 is not to be sneezed at and I do love the old guy !

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I know, 600 posts seems like a lot – couldn’t quite believe it when wordpress told me. Will have start thinking about what to do for the 1000th now 😀

  • imperialrebelork

    Haha I actually sang the title out loud and my wife said she lives that song. I like the “natty blue” as you called it. He’s actually really cool. I want to see more of your old gear please.

    • Wudugast

      Haha, cheers man! Well, if I find anything else lurking in boxes I’ll be sure to post it up. I was painting models long before I was a blogger so there must be loads of stuff *somewhere* – just need to keep digging!

      • imperialrebelork

        How many, built and painted, models do you think you have?

      • Wudugast

        Wow, I have no idea, must be a thousand-odd all together (100+ clanrats and 100 ork boyz for one thing). Actually it may well be more than that, I started keeping a record from the 1st January 2017 and I’ve painted 684 models since then, given that I’ve been painting miniatures for almost 20 years now I reckon it adds up to… *counts on fingers and toes*… a lot…
        How about yourself, you paint like a fiend you must have loads by now?

      • imperialrebelork

        If my calculations are right, based on 684 per three years I think that’s approximately 4500 miniatures haha. Although I’m sure there’s ebbs and flows through that 20 year period. I’ve only been painting since 2015 and I’d say that built and painted would be between 600 and 800. However just built would be more like 2000 haha. I’m intrigued now and might have to count everything up.

      • Wudugast

        Haha, aye it’s not quite that many (although sometimes it feels like that!). There’s definitely been ebbs and flows, the last three years have been particularly productive (and at least some of the credit for that lies with this blog and the encouragement I get from enthusing with people here). Plus I’ve become a lot faster as a painter as the years have gone by. Would still be interesting to get the exact total though but there’s going to be a lot of stuff that’s been packed away, forgotten about or even – dare I say it – lost, over the last couple of decades. Still, I might go for a bit of a rummage – at the very least I might find some more hidden treasures 😀

      • imperialrebelork

        If it wasn’t for the blog I don’t think I would have stuck with it to be honest. I love our little community and it helps me stay focussed and keeps me motivated. The encouragement is great but I also really like the advice from you and others. How quick can you paint up say a traitor guardsman? I think I’m at roughly 45 minutes to an hour I’d say. Some people are a lot faster and one bloke I heard on a podcast recently takes up to four hours per miniature. His work is great but I think I’d lose motivation for it. I don’t want to rush the painting but at the same time I’m excited to get him done. If that makes sense.

      • Wudugast

        I’m the same, I get excited about the model I’m working on and I want to crack on with it. I’d rather take what I’ve learned and apply it to the next one than keep going over the same model hour after hour, that would kill my enthusiasm and the whole project would stall. It varies from model to model of course but that’s the general rule of thumb. My hat’s off to the guys who work on the same model week after week for Golden Daemon and so on, but it’s not for me.

  • imperialrebelork

    Oh and congrats on 600 brother, that’s awesome. I look forward to another 600 and beyond

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Well, I’ve got no plans to stop painting or stop blogging so there’s plenty more to come 😀

      • imperialrebelork

        Awesome. While you’re in isolation maybe it’s time to finally write that book. I’d buy it. I love yours and Alex’s fluff/stories

      • Wudugast

        Thanks dude! It’s funny, I used to write so much, it was something I really enjoyed, and now I just struggle with it. Still, this might be the moment I get back to it, it could be just what I need to keep myself entertained.

      • imperialrebelork

        Think of it like a community service. Imagine how many of us geeks will be happy to read it

      • Wudugast

        Well I’m going to try to write some more background for my Necromunda gangs soon so there’s that at least. I’ve been thinking about collating it all together and making a page on the blog for it, reckon there’d be any interest/utility in that? I must admit it feels hideously self indulgent!

        I do have lots of ideas for stories and for a long time I planned to write some books, but it takes a hell of a lot of time and the last couple of years I’ve just not been feeling the energy for it and the words don’t seem to come. Who knows though, I might get my mojo back in time. In the meantime there was an actual, real-life author (who’s also a veteran of the hobby and an all-round top bloke) just posted further down in this very comments section so I’ll give him a quick shout out if you’re needing something to read;

      • imperialrebelork

        Not self indulgent at all because you’ll be indulging all of us! I’d definitely support/promote the page for you man. I think, and maybe this is just me, short stories on a blog would work best or even break it down or release them in chapters. I can’t and don’t read full books on the internet or electronic devices. I’m not sure why? I think I get easily distracted but with blogs and short stories or articles I’m glued to it. Thanks for the link I’ll check it out.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Great landmark mate and well done on reaching it. Always nice to see some of the old stuff. Some bits stand the time better than others, either because the figures are dated or our own efforts have considerably improved (or both). The figure is very nicely done but basic compared to what you do these days with conversions.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! Aye, I remember being incredibly proud of him when I first made him but there’s just so much more I could do if I built him now (for one thing I wouldn’t just use the stock flagellant body – talk about a cliché 😉 ). It’s always interesting to take a look back into the old archives and realise how far we’ve come as hobbyists, there’s definitely some stuff out there that I’d be embarrassed to show now, things that looked unbelievably rough but I was so pleased with at the time. Still proud of them though, these are the things that got us to where we are today. 🙂

  • Steve

    He’s such a badass- love that tome on his back as well, brilliant!

  • Ann

    Heh, nice! Yeah, with that space marine scout shotgun-looking thing he definitely ain’t putting up with no Nurgle shenanigans, I agree. Wait … is that rust I see? Uh oh, the best laid plans of mice and men come to naught with Friend Nurgle once again!

    • Wudugast

      Wait a moment, are you trying to tell me that it’s possible to paint a miniature without slathering it in rust and dirt? Surely some mistake? 😀 Someday I will have to try painting a high elf or something that isn’t caked in grime, just to see if it can be done, but as this model proves my predilection towards painting that way clearly hasn’t changed over the years!

      • Ann

        No, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that is possible and if it is, it probably shouldn’t be attempted. I can see you starting out with your high elf with visions of silvered chainmail and gleaning helmets and spear points and by the time you’re done you’d end up with said elf sporting an extra pseudopod coming out his back, holding onto a shield for a nice sort of 360 melee defense, various disgusting skin diseases/mottling, and as for the armor it would have rusted to the point where in its filth it would have awoken somehow and become an angry, sentient artifact grating itself to our (un)fortunate high elf, providing an increasingly invincible defense but slowly sucking more and more energy out of his to fuel its growth. Finally he would expire in a heap of bubbling puss and boils and then the armor would animate and seek a new host and still being angr would wreak vengeance for wrongs both real, imagined, and painting-based across the planes.

        Or maybe I’m wrong and you’d paint the shiniest, more glittering high elf ever, but if I had to bet dollars to donuts I’d go with the first possibility.

  • Alex

    Nice blast from the past mate – shotgun blast that is!! 😆 Happy 600th

  • Pete S/ SP

    He is brilliant.



  • Bruce W. Johnson

    In one of my books there’s a short story called “The Preacher.’ This guy looks just like him. Great job.

  • heresyofus

    600 hundred posts! Wow! Congrats dude and those post have been a joy to read, especially your reviews of new releases. It’s always fun to have a rummage in the old boxes of mini’s and projects, you can find some real gems. Keep the hobby vibes flowing mate!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Yeah, I couldn’t quite believe it myself, I never thought it would go anywhere near this far.
      Aye, going through boxes of old models is amazing fun, one part Christmas morning, one part lucky dip! I’ve found a few other treasures that need repaired/repainted – should be enough to keep me entertained for a while 🙂

  • Azazel

    And with all that blue, he looks like he’d fit in alongside one of Dave Kay’s projects – cultists or poxwalkers!

    • Wudugast

      Aye, that’s true actually. There’s not much would be needed to turn him from a frothy Imperial preacher to an equally ranty Chaos demagogue.

      • Azazel

        That’s the beauty of the less-mutated “imperial” cult-type models. They tend to work equally well for Frateris Militia, Imperial, Chaos, Genestealer, Monster Raving Loony…

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