Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 17

I must admit it feels a little wrong to be painting Nurgle miniatures in the midst of a global pandemic. Then again perhaps getting a few of the Plague God’s minions painted up will help to convince the Lord of Decay that he really doesn’t need to be taking quite such an active interest in our species and he should bugger off and leave us in peace instead. Regardless I lay the blame firmly at the feet of Ann of Ann’s Immaterium, herself a dedicated follower of the Master of Pestilence, and her latest monthly community challenge “Paint The Crap You Already Own!“. The aim of the challenge is pretty neatly summed up by the title, instead of buying new stuff (hard to do at the moment with so many shops shut and so many miniatures out of stock) use this time to clear your unpainted backlog instead. I think we’re all very guilty (I know I am) of accruing lots of models that we’re definitely going to paint right away, until of course something distracts us and they’re left to gather dust for months, years or even decades. With everything locked down in many countries the world over now if a fine moment for hobbyists like ourselves to paint up those models that were otherwise shoved to the sidelines and complete those projects we’ve been dreaming of but not actually doing anything about. In my case the first target for this ambition is my horde of poxwalkers.

It’s been a couple of years now since I started work on assembling forty plague zombies to accompany my Death Guard collection and with only four remaining it was high time the last few came shambling over  the line.

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With these last corpses painted this phase of the Death Guard army is complete so soon I’ll turn my attention to the rest of the collection, most likely starting with a few more manky plague marines.  Before that however let’s take a look at what forty hungry zombies looks like.

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One of my key aims with this project was to make sure that every one of the zombies was unique, not always straightforward when working with single-pose models like these. Needless to say I did the converting and the zombies did the dying! There are sixteen stock poses in the range so quite a lot of adjustments went into making sure they were all different. I’ve been working on a showcase of each “set” of models, all being well I’ll round out the project by getting that posted up in the next few days.

23 responses to “Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 17

  • theimperfectmodeller

    It does worry me that the group shot may well become a scene familiar to us all if things continue to deteriorate! Love the work as usual and a study of the group shot, the guy in the white coat being the easiest to identify, I can see the conversion differences you have made. Excellent.

    • Wudugast

      Haha, aye you’re not wrong! I’m already catching myself using zombie movie lingo, maybe because that’s where 99% of my knowledge of how to behave in a pandemic comes from.

      I’m putting together a showcase post comparing each version of each zombie with the unconverted version – no idea if it’ll be of interest to anyone or just an exercise in vanity but I’m doing it anyway! 😀

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Bugger the vanity, sounds like a great idea ro me. I love before and after images as well as WIP post. Whilst I love to see finished figures in all their glory I very much enjoy the journey too.

  • Ann

    I embrace the “blame” most happily, thank you for the mention! 🙂

    I love your poxwalkers and some of the customizations/swaps you did. I like how the guy in the coat now looks like a zombie doctor/mummy/undead mental patient. I like what you did with the bases too.

    • Ann

      p.s. Turquoise maggots are a nice innovation as well!

    • Wudugast

      No worries, like I say it was seeing the challenge that gave me a push to get another project ticked off the to-do list, so thanks again for that. 🙂

      There is a definite mad-scientist/mental patient vibe with the lad in the white coat isn’t there? Putting the three zombie doctors side by side definitely makes for a nice effect I reckon, will get a shot of all three of them together for the next post.

  • Bjorn Stormborn

    Here’s some simple advice to survive a Nurgle-apocalypse.

    1. Don’t say his name seven times.
    2. Say his name fourteen times.
    3. Make friends with the Nurglings and invest in community projects like buildingva community housing hub, or a garden area for the Nurglings to work on.
    4. Wear blue clothes, Nurgle hates blue as it reminds him of the time when Tzeentch fooled him into thinking blue gives him good luck.
    5. Burn his plague gardens, I suggest doing this in big groups as the plague zombies tend to go crazy when their rotted potatoes get ruined.
    6. Watch Shaun of the Dead, then go to your nearest pub and pray they have some drink stored in the cellar. You’ll need that to barter with the raiders so they’ll join your gang. Better to hire than to be alone.
    7. …………

    Nice models! You’ve done a good job with painting all the individual models for the horde. I couldn’t have the patience paint a horde unit like that and the Skaven Clanrats.

    Keep up the fantastic work! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Wise words! I’ve been leaning towards the Iron Warriors style, lopping off any parts of myself that start to mutate and replacing them with bionics, although going to the Winchester, having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over has a certain appeal!

      Glad you like them – the trick with hordes, in my experience, is very much like the old saying about eating an elephant; one bite at a time. Each individual member of the horde is usually pretty straightforward to paint so do one or two as a way of taking a break between more complex, “stand-out” models (elite units, champions, vehicles etc). Don’t lose too much sleep over making them look perfect, the visual impact is all in the mass of models, not the individual components. That way the whole thing grows organically over time and one day you wake up to discover that the end is in sight and only a short burst of effort is required to get it over the finish line 🙂

      • Bjorn Stormborn

        Doing it the Iron Warriors way has its advantages, however, what if your vital parts are compromised by the mutation? I mean, how can we do a brain transfer without being eaten alive by Nurglings?

        That sounds much more fun to do than batch painting, I’ll give that a try with my unit of 20 Stormvermin and see how that goes. Thanks!

  • Alex

    Brilliant mate, what a superb group! I love that it looks like the guy in the white coat has washed all the covid out of his hands 😂

  • CC

    Great work, it certainly motivates me to get on with more of my orks! What is your basing recipe? It’s got a nice amount of depth.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I do the base at the same time as I assemble the model, it saves a lot of work and messing around later on (and means I don’t end up with a fully painted model that I can’t be arsed to base – something I definitely suffered from in years gone by). To do the basing I have a little tub with a mix of fine and course sand in it (give it a little shake from time to time if it starts to separate) and then I just coat the base in PVA, dunk the whole thing into the tub and done. When I go on to spray the rest of the model black the base is painted at the same time. Then it’s just a case of drybrushing dawnstone, then longbeard grey to get a nice stony rubble effect and the job’s done.

  • CC

    Thanks for the details! I know what you mean about basing when assembling, it does help the whole process of subsequently painting the miniature. Do you ever have any issues with bits of sand flaking off at all?

    • Wudugast

      Occasionally (at a guess, one in every 30 models or so). Usually it just comes up as a lump, all held together by the layer of dried PVA. If I’m lucky, I can just stick it back down again with a dab of superglue, other times it needs a “patch” with a bit of fresh PVA and sand. Popping a clump of static grass into the gap (if it suits the model) can be a good instant fix as well.

  • patmcf

    Nice ugly work mate ,truly gross ! I love the grin on the guy with the specs!!

  • April 2020 “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” Painting Challenge Round-up (Part 2 of 2) | Ann's Immaterium

    […] Head swaps, candles, sinister drone assistants and the like might not be ideal working conditions, but at least they aren’t these four unfortunates below.  If you would like to see Wudugast’s completed four poxwalker-strong mob, with all of his various conversions, sometimes subtle but always delightful, you can find them here. […]

  • Azazel

    Hoping I bump into a build post for these ones as I keep working my way through your posts. I recognise the arms from the top guy as Mantic Zombie/Ghoul ones.. but where’s the head from?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Sadly I don’t think I did any WIP posts for these (a bit lax of me with hindsight but there it is). You’re right, the arms of the top one are from Mantic, the head is from the GW corpse cart. Apart from that I think it’s all Mantic bits here, apart from the one with the big hand which is from a plaguebearer.

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