The Toxic Waltz

Do you ever find a miniature where as soon as you see it you just have to paint it? It just speaks to you and all your careful planning and budgeting goes out the window in a heartbeat. In a fever of enthusiasm you rush to acquire it, you get it assembled and base-coated and then… everything stalls. Instead of a beautifully painted finished piece it glares at you with undisguised criticism whilst you avoid its gaze and try to paint other things with affected nonchalance. This is the story of the Sloppity Bilepiper.

Is there a dafter name in the entirety of the Games Workshop range, or indeed one more fun to say, than the Sloppity Bilepiper? I loved it as soon as I saw it, recalling as it does the old carnivals of Nurgle of yesteryear, and snapped it up as soon as I could. In my review of the Nurgle Daemons released back in January of 2018 I noted;

“Nurgle loves a party. He’s the god of life and death and though the latter aspect has often been the focus when it comes to the models, with sloughing flesh, weeping sores and spilled guts everywhere, with the Bilepiper we get to see the other side of things. Here is a model which encapsulates the core message of Nurgle’s worshippers – today we celebrate for tomorrow it will be too late. They party like there’s no tomorrow and one glance at the diseases they play host to suggests there probably isn’t. “

Sadly, despite starting out with great intentions and making good progress on the model as soon as I’d purchased it I stalled when it was almost finished and never managed to push it over the final hurdle. I think I’ve planned to paint it for every neglected model challenge I’ve entered in the past three years or so, yet always the challenge has ended and the Bilepiper has remained unchanged. This year it’s been particularly neglected, with Covid-19 wrapping it’s loving arms around the globe I’ve found myself disinclined to tackle any of Nurgle’s servants. I can’t quite put my finger on why, perhaps it’s superstition or just pandemic fatigue, but I find myself feeling as though the plague god is getting more than enough attention at the moment without my involvement. 

Both the Bilepiper and I have tolerated a lack of progress long enough however so back onto the painting desk he goes for a few more rounds against the brush. Here he is, finished at last and proving that these things are never so difficult if you just get on with them. 

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I really wanted to play up the appearance of a clownish, playful jester, so gave him bright and motley clothes. By way of contrast I made the flesh fairly realistic and human looking, rather than leaning on the mucky green that GW prefers for their Nurgle models. I still have quite a backlog of Nurgle miniatures, both daemons and mortal – including a number of unfinished Death Guard, so as soon as I overcome my Covid induced squeamishness I’ll crack on with them. 


23 responses to “The Toxic Waltz

  • davekay

    Nice I really like this paint job, and that’s a great model!

  • David MacLellan

    Awesome! I particularly love the nurgling, you don’t often see two tone Little Lords and he looks particularly on theme for the Bilepiper.
    I’ve actually went the opposite direction- since Covid hit the globe I’ve painted almost a full 3k Death Guard army lol

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I really wanted to play up the Nurgling as a participant in the scene, it’s a shame he doesn’t have a motley costume of his own to wear but painting him that way seemed like the next best thing.

      Well done with the Death Guard, that’s a fine way to put Nurgle’s gifts to use. Mine are stuck in the doldrums at the moment but I’ll get back to them properly sooner or later, maybe when the new codex arrives it’ll give me a boost to crack on with them. 🙂

  • pnpereira

    Thats a great looking model! I always have the same issue where I buy buy and put one or two coats of paint and don’t go back to finish it.
    Congrats for finishing!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, I think a lot of us fall into that trap. I must admit I’m quite bad for buying things, putting them on the top of the pile and saying “I’ll tackle that straight away!”. Many, many months or years later however…

  • Argentbadger

    Nice work! I love the use of bright primary colour to break up the rather drab skin tone usually associated with Nurgle Daemons.

    • theimperfectmodeller

      Great job and I can see why you like this figure, lots of detail, very different and a great opportunity to use all the colours of the rainbow. Can’t help but feel the design of the figure and the name were the result of a sculptor and marketing guys drug and drink fueled night out.

      • Wudugast

        It’s such a quirky, unusual model isn’t it – and such a nice opportunity to break out every pot of paint on the shelf! Aye, I reckon drink and drugs deserve a lot of credit for some of these concepts. It’s like all the best bands isn’t it, clean living doesn’t produce all that much in the way of quality rock and roll. 🙂

      • theimperfectmodeller

        It’s an odd world for sure but we owe a lot to the non conformists. Sgt Pepper says it all for me (an age thing).

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I like my armies looking dark, grim and natural as much as possible, but sometimes you really need to break out the bright colours, otherwise it starts to look a bit dull and grubby. Plus, bright colours are fun! 😀

  • Mark A. Morin

    Kudos on this one and I loved your backstory too. Great use of colors on him.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Oops, just realised I replied to Argentbadger above and not to you! Nice to see I am off to a good start to the day!

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is very cool. Love that aesthetic too.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Alex

    Wow, nice job dude – I thought this chap was a bit silly when I saw the studio job, but your effort smashes that idea. I really get the old school Mordheim / RoC vibe with yours, and I love it!!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I reckon the studio paint job lets him down a little. It’s technically proficient of course (well beyond anything I could do) and I can see why they’ve gone for that style, but for Nurgle you need a bit of grubby grimdark to really make it work.

  • Kuribo

    Nurgle is easily my least favorite chaos god and I truthfully find this sculpt silly but not in the appealing way that GW often manages to pull off. With that said, I really like the jester themed paint job! It really works well and compliments the personality of this git very well. I think doing more Nurgle minis in this scheme would look great too. Most people paint Nurgle in green or bone color that it has become a bit boring (to me anyway) and I think you’ve instilled some life and creativity into this rotting army 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Good grief – have we finally found a Warhammer miniature you’ve not been tempted to paint? 😉 Seriously I think that’s amongst the highest praise you can get, if someone who admits to not being keen on a model still likes the end result. I’d definitely be up for painting some more pestilent folk in this style if GW were to release something suitable – I’d love it if they re-did the old Carnival of Chaos for example.

      • Kuribo

        Its finally been done, haha! I agree with you on the compliment part too. If a Nurgle mini catches my eye, that means something! I will second the Carnival of Chaos idea. I think a lot of people would be really into that idea.

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