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God Of Murder – Part 5

One of my all time favourite Daughters of Khaine models, and one of the miniatures that attracted me to the faction in the first place, is the Slaughter Queen. I’ve been meaning to paint her for absolutely ages and the other day I thought “Why wait?” and cracked on at last.

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Her hairdo is a bit ridiculous, which should put me off, but somehow I still think she’s awesome.


In The Green Wood – Part 2

Back to the forest depths this time with two more Dryads for my little collection of Sylvaneth. Once again there’s nothing terribly fancy here, just a bit of quick and dirty washes and drybrushing to bring out the woody texture. To be honest though I’m not sure if there is any other way to paint Sylvaneth.

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Despite being painted six months apart they tie in fairly well with the pair I painted back in February, as well as the more recent Spite-Revenant.

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Needless to say this is another project that is far from over, I’ve got plenty more treefolk waiting for attention.


Kruel and Unusual – Part 2

The Kruelboy Orcs are, based on their name at least, both cruel and poor at spelling. Perhaps in an effort to combat this failure of the education system they appear to have embraced a kind of “bring your child to work day” – as we shall see below.

First of all however we have the leader of my nascent Kruelboy clan, a wily Killaboss. Lacking the raw brawn of most Orc leaders these lanky individuals make up for it with ruthless cunning, dirty tricks and a hell of a lot of spikes.

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One of my favourite details on these models is the way that they have more armour on their backs than on their fronts on account of the fact that they are far more concerned about being stabbed by their own followers than they are by the enemy!

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With foes in front and foes behind who can blame an Orc warlord for recruiting a “trustworthy” little squire in the form of a Stab-Grot.

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Seen side by side of course it’s hard to shake the image of a father taking his diminutive offspring to the office.

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Gathered together with their Gutrippa underlings and Hobgrot allies, this little warband already looks set to trouble Sigmar’s realm.

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I managed to snag the Orc half of the Dominion boxset so don’t think you’ve seen the last of these nasty gits, there are plenty more boys lurking around the painting desk waiting for their moment…


Hobnobs – Part 1

Time for another of Games Workshop’s newer releases, and this time it’s the turn of the Hobgoblins, or as they have now been rebranded “Hobgrots”. For a while I mistakenly believed they were called “Hobgobs” and then, when I was texting a mate about them, noticed that my phone was autocorrecting them to Hobnobs – and that’s what they’ve been called round my house ever since. Although since painting them I’ve started referring to them as “fiddly little bastards” instead…

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Much like the Kruelboy Gutrippas I decided to paint these in a slightly different style to that I’ve used for orcs and goblins in the past and as a result the learning curve proved quite steep. Still, now that they’re actually done I’m happy with them, I’ll aim to tackle a few more soon.


Kruel and Unusual – Part 1

Given my usual habit of keeping miniatures sitting around on the painting desk for a least a few years, if not decades, before finally working on them it may surprise some readers to see me approaching the bleeding edge of Games Workshop’s frantic release schedule for a change. My love for greenskins however has proved more than enough to lure me into picking up a few of the Kruelboyz – the new “skinny orcs” currently stabbin’ their way out of the swamps and onto our tabletops.

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I spent a lot of time experimenting – and even more time mentally debating – what colour to paint the shields. At first I considered something filthy and organic, perfect for sneaking around mist-cloaked fens or launching ambushes from dingy bogs (stop giggling at the back!) but in the end my love of grimy yellow won out. These are described as “scare shields” so must be intended to, well scare people, and they’re not going to do that if no-one can see them. Plus these are totemic items, the orcs are proud of them, and at the end of the day these are still orcs – even if they are sneaky ones – and they’re going to want to show them off. That said all the messing around that went on before I finally settled on a scheme probably went to the determent of the shields looking their best, something I’ll work on improving with the next ones I tackle.

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Indeed, given how many orcs (and orks) I’ve painted over the years I was surprised by how steep the learning curve was with these but I did enjoy painting them (more – I must admit – than I am the little Hobgrots that I picked up at the same time – damn those are fiddly little dudes to paint!) so more will undoubtedly be emerging from the swamps sooner or later.

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That said I’m not feeling particularly drawn to starting an army of them, which is a nice change for me because usually I’ve convinced myself that I must start at least 2 or 3 new armies before I’ve even had breakfast. Then again maybe that’s just because I’m distracted currently by the thought of all the new orks gathering over on the 40k side of the fence…


In The Green Wood – Part 1

Ever since I painted a pair of dryads back in February I’ve had an itch to tackle some more Sylvaneth. I’ve gathered together enough for (you guessed it) a Warcry warband which I’ll chip away at over the next little while. First to emerge from the woods we have this Spite-Revenant.

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Like the dryads this one was fairly quick and easy to paint up so I’ll aim to get a few more done soon-ish.


A Plague On All Their Houses

Long, long ago, when I first started this blog, I painted up a squad of Plaguebearers. For anyone who doesn’t want to dig that far back into the archives – and who could blame you? – here’s a reminder of how they look.

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I like to think my painting skills have developed a bit since then but on the whole I reckon they hold up fairly well. However for some reason I stopped working on them after completing 18 models, rather than rounding them up to a squad of 20. The other day however I spotted the remaining pair looking lonesome and dejected in a box of odds and ends and decided that it was well past time I did something about them.

For the first one I tried to keep it fairly close to the style of the originals, albeit with a few new flourishes. This turned out to be harder than I expected, recreating the old style from memory taxing my brains and memory to the extent that the whole thing turned into a bit of a chore.

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For the second one I decided to say “stuff it, let’s just get it done” and abandoned the old style in favour of painting it entirely in various styles of disease-ridden, bruised and tortured flesh.

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He looks a little different to the older models but he ties in fairly well with some of my newer servants of Nurgle.

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With these two done the whole squad is ready to get out there and spread some diseases.

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This also brings me another squad closer to getting my Death Guard army up and running so at some point I’ll have to dig everything out of their boxes, tally it all up and have a think about what else I want to paint up. In the meantime however I thought this was a good moment to turn my attention away from 40k to look at a game I actually play instead, and put together a little Warcry warband of Nurgle daemons.

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Lead by a Sloppity Bilepiper (still the most fun thing to say in Games Workshop’s catalogue) the warband also includes four Plaguebearers, two swarms of Nurglings, a Beast of Nurgle (the converted tree creature) and the Daemon Prince of Nurgle who normally leads my Death Guard, currently moonlighting as a Plague Drone.


Prince Duvalle

Probably my favourite vampire miniature of all time, Prince Duvalle leads the Crimson Court – a band of Soulblight vampires for Warhammer Underworlds. I know there are a lot of strong contenders out there but as a vampire lord this guy just ticks all the right boxes – even if he does, from some angles, appear to be taking a sudden and inexplicable interest in his own hand.

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The rest of the Crimson Court are nice models too of course, and will certainly be making their way across the painting desk sooner or later, but Duvalle jumped straight to the head of the queue.


Sword of the Dark Prince

Swaggering off the painting desk like the beautiful bastard he is, here’s a Myrmidesh Painbringer, a prideful and hedonistic warrior of Slaanesh.

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I’ve been saying that Slaanesh needed mortal infantry for a very long time so I was absolutely delighted when these were released back in the spring. He was great fun to paint as well – and I feel like I’m finally, after all these years, getting the hang of gold.


Amid The Ruins – Part 7

I do try not to use this blog as a platform to moan about how busy work and “real life” is at the moment, especially because I’m lucky enough to really enjoy my job and generally have a good life. That said it is bloody busy right now! Anyway I’ve been struggling to find the time to tackle the number of miniature’s projects that I’d like to and when I have found time to paint over the last couple of months I’ve often lacked the focus or energy for anything complicated. Terrain, of course, is the perfect antidote for this – being suitably quick and dirty to do with the big brushes, lots of washes and copious drybrushing.

As it happens I also have a number of odds and ends from the Warcry starter set kicking around so these were the obvious target for my efforts. To begin with I had three barricades, one small…

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…one medium….

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…and one large.

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Then we have a wooden bridge for those gaps even a blood-maddened Chaos warrior isn’t prepared to jump.

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I also found a chunk of rubble which I painted up at the same time.

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Then there are these two wells. Given that this is the Eightpoints, a war torn Chaos infested landscape, I decided to make these as unappealing to drink out of as possible. Even if Nurgle hasn’t been spreading his influence you’d have to be pretty desperate to try this water – then again desperate is exactly what most people in the Eightpoints are.

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Hopefully by the time we’re into August things will be a bit quieter and more relaxed and I’ll have more time to break out the brushes. In the meantime I have found a bit of time for kitbashing some new models so I’ll try to get some pictures of those up soon.