Tag Archives: AoS

God Of Murder – Part 3

Time for another update to the ranks of the Daughters of Khaine. This time I wanted to give the warband some air superiority in the form of two airborne predators – the Khinerai. These daemonically tainted, winged elves are the spiritual successors of the old Dark Elf Harpies of the WHFB era, which for my money were amongst the very worst models Games Workshop ever produced. Shall we take a moment to look back at the ugly models of yesteryear?

Ugly Harpies

Ghastly weren’t they? Between the lumpen sculpts and the hairy chests there wasn’t much to love about these and I spent a sizeable chunk of my youth hoping that someday GW would get around to replacing them. Thankfully that day came at last with the arrival of the Daughters of Khaine army book and the accompanying Khinerai Harpies. These come in two varieties, the Heartrenders and the Lifetakers, so naturally I painted one of each.

The Heartrender swoops over the battlefield impaling her prey on cruel javelins…

Daughters Of Khaine Wudugast ConvertOrDie AoS (4)Daughters Of Khaine Wudugast ConvertOrDie AoS (3)Daughters Of Khaine Wudugast ConvertOrDie AoS (2)

…whilst the Lifetaker plunges out of the sky to hack her victims apart in close combat.

Daughters Of Khaine Wudugast ConvertOrDie AoS (5)Daughters Of Khaine Wudugast ConvertOrDie AoS (6)

I can’t honestly pretend that I enjoyed painting these that much. The way they attach to the base via the tail alone means they tend to spring around, a little shiver passing through the model every time the brush touches it. Taking a firm grip of the miniature itself rather than just holding it by the base is vital but tends to lead to me planting my great big thumbs in the middle of something I’d just painted, or smearing and smudging paint everywhere. My bad habit of using the side of my hand as a pallet worked against me here as well. They’re also packed with details, which usually I’d enjoy but in this case only made things trickier, especially when working in the awkward spaces created by the splayed wings and arms. My impression is of a set of miniatures designed by someone so excited by the possibilities created by working in lightweight modern plastic that they forgot about what it would actually be like to paint them. In the end I’m happy enough with the results but mostly just pleased to call the damn things done.

Daughters Of Khaine Wudugast ConvertOrDie AoS (1)

We’re now halfway through Fembruary and I’m still having a lot of fun powering through my backlog of unfinished female miniatures. To be honest I’ve no idea how much longer I can keep up painting at this rate but I’ve got a lot more models that deserve to be painted so I’ll see what else I can manage over the coming fortnight.


Ride The Lightning – Part 1

Yeah, to be honest I didn’t think I’d ever paint a Stormcast Eternal either but like Space Marines they seem to sprout organically in any collection of Games Workshop miniatures whether you want them to or not. I should add I don’t have anything against them, and there’s one or two like this lady that I actually quite like. She’s been sitting on the desk at least a year now after I started experimenting with colour schemes and then ran out of enthusiasm before I really got anywhere. Mind you, whoever it was at Games Workshop that decided she should be cast in gold plastic – surely the trickiest colour to get a decent basecoat over – deserves at least some of the blame there. Of course Fembruary once again proved to be the perfect moment to get her finished.

Stormcast Eternal Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)Stormcast Eternal Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)Stormcast Eternal Wudugast ConvertOrDie (3)

I’ve got a few other Stormcasts kicking around so now I’ve settled on a colour scheme sooner or later I’ll paint them up as well.


Poxy Lady

Back in January of 2018 when I reviewed the newly released wave of models for the Nurgle Maggotkin I bemoaned the lack of originality of the Lord of Blights and listed a few alternatives that I thought they could have produced, rather than just rehashing the concept of the well-loved Nurgle Lord. I concluded by suggesting that;

“We could even have had a woman. Of course Nurgle isn’t all that interested in high heels and boob-armour but this is an age of equal opportunities and girls can worship an unglamorous god of disease and putrefaction just as well as boys.”

Well it seems that for once I was ahead of my time rather than wildly off target. A sorceress of Nurgle did indeed appear some time later, the hideous Fecula Flyblown, and Fembruary is the perfect time to paint her myself. 

Fecula Flyblown Nurgle AoS Warhammer Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)Fecula Flyblown Nurgle AoS Warhammer Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)Fecula Flyblown Nurgle AoS Warhammer Wudugast ConvertOrDie (3)Fecula Flyblown Nurgle AoS Warhammer Wudugast ConvertOrDie (4)

The keen-eyed will have noticed that the cat which usually accompanies them model is missing but fear not, it’s not wandered far. I just felt it was too cool to be left as a base decoration so I moved it to a base of its own and when time allows I’ll get it painted up as well. 


God Of Murder – Part 1

Well here we are again, it’s Fembruary. For those not in the know Fembruary is an annual hobby event that’s been running for the past few years, kick-started and curated by Alex of the blog Lead Balloony. The aim of the exercise is to be a salute to women (and a bit of extra encouragement to get those unpainted models finished up into the bargain). Despite representing roughly 50% of the planet’s population women have traditionally made up a tiny proportion of miniatures available (bad news for all the straight male miniatures out there!). Of those female miniatures which are available a sizeable proportion seemed to be made up of space-strippers and the chainmail bikini brigade (slightly better news for those aforementioned straight male miniatures but damn distracting when one is only 28mm tall, made of plastic, anatomically ill equipped and trying to save the galaxy). Thankfully things are changing for the better, and a second X chromosome no longer prevents one from facing constant doom alongside the boys. 

Now as it turns out I have a lot of female miniatures in the ‘to paint’ pile. I did a bit of an inventory to try and choose what to paint this year and discovered I’ve got a monumental backlog (no surprises there eh!). So, this month is going to be all about doing something about that. My plan is to paint as many of them as I’m physically able to and make a dent in that backlog and so, if all goes according to plan, a whole host of adult human (not to mention elven and perhaps even xenos) females will be appearing here over the next few weeks.

One of the key things I’d like to do this month is paint up a warband of Daughters of Khaine for Warcry. I really liked these blood-thirsty elves back in Warhammer Fantasy, in fact the Dark Elves in general were always the one that got away in terms of WHFB armies – maybe someday eh! Worshippers of the cruel and merciless god Khaine (the so-called “God of Murder” referred to in the title) these she-elves are about as far from the snobbish, prissy, daisy-plucking, fairy-bothering flouncing fay-folk of elven cliché as it’s possible to get. I’ve enjoyed their evolution in Age of Sigmar and their dark queen Morathi remains not only one of the most entertaining Warhammer characters to read about but also one of the few who has made the transition from old Warhammer to AoS without feeling forced or out of place. 

My goal for the month then is to complete the warband and to paint as many of the other female miniatures in my collection as I can, focussing on neglected models as much as possible. At this stage I’ve no idea how many I’ll manage to complete but I’m certainly not short of enthusiasm so I’ll see what I can do. To set the ball rolling here’s the first of the Daughters of Khaine to be finished – a Blood Sister Gorgai who’ll be acting as the new warband’s leader. 

Daughters Of Khaine Blood Sister Wudugast ConvertOrDie Warhammer AoS (1)Daughters Of Khaine Blood Sister Wudugast ConvertOrDie Warhammer AoS (4)Daughters Of Khaine Blood Sister Wudugast ConvertOrDie Warhammer AoS (5)Daughters Of Khaine Blood Sister Wudugast ConvertOrDie Warhammer AoS (3)Daughters Of Khaine Blood Sister Wudugast ConvertOrDie Warhammer AoS (2)

The rest of the warband will contain a mixture of these snake hybrids, the winged Khinerai and some of the more normal looking elves. Before that though I have another elf (of a kind) who’s been almost finished for longer than I can remember so tonight I’m going to sit down, concentrate and get her done. 


A Chew End Gene – Part 5

Work has been a bit on the busy side over the last few weeks so my progress on the cult of Tzeentch has slowed down but fear not gentle reader – the Changer of Ways still holds my heart in his constantly mutating palm!

The next thing I wanted to add to the warband was a Kairic Acolyte with vulcharc (that’s the weird looking bird familiar that accompanies the human cultists of Tzeentch). I already have a vulcharc that I painted up to serve as a Sheen Bird for my Cawdor gang in Necromunda so now it can do double duty and return to the role its creators originally intended for it amongst the Kairics.

Now I just needed a Kairic Acolyte to act as its owner/servant (I’ve no idea how this relationship works but I doubt being bound into the service of Tzeentch ever turns out well). This chap, who’s well on his way to mutating into some kind of chaos spawn – or perhaps if he’s lucky ascending into a Pink Horror – fit the bill nicely. He’s been heavily converted with a mixture of Pink Horror parts (mostly the head and arms) to create a fitting servant of the god of change and mutation.

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (3)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (4)

Normally the vulcharc would be on the same base as its owner but I quite like having it based separately. The rules for Warcry state (and who ever imagined they’d see a discussion of game rules here eh!):

“Pick an enemy fighter within 20 inches of this fighter. Until the end of the battle round that fighter cannot make disengage actions”.

With the vulcharc on a base of its own I can pop it next to whichever poor so-and-so it’s giving a vicious pecking, which to my eye looks a lot more cinematic and engaging that using a token.

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)

Alongside these mortal slaves I’ve also conjured up another pink horror, converted in much the same way as the previous two.

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (6)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (5)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (7)

For now that’s all the pink horrors for the warband painted, although I may come back and make a few more at a later date.

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (8)

And speaking of horrors I also painted up a couple more blue horrors.

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (9)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (10)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (11)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (12)Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (13)

As far as I’m aware that’s all the blue horrors I own painted now, although they’re sufficiently small (and I’m sufficiently disorganised!) that there might well be one or two more lurking in a box somewhere. Either way they’re certainly due a group shot!

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (14)

Speaking of group shots I realised the other day that I never posted a group photo of the rainbow of brimstone horrors either, so – no time like the present and all that. Behold the skittles of doom!

Doom Skittles Wudugast ConvertOrDie Tzeentch Horrors

I still have various models to be added to this warband but I’m going to be taking a little break from it so I can concentrate on all things related to the Fembruary challenge over the coming month. I promise I won’t leave the Changer of Ways hanging though, and will get back to his labyrinthine plots in March. In the meantime here’s the warband so far.

Tzeentch Warhammer AoS Chaos Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)

Of course it goes without saying that my Warcry addiction is as strong as ever so even though I’m not going to be working on this lot for the next few weeks I’ll still be  putting together a warband for the game.


Change Need We – Part 4

Just a quick update to the Tzeentchian cult as, with complex and arcane movements of my brushes, I summon a Flamer from the Realm of Chaos. This is a hell of a weird creature isn’t it, I must admit before I painted one myself I didn’t ‘get’ it at all. It grew on me whilst I was working on it though and it was certainly a fine chance to play around with bright colours and magical effects.

Flamer Tzeentch Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)Flamer Tzeentch Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)Flamer Tzeentch Wudugast ConvertOrDie (3)

Next up, more misguided humans who have sold their souls to the Changer of Ways.


Appetite for Destruction – Part 4

During the summer I tend to be out a lot, the pressure of work is high and finding time to paint miniatures isn’t always easy. I tend to start projects left, right and centre, and then find myself without time to complete them. By the time I sit down at the painting desk again something else has seized my attention. Now, however, winter has rolled around once again, the nights have drawn in and the days are cold and grim. Time to finish some of those part-painted miniatures which the hobby butterfly had previously danced around. Over the next few days I’m aiming to fight once again the endless battle against the tide of unfinished projects – starting with this hulking Ogre Irongut. 

When I put together my Ogre warband for Warcry a few months ago I decided that one of the elite Ironguts would make a fine option to call upon should the puny species which attempt to defy the mighty Ogres prove tougher than expected. I started him whilst riding a wave of enthusiasm for the fat lads and now I’ve finally gathered that energy once again and got him finished. 

Ogre Irongut ConvertOrDie Wudugast (2)Ogre Irongut ConvertOrDie Wudugast (1)Ogre Irongut ConvertOrDie Wudugast (4)Ogre Irongut ConvertOrDie Wudugast (3)

I do enjoy painting Ogres, and the Ironguts are amongst my favourite models in the range so although I wouldn’t want to commit to exactly when I’m going to tackle more of them expect to see them lumbering over the horizon sooner or later.


You Gits!

Unexpectedly, I decided to use the weekend to churn out another Warcry warband. This time it’s the turn of those cheeky little rascals the Gloomspite Gits (that’s Night Goblins to old timers like me). The Gits are, for me, the crux point at which I learned to stop worrying and love the Age of Sigmar. Up until they received their army book and expanded range of models they were a jarring oddity in the Mortal Realms, as one of the most iconic races of the Old Warhammer world they felt very much shoehorned in, as unwelcome and out of place in the new setting as Stormcast Eternals would be if they showed up in Necromunda (or perhaps its more accurate to say that the new setting was unwelcome, I’ve never lost my love of Night Goblins – AoS on the other hand took a while longer to work its magic on me…). Their armybook, released back at the very beginning of 2019, gave them a new lease of life – and finally won me over. After all, if the old Night Goblins could be successfully reinvented for the Mortal Realms then maybe it was time for me to let it into my life – at least a little? Now that’s not to say I’ve turned my back on old Warhammer, but there’s no reason why I can’t enjoy both (after all, the world of square-bases and flank attacks was always my ‘bit-on-the-side’ in comparison to the grim darkness of the far future, it’s far too late for WHFB to try to hold me to monogamy now!).

Anyway, getting back on track (although that intro will prove to be important – see below!) this little band of miscreants all began when I spotted this part painted squig-herder lurking about on the painting desk and decided to get him finished.

Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (7)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (8)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (9)

As I was working on him it suddenly struck me that I could make myself another Warcry warband, and what could be more fun to unleash that the madcap japery of these evil little so-and-so’s? Now usually these new ideas blaze gloriously across my brain every hour or so, and most die with their passion unrequited in a dusty corner of my subconscious, but this one found fuel in my love of all things greenskinned and took off like a hurricane. Before I knew it I’d painted up a leader for the new band, a crazily bouncing Boingrot Boss riding on a big old squig.

Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (3)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (4)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (5)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (6)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)

Next I knew I had to incorporate a Sneaky Snuffler. I’ve been loving these models from afar since they were first released and was pleased to see them given rules for Warcry (after being left out of the original rules for the faction). Honestly they don’t seem to do anything particularly cool in the game, they just snuffle around looking awesome, but there’s no way I was going to miss the chance to include one all the same. Truth be told the backpack with all those little mushrooms in it, wasn’t the easiest thing to paint so I’m in two minds over how excited I am to paint the rest of them, but I’ll get around to them eventually.

Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (12)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (13)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (14)Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (15)

Next I needed to bulk out the ranks with more nasty little gits. For this I turned my attention to my unfinished WHFB Night Goblin army. I’ve wrestled over the last couple of years with whether or not to add the new models to the old army, or rebase the old army and make them into an AoS army. Lately I seem to have settled on the idea of making the Gobbos into Gits and unleashing them on the Age of Sigmar, and instead painting up an army of Dwarves for WHFB instead. I know I’ve currently only painted one dwarf but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and presumably neither was the Ungdrin Ankor (that’s the dwarven underway for those who don’t speak dwarf). Starting as I mean to go on (although probably – let’s be honest – not for ages, I’ve got loads of other things I’m planning to tackle, but we can all have a good laugh about this when I finally get around to it in 2037) I grabbed a calculator, wrote a list for the warband, dug a few goblins out of the box where they were being stored and rebased them.

Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (10)

Lastly, the warband needed a pair of squigs. In my opinion squigs are a vital component of absolutely anything Night Goblin themed so there was no way I was going to leave them out.

Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)

And here we have the whole lot ready for mayhem!

Night Goblins Gloomspite Gits Wudugast ConvertOrDie (11)

I’m quite pleased with the range of warbands now available to me for games of Warcry. There’s the Iron Golem and Untamed Beasts that I painted from the original boxset, three warbands from the Destruction alliance (Ironjaws, Ogres and now Gloomspite Gits) and enough models already painted to field daemons of both Khorne and Nurgle, and a plethora of Skaven options (assuming I don’t mind them being on square bases – which frankly I don’t, as it means some of my WHFB Skaven army gets to see battle more regularly than it would otherwise). All being well I’d like to finish up the Flesh Eater Courts and Nighthaunt warbands soon too, then perhaps turn my attention either back to the factions that make up the core game (the Spire Tyrants are the current favourite) or perhaps someone to fight in the name of order and civilisation for a change…


Ghost Stories – Part 1

I’ve really liked the Nighthaunt range since they first appeared and I managed to nab myself a bargain on the ghostly half of the Soul Wars box but until now I’ve not got around to getting any of them painted. The other day I spotted these three Chainrasps lurking in a box and decided that now was as good a time as any to tackle them at last.

Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (3)Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (4)Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (5)Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (6)Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (7)Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (8)Nighthaunt ConvertOrDie Wudugast Chainrasps (1)

I’m not sure when we’ll see any more of these ghosts but I do have quite a few waiting for attention and these were remarkably quick and easy to paint so I’ll dig out some more sooner or later. At the very least it could be that another Warcry warband beckons.


Amid The Ruins – Part 6

I haven’t tackled any of the larger Warcry buildings in quite some time and I’d really like to get the full set completed so it’s time for another big old ramshackle ruin. As usual with these there’s not a whole lot more needs to be said, the size of these things always makes them a bit intimidating but otherwise it’s a fine chance to just let my hair down and go mad making a mess with washes and drybrushing.

With that done I’ve got one more big ruin and a bunch of rubble and barricades to finish the starter set, then I’ll have a think about what other things I can add to the chaotic landscape of the Eightpoints.