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Cursed In Eternity – Part 1

Regular readers of this blog will know that, when it comes to the denizens of the 41st Millennium, I may have started out with Orks and gone on to join numerous other factions, but at the end of the day my heart belongs to Chaos. Thus it should come as no surprise that the recent influx of power-armoured baddies marching beneath the banner of the true Warmaster has brought joy to my black and bitter heart. It’s time to bring my Beasts of Ruin back out of retirement.

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If I found myself able to send a message back to my younger self I’m sure there’s all kinds of advice it’d be useful to pass on, and honestly there’s a high chance I’d forget all of it in the heat of the moment. However one tip that seems like it might be useful to pass on is “Don’t choose such a tricky to paint colour scheme for your Chaos Marines. Go for Black Legion or something, they seem straightforward”. Never mind eh!

The range of models available to servants of Chaos has certainly moved on a great deal since I swore my soul to the dark powers all those years ago. For one thing this newcomer is considerably bigger and more impressive model than his predecessors who were all distinctly on the short and ugly side by the end.

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Indeed until now the Chaos range was looking less than impressive, especially in comparison to many of the other armies GW produce. Over the last couple of years this sapped my enthusiasm and, despite the quality of their Nurgle-worshipping, plague-loving brothers in the Death Guard, I struggled to really drum up the energy for painting Chaos worshippers. Now however, with the Dark Gods smiling upon us, I have grand plans to craft the army I’ve long dreamed of. The collection is about to undergo a transformation and rebirth as I inventory just who will be allowed to stay, who will be packed lovingly away and who will suffer the ultimate sanction and be broken up for bits. Some of my favourite characters from the old army will even cross the Rubicon Primaris (as it were) and be reborn – rebuilt using the new miniatures so that they may fight on. For now however, before they make their way off the display shelf and into boxes and cupboards, here they are for one final group shot – a last hurrah of my once proud and savage legion.

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Of course whilst I fully expect the forces of Chaos to be making their presence felt over the coming months I have plenty of other projects on the boil as well. The gangs of the Underhive continue to gather so expect to see more of them soon, and of course I still have this month’s Skaven to round up.

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The Unforgotten – Part 8

At times it seemed like a desperate flight with a deadline snapping at my heels, at others like a heroic last stand against a rising tide of unpainted models, but with the end of the month upon us I’m pleased to say that victory has been achieved!

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For those coming late to the party, blogger Azazel has declared May to be Neglected Model Month, challenging himself and other hobbyists who wanted to take part to finish off some of those old, unfinished models which have been left to gather dust. I took on a rather ambitious goal, by my standards, and at the time worried a little that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. In retrospect however I’m pleased not have stinted in my efforts and to have managed a sizable addition to my chaos collection.

The forces of Khorne for instance grew significantly with the return of an old helbrute, a pack of ravenous flesh hounds and an ogryn berserker.

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Meanwhile Nurgle gained  a bloat-drone and a heap of happy nurglings.

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Even Tzeentch got in on the act with this unplanned “stretch goal” – a converted tzaangor.

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the nurglings have had a little update since I first showed them. That’s right – I forgot the nasty green gunk on the bases. Hopefully the plague father will forgive me this transgression and won’t bestow any of his gifts upon me.

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In spite of the pressure I felt at times not one of these models took me more than an hour to finish – with the arguable exception of the ogryn where I found myself hating everything about the banner and repainting it from scratch when it was almost finished. Nonetheless, even in what was, for me, a very busy month at work I still managed to complete ten neglected models – plus the additions* to my Skaven that I’ll show you tomorrow.

*”Additions” being an ambitious plural right now as only one is actually done at the time of writing, however there are at least a couple more I’d like to finish off to join it if times allows.

Still, with none of these taking more than an hour to finish, and with a whole day of May still to go, a dedicated person could shift twenty-four models from the shelf of shame (although the last few would undoubtedly be of variable quality…). Silliness aside though it goes to show what can be achieved if one just breaks the deadlock, picks up the brush and a half-painted model and just gets on with it. All too often they just sit there, unfinished and shameful, and it doesn’t need to be this way.

Huge thanks once again to Azazel for creating the challenge, without which I would never have been inspired to finish these – at least not this decade. Now back to your brushes the lot of you, you could have finished another model in the time you spent reading this!


The Unforgotten – Part 4

What’s this? Four neglected models in one week? And the long overlooked bloat-drone finally finished to boot? Surely some madness is occurring?

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Although I ended up taking a lot longer over this model than I intended to, I’m still glad I took my time and didn’t rush it. Even with a range of vehicles now available for the Death Guard the quirky strangeness of the bloat-drone means it remains my favourite.

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The bloated, fleshy back was a real joy to paint.

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In the long term I’d like to add a couple more of these to the collection to create a suitably Nurgly triumvirate, and of course to allow me to model all three weapon options. Before I even think about buying any more of them however there are plenty more neglected models to deal with before the end of the month.


The Unforgotten – Part 2

The flail-wielding Helbrute is done, making it the first victory in this month’s campaign to rid the shelf of shame of at least some of its denizens. Inspired by fellow blogger Azazel, who declared May to be Neglected Model Month, I’ve decided to work my way through this little lot, all of whom have been in need of paint for quite some time. To recap, this Helbrute was first built in 2014, painted in Dreadtober 2015 and was due to be repaired in Dreadtober 2017. Now, in May 2018, he’s done at last.

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I also made some quick improvements to his face, the wash and highlight he got back in 2015 may have impressed me then but wasn’t doing him any favours now.

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Here he is hanging out with his buddies. Seeing them all together makes me wonder once again about building a Tzeentchian dread to complete the set.

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Before that though it’s time to turn my attention to the rest of the Neglected Models, probably starting with a flesh hound or two…


Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 5

Two more shambling corpses emerge from the plague pit that is my painting desk (which is quite an accurate metaphor actually – the desk has been choked with bodies lately, littered with the severed limbs of feverish converting and – sadly – all too often the cheerless remnants of projects which have gone there to die). However as Nurgle knows such places are also home to the potential for bountiful life so it’s time to channel my inner necromancer and start resurrecting some models!

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More zombies will be on their way, hopefully soon, but first I’ve got plans to turn my attention to Nurgle’s brother Tzeentch. Watch this space.


Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 4

The story of this model begins way back in the early days of my chaos collection, although the seeds of inspiration that led to his rebirth are rather more recent. Back in the early autumn I started working on a small group of Khorne Berserkers. I’m still pleased with them, and the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive, so it’s time to keep the creative pot boiling by adding a leader to the squad. Here we have the Berserkers as they looked last time we saw them.

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You’ll have to trust me when I say that the project hasn’t entirely died in the meantime, although primarily it has been resting, waiting for inspiration to strike and work to resume. That inspiration arrived in the form of fellow hobbyist Azazel, who’s been setting a series of monthly challenges, both for himself and his readers. This month the challenge was to build a model, something I don’t usually struggle with. However I’d been putting off actually doing the disassembling required to make this model, and may well have continued to do so indefinitely if I hadn’t seen Azazel’s challenge

Enter; this elderly model. I’m not entirely sure when I painted him, I’d estimate 2010 or 2011 at the latest, but whenever it was I was already old and experienced enough to know better. Take a good look at him because this is the last chance we’ll get.

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Let’s be honest here, he hasn’t aged well. Even when I first built him he probably wasn’t nearly as good as I thought he was and time has not been kind. I like to think my painting skills have grown a long way over the years (although I’m still rather taken with that blood spatter – if I may say so myself – especially as it pre-dates the now ubiquitous Blood For The Blood God paint). On the whole though, he’s ugly and painfully short in comparison to the new generation of space marines. Over time he’s been shoved further and further back on the shelf. Some might even say I’m ashamed of him.

Despite these flaws I must confess I’m fond of him and that left me with a quandary. On the one hand he really has no place in the collection of models I’m aiming to create, on the other I’d be sad to see him bundled off into a box of old miniatures to gather dust. It would be an inglorious end for such proud old warrior and I for one am not ready to cast him aside just yet. He speaks to an era in my creative development when my ideas were far bigger than my talents and I was only just scratching the surface of what this hobby really offers. That said I’m not going to let nostalgia cloud my judgement. However no servant of the gods need retire when they could just as easily ascend! Not for him the bitter, lonely silence of the bitsbox, not when he can rise again as a warrior reborn, key components snipped away and reused to allow his resurrection. Time for the old brute to get a facelift.

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Hopefully you’ll agree that he’s a bit more imposing now, whilst still maintaining the spirit of the original. Who knows, this may even inspire me to make some more berserkers. In the meantime, I await your feedback.


Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 4

Lately my poxwalkers have been crying out for more attention (not strictly true – they’ve mostly just been making a low moaning that sounds a bit like the word “brains” over and over). The horde hasn’t been growing as quickly as I’d planned so I may try to rectify that soon by taking some time to just concentrate on zombies. In the meantime here’s two more for the slow-growing army of the undead.

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