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Zarshia Bittersoul

So far most of the models I’ve painted for Fembruary have been what you might call “neglected models” – miniatures that have been sitting around unfinished for months or, in a number of cases, years. Either I bought them some time ago and then never got around to painting them, or I started them and then, for one reason or another, never finished them. This one however is very new, in fact she was only released at the start of last month and made her way to me just a few days ago. Did I leave her to gather dust before finally getting around to painting her? No, in a break with tradition I most certainly did not!

This is the scheming Chaos Sorceress Zarshia Bittersoul from the Khagra’s Ravagers set. She alone would have been enough to convince me to buy the set although the other three models are very nice as well (and of course I’ll paint those in due course too, although they might get the standard few months minimum spent dust gathering, just to ensure tradition is maintained!).

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And there we have it, Fembruary is over for another year. I’ve painted so many models for it this year that a round-up is definitely in order so I’ll get that written up and posted at some point in the next few days. Of course I’ve still got plenty more female miniatures I’d like to paint so expect the usual mix of boys, girls, daemonic entities and soulless robots over the coming weeks and months.


Narvia the Acolyte

The very eagle-eyed reader may have spotted that, in amongst the various blue horrors I showed last month was this evil little chap.

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Personally I wouldn’t have known him from any other blue horror but anyone who’s a Warhammer Underworld’s aficionado might recognise him as a member of the Eyes of the Nine, the Tzeentchian warband from a couple of seasons ago. Mostly I bought the set for the leader, Vortemis the All-Seeing, one of the coolest looking Tzeentchian sorcerers ever made in my opinion. For those not familiar with him, here’s what the studio model looks like.

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The way I saw it, I was buying Vortemis and getting a bunch of other models free, and as the price for the set wasn’t too painful on the wallet that was something I was happy to do. Now as it happens I’m still to paint Vortemis but I did have one of his acolytes, Narvia, sitting on the painting desk – and as Narvia is a lady and therefore qualifies for Fembruary this seemed like a fine moment to get her finished.

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I gave her a dark skintone to help her stand out from the other Kairic Acolytes I’ve already painted (and because, speaking personally, I think she looks damn good that way). All being well I’ll remember this when I get around to assembling and painting her frenemy Turosh, the other Kairic Acolyte in the Eyes of the Nine set, and paint him the same way.

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For those worrying about what’s happened to my Tzeentchian cabal that I was working on back in January fear not, I’ll be getting back to them as soon as Fembruary is over. For now however I’m enjoying my marathon charge through all the unpainted ladies who’ve been waiting for attention on the desk.


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. 

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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 2

Time to get properly started on my coven of Daughters of Khaine for Fembruary. When I first thought of putting the warband together (quite some time ago now) my plan was to base it around the Melusai and Khinerai and leave the old fashioned Witch Elves out of it. I like these bloody-handed killers well enough but the miniatures never quite interested me enough to consider buying them. However that was before Morgwaeth’s Blade-coven was released for Warhammer Underworlds.

I really like the models in the set, so if I was ever going to paint a Witch Elf then these were the ones for me.

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Whilst the first one was built straight out of the box this second one was tweaked slightly to give her a shield instead of a second dagger. No real reason for this beyond allowing us to use a variety of equipment in games of Warcry.

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It can be easy to see the Witch Elves as falling into the “hormonal teenage fantasy” class of female miniatures, given that they spent their entire costume budget on boots and underwear. The savagery of their expressions gives the lie to that however, at least on these particular miniatures, and the end result looks – to my eye at least – more cruel  than sexy.

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Finally I’d like to give a shout out to that well-known blogger and podcaster, all round top bloke and friend of this blog, the Imperial Rebel Ork. Despite his many virtues he persists in the belief that all elves are foppish, pretentious wimps, a patently ridiculous argument which he laid out in Episode 47 of his podcast. Hopefully these ladies will be sufficient to show him the error of his ways – if not the rest of the warband are on their way!


Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun – Part 1

I’ve been inclined to poke around the odd graveyard lately, turning over the carcasses and looking for snacks. Unsurprisingly that’s got me looking at the Grymwatch set of models, which I picked up as part of a scheme to put together a ghoulish Warcry warband (much in the same vein as I used Ironskullz boys – also from Warhammer Underwear – to make an Orc warband). Some readers may recall that I used one of them to create a nasty-looking jester back in November of last year.

Now he’s joined by a few more cannibals, starting with this hook-handed gentleman.

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Alongside him we have the first lady-ghoul that I can remember seeing from GW. This is probably my favourite model in the warband, in fact she’s pretty much worth the price by herself, and she proved to be great fun to paint as well.

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Thirdly we have a pair of unfortunate, mistreated bats. Bats get a bit of a rough press at times, which is unfortunate as they’re really quite brilliant little creatures, which do no harm to anyone, yet which are branded with all kinds of silly supposititious nonsense by people who really ought to know better. Remember, the same people who flap and scream that bats are poisonous and out to get them are also allowed to drive cars, have children and vote.

It’s also not a good idea to eat them, as this is likely to be a source of infections crossing from wild animals to humans, something which could potentially lead to a global pandemic and massive loss of life, as well as social and economic devastation. Thankfully people listen to experts rather than just making things up as they go along and as a result has remained a purely hypothetical scenario – global pandemics being very much a thing of the past now and unlikely to occur in any of our lifetimes…

Anyway, there are some bats in the grymwatch set (because obviously if you’re not scared by the corpse-eating cannibals then some nocturnal insectivorous mammals should be enough to give you the heeby-geebies) and I thought they’d make a nice thematic stand in to replace a fury in Flesh-Eater Courts Warcry warband.

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The poor bats don’t seem to be having a terribly good time of things, for one thing they’ve been chained together, and chained to a headless corpse, with the chains looped through the delicate membranes of their wings which seems rather convoluted and cruel. Then again the Flesh-Eater Courts are already quixotic cannibals who tilt at innocent civilians rather than windmills so why not torment innocent bats as well? Either way they were quite fun to paint and between them these three models have me thinking about my ghoulish warband again so I might tackle some more soon. Maybe one of the big monsters, or perhaps some more ghouls? (Grym)watch this space! (I’ll get my coat…).


Ironskullz Boys

I’ve never been particularly enthused by Warhammer Underworlds as a game, I’m not that keen on card games and the tagline “The Ultimate Competitive Miniatures Game” is kryptonite to the likes of me who leans more towards enjoying myself and socialising if dice are getting rolled at all, rather than engaging in cut-throat, win-at-all-costs competition. That said the miniatures are pretty damn gorgeous so I picked up Ironskullz Boys just for the fun of painting them (which after all if the mainstay of my hobby anyway – gaming barely makes it into the top ten reasons I do this at the best of times).

Despite how much I love these four miniatures I couldn’t resist making a few minor tweaks and adjustments. Boss-man Gurzag Ironskull got a new head which I reckon makes him look even fiercer (and more of a show-off) than the original, and also makes him uniquely mine.

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Likewise his sidekick Bonekutta got a new head – with a helmet, which I think emphasises his brutish power and strength.

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The other two ‘ard boyz in the warband, Basha and Hakka, were pretty much perfect as is, in my opinion, so I left them well alone.

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And here we have them, my first ever Underworld’s Warband, ready for action in case anyone ever decides to convince me to become a ruthless power-gamer!

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I must confess that since painting these the itch to tackle some more greenskins is back. I’ve got a Blood Bowl team I’m meant to be painting, and there’s always a need for more Orks in my 40k collection so watch this space.