The Rats and The City

Today I’ve found an old comic book from a comic store, but this isn’t your usual superhero story or even a Judge Dredd story (but I was very close to getting a Judge Dredd comic today!). Rather than buying my usual favourite comic books by 2,000ad, my eye was attracted by another comic that was just barely visible in the stacks. What I found was none other than The City, by James Herbert.

At first glance I thought I’ve found an Alien comic with strange alien, like architecture similar to the space jockey ship interior. However when I pulled it out of the comic stack, I was shocked to see this was actually a post apocalyptic comic book story.

I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t flick through the book to see if I liked it before purchase. It was in a protective pocket and I didn’t want to open it case the shop owner got angry. Anyways, what made me but this over Judge Dredd Yearbook (I think it was 1994?) was the sheer enormity of the front cover with it’s beautiful illustration. The back synopsis whilst very short was also very tempting to take a read.

So I brought this comic book and began to follow the isolation of a travellers journey into the city.

My impressions on the book overall?

The story telling is very limited throughout with only a few texts in each page, describing the journey the Traveller goes on. It’s difficult understanding what the characters goals are as it’s not mentioned until halfway through the story. By then, once it’s revealed that the protagonist is trying to rescue his family in the city, the empathy for the horror that takes place only works for the shock value. Any character building and the relationships is none existent, making you feel like you’ve missed out on those connections.

However, this isn’t to say that this comic book isn’t worth reading (well visually looking since there’s hardly much reading involved) as the art is the books strongest aspect. Ian Miller’s artistic talent is outstanding in the way he illustrates the downfall of the city from the landscape to the people who inhabit it. The buildings are crumbling with contorted structure that look eerie, with a mix of abomination like faces like a nightmare brought to life.

The use of colours is also used to great effect in the way Ian uses a mix of greys, dark blues, blacks and other dull colours to create a morbid and degraded city scape. Contrasting with the blood red sky really impacts the visual presentation of an alien like world, far from what our worlds environment and city scape looks like.

The main protagonist is also designed and coloured in a way as not to be a heroic good guy, or a badass action hero, but a lone man in a tin suit of armour. His humanity is hidden behind the suit disguising his true emotions throughout the first half of the story. He is an alien to the city, for he is a rust orange tin man in contrast to the grey and dull world that he contrasts to. When we do eventually see his true identity in the flesh, even he looks as dead and defeated as the rest of the people that suffer from the post apocalyptic nightmare.

As for James Herbert’s story telling, whilst I’ve mentioned above that there’s a lack story telling, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These days we get dumped exposition in movies and books that drivel on about too much information, and by the time that’s done you feel bored or just distracted. However, The City gives you hardly any exposition dumps, instead the city and the action tells the story that you can piece together the world you see.

The back synopsis combined with the story makes sense as to what the story is about. It’s not a revolutionary story telling by no means, and it does lack context as to how the apocalyptic war started. There a reason why there’s a lack of information, but I’ll elaborate on that later on.

Overall, I’d recommend giving this a try if your into the illustration story based comic books, the art is worth observing and see the effort that’s been done to illustrate this story’s world. The story can be a downside to the book, it’s not terrible to the point of unreadable, it’s good if your wanting a short story to read.

What I found out afterwards

After reading this comic book, I wanted to find out more about this comic book and its creators. So I did some research and was surprised at what I’ve found, and it made more sense now that I look back on The City.

The City is a loose continuation of James Herbert’s best selling book trilogy series that started with his first book written, The Rats. Now I haven’t read The Rats in full, nor the two sequels from the series, but from what I can gather it’s clear what James had crafted.

The City is the result of what takes place from the trilogy, it’s a visual aftermath of what happen after the apocalypse, the main threat was the Rats. It’s the first and only graphic novel for The Rats book series, and the last story in the franchise.

I’m keen to find the books and read them myself now that I’ve found out more about the fictional world that James had created. If I didn’t pick up The City today, I would never have known about this flawed but beautiful and dark graphic novel.

With that, I’m going to wrap up today’s post and call it a night. Thank you for reading this post, and if you know about James Herbert and Ian Millers works, or The Rats trilogy, share your thoughts below in the comment section.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

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How to paint Iron Warriors (with Nurgle’s Blessing)

In today’s post, I’m going to share my colour scheme for painting Iron Warriors with a mix of Nurgle influence. I’ll be splitting the colour guide into separate sections for simplicity and finding sections you might want to experiment with your own collections.

I managed to get over a week worth of painting done for all the models seen above, however, it might be less for you as I took time trying to decide what colours I was going to use! The aim of the project was staying true to the Iron Warriors recognisable silver, black and gold armour colours, but also making sure the Nurgle corruption wasn’t too cartoony (colour) and looked (u)natural in mutation.

I was Inspired by the art of Warhammer 40k/30k seen in GW publications and White Dwarf magazines. I used the Visions of Heresy art book as my guideline for getting the general idea of the image of the IV legion. Audio wise I’ve listened to two BL stories about the Iron Warriors, Primarch series: Perturabo by Guy Haley and Iron and Stone by Robbie Mcniven. These two fulled my inspiration to work harder at painting, which is exactly what Perturabo expects.

Paints

Before I share my painting processes, I’ve listed all the paints I’ve used for the project. Paints with ‘MC’ stands for Model Color paints, which I’ve shorten for simplicity.

  • Kantor Blue
  • Khorne Red
  • Hellion Green
  • Warboss Green
  • (MC) Refractive Green
  • Abaddon Black
  • Lahiman Medium
  • Reikland Fleshade
  • Averland Sunset
  • Leadbelcher
  • Retributor Gold
  • Nililkh Oxide
  • Typhus Corrosion
  • Kabalite Green
  • Sybarite Green
  • Nurgles Rot
  • Screamer Pink
  • Pink Horror
  • Emperors Children
  • (MC) Flat Red
  • (MC) Flat Brown
  • (MC) Foundation White
  • Zandria Dust
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Martian Desert

Painting Plague marine

Silver Armour

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush Leadbelcher
  3. Shade mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium
  4. Drybrush Leadbelcher

Gold Trim

  1. Basecoat Retributor Gold
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Leadbelcher
  4. Add Nililakh Oxide and Typhus Corrosion for added rust effect

Warped Skin

  1. Basecoat Kabalite Green
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Sybarite Green
  4. Lightly drybrush Hellion Green
  5. Apply watered down Nurgle’s Rot

Pink bio-tubes

  1. Basecoat Screamer Pink
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Pink Horror
  4. Drybrush Emperors Children
  5. Apply watered down Nurgle’s Rot

Red Cape

  1. Basecoat Khorne Red/ or MC Flat Brown
  1. Shade mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium
  2. Drybrush Khorne Red
  3. Drybrush MC Flat Red

Eye Lenses

  1. Basecoat MC Foundation White
  2. Shade mix Khorne Red and Lahiman Medium
  3. Make small white dots at the corner of the lenses

Plague Swords

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush Warboss Green
  3. Lightly drybrush Hellion Green

Bone/ Teeth

  1. Basecoat Zandria Dust
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Ushabti Bone

Desert Base

  1. Basecoat MC Refractive Green
  2. Apply loads of Martian Desert on the base
  3. Drybrush Zandria Dust
  4. Apply patches of PVA glue and add green flock to the base for added environment effect.

Chevron

  1. Basecoat Averland Sunset
  2. Apply Shade of Reikland Fleshade
  3. Carefully apply Abaddon Black lines on the area in parallel lines
  4. Mix Averland Sunset and MC Foundation White
  5. Mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium at the edges of the area

Rust

  1. Apply Typhus Corrosion on the desired area
  2. Drybrush Ryza Rust

Blue Plague Smoke

  1. Basecoat Zandria Dust
  2. Drybrush MC Foundation White
  3. Mix Kantor Blue and Lahiman Medium as a shade
  4. Drybrush MC Foundation White

Poxwalkers

For Poxwalkers, they have similar colour schemes as the Plague marines, however, they have a different colour scheme for skin.

Poxwalkers skin

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush MC Refractive Green
  3. Drybrush Warboss Green
  4. Lightly Drybrush Hellion Green

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I hope this guide will be useful for your painting of Iron Warrior models, or even an entirely different painting project. If you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

The Poxwalkers

The last unit to be painted from the Know No Fear starter Set is finally done, ten wretched Poxwalkers are now ready to spread the joy of Nurgle’s kindness to all!

It only took me about two days to paint this unit, using more simpler steps to get them done faster. Since I might want to add more Poxwalkers in the future, I needed an easy colour scheme for consistency.

I’ve now painted every unit from the Know No Fear set for the Deathguard models, a good achievement for getting it done in just over a week worth of painting! It seemed like a long time painting this project, especially the Plague marines as they had so many details to paint.

I’ll be taking a break from my Nurgle Iron Warriors to focus on my Primaris Crimson Fist Project. But I may add a few additional models to this collection to wrap things up. I’m going to be posting a full painting guide for this side project in an upcoming post, showing you how to paint everything from this side project so far.

That’s all from me for today! I hope you have enjoyed this side project so far, and if you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

As true as Iron

As true as Iron

Today I have finally finished my painted Iron Warriors corrupted by Nurgle, painting all of the marines and flyer from the Know No Fear starter set. Every day I painted my models slowly to get best results for the outcome, rather than rushing it for a day or two of lazy painting. The results speak for themselves.

There’s still another unit left to go before I can say I’m done with this project for the time being. The Poxwalkers were either going to be in my existing Death Guard army or this one, eventually yesterday I decided to keep them with this project. They’ll be done pretty soon depending on what my colour scheme will be for them.

So I’ll be back in a few days to show my final painted unit for this batch load of models from Know No Fear set. Then after that it’s back to the Crimson Fists Primaris Space Marines!

Until next time!

-Bjorn

The Rusted Iron, within and without

The latest update on my ongoing side project, whilst still WIP, I’m nearly done with these guys! All that’s left to do is wait for the base texture to dry, then drybrush them for raising the fissure details.

But until then, I thought I’d share what I did yesterday.

I’ve finally added some chevrons to my Iron Warriors! Difficult to attempt, but worth the effort. I’m pleased that I’ve done it as I think the models look extra special with chevron patterns on their armour.

That’s all from me for now. Tonight will (hopefully if things go to plan) will be my final post for what I’ve got so far for the project. I’ll be sure to show my best photography on the finished miniatures in detail.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

The Blight-stuff

Last night I’ve been continuing my side project painting on my Nurgle-corrupted Iron Warriors. Now that I’m halfway through the project, the models are looking ever closer to the iconic look of the Iron Warriors.

I’ve completed my first model last night, the Foetid Blight drone.

I’m really impressed with the finished look of the model, a mix of decay, disease, Iron and fear that combines Iron Warriors with Nurgles blessing. The model shows the pain and suffering this a abomination has to go through, it’s sickness is clear to see with it’s decaying skin and red raw eye.

My Plague Marines are shaping up well through the progress of painting, still needs a few more details before I can finish them. Every day they’re looking closer to Iron Warriors with each layer of painting. I’m pleased that I’ve chosen to do the Iron Warrior theme, rather than just the generic green Deathguard livery.

Finally the leader of the collection, the Lord of Contagion.

There’s still work to be done for my HQ model, but even he’s looking better each day! I’m still unsure wether I should do the yellow and black chevron lines for the marines, it would look extra special to tie in the Iron Warrior theme.

That’s all for today. I’ll be doing more work tonight getting the Plague marine unit finished and getting the lord of Contagion done as well.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Current progress with my Iron Warriors mini project

There’s been a considerable amount of progress made today, with the marines and HQ slowly looking better with each layer of paint. Also, the Blightdrone is just about finished, with only a few touch ups to finish some effects.

I haven’t got much time to explain all of my painting processes today, but I thought I’d share at least three that you guys might like to try out.

Dark red cloak

  • Basecoat Model Colour Flat Brown
  • Shade mix Abbadon black and Lahiman Medium
  • Dry brush Bloodletter Red

Sickly eye

  • Basecoat Zandria dust
  • Layer a small circle of Deathguard Green
  • Shade mix Averland Sunset and Lahiman Medium
  • Layer a small circle of Macragg Blue
  • Make a smaller circle with Aliotic Blue
  • make a small dot of Kantor blue
  • Add two whit dots to the eye for shine effect.
  • Shade mix Lahiman Medium with Bloodletter Red around the edge of the eye.
  • Add lines of Bloodletter Red from the red edges.
  • Finally, apply Ardcoat on the eye for a glossy finish

Decaying bone

  • Basecoat Zandria Dust
  • Shade Reikland Fleshade
  • Drybrush Ushabti Bone