AoS Maggotkin of Nurgle Blightkings

It’s not only my Warhammer 40k project that’s getting the Nurgle treatment, as I’ve also managed to paint a unit of Blightkings after a some delay. These giant warriors of pure hideousness are slow and clumsy but can cause a bad flu.

As part of my mixed warband of Nurgle models these guys will act as a Battleline for my Maggotkin of Nurgle army. This will for now be my last unit for the project for some time, as I’m focusing on other projects.

I hope to return to this project at some point in the future and get a few more Maggotkin of Nurgle units to cap off the project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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Boosting the Iron Warriors Deathguard Project

The week before, I started my Summer of Hobbying project collection showcase, an up to date posts on how the project is so for and what’s next. One post in particular was my passion project for my last Chaos army, the Iron Warriors Death Guard. A combination of the Death Guard aesthetics and model range mixed with the trench warfare/ siege demolition masters of the Iron Warriors. A mixture of diseases, despair, corruption, decomposition, rust and decay with grime, blood, hard work, single minded, paranoid, reliable tools, hard as iron from within and without.

As I was sorting out my model storage last week, I found my other smaller Death Guard project, the Harbinger Legion. This was originally my main Death Guard collection that was connected to my renegade Chaos Space marine army.

Here’s some old photos of the Harbinger Legion army models that I’ll be repainting, apologies for the terrible photo quality.

This year I got the Know no Fear Starter set and used the Death Guard in the set for a new project. This later proved to be a good choice in my opinion as the quality of painting was far better than my previous work on the DG, as well as the concept of using the Iron Warriors colour scheme added a lot more character to the project.

This is my current collection gathering of Iron Warrior Death Guard.

Therefore I’ve decided to now focus on getting all of my DG Harbinger Legion models repainted, and added to my Iron Warriors project. This way I can add more models to the Iron Warriors project to make it bigger and more diverse with different unit options.

This is part one of two posts of all of my repainted Death Guard models for this project. Below I have a Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour, a Malignant Plaguecaster, Mythitic Blight hauler, Helbrute, poxwalkers and a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

That’s all for today. I’ll be posting the next part in a couple of days showing my final few repainted models.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: Death Guard Iron Warriors

Today’s post will be focusing on my Death Guard Iron Warriors, those of the sons of Perturabo who have succumbed to Nurgle’s blessings. As part of this years summer goal, I’ll be showing all of my current army projects works that I’ve done so far this year.

Starting off as just a passion project, my Nurgle devoted Iron Warriors soon got a lot of traction as a growing army project. Rather than boosting my first Death Guard project, The Harbinger Legion, instead I have given the Iron Warriors the big stuff after completing the Know no Fear set.

There was never a set goal on where I wanted this project to go, no set point list or detachment. Just a project I wanted to paint with as much effort, skill and passion. But still stuff kept getting added, as if limitations and goals being put to one side actually helped me?

Now that’s not to say there was no structure at least to follow, I have the basic army formation of at least a single troop choice and a HQ choice. But Know no Fear did cover the basics.

My last task for this project was painting a substitute 20x Cultists and a Tzeentch Aeldari Wizard. The cultist were substitute from a historical miniature kit (couldn’t remember what the company was called, nor the unit itself), but they fit the role as Olympian cultists of old.

As for the Tzeentch wizard, I had thought of using it as a Blades Khorne Bloodstoker substitute, but the design of the model looked perfect for an Aeldari Wizard. I used a Skorne kit from Privateer Press to substitute this model.

The wizard was used as a fun narrative story of an Aeldari Seer who instead of being consumed by Slannesh, offered her soul to Tzeentch to save her from being damned for eternity. Irony then that she became a slave to his whims of devious plots and threads of fate. Long story short, she’s now an ‘ambassador’ for the Iron Warriors warband afflicted by Nurgle. A point of diplomacy for the Tzeentch afflicted Iron Warriors and the Nurgle one’s.

If I feel the Nurgle aspect of the project is getting stale or naturally at an end, then I have an opportunity to continue this project by adding Tzeentch models to the project.

I just don’t know how to break the news to papa Nurgle that I’m seeing Tzeentch for my project, I think I’m longe overdue on my diseased library of infection returns……

With that direst of concerns that’ll be all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another army project, one that hasn’t been worked on this year, but will be the focus of my current works. Funny enough, it’s my Maggotkin of Nurgle!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: Primaris Crimson Fists

Welcome back to another Summer of Hobbying 2019, where this years challenge is to recap on my projects I’ve done so far. In today’s post I’ll be showing my Primaris Crimson Fists collection, a small but impressive collection of blueberry awesomeness!

Let’s pulverise the Greenskin menace!

Early this year, The Primaris Crimson Fists project was one of my last two Warhammer 40k army projects, an Imperial faction that I wanted to collect after my Black Templars. Because I’m getting older and running out of space to collect every faction under the sun. I wanted to make a Primaris army as my main Imperial faction to play.

Same as with the other two factions, Xenos for my Bad Moons Tribe and Death Guard Iron Warriors. Anything else is small scale collection, added allies or mini projects.

I do have a second Imperial faction, that being the Black Templars. However I think the mini marines have had their day, so the BT collection has stopped for the time being. I’ve collected enough models to end that project, apart from the scouts, and painting my last five marines.

Anyways what’s going on with the Crimson Fists? Well it’s still led by Captain Galleas (inspired by the same character from Mike Lee’s novel, Legacy of Dorn), who leads the 3rd or 4th company (being a bit flip flopy here as I don’t know what Mike will officially do with Galleas yet in current lore).

The project has been on pause for awhile now since I’ve painted everything in the collection. I’ve been preoccupied by other projects for some time now, but I’m hoping to return to this project when GW release the new Primaris range soon. That is however if I’m interested in any of the new models, the designs will either be cool or too out of place for me.

In the meantime I’m hoping to finish this project off with a Redemptor Dreadnought, a nice big killing machine! If the new Primaris release doesn’t impress me and I do get the Dreadnought, I have no interest to continue adding anymore units to this project. I’m always in the mindset that the Crimson Fist in a game should be few, outnumbered and read to fight or die in the name of the Emperor.

Thats all for today. I hope you have enjoyed this post on my favourite second founding chapter.

Up next, The Death Guard are here, in Iron Warriors colour scheme?

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Contrast paints part III, the end of the Scythes

I’ve been doing some more experiments with contrast paints, mostly on Space marine models to create battle ready standard for the Scythes of the Emperor chapter. Now I have finally found a colour scheme that fits perfectly for the Scythes gold and black colour scheme. My previous experiments were a test to see how contrast works and how I can use it at its best. It’s led to now where I’ve now got the hang of painting this inky transparent paint.

Not too bold, not too dull, just the right colours for a battle ready Scythes of the Emperor Space marine. Whilst many collectors of the chapter would prefer to paint the gold yellow as a bright yellow (no reason not to if you prefer to paint it that way), however, I prefer to use a metallic gold coating (based on an artwork from the Space marine battles: Scythes of the Emperor book written by L J Goulding).

Here’s a comparison of two marines using two different base layers for contrast paint. The mini marine had been basecoated all in a light silver spray paint. Whilst the other was done with Grey Seer for the black areas, whilst for the gold I used Ironbreaker for a metallic look.

The difference between the models is quite interesting, ones more lighter than the other using Nazdreg Yellow (Primaris version has foundation white drybrush). But the application of Black Templar has different results, either a metallic iron or a smooth grey black finish (I’ve drybrushed Dawnstone over the black areas for the Primaris raise the edges).

That’s all for today. I hope you have enjoyed this latest post on my Contrast paint experiment, I might plan more soon (Flesh Tearers anyone?).

Until next time,

-Bjorn

More Contrast to contrast the last post on the new Citadel Contrast paints

I’ve done some more experiments with Citadel Contrast paints after learning from last posts outcome. I wanted to try more out using a new colour of Black Templar, and see how that work on metallic and none metallic surfaces.

But first, here’s a pretty cool model I painted using drybrushing effect and contrast on top. The model was primed in a matt black undercoat, followed by a layer (top) in Grey Seer and a drybrushed going down. Finally, I did the same using Model Colour Foundation White lightly over Grey Seer, before finally applying Contrast Nazdreg Yellow with Foundation white as edge highlights.

As you can see, the contrast paint tints the lighter areas of the model, giving the model this light glow effect. Great as a none metallic gold colour, Hammers of Sigmar Stormcast Eternals will look great using this technique.

I did a Primaris Space marine too, a small test to try out both contrast, and metallic black surface effect suggested by the GW Citadel paint app.

Not my best, but it was worth testing out. I think edge highlighting will always be an issue for me when it comes to black basecoats, I seem to be pretty bad at it.

I did one other little experiments using contrast in different basecoats, and seeing how they looked on different size and forms of miniatures.

Finally, I’ve started a mini project painting a chapter I’d usually find difficult to paint, the Scythes of the Emperor. Colours like yellow and black aren’t my strong points in painting, yellow being hard to paint and black being hard to edge highlight (drybrushing works better for me).

But contrast seems to have at least made my models look decent, if a little rough from the pooling. Just to paint out that these models were painted before, the results shown may not look as blotchy as unpainted grey plastic marines.

Thats it for now, more posts will be up pretty soon on my progress with the Scythes of the Emperor mini project. If you have any suggestions, post in the comment section and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Experimenting with Contrast paint

I haven’t said anything about contrast at all on my blog, that is until now. I was sceptical about this paint since it was first revealed at Warhammer fest, was it really as good as they say it is?

After watching a couple of Warhammer community videos, pro painter opinions and photos of the finished products, I had some hope. A paint that can give both the recess shade and base colour in one coat.

However, I was unsure about the paints as when images came up on painted Primaris Space Marines in various colours, the models looked very patchy in pool dry marks. Kinda defeats the purpose of a one coat paint if it looks like pooled mess.

When I finally got my contrast paint today, I did some experiments to see what kind of results I can get from this new Citadel paint.

I used Nazdreg yellow contrast for all of my experiments, using Grey Seer Basecoat, Model Colour foundation white as a Basecoat and for drybrushing.

Here’s what I’ve learnt.

First my first experiment I used a Tyranid Gargoyle as they have many surfaces to test our contrast, from deep recesses, details and flat areas. I started my painting by using Grey Seer as a basecoat (three coats) then I applied Nazdreg yellow over the model. This resulted in a patchy look just like the Primaris Space marine pictures from Warhammer Fest.

Despite this, I then highlighted the model in Model Colour Foundation White, making it look nearly like a none metallic gold look.

For the left side of the wings, I used Leadbelcher as a basecoat, then I applied Nazdreg yellow over it. This surprisingly looked really cool, like a gold tint that could be useful for future painting work. On the right carapace side I used the contrast paint again over the first layer and the white highlight. Resulting in a darker gold yellow tone whilst retaining the edge highlight Which you can see below. It’s similar to how AoS studio manager, Jes Bickham, painted his Tyranid army (I think it was called Hive Epemedis?) using mustard yellow colours for the carapace.

From this second contrast application an idea formed in my head, why not use Grey Seer as a Basecoat and drybrush Model Colour Foundation white? Here’s what the results were.

You’ll notice that the raised areas are more lighter yellow, whilst some areas are darker that haven’t been drybrushed in white. It works well for scales which has shading, base colour and highlights all in one application of contrast.

With this test of using white pant for contrast I did one more experiment using both Grey Seer and Foundation white on two sides of a Space marine.

The pooling problem was less noticeable on the lighter side than the Grey Seer basecoat. Left side was fine in foundation white whilst the right side was done in Grey Seer.

Contrast paint using Grey Seer basecoat.

Contrast paint using Model Colour Foundation White.

I think using Foundation white for Nazdreg yellow contrast would be really beneficial for painters who find it hard painting Bad Moons and Imperial Fist armies. It’s a one coat solution to a process that would take a long time to paint, but contrast has proven, to me at least, that this is no longer an issue.

That’s all I have for today. This isn’t a review on contrast paint as I think it’ll take some time to form an informative review on contrast paints. There’s still a lot of experimentation to try out, even pro painters are coming up with new stuff every day using contrast paints. I’ve heard that the Alpha Legion contrast method is a favourite in my local GW store that I overheard from the manager.

I hope this post serves as an inspiration or an informative look at how contrast paint works. If you like what you see and want more contrast posts, post a comment below and I’ll continue to experiment even more!

Until next time,

-Bjorn