Continuing to Escalate!

Following my initial vow, our Escalation forces have rumbled on – and I found myself needing to add another 500pts already! Although there’ll be quite a few things that I’ll need to paint in due course, I thought that given the games so far have mostly been Zone Mortalis, it might be nice to add some close-range punch. As such, for my next two vows, I’ve opted to do two Terminator squads – one armed with near basic weaponry, and the other, more lethally, with paired Lightning Claws…

Two more units to vow as part of the B&C’s Loyalty and Treachery:

Vow 5 – 5-strong Terminator squad, with combi-bolters and Power Fists, Heavy Flamer and two Chain Fists.

Vow 6 – 5-strong Terminator squad, all with Lightning Claws

The thought of adding these to my already rather sizeable Cataphractii contingent was too good an opportunity to pass down – and potentially using a load in either ZM, or in future definitely appealed. The aesthetic of their armour very much suits everything I like about the Death Guard – so happy to get more of these fantastic models built and painted for the cause. Armament wise, I’ve gone for two distinctly different squads, in order to fill up the gaps in my current Cataphractii – namely, Chain Fists and Lightning Claws! This ensures I do have a variety to choose from, as and when required.

A photo of them prior to painting:

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Here’s my first WIP photo, blocking out main areas of colour, such as shoulder pads, ptergues and trim:

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And finally, the finished product!

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Glad to have that complete! I’m unsure what I’m going to paint explicitly next, but I think it’s worthwhile considering a 2.5k list and working towards playing more regularly. Watch this space for plans and actual painting!

Otherwise, I’m thinking ahead to things I both need and want to do more broadly. If you’ve ever wondered, this is what a couple of hundred Mantic Zombies look like clipped off the sprue…

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One of the next projects!

E Tenebrae Lux III – My Next Vows

As some of my previous posts on this blog have alluded to, I’ve been actively competing in the Bolter and Chainsword’s E Tenebrae Lux III, which is a great motivator to get things painted. After my two early completions of roughly a thousand points a piece, I decided to go somewhat larger, vowing to complete:

Chaos Terminator Squad Corruptus – 5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, pair of Lightning Claws, Chainfist, Power Fist x2, Reaper Autocannon, Champion with Gift of Mutation and the Icon Of Despair – 280pts

Chaos Terminator Squad Rictus – 5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, Heavy Flamer – 212pts

Chaos Terminator Squad Mortis – 5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, Reaper Autocannon, Power Fist, Chainfist and two Combi-Weapons, Champion with Gift of Mutation. – 267pts

Chaos Terminator Squad Vitiosus – 5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, Reaper Autocannon, pair of Lightning Claws – 234pts

Chaos Terminator Squad Constupro –5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, Reaper Autocannon, lightning claw – 230pts

Chaos Terminator Squad Inficio –5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, Reaper Autocannon, Chainfist, CombiPlasma and Power Fist – 251pts

Grave Wardens – 5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, 4 Combi Weapons and a Heavy Flamer– 232pts

Deathshroud – 5 Nurgle Terminators with VoTLW, 5 Combi Weapons – 227pts

Daemon Prince Chaeron – Mark of Nurgle, Power Armour, Mastery Level 1, Black Mace, Aura of Dark Glory – 265pts

Daemon Prince – Mark of Nurgle, Power Armour, Gift of Mutation, Black Mace, Aura of Dark Glory, Ichor Blood – 255pts

Daemon Prince – Mark of Nurgle, Power Armour, Gift of Mutation, Black Mace, Aura of Dark Glory, Ichor Blood and Wings– 295pts

Two Nurgle Obliterators with VoTLW: 158pts

Typhus – 230pts

Typhus – 230pts

Ahriman – 230pts

Kharn – 160pts

Chaos Knight – 375pts

9 Khorne Terminators with Heavy Flamer and Power Fist, 5 Chainfists and a Combi Flamer – 390pts

…Of total value 4521pts on or before August 1st. Now, making this vow just over four weeks before was perhaps ambitious – but I was keen to crack on and get a huge chunk of this done. Or die trying…

As ever, I resorted to painting in large batches, and spraying too:

Sprayed

I ploughed through the Deathshroud and Grave Wardens first:

And then moved onto the Cataphractii:

Which became:


 
Then:
 

 
Before trims:
 

 
Bases:
 

 

Leaving me with just a Knight:

If anyone is wondering why there’s a change of colour scheme from my normal – it’s because I’ve tied it into the Legio Mortis. With my inspiration being Dread Wake:


 
Meaning I had completed all of this!

And then, crazily, added another two vows with 24 hours to go:

Which I completed that evening:

6971pts completed in total over the course of a month – not bad, eh?

I’d highly recommend entering something similar: high levels of motivation and seeing everyone else’s great work is a massive inspiration. And, you can plough through great quantities in no time!

Necrosius

Another recent pleasure to paint was Forge World’s Necrosius – and I had two of them to do! Although a rough and ready quick job, very happy with how they came out. You can see them before:

And now in my scheme, after:

Much more coherent! Now just to raise a suitably large Zombie host…

Decimator and Ectofiend

Part of my vow for the ETL included a Decimator and Ectofiend, and although they both took a bit longer than expected due to work commitments, I have now finished the vow! Huzzah!

The rough step by step is below, if interested:

My Decimator and Forge Fiend, one more completed than the other, are being blocked – and I’m about to do the last of the white cover on the Decimator before we start to wash. The Forge needs the flesh and trim doing before I get to that stage – as well as the weapons of choice. Getting there though!

With a nice close-up of the Decimator:

These have both been washed to within an inch of their lives – Decimator will need a bit more detailing, bringing out some of the more intricate details on the armour – but is on the whole progressing nicely. The Forge needs more flesh work done to both tidy and improve the shade – and some more work done to both head and weapons, which need some more colouring! They’re really shaping up nicely I feel – and am going to have to work out how best to base the Decimator…

Ectofiend:

The Decimator:

Bad boys together:

For now, I can look at another vow – but revel in my two finished Daemon Engines!

Lord of Skulls

I always find it so much easier to paint to deadlines – and I love entering for competitions on the Bolter and Chainsword, so taking part in the ETL this year was a no-brainer. For my first vow, I wanted to complete the Lord of Skulls that has been sitting quite happily on my desk for some time. I needed to spray it white (as I’d bought it pre-built):

And could then start working on it. Painting became so much easier when I ripped the Lord of Skulls apart:

So much so, that he is now completed! ROT FOR THE ROT GOD; PUS FOR THE PUS THRONE!

Feels great to have completed a thousand points already, huzzah!

Unsure what I’ll vow next, but it’s a great start!

Blight Drones

One of the additions to my army has been Blight Drones: a second-hand acquisition from a friend who’d tried some conversion work and hadn’t the energy to continue. Naturally, these have joined the Long War in earnest and have been given a new lease of life! It’s been one of the more challenging recent modelling projects I’ve done, and I hope you like the effort that’s gone into them.

I made a start by repairing all of the issues, smoothing out defects and priming white over the previous coat. As you can see, at this stage I’ve blocked out all the decaying metal – next step will be to bring out all the flesh tone, before we start washing and weathering.

After that, the flesh!

I’d done all the flesh, a few washes here and there and most of the detailing. Here’s the back of one of them:

Hopefully looking suitably vile. My concern was that at that moment the flesh was just a bit too light, so I brought that up a shade with a drybrush/highlight combo. It has a nice tone to it, but it’s not perfect – and I didn’t feel it necessarily complimented either the decaying parts, or the armour particularly well. I wanted the spotty boils to stand out – so I needed to take a different tack to make sure it really did contrast with the strong metal orange tones.

I thought that by making the flesh more pallid it’d create the perfect contrast, and still look suitably sickly. So the skin tone was redone and there’s been a stiff highlight around the armour plating. I’ll still need to weather that further, but it’s shaping up at least! It does give the right contrast and leaves you in no doubt what is flesh and what is armour.

And, when the bases came… things started to fall into place:

I started off with the following:

I then proceeded (with help from Dad, cheers!) to cut the pieces of acrylic rod to about four inches each, before drilling into both the sphincter of the drone and through the base also:

Pushing the PVC into the hole created, I was then able to see how long I actually wanted it in the base before sawing off any excess.

I then secured this with superglue, added the tank trap from some spare FW resin blocks, and then used some liquid GS just to fill any necessary gaps.

With the aid of a hot glue gun, I then went and did the following:

To create the slime etc. coming from their rear, it was basically a case of layering and just letting it flow so it was pretty uneven and looking like watery slime trailing behind them and propelling them forward.

But naturally, I couldn’t stop there. We needed to get some colour on that bad boy! Now traditional inks didn’t work: they left the majority clear and simply ran off. So, a quick drybrush/paint of Rhinox Hide gave it a nice brown tone. I then proceeded to undercoat the base (which had been washed with the FW block prior to the gluing stage) in black.

The next step was using the Army Painter Quickshade from the tin: which leaves a glossy finish! I knew I’d have a use for this again! So on that went, quite liberally, before I returned to drybrushing the base in a dark grey and a thick black wash over the top. This was then given another highlight with a lighter grey and a thinner coat of black wash thereafter for detail. I added barbed wire and a stiff highlight on the traps as some final detailing for the time being!

Which leaves me with the following:

Then as a unit from the side too:

And some individual ones!

I really hope you like them!

I’m currently unsure as to what’s next on them – I might weather the armour slightly more, and perhaps a little highlight on the slime, but I’m pretty stoked at the moment as to how these have turned out. As ever, please chuck any comments and criticism my way – if it’ll help improve them, I’m always game to listen!

Thank you all as ever for your support and belief!