Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tale of Three Gamers Update (Orc and Goblins)

Hello and good day to all you beloved followers of the Pestilent One. I was hoping to have this post up earlier in the week, but my Internet decided to throw me a curve ball and not work, the blasted thing! Anyway as I mentioned in my last post I had already finished two more models for my Orc and Goblin horde. I have finished my Night Goblin Shaman and an old school Fanatic.

This is one of my favourite Lord/Hero characters of the Orc and Goblins army and I just had to have to have it. The dynamic pose is brilliant. I was very tempted to try a glowing effect around his eyes and in the eye sockets of the skulls on his staff, but I wasn't brave enough to attempt this. I might try the technique out on a spare model and do it on another shaman as I already have an Orc Shaman lying around to be painted.

The fanatic model is one of the older metal models that I have had for some years now. I believe I originally got it for my Orc Bloodbowl team about 10 years ago. I thought he would come in handy for my Orc and Goblin list. I am not sure if you can notice, but I have tried to blend purple on his nose and cheeks to try and represent the Fanatic being intoxicated from Mad Cap Mushroom brew they drink before battle!

I am hoping to have more models for you later as I am just finishing a few off on my painting table. Thank you for stopping by our humble Cupboard of Nurgle and may the Plague Father watch over you wherever you may be.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Drawing Of Our Third And Final Winner

Remember him fondly as I will not be using this stock image for as long as I can help it

Good evening children of the Plague Father and thank you for joining us for the unveiling of our final winner. I apologise that this is later than I had planned to post our final winner. As Mighty Simo's and my own Nurgle Lords have found new homes, our winner today will be able to choose between the example put forward by Dorn's Arrow or a brand new one if they prefer.

Nurgley goodness galore 

So once again I return to the darkest recesses of Nurgle's kitchen to "borrow" his favourite hat to make sure his influence helps us get our winner. Without further ado I present to you...

Seen here fighting it's mortal enemy the donut

Well done to HOTpanda, for those of you unfamiliar with this particular breed of bear let me tell you a tale. Some say that HOTpandas live on the fringes of society as it is only there they can defend this doomed world from the evil sentient donuts who wish to turn man kind into slaves in their batter mines.

Occasionally allying with a whole host of robotic war machines these mighty beasts are all that stands between us and cold greasy whip of the donut overlords. If you would like to aid in their fight you can find them in the Chaos corrupted Bamboo forests.

With this our give away comes to a close and I would thank all of those that voted and hope our new followers return to see our offerings to Papa Nurgle.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

When Did "Play Testing" Just Become An Excuse Not To Paint?

Good evening and thank you for traversing the warp to join me as I present my latest offering to our benevolent Lord Nurgle. I warn you now this is just my thoughts the situation I have gotten myself in by not painting models as frequently as I really should.

With the weather improving and the evenings staying light for longer I have had more draw back into 40k, both the gaming and hobby sides. This started with the release of the new Tyranid kits, I love the look of the flying hive tyrant but have stopped myself from buying it. 
I did this because I have an unassembled old style Tyrant with the Alien queen head I got to paint after seeing a friends and preferring it to the current version.
When it arrived it was carefully packed away while I tested colour schemes out and he has sat in his box since. Now it is no secret I like to buy the models that catch my eye and most will sit waiting for the day I find them out and use them for something but this wasn't always the way. 

When I first started 40k with my Necrons I painted two battle forces and two Monoliths over the course of weekend so that I could use them the following Monday without being the only player with a grey army.

Ugly basing but painted

As time has gone on playing different lists and armies buying a model and painting it became too expensive and time consuming to do for every unit I wanted to test out. It didn't help that the people I played with felt the same so the bad habit stuck. Model rep became the norm and painting was left by the road side.
 Back in the present I have bought reinforcements for my Necrons which are currently boxed up while I play test the units, this makes sense to me as it saves me money on buying a kit twice if I give it the wrong guns or the unit just turns out to be sub par like the Vespids who will hopefully get a boost in the next T'au codex.

However as I played a 1000 point quick game on Saturday I was ashamed to see my force containing a mix of Necrons, T'au and Templars standing in for units I hadn't bought or built yet. This has prompted me to take a step back and admit I need to start working through some of my collection and not just in a basic paint job on everything so I can say it is painted. 

Looking at Mighty Simo's latest model it is stunning and I know I can't paint like this and it is purely down to the fact he paints on a regular basis and enjoys it. If I have a game with him I know everything he puts on the table is going to be painted and to a good standard while mine will be grey and most likely include some model rep.

On this I have decided that we have 8 months left until the end of the year so want to set myself a couple of goals:

Firstly I want to paint to completion 24 models. I know this seems a small amount but rather than say a skeleton is 1 model but a terrain piece is 5 everything is going to be worth 1 no matter what I paint.

Secondly I want to reduce the amount I am buying, I have tried buying nothing before and I have failed at it as every so often there will be something I want. To this end I am going to try and only buy a model after I have at least 2 models painted so I am making progress on the pile ( literally is a pile that has taken over the surrounding corner of the bookcase I kept it on).

Finally I want a display cabinet but until I have a decent selection of painted miniatures I am not allowing myself one as I hope this will push my painting skills as practicing is the only way I will get better.

Everyone loves Warhammer World's displays

If I can stick to these goals hopefully I will be on the road to catching Mighty Simo and his painting skills he claims can be achieved through practice and not blood sacrifices to the Gods as I suspected.

I apologise this post has gone on much longer than I had planned but does lead me nicely to my question for you faithful followers of Nurgle.

"Do you play an army of mismatched units before risking your hard earned money or do you paint everything up before allowing it to take the battlefield?"

Until next time remember you are never alone when you embrace Nurgle's blight. 


Friday, March 16, 2012

Completed Legolas

Welcome back to Nurgle favoured cupboard. I apologise in advance as I have not had a post up in a while mainly due to the recent competition taking the spot light. Our final winner should get drawn next week.

Now I have finished another model that I wish to show you. A little later then I intended as I was hoping to have this done by Valentines day because it is a gift for my girlfriend. Seeing as we agreed not to buy anything for each other this year I thought I would give her a sentimental present instead. Legolas is her favourite character from the Lord of the Rings and she takes a bit of fancy to Orlando Bloom.

I followed the old paint guide from the Games Workshop site that is unfortunately no longer there (along with all the other paint guides due to the new paints GW are releasing). I think he has turned out really well and I might even say he is my best painted model so far!

Unfortunately that is all I have for you this week, but I already have two models finished for you next week to take a look at. I hope that the Great Papa Nurgle favours you all in your ongoing quest to spread his greatness.