Sunday, February 28, 2010

Once upon a time...

I made all these conversions for the death guard and actually posted a few of them on Pit. I was in a 'groove' at that point in time, and thought 'I'll have these babies painted in up no time'. Then I started to play WoW. Then I started to have a woman in my life. Then I started to play more WoW (anyone else familiar with this story?). So here we are, about a year later, and I'm happy to say, they are completed!

I didn't take a picture for every single death guard, just three to show some cool conversions and give a general idea on paint schemes. In a previous post (also from a long time ago) I stated I was going to mix two separate color schemes into the Death Guard army. The first color scheme, as on the leftmost and center figure, consisted of overbrushing Scorched Brown, drybrushing Bleached Bone, smacking down some heavy Devlan Mud, and drybrushing Bleached Bone. The second color scheme, as on the right most figure, was overbrushing Catachan Green, slathering on that good ol' Devlan, drybrushing Cata Green and drybrushing with Camo Green. Any tubes were done with Mechrite Red followed by a 50/50 drybrushing of Mechrite Red and Dheneb Stone. The metal bits were simply Boltgun Metal and Devlan Mud. The skin on the Death Guard started of with Adeptus Battlegrey, followed by a wash of Asurmen Blue, highlighted with Elf Flesh. The trophy head held by the champ was given a further highlight of Skull White. The thing I love about the paint schemes above is they're relatively quick, and I was able to complete fifteen troops in the course of two evenings, probably eight hours total.

The other thing I completed was my 'Hulk SMASH!' Greater Daemon of Nurgle. The model itself was a conversion I decided to do after I did my Daemon Prince (see post of that from last year), as I had a complete body from the GD to work with. I just needed a head and arms. I rummaged through my bitz for a while trying to decide what exactly would fit on the body, when I remembered this now defunct game called Vor. Vor had these awesome creatures called Growlers, that were described as a cross between a gorilla and a t-rex. I was lucky enough to have purchased some of these before the game went to the wayside. So after relieving the Growler of his head and arms, I decided that wasn't enough. Fortunately, there were Growler Pups (lil' baby Growlers). I thought the three-headed look was great and each had a single horn to boot! Very Nurgle-y!

The paint job was done in the Catachan Green scheme as described above. The only thing to add is the open sores were painted with Dark Flesh and washed with Baal Red. Oh yeah, the whole 'Hulk SMASH' thing...well, initially I said that due to the look of the model, but it quickly became evident during a game with Oni that this thing likes to smash a lot of things, like dreads, termies, marines. Fun times :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Borrowing An Idea

It's been a while. Pit has 114 followers currently. Last time I posted (May 2009), Pit had a much smaller following, so I would like to reintroduce myself.

My name is Grendel, and I like to cut things.

Don't worry, I'm talking purely from a hobby perspective. For me, the real joy of 40k comes from the assembling and modeling aspect. Painting and even playing 40k pales in comparison at times. Gimme a Dremel, X-acto, greenstuff, and glue, and I'm happy!

My passion is Chaos, though I find myself working on other armies at times. I'm responsible for the Death Guard posts on this site, and will hopefully be responsible for future Chaos Daemons post. Currently, I'm finishing the Death Guard army and working on a Black Legion army. So now that's out of the way, on to the post.

I borrowed an idea. Or stole it. It works either way. The Chaos Defiler is awesome in game, but I can't stand that model, and have always refrained from buying it. I saw plenty of conversion ideas for the kit and never really cared for them. I was going to proxy a Soul Grinder, then Oni showed me this. That friggin' rocks! Thank you, Amaximus, that is a truly awesome conversion! I hope to see it fully painted soon, and I promise not to steal anymore of your work!

In the above picture, the Defiler is armed with twin-linked reapers and flamer. The battle cannon is placed on top of the torso. It does have the front claws for the dread CC weapons.

What about those times when I am feeling Khorne-y? When I want to get up close and have more fun with four close combat arms?


Ah, magnets, you make my heart sing....
Some of you may notice the extended plating under the 'head'. Well, I was trying to be a little 'realistic' (yeah, I know, it's sci-fi and can be unrealistic) and figured the head seemed to jut out, looking a little vulnerable. The plate is on a hinge, so it can swing up and protect the Defiler's mug.

And a little size comparison next to a regular dread.

Things to do:

  • Greenstuff work, especially around the head plates.
  • Fix up the battle cannon, more cables, plating, etc.
  • Plating for the legs?
  • Front of the hull is plain between the claws. Need to think about that one.
  • Magnets on the face and face plate.
  • Black Legion on this one.
  • Listen to Oni compliment me on how cool my Defiler looks when it's marauding through his Space Marines :D


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