Monday, 24 July 2017

The walking pox...

Hi guys - I've managed to get all my 20 pox walkers ready for paint. I couldn't resist getting the 6 man quick assemble box too, and I realised that with a few small conversions and the 6 additional guys, I had an opportunity to have 20 unique models - so thats what I did. I also removed almost every single horn on the pox walkers, since I disliked them - it gives them IMO an odd silhouette, and takes away from the creepiness of them. This I like much better. To hide the cuts, and give some extra texture, I glued on some micro beads from a Brita water filter. Great stuff for Nurgle, but it sure is a bitch to separate the beads from the active carbon they're mixed with. If anybody has any tips for an easy way to do it, I'm all ears. :)

Anyway, here they are:

Friday, 21 July 2017

Something new, something old, something rotten, something cold...

Hi guys - since the Dropbox debacle of march 2017, I've been really bitter about it - all my pics of all my projects, have been little red x's in every forum, blog and post on the web. I couldn't really find the motivation to get them up again, but a lot of you guys all over the forums have been asking, and I thought that I should get myself together and do something about it. I won't be able to reupload every single link to the forums, but I thought that I'd at least reupload the pictures of the projects here on the Bitter Old Painters blog. So, here they are - most of what I've been doing with grey plastic for the past 8 years, are collected in the new and improved...

Gallery of our projects

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Something wicked this way comes...

I'll just leave this hanging for now...

(very rough mockup - the head is just a placeholder, and I'm wondering if he should have legs or a "skirt")

Update! I'm on fire here:

What do you think of the lower body? To Mechanicus for Nurgle?

Update #2:

Another idea for the lower body:

Some ideas for the head: 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Some minor Plague Marine conversions...

Hi guys - today I'm showing off some minor plague marine conversions I've done. Since I got my hands on 2 sets of the Nurgle part of the starter set, I wanted to do some conversions - I'm not a fan of all the miniatures, and I wanted to do some tweaks. This way, when the (hopefully) 10 man multi part plague marine kit comes out, I have 11 marines already, giving me a grand total of three 7 man units - with no duplicates.

Without further ado, here they are:

First off - I really really hated the sorcerer. In my opinion, it's just a straight out horrible miniature. Kraut Scientist (of Eternal Hunt fame) seems to have made it right somehow, but from the first time I saw the Champion of the Plague Marine unit, I thought he'd make a much better sorcerer. Very simple conversion, just a few arm swaps (with a staff from the Blight Kings kit):

Also since I've got 2 Noxious Blightbringers, and doubt that I'll be using even one, I thought he is a great miniature, and with the addition of a power fist and the arm from the "grenade guy", he looks like an awesome champion. I also disliked the weird horns on the guy on the left, so I scraped them off, and reposed his left arm in a more dynamic open position:

Next up is my second plasma gunner, using the arms from the bolter "duplicate guy", so they would have different shoulder pads, and a head swap - I really prefer the MkIII helmets. The other guy is made using a leftover belly plate and the legs from the sorcerer, scraped free from the insect stuff - not sure about the head though:

Last up is my second champion, just a simple matter of grinding away the hooded head (still needs some greenstuff touchups), and putting on a disgusting, bloated bare head (I think it is an alternative head from the Glottkin kit). The last guy, on the right, is made using another "duplicate marine" body, the sorcers shoulder pads, a bolter scraped free from the left hand, the torso from the sorcerer, and a head from the blight kings. I really like this one:

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Pondering the colour scheme for my new Death Guard...

Hi guys - I've made two testers for my new Death Guard army, and I'm kind of torn between the green one, which is new to me, and the white one, which is a variant of the old one - which should I go for?

(obviously, details aren't done yet.)

Update: I've tweaked them both a bit - still very much in doubt; the white one is most clearly visible on the table, while I think it's a bit flat/boring when closely inspected. The green one is the opposite.

The tweaks I've made are some washes used a glazes, trying to get some warm and cool colours into the armour, and lightening the green one a bit.

Oh, and I managed to start a crazy conversion tonight, an idea that has been brewing in my head for some time - a BlightFiend! (Nurgle Forge Fiend)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A bit of progress on the Nurgle Dread;

I've managed to get it all glued together, add a lot of armour, bits and pieces and tubing, thanks to my indispensable tube tool.

I'm really liking where this is going - much more steampunkish and ramshackle than my usual style, but I like it. Next up - battle damage and weathering!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ramshackle, filthy and disgusting...

Now, what is this? A new edition of 40k is upon us, and seeing the new incredible Death Guard miniatures that'll come with the new starter, I got all inspired to reboot my lovely Zombies-in-Power-Armour™. I'm also very excited to see what else they have in store, as there seems to be more plague marines in the teaser video (probably multi part boxed set) and, wait for it... Terminators! Proper Death Guard Terminators!

Anyway, I started rummaging through my bits boxes last night, and cobbled this together - it's very rough and just a mockup, but I think it would be cool to make this new project a lot more ramshackle, and torn up, than my last DG army. I'm especially trying to incorporate more asymmetry than I'm used to, which is a bit of a challenge, since I'm used to creating balance in my miniatures - however, the asymmetry gives a certain aesthetic, which I really like.

Lastly, following the new style of the new minis, I'll use a lot less "chaos trim" than I've previously done, which is a bit of a relief - it takes forever to paint and sculpt, and I think the minis look all the cleaner for it. This guy will get some of the trim removed as well:

Update: I've made a few changes, especially the sarcophagus armour, and begun sticking him together for real:

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A bit of progress on the Nurgle Trolls

So I've managed to actually slap some paint on my trolls. Having a dedicated painting station makes it so much easier to just paint 30 - 60 minutes each night, and they're suddenly done! I'm pretty close to completing them, they just need some rust and gore, but they'll get that after varnish.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A billion links on the internet cried out in terror - and it was done.

Grr... Dropbox actually did it. They disabled every public link ever made on dropbox. Which is why most of the images on this blog is now little squares with x's in them. I can't believe they actually did it. 6-7 years worth of links - destroyed. It would take hundreds of hours to hunt down every single link on every forum and website I've posted on. I don't know what to do about it, so for the moment it will have to stay as is. I will try to find a solution, and in the meantime, let me give you this advice: Stay the hell away from Dropbox.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

It lives! ... And I'm finally about to get some hobby time again.

As you may remember, the last few months have been spent with me and the missus moving into our new home, our dream house. It's been rough, there's no two ways around it - packing 88 boxes with our entire life in it, and spending every waking hour packing, unpacking, painting (walls, not miniatures) and getting into place - but it's been totally worth it. Now we're just about settled in, and it. is. AWESOME.

My wife (bless her) has given me a most amazing man cave (well, given me permission to occupy a nice and large room in the basement - same thing), so I've been spending some time settling in there too. I've finally gotten a dedicated painting/converting table, which is great, after having spent the last 7 or 8 years I've been doing this, using the dining table, and cleaning up after every session. It's going to be really nice being able to leave the table in the middle of a project, and getting back to it too.

Anyway, I've managed to put in a couple of hours here and there on the Soul Grinder, and it's starting to come together. Very WIP, but getting there. Hopefully some more updates soon.