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Man O’War Day

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Phase one o’ the Man O’ War project be culminatin’ in a series o’ miniscule nautical engagements. The accompanyin’ document be full ter the gunnels o’ images fer illustrative purposes.

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Man O’ War Plaguefleet: The Seventh Sons

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Traveling Circus

I went to Nottingham a little while ago for a gaming weekend.  One of the highlights was the opportunity to play some Mordheim with my Carnival of Chaos/Circus of Corruption.  If you can endure the pretty dodgy photography, then you can see a number of weird miniatures looking for treasure and beating up vampires with gym equipment.

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Circus of Corruption 2

Eleven more Circus of Corruption figures, from Old School Miniatures.

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My Army in White Dwarf #259

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White Dwarf #259

A blast from the past today.
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Plaguebearers

Some of my old 40k stuff today.  Plaguebearer Nurgle daemons.

Plaguebearers are Nurgles tallymen, embodying the futility of mortal existence by constantly making lists and categorising myriad life matters which cannot be measured.  Just like me.

Plaguebearers all bear the signs of rot and decay in addition to monocular vision and a horn (occasionally more than one).  Usually they are portrayed in brownish greens, like everything Nurgle tends to be.  I broke from the norm and chose to tie my plaguebearers colour scheme to my Sin Eaters marines.

In that era 40k daemons were summoned into play, popping into existence when certain game criteria are reached (its probably done similarly in current 40k, but I dont know for sure).

In an effort to make my figures unique and to tie them into sci-fi rather than fantasy Warhammer I added cybernetic elements to a number of the figures.

Conceptually I see those as bits of junk that coalesce into usable forms along with the daemon itself (being unliving embodiments of decay and all that).  If you imagine Tetsuo fusing with surrounding mechanical objects towards the end of Akira then you are on the right track.

Mainly I did it because I thought that it would be a fun project to make some goofy demon figures into cyborgs, ’cause I like cyborgs more than demons.

The figures are a mix of six of the original plaguebearers from the eighties, plus four of the nineties guys.  It is easy enough to tell which are which I think.

The cyborg weapon elements are all Necromunda Pit Slave parts, plus an old Warlord titan chainfist.

My favourite pair of these goofy freaks are shown in the first and final photo.  One guy has had his eye replaced with the screen from an Imperial auspex, complete with EEG style readout.  He also had a piece from a radar dish glued to his back.

The other guy has a rifle sight in place of his eye.  He also has a backpack with an aerial and a Nurgle symbol on it.  Far out.

 

The paint job is quite cartoony, aided and abetted by the comical sculpts and ludicrous bionics.  I like the look, even though they might jar a little with some more “serious” looking 40k figures (although at the time of writing Space Wolves mounted on wolves from space have just been released and even they are not as silly looking as the preposterously poorly conceived Dreadknight).

The plaguebearers have featured in very few games.  I once used them in a day long mini campaign and then in casual home games a couple of times.  They were always lacklustre in rules terms in those days.

I plan to use them for some skirmish games using Inquisitorial retinues and the like at some stage, hopefully during the next couple of years.  I might have them lead by Judge Mortis some time too: I can see Dredd Hi-Ex-ing a few of these guys.

Sin Eater Rhino APC #1

Front and Top

Space Marines (and Chaos SMs) should always have a few Rhino APCs in my opinion.  Regardless of whatever is in vogue in terms of army selection for games, a mechanised column of Marines is just a cool image I think.

Front 3/4 View

My Sin Eaters ended up with three Rhinos, the first of which is here.  This Rhino was usually used to transport a Squad of Plague Marines.  This was the second Rhino that I assembled and subsequently become known as the “jacuzzi rhino”. 

Front View

While I still like the first Rhino that I put together (photos to follow eventually) it was pretty austere by the standards of most Chaos vehicles.  Although I deliberately played down much of the more baroque aesthetic that tends to be ladled all over most Chaos armies that I have ever seen, I did get a little carried away with this vehicle in particular. 

Port Side View

In fact as the army went on everything got more baroque really.  Still, I dont think that it looks as silly as the myriad of vulgarly overburdened Chaos armies out there.  Many are so covered in spikes and skulls and impaled bodies etc that the shapes of the models get so indistinct as to ruin the entire look.  IMO, naturally.

Rear View

The concept for this vehicle is silly but sort of fun: Nurgle is synonymous with corruption, illness, rot and bodily fluids and so I decided to make the tank look like it is filled with snot. A very adult approach I am sure you will agree.

Starboard Side View

When putting together an army for whatever reason it is important to have a few centrepieces.  Personally for armies I think that usually the most important thing is a sense of uniformity in the colour scheme.  That can lead potentially too uniform / potentially bland overall look and so it is important to have a few things that draw the eye.  While the conversion of this Rhino was not particularly difficult to do it has over the years probably been the one thing that most observers point out in the army.

Top Down Front View

Top Down Rear View (note the Nurgling swimming with the marine)

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