So I’ve been hard at work at the Infection Vats on my plaguebearers. I’ve set myself the magnificent (and attainable) goal of completing a legal squad for the February Squaduary Painting Challenge from Stepping Between Games.
Additionally, I have decided to institute a Cloud of Flies Codicil to the challenge, which is that I want to reach an overall total of at least twenty completed plaguebearers by the end of the month. If I complete both the challenge and codicil I have no doubt that my minions, toadies, and other assorted parasites will see fit to “spontaneously” petition Nurgle’s Garden to name a new disease after me in a manner that befits my dignity as a mighty Chaos Lady. +
The Fly Guy here doesn’t count toward the Squaduary Challenge because he is one of the daemons I started work on before February. He is my eighth completed so he represents some progress toward the Cloud of Flies.
He would have been done sooner except that I’ve been going through a spate of dropping work-in-progress miniatures so I broke Fly Guy’s sword. I tried to glue it back together a few times until I finally decided to do what you see here. I’m not sure if he is looking at it and saying, “What have you done to my beautiful rusty sword?” Maybe he’s decided he is going to take up Florentine fighting or perhaps just huck the broken tip at whoever gets a little too close for comfort. In any case, I feel like I’ve successfully made maggots of marmalade, so moving on….
Mouthy here represents the first plaguebearer I’ve completed that counts toward Squaduary. I have found some of the tips in the recent Nurgle-themed White Dwarf useful, which I followed in painting the horns. I had been leaving them the same color as the body in the past. I like the new horn look enough that I’m probably going to paint the next nine the same way.
I gave Mouthy a sling from the Wargamesfactory Amazons kit, which I bought a few years ago. I started to paint it in a conventional, leather style but it occurred to me that it would be keen to have the weapon appear to be made of guts. The little bag holds an extra sling bullet or two, and is held in place by nimble flaps of grasping skin. I decided to have the bag look more conventional so as not to draw the eye away from the sling.
So for next time it’ll be (you guessed it) more plaguebearers and I’ll be posting a bit more often through the end of February so I can finish on the right side of the challenge.
+ I thought I’d better include that last bit just in case the work-in-progress nurglings talk my well-meaning but easily influenced greater daemons into something silly. It has happened before!