A couple of my gaming friends have been cleaning out their garages, attics, basements, cupboards, etc. and giving me models they purchased back decades ago but never got around to doing anything with. The plague marines below are three such models. Someday I’d like to collect up the entire set of seven.
A little poking around revealed that my diminutive but ancient astartes date back to Rogue Trader times and are detailed in the book Realm of Chaos. Given the general zeitgeist of the 41st Millennium this makes them powerful indeed since we all know that anything really old is better than the new stuff. New stuff, for the most part after all, is simply old stuff that has been rediscovered.
After I cleaned up them a little with blade and file, I noticed that the existing bases were crumbling to pieces in my hands. (Sort of oddly fitting for Nurgle, don’t you think?) So I epoxied my lovelies onto some new bases. I was going to go with the new fangled 32mm, which is what plague marines are supplied with now, but after thinking about it I opted for 25mm because I decided to use the same size bases that were originally supplied by Games Workshop when the models were new.
Switching rusty gears a bit, I also want to give a few individuals, from this mob of plaguebearers I completed back in February, their oh so brief moment in the spotlight so here is this daemon. Her multi-hued horn indicates this was one I completed after reading the January 2018 White Dwarf with their much appreciated focus on Nurgle.
The sword was the product of many different experiments, which all pretty much ended unsuccessfully, so I threw on a bunch of coats of black ink, some bright green highlights, ended with Nuln Oil Gloss and called it a day. Pretty basic looking, but I’m happy with it.
The meat to this particular daemon are of course her posterior bits as you can see here. My mob consists of two identical boxes of plaguebearers and while I took care to try and mix the heads and arms, I wanted some of the second batch to have some features not included in the kit. So when I had a little left over kneaded green stuff from something else, I dug up a couple of mysterious spiky bits from that Bag of Endless Spikey Bits most of us acquire and just sort of cobbled something together with no particular plan.
I’m almost done with my Poxbringer aka Herald of Nurgle from the Start Collecting set, so I’ll probably feature him next time. I’m not sure where that will leave my current poxbringer, Urnafortunus. I’m sure that my forces can handle having two poxbringers, no doubt at delightfully cross purposes, or perhaps my named worthy can learn the ways of the Scrivener and use that big mouth and even bigger fist to make sure my festering legions step lively into battle.
I’m also working on finishing another poxwalker and plan to reprime the old school plague marines since we are getting some excellent priming weather these days here in central California.