Another cultist stumbles in …

It has been a long time since I’ve stumbled in from the warp,  so … hi.  What with the holidays being upon us, it seems a good time to polish up my tentacles, extraneous external organs/lesions/so on and put in a December appearance with a finished model,  however humble and mundane in form, function, commonality, etc.*

My magnificent offering this time is a chaos cultist.  He bears a familial resemblance to this guy, to be sure.  In fact, he’s functionally identical at tabletop distances.  There are some variations however, which become apparent at painfully-close-to-eyeball distances, such different colored hoses, skin blotches, dangling gears, etc.

The new guy with his completed brothers.

My rate of cultist completion thus far has been one model every two years.  I know, not too shabby, huh?  🙂  At this rate I will have the entire mob completed by 2052 or so, maybe 2053 taking into account the extra effort that will probably be required for some of the fancier dudes like that guy with the pigsticker and the shotgun.

Rifle highlights work way better at a distance, I think.

I experimented a little on his arms (much more on the left arm) with a red wash and then blotching some flesh back onto it.  Wasn’t sure what I was going for exactly.  Maybe a tincture of Khorne, maybe a burn, maybe just some random mutation, maybe all or none of the above.

Happy Holidays!  Dropping in for a holiday visit.

Despite my long absence, a truism for me with gaming matters is that even if I stay away a long time it’ll never be forever, and this time is no exception.  I find the mild itch to pick up a paint brush returning, so I’ll probably pick away at a miniature that I friend asked me to paint for him, but it has been sitting hideously neglected with the rest for many months now.  May also work on another cultist so I don’t fall behind my Complete a Cultist Once Every Two Years schedule.  I’ll need to be very careful and nurture my fragile ambition/mild itch like a youthful canker in its first stages of bloom.  We’ll see what the future and the gods bring….

*  I thought I’d say my obligatory “how come I haven’t posted so long, busy, blah blah blah” explanation/bit for a parenthetical aside, rather than my opening paragraph.  I’ve found that since I started my new job (after many years of housewifery), back around the beginning of the year, the energy that went into my painting has now been going into the job.  So I haven’t been painting or playing miniature games much in general (except for the occasional Friday get-together with some friends and mostly we play board games when I’m there), and thus I haven’t been posting, this after all being a painting blog.

I might have to start posting some other aspects of my hobby life besides miniatures to keep this blog going, unless I revise my thinking of “going” to mean posting a picture of a completed miniature every 6 to 12 months as the mood strikes.

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Cultist for Azazel’s Challenge

I completed a second cultist to go along with this guy and also to complete Azazel’s Neglected Model Challenge.+  The idea is to finish at least one model that you started painting at least six months ago.  My Dark Vengeance guys certainly fill that bill.  I bought the box in 2012, as so many others did, started working on them and they have been scurrilously popping up in a primed and semi-painted state in games ever since.

Wonder what’s under that hood?

So this guy is the second completed cultist now.  I did a pretty heavy highlight job with Dawnstone on his rifle with the idea that it would be noticeable at tabletop distances.

For the skin this time, I went with something a little different than the recipe I used with the first cultist.  I based with Cadian Fleshtone, then washed with Gryphonne Sepia.  Highlighted with Cadian Fleshtone again, then Kislev Flesh and washed again with the sepia.

The red scarification or whatever on his right shoulder is Bloodletter wash, though I forget where in the process I applied it.  Probably after the highlight but before the final brown wash.  I almost decided to turn that sprue scar on his tricep into something, but in the end figured that it was unnoticeable at tabletop distances so I left well enough alone.

Painted Cultist One now has a colleague of sorts.

I used Rhinox Hide on his gaiter buttons, but that seemed to mostly disappear when I did a moderate to heavy dry brush of sand color onto his boots.  I probably won’t go back and fix it but moving forward with the other guys I’ll try and be aware of that issue when I’m dry brushing.

So this completes Azazel’s challenge, but I do have another horribly neglected (in more than one way as it turns out!) daemon miniature I’m almost done with.  I’ll post it along with this guy in a daring duo sort of group shot if I complete my daemon before the end of the month.  That miniature will be a sort of double threat in that not only will it count toward this challenge, but it can be seen as a species of plaguebearer and I plan on it counting for Squaduary as well.  Then it will proudly take its place in my swelling (in more than one way) ranks of Nurgle troops.

A slightly confused but ultimately effective advance of my Swelling Ranks.

A couple weeks later, tearing down a house to get at a vindicare assassin.

+  A warning to John and any others, who may be slightly sensitive to Nurgle-related posts that this post, while it may be primarily about a soldier with human elements, does contain some content that may possibly be Nurgle-related and involve posts about inappropriately happy zombie-like entities in oddly colored pants.  You have been warned!

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Dark Vengeance Cultist

So I’ve been squeezing in a few other models while I’ve been working on Becky the Bloat Drone, and one of them is my first Dark Vengeance cultist.  Considering how much I use these guys in games it is sort of shameful to let them linger unpainted so I finally made a start.

That cudgel doesn’t exactly look standard issue.

I decided upon my usual desert theme, then painted and based accordingly since this will go with my daemons.  I messed around with a bunch of washes on his one shoulder guard as a sort of a test for plague marine power armor.  Good job I did too, because while it is fine for this guy, I wouldn’t have liked it on my plague marines.  I guess that is why one does tests on guys like this.

Decided to go for yellow on his respirator tank to add some needed contrast to the model.  I’m finding the cultists useful for getting some experience painting skin that could conceivably be called human.

Need some steel wool to sort out that pistol, but it could be far worse.

Only 19 more to go and my Dark Vengeance cultists will a force to be reckoned with, Tide of Traitoring, Cult Ambushing, and so on their way to victory.  For now it is just this guy.  Occasionally squeezing one into the queue from time to time, I’ll probably have the unit done by 2022 or so.

Next time I’ll post another Bloat Drone update.  I should have the flesh more or less done by then.  I have a Herald of Nurgle-Poxbringer-Kromlech Chaos Spawn I need to put up here as well when I can as well.  I’ll use this guy with him for size comparison purposes.

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