Poetry and Painting Helper

This has proven a busy (in a good way) past few days.  I heard back from Dragon Soul Press yesterday.  I sent them some of my poetry for their upcoming anthology, Organic Ink, Volume 2, which is currently due to come out around the end of 2019.*  

I’m pleased to say that my work is going to appear in the anthology, and they sent me this graphic.  The book, I’m told, is going to be available in both electronic and physical formats, as the picture below suggests.

I’m particularly pleased the editors decided to use the longish poem that I wrote as a retelling of the Pandora’s Box myth, The War of the Jar. The idea came, in part, from reminding myself of Hesiod’s five ages of humanity from Works and Days.  My poem was set in his third age where (as Hesiod reports), Zeus created a “race, sprung from ash trees; and it was in no way equal to the silver age, but it was terrible and strong.”

So I am thinking that I might extend things and do some other poetry for Hesiod’s other four ages too.  Although I was never a particular fan of the Pandora myth, since I first heard it as a wee one in the late 1960’s, I am a fan of Hesiod’s Five Ages, which evokes for me vibrations of Conan and the Drums of Tombalku, mixed with a little H.P. Lovecraft, various romantics, and a dash of Blake and maybe Milton.

Probably a faster painter than I am, even without thumbs!

I haven’t sallied forth onto the painting front for quite awhile, but I decided to brave the Plateau of Unpainted Models (possibly near Leng?) and pick away at a poxwalker I got about half done and then left to its own devices a few months ago.

I stepped away for a few minutes and when I came back I found I had a painting helper, who had no intention of moving from her spot.  (Maybe the plateau is in fact nearer Ulther than Leng?)

In any case, between the two of us we made some good progress on our poxwalker and hope to finish #17 this weekend.  I went to see the new Rambo movie this weekend with my husband, and afterwards bought some Plaguebearer Flesh contrast paint to experiment with on old #17.**


*  As a reader, I’m planning on checking out DSP’s story anthology, Coffins & Dragons, which as I understand features stories that have both vampires and dragons in the same tale.  At a mighty 620 pages, it is quite a hefty tome and will keep me busy for awhile, I’m sure.

**  I think poxwalkers like it when you experiment on them; at least I think they try and get into the spirit of the thing.  Still, I think it is fast approaching the time we should bring the experiment to a happy conclusion.  After all, I have been working on the wretched mob since the Dark Imperium boxed set first arrived, over two years ago now!

 

Keeper of the Emerald Pox

I thought I’d put up some pictures of the mob leader of these plaguebearers I completed back in March.  This daemon bears the honorific Keeper of the Emerald Pox because she was the first one I tried it out on, even if she wasn’t the first miniature I finished bearing that disease.  Either way, the emerald pox has become one of my favorite maladies because I like the way it looks and the ease of application or infection, if you will.

Having a laugh with her (mostly) cheerful compatriots as they march toward victory!

 

Make sure you get my good side!

 

In the meantime I’m picking away at a few random neglected models for the current iteration of Azazel’s Neglected Model challenge for May 2018.  My plan is to get at least one model done by the end-of-month deadline.  So far the most promising candidate is an ork tankbusta I started in (maybe) 2015, though I’m also hopeful about finishing another one of my horribly neglected cultists as well.

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Plaguebearer With Banner

This is a closer look at the lucky and honored standard bearer from the mob of twenty plaguebearers I recently completed.+  At this point I should probably issue a Nurgle Warning:  there are one or two icky pictures if you continuing scrolling down.  Gifts of our generous Grandfather are not for the overly faint of hear- … er, stomach!

I tried to do a whole Cycle of Existence thing with the banner, where you have birth and life transitioning to various stages of decay and finally death what with Nurgle not just being exclusively all about the aforementioned death and decay as many (or at least some) of the uninitiated believe.

I put this model together and after the glue dried I noticed that one of its horns was pressed up against the bell in an awkward way.  I tried filing it down a little and didn’t like the results.  So I cut about halfway through the offending horn with some cutters and then tore it off.  I was going for a jagged break rather than the clean slice of the elegant Slaanesh Xacto knife.

Gives new meaning to talking out the side of your mouth.

I originally tried an experiment where I painted his belly teeth black.  It seemed good in my mind but I don’t think it worked out well at all on the model.  So I redid the teeth in a lighter color and then used some rust washes, with a final bit of blood and Nurgle’s rot.  The mouth doesn’t really stand out on the model at a distance, but I don’t want it to.  I like how it looks close up though.  The focal point of this guy should be the banner.  With that in mind I kept the plague sword kind of basic too.

“They’re not good dancers they don’t play drums … “

I’m really quite pleased with how the pile of worms on the base turned out.  So much so that I ended up putting a bunch of them on my Great Unclean One’s base when I put her together.  When you collect Nurgle, you are never at a shortage for nurglings nor little piles of intestinal parasites, though with the size of these beauties I’m thinking someone’s intestines had a little transformation and decided to go on crawl-about.

A somewhat confused but ultimately effective advance vs. an IG gun line.

So next time I’m hoping to put up a couple of pictures of a pink horror I painted as the first of a squad of ten to go with the brimstone and blue horrors I finished some time ago, who are now veterans of many a desperate battle.  I’m also working on another cultist as well, and the last odd plaguebearer that will finish off the ones from my Start Collecting box.

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+  Twenty-two if you count the metal skeleton snake undead bit box thingie and the ancient Sebelex the Devourer!

Plaguebearer Mob Grows by Two

I got two more plaguebearers done over the the holiday weekend for the February Squaduary Painting Challenge.  This brings me to three complete of the ten I need to get done by the end of the month to have a legal squad, and ten of twenty to fulfill my own Cloud of Flies Codicil to the challenge.

“What doesn’t kill us can still cause hairballs!”

I am feeling confident because while I work to get one or two daemons completed, I pick away at the others so the rest of the necessary mob lingers in a not-done-but-work-well-underway-state.

I noticed a couple of bits of cat hair fuzz on the daemon with two horns after I took the pictures.  If it had been anything other than Nurgle I probably would have retaken the pictures or edited the hair out, but one effect of being ensconced in the way of the Lord of Plagues is an (un)healthy disregard for such things.  So I shrugged and said, “Meh, what can you do?  A little hair never hurt anyone.”

I think Rhino Plaguebearer likes the black sword too.

A closer look at a bit of an experiment with a black sword.  The idea was to use minimum highlighting and dry brushing so there are some very light highlights and it isn’t just solid black up close.  Also used some AK brand Corrosion Texture to give the blade that gravelly look.  I didn’t use a sealer on the sword so I’ll be curious to see how the gravel stands up over time on a gaming miniature.

Sporting some nice Emerald Pox and Blue Bloat.

This time I decided to experiment with a mild case of Blue Bloat.  I used several coats of Drakenhof Nightshade and then some Glossy Nuln Oil in the folds, since I wanted to go for a dry look.  I finished with a bit of a sand-colored drybrush on the feet, which I’ve been doing for my daemons and others lately.

My plan is to knock out the rest of my needed plaguebearers over the next week, and posting them as they are completed to keep myself motivated to finish on the right side of the challenge.  I am also almost done with my one miniature to complete Azazel’s Complete a Neglected Model Challenge and will post a picture as soon as he is done as well.

Three Poxwalkers and a Friend

I recently finished poxwalkers seven through nine of the regulation twenty.  I broke with the tradition of working on identical pairs and included the guy in the center, who doesn’t seem to know which end of a rifle to point at the enemy.  Let’s hope he did better in life than in unlife.  I imagine not or he wouldn’t be in this present fine fix! *

I am continuing with the idea of doing ten green ones wearing orange and ten red ones wearing yellow.  The somewhat turquoise bits are a mixture of Nurgle’s Rot and Nihilakh Oxide.  The white is the ubiquitous Nurgle’s Rot watered down with Skull White to a curdled milk texture.  Otherwise more of what I’ve been doing with slight experiments and variations far too cunning and subtle for my cell phone camera or my CPC photography skills.  Fortunately the Ruinous Powers know all and see all! **

The poxwalkers’ smile is contagious; even the skeletal snake thingie looks happy.

I found the skeletal miniature in a game store bits box. It had never been painted, but looked pretty old and I thought it was neat so I decided it was a worthy addition to my forces, daemonic and otherwise.  I did a little poking around online and couldn’t find my skeletal worthy anywhere.  If anyone knows anything about the production details, I’d appreciate any information you can kindly provide.

The tentacles evoke an earthworm vibe for me.  Yummy!

I have some other stuff done, that I haven’t taken pictures of yet. Still working on the mate to the poxwalker holding his rifle backwareds, and I’m one plaguebearer away from having a unit of ten, and I’ve slipped some cultists into the daemon queue for variety. After all today’s cultists are tomorrow’s poxwalkers and plaguebearers, aren’t they not?

Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

++ Thought for the Day:  Those who Hate most love Nurgle Best. ++


* John, you can’t say we didn’t give you fair Nurgle Warning this time because here is it. Enjoy your morning tea!
** “Ruinous” so far as the lapdogs of a corpse emperor holding impotent sway over a dying empire of ignorance are concerned, and rightfully so, at least according to the skeletal snake, who has proven to be very talkative. The plaguebearers have taken to calling him The New Guy or Frasier, though I’m not sure why so far as the latter nickname goes. They won’t tell me as it seems to be some sort of inside joke. Nurgle daemons love their inside jokes!

Three More Plaguebearers

So I’ve made some more progress on my plaguebearers.  These are four through six of the ten daemon mob I’m working on.

I originally was trying an experiment out with Nuln Oil Gloss with Rhinoceros Guy here, but it went awry so I ended up slathering a bunch of blood on his torso and calling it a day.  Perhaps one too many bolter rounds in the heart?

In any case it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down too much. Same bleeding plaguebearer from the back. Scout snipers won’t have too much trouble tracking him!

This was my first go at one of the mob, who has a nurgling companion, though I think ‘tormentor’ might be a better word.  The intestine the sprite is pulling on didn’t quite match up to the daemon so I made another overlapping intestine out of green stuff.  Seemed like it worked out ok.

Not too much to say about this guy other than when I thought of the children’s book Horton Hears a Who when I first started painting him.  (Probably the trunk.)  I gave him the Orange Pox, which is just an orange dry brush on the warts and some rust washes.  I favor his yellow toenails though I’m not sure why yet.

Views from the back of Horton and the guy getting his intestines played with.  Rhino Guy seems like what he is seeing, which is kind of nice.  For next time perhaps a couple more pox walkers and either the plaguebearer with the fly head, or an old metal model I found in a store bits box.

I’m also working one of the worthy pink horrors, who has been soldiering along for quite a long time now with its fellows in an shameless unpainted state.  I imagine it has quite tired of the jibes and taunts from the fully painted brimstone and blue horrors.  It ain’t easy being a daemon.

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Bucking for Herald

So I finished up my third plaguebearer the other day.  The first thing that struck me were the three beady eyes.  “How cute!” I exclaimed.  That was when I noticed the face grinning up at me out of her stomach.  That’s when I knew I was talking to no ordinary plaguebearer, assuming there is such a thing.

She has a lot going on.  Originally I did the belly face with some dark shades, but changed my mind a few times and decided I wanted it to stand out from a distance.  So I settled on yellow with a healthy dose of slime, especially around the mouth.

I’m also rather pleased with how the yellow puddle on the base and on her lower torso came out.  I mixed wood glue with a bit of bright yellow paint, Italian seasoning, ground ginger, and some of my husband’s dandruff.  Sealed it with varnish as a preservative and so she wouldn’t make my whole army smell like a plate of spaghetti with ginger.

I call this stuff going on with her arm Emerald Pox.  I’m using it on some other plaguebearers and in the spirit of such entities I am keeping a catalog of diseases so I want to mention how I did it here.  Too often I do something, want to do it again later on, and have the reinvent the wheel because I’ve forgotten.

Started out with a wash of Biel-Tan Green, heavier where the concentrations of pustules are greater.  Then I picked out each boil with Moot Green.  Simple, and pretty too.  I’m inclined to make a gift of this disease to my other lovelies and who knows, if I get ambitious maybe some cultists or lucky guardsmen.

Here, on the left leg we have a nicely developing case of Black Bloat.  I only vaguely remember how I did this one.  I think I started out with Nuln Oil, then a modest amount of Leviathan Purple.  I also used a small amount of Asurmen Blue, and finally carefully applied some Nuln Oil Gloss around the folds.  I used the older washes instead of their new counterparts because they were at hand and I’m trying to use them up.

I think that I might have gone a little overboard.  I tried to resist but I couldn’t and finished off with the final touch being the much desired and arcane Mark of Ann.  I think the Kromlech “Morbid Spawn” languishing miserably in my paint queue might be in trouble because this young lady is apparently bucking for herald!

Happy Samhain all!

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Two Poxwalkers and a Plaguebearer

I decided to add some Nurgle to my painting queue, after spending a fair amount of time completing first the brimstone and then the blue horrors. Once I am done with these, only Slaanesh will remain to complete my goal of having a troop choice for each of the four gods.

I have never painted anything like this before, though I found it pretty simple for the most part. The black blotch on the base is the result of an experiment, which somehow went wrong. I’m not even sure what I was trying to achieve, but one fortunate thing about plaguebearers is that a mysterious pile of Black Whatever doesn’t really diminish them at all. As the painter Bob Ross used to like to say, “A happy little accident!” At least I tell myself that.

I put together all of the Death Guard guys from the Dark Imperium box set, so I thought I should paint some of them as well.  All grist for the Plague God’s mill after all.

Here we have two poxwalkers, which are essentially zombies. Two identical sets of ten come in the boxed set, so I decided to paint them a bit differently for variety and in the unlikely event I ever want to use them as two squads of ten.

I like the miniatures, though my preference is for a darker theme. Their “rictus death grins” look more like manic evil clown grins. A small point though. Perhaps I’ve been binge watching too much Fear the Walking Dead lately?

I might put the poxwalker with the yellow pants back in the paint queue to take care of one small detail.  There is a maggot coming out of his mouth, which I painted like all the rest, but it is close enough to the color of the zombie’s teeth where it doesn’t look quite right to me.  So perhaps I’ll adjust the maggot some to fix that.

I’m finishing up another plaguebearer and two more poxwalkers.  I’m also in the middle of an experiment with a pink horror.  Not sure how that is going to turn out.  Perhaps it’ll have the Honour of being the template for a whole unit though just as likely it could suffer the ignominy of the Simple Green tub.  The gods are fickle!

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Tentacles for the All Father!

I painted some terminators a couple of years ago now. They were re-purposed Assault on Black Reach models I inherited, and then I magnetized the arms that weren’t already cemented on. So right in time for our last game I finished a magnetized Power Tentacle arm!

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I did the crux terminatus  on the shoulder pad a little differently this time too. When I first painted them I conceived that these guys were sort of “no nonsense” and went for a basic color scheme. So their armor is mechanicus standard gray with a black ink wash with the crux being the old charadon granite color. Looks ok, I guess, when you look at it three inches from your eyeball but on the table, when one is playing, it blends in too much and the whole model seems like maybe they are taking their spartan aesthetics just a bit too far.

So for the power tentacle pad I used fenris blue, drowned it in black ink, then relayered with blue.  Highlighted with a bit of lothern blue and then a touch of white.  I thought this might be a bit more noticeable and add a bit of color and interest while preserving my original ideas.  I probably won’t bother to go back and redo the old guys, but going forward I think I like the new crux much better.

 

 

 

Here Come the Thunderwolves!

I recently finished painting my second thunderwolf cavalry model the other day.  As cavalry goes, these guys are perhaps a little unusual, but I thought it might be fun to include an iconic weapon of mounted warriors — the lance.  There are no pole arms of any kind that come in the kit, so I took one from a box of amazons produced by Wargames Factory.  I thought about buying some brass rod to make my own, but I had the plastic pike on hand so I decided to use it.

Charge!

For the weapon arm, I used a generic space marine arm that is meant to hold a bolter.  I drilled a hole through it for the lance and used a magnet for the entire arm assembly.  The magnetized arm seemed to me like it would serve several uses.  Being able to remove the arm would make transporting the model to games easier with less likelihood of breaking the lance haft.  Secondly, I can switch it out for a different weapon if I want.  Last and most important, I can pose the arm so I can point the lance in dramatic fashion whenever this guy makes his charge.

“‘From hell’s heart I stab at thee!” and all of that sort of thing.

This is the first thunderwolf I completed quite awhile ago now.  I magnetized his plasma pistol arm and will probably paint up a storm shield arm at some point as another option.  I’ve run him a few times as a wolf guard battle leader, the alpha of a large pack of fenrisian wolves.  Now all I have to do is get a third one painted and I’ll have a minimum-sized, legal unit!

On the move! Swarming past a slightly confused warboss.