Friday, 13 December 2013

The Rot Takes Hold... Nurgle and a scratch-built beastie...

Hi everyone,
I haven't forgotten about the blog. I've been busy with family, friends and roleplay over the last couple of months.

I've done some bits and bobs of hobby work, but nothing that seemed that blog-worthy...
Until now...

Last week I had a friend coming over for a few games of our often waylaid Warhammer escalation that we had started. After looking at my current forces I realised that I wasn't feeling the drive to work on any of them at that time. So I looked through my hobby supplies to see if I could knock together a quick 500pt force of something different. I found some unopened boxes of Deamons, so I grabbed the book off the shelf and came up with this:

:Daemons of Chaos 500pt list:

1 Herald of Nurgle, lvl 1 wizard.
20 Plaguebearers of Nurgle, full command, banner of swiftness.
1 Beast of Nurgle

Here are the Herald and unit the of Daemons:

I know, nothing exciting. They're pretty much stock with a couple of minor conversions. I played around with some textures and stuff on the bases, which I'm hoping to paint in a warped swamp style.

The main problem with my list is that I didn't actually own a Beast of Nurgle. So I had a look through my bits-boxes and scratch built one. For once I remembered to take a few pictures as I worked.

Here are some step-by-step images of how I created my Beast:

1. The armature:
I used a Carnifex head and carapace I had lying in my bits-box. I used a heat-gun (donated to my hobby tools by my lovely other half) to soften and bend the edges of the carapace around the head. Then the pieces were attached to a bent wire, I used tin-foil to build up the bulk of the armature and mounted it all onto a 40mm square base.

2. Fleshing out and main details:
I used a thin skin of green-stuff to bulk out the miniature and to provide a better surface to sculpt over.
Using more spare Tyranid parts, some ammo feeds which I used to create the flesh sacks and tentacles of the beast.

I removed the horns from the head and carved out some holes for the eyes I wished to add later. The stingers were from some spare Lizardman parts I believe and the tongue was a Skink tail.

3. Detailing:
Green-stuff was used to blend the different pieces together. At this stage I also started to sculpt some of the larger details like the open wounds/ruptures in the flesh and the exposed innards.

I had made a press-mould from the skull pits on my Realm of Battle boards, I used this to create the details running down the back of the beast.

Steel ball-bearings were used for the new eyes, I went for three in a similar pattern to the Mark of Nurgle.

4. Final details and finishing:
At this stage I just blended all the pieces together, sculpted finer details like folds in the skin. added pustules with green-stuff and balls from a water filter. Then liquid green-stuff was used to smoothly blend and bring it all together. I added a plastic Nurgling whilst I was basing the miniature too.

The miniatures are in a semi-painted state right now, I'll post a follow-up when they are a bit nearer completion.

That's all for now, take care.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Back to painting... 10 months is too long...

My other half forced me to sit down and just paint something, because I haven't painted any miniatures for over 10 months.

So I chose this figure, a Grey Maiden from the Reaper Pathfinder line.

Just something to relax into and blow the dust off.

It's a little rough around the edges, but I'm happy to call it done as tabletop standard.
She may be the first member of a Song of Blades and Heroes warband.

I've had quite a long hobby slump, but I'm trying to combat that.
One of the main reasons is I like to paint socially and so do some of my friends and we're trying to get back into doing our hobby time as a group thing.

The blog has suffered for my lapse and I'm still deciding whether I want to carry it on or to seperate some my interests into another blog. I'm a little OTT when it comes to moving stuff around until it feels right.
I'm organising my hobby space right now and may get back to uploading soon.


Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Van Saar Pictures... Finally...

No excuses, it's been far too long since my last post...

I apologise... Life happened.

This post is pretty much going to be a big pic-dump of the images I promised to show in my last post.

At the time I worked on this gang I had been rather ill, I was delirious for about a week at some point during that time and my recollection is a little foggy.

I didn't manage to get my photography set-up sorted out and had to make do snapping a load of shots minutes before the miniatures were picked up. Here are some pictures I deemed good enough to post after going through a lot of really bad ones... Seriously, I took about 150 pics and these were the best I could salvage, the quality is not that brilliant (sorry...).

When I was originally approached to paint the figures I was asked to paint them the same as the ones in the Necromunda book. But to be honest with you, I frickin' hate that lime-green colour scheme. I wanted to paint them to suit their underhive environment, something dark and industrial, not quite camouflage, but near enough.

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I went for a dark grey for the majority of their body-suits with a grimy industrial yellow for the secondary colour. On a whim I painted the weapons a military drab green because I thought it would tie in with the Van Saar background as mass producers of weaponry for the Imperial armies, I was quite pleased with the look. other details were painted in a leathery brown or gunmetal.

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The bases have quite a bit going on. Lots of debris/detritus with more chances to paint some more of the yellow accent colour and some orangey rusted parts. I didn't want to have the figure just blend into their bases and thought the additional colour would help them "pop" a little.

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What I was essentially given at the start of the commission was two sets of the basic gang and given license to do as I wished regarding conversions etc. So I tried to give a bit more variety in choice when playing the gang. You may notice in the pictures that I converted one heavy to have a flamer instead of the stock heavy-stubber, I used the plastic flamer and tank from the Cadian sprue for this.

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I converted the duplicate gang-leader model to have a grenade-launcher (from the same Cadian set) so he could be used as a leader with a different weapon choice, or even as an alternative heavy model.

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I had to get a little creative with all the duplicate ganger miniatures to make them easier to identify if they were used together on the tabletop. I decided to do this with the paint job, every duplicate model has a different hair colouration so that they can be told apart at a glance. This is the same throughout the gang, leaders, heavies, gangers and juves. The juves also had a couple of minor weapon swaps to vary them.

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The commission also had a little side one tacked on. I had to paint up some Ratling snipers that could be used as hired-guns with the gang. I had fun painting these little guys up, I went for a more military uniform/camo look to these and used a lighter grey for the main colour. They look different yet compliment the colour of the main gang. I was really pleased with the camouflage on the cloaked figure. The figures have some built-in pieces on some of the bases, I painted these to match the main gang bases too. (not much more to say about them, so I'll just dump more images.)

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Well... That's, that... I finally got around to doing "something" around here...

I have amassed a shocking amount of images over the last decade, I've managed to put a dent into the organising of them, but it's most likely going to be a side job among the many other things I've got to do.

I'll not estimate when I'll next post... My last one was way off.

But it's nice to be back.

Take care,


Thursday, 23 May 2013

I'm here, just working behind the scenes...

Hello everyone, it's been some time since I put up any hobby articles on the blog.
I apologise for that, but it's been the furthest thing from my mind for some time.

As a bit of a placeholder I'm posting this image from a Necromunda Van Saar gang I did as a commission for a friend:

I worked on this commission around the start of the year but there's just been so much going on I haven't had time to dedicate to any updates.
In my next post I will upload several more images of the above gang and go into a little more detail.

Right now I'm in the process of organising my image folders on my computer. I have been putting it off for a long time, but it seriously needs doing.
I'm also looking into hosting my images elsewhere, I don't think Photobucket is ideal for me. I may just end up using Picasa/Google+ and try to keep all my things/profiles tied together a little better. I'll see how that goes, I don't really know what it's like for ease of use and accessibility when someone wants to browse my albums and such.

So... I shall be back pretty soon once I've made headway with some of this work.

Until then, take care.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Nurgles Melting Pot

Many, Many apologies for the period of silence...
I really haven't had much "me" time recently...
You would not believe how many illnesses 4 children can circulate within a family unit...
It's been a very rough couple of months.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Busy,busy, busy...

Hello everyone,
as you may have noticed I finished with the moving of posts and deletion of my other blog.

I've been busying myself with several things right now none of which have been terribly exciting, first is this:

Rescuing and stripping the paint from quite a load of my old miniatures languishing at the bottom of my bits-box.

The second thing I've been working on is:

These are two of the four skirmish boards that I started back here at the bottom of this post: Paste Table Gaming Boards.
These two have had polystyrene sheet inserted into them and then uneven ground carved into it, now I'm just waiting for the texture paint to dry before I can work on them further.

They are going to be painted/textured for a slightly swampy/woodland setting, I'll be using water effects in the craters I made.

The other two boards need more work and are going to be done in an industrial/urban style.

And of course, I'll be working on pieces of terrain to go with these skirmish boards too later on.

And the third:
I've got quite a handful of posts that have been floating in the draft limbo of blogger (some of them for months... heh... sorry...), just waiting for me to finish writing and editing them to post up and I'll be getting right to that and you should be seeing these start to appear in the next couple of days.

Also on top of all this I have various other projects and bits and bobs I'm either working on right now, stuck on, or have just shelved because something else took my fancy...

Here's a rundown of them:

  • I ran an RPG of Vampire the Masquerade several years ago, which the players and I enjoyed very much. I have been asked by those players to go back to it and pick it up from where we left off. So the second season of my Vampire chronicle: Sins of the Father is now in planning, I just need to refresh myself, my notes and write a round-up of season 1.
  • The Pathfinder RPG campaign I am running is on a short hiatus, but instead of being an organise and drop in game, there is a possibility I'll be getting a regular time-slot to run my campaign: Beyond the Wardwall in the near future.
  • I'm still supposed to be writing some articles on my perspective on RPG world creation, creating Gods and some other things.
  • I'm going to prepare some one-shot games with various systems, they probably won't be run anytime soon, but they'll be ready to go when I need them.
  • I'm still working on my veteren guardsman "Freeman" and the short zealot that I posted earlier HERE.
  • I have several other miniatures in various states of conversion right now.
  • I still have a few pieces of terrain to finish that I was working on including the temple I posted HERE
  • I still need to paint the Half Dragon miniature I converted as a gift (now long overdue) for a friend.
  • I was working on a Night Goblin army for Warhammer, I got about 1000pts painted to tabletop level,but I want to expand it a lot more and improve the paint jobs.
  • I was also working on an Empire army for Warhammer that was building up through an escalation campaign my friends and I were playing (I can only find the Handgunner suport of my swordsmen right now for some reason...)
  • For Warhammer 40,000 I was working on a force of Road Warrior inspired Orks.
  • I still have many folders of my photography to go through, organise and to upload to my deviantart account.


Like I said...

Busy... And no focus...

So... Bit of audience participation?

If there's anything you'd like to see more of on the blog or any of the above seems interesting, just give me a shout and we'll see...

Reet... I'm knackered... Gonna put my feet up for a spell.

Take care everyone,


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Learning from my mistakes... (Or... Wow! I learned a lot!)

It was only about a month ago that I decided to split my blog into two because I wanted to separate my rare personal-life posts from my hobby output.

But I learned that it was a mistake the other day when I sat to write an article...

I wanted to start writing articles about artists, musicians, stories, places and many other things that inspire me, but when I realised I would want to duplicate this across both blogs it kind of made having two blogs seem redundant when in the majority they would be almost identical...

My other hobbies, interests and inspirations being personal to me, yet also affecting my hobby output

Neil101, you were right and I reread your comment on my post here, where I discussed the split with you.

I lifted this quote from you:
"I often think of separating things out into component parts , but then I think this is who I am take it or leave it."

Can't argue with the truth of that statement really...

I'll close the other and keep this, my first and most used blog. The other blogs name: Pull Back The Masque, will become the title for my personal life articles upon this blog.

The transition will be quick, relatively painless and probably go unnoticed in the greater scheme of things.

And don't worry... I won't be bloody doing it again!

Take care everybody,


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

More WIP shots of "freeman" and more...

Hi guys,
I would have posted pictures yesterday, but I wasn't in the best of moods.

I had a momentary lapse of concentration whilst working at my desk and left my guardsman too near my desk lamp and melted some of the details from down his left hand side.

After much cursing and brooding I didn't do anymore yesterday. But this morning I sat down and fixed all the damage, the main part being a re-sculpt of much of his left arm.

*sigh*... Disaster avoided...

I did a little more work on the Veteran guardsman, I believe he is fully constructed now and just about ready for a lick of paint.

Here he is at the moment:

"Freeman" - construction complete..?

You can see his writ of citizenship upon his belt, a piece I liberated from a larger detailed Ravenwing banner.

He has an Ork skull as a trophy turned shoulder pad and the bionic eye is melded into his pitted and scarred face. Also you can see his left hand is now bionic, I made from a Space Marine hand.

Here you can see the amount of re-sculpting that was needed on the arm, I also removed the combat knife from the waist in favour of another trophy/relic and added it to the boot with straps. Also the tubes can be seen snaking from his ruined face.

And finally, you can see how I brought the rebreather/power-pack and cables together, a little bit of detailing helped to make it look a little more "techy", with a purity seal to finish it off.

And that brings us to another figure I'm working on. In fact I was working on it during the moments when I was waiting for parts to dry etc on the guardsman, but I wasn't spending as much time on him and in my last post he didn't feel to be at a stage worth showing.

Until now:

The figure is in the main constructed from a night goblin fanatic, with a flagellant head and bits and pieces I had lying around as well as more of the details from the same Ravenwing banner used on "freeman".

I still have a few details to add, relics, purity seals and such.

I haven't really thought about a background for him other than a zealous member of the Ecclesiarchy. also regarding his height, I don't think he is going to be an abhuman, just vertically challenged.

Well that's my update for a little while. As always comments/critiques welcome.

Take care,


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Veteran Guardsman - work in progress

Hey folks,
I'm finally sat back at my hobby table and playing with parts.

I'm in the middle of converting a figure and thought I'd put it up at this stage to show you what I'm up to.

The Figure in Progress

The main body of the figure is a Cadian guardsman with a Catachan guardsman head.

I cut down the lasgun barrel to give it more of an SMG/Carbine look.

There are a couple of watch parts used here, one for an eyepiece of the bionic eye I'm making and the other just for a bit of detail on the lasgun.

I've carved out a portion of his lower face to give me somewhere to glue some cables/pipes and give me a little room for sculpting his battle-scarred face.

The box in the middle of his back was originally a part from the Warhammer Lizardman range, I'm using it as a combined rebreather and power-pack for his bionics, which the cables from his face will run to.

And you can see I've used some beads from a water filter to create a studded shoulder pad.

I've still got more fine details to attach, trophies, holy relics, seals/scrolls, possibly a little wear/damage etc.

The Possible Background

I see him as a veteran Imperial guardsman that after serving several tours of duty and surviving, has earned his writ of citizenship allowing him to return to his homeworld or to go populate a new colony.

But for some reason he has decided to carry on taking the fight to the alien and the mutant (homeworld destroyed/platoon wiped out?) and earned the attention of an inquisitor whom he now follows. He wears his writ on his person as a symbol of his choice to carry on fighting instead of settling down, which has earned him the "nom du guerre" of "Freeman".

Any of these ideas may evolve/change, I'm still toying with ideas as I go and I'm open to suggestions too.

Take care,


Close... Yet Distant...

Surrounded by a cacophony... Movements... Sounds...
But apart from it... Close yet distant...

Becoming lost in the quiet of that noise,
in the darkness within the light... Sinking further...

Do I hear voices..? A name..? A laugh..?

Then... No sight... No Sound... No thoughts...




A jolt..! A noise..!

Wrenched back too fast..!

I gasp for breath..!

Was it my name..? Was it a touch..?

Almost swallowed up by the blanket of nothingness,
that welled from looking inward for too long...

The myst roils back swallowed by that inner void...

And then I'm back... I am aware...

I am surrounded by a cacophony... Movements... Sounds...
But apart from it... Close yet distant...

J. Marshall 12/01/2013

Hello again,
It's been a while.

Forgive me my prose, I tend not to write creatively anymore...

Not because I don't want to, but because I just haven't been able to push myself to do it for a very long time.

I had a trying time this Winter holiday, there were definitely good things during the season.
And there were difficult things too, tied to my life, my friendships, my relationship and old ghosts back to visit.

But I didn't want to write a post that just amounted to self indulgent whining.

I wanted to be a little more constructive or even informative. So moments ago I decided to write about what it feels like when I begin to close in on myself, when the depression gains the upper hand.

And that is how the poem above came into being...

A little trite I know... And probably more than a little self indulgent...

But... It does go a little way toward trying to describe something that is quite intangible, so indefinite, in fact something so personal that it feels different for everyone affected by it.

I hope that this little glimpse into my mind is useful, informative or at least just a little interesting for someone.

Take care of yourselves,