Earlier this month Games Workshop released the 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000, which was pushed with the Dark Imperium boxed set. The boxed set itself contained some of the best starter box plastics I’ve seen, and it was genuinely the first time I’ve considered a Nurgle force, so, since I don’t have enough armies half painted, I thought I’d start another. As with all armies I do, I’ll paint up one test model, hammer through it, then I’ll batch pant the rest using a tweaked format of the one I used on the test model.

The model I chose to paint was one of the Pox Walkers. I love the look of them as they’re all messed up, but still smiling like a happy bunch of (sold) souls. They all look made up to be going to war, so I started one of them. He was spray undercoated Citadel Corax White.IMG_2998

For the flesh, I painted the normal areas Vallejo Flesh Base, then painted all the diseased areas with Citadel Nurgling Green.

I then moved onto the spines. Now I wasn’t sure whether they’d burst out through the flesh, or grown from it, so I hedged my bets on them growing from the skin. I painted them Vallejo Black, then slowly added more and more Nurgling Green to the Black, the closer to the skin they got. Once done, I painted the tip Citadel Mephiston Red, and blended that down to the Black.

Skin and thorns based, I used Vallejo Red Shade, and doused the infected areas, around the spines, around the wounds, and around any of the other areas that might be tender or diseased.

Next I added Vallejo Gun Metal Grey to the spikes that pass through one of the spiny growths, and added a Citadel Seraphim Sepia Shade wash to the ridges in the spines and to his teeth. I also added a little Vallejo Model Colour White to Vallejo Lime Green and painted a few of the nasty looking blisters/boils.

Next was the rest of the boils/blisters, which received Vallejo Deep Yellow with just a touch of White.

I painted his boot Black, and the spats and loin cloth Vallejo Beige Brown. They were washed first with Seraphim Sepia, and then with a mix of Vallejo Umber Shade and Black Shade. The pouches were painted with Vallejo Green Ochre, washed with Seraphim Sepia. Around the worst areas of infection I added a small amount of Citadel Carroburg Crimson Shade, which is a darker red than the Vallejo Red Shade. It really makes some of the infection look painful.

I also painted the maggots Citadel Ushabti Bone, Washed with Seraphim Sepia, then picked out the ridges with Ushabti Bone again. His belt was painted Black, with the buckle being painted Citadel Brass Scorpion, though the pot has absolutely no markings on it, and I’m not certain that’s actually what it is…

His blade was painted Vallejo Flat Brown, and I added stippled layers of Flat Brown mixed with increasing amounts of Citadel Fire Dragon Orange. The sockets in his back and head were painted Gun Metal Grey and washed with Black Shade.

The growth on his left shoulder was painted Citadel Xereus Purple, washed with Citadel Druchii Violet and then the bulging sections painted Xereus Purple, and a further two layers were increased amounts of Vallejo White were added.

The final touches were to rust up the spikes in one of his spiny growths, then to make him look filthy. From each of the open wounds I painted a trickle of Citadel Blood for the Blood God, ensuring that if it would drip onto another area, that the drips were present there, or running down the hand, arm, leg, etc.

I also mixed a my standard ‘filth’ mix, which is Umber Shade mixed with a little Black Shade. On this occasion, as he has plenty of open wounds, I added some Carroburg Crimson too. I then splashed this liberally on his hands, foot and any areas where dirt, grime and old blood would gather. I also added trickles of Blood from his nose, eyes and ears.

All in all, I’m very happy how he turned out, and when I’ve finished the other 19 (NNNOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!) they should look spectacularly hideous.

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