Mortarion – Daemon Primarch of Nurgle, part 1 – Legs

With all the new Death Guard stuff kicking about, there was no chance I was going to miss out on Mortarion, and I pre-ordered the big lug on the first day. You may remember we did the Guilliman hobby challenge, painting up the newly returned primarch (final update here), and I thought initially that he wouldn’t be much more work than the Ultramarine’s boss.

Turns out Mortarion is massive, and will take me quite a while to paint up (between plague marines, Deathshroud and terminators), so he’s being broken down into easy to manage parts. The armour was washed with Seraphim Sepia while still on the sprue, then painted once assembled.

Below you can see that I’ve started my usual technique of painting the Death Guard, undercoated white, washed with Citadel Seraphim Sepia, then th earmour re-painted with a mix of Citadel Ushabti Bone and Vallejo White (though as always, any good acrylic white would do it). After painting the cloth and knee pads with Vallejo Russian Uniform WW2, I washed them with Seraphim Sepia and glued the parts together.

Below is the legs in the same condition as the second picture above, but how they were mounted for painting. It was important to remember they were being painted upside down, so that the corrosion and shading would be in the right place.

The first thing I did after mounting, was paint all the raised decoration on the armour with Vallejo Model Air Rust, which provides a nice dark base layer. I also used Citadel Leadbelcher for the spikes on the armour, the chain mail bits between the plates, and the soles of his shoes.

Second, I painted the fleshy tubes on his lower legs using Vallejo Basic Skintone, then washing it with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade. I also took this opportunity to sponge on a few small areas of Vallejo London Grey as slight battle damage. I then highlighted the lower edge of each piece with watered down White.

I then moved on to the rest of the washes. The Rust was washed with Citadel Agrax Earthshade shade, and the Leadbelcher with Citadel Nuln Oil.

Mixing a little White with the Russian Uniform WW2, I gave the loin cloth two layers of highlights. Once the model is complete. I’ll be returning to this just to do some extreme edge highlights.

I applied Citadel Carroburg Crimson Shade around each of the openings in the tubes on his legs, and then started to work on the skull on his kneecap. I reapplied some Rust , then went over that with Citadel Retributor Armour.

I gave a final highlight to the skull with Citadel Liberator Gold, then started the corrosion. Using Seraphim Sepia, I applied it to each of the areas where liquid and grime would likely collect.

A mix of Averland Sunset and the Basic Skintone was used to paint the boils/pustules on the tubes, and these were then had the edges marked with Carroburg Crimson.

Finally, I applied Agrax Earthshade as ‘runs’ of dirt, with Nuln Oil used to add a few smaller runs. Below is the legs as they stand. I’ve clipped the next parts out the sprue, so in the next Mortarion post, we’ll be going through his cloak and torso.

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