I take an approach similar to the writer Geoff Dyer, who said the following as part of a piece on writing advice: "Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it's a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It's only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I always have to feel that I'm bunking off from something."
So I wanted something, a new fresh project to boot me out of my apathy and infect a little enthusiasm back into my hobbying. This is where the nostalgia comes in. I've often said that I'm a Chaos player at heart. They were my first, albeit spiky, love. The very first miniatures I bought in the mid-90s were those mono-pose Nurgle Plaguemarines.They look pretty naff by modern standards, but there was something about them that clearly stood out at the time, I didn't buy Space Marines, Eldar or anything else. It was those. That's where it all began, and I've been tempted to go back more than once.
|The first plastic Plague Marines, courtesy of Andy at Fully Painted 40k|
I realised that all of my little mini projects, whether fluff, modelling, aesthetics, theme etc. could all be done in a single Nurgle army. My "Garbage World" of Vullis Prime and their PDF - all that could go into my Cultists (who should look suitably like be-ragged medieval lepers). The aquatic decay of the Heralds of Kephis, the weathered bronze of Mawdryn, biochemical warfare specialists, hordes of zombies and my general love of "urban decay" / urban exploration, old sewers and general entropy - all could be rolled into one army. It would also be a chance to get into the swing of painting, with Mawdryn I'm always concerned that it'll never be quite right, with a Nurgle army any painting slip-ups can easily be turned into a plus... And I wouldn't need to worry about how they should look, the general look is already well defined, I just had to decide how I'd make them mine.
In my first proper weekend off in a while, I decided I'd build my old Space Marine Rhino with a good dose of Nurglification. The plan was to use what I already had in my bitz box - making it an "unofficial bitz box challenge." Here's the work-in-progress thus far, I wanted to save the post until I'd finished, but thought it'd be a good chance to get into the swing of blogging again.
|The joys of rust, credits below|
Following that line of inspiration, I thought it would be good to emulate the carcass aesthetics. I though a rusted away section showing struts / frame inside the hull would look suitable like a zombie's exposed rib cage (you know, the line of thought that all normal people have). I also thought a similar section showing a bundle of wires would look suitably like the typical "zombie holding intestines."
|Guitar strings have so many uses. Well, a couple.|
|Maggots emerge from "rib cage."|
With the paint work, the plan is a few sections of heavy textured rust, particularly around the worn away sections. As the for the general scheme, I'll try a general mix of bleahced bone, light greys and browns - the same with the Marines themselve. That's all for now folks, thanks for reading.
|Obligatory Nurgle icon, hewn from a Defiler piece. Plus some Chaos-y hooks.|
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