I did this plaguebearer as a warm-up before painting the converted blightking.
I simply adore the plastic plaguebearers - they look exactly like Adrian Smiths illustrations in Realm of Chaos. They're also ridiculously fun to paint.
While fairly new models, they have a lot of oldschool charm with grinning jovial faces instead of angry ones, tiny nurglings mischievously pulling on intestines and so on. The only thing I don't like are the swords who look like pointy sticks so that was replaced.
Here he is next to the rest of Mawgut Gloops warband.
The plan was to follow up the tzeentchii champion with a tzaangor, but as I was rummaging around in my chaos bitz box an unused blightking caught my eye. The lure of Papa Nurgle was simply irresisteble...
I spent the evening watching a documentary about Monty Python and finishing up the shield for the Tzeentchii champion. Somehow that combination felt oddly proper as Tzeentch, along with Nurgle, are the two chaos gods with a sense of humour.
I´m really quite happy with the model. It was fun painting something really gaudy and flamboyant while avoiding making it tacky.
I used a lot of colours I don´t normally use on this one, and tried to make them more vibrant than my usual fare. Though that didn´t quite succeed in all cases - particularly with the pinks (I think I need some more practice to nail those), all in all it turned out like I wanted it. It´s really got that old school, Realm of Chaos, vibe. The madly grinning shield and checkered border helps a lot in that respect of course...
After a quick look at the trusty old name generator table in Slaves to Darkness I´ve decided to call him Mandragore Warp-feather. It´s got a nice ring to it. I´d like to think the shield constantly argues with him.
The shield, incidentally, is called Klaus and speaks with a slightly effeminate german accent.
Here´s Mandragor facing of against the unsavoury followers of Nurgle led by the vile Mawgut Gloop.
The Tzeentch champion is coming along rather nicely, although I'm not sure if it looks quite as old school as I originally intended. I'm just making it up as I go along - guided by the Changer of the Ways no doubt...
No matter - it's a lot of fun and a pretty different palette to that of my usual output. Here's a WIP shot of him at the moment.
There haven't been a lot of updates recently - I've been focusing on work: drawing and writing my next big book about norse mythology.
I have fiddled around with some xenos but there's nothing to show yet. Designing new species is hard. You want to hint at new technology and different physonomies, but doing that using existing bits is tricky.
But today I got the urge to do something old school - something nostalgic and "warhammery" as a contrast to GWs current relentless barrage of golden warrior angels with big hammers. So, I picked up a tzeentchean sorceror, gave a new bird head from an empire mini griffon and turned him into a classic chaos champion.
While I say old school at the same time the theme is completely new for me, as I've never painted a tzeench model.
The plan is to paint it in a Realm of Chaos early 90s style and have a lot of fun with the shield doing a wierd face or eye motif of some sort.