Before, After, and Next Steps

Pictured, Guardian from 2018 vs. Storm Guardian from 2020.

Felt like I needed a win today, so I’m posting something fun. When I started painting Warhammer again back in 2018 I started with a handful of Guardians, Howling Banshees, and psykers, and after a couple of years I thought it would be neat to compare some of the first models I did with the models I’ve been painting more recently.

Pictured, Howling Banshee from 2018 vs. Howling Banshee from 2020.

I’m happy to say that I think I’ve made strides as far as my painting goes – the more recent colors pop better and I think I’m getting better at picking contrasting colors that look good together. More than that, though, using occasional resin bases, kitbashing, and my basing have all moved a little out of my original comfort zone and I’m excited to see what kind of improvements I’ll have made in another two years’ time.

Lastly, I want to add that because I’m working on a thesis right now and moving into “crunch” time I’m likely not going to be uploading much over the next month or so. Hoping to focus on that for a while and hopefully come back to painting refreshed – I have a few Eldar and Death Guard projects primed and ready to paint and a new “mystery” army I’m excited to build too.

Thanks for the support and views, and see you on the other side!

Myphitic Blight-Haulers

Pictured, 100 points’ worth of teeth and heavy weapons.

These are probably one of my favorite Death Guard models, and these demonic little roombas have carried the team so far in test games I’ve done with my Death Guard army for 9th. I got one of these from a friend as a gift a while back and picked up two more to complete the set. Really looking forward to busting these out for the Crusade games that me and local friends are going to be doing soon.

Pictured, the whole squad – since running them in threes gets a juicy BS and WS bonus.

I did these up in the same style as all of my other Death Guard, with magnets for transport and for securing them to the bases. I’m really happy with how the rust effects turned out on the copper, and how the colors blend together!

Biologus Putrifier and Foul Blightspawn

Pictured: A Biologus Putrifier and Foul Blightspawn leading Plague Marines forward.

These are two of my favorite Death Guard models, and since their effects synergize so well together – and since they work together so frequently in the lore – I thought I’d let them share a gallery together. The Biologus Putrifier and Foul Blightspawn were a blast to work on, and I got to do even more with some of the goopy, slime effects I’d been using across my bases.

As blight grenades explode and anguished victims scream, Biologus Putrifier’s study the effects of their concoctions, noting the results. They improve their grenades through these lives tests on the battlefield.

I really like the unconventional mask shapes that they use, and there were lots of neat little details that I could embellish on both of these models. The Biologus’ needle and “wings” are great details, and the Nurgling on the Foul Blightspawn is a delight. I think half of the reason that I went with a Nurgle chaos-based army is that I’m growing to love the endearing little gremlins.

Storm Guardians

Pictured: Storm Guardian with Flamer.

I said a year ago to some local friends I play with that I was never, ever going to build Storm Guardians because of how niche they are and how much the upgrades would cost. As fate would have it, though, I ended up with an extra few sprues of Guardians, and since I already have a regular 20-person Guardian blob I decided to do something different – so I tackled part of my shame pile and supported my local FLGS all at the same time.

Pictured are the whole ten-person squad with Flamers, Chainswords, and Aeldari Blades.

I’m happier with how these look than my regular Guardians and after playing with them a little (especially the chainswords!) I think I’m going to bring them along with my regular army a little more often! The resin parts were surprisingly easy to work with, my only complaint is the distribution of parts in the GW Storm Guardian kit – I ended up buying 2 upgrade kits and still didn’t have enough chainswords to equip a default squad.

Plague Marines (Easy-to-Build)

Pictured: The Plague Champion, my personal favorite of the ETB models.

After the handful of Chaos Space Marine bits a friend gave me, I picked up the Death Guard painting kit and split a First Strike starter with the same friend, which gave me enough to put together a five-person squad. The Easy-to-Build kits were a fantastic place to start – they went together without any issues and looked wonderfully horrific.

Pictured: New ETB Plague Marines together with my kitbashed Plague Marines.

These were a lot of fun to put together, and for being “starter” or ETB marines they’re kitted out pretty decently too! The Blight Launchers are useful and the combination of Power Fist and Plasma Gun on the Champion are nothing to scoff at either. Really looking forward to running these and the rest of my Nurgle army once 9th Edition drops.

Chaos Rhino (Kitbashed)

Pictured: A Very Useful Daemon Engine of Nurgle.

This one is a kitbash that came to me as soon as I started working on my first few Death Guard. I built my Eldar army to be very refined, serious, lore-heavy, and my best-foot-forward into the hobby, but with Death Guard I wanted to be able to give myself a little more wiggle room and have a little more fun. The result was this crime against nature. And I think this is some of the most fun with miniatures I’ve ever had.

Thomas had never seen such bullsh*t before.

Thomas is equipped with a Combi-Plasma and Combi-Bolter, and usually also equipped with a “Strolling Through Ultramar”-style saxophone marine for good measure. The weathered, grimy and textured-looking paint scheme was heavily inspired by Spekd at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLsaW52-xDnFL2WsLhe0bmQ, who I can’t recommend highly enough. He does awesome tutorials, reviews, and has built a great community.

Death Guard (Chaos Lord and Plague Marine Kitbashes)

Pictured, left to right: a Chaos Lord w/ Balesword and Power Fist, and two Plague Marines.

When I started getting back into 40k and painting I thought I was gonna go all in on an Eldar army and not really work on much else – but a local friend I play with had other ideas, and gifted me some Chaos Space Marine bits to play with. I was immediately hooked. The bits I was gifted turned into my first step into a tremendously fun, almost year-long painting project.

Pictured: A Plague Marine with a Plasma Gun on a Very Useful Engine ™.

A lot of the painting was done with sponge work – which was a new tool for me but I learned a lot by doing it, and ended up with some really interesting results. Drew a lot of painting inspiration from Spekd on Youtube (who is awesome, by the way – you can check out his community, reviews, and painting tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLsaW52-xDnFL2WsLhe0bmQ)!

Eldritch Ruins

“Thrilluminati Confirmed” – Me, to “Upya Butt” on completion.

First off, a big thank you to the Ko-Fi user “Upya Butt” (who definitely, totally isn’t the same friend who’s done my Avatar art for this site) who pitched in $21 for me to resupply and take on one more fun weekend project before moving on to my Death Guard pictures and stuff on my bench. I got to paint some happy little trees, and I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

Pictured: The elusive Space Dandelion in its natural habitat.

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately with autumnal colours, and also I’m very much a fan of dandelions, so I tried to work both of those in a little in terms of the tree colours. The timing is also perfect – with 9th Edition close at hand and me and some friends planning a narrative Death World campaign (using the new Crusade format) so these are going to be real useful.

Jain Zar

To watch Jain Zar in combat is to watch an exquisite dance that leaves even Harlequins agog; amidst leg sweeps, dodging twists and graceful pirouettes the glowing polearm scythes and darts until only the Phoenix Lord is left standing.

I picked up Jain Zar recently from my FLGS, Noble Miniatures (who are awesome, by the way, check them out!), intending for it to be the new star model of my Howling Banshees and this kit did not disappoint. The model has fantastic size and presence to it, and despite minor frustrations initially trying to put it together painting it was a smooth, fun experience.

Even compared to my Oldhammer Wraithlord, Jain Zar has quite a bit of height!

I’m excited to see her on the tabletop once 9th Edition rolls out. I’m thrilled with how the paint job turned out, and even if it’s a small detail I feel like Nihilakh Oxide really pulled through for me again on the mask, giving her an even more “ghostly” feel. I might have to spend more money if new Eldar sculpts in the future keep turning out so good!

Spiritseer Caen’thala

Pictured is Spiritseer Caen’thala, flanked by my Autarch, Matthias, and my Bonesinger, Ry’hil.

A Spiritseer as a Warlord? Heresy! In all seriousness, I didn’t want to make Eldrad Ulthran my Warlord because he can’t take relics or other nifty warlord abilities in 8th, so I decided that I was going to give the job to a Spiritseer! Caen’thala is the new 8th Edition sculpt kitbashed together with some Age of Sigmar bits to give her a little more character and personality.

Pictured are all my recent Ulthwe characters together in one place. In matching outfits!

Caen’thala is equipped with Kurnous’ Bow instead of a Shuriken pistol, and also has the Seer of the Shifting Vector ability to make her a little more Perils-proof. Her preferred psychic powers are Protect/Jinx or Enhance/Drain, and to paraphrase/quote The Emperor TTS series, she longs for genestealer ass.