Wednesday, February 19, 2020

GALLERY: Putrid Blightkings

They've technically been in the works for around two years now, but I've finally finished my first unit of Putrid Blightkings! These bloated warriors of Nurgle are now ready to help me terrorize the denizens of the Mortal Realms on the tabletop.

I was a huge fan of these models when they first came out during the End Times but never got around to buying them. Nurgle has always held a special place in my hobby heart and the Blightkings just embody so much of what makes Nurgle cool. I actually got these five from the Shadows Over Hammerhall box. When the Maggotkin book came out two years ago I finally put them together. Since I was focusing on a demonic army to start with though I set them to the side for awhile.

I painted up the first one sometime after Adepticon that year, partially as a test for myself, but also as a tutorial for the Warhammer Community site. I knew I wanted to stick with something fairly traditional after the more non-traditional route I went with my demons' skin. Luckily I had used Death Guard Green on my Plague Drones, so I had a way to visually tie that color into my existing Nurgle forces. I had actually painted up the Lord of Plagues, or Nurgle Lord as he was known back then, when the model had first come out for Fantasy. There's no denying that's an awesome model, and a staple in most painters' history. I really liked the colors I had used on him, specifically the green armor with a bronze helmet, so I went ahead and re-used it but updated what paints I used. I also swapped out the white cloth for the Screamer Pink cloth color I had used on my demons.

With the singular Blightking done, the remainder of the unit languished on my shelf of shame in grey primer, collecting dust. Other projects took precedence, primarily Nighthaunt, Daughters of Khaine, and Bonereapers, and then when I did return to Nurgle I wanted to finish off my demons. I technically still have some more demons to paint still, two more units of Nurglings, a Beast of Nurgle, and now a new unit of Plague Toads, but my main goal was to finish my 2,000 point Tallyband army. With that done I could once again turn my sights back to the Grandfather's mortal servants.

I'm taking my Tallyband to the Age of Sigmar Championships for Adepticon, but I still needed an army for the Team event. I thought this would be a cool opportunity to still play a Nurgle force, but vary up the units and focus more on the Mortal side. My Chaos Warriors of Nurgle will be making their debut with Festus leading the force, but what's a mortal Nurgle force without some Blightkings?

I have to admit, one of the reasons this unit took so long to paint is that I was a bit intimidated by them. Not that I thought I'd have trouble painting them, but more that I thought they'd take a lot of time since they're so detailed. In the end the remaining four only took me about two weeks to paint though, so that's not that bad! I followed my own painting tutorial to paint them. Yes, I actually had to pull up my tutorial and read through it again. I remembered most of it, but since I had it written down it made sense just to review it. I did change a few things though. The brown leather is now painted the same way as I did on my Warriors, and I washed the entire helmet with Agrax, but besides that it's basically the same.

I really like how these turned out! They actually paint up rather fast and now I have a second set of five to do. I don't know if I'll have time to get those done for Adepticon, but I might. In the meantime I think I have a few more heroes to paint, as well as a couple of Plaguebearers for summoning and an Endless Spell for my Championship army.

Off to spread the Grandfather's gifts!

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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