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40K Death Guard: Baby Gnarlmaw terrain.

15 Sep

Ok, so this isn’t really an addition to the army in the same sense as the rest, but I did want to get some Nurgle appropriate scenics to help place the minis more with the sort of background I have come up with for my lot.

Since my Death Guard are “The Sentinels of His Garden”, I wanted to lean heavy on how they would seed each world they invade, slowly turning it into a version of Nurgle’s Garden, with them acting as the guardians and indeed, it’s gardeners. I was always going to include a Feculent Gnarlmaw too, albeit a scratch built one, as it’d be easily made (plus I am not keen on buying one, I’m far too cheap for that!) So, I really wanted to make some trees that had been set in the process of Nurglification. Also, I thought it would be nice to have some simply for display.

This first one, was made from some thorne bush trimmings I found while out and about. It had a really twisted and unnatural shape with bits of burl on them, so was a perfect shape to create such a mutated plant. The Bells were made from some small pieces of chain I had in my bits, and the actual bells were from some bits of broken toys my kids had discarded, so were chopped up and reworked into them. I then went on to sculpt in a load of appropriate Nurgle bits, like the pods, mouth and base, adding some mushrooms and bits to complete the model. I like this one best, and when I get round to making more, I’ll try and keep this model in mind to match the aesthetic for the rest.

This one, is a little more experimental, again using real twigs I found, but trying to go in a different route, as if the tree had been infested with some kind of spores and was being slowly taken over. I added some bells using the same method, sculpted on the pods, some mould/fungus and slimy tentacles that were spreading from the infected parts. I also added a few withered leaves, as if to say that the tree was dying off, plus the usual mushrooms and ground debris.

You will notice one of my Grinning Skull Miniatures Klorzid plant creatures, which is VERY Nurgle, with it’s three smiling faces! It has the sense of fun I enjoy, and was perfect for this model. I have more klorzid minis on standby to use in more builds like these, so expect to see more of them in the future! You can get these miniatures here at https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/grinning-skull-miniatures/products/grnp09-klorzid-plants-pack-and-singles if you want to get any of them yourself!

I will probably make 3-4 more of these trees just because they were easy and quite a fun project, although the mood will have to take me. Also I’m going to have to make a Gnarlmaw proper, something quite imposing and a whole lot messed up, much more than the GW one. (Although, if I ever get chance to get one on the cheap, I will, just I think I could do justice to making my own instead!)

Well, anyway, I hope you enjoyed the pics, I will be back with more in the next post. Next up will be more cultists for the plague god. See you then!

8th Edition 40k Army: Completed Big Custom Hellbrute!

19 May

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Finally I’ll show the Big Custom Hellbrute in it’s mostly finished form. (I say mostly as since taking these shots, I have added a bit more detail to the base and some more gore…) As you can see from the primaris sized plague marine conversion at it’s side, he is indeed very big boy!

Last off, when I posted a WIP for this beast, I only had a dark green base coat and a few shades of lighter greens drybrushed on it, so since then it has a lot more going off.

I think it turned out OK, loving the face, as it completely changes the model from it’s original Scotia/Grendel Leviathan War Golem form to something unique. Not that there was anything wrong with the original model, but I needed to create a face that gives that Nurgle Chaos vibe rather than the stock face it had. I also had to reposition the arms to give it some level of dynamism that the original lacked (IMHO, no offense!) as the standard pose was very static, and I wanted to give some sense of it lumbering across the battlefield, not just stood there, arms tight at it’s sides.

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Like I said, the face carries it for me. It has a definite Great Unclean one style that locks it in as being Nurgloid in nature, plus is totally unique (since I sculpted it on) I did have to add a lot of sculpted bits to make it seem like it was fused between the hard metal and organic, but the various pipes and tubes that were present in the original helped as well, so adding extra pipes and tubes, or at least the impression of them, was an easy way to help blend the sculpted additions to the stuff already there.

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The second set of clawed arms were added from some Tyranid spares I had, exposed guts bursting out blended well, merging easily into the aforementioned pre-existing tubes already there. The large mass of tentacles were added to insinuate much more mutations inside the machine, reaching out of the spaces at it’s side and under the arm. These also provided some support to the arm that I re-positioned.

The back flat armor areas were kept as intact as I could (Obviously I had plenty of places where the mutations were bursting from) but I wanted enough parts left on the model to paint in the same Death Guard scheme I have for my overall army. Battle damage was carved into the resin here and there to Nurglify? it a bit more, as this thing would draw a lot of fire on the table, so I imagine a monstrosity like this would be torn up a bit! It goes well with the Ceros and Rhino as heavy back up, it certainly starts to make my army a force to be reckoned with!

Overall I like this model, and would recommend anyone to give these little gems a go if you want to add a big lumbering mech type hellbrute/dred to your chaos bois. You can do a lot with these if you use your imagination, swap out the arms, add new heads and features, mutations and more.

Not sure what I’ll run it as, but I have a few things in mind, regardless though, I will be supplementing my troops with him, drawing fire as he slowly makes his way into battle. I do have another Hellbrute on the way, heavily converted from a Reaper Bones Graveyard Golem, but I’m not finished with him yet. Here’s a quick preview.

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This one is more normal sized for a Hellbrute, but I’d say much more converted. I may make one from scratch to complete my trinity, as I have an idea, but I need more suitable parts before I start as I don’t want to just make a start, only then to stop because I am missing bits to finish it!

Hope you liked the pics, I’ll be back next time with more finished pieces and pics of the rest of my lads. Suggestions, comments and so on are welcomed, let me know what you think!

Khorne Chaos Marine Ceros APC (Rhino Proxy),The prototype that started it all!

8 Feb

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Well, I did say that I would be back for more 40K type nonsense, and since loads of you liked the Deathguard Ceros APC, I am going to show off the prototype that began it all, just so I can show the contrast and difference between the exact same base build. Like I told you before, the Ceros was made from templates so that each of them have a uniformity, which I thought added some degree of validity to it as a real thing and not a random scratch build.

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Sure, its fine if you want to go crazy and create each thing completely different, I wanted that connection of familiar shapes, so when my vehicles are on the battlefield there is
no doubt these are cut from the same cloth.

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This Khornate Ceros was kept plain for a reason, so when placed together, you would see that each tank would get progressively more extreme in what I do with them.
Of course you could just keep them identical and vanilla, but I think that would bore the shit out of me. Variation keeps things interesting, especially with Chaos
as this Ceros will probably end up as the most normal looking one from the bunch (I plan to make a unit of three Khornate Ceros, as well as my three Nurgle ones)

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I am seriously thinking that the next one is getting a serious boost in armour, weapons and good old spikey bits. Also a big brass bull head springs to mind, or brass
daemon head. The final one will get the daemonic mutation treatment, full on spiked talons, screaming obscenities bursting out in rage as the tank is consumed by the
warp to become fused as one. My plan is to do that also to my Nurgle ones as well, just more gross and disgusting.

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I’m thinking these evolution’s will get a little more ambitious, the Khorne ones might have a electronic gubbins added in for effect, or inter-changeable parts or whatever,
to me, this allows me to not get bored, try out new stuff and show off the versatile nature of these tanks. You’ll have to wait and see.
It is a shame that I don’t have any Khorne worshiping marines to show next to the tank, but I don’t know how many times I have had a Khorne force, far too many!

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This time it’s fine, as this belongs to my son, so it’s all good. Maybe if I was to choose another, it would be Tzeentch so I could get really trippy and Egyptian like!
I do have a whole bunch of these Terror bird alien warriors from CP models that I would use as proxy Tzangors, so who knows? I think I’d do it just for the buzz of doing it,
I can think of lots of mad additions to the Ceros, like maybe a Sphinx thrown into the mix, or King Tut head with guns or missile launchers coming from the eyes and mouth!
If I sit down and make an extra Ceros, I’ll do that I think, just for shits and giggles! Then I would have to expand on it, with more Tzeentchy troops and daemons.
I do have the massive Dred to finish painting, that really needs doing, as I have another identical base model (Scotia Grendel war Golem) that I promised my kid, which I’ll get
the chance to Khornise it, which will be fun!

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The good thing about the proxies, is that I was going to totally make a great unclean one and Bloodthirster from scratch, yes I know the newer models are quite massive, but
I’d get a real kick out of doing a good job on them, plus it would be at a fraction of the cost of buying them. The funny thing is, I haven’t even shown what else I have already
to add to my forces! Mantic future zombies (whatever they are called) are stand ins for both my sprawling cultists and proto-poxwalkers, plus loads of kit bashed cultists made
from the out of production Sci-fi Germans, gripping beast Saracens, hooded robed cultists from black cat bases, and various psychos that give me at least 80+ cult nutters to swarm
my enemies (and look cool as fook!!) I’ve more units of spawn, one of them made up from giant worms and maggots, others from faceless horrors, there is a shit ton!
I love the proxy approach, as it gives flexibility to have any cool stuff from GW, plus other manufacturers models that fit, and any customs.

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Also it guarantees that your army is totally unique, stun your opponents with how fucking cool your army looks, and it cost you less than a quarter of most GW only forces! I am Win!!

Back to the Ceros. I know I said there would be three (3 Khorne, 3 Nurgs) but similar to the GW Rhino, I was planning a addition of a few extra bits to the Ceros template, and Voila! a new variant is born, a proxy Landraider! I have no idea what that would be named, something like “Battle-marauder” or “Un-relentor”, or something suitably big and destructive!
Maybe, I’ll just adapt the third Ceros of the units to that, saving me time. It all depends on how much enjoyment it brings making them, if it looks cools as fuck, then I’ll just make
the unit of 3 Ceros and a Landraider proxy (although, the Ceros could be used as one anyway, I just think it needs doing anyway! Just because!!)
Anyway, I think I’ll show off some 40k-ish terrain next time, possibly a set of Mining stuff, or Industrial towers. there is so much I can show, I can’t even remember all the stuff I’ve
made! Seriously!
Thanks for taking a look at my stuff, I do hope it inspires you to do your own things, or just gives you some cool things to look at, either way I hope you enjoy this content, I’ll be
back later, hopefully to release the PDF I keep stalling on, or show my terrain! Did I tell you that the modular industrial stuff and buildings are compatible with my “Grim’s Dungeons of Doom” scenery?

Well, put it this way, I have a hell of a lot of options for my set ups…..

 

Death Guard Proxies: Nurgle Ceros APC Scratch build. (Proxy Rhino/Landraider Build)

7 Feb

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It’s been ages since I’ve shown off any of my Nurgle Deathguard Army lot, and whilst looking through my photos, I remembered that I haven’t shown you this build.

Given that many who read here are dedicated miniature addicts and tabletop wargamers, I thought it was time to showcase this one, as I am quite proud of this baby. May I present, the proxy Deathguard Ceros pattern APC.

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May I present my scratch built Chaos weapon of mass destruction, the Ceros pattern APC. This is entirely scratch built from whatever I could get my hands on, and from my own imagination. My main aim here was to create a vehicle that would serve as either a Rhino or Land raider type troop transport for my Deathguard boys, and be easy enough to replicate at a tiny fraction of buying a genuine GW or other proxy type. It’s not meant to be flash, or accurate a copy of said APC in 40k, just a cool looking beefy armoured thing to strike fear into the enemy.

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I made a set of templates for the main shape of the un-mutated vehicle, then constructed the body from foamboard, then just Nurgled it up (I know that is not a real word) to make it fit in. I had already made a less diseased looking one for my son (a Khorne version without the mutations) but I’ll post pics of that later. I’m pretty pleased with it to be honest, and given that it probably cost less than £5 to make both in total, my intention was to make a fleet of them for my plague marines. My Army has taken a bit of a respite, but I won’t give up with my plan, and eventually I will get round to completing them, at some point.

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I still have the templates around somewhere, so maybe at some point I’ll release them, or may actually do a tutorial if enough of you out there want that, maybe a PDF book with them included. This one was a test to see what needed doing to it to make them as disgusting as possible, which now I made it, I can say that the next one would be even more weird than this one. I’d like to let my imagination go wild with the other two I plan, maybe some demonic attributes and things bursting out from the hull, far more complex that this one was.

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With the templates it’s very easy to replicate the design, so I would love to build some more, even some standard looking ones and maybe get a small force of normal marines, just to have a bash at them. It’s just that the whole idea of being able to mutate them into unique models really appeals to me, and I’d love to do several different ones, Thousand Sons, Emperors Children, Imperial guard, or whatever, I’d like to have a go at each and everyone of them. Sadly, I won’t get round to them all, things take time, but I will end up doing the other two Nurgle ones, and another two Khornate ones, each getting more twisted as I make them. I can imagine by the last Nurgle one, it’ll be half daemon or whatever, and the Khorne ones will end up bristling with spikes, skulls, weapons and death dealing articles (well, I did promise my young un’ two more) I just thought I’d show this one off, as I’d totally forgot to do so. I’ve even got a whole heap of industrial style modular terrain already built, and I haven’t shown them off too! Very Necromunda, and again made from scratch. If I can get some good lighting to give them a decent set of shots, I’ll do it in the next week, and bear in mind that I created all these things months ago, a long time before many of the various Youtube Terrain channels did similar as well! I’ll be pinning these pics to my boards on Pinterest and would appreciate it if you frequent there, to share them about, and you can see the other finished bits of the Deathguard Proxies there too: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/grimacereaper73/

Please give me a follow and share on there, I actually get a ton of traffic from Pinterest to here, and I quite like the site no I have the hang of it! I don’t have a ton of followers there, but would be very grateful if you are a regular there to give me a follow, it helps this site, and gives me a bit of a boost to see people sharing my content, and it’ll make me more determined to put more stuff on there. (Trust me, I only show a small fraction of hobby related stuff I create, so the boost would give me the incentive to put more stuff up!)

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Like I said, if there is enough people asking for a sort of tutorial type of thing that shows how to make one of these brutes, I will do it, but only if you lot ask, or it will be sporadic when I get round to it. I have too many of my fingers in too many pies, so unless there is a call, I’ll just do it when I can/feel like it! I’m thinking more like a PDF manual type thing, with the patterns in and a load of nice photos, maybe a PWYW or cheapo price, just so the effort is worth my time (I’m a busy dad of 4 sprogs, so time is precious you know!)

If you want to ask anything about how I made it, where I got the bits, how robust it is (yes, it’s quite robust enough to take being knocked about and such) then please do, leave me some likes and comments, heck, ask me to post more shots if you like, or if you want to see the prototype (Khorne) APC, then let me know, and I’ll happily do so.

By the way, if you are wondering what the name of this proxy comes from, well if it’s not obvious, Ceros is the Rhino proxy, so Rhino + Ceros = RhinoCeros! It just seemed fitting!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pics, don’t forget to check out the Payhip store for stuff: https://payhip.com/grinningskullstudios which is slowly gaining momentum (Thanks for all the views and orders there too!) and the DriveThruRPG pages too for loads of ever growing hobby stuff: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

(Gotta keep plugging away!!) Again over on Pinterest and our page on Facebook (Give us a like, go on, you know you want to!) If you are a linked in user, feel free to hit me up on there as well on my Linkedin profile page (I’m now a Linkedin L.I.O.N. now, so join my big network if you like! Nearing almost 6500 connections there, so if you use it, check me out there too!) I’m on Twitter too, but not that active, but a follow would be noice!

I’ll be back later with more stuff, perhaps the Khorne APC to show the difference, but for now, I hope you have a great day and may Grandfather Nurgle bestow his pungent effluent upon you (Wow, an Osric Tentacles reference…) I’m almost done finalising the latest Pointless Classics PDF, so I’ll be posting about that too, so see you then!!

40K Deathguard Army: Proxy Poxwalkers (Probably) : CP Models Plant Creatures.

17 Jun

So, more Nurgley Chaos goodness with this possible proxy unit of poxwalkers that I painted. Now, this lot were originally from CP Models (apart from the front model, which I’ll address in a bit) and are from their sci-fi range and are intended to be B-Movie type plant creatures.

(These models can be found here if your interested: CP Models Plant Creatures)

So, seeing though I had a unit of 10 of them laying around, I thought it might be a good idea to press them into service as a sort of fleshy, diseased and pox ridden shamblers, kind of overtaken by a chaos zombie mushroom/plant based contagion. However, I’m not too sure if they’ll make the final cut and instead be replaced by zombies and GW poxwalkers.

These models are pretty low on detail, so I had a hard time trying to get what I wanted out of them. That’s why I say probably they’ll end up as proxies. They do look OK when massed up together, I had thought they would be like the infected are slowly being turned inside out and becoming a steaming pile of gore, pus, flesh and tentacles eventually as the infection takes over. Which is why I added this next model to the unit.

This is a shoggoth from Black cat bases range. I’ve had this for years, lurking in the back of my stuff, just never really had a need for it until now. I’d like to think it’s what the rest would end up becoming, sort of like a chaos spawn flesh mound.

I’m in two minds about it. On the one hand, the are quite disgusting, but on the other, I’m not 100% happy with them. I know they are not fabulous paint jobs, but they were speed painted, so didn’t get a load of time spent on them.

Anyway, let me know what you think, and if it’s a good idea to use them, or maybe I should give them a few more washes in some extra gore…

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