Nurgle Plague Toads and WIP Adeptus Mechanicus Fortress

I am lacking hobby time lately, but as the Skitarii release is coming closer and closer, I realized that I need to make some room in my room (pun not intended) to put all the new models that I am going to buy, so I better move with glue and brushes. That is why I tackled two projects today. Do not worry, I am not stealing time to the Castellax that I am painting for the “Painting my Taghmata” series on this blog: it is completed already, even if I have not shown it yet (the last post will be released on Monday).

First I want to show you the Nurgle Plague Toads from Forge World. Yes, Adeptus Mechanicus and Space Marines are not my only armies, in the last years I have been tempted by the Ruinous Powers too, and I have a large collection of Chaos Space Marines and Daemons, which gave me many satisfactions on the battlefield during more than a campaign.

Nurgle Plague Toad 1Nurgle Plague Toad 2Nurgle Plague Toad 3

Maybe the white background was not a great idea for these pictures, and the light was not the best one to show the colour transitions. The models look quite boring for now, but I have not done a lot yet, just applied some red in the mouths and open sores, the first layer of Rakarth Flesh on the skin and the first Atonian Camoshade wash. In the end their colour scheme will be like that of my Plagueridden:

Converted Plagueridden

…but with the Plague Toads I will probably also make some experiment with the Nurgle’s Rot technical color.

These models, however, are exactly as amazing as they look in the pictures, full of blisters and wounds, and even if painting all those little details will be much time-consuming (the rashes will take days), it will be a great experience. The Plaguebearers were really fun to paint (I needed to paint some “skin” after so many years of power armours, true, but still…), so I expect the Plague Toads to be no less so.

Then I came back to the fortress I started building for my Adeptus Mechanicus force some weeks ago and glued the grids to the lower structure, the railings to the ceiling sections and some other bit here and there (including a main access door, which cannot be seen from this side). Still a lot of work to do, but this slight update really made it silhouette more interesting, in my opinion.

Adeptus Mechanicus Fortress

Speaking of modelling projects… it looks like the new Skitarii models will be an endless source of bits to convert Tech-Priests! I was right to wait to work on my Cairn Wraith conversion!

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A glimpse of future Mechanicum projects

Before showcasing more of the models I collected, assembled and painted in the last twenty years, I think it is better to show something of the projects I am working on. The first one is a fortress I am building for the Tyran Primus Campaign I am planning to run in the future.

I have always been passionate about military fortifications and siege wars. When the Siege expansion for the fifth edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battles came out with its (then) mighty plastic fortress, I always wondered why we couldn’t have something like that for Warhammer 40,000 games. In time, we had some plastic fortifications and buildings, but it is just recently, with the Stronghold Assault book that futuristic siege wars really started to be explored.

The endeavour is huge, and not on the top of my hobby-priorities list (I’d rather have a full army to play some games than a couple of models and a building), so it won’t be completed soon, but the basic outline is yet there.

The fortress' top floors

Here you can see the top floor of the fortress, built with components from three Manufactorum and a Sanctum Imperialis kit. It is not very big in itself, but it will sit on a structure built with two Imperial Bastions, like this:

Fortress dry-fit

As you can see, there is still a lot of work to do, as the Imperial Bastion surfaces are nowhere as detailed as those from the Cities of Death buildings. I will enrich them as much as I can, but this is still in the planning stage.

This Castellax Battle-Automata, instead, is already primed and ready to be painted:

Castellax

I plan to take pictures of each painting step and then post a sort of tutorial here on this blog to show how you can get good yellow surfaces even working on a black undercoat.

There should be two of them, but I lost one of its components the other one before assembling it (it was not in the bag it came in, I think), so I have to wait for a replacement, before start working on it.

Last, but not least, on my desk is sitting this plastic Cairn Wraith, which I will use to convert my fourth Tech-Priest.

Would-be Techpriest

The Idea is not original in itself, as on the web there are many wonderful Tech-Priests based on this model, like the unequalled Legion built by KrautScientist, or this model from greeble, or this Weapon Servitor from Jonathan Hart, but the component fits so well with the Adeptus Mechanicus “robes” theme that it would be an heresy to not to try myself with it.