This past weekend has been a fruitful one in terms of getting involved with the multitude of models I have, including the ongoing Heldrake and Possessed Marine kits. I started a new kit from my latest purchases and did some testing on the winged Possessed Marine. Find out more after the jump.
As I mentioned before in my earlier posts, a fellow hobbyist and I try to come together in a joint workshop where we set up an airbrush booth and light box for the models. This weekend was one of these modeling sessions we held. Currently he and I are working on a special project other than our pieces for the competition in May.
Since our project is still ongoing and the surprise isn’t spoiled yet I cannot share pictures but they should be due soon. Instead, let me show you what I finally decided to unbox:
That’s right, these little rascals will be my parallel project for the time being. I find that after priming the Heldrake and mostly readying it for painting, I can get the luxury of having concurrent projects along with it, such as my Possessed marines and maybe one other kit… and that kit is the Nurglings!
Let me first say that the pieces are ridiculously small. I mean, each Nurgling is as large as a fingernail (at most). Despite their sizes they’re incredibly detailed, and have a variety of dynamic poses that are just a pleasure to look at. They’re also very delicate, with their tiny horns and flailing arms, so I recommend taking extra care about where to hold the models during cleanup and priming to fellow hobbyists. Speaking of cleanup, I am once again frustrated to see that the mold lines run over these delicate pieces and sides as well as the inside surfaces of Nurglings that are standing side by side. Check out below to see what I mean:
The recently acquired slim clipper made short work of the models that have very little vents that connect them to the sprues:
It took me about 1 hour to fully clean up the mold lines all around the pieces that come together into one mountain of Nurglings. So at this rate it should take me an extra 2 hours to get the remaining two mountains of demons. The tiniest parts were a bit difficult to move my blade around so I alternated between the emery boards I purchased and a modeling file my buddy lent me.
The rows do not cover the entire base when assembled, so some modification in the back or front is possible if wanted. The sprue also has some spare Nurglings that are independent from the rows that allow some customization (or use in other kits). It really leaves a lot to the imagination.
After full cleanup I cut off some straight pieces off the unused sprue and sanded the top surface of each. Then I glued these to the bottoms of the rows to create a makeshift spray stick for the priming. Another option would have been drilling a hole and pinning the pieces on cork pieces, but I did not bring my drill with me for that day.
A little fiddling with the airbrush and some VMA White primer, the pieces are ready for painting.
I put aside the Nurglings at this step and started experimenting on the Possessed Marine:
In my previous post Greggles from Feed Your Nerd suggested using purple for the wing membrane, and I wanted to give it a try. The color I have is the old series GW Hormagaunt Purple of the Foundation paints, and it covered the poorly brown-painted wing beautifully. I also fixed the left wing with a second coat of brown (still not impressed) and applied an Agrax Earthshade wash. Needless to say, the effect is either very subtle on the left or I just can’t see it. One last effort will be applying a very dark brown to create high contrast with the red arms. The purple created a very interesting effect, but reminds me a lot of Slaanesh aligned demons so I’m still not entirely convinced. I might try something darker there too with a touch of black.
Now I have 4 parallel projects (one still waiting for lift-off) that should give me some variety on this space. Each is different enough to keep me entertained and motivated to chronicle here, so tune in for more updates!