Miniature Magic: Nurgle Chaos Warrior

A little back story: Eric and I were up North last weekend visiting some of his friends, and we spent Sunday morning/afternoon in a game store playing Warhammer 40K. While there, we picked up some Valejo paints for historical miniatures, specifically some German WWII colors. We’ve been slowly switching from Citadel paints (made by Games Workshop) to Valejo because the Citadel paints dry out too quickly.

With these new paints in hand, a new unit of Chaos Warriors to paint for my Warhammer army, I decided to try some of the drab green colors and paint the unit devoted to Nurgle.

Here’s what I came up with:

For the armor, I did a base coat with the Olive Drab

The Valejo paints dry a lot flatter than the Citadel paints, so the color is subtle. I actually preferred that for what I was doing.

A little dry brush with German Green

I dry brushed and highlighted the armor (and shield) with German Green, which is obviously much lighter. I didn’t like how light it was when I first tried this, but the solution was easy, and this two-tone under coat makes the final color a little more realistic.

Now paint over them with Catachan Green

Catachan is a Citadel paint, but that’s alright. It’s hard to see in the picture, but with the lighter green against the olive, there are natural highlights now.

Some details getting done, now

Here’s his backside

For the cape and leather bits, I used Valejo’s chocolate brown, another flat color. Then I highlighted.

Sword done and horns fully painted

Finished!

The final touches were some white tips on the fur of his cape, the highlights on the sword, shield, and leather bits. And then I painted the puss coming out of his helmet. It’s sufficiently gross.

All together, the two that I finished yesterday were some of the best I’ve painted. As it turns out, having the right kind of paint is a real help. They took a combined 2.5 – 3 hours. Only 10 more to go, too. Oh boy.

Went to see The Amazing Spiderman today, which was fantastic. I have to be honest; we were planning on going to see that this weekend anyway, then waiting for the crowds to thin for Batman, but after what happened in Aurora, I don’t know…it’s all very surreal.

I also gathered all of the supplies for birthday gifts! I will post those as I finish them (blanket, pillow, curtains).