New Year Painting Challenge: May

Here we are. May has come and gone, so let’s look at what I’ve painted for this year’s Painting Challenge. We are still in lockdown due to the ongoing pandemic, and despite working quite a lot I have got quite a bit of painting done. With stores opening up again, I have also been able to get my hands on much needed supplies and new minis. So expect to see some new projects in this article.

A quick reminder on the rules of this painting challenge. Over the course of the year I have to paint at least fifty-two models, showing my progress at the end of every month. I have also challenged the wider community to join me in this war against the grey, as group projects are always more fun than solo outings.

As you know, last month I hit my target, so now it’s a case of seeing how far I can take this. So lets see what I got finished.

First up we have a whole load of Nurgle Daemons for my ever growing Chaos force. This month I was able to finish up my last thirty Plaguebearers (giving me two full units) as well as some more Nurgling bases to add to my jolly warband. The Nurglings were built with a mix of old school metal minis and some of the spares I had from my other sprues, as well as some old resin basing pieces I found while cleaning out my hobby supplies. If I’m honest I do prefer the old style of swarm bases to the new ‘piles’ of models approach. The thing is you can make each base its own little scene, customising them to give your army a little more character. A personal preference for sure, but one I feel I’m not alone in.

The next model of my Nurgle force was this converted Lord of Plagues, sporting the head of a Plaguebearer champion to make him look a little more ‘daemonic’. The intention is to use him as a second Herald in games of 40k, but he could just as easily be used in his original form if and when I get around to playing AoS. With what I got finished here and my Chaos Knights, I know have around 2,000 points of Chaos Soup for 40k, and I’m not that far off having the same for fantasy. Still want to add a few more units to the army before I call it finished, but I’m happy with the progress so far.

Next up we have some hostiles from my copy of Blackstone Fortress. First up we have some Spindle Drones, the mysterious robotic defenders of the Fortress itself. These were probably the simplest models to paint, as I leaned into the robotic nature of them and went with an oily metallic scheme. I debated doing something more difficult with them, but with so many hostiles to paint I thought it would be best to reserve that level of detail for the explorers.

Next up we have the Ur-Ghuls, which I painted by first dry brushing up to a light grey over all the model before shading the different sections of skin with a mix of green and purple washes. This gives them a very natural (or unnatural I suppose) skin tone, which I was fairly pleased with. Now to make sure I wipe them out ASAP whenever I come across them during a game.*

Finally today, we have a unit of Primaris Intercessors for my home brew chapter. Shockingly, in all my years in the hobby I have never paint up a Space Marine army of my own. Sure, I’ve played with Dark Angels, Blood Angels and even Blood Ravens, but never a chapter of my own creation. So, with 9th edition on the way I decided it was well past time I did just that. The chapter are called The Novacula Strixes, and are a Ultima Founding chapter of Raven Guard decent.** They are night fighting experts (hence the dark armour and little to no heraldry) and are currently battling chaos forces near the great rift. At least that’s my head canon. Expect to see more of these chaps in the near future.

And that will do it for today. I’ll be back at the end of June with another update for you all, so if you don’t want to miss out on that or any of the other great content we do please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics.

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* Anyone who has played Blackstone Fortress will know what I’m taking about!

** I may end up changing their heritage if I’m not a fan of the Raven Guard play style.


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