Tuesday, 5 May 2020

The Cult of the Covidians

Two separate (yet related) works today. First of all, after my experiment with Khoron Avir, Champion of Nurgle, which left me unsatisfied, I have repainted the mini. I should have stripped it and give the model a fresh start, but I was terrified that I could lose the green stuff work and the conversion itself. So I just covered the previous work.

Of course the result is not ideal (and that's an euphemism), but I think it has somehow improved from the previous version, so this is it. I will try better and fail better on future Nurgle Marines, but I'm not retouching this one again.

Ruuusty
That cloak is suspiciously clean... Brother! Have you done your laundry recently? Shame on you!
I still wanted it to look like a bulk of rust. I think I still have a long way until I get the point I want to reach, but I hope I'm on the right path. Future models will tell.

The second part of today's work is the plague zombies from the same Dark Imperium box. First thing I did was to cut the preposterous spikes away. Once again I think these models are waay over the top, so I changed their most characteristic element...

The green ones are from the Conquest collectibles, I believe
They reminded  me the zombies-whatever from The Expanse S1, and I didn't want to tak that path. These were going to be putrid, corrupted zombies, no more. But no less. That's more than enough, trust me.
I had to face a problem. There are two identical sprues. Unbearable. I will not suffer identical minis, that's a well known mantra on this blog. Sooo, once I had a cutter and glue, I just had to swap some heads, add a few bits and...

You can't see a f&%$ing thing. OK, I know
Here you have a bunch of pics. One mini is the (relatively) untouched model and the other one is the more obviously converted one:










The Conquest ones were left mostly untouched, for they were different from the other ones. I only made minor coversions on a couple of them for variety purposes.



I would have preferred more industrial jumpsuits over loincloths, but honestly, I didn't have the time or the will to dress up so many minis. I have left the clothes as they are.

Ahhh, now the paintjob...
I wanted different skin tones. So I tried different hues and mixes of flesh and washes using green, purple and reddish brown.

Test pic
Good enough for me. Let's go for the rest:





There are many different Cults and branches within Chaos worshippers. Some of them are well known, some of them are more obscure. Some interpretations say that the Nurgle symbol has a secret meaning. Some speak of the three spheres of Death. Death by air: suffocation, infections and diseases spread on the air, itches and the like. Death by water: drowning, blood infections, flesh melting or liquifying, any kind of blood spill. Death by earth: Rotting, decay, mouldering, decomposition. It is said that Nurgle does not enjoy flames, so there is no Death by fire. Nurgle hates Tzeentch's fire, the eternal representation of change which burns his own gardens. That explains the absence of flamethrowers in Nurgle's armies, often replaced by other kind of weapons.
It is uncertain where the Cult of the Covidians started. While its first manifestations came from the Eastern Fringe and then moved onto the rest of the galaxy, no branch of the Inquisition has been able to determine its true origin. They belong to the Sphere of Air and they spread Nurgle's blessings in the form of lung diseases. Those corrupted by their viruses soon start to show mutations of all kind, specially pustules and different ways of flesh rottenness. The infection can be swift and affect great masses of people in a very short period of time. The Ordo Hereticus works relentless to contain their vile presence on many Imperial systems, but they keep on spreading and spreading...

Khoron Avir, Champion of Nurgle, leads the Cult of the Covidians
Go, Sancho, ask these fine and rich noblemen if, by any stroke of good fortune, they are anointed knights who come from that splendid palace that presents itself from faraway before our eyes

This is it for now. I hope you all are doing well; remember, stay away from Khoron Avir and the Covidians, by order of the Holy Inquisition!

21 comments:

  1. A la gente le va a dar igual lo que diga el ordo inquisitorum: si no hay dinerito para comer, se van a echar a las calles a adorar a papá Nurgle :))

    Quería reprochar estás horas para publicar, pero claro... Con las horas a las que comento yo, pa cagarse.

    Al final te has empecinado con el pobre Khoron. En fin. La buena noticia es que queda muy Blanchitsu.

    El detalle del antes y el después en cada pareja de zombis ha hecho mucho más ameno ir viendo las fotillos y la verdad, en una sola entrada presentas una cantidad casi absurda de miniaturas, enhorabuena!

    Sancho y Julio Anguita Estelar lo tienen crudo, me temo.

    Por cierto, buenos pellejos, has conseguido darles un dono dono diferenciado a cada uno.👍

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    1. Gracias, la verdad es que esto ha sido una pura cabezonería mía, que me ha dado el venazo. Pero así funciono yo, a impulsos. O a veces a espasmos :D
      He querido hacer mucha variedad en las pieles; pero como soy vago y cutre, las he hecho todas a mogollón. El día que aprenda a hacer fotos se verán mejor.

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    2. Sacar fotos es un coñazo, sip.

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  2. Fantastic work! I,M working on kill team of poxies and chaos space marine and have an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! Oh, I'd love to see that!

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  3. Good stuff--personally I think Khoron has turned out quite well!

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    1. Thank you! I think (or I'd like to think) that it's an improvement, but I hope I can do better on the other Plague Marines. I'll most definitely explore this way and see what happens!

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  4. Splendid touch up on your champion and his entourage has turned out well too!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! I'm not definitely convinced about the result, but I had to move on!

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    2. You are right, it's not convincing so why not repainting him back to the previous look?

      El dia de la marmotaaargh :D

      No te hagas mala sangre, está OK.

      Sabes que le podría pegar? Moho. Es muy naranja por el óxido. El verde contrasta súper. Y creo que no lo he visto nunca en minis, o es poco común.

      No se, unos toques de craquelado verde como los hongos en los árboles o algo así.

      Es por no quedarte con la espinita :)

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    3. Hmmmm. Me parece interesante, creo que te voy a hacer caso y lo probaré en los siguientes, ¡gracias!

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  5. Madre mía..., si es que últimamente nos tienes acostumbrados a que cada nueva entrada es un proyecto completo.

    Desde luego merece mucho la pena las pequeñas transformaciones que has hecho en los Covianos, le dan más variedad y encima logras que luzcan más que el original.

    Y la foto de familia con Sancho, me parece magnífica

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    1. Bueno, me ha llevado su tiempo, pero me gusta poner entradas con resultados lo más completos posible. ¡Seguimos adelante!

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  6. Always happy to see someone's willing to go the extra mile and make every model look unique within the force. Form me you did an amazing job on those zombies, not only because of all the wondrous modifications but also because the bulbous infected skin looks so detesting.

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    1. Thank you! I always try to avoid repetitions, I can't bear that. In this case I wanted the general looking of the zombies to go on a determined direction. As I said on the post, I would have preferred jumpsuits or other kind of stuff, but I finally took them as they were. The skin tones were fun to do, I enjoyed toying with different washes and colours, I hope they all look really sick!

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  7. yo tengo unos cuantos para una banda de carroñeros de necromunda, a parte de los del rogue trader de kill team,así que igual imito tu estilo para quitármelos de encima pronto.

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    1. Pues dales caña, son super agradecidos. Los tonos de base son diferentes, pero los lavados son los mismos en todas las minis. Al final dan bastante variedad.

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  8. Wow, you are really getting into that "Pandemic Spirit" ... groan I know, bad choice of jokes ... bad puns aside, great work as usual Suber!

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    1. Haha, thank you, that was all the point of this silly thing :D

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  9. Suber, that Chaos Marine is exquisite work! I really like the work you did on his banners. Like the orange hazard-suits worn by your zombies, the bright banners create a lovely sense of contrast with the general decay overtaking the main body of the mini. I love it!

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    1. Thank you! I thought the banners would look better this way than a traditional back banner. Colours are burnt in the pic (sigh) but I hope the limited palette helps to the overall effect.

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