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Mr. Magore’s Khornate Emporium

Or, as they are known to most, Magore’s Fiends from the Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire game. It’s actually really, really good! The game is fast-paced, noob-friendly but deep enough, and cheap to pick up – although you’d probably want to have all expansions just for the cards.

So, with that in mind, here are my paintjobs for one of the last to have been released warbands.


First up we have Mr. Magore himself. I have elected to paint him up just like the rest of my Chaos models, in a colour scheme I first used on a Beastmen army years back (and whose whereabouts are currently unknown to me…).




Old colour scheme means old paints! For instance, I used macharius solar orange on the armour, scorched brown on things like the bases and the fur, and trusty blood red on this cloak. Likewise, the skin was painted tallarn flesh, dwarf flesh and elf flesh.


Unlike my old Beastmen, I did decide to add some more colour to the palette, so I used a sotek green – temple guard blue – baharroth blue triad on some spot details. I think this came out best on Magore’s chest cavity.


Finally, I opted to do something a little different with the flesh hound, so I used that spot colour as the basis of its colour scheme. The colours were successively drybrushed over a dark blue undercoat and finally glazed with coelia greenshade. I did go back in to highlight a few key areas with baharroth blue. Incidentally, the glowing effect on the eyes was completely unintentional and a happy byproduct of my clumsiness – I had painted the eyes white and skipped, so I decided to turn it yellow. I used an old brush to then apply a casandora yellow glaze, but applied way too much, flooding the entire eye socket. It ended up looking like this entirely by accident!

Hope you liked this post! I’m going to have a big update on a little Ancients project soon, so stay tuned.




Warhammer Beastlord

While recently rummaging through a couple of boxes in search of something entirely unrelated, I happened upon a Beastman model from years back. As you might have surmised already, something deeply nostalgic began to tingle in my gut – reminiscences of trackless hours hunched over plastic GW crack, slaving away with paints like elf flesh, blood red and the iconic vomit brown. In the end I decided to place this man-goat in between my current historical work and, at last, here he is.


Model by Games Workshop (of course)

Model by Games Workshop (of course)

First off – if it were any other GW model I’d have left him in that box, but with a pose like that you can’t say no. To me, this model is a perfect illustration of GW’s heyday. Back in the mid-2000s they were bringing out sensible plastic kits but still recognised the value of white metal for character models. They still had actual sculptors working for them instead of today’s lazy underpaid manchildren with an Autocad degree. I can’t help but think that a lot of the commitment to making great models is lost when the sculptor no longer has the actual 3-up in his hands to connect with – it’s a bit like the ethical discussion regarding army drone operators, albeit with less dead civilians.


A fantastic but natural pose

A fantastic but natural pose

Painting-wise, it’s a bit of a hybrid in that I used as many of the old GW range as I had lying around, but had to make do with using several of the new paints. For example I’ve used the old macharius solar orange for the orange armour plates, but washed them with the newer shades. I think it came out slightly darker than before, but overall I’m pleased with the effect. I’ve also decided that the old skin tones are flat out better when unmixed; dwarf flesh is much more vibrant than cadian fleshtone and kislev flesh is too light of a tone for final highlights as opposed to elf flesh. Hence I’ve used the old range skin tones on this model.




One problem is that I’ve managed to misplace my huge bag of yellowy-looking static grass, so I currently can’t finish the base. Still, it’s playable at the moment, so I’ve no qualms about that bit of detail. It’s a shame that ‘playable’ no longer means a thing, though, because Warhammer Fantasy seems to have completely died down in my gaming circles. Years of mismanagement on GW’s part, with the End Times as the final (overpriced, gold-trimmed) nails in the coffin. We’ll have to see how the next edition will pan out.

That’s it for today! I have another update ready for you tomorrow, and it’s going to be an even bigger shocker than this one… So check back soon, dear readers, and adieu!

A Look at 2013 & Prospects for 2014

Here’s another blog post, and a very important one, too! With the last batch of Rus Princes cavalry (pictures will follow) I have crossed the 500 model mark – to be precise, I’ve painted 504 models this year, and so my vow of a minimum of 500 models has been achieved – And we’ve still another month to go! Let’s do a little retrospection and see what got us this far. I’ll sum it up per project, then relate to you the future plans I have with each of them.

  • Vikings: At the end of 2012 I’d already done some of the Gripping Beast plastic viking hirdmen; in fact, much of my warband was already finished. Still, this year saw about a hundred additional models added to this army; mostly plastics from the new Gripping Beast Dark Age warriors set, but also a decent slab of metal models both by Gripping Beast and Old Glory. In 2014: Finish what Vikings I have lying around, and follow up with a few loose purchases at Crisis 2014 to fill out incomplete units. Particularly, I’d like to build a Northumbrian client contingent using the box of plastic Anglo-Saxon Thegns I have around, and also a mercenary unit composed of Jomsviking models.
  • Dacians & Sarmatians: This is an army I’d like to complete in 2014 and then move on to other projects. I started off with a box of Sarmatian cataphracts at a convention last March, and with a little effort the army will be done by the same time next year. This year I painted the aforementioned cataphracts (with an extra blister of them to bulk them out), two small units of light cavalry, the command models, and a Dacian warband – by the end of the year I’d like to complete a second warband. So in 2014: a further unit of light cavalry, a falx warband, and a unit of noblemen. There might be some plastic models left over which might be used for other purposes (Viking berserkers, notably) or to convert to javelin-armed skirmishers, but these are low priority.
  • Greeks: The unwanted child of my Crisis 2013 impulse purchases. I bought two boxes of Victrix models and I’m currently at 1/12th of their contents painted. In 2014: This is a relatively low-priority army and will probably receive rather sporadic attention. I have nothing other than armoured hoplites to paint for this army and there’s nothing non-hoplon armed to paint for variety. I will probably get about half done over the course of next year and then plump for the new Greek kits from Victrix at Crisis 2014.
  • Arabs: I painted an entire Arab warband for Saga at the beginning of this year, nearly 50 models in all, and they haven’t received any love in quite some time. A shame! This is mostly due to the Saga Arab list out of Wargames Illustrated being somewhat bland. Still, I consider them finished at the moment. In 2014: with the Crusades supplement for Saga probably available at Salute 2014, these might leave the cupboard once more. I have eight light horsemen left unpainted, and depending on the nature of the battleboard I might do these up as well.
  • Dutchmen: Plumped for a box of Swedish infantry in May when Warlord held a deal on them, and received a box of cavalry in August as payment for commission painting. Nice models, but the lack of interest amongst my gaming associates means that I don’t have much impetus for this project. In 2014: Left to be done are a company of shotte and half the unit of cavalry. These will be handled as soon as possible – I want to get the project squared away. I also bought some casualty models on the cheap at Crisis 2013, so they’ll be done, too. Despite the lack of interest I love the models, and so the For King & Country set from Warlord Games might be snapped up end of 2014.
  • Frenchmen: Things have been a bit quiet for my Frenchmen this year – if I have any hopes of ever fully owning the French OOB for Quatre-Bras, I’ll have to get going soon! Still, I managed to paint some cannon, a unit of lancers, and some command models and infantry here and there. In 2014: Painting more infantry is top priority for this army – I’m looking at a battalion of lights and two of line to be done. Also some cuirassiers, and some command models and battlefield markers. Merde!
  • Brits: I’ve just started this project but I absolutely love painting Red Devil models. Done so far are an infantry section, command section and light mortar team. Further up this year is the rest of my current collection – another infantry section, a PIAT team and a Vickers team. Just fifteen models, shouldn’t be too hard, right? In 2014: Who knows? With no other Red Devils to work on, these might be considered finished… unless a friend or relative treats me to another helping (and the wishlist function in the Warlord Games webstore is rather helpful).
  • Flemings: I took it easy with this project in 2013, with just sixteen infantry and eight crossbowmen done. However, three commanders are currently on my painting desk, so this year will be ended with a decent batch of models done for them. In 2014: I’d like to have these Flemings as one of my main projects for the year, and I’d also like to finish enough of them for a full Saga warband with options. Later on they might be expanded upon even further, and turned into a Hail Caesar/Impetus army, or even a Bretonnian army for Warhammer Fantasy.
  • Fantasy & Sci-fi: Really quiet on this front! I painted mainly some Bloodletters, some Space Marines (ewww)  and some Space Orks, to a total of about 50 models. However, I’m thinking of picking up the gaming side of it fairly soon, and that might get me interested in painting the masses of plastic and lead I have lying about. To conclude, in 2014: More Space Orks and maybe some extra Chaos releases, but no new purchases of any kind for these projects.
  • Japanese: Just bought them at Crisis, will probably have to wait until next year though. So, in 2014: A handful of sohei monks for Ronin, probably around 20. Not much is needed for this ruleset.
  • Commission work: About a quarter of the 500 models I painted this year were done for friends. Chief among these were a full Jomsviking warband and two Napoleonic cavalry units, with more still underway. In 2014: While I will probably accept more commissions, I will do my best to focus on my own projects. Otherwise, I don’t see any of them being completed. I’ll go for a selection of small commissions and see how they proceed.

TL;DR version for 2014: More of everything, especially Vikings – but no new projects. As for next year’s painting goal: I’ll start counting from the moment I went over this year’s mark, but next year’s goal is a total of 600 models painted. This means I’m currently at 4/600. Motivating? Hell no! But I’m sure I’ll boost the figure up towards a decent mark soon. Do check back to see the score, my good readers!

Chaos Lord of Nurgle – for sale!

Hot on the heels of those Austrian generals is something completely different: a Warhammer model. It’s the first Warhammer model I’ve painted since those Bloodletters months ago, and even they were a small a drop in a vast sea of historical figure painting output. Nevertheless, here we are. Remember that guest contribution in August? I was so impressed by my buddy Pieter-Jan’s paintjob of this figure that I just had to go and buy one for myself. Let’s take a look!

The only converting I did was to remove the holes in the helmet with some greenstuff.

The only converting I did was to remove the holes in the helmet with some greenstuff. He’s got a big eye in his gut, after all!


I’m quite pleased with having done so; putting paint to this model was great fun. It’s defined several major areas with vastly different texture – skin that has both raised and sunken detail, segmented armour but with large flat plates, some tattered cloth, chainmail… A suitable canvas for a painter desiring a challenge!


You can see the skin highlights a little better in this one.

You can see the skin highlights a little better in this one.


How did I paint it? I’m happy to say I gained a lot of practical knowledge from this model. I started off with a white basecoat which was a bit more heavily applied from the top than from the bottom, as a sort of zenithal highlight to the grey plastic. I then painted much of the skin areas first, with a basecoat of flayed one flesh followed by thin washes of athonian camoshade and agrax earthshade. Then some highlights: the base colour followed by pure white, in a feathered manner. The gut and other skin abrasions were then washed carefully with thin consecutive washes of druchii violet, reikland fleshshade, carroburg crimson, seraphim sepia until I was satisfied. And then some biel-tan green washes just to gorify everything (of course).


Many bits on this model made my girlfriend cringe. Success!

Many bits on this model made my girlfriend cringe. Success!


The part of the model which I’m most satisfied with is the metallic areas. These were basecoated runefang steel and then washed consecutively with nuln oil, agrax earthshade, biel-tan green and drakenhof nightshade. A dark patina was created by these washes leaving just a hint of metallics underneath and on the edges. I then dug in with pure runefang steel and streaked, blotched and feathered a heavy layer of weathering which doubles as a highlight; you’ll probably understand this took quite some time.

Lighting's a little better in this one.

Lighting’s a little better in this one.


I more or less secretly wanted to paint this model up to see if I could outdo Pieter-Jan’s stellar version of him. Along the way that goal was totally side-tracked as I strayed ever further from the ‘classic’ GW colour scheme which Pieter-Jan somewhat adhered to (At least I think he did). In the end, I think we both delivered great paintjobs (I hope my readers will agree on that) but took the model in distinctly separate directions with him.


For Sale!

As you will undoubtedly have gathered from the title of this blog post, I’m very much willing to sell this chap on. I don’t have a Nurgle army not will I ever collect one, so I’d be happy for another wargamer to push him around on the tabletop or grace a glass cabinet or what have you. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to make me an offer – contact me at laurensvannijvel at hotmail dot com. I’m not asking overly much for this model; twice the retail price plus any p&p costs that might be incurred. The model’s basing will also be finished according to preference.

If I can sell this chap on, you can expect some more of these features from me! As said I had a great time painting him, and I might do some of the other plastic characters GW has been releasing lately (not the resin ones, I’m not tired of life).


Chaos Lord of Nurgle (guest contribution!)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a contribution to this blog – sorry for that! I’ve had yet more social duties to attend to, including a fabulous garden party hosted by my in-laws last Wednesday where my girlfriend and I covered a few country songs. Good times! I didn’t get that much time to paint, alas, but I did manage to complete some Vikings and continue work on the first painting guide (which should be hitting the blog this weekend or early next week). For now, however, I’d like to show you a friend’s Chaos Lord which happened to wander through the sights of my (girlfriend’s) camera:

One of the better character models Games Workshop has released recently.

One of the better character models Games Workshop has released recently.

As you can see from the pictures, this friend of mine – Pieter-Jan is his name – has become quite an accomplished painter. Since he’s in the armed forces and barracked I reckon he doesn’t have much time to hone his skills, so I was pleasantly surprised when he showed me this model yesterday. I’m guessing he probably followed the example of the ‘Eavy Metal colour scheme with some minor alterations, but as you will probably understand I’m unable to give you the usual run-down of the paintjob.

The one thing I'd add to this model is an additional highlight on the black loincloth.

The one thing I’d add to this model is an additional highlight on the black loincloth.

I guess there’s nothing else for it but to pick up my own sample of this model and have a go at it myself, to see if I can do an equally good or perhaps even better job of it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these pictures and that you take the time to congratulate Pieter-Jan. And if you’d like to see this kind of blog post featured more in the future, please let me know!

It’ll be a busy weekend on the blog as there will be some Vikings as well, and the aforementioned painting guide, plus some Sarmatians next week. Stay tuned!


Warhammer Bloodletters of Khorne

As promised, here is the second segment of my synopsis of the past week’s work. Ten infantry and six cavalry in a week means the painted model counter is nearing the 300 mark. I might even reach it at the end of this month, although I do have a ten-day vacation to Slovenia coming up which means I won’t be painting for about a third of July. We’ll see how that goes – let’s return to the topic at hand:

Plastic models by Games Workshop

Plastic models by Games Workshop

These fellows have been lying around in the back of my car since my birthday (16 February) which means they’ve had to wait half a year to get even the slightest bit of attention – even acknowledgement – from me. The reason for this is, of course, that I’ve since been dragged into many different historical projects, and my Warhammer stuff has remained largely untouched. Still, I wanted to do something non-human for a change, and for that purpose I decided to build and paint these guys.

As you can see, ranking them up is quite tricky.

As you can see, ranking them up is quite tricky.

These models are a fairly new GW kit, and as far as options go I’m a bit disappointed with them. GW used to cram lots of bits and bobs into the kit to personalise the models or to convert other models, but apart from choosing between command options or regular swords you have not a single extra part in this kit. Ten bodies, ten heads, ten faces, ten swords. Quite a shame, as I was thinking of using the spare parts together with Chaos Warriors to kitbash some Forsaken. The arms also go onto the bodies in just one way, so while the poses are rather varied, you can’t be creative with them.

Great lighting, Laurens, excellent...

Great lighting, Laurens, excellent…

I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time on these guys, so I built them in an hour and then painted them on Friday in a single day. Most of the time was spent waiting for the washes to dry – the orange was painted macharius solar orange and washed agrax earthshade then carroburg crimson, and the silver was painted runefang steel washed with Vallejo smoky ink and drakenhof nightshade. I’m not completely sold on the red swords, they were painted blood red, washed agrax earthshade and carroburg crimson as well, and then edge highlighted with blood red again. The contrast isn’t superb, so I think I’m going to look for a bright orange tone and do an extra highlight.

These are the only Daemon models in my possession at the moment, and I’m going to keep it that way for a bit. They were the flavour-of-the-month army recently so I might be able to get some second-hand deals in the near future, but I’ll not actively look for them – too many other exciting historical projects to consider!

As for next week: a couple more Napoleonics, with Maréchal Ney’s aides-de-camp, Heymes and Levavasseur, in the pipeline. And a scenery item, too!

Chaos Knights of Khorne

The sun shines, the spring blossoms sway in the breeze, and I’m at the office tending to the needs of undeserving people. In other words: High time for another blog update!

Since I have all these painted models lying about from previous projects that have that look in their (crookedly painted) eyes of “Please photograph me master, I love you master” I’ve decided to kick off a weekly series of updates about an old paintjob of mine. Henceforth, let’s call it Yesteryear Wednesday. Cute, isn’t it. As it’s been awhile since I’ve posted some Warhammer Fantasy stuff, let’s kick off with a unit of Chaos Knights.

These models were also photographed by Bo of GW Gent.

These models were also photographed by Bo of GW Gent.

This unit is the first, and currently only, of a Khorne-themed army which is to form part of a Grand Host of Chaos as per the Tamurkhan rules. For this reason, I chose to paint them with the same colours and techniques as my Beastmen which you’ve probably seen before on the blog. While the kit itself is really great, with lots of individuality to the five models, I slightly converted the models with Beastmen weapons and shields, and with heads from the regular Chaos Warriors. I wanted them to look slightly more feral to have them tie in better with the Beastmen themselves.

One of the better kits GW has released in recent years, decently priced too.

One of the better kits GW has released in recent years, decently priced too.

Painting was relatively straightforward, with most of the models being covered in metal. This was basecoated with macharius solar orange, washed with devlan mud and baal red, and then edged and weathered in one go with mithril silver. I wanted to do an orange army for the longest time, and it’s a relatively simple technique so I’m quite pleased with it. I really should get going with some more Chaos on the painting table, but it seems historicals have taken over; I’ve hardly painted a Warhammer Fantasy model since these Chaos Knights, last summer.

Speaking of knights: the Sarmatians are nearing completion. They won’t be done today or tomorrow, but I’ll certainly have them done by the end of the week. Until then!