22 June, 2016

Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion WIP - Part 2

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve not had much time for painting at all, mostly due to having found out my wife is pregnant. 

The Face is Finished

Last night I managed to get about an hour or so to do a little more work on this guy and I am happy to say that his face is done! I added a bit more of a green tint to one side of his face, darkened the inside of his mouth with a mix of Nuln Oil and Rakarth Flesh followed by the other eye with a mix of Nuln Oil and Carroburg Crimson.

I then painted in his one red eye with Mephiston Red, washed again with Carroburg and dotted with Jakaero Orange.


I added a final highlight of Screaming Skull thinned with Lahmian Medium to the more prominent areas of the face and finished up with some Nurgles Rot in the empty eye socket which is also running down his cheek and around his mouth.

Rust and Corrosion

I slapped loads of Typhus Corrosion on his blades as well as a few spots on armour plates (which I’ve now decided will not be green).  I also painted on some Agrellan Earth, hoping to take advantage of it’s cracking effects, but that hasn’t worked out how I hoped it might.  I think I needed to paint it on thicker, but I don’t think it would like right if I do that.


However it has left a rough texture which should still added to the rusted and corroded effect I was going for.Khorne_Bloodreaver_to_Nurgle_Conversion_WIP_2_Armour_Corrosion

Straps and Manacles

Lastly I put a base coat of brown (can’t remember which right now) on the leather straps across his chest and the belt at his waist.


I also painted up the manacles at his hip.  I laid down some more lovely Typhus Corrosion, then over that I painted bronze.  I want to show some left over Khorne influence, but not much.  I figured this gentle touch of bronze, along with the red loin cloth will be enough.

What's Next?

Next I plan to finish the leather straps, work on the model’s hair, finish the horn and maybe make a start on the armour.


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06 June, 2016

Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion WIP

Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion WIP Header

One of the greatest things about this hobby is that we can take a mini from another faction and convert it to that of our own chosen army.  Seeing that Beasts Of Nurgle has converted some of the Khorne Bloodreavers (from the Age of Sigmar starter set) to Nurgle I decided to try my hand at the same.

The Conversion

Khorne Bloodreaver
This is the model I started with since it didn’t require a great deal of work for the conversion and I like the horn protruding from his head, whereas most of the other Bloodreaver models wear helmets with horns attached.

I filed away the icons of Khorne from the axe and dagger as well as the spike from the skull at the base of the axe, then decided to remove the dagger blade and replace it with a blade from a sword of a skeleton warrior from my bits box, a particularly battle damaged and badly aged blade. I then used a combination of pin drill and craft knife to and a few icons of Nurgle, a few pits, scratches and battle damage to the armour.

For extra effect I also drilled out an eye and added some damage around the eye socket.

Khorne Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion modifications

Painting begins

When all was done with the modifications I undercoated in white and set to work on the skin.

Khorne Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion skin painting
I decided to use several thin washes of of Druchii Violet to wash the eye socket and a couple washes in the recesses of the skin.  I highlighted then left the model for a bit to work on the base.

The Base

Khorne Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion base
The base is cork and sand, undercoated black the drybrushed with various shades of grey until I was happy.

More Painting

Khorne Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion armour prepaeration
I laid down some grey on parts that will be green and black on the trousers and boots as well as drybrushing the skin to make it a bit more pallid.

Khorne Bloodreaver to Nurgle Conversion green skin
After base coating with green on top of the grey from the previous step I painted Khorne Red on the loin cloth (if that’s what you call it) then started the process of staining the left hand side of the torso and head. I want this model to show that Nurgle has blessed it, but still has a long way to go until Nurgle fully accepts him as a convert.

Next Steps

Next I will be working on the sickly green tinge to the skin some more, I want to show the green as working from the damaged eye socket out towards the rest of the body, so will be darker at the eye socket and less so further out.

I will also work on the green armour and trousers leaving the weapons and details like manacles, straps, bracelets, hair etc. until I have decided what I colours I want them to be.
I am also researching how to get a really good rust effect on the blades in much the same was as Beasts of Nurgle achieved his.

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03 June, 2016



Over at the Tale of Painters blog member Third Eye Nuke has recently made a post on how to paint blood, giving the example of a stunning Tyranid model (I'm not sure which model it is since I don’t really know the ‘Nids!).

tut blood thirdeyenuke

I really like this method of painting blood although I have to admit it is far beyond my current level to achieve.

A mix of paint brands are used, including Games Workshop, Vallejo and Tamiya to create a very realistic blood effect.  I really love this.

Go take a look!

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02 June, 2016

Nurgle Lord of Plagues Finished

A few days ago I finished working on the Lord of Plagues for my slowly building Nurgle army.  To be honest, it’s only the second Nurgle model I have started, the first being the Nurglings.

I am really pleased with how the model turned out but there are a couple of things I would do differently if I were to paint another of these models, more on that after some pictures.

Lord of Plagues Photo’s


The Lord of Plagues painted by @danielrmitchell

Once all the painting was done, I decided some blood spatter would really finish off the model.  I added the spatter by loading up a brush with Blood for the Blood God, held it upright in front of the axe of the model and blew hard.  I then added a little Nurgles Rot to the poison/puss leaking from his gut which mixed nicely with the Blood for the Blood God to make a particularly putrescent looking ooze.

The Lord of Plagues ooze close-up


The Base

Basing is new to me, but since The Lord of Plagues is somewhat of a feature model I wanted to create a base that made him stand apart from the norm (well, what is normal for me). I found some tips on creating bases with rocky outcroppings using cork.  This was the result.  Some cork and sand, sprayed black then layered up with differing shades of grey dry brushed on until I was happy.  Lastly I made a puddle of the same poisoned oozing puss as on the model to bring in a little more colour to the base. I am really pleased with the way the way it looks. 

The Lord of Plagues base with ooze puddle close-up

What would I do differently next time?

If I were to paint this model again I would use less blood spatter because although I like the gross look of it, it does detract from the many hours of labour that went into painting the purple bruising on his skin, which I was really pleased with and proud of.

Also, I would more rust effects to the axe.  I did use Typhus Corrosion to roughen the surface texture, but on it’s own that is not enough.


I am not a top class painter, I know this, at best I am a novice.  My hands are not steady enough for crisp edge highlights, I am not experienced enough to know how to clean up mistakes properly either.  However, despite my lack of experience or knowledge I am very pleased with this model.

It wasn’t hard to paint to this standard even though I lack experience of blending colours but what I am taking away from this above anything is how much I enjoyed painting it.  I have started so many models that were never finished because I got bored of them half way through yet the Lord of Plagues was fun from start to finish.

What’s Next?

Next on my list is to finish the Nurglings and to make a start on Gutrot Spume!

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24 May, 2016

How to Build a Super Cheap Citadel Paint or Model Rack out of a Shoe Rack

You may have seen my previous guide on how to build an inexpensive citadel paint rack which works really well, however despite it being inexpensive it is not super cheap!

Why Build a Cheap Paint Rack Now?

Since getting an absolute bargain on Citadel paints and other bits at a car boot sale recently I find myself in the position of needing even more space to store my ever growing collection of paints so decided to build something new.

I built something similar in the past, which you can see in the photo below.  I use it to store my expansive work in progress collection, but this new shelf that I am about to demonstrate for you is a bit deeper, allowing for more room for paints and models.

Super Cheap Citadel Paint and Games Workshop model rack by @danielrmitchell
I built the last super cheap rack for my WIPS and Citadel Paints!

Cost and Parts

The total cost of this Citadel Paint rack is less than £10 assuming you have tape, clamps or glue, hacksaw or pliers around the home and don’t have to go out and buy them.  The shoe racks I have used are from The Range and can be found on The Range website.

Also, I am trying something new with this guide.  I’ve been using the Snapguide app for years to create and share various guides, so I’ve decided to embed the guide for this build into this post.

The Guide

Check out How to Build a Super Cheap Citadel Paint or Model Rack by Daniel R Mitchell on Snapguide.

If you have found this useful, or have thoughts on how to alter or enhance the design please leave a comment after this post, on the guide itself or tweet me, I’d love to read your thoughts.

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