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Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/07/28 00:19:28


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well my old Ork blog is long dead, and thanks of the wonder of photobucket all the images are gone so I'll make a fresh start with

The Deathguard.....

While I'm not a huge fan of power armour (heresy you cry) the new Deathguard from the 8th edition Dark Imperium box set really appealed to me so a grabbed a set and swiftly built them, but I needed more

so I got a second set, but now the problems start

It's all very well for all Ultramarines to look the same, duplicate sculpts don't matter, all the marines look the same, and I bet they even walk the same

but not those that have received Grandfather Nurgle's blessing, each will have a unique set of diseases, their own collection of parasites, of wounds and scars, they must look different

so I set about converting the second set mainly using parts from the other deathguard in the box

so I present my results, the original on the left, my conversion on the right


The steampunk brothers, reactor packs spewing clouds of radiation into the air around them, making the ever present flies even more infectious

headswap, remove blight grenade, chain bayonet and one of the backpack vents


Marines on the run, occasionally even the Deathguard have to pick up the pace or miss the fight

reactor pack swap, plague knife swapped for blight grenade, bolter ammo feed swap


Know what really ruins your day, having a blight grenade explode in your face courtesy of this pair

headswap, remove bolter strap and add over sized muzzle, alter bolter arm angle, swap out reactor pack vents with blight grenade for bell, trim shoulderpad spike rack, damage crotchguard


I'm going to cut you!

headswap, powerpack swap, bolter ammo feed swap, alter bolter arm angle



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I've got the remaining 3 marines done and should post them soon, and i'm working on the Blightbringer

stay tuned for updates


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next up is one of the 'almost duplicates' GW provides in the box set, with identical body and reactor pack only differing in belly plate and weapon options,


Plasma Gunners (and in this edition plasma is required shooting)

both versions are conversions, on the right is a modified helmet and reactor pack from the bits box, on the left is a headswap


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/07/30 10:23:54


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


and here is the other pair of duplicate bodied marines


swap the arm spikes for some greenstuff tentacles, and replace a shoulderpad with a forgeworld Deathguard one

and finally our glorious unit champions



In this case my converted unit champion is based on the malignant plaguecaster body with and arm, hand and headswap (head made with one of the shoulderpad from the set), and with the spike and plaguefly removed


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/07/31 12:34:20


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


So with the Plague Marine unit finished next comes the special characters

The malignant plaguecaster is my least favourite of the set, the 'spell' effects don't look great, and are pointing off center, and I hate the face so



Using the unit champion body (which looking at this is near pose identical anyway) the face looks much better, and I've cut down the spell effect and used the large plague fly as it's terminus and have done a backpack swap too

really pleased with it, a big improvement on the original


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/02 18:23:25


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


the bells, the bells, the dolorous bells

looking at one of the old chaos marine heads there was a pretty big gap .... I wonder if I could get a bell in there?



add a few rot holes with a drill, a bit of respirator cabling instead of the standard face grill and a prefect new head for my noxious blight bringer appears



I cut the bell frame and reversed it to get the bell swinging the other way and ran the frame fully round, and added some spare thuribles to it


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/06 11:13:58


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Fear not loyal viewers (or am I babbling to myself?) I have not abandoned you

now some ebay purchases have arrived I am working on my Lord of Contagion

Belguur the Infested has been truly blessed by Nurgle, his flesh is bloated and festering, boils and pustules cover his skin, corrosion dulls his mighty terminator armour,

but his infestation is the true sign of the Grandfather's favour, and shows the final path planned for him if he proves worthy....

(have you guessed? a little bit more greenstuff work and I can show you)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/11 18:23:48


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


still working on the Lord of Contagion, but I'm also tossing around ideas for the Bloat Drone, the lore has them as bound demons stuffed into a mechanical shell, and they look very similar in form to the AoS Plague Drones



so how about we combine the two, this is a very rough idea, I want the fly wings,

I may add a second set or possibly a couple of halters (little club like things flys have instead of a second set of wings, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halteres)

I want to crack/split the armour plate on the front as if the wings have broken free, and is letting some of the demon body is breaking out,

I've got the legs starting to escape from the vents on the sides

and I want to get the plague drone head in around where the cabling is coming out of the body, a bit lower than on the image above


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/11 18:57:03


Post by: D4V1D0


I feel you deserve more comments than you're getting. Great conversion work! Can't wait to see them painted


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/11 19:00:25


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Thanks (an thanks for being the first comment in my new thread too)

I'm pleased with how they're going so far, and they're so fun to do


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/11 20:38:30


Post by: Ezra Tyrius


Nice conversions so far! Curious to see how the Bloat Drone conversion evolves


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/12 10:54:22


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Belguur the Infested has been gifted with his own flock of Nurglings and has even begun to birth small deformed ones from his rotting bowels. He is truly favoured by Grandfather Nurgle.


the head of the noxious blightbringer fits well if you trim off the back of the helmet, but those spikes are really fragile so if you want to try this fit it LAST, I can't count the number of times I've broken them off while greenstuffing), I used the nurglings from the pile the original Lord of Contagion is stepping in to decorate my conversion, but had to buy some to get the 3 on the back mount although you could try sculpting them. I also think trimming off the cloakat the junction of the chainmail really changes the look of the figure




Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/19 09:26:29


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




It's taken a while but I've got my bloat drone conversion going, the cursed armour that contains the demon within (a plague drone) is failing and splitting apart.

step one add wings, cut the armour plate so it looks fractured, make a greenstuff cast of the blight drone head and figure out how to attach them all


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/20 10:53:17


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Bloat Drone conversion, the bound plague drone within is beginning to break free, cracking the blight iron armour, the head still trailing the cables and tubes of it's imprisonment




Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/08/21 13:07:59


Post by: Ezra Tyrius


By all that is unholy, that is awesome!

Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see that beast painted


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/17 13:30:12


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well I've finally put paintbrush to mini and have worked out my colour scheme



a normal foetid bloat drone in deathguard green with (old GW) snot green accents,

there's a lot of texture on it from a faulty primer can (I sobbed, then brushed off the worst of the loose gritty stuff then re-primed with a fresh working can so it didn't keep flaking off) but I think that works well with the Deathguard model

the spikes on the crest turn out to be crazy fragile and snapped off when painting so I just left them off


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/17 14:15:55


Post by: petrov27


lots of great stuff going on here - love what you are doing!

What part was it that gave the three nurglings banner/back mount on your Belguur the Infested conversion?


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/19 13:18:44


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


petrov27 wrote:
lots of great stuff going on here - love what you are doing!

What part was it that gave the three nurglings banner/back mount on your Belguur the Infested conversion?


They're three nuglings cut off one of the standard nurgling clusters from the 3 piece stacks, I've photographed (terribly) the remains in case you want to identify which specifc one since I chose what looked to be the easiest to remove a trio from with the least repair work needed afterwards,

the 3 were taken off the right hand side, the base removed and greenstuff used to replace missing bits and fit the feet to the existing back bar the symbols were removed from




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I;ve made a start on painting the converted bloat drone,



and unusually for me have completed the base first which I'm pleased with (the greenstuff maggots really work well)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/19 15:09:25


Post by: Yorkright


Your converted blight drone is awesome, will be checking in on your blog to see how it turns out.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/23 10:14:39


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




finished at last, I wonder how long it will be before the demon is fully free and has it's revenge on it's captors


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/29 13:11:42


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Next on the paint bench Belguur the Lord of Contagion and his bellringer


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/29 13:53:36


Post by: usernamesareannoying


hey orlando, i really love what you've done here.
have you given any thought on how you'd add some additional plasma guns to these guys?

i plan on trying to mash up some plasma pistols with the boltguns on these guys but i'd love to see what you come up with.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/30 10:10:09


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


I since I don't have any appropriate bits in my collection I think I'd probably go for the Kromlech plasma gun,



or maybe the Puppets War acid blaster (less sure of the size as but they're very big as a pistol for their own range they look like they'd be large enough)



and mash them up with the boltguns as you say


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/09/30 21:16:02


Post by: Azazelx


Awesome work here, Orlando. Very impressive kitbashing and converting.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/01 13:04:22


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Cheers Mate, these Deathguard are just providing loads of fun and I'm actually keen to paint them too which is often where I fall down


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/02 09:02:30


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Belgurr the Infested with his band of merry Nurglings is finished


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/02 09:13:29


Post by: Azazelx


Very sexy and impressive work. He looks outstanding!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/02 11:16:40


Post by: usernamesareannoying


thanks for the tips on the plasma Orlando.
i really like belgurr.
theres something really neat about the stoic nature of the plague marine having the happy go lucky nurglings hanging out with him. i also like seeing the nurglings painted a different color than the usual green.

something about them reminds me of the cheap easter caandy i used to get as a kid... lol


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/02 12:19:27


Post by: Thorax Abdomen


Great stuff, just what they needed.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/06 13:32:51


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Since nothing else is finished I thought I'd show a WIP series



I first begin by slapping on a base colour in this case Deathguard Green

than I block in the other main base colours, Black (Vallejo, metal/silver), Tuskgor Fur (GW, for intestine cables), Red Gore (GW, metal brass/bronze), Snot Green (GW, armour accents), Brains Pink (Reaper, Tentacles), Deck Tan (Vallejo, Cloth and 'slime'),

add metallic paint Brass (Vallejo), Bronze (Vallejo), Boltgun Metal (GW), Mithril Silver (GW)

finally tidy up the edges and run over some washes, Sepia (GW, armour & metal/silver), Druchii Violet (GW, intestine cables and tentacles), Nihlakh Oxide (Brass/bronze), Snakebite Leather (GW, cloth) and add Rust Effect spots (Model Mates) and Nurgles Rot (GW, slime)

and there at the end is the mini ready for highlighting

the base is Blackfire Earth technical paint (GW) washed with Thraka Green (GW) which I'll drybrush up and add greenstuff maggots and other bits to later



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/09 15:12:32


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




not sure why Smokey McStack here is in 'soft focus' but you get the idea, I really like the way the colours come together, and the skull shoulder pad works well


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/09 17:25:04


Post by: Barzam


I love the Bloat Drone with its armor peeling off. What a great way to get some mileage out of the starter set model. Any plans for converting the push fit trio?


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/11 23:33:36


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Thanks I thought of it pretty much as soon as I saw the bloat drone and it worked out much better than expected, the wings and head are just a perfect size and I think keeping the bloat drone 'eye' in there helps tie them together really well

I may well do some chopping on the 3 push fit minis but first I need to get through this lot (and the far to much other Deathguard stuff I've just ordered)

but from the set I've put together as designed, but they're just as easy to modify as the Dark Imperium versions so I'll have to see what bits are left over on my multipose Plague Marine sprue, then it will depend on what's cheaper to get more DI or those


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/12 00:49:54


Post by: Azazelx


I'm very disappointed in you, Orlando. I don't know why you're putting in the effort to individualise these mno-pose models and make them look awesome when you could be spending that valuable time bitching about how mono-pose means all the models will be clones and the sky has finally fallen.

Seriously though - these are great, and I'll doubtlessly be coming back to this thread to find inspiration (steal ideas) when I get started on my "new" Death Guard models.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/12 09:46:23


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


this chap is almost running, what a strange thing for a plague marine to do they're all about the slow plod across the field, but he's eager to hit something with his skull mace (I may end up redoing the photo as it's a bit blurred but I'm lazy so maybe not)




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and here's the plague drone I've ended up with after using it's large wings on my conversion above





I've used a couple of the thuribles (those incense burner thingies) to mimic a real flies halters (real flies only have a single pair of wings, plus a pair of little 'weights' they use for balance)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/20 11:05:40


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Meltyface the Malignant Plaguecaster, I imagine the bits of cloth on the backpack are meant to represent wings so used similar colours to my bloat drone conversion


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/20 11:18:32


Post by: lliu


Damn. Really really like the paint and conversions so far!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/20 11:30:10


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




and starting work on a plague doctor, using the DI malignant plague caster as a base, first I removed as many of the tentacles from it as I could and built a clawed foot using bits I'd previously trimmed of DI marines

then I created a traditional plague doctor mask using one of the shoulder spikes from the DI plague marines as the beak and a genestealer cultist head to provide the goggles, which fit together really with with a bit of judicious cutting

this was then fitted into the hollowed out hood which had to be raised up a few mm as the head i'm replacing is smaller than a 'normal' one'

I've also added some syringes/vials/mystery things to the chest but have to decide if I need to show how they're held there (straps, tentacles) or if they look ok as is

I need to replace the staff with a knife/blade thing, and fit a right arm with the narthecium, not sure if I want to try and scratch build my own or buy a bit which would be easier but expensive (they tend to cost more than the whole plaguecaster), I also need to do an apothecary's backpack but i'm waiting for my box of multipart plague marines for a starting point


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lliu wrote:
Damn. Really really like the paint and conversions so far!


Thanks


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/20 23:48:08


Post by: Azazelx


Fantastic work. I'm loving that Plague Doctor WIP!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/23 12:49:57


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


and on Sunday I was mostly painting Hornhead Bigtongue throwing a blight greneade



and my retailer has told me GW has sent all the wrong stuff to him this order (my guess is they'd just run out so bunged in some overstock just in case he accepted it) so no Deathguard for me, I got to wait, Boooo Hiss


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/10/27 10:18:51


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Leechorn Gutmouth is finished, I think he's got the coolest of the DI heads. He shows how i'm doing the 3 skull motif that's on a lot of these figures, one in tarnished bronze (decay), one in rusted out steel (death) and one in bright silver (life) for the cycle of nurgle

He's also got the body that is most badly compromised by the low number of parts GW was working with for these figures, the shape of the right leg is 'off' and disguised by a bunch of 'slime'


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/03 12:43:36


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


A bit more work on my Plague Surgeon



he's now got his other arm (plague marine kit with a nurgle fly emblem added, forgeworld deathguard pad) and servitor head in a box hiding behind the staff (which will go when my Narthecium for that arm arrives in the post). I've got to find his big light too, I was hoping to use a bell to make one but don't have anything large enough

I've also got the Plasma Gunner for the squad painted up





Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/04 14:51:10


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




the narthecium arrived and was stripped and trimmed to fit, and I dug out a lamp from a cadian backpack, add a few power cables and the plague surgeon is complete

I really like the way he's come out as a complete contrast to the thin angular official model, instead he's bloated and bulky, and you can just imagine him chuckling into his mask (or is it really a beak) as he extracts the gene seed from a fallen marine


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/05 04:55:44


Post by: Azazelx


Very nice work there, Orlando. I can see myself ripping you off there!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/08 21:47:50


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


No real progress so far this week, too cold to paint when I've been in

but I did get a box of the Blightlord Terminators, and when you build a them with all the fancy weapons you're left with

3 heads
4 right stormbolter arms
2 left arms with bubotic axes
4 shoulder guards

so I wondered if I could combine them with standard Calth Cataphriactii terminator armour so I headed to ebay

they're annoyingly expensive here in the UK so unless you get lucky or have some hanging about you're probably better off buying more Blightlords,

but since I want to play around I was fortunate enough to grab a set for an almost reasonable price so I'll find out when they arrive

Edit: I suspect they may well be a little small too but we shall see


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/09 21:33:15


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


The Calth Cataphractii terminators have arrived, and they are indeed a touch too small,

but at least some Nurgle terminators will have to start as 'regular' size if they're following the background and salvaging armour from the imperium and then rely on good old Papa to make them grow into the role

I am inspired to create so I shall see what I can come up with this evening

but my recommendation would be not to buy any extra normal terminator bodies to use up your spare Blightlord arms on, use any spares you already own by all means but unless you want to mess about saving up for another box of Blightlords and modifying them is going to be easier.

(and you'll get another Buzzy McBuzzface and you can never have enough of it!)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/10 11:19:36


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Work in progress with a couple of the real Blightlords to show the size differences.

The belly on the conversion is just the chest plate of one of the multipart plague marines which fits really well



On the march, another size comparison shot. You could gain a few mm without too much trouble by padding the waist joint (but I didn't on this one)



and just to show how big the standard plague marines are here's a painting WIP beside the conversion


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/16 11:12:32


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




My second Blightlord aspirant. I've grabbed the extra height I needed with a bit of putty inside the torso, but he's still not as 'bulky' as a genuine blightlord.

again it's based on a Calth cataphractii terminator with the gut plate made from a chest piece from the multipart plague marine kit and genuine Blightlord arms, all liberally corroded with a set of drill holes






Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/16 12:19:00


Post by: lliu


I’d reccomend sculpting a joint for the left arm with the axe. It kinda looks like one of those old terminators you’d get with the monopole arms. Of course that’s just my two cents, and fantastic job as always!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/16 13:38:12


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


I'll certainly agree the pose on the first one does leave a lot to be desired but i'll probably leave it as changing any of the joints tend to run up against the perential problem of all the terminator armour

in that you just can't fit anything even remotely humanoid in to the as the shoulders/elbows just don't work (even worse than normal power armour which is bad enough)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/19 16:55:38


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Finished the Worm arm-ed (not armed) Plague Marine, used the citadel painting handle for the first time and found it very comfortable

the sticking out sides of the head are really useful to brace your fingers against, and remember you can move the mini round 90 degrees of the bit you're after if blocked by them.

Next on the painting list the Plague Surgeon and the second of the Blightlord Aspriants


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/20 11:52:11


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


I thought i'd show you a bit about the basing,



very simple GW blackfire earth texture paint, with greenstuff worms/maggots

mix up your greenstuff and roll a bit into a small cone, pop it on the base, then press down along one side then the other with a cocktail stick or similar to fix it to the base, and form the maggot shape, use the point to add a mouth at the broad end and gently use the point to make the segment lines along the body

I then pop a bit more texture paint around the edges both to hide the greenstuff sticking it to the base, and to help make sure it stays put

I then wash the base with a green wash (old thrakka green), and drybrush with a variety of light colours, and a few patches of orange,

I add a patch of nurgles rot technical paint to the ends of the maggots to show the slime they excrete


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/20 13:43:49


Post by: lliu


Very nice! You've given me a few ideas for a new conversion project as soon as I finish reposing my Primaris Marines.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/20 13:49:25


Post by: Elbows


The plague mask is inspired...almost makes me want to do a totally different take on my next Plague Marines...hmmm...


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/20 14:01:49


Post by: Ubl1k


This is great i thought I had converted my guys nicely but this is a whole new level of cool.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/20 21:18:46


Post by: petrov27


Yeah really digging where you have gone with these - agreed the plague mask add you made rocks...


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/20 22:56:38


Post by: Barzam


I like how these guys are coming along. I still need to scratch together three more Plague Marines to go with my Easy Build guys. This plog is definitely giving me some inspiration on how I could do it and still have some variety.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/11/27 13:15:37


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




The doctor will see you now (if you're unlucky), I'm jolly pleased with how this looks now he's painted. I don't know what's in those vials but I bet it's pretty unpleasant


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/12/09 13:29:33


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured



The unit champion is now done, Nugle has blessed him with a swollen, bloated demonic head ripe with scabs and pustules. Isn't Papa Nurgle generous to his children

Note: Don't glue this backpack and cloak on before painting as it make it really annoying! I got carried away in my converting and have regretted it all week


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now on to the bell ringer, I love my conversion but i'm struggling with the paint on him, not sure why but i'll see if inspiration strikes now I've done the rest


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fixed the broken images on the first page (not sure why they broke)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/12/14 14:47:27


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well the bell ringer is still proving annoying, so here's a terminator



Blightlord Aspirant, this conversion based on a Calth terminator doesn't have quite the bulk of the genuine Blightlords so I see him as an aspirant, a new Deathguard with minimal mutations still able to squeeze into a captured suit of Imperial armour just beginning his change. The helmet with the decorative horn helps support this, something he wishes the grandfather would gift him with like some of his bretherin


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2017/12/16 23:43:52


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


i'm clearly doing something right as the Grandfather has blessed me with some sort of Deathguard flu,

Despite vaccination (looks like it's a strain not covered), heating, plenty of blankets, an extra sweatshirt, a hot waterbottle and a cat (who is delighted the room is like a Saharan summer, not cold and wet Britain)

I'm shivering so much I can't hold a brush to do anything but shoddy undercoating

the blog will resume once I have something useful to show (and maybe once Santa has brought me some new easy build Blightlords, after all Lord Smiley Face has a unique weapon not available anywhere else!)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/01/06 13:53:54


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well I suspect many Deathguard players and collectors will have done this, but for those that haven't yet



The Dark Imperium Bloat Drone compared to the full kit, as you can see you get an option of the same syringe nose, and an alternate thick hose



and 3 different faceplates



a comparison of the plagespitters, note they're not quite identical



and the fans are slightly different too

so together with the other 2 weapon sets (lawnmower and big goo shooter) a visit to ebay to pick up a couple of dark imperium examples along with one full kits will give you a good basis for a varied force



or if you don't want too many points intensive flying things consider using the faceplates from the full kit on your blight haulers instead,it will be a bit more work but they should fit with only a little cutting and a dash of putty


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/01/15 17:47:08


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Started putting a plagueburst crawler together

(top tip, being ill means you don't concentrate hard enough so your build will be a bit of a mess, get well first)

so a couple of issues to make note of, first the cogged wheel you make from 67, 68,69 & 70 teeth are not in register if you just put the bits together as instructed



you should trim a small bit of the rim of parts 68 & 69 and glue the up to 67 & 70 so they do match up. A fairly simple fix but a lot easier than having to reshape each tooth with a knife as i'm doing

(that's what happens when you don't concentrate on what you're doing as you're ill)

Second I got one of the tracks on back to front,

now I thought I was following the instructions ok, but I could have got things wrong (or they could have got the numbers for left and right tracks switched in the instruction, not sure which)

whatever the pictures are right so check the teeth on the track at the fat end of the crawlwe are pointing down into the ground as pictures when you're dry fitting things

It's also worth pointing out that you cover up a bunch of cool detail on the sides of your crawler with the armour so it may be worth doing some battle damage on the armour to reveal it (although you do need to use it as the tracks don't run around the whole thing!



oh and to make life simple i'd avoid gluing the mortar assembly and the dozer blade on until after everthing is painted ,

it will be a lot simpler,


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/01/27 12:41:06


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Built a set of the Deathshroud bodyguard which gives you a spare toros front so I used it to build another Blightlord Aspirant

The arms are spares from the Blightlord kit, and the legs and rear torso from a Calth terminator which was widened with plastic card to match the deathshroud front, and the waist area was built up with scrap plastic and putty to add the needed height


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/02/15 20:33:01


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Let's customise some bloat drones



first there are loads of spikes, chaos of all sorts supports heads on spikes so dig in your bits box (I picked a skull and a preserved head cut of one of the deathguard). This also helps disguise that you've managed to break off the spikes which I;ve done a fair bit of even though i'm not normally so heavy handed


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next you can change up the look by cutting down or removing the two hoses/cables hanging under the drone. In this example I've removed the thin one and cut down the thick one, hollowing out what's left, it's the change is most obvious with the smaller guns unlike the big one here


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that medallion hanging off the hoses under the bloat drone, cut it free, split it in half and you can brand the tank on it's back, pretty cool (if you're less confident with your hobby knife just flatten off one side of the medallion as it's a lot easier than trying to cut it in half)


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the splits in the armour on the dark imperium bloat drone are very recognisable, so trim them flat (some of the 'flesh' inside the splits pokes up) and cover with greenstuff, add some corrosion pitting and you change the look a fair bit

trim off the mucus on the horns and they end up looking a fair bit different too

and finally that spare bit of thick hose left over from the earlier work fits on syringe nose (trim off the pitted dome that's there) and changes up the look



and when you build your regular bloat drone you're left with a spare set of nose hoses, so I've added some of them to the rear of a drone with its ther hoses removed


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and for my next trick how about some scenery, the Feculent Gnarlmaw



pretty cool but if you build it as instructed you won't be able to paint the inside of the mouth, or pit of maggots properly





so i'd suggest building this bit and not attaching it to the base until it's painted

(note that the edge spikes on disc to the right can interfere with the fit to the base so dry fit that before gluing, the long horn on mine should have been slightly higher up so I needed to do a bit of cutting and putty work to fix my mistake)


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oh and smooth over those ball& socket joints for the 3 main branches, they look awful if you don't


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/03/29 11:41:34


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Finally managed to get another one finished, Bloatdrone with Flesh Mower, minor conversions and added Nurgling


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/03/29 14:27:56


Post by: carlos13th


Great conversions here mate.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/03/29 22:21:35


Post by: Guardians Eternal


these are awesome! Your kit vs DI comparisons are super helpful too!!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/03/30 07:47:25


Post by: Big H


Some good work here mate, I really like how you've personalised the monopose sets, paint looks good too, nice one mate !


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/03/30 14:42:54


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Thanks folks, glad the side by side on the conversions helping

i'm still enjoying building and painting these, which is the most focused I've been on a project for a long time so there's plenty more to come even if it's a slow process


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/04/29 15:19:20


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




A foetid bloat-drone with a heavy plague spitter should prove a challenge (if the nurgling doesn't eat all the toxic goo first)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/04/29 17:59:06


Post by: monkeytroll


Great stuff. Really like the plague doc, and those drones


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/06/08 19:19:53


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


and finally complete after a long struggle the largest vehicle in the lineup, the Plagueburst Crawler









really pleased I cut off a bit of the armoured side to show some of the detail under there, looks great


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/10/07 21:18:15


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Ages since I've posted but I've finally finished the evil tree



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/10/07 21:37:53


Post by: Commander Cain


Wow, just went through the whole blog and you have created a really great looking force Orlando! I particularly like the plague doctor fella and the tree you just finished. Don't you be tempting me to start another army!

On a sidenote a few of your pictures no longer show up any more, I dunno where you are hosting the images but you may want to move them over to Dakka so they don't get lost...


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/10/07 22:08:11


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Cheers for the heads up, it's probably imgur messing around

I'lll have a poke and see what's going on when I get a chance at some point this week

and thanks for the kind words on the tree, it's taken far, far too long to get to a state I was happy with but I really like where it ended up


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/10/08 16:02:43


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well I checked and I was wrong to blame Imgur, those images are fine, it's the ones on facebook (which I use when Imgur is unavailable) that failed

so sorry Imgur, I've now gone back and replaced all the duff images (I think, let me know if any are still wrong)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/10/16 10:32:48


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured





One of the easy build plague marines, I've swapped out the bolter for a special weapon (replacing the tentacle arm too), backback & head swap and a bit of extra armour with a fly on all from the main plague marine kit as well as trimming off and smoothing the shoulder pad


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Easy build no2, swap out the chest plate with one from the plague marine kit not simple as the width & fit both need a bit of cutting & greenstuff which is also used to make a fat belly with boils, use a different easy build backpack (note there are tiny pegs on two of then that stop them fitting to the 'wrong' marine unless they're removed). The thigh pads on the kit torso cover holes in the leg armour, the left can be ignored as it has muscle texture underneath, but a bolt pistol is added to cover the one on the right which is 'hollow'(it fits well but the photo seems to be pulling the grey into the foreground), and all topped off with Mr Flyhead


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/10/22 10:04:58


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Noxious Blightbringer finally painted, it's only taken about 14 months, but I'm really pleased with the final result



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/02 20:16:35


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




up next is a tallyman (hey Mr tallyman, tally me diseases), so I began hacking up a primeris librarian as I loved the coat and think it will look fab with lots of holes and a tattered hem

I've cut in a chestpiece from the plague marine kit, and added extra tentacles, and redone the folds of the cloth under robe to disguise the joins, deathguard head of some sort and built up my version of the backpack

next I need to figure out an abacus and how he holds it, and a scroll or book for him to make notes in, then mess up the coat, and add a bunch more (im)purity seals

(all just in time for a cheap tallyman to pop up in the Warhammer conquest magazine no doubt)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/02 22:16:19


Post by: Commander Cain


The picture is a little blurry but from what I can see, that is an awesome conversion! It must have been tricky to get that chest piece to fit in there, I would almost certainly have lost a couple of fingers in the process!

The Blightbringer is great as well, loving the verdigris on the bell.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/02 23:21:00


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Not my finest pictures, I'll get some with a better camera later, I'll certainly do so for the final result

It was tricky, but worked out better than I expected half way though,

I basically cut it to roughly the right shape side to side then thinned the insert down as far as I could, and cut the chest out of the primeris in several stages getting deeper and deeper test fiiting as I wen

and finally put the two together and they matched up reasonably well, add in a bit of greenstuff to 'pull' the inner robe over the join and ends up looking like it was designed that way.

the tentacles are also acting to hide the primeris belt buckle which had to go as well so the breastplate fitted properly


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/04 12:41:44


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Progress



He's now got is femur pen, tally seals, and some smoke and flys and the coat has been distressed, so I just need to wait for the glue to dry and tidy up the mess I've made getting the tally seals in place before undercoating

He'll have a large scroll to write on which I've not show as it blocks a bunch of detail


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/12 11:23:34


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




weekend work, now mostly painted with a snazzy tattered leather over-robe and grubby white under robe

just need to do the face, base decoration and smoke/insects on the backpack

and figure out the scroll he's going to be holding.

I think the abacus will end up being carried by a Nurgling on a separate base as I just couldn't make one that seemed to on the tallyman himself


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/16 23:56:21


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Changed thread title to show I'm working with more than the Dark Imperium stuff

got a bit more painting done, hopefully I can get some photos in focus tomorrow as today's are too rubbish to show

and finished(?) another conversion I've been intending to do for ages using another Warhammer Conquest mini

can you guess what it is? again I hope to get some pics up tomorrow


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/17 12:09:46


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




just needs the tally scroll for his outstretched hand to be finished, I've made one but now begin to think it's too big so I'll need to make another and compare them


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Hungry, hungry blight hauler!

I've used a bloat drone face plate as a replacement, but unfortunately the fit wasn't as simple as i'd hoped, meaning I had to re-situate the weapons

I've also extended on of the mouth claws to change up the look of things, and extended the multimelta barrel

I've also swapped out the floppy stinger for a nurgle scythe blade

add in a couple of holes in the left hand track armour so you can see the track underneath and remove the spikes on the top rail (not deliberate, they all broke off while I was working on it, oops) and it's ready to undercoat


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/17 12:26:20


Post by: Digits


The winged bloat drone is a genius idea, well executed.

I may pinch that idea for myself. Keep up the great little conversions, you should end up with a really great looking army.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/11/17 12:40:14


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Cheers mate,

the more winged bloat drones the better!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/02 13:52:54


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured





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i'm very happy with how the Blight Hauler has come out, the miasma streaming out of the tubes on the carapace have come out nicely, the blueing on the melta and the crabclaw look of the mouthparts

(note they're not fangs if you look closely all of them are 'legs' like the two larger outermost ones)

the base is dressed up with maggots, a wyrm made from a spare bit of one of the big nurgle flys and a handy genestealer skull, I've also used different washes & shades to simulate tracks in the mud


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It was also my first use of my Citadel Painting Handle XL which worked great


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/06 10:20:37


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


and now for something completely different..... the larch...

actually it's a container from Warhammer Conquest, while painting one (i'll show that when it's done) I got inspired to turn another into something else so I got my knife out





cut out some windows (cut from the outside as while the panels are shown on both sides the inner ones are a fraction larger than the outer ones and will mess you up if you try cutting that way)

glue the container together partially so you can paint the inside easily (really, really important)

I'm changing up the other door so it opens from the side and waiting for a few more bits in the post before carrying on (maybe when they arrive I'll have decided what I want this to be)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/10 14:17:27


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


more on.... the larch.... the larch.....



Add on a sign for the shop unit, looks like somebody's been shooting at it, along with a more practical door that looks a bit plain beside the containers gothic design, but salvagers don't have the luxury of decoration



You need easy access to the roof, so install a retractable ladder unit by the hatch



A display unit (or bench if you're holding a meeting) is installed under the windows along with a salvaged computer console and control deck



and finally a bit of work on sealing up the rear door, weld it shut (i'll have to do the last bit after painting the inside and gluing the container together), and disable the lock control pad, 'killing' that servo skull in the process


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oh and note the damage to the eagles beaks that serve as the lifting points for the containers, a good reason for it to have been reused as something else as it was sent for repair or recycling and ended up diverted into the underhive economy


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/14 20:20:17


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


enough tree base foolishness for now and back to Papa Nurgles babies,



A Foul Blightspawn and his ever so helpful Nurgling with not a conversion in sight as I really like the model. Quite pleased with how the bubbles in the tank worked out.

(not so pleased with the photography which doesn't quite seem to be in focus, I may try and take an alternate set of shots in the next few days)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/17 20:38:09


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Better pics of the Blight Spawn



and here's the what the munitorium cargo container should look like when painted up unconverted



pleased with this one too


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/18 02:29:35


Post by: Barzam


So how did you do the tank/bubbles? That part is what's kept me from painting my own Blightspawn.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/18 10:20:02


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


first I painted it with an off white/beige (Vallejo deck tan), then I put in the bubbles with dots of brighter white (Vallejo Ivory highlighting up to Vallejo White) in 2 or 3 sizes, more large ones at the top, more smaller ones at the bottom just as you see with bubbles in cartoons

I then laid over a layer of bright acid 'transparent' green, I used old GW scorpion green which is pretty much see through (if you've not got that any really acid green or fluorescent diluted with glaze medium should do just so long as you can see through it)

then repeat the highlighting with white on some of the bubbles and repeat the green glaze over the whole thing (to represent those closer to the window), I did this twice to give 3 'depths' of bubbles (that's why the green needs to be so see through)

finally I ran a dark green into the cracks (ancient GW bolter shell snot green)

I also ran an edge highlight of the scorpion green around the metal bezel surrounding the window to give just a slight hint of a glow


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2018/12/30 11:36:43


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




My easybuild champion conversion is now painted up and looks good if I do say so myself, and equally importantly different enough from the original


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/05 13:14:15


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured






I got lucky and picked up some old school plague bearers in a charity shop, not painted like i'd do but they do have an old school charm

so do I strip and (eventually) repaint, or just rebase and leave the paint alone?


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/05 13:19:13


Post by: Zid


Nice work! Always love fellow followers of nurgle.... keep it up


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/07 10:33:32


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




another easy build conversion painted and the third is almost done too, quite a productive weekend overall


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/08 11:18:30


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




It's a Fly Guy, really pleased with how this one painted up, the fly eyes are done with one of the greenstuff world chameleon paints and look excellent in person, and the bloated belly looks suitably revolting


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/12 13:48:42


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Now how about some bolter fodder, yup I've started painting up some pox walkers

now in theory I've got 2 sets from Dark Imperium, one to build as is and one to convert, plus 2 sets of the easy build kit to do the same but could I find any of them?

Nope, so I had to pick up yet another easy build set, so the converting will have to wait until I can find the missing stuff


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/14 12:57:28


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




poxwalker the second, Nurgle blesses all colours, races and creeds equally


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/14 14:10:56


Post by: tzurk


Really liking the palette so far dude - the muted greys and blue/purple that you don't normally see on Nurgle minis are working really well for you. Keep it up!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/16 10:16:33


Post by: Raegon


Amazing stuff!
Looking forward to seeing more...


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/17 11:15:34


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Thanks folks, I seem to be being fairly productive so here are another two



Sneezy, so infectious even the Deathguard make him wear a mask



and my favourite sculpt from the easy build kit


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Success! I found my missing poxwalkers from Dark Imperium sprues

(I wonder why I packed them away with the Orks & Goblins? I blame having to put them away rather than leaving them out to gather dust, tidying up is such a pain)

still no sign of the missing easybuild ones but the DI stuff is enough to be getting on with


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/20 15:45:01


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




fifth easy build poxwalker, got to love the pipe n nails combo weapon


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/24 14:59:36


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


easy build 6 has been delayed as I got distracted putting together the Dark Imperium poxwalkers and starting on conversions of the second set of them

and one of them was so fun I had to paint that first



No hazmat suit is enough to deny Nurgle. The orange doesn't fit to well with my deathguard colour palette but it just has to be done, I've done the boots and oxygen tank in the same blue i'm using on the rest of the powalkers to pull this on into the fold to an extent

one less good aspect is the maggots crawling over the mini, most of them are in very low relief which is annoying (a really good painter could perhaps paint them as being under the suit, but not me especially with the orange I chose). It seems a bit of a miss-step by GW who could have made them more promenant


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/26 11:28:50


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured





On to some conversions, first off the leader of my decayed band, looks like he used to be a commissar or something similar by the coat. First my take, and the original version below it, a head, arm and hand swap plus leaving off the lower part of his coat are a simple conversion and looks good



next another conversion (I'm painting the original version so I'll add it later). Head and arms swaped, trim off the maggots from the belly and reshape some of the shoulder horns


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/27 11:09:20


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




both arms and head swapped, reduce the length of the hammer by cutting of the head, and drilling a hole to put the shaft into, greenstuff used to sculpt a bit of coat over the shoulder to blend in the left arm, and to sculpt a bloated belly instead of the burst one on the original



next a more complex one, this has been cut in half at the belt level to swap the legs, the right hands been swapped as has the left arm and shoulder, I've also extended the oxygen tank hose instead of plugging it into the back of the hood (not totally successful I think, but it's ok), I contemplated removing the tank instead but the hose would be a pain to remove or putty over and i'm trying to keep these relatively simple to do.



and finally one that's coming up all tentacles, both arms swapped and the breathing mask from the oxygen cylinder place on the face (there's a maggot on the inner face of the mask you'll need to remove to get it to sit ok on the face and you'll also want to trim off the tip of the nose


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/28 14:08:27


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




the last of the easy build poxwalker kit is painted, pretty good pose in a 'come at me bro' sort of way

I was very tempted to modify the trousers to MC Hammer pants for a 'hammer time' tribute.... maybe for the conversion


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/29 15:36:54


Post by: Danny76


Just been through the whole thread.
Very useful for when I get to painting mine up, and nice to see a different take on converting Plague. Marines.
Poxwalkers stuff is useful as I haven’t got to them yet..

Keep up the good work!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/01/29 17:38:36


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Glad your enjoying them, they've been a lot of fun to do

and here are another three



right arm and weapon swapped (needs a bit of putty work to make the fit work), big shoulder horns removed breathing mask removed from round his neck to use elsewhere, nails removed from the shoulder pad and extra holes drilled to match the rest of it



head swap, hand and weapon rotated 90 degrees, left arm swapped (I'm looking for my friend, he's this tall)



head swap, horns on left arm and leg removed,


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/02 13:07:40


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




first of the conversion painted up, for brown coat fans everywhere I'm afraid Nathan here has caught a nasty disease


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/03 14:41:30


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




arm swaps for this one changing the weapon in the process, the right hand was cut away from the pipe as it was in the wrong position to line up with the arm when it was put on this body, the right arm was also cut at the elbow to bend it upwards to line up with the pipe and a pair of tentacles added from greenstuff to replace the missing hand. An almost obligatory head swap was also done. Green stuff was used to blend the arms into the shoulder and the head into the neck



the final dark imperium poxwalker conversion was the trickiest, a leg swap at the level of the torso, using greenstuff to build up the joint, and add more torn material from the hazmat suit to mask the join (seen on the right of the rear facing photo), the right arm and weapon was swapped with greenstuf used to build up the shoulder fairly extensively, this meant the existing left arm was in the wrong position so it had to be cut free at the shoulder, and elbow both of which were re-attached so as to match up with the hand on the weapon and the joints disguised with greenstuff, a gasmask was then added to the existing head (again you need to trim out the maggot inside the mask, and remove the tip of the nose to get it to fit

so now I just need to paint 9 conversion and 9 originals from the Dark Imperium set, and then convert and paint 6 easy build poxwalkers and this stage of the project is done...….. I suspect i'll get bored and do something else first but we'll see how we go


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/03 23:30:00


Post by: kestral


Great stuff. I really, really want that tree after seeing your work. Look forward to seeing what you do with the Container - I'm turning one into something myself, though I'm going with the magnets take it apart to reveal an interior myself.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/09 14:18:10


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Thanks (the Gnarlmaw is great)

I've not managed to finish any more pox walkers





but I did paint some ruins for the half finished ones to hide behind


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/11 13:24:53


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




most poxwalkers exhibit pustules as a mark of grandfather Nurgle's favour, but this one appears to sucking up to the plague god based on his very heavy crop


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/14 15:49:58


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




well I guess oxygen didn't help dodge the plague


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/14 19:07:27


Post by: amazingturtles


I love all these guys. and their boils.

Wait, maybe just them


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/14 21:47:07


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Just had a run through your blog and you've got some great stuff! Really like those Deathguard. The green trim is really nice!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/02/15 11:23:26


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Thanks folks, i'm happy your enjoying the blog, i'm certainly enjoying converting and painting them



the boils are a dark red (GW mechrite red) shading up to yellow (P3 mouldy ochre) with a few shaded up a touch more by adding a bit of white/off white

I also mix the red into the skin tone around the infected area for that really angry look



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/23 12:55:12


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


After a bit of a gap I'm back in the groove painting poxwalkers (a delight compared to admech cranes in yellow that needed oh so many coats of paint)



so here's the first of the new ones, i'm very pleased with how he came out, those boils look really angry


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/24 16:51:44


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




and another, in fancy orange trousers no less


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/25 12:15:22


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Possibly the least successful conversion, the arm does give him a bit of a 'Thriller' look, but he painted up well at least


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/25 12:59:31


Post by: Big H


 OrlandotheTechnicoloured wrote:


Possibly the least successful conversion, the arm does give him a bit of a 'Thriller' look, but he painted up well at least


Don't worry about the "Thriller" look mate, it's in keeping with the theme ! Nice work on all the Poxzombies !


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/25 14:11:33


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Cheers, they're a lot of fun to do and I've plenty more to be getting on with

I've managed to source some gellerpox infected, so i'm planning some conversion to change some poxwalkers to add to their numbers with some necron heads and artificial limbs etc. It will give me a chance to change up the colour scheme a bit


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/30 11:43:54


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


So we come to vox shamblers who suffer from the geller pox taking a look at them they have fewer pustules than the poxwalkers who suffer from the walking pox

they also have limb replacements with mechanical bits grafted on (perhaps pre-infection?), metal skull heads and most awkwardly of all this thing



a collar which means their necks are abnormally long and at a weird angle to allow the collar to fit

so my first attempts was to borrow a necron head, trim the lower jaw off to get rid of the silly giant chin and grab a hook/sycle from the bits box and a bit of sprue to imitate the antenna on the side of the head



the problem with this is it gives a short mini as the necron skull shape is pretty flat so lets do something different

I cut the poxwalker head in half, leaving the lower jaw on the mini and laid the necron head on top of that, reshaping things to fit



I've also done another amputation an changed the angle of the other arm

I think that works a lot better, i'll probably fiddle a bit more with these, remove a few pustules etc. I may also see if I can add my own version of the collar to some of the others I'll be doing if the base sculpt will accept them, but that depends on what sort of angle the head & neck are at (I tried with the two above and just couldn't get them to look right)



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/03/30 23:08:18


Post by: SlaveToDorkness


Love it ALL!

Recently getting back into 40k and playing DG. This is INSPIRING!!!!

and this is from someone who's original name on here was "Nurgleboy77" !


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/06 14:03:33


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


thanks,





on the far left you can see a neck extension in progress, I've filled the hole with the peg from the normal head, then added a disc of plastic cut from the poxwalker sprue. i'll then shape it to fit the necron head i'll add and add texture and detail either with knife work or a bit of green stuff

I couldn't leave the vox shambler conversions alone and have cut the head off and extended the neck to be able to add the collar, made from a bit of PVC tubing (cut with a razor saw, cutting a straight line with a blade is a real pain, especially if you want a think slice

next you can see a poxwalker on the way to becoming a void shambler, changing hands, tentacles etc, again I've gut the head off leaving the lower jaw behind which i'll graft the necron head onto, i'll also need to add a neck extension but that will be easier to do after putting the head together

finally something a bit more ambitious, this pox walker had a lengthy loincloth and bare legs, i'm planning to have the void shambler version in trousers, so I've cut away the loincloth and pustules and bulges on the legs to give the rough shape (it looks worse in real life than on the photo) and i'll work up the trousers out of greenstuff. I've also had to remake the belly since I've trimmed of the gasmask hose and drips of gunge on the axe handle


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/19 09:15:46


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured







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more fiddling, trousers done,

but more fun



fun fact the hammer is meant to be pointing down and behind the poxwalker, but for the life of me I couldn't get it to fit, but it went together perfectly like this


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/21 11:53:14


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




a bit more fiddling, the lights(?) are added to the collar in plastic tubing, wire and greenstuff


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and another unmodified poxwalker painted up, got to think those pustules are close to popping


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/29 11:11:33


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Another poxwalker appears from the stinking miasma of the battlefield



and the first of a new sort of disease appears




my version of the Vox Shamblers infected with the gellerpox during transit through the warp, I've gone for a paler skin tone, and green pus in the blisters (annoyingly it's not photographing very well, there a lot of variation in skin tone I just cant get to show up), and I include a poxwalker you've already seen as a comparision


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/29 11:21:06


Post by: Not Online!!!


I like it, alltough maybee you need a stronger contrast somewhere on the Vox Shambler?

I dunno.


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/29 13:04:11


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


I think it's just the photo, but we'll see, hopefully the next will 'take' better


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/04/29 13:27:42


Post by: Ezra Tyrius


Sweet conversions, the gellerpox infected and poxwalkers look great I really like the 'pale' look of that Vox Shambler, it's almost ghostly, which is rather fitting for a void-born disease


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/05/09 13:26:48


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Well I've tackled the Herg, one of the three vox shamblers from the rogue trader box, I've taken the shade down lower (GW deathguard green with a bit of black) and up higher (Vallejo ivory white from) which makes it a little easier to photograph, and put him on a white background. After several attempts to paint something fancy on the backpatch I gave up and dipped into my dwindling stock of Hawk Turquoise for a splash of colour


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/05/09 14:12:37


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Good work, impressed by the conversions and they look suitably techno-virus-y!


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/05/13 16:44:59


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Another Vox Shambler, and it looks like this one might have been a woman.... before she mutated, was cut open and had something take up residence in her abdomen, she's Grummax


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now for some transport, the rhino Unseen Decay is unusual for Deathguard unit with no significant blemishes on it's ceramite hull, but this does not mean it's not corrupt as the occasional cloud of fouler than normal smoke and flies that issue from its quad exhausts shows

I thought i'd show a bit of my process



first I paint the basic deathguard green base coat then heavily stain with seraphim sepia, and detail some bits with snot green (I've also shaded the green and the exhausts before I thought to take a photo). At this point it looks terrible and I get depressed



I then use a deathguard green and ivory white mix to steadily bring up the contrast, and edge highlight the panels and it starts to look smart. A bit of nulm oil stains the area around the vents

more photos when it's done



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/05/21 12:31:17


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


I've had this chap base coated for about a year, but haven't been inspired to finish him, but a burst of enthusiasm over the weekend



and i'm really pleased with the result. It's clear this champion of Nurgle likes skulls almost as much as a follower of Khorne, and doesn't he look smart with all his cranial inspired bling


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/05/22 21:38:50


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Good old No7 he's always happy to see you! My next Vox Shambler conversion is finished and I think is looking suitably sickly, and the belly eye has worked rather well too


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/03 13:27:54


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




the gellerpox has claimed another victim, there wasn't enough space round the neck to fit the collar/lights set up so I moved it to the arm (tentacle), and I've left off the cabling to the head for the same reason, but I imagine this one was only plugged into the ship via the conduit in his back. I think the head spikes add a nice touch to help keep the look of the genuine vox shamblers


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/13 11:24:31


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well painting has stalled a bit as I cope with various issues, but I've been inspired to do a bit of converting thanks to some rhino bits left over from somebody who picked up some resin conversion kits







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Basically this 'grav/flying' rhino is made from the external side pieces of a rhino kit with the wheels cut off flush with the main hull, the front driver window section and a bunch of the detailing bits

I wish i'd though to take photos of the build as I did it but i'll try and explain how I did it, but there's a garbled verbal description under the spoiler

Spoiler:
a single piece of styrene sheet was cut and the sides glued on based on the size (the width was obtained by measuring a built rhino kit)

make sure they're at right angles if they're tipping in or out you'll have issues with all your measurements later and the final product won't look right

next I cut a roof, based on the shape of the actual rhino, but widened to fit the space

the front of the hull was close in 3 pieces of styrene, the larger top piece recessed in to the hull, the other two straight across

I then detailed this with the drivers window section (cutting slots to fit the opening visor bits), and an extra strip of styrene to mate the top section to the sticking out bit of the roof at an appropriate angle, 4 small bits of styrene were then added to give build up the front hull to match the sides, and lights were added

I then added a the central rear door potion and it gets more complicated as I basically filled in the rest of the rear and added the detailing to the top (I hope to build another one and take pictures)


the gun turret isn't actually destined for this vehicle which will pick up a kromlech missile launcher to make a flying whirlwind but is going to be part of a deathguard predator conversion on a standard wheeled chasis, but the photo shows off the rough idea of what it will be like, it's made from the gun from a Taurox and a cut down ball from some vending machine toy



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/13 14:00:15


Post by: Not Online!!!


WIth threads that thing could go though as the Relic predator for chaos you know that right?
Well done chap, altough gotta ask, what is the turret?


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/13 19:21:41


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


It's made from one of those plastic balls that you get toys in from a vending machine, I then added a the battle cannon from a taurox prime (with a zinge industries muzzle brake), into a slot cut in the face of the ball,

the screw threads were cut off the half ball and a 50mm base was attached to fill in the underside, and to 'kick' out the bottom of the turret

the optics are part of a rhino pintle mounted missile launcher (the tip is also used as the ventilation fan for the grav rhino)

and finished off with the rhino hatch

Edit: Yes the relic preditor did come to mind, but i'll be doing a standard tracked hull for it where I can put together a top plate to fit it better


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/16 15:21:22


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Painting again, we have a poxwalker who's won the who can have the most tentacles contest



and I've painted up the vox shamble from earlier



Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/17 10:23:14


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


and I've just realised I've not used my Vox Shambler pustules paint scheme, so i'm going to have to redo him,

sigh, that's what I get for not checking my notes


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/21 13:16:46


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Well I redid the boils in pus green to match my other Vox Shamblers



I really like the effect of the useless, swollen hand hanging off the tentacle that used to be the arm, creepy


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and another Pox Walker gets painted up


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/28 09:56:38


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




a bit more work on my 'Relic Predator' (thanks NotOnline!!! for remining me about this as i'd forgotten the Deimos pattern Rhino had a different nose which is going to make this look cooler) to add to the gun turret gives me this



I've built an armoured nose with sheet styrene, part of the roof hatch, and the window trim from normal rhino, and by some miracle it's ended up pretty symmetrical



I've made some plaguespitter sponsons using some rhino doors, plague spitters from a bloat drone with the fuel tanks & hoses removed and tidied up with green stuff, and a couple of gates of antates ghar walker heads as camera substitues, plus a couple of bits from a taurox to add a bit of detail an some plastic rod to join it all together



I've also given it a dozer blade which I think is intended for a Leman Rus. In order for it to sit low enough I had to add an additional bit of front armour, and because of that I added another bit of armour to blend it into the belly plate



I also had to cut slots into the rhino top to allow the hinges from the split hatch to sit flush with the surface since I didn't have another hatch that would fit

I need to decide if i'm going to try putting holes/pits in the armour for a more nurgley look like on the plagueburst crawlers or just leave well enough alone and use paint/weathering to give the right look, probably the latter. Ive also got to decide if i'm going to go for some smoke launchers. but I don't like the look of the normal 3-pot rhino ones so I might leave them off or look for some of the 4-pot chaos versions or try and make my own, not sure since i'm feelng I want this finished now


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/06/30 15:28:49


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Death Guard Rhino, a recent acquisition it's armour is yet to succumb to the corrosion & decay that effects many of the other machines that serve the Plague God

quite pleased with how this has come out as I wanted the painting style to match the 'sketch' look I've used for the marines and bloat droes, and I wasn't sure that it would work on the larger flat pannels


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/07/15 15:10:17


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured





Got the basic paint on the 'Tides of Filth' relic predator, I'm still debating whether to go with hazard stripes on the dozer blade and/or the hull front, but the basic idea is there

not it's just the long business of shading & then weathering


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/07/15 17:56:39


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


hazard stripe 'dozers is always a plus! It really does look like a relic with that turret. Definitely calls back to the old round-turrent predator, but with a bit of the turret-size of the early soviet KV-2!

The side sponson guns also look very advanced, and the front view-port is a great glass paintjob, congrats


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/08/12 11:03:29


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Well I've finally finished the beast and although it was a load of work i'm happy with the result, the hazard stripes add a nice touch of colour to it so i'm glad I went that way, and the battle damage where the paint has been burned off adds that extra bit of texture


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/08/19 18:33:19


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


A Blightlord Terminator caught my eye over the weekend,



I quite like the orgyn camoshade yellow/green on the shoulder pad which is now going to be part of my Vectorums colour scheme going forward



not shown in the composite is the very cute belly nurgling so I had to take an angled shot to display it in all it's glory


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/08/26 11:24:03


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




one of my converted Blightlord terminators painted, this one has the bulk to be the real thing rather than just an aspirant


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/09/06 19:44:38


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


another Blightlord joins the battle, this one has possibly the greatest head in the kit



I just love the smile, and think the bloated flesh escaping from the armour at the back is a cool touch from the sculptor, especially where the armour has been patched together to try and hold it in without sucess


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/09/17 11:56:14


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Blightlord Terminator with Flail of Corruption, I call him Oozy Ivan because all of the goop dripping from his armour

The more of these I paint the more I like the sculpts


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/09/21 11:20:53


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Blightlord with blight launcher, a very cool look even if the shells for the launcher are far, far smaller than the bore of the gun barrel (perhaps not showing them in open magazines would have been smarter)



and such a cute nurgling shoulder pad, look at the sweet little fellows


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/09/29 13:12:43


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


and last, but not least, Mr Fly Guy



rocking the ever popular Reaper Autocannon he'll tell the servants of the Corpse Emperor to buzz off...….. (I'll get my coat)


Deathguard, making the most of the Dark Imperium & more (Orlando's Convertatarium) @ 2019/10/04 17:07:07


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured




Well I did my plague surgeon ages ago, now here is the official GW model, one of the only thin Deathguard, I wonder what he did to anger the grandfather?