Monday, November 10, 2008

Nurglesque Rhino Number One

Here is the first of two rhinos that went to GT2008 with me.

Aims and Model.
The idea with this model was simply to make it look more nurgly than a standard rhino. The conversion work was not major: it mainly consisted of subtle additions of milliput to the surfaces to create some fungoid-looking growths and pustules.

In addition, bits and parts from the plastic Warhammer zombie boxed set were added in a couple of places around the model including the gunner, and even an entire zombie was inserted inside the starboard side door, leering outward. The only game-affecting upgrade to be modelled was the havoc launcher.

Painting.
For the paint scheme, I followed the overall trend started with the dreadnought: a rusty and old feeling, using a mottled undercoat. For the obviously rusted areas (frontal area), I used a bleached bone coat followed by an application of chestnut ink to create the streaked, water damaged look.

The green fungi was basecoated in goblin green and inked dark green. Drybrushing progressively lighter greens gives it the decaying appearance. Other milliput pieces were basecoated in read and worked up from red, through orange to a yellow to be reminiscent of pustules bursting (or about to be bursting).
Evaluation.
Positives: The model got a good reception, at least as good as its other rhino counterpart that was modelled to have an open maw at the front (yet to be posted). The zombie parts really helped accentuate the Nurglesque appearance.
Negatives: some of the inking work meant that this model was very hard to photograph well! Indeed, the bottom photo looks very reflective on the front.

2 comments:

RonSaikowski said...

Nice job.

I always imagined trying to model anything Nurgle as a trying to strike a balance between too much and not enough grossness.

Like weathering something, too much and it looks bad... not enough and it still looks new.

jabberjabber said...

Thanks Ron.
Sometimes Nurgle can be subtle: simply a rusted & decaying look can be sufficient. At other times, more grossness is certainly required!
I'll post pictures of the other Nurgle rhino I used in GT2008 at a later date (perhaps this weekend) where I did go a little over the top on conversion work...

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