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This is one of my favourite Games Workshop models of all time, Nagrub Wurrzag, ork scrap prospector. This is an old model from GW’s Gorkamorka range which has been in my collection for many years but I’ve only just got around to painting him. However, reading some old White Dwarfs  has reignited my interest in Gorkamorka and so I thought I would paint up a few models with the hope of maybe getting a couple of games in at some point. I kept to a fairly muted natural palette like the original Gorkamorka models.

Keep checking the blog for more Gorkamorka models soon.


Astral Claws Captain

Here is my Astral Claws Captain. he is converted from the Master of Rites model. The inspiration for the conversion came from a Golden Demon entry, the only thing I have done differently is add some of Forge World’s Astral Claws shoulder pads.

Here’s a wip photo of the conversion:

Astral Claws Conversion wip

One of the things I really like about this model is the expression on his face: he has a ‘sneer of cold command’, to quote Percy Shelley, which is perfect for an Astral Claws captain. This, combined with the pose of the Master of Rites model, exudes an air of superiority and arrogance. This illustrates how a simple conversion (just a head and arm swap) can dramatically alter the dynamic of a model.

Astral Claws Captain

Astral Claws Captain

Astral Claws Captain

Astral Claws Centurions

It’s taken a while but I have finally completed my Centurion Devastator squad. I really like these guys and as soon as I had read the battle report featuring them in September’s White Dwarf I knew that they would fit the Astral Claws theme perfectly. They are utterly brutal and great Space Marine killers, exactly the kind of unit that would be deployed during the Badab War.

As the sergeant can choose to target a different unit to the rest of the squad I decided to arm him differently and in the end opted for a pair of lascannons as they look really cool. It also adds a bit of variety to the squad.

The Servo skulls were added for a bit of fun. I had a number of them left over from my Devastator set and wanted to paint them up.  Servo skulls are really evocative of the artwork and I can remember pouring over pictures in White Dwarf many years ago wondering what all of those little flying skulls were long before GW released any information regarding them. If I ever use these guys in a game then they will double up as wound counters.

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

Despite being very busy with my new teaching job I have been able to get some hobby time recently. Most of this has been spent with foamcore, plasticard and PVA glue in hand. Here is the first fruit of my labours: a pumping station for use in games of Necromunda or Inq28. Terrain building is an oft-overlooked aspect of the hobby, particularly in these days of GE’s pre-made plastic terrain kits. However, it is something I have recently really started to get into.

The pumping station was just a simple project to get back into the swing of things with terrain making. It is based on the kind of classic 40k terrain that formed the backdrop to all those pictures in White Dwarf I used to spend hours pouring over as a kid. Perhaps this is part of the reason why I love old-school homemade terrain so much. that andf the fact it is so much fun to build.

Anyway, on to the pictures:

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

And a model for scale:

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

Space Marine Centurion

My second Centurion is now complete. I decided to use a bare head on this model and I think I prefer the look to the helmeted one. Other than that he is painted pretty much the same way as my previous Centurion. Just the sergeant to go now and the set will be complete.

Centurion wip

My second Centurion is assembled and ready for painting. I really like the pose on this model, it has more movement in it than the other two and really conveys a sense of the weight of the battlesuit as it lumbers ponderously towards the enemy.

Space Marine Centurion

My Space Marine Centurion is now complete. This was a great model to put together and paint. I can’t wait to get started on the other two.

Space Marine Centurion wip

A little more work on the Centurion. Almost there…

Centurion Devastator wip

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my Centurion this weekend. The armour is done and I have begun filling in the details. The blue stripes on the legs help break down the large areas of silver.

The shoulder pads:

Centurion Should Pads wip

Hopefully I will be able to get him finished this afternoon. The bulk of the work is done now, just the details to paint.

Space Marine Centurion

If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen this already. I have finished assembling my first Centurion who will be joining the ranks of the Astral Claws in order to crush the life out of any loyalists.

I really love this kit, from the pre-Heresey stylings of the shoulder pads to the old-school Terminator style helmet. I also like the fact that GW have reintroduced grav weapons into the game. However, unlike in the old Rogue Trader days they are no longer non-lethal weapons and pack quite a punch (they used to simply impede movement).

The model went together nicely and, despite the detail and complexity of the kit, it was very easy to assemble. Certain parts are merely blu tacked on at present to aid painting. The layered detail and overlapping parts would make this a nightmare to assembled as a single piece. I did, however, make the mistake of gluing the arms on which may make painting the legs tricky due to the hanging cables. Never mind, I’ll know for next time.

By the way, did I mention that this guy is huge!

Centurion size comparison

Initially I thought the bases were the standard 40mm but they are actually 50mm. This is great news as it means that there is now some middle ground between the 40mm and 60mm bases. Often I would find 40mm bases a tad too small for certain models (such as the Mordor Troll) but 60mm way too big. This should fit that gap perfectly. Also, it does perhaps suggest that GW are planning on producing more heavy infantry in the future. Time will tell…