Urgh...after some delay caused by one of Grandfather Nurgle's choicest 'blessings' being visited upon me (I've thrown up more in the last week than in the previous 10 years put together and lost almost a stone in weight), here are the first three completely finished guys from the new batch of Plague Marines.
The "I haven't thought up a nickname for this guy yet" Marine:
I wanted to have a reasonable variation in height between the guys in this squad, and while he's not one of my Plague Pygmies(TM) this guy's still fairly short; I really like the detail of the multi-stranded 'belt' of flesh extruded around his waist.
The 'Neon Knight' Marine:
One of my favourite conversions to date; I love the limb-replacement detail and also the hanging tendrils of flesh from his right side. Inspired very much by the description of the Garden Of Nurgle in the Daemons codex, I wanted to give the impression of something like a spreading vine of flesh...
He's big, considerably wider than one of my Plague Terminators and almost as tall even without the backpack; he makes a really imposing Nurgle Marine. I don't know how well it comes out in the photos, but the layering of flesh around his backpack and the left arms is something I'm very happy with. It's also nice to see something I started so long ago, that had been languishing half-completed for so long, finally ready for its paintjob.
And a first look at the next one of the new batch of Plague Marines:
I was inspired by the Twi'lek 'brain tails' when I came up with the idea of the flesh of his torso spooging out and wrapping around him like this; there are tiny thin strands of smooth tubing buried in and weaving through the rougher-textured flesh, which was fiddly as all hell to do but I think the final result was worth it. I added rips and tears into the original model's robe to make it look less pristine and more Nurgly...also I like the little touch of having half the back of his head blown away, and his brain growing back...
These guys have involved a hell of a lot of work given that they're just standard Troops, but I want to produce a really kick-ass bunch of heavily-converted marines who can hold their head up conversion-wise with the Terminators, Chosen and Possessed, so it's worth it IMO.
As always, all feedback and C&C is welcomed.