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Worship of the Worm. The Great Worm and The Excreted.

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The next installment of my AoS28 war band is the Great Worm itself. This beast of a model has been sitting around waiting to be finished for quite some time now and I’m actually relieved it’s finally done.

The painting technique I used on this large model was to create a few washes out of really dirty paint water and while it was sunny outside fling the paint at the model with a big brush. With the hot weather it dried really fast and created a wonderful effect for the skin. I would then apply more washes of dark green and black and then drybrush areas with terminatus stone. Details were picked out with nurgles rot and blood for the blood god. All very satisfying flinging paint around, I felt like I was back in art class when I was ten 😉

 

As you can see the Worm has a few hangers-on. The biggest one being one of the repulsive Excreted. These disgusting chaps get, you guessed it, excreted from the Great Worm itself and follow The Women in White in her quest to bring the worship of the great worm to all and have them consumed and reborn for the glory of Nurgle. The following members of the band are the Excreted champion and banner bearer.

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And to round things off, an image of the whole gang as it stands at the moment. More Excreted will follow soon.

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Worship of the Worm. The Worm begins to take shape.

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The Great Worm has been sitting on my shelf for quite a long time now waiting for that time when I started designing the war band that would worship it. The idea came to me at work when I had to design and 3D print a tape worm found in dogs for a vet client ( my work takes me to starnge places sometimes ) so there I was doing research into these wriggly nasties, it was not the most pleasant thing to look at let me tell you, especially over lunch! Any way I designed this worm from looking at closeups of its anatomy and while I was doing so my mind drifted to Nurgle… Obviously!….. Once I’d finished with that job I designed a large worm like body bloated with corruption and printed it out in three sections due to its size. It would be the base for the creature with the rest of the model being scratched built and kit bashed from various chaos and undead bits from my bitz box.

So below are some images of where I’m at with this monster. It’s been a challenge for me as I usually only paint characters and war bands but I’ve really enjoyed creating different effects on its skin and will be looking to enhance this look of old earth and decay that the Great Worm represents.

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Worship of the Worm. Maw Worm, The Plague Singer and The Women in White.

Darker and darker, he said; farther and farther yet. Death takes the good, the beautiful, and the young – and spares me. The Pestilence that wastes, the Arrow that strikes, the Sea that drowns, the Grave that closes over Love and Hope, are steps of my journey, and take me nearer and nearer to the End.”

Wilkie Collins. The Women in White

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The bell has tolled and now the lords and servants of the great worm rise to unleash their slow and painful wrath upon all that was green and good. In this post you shall meet the three that make up the leadership of my AoS28 war band.

MAW WORM.

A murderous, thrashing frenzy of daemonic disease. Maw Worm is a force of anti nature, a whirling mess of tentacles, teeth and chains and the demise of all living things. It is bound to The Women in White and has acted as her protector for many risings of the Worm and it is worshiped by the foul Excreted as an idol of death.

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THE PLAGUE SINGER.

No one knows for sure but it is said that the small child like Plague singer is the offspring of The Women in White. This quiet diseased boy can be found shuffling around the group of worm worshippers with his daemonic book of songs following behind him, his presence calming his ladies throng of Excreted. That is until the time of the singing begins. With words that rot the soul and stir those infected to acts of bloody carnage, spitting putrid blood forth to corrode any life it touches, his words reach ears and they bleed rot flies and worms and are consumed from within. The power of the songs of plagues rushes over the battle field like a wind of rot and disease. Victims fall to the ground holding their ears trying to block out the insanity but they are in vain for once the song has you your soul will be forever damned.

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THE WOMEN IN WHITE.

The central force of the worship of the worm. A sorceress of supreme power and as old as the earth she rises from. She is the caller of the Great Worm and as such commands its power, she is the lady of the Excreted, the foot soldiers of the worm cult, who are born from the Great Worm itself as it burrows through and consumes all in its path.

Her beginnings are unknown but Nurgle has bestowed great power and influence on her and when the cult rises it is her soft voice that stirs the The Great Worm and her followers rise from the earth to consume and rot the lands of Ghyran.

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Worship of the Worm. The Herald.

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The bell tolls for Ghryan. The worship of the worm has begun again and with it comes the decay of all that was beautiful. The lands will be consumed from beneath, the rot will start from under the skin and the excrement of Chaos will reign supreme.

 

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It starts now. The bell tolls. It’s sound heralding the beginning of the end and the cruel laughter that follows.

 

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Welcome to the first post of my AoS28 project, The Worship of the Worm. Now I haven’t been that into AoS in the past but with the recent release of Soul Wars that all changed. It has become a much grittier and grim setting and with the wonderful night haunt models I was set on a path to create a few projects around it. Making a war-band for AoS28 was inevitable and as I already have a night haunt project I chose to create my story around the followers of Nurgle. It’s early days yet and I have a load of other projects on the go ( don’t we all ) but I have finished the little puss filled, bell swinging loon known as the Herald you see above.