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A Tabletop Gamer’s Palette: From Nurgle’s Enigma to Gloom Trench’s Dark Allure

In the realm of tabletop gaming, painting miniatures is a mix of challenge and charm. From Age of Sigmar's perplexing Nurgle army to Gloom Trench's dark allure, join my journey through this diverse hobby.

Age of Sigmar’s Nurgle Army: An Enigmatic Presence

Among the varied projects on my desk, the Plague Bearers for my once-cherished Nurgle army in Age of Sigmar stand out as a puzzling anomaly. These figures, relics of a game I no longer play, seem to mock me with their persistent presence. Each time I unearth more – like the recent discovery of 20 additional figures – I’m reminded of this odd situation. Why do I continue to paint these miniatures for a game that’s no longer part of my gaming repertoire? It’s a question that hangs in the air, mingled with the faint, nostalgic scent of acrylics and the memories of battles past.


Warmaster’s Nurgle Army: A Practical Approach

In stark contrast to the Age of Sigmar figures, my Warmaster Nurgle army project feels more aligned with my current interests. Adopting the same colour scheme as the Age of Sigmar army, this endeavor is a practical way to manage the painting workload. It’s a nod to efficiency, allowing me to focus on the aspects of the hobby I enjoy more, even if the connection to the Nurgle theme feels a bit like treading familiar, albeit slightly irrelevant, ground.


Gloom Trench 1926: Embracing the Grimdark

The real gem on my desk, however, is the Gloom Trench 1926 collection. This project allows me to delve into the grimdark style of painting that I find intriguing. Unlike the Nurgle armies, Gloom Trench aligns with my current gaming interests and offers a canvas for exploring darker, more nuanced painting techniques. Each figure in this collection is not just a piece to be painted; it’s an opportunity to experiment with shades, contrasts, and textures that embody the gritty reality of the 1926 setting. The process is a dance with darker palettes, where each brushstroke adds depth and character to the miniatures, making this task more enjoyable, or at least intriguing, compared to the others.


A Canvas of Contrasts

My desk is a landscape of contrasting projects, each reflecting a different facet of my relationship with the hobby. From the perplexing presence of the Age of Sigmar miniatures to the pragmatic approach of the Warmaster’s Nurgle army, and finally to the creatively satisfying Gloom Trench 1926, my painting journey is a tapestry of emotions and styles. It’s a testament to the diverse experiences that tabletop gaming offers, where even the less favored aspects of the hobby, like painting, can become gateways to new artistic explorations and reflections on why we play – and paint – in the first place.

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