Jack’s Lost and Damned of Rainoff
We journey to Rainoff, a former Imperial Agriworld blighted by Nurgle to take a look at Jack “Plaguesfordays” beautifully (and grotesque) themed army. We asked Jack a few brief questions about his army and took a few photos which you can view below. Jack is a regular player at Last Stand and loves anything Chaos, especially Nurgle. He is also a keen Mordheim player too. If you have any comments or questions, please check out our Forums or Facebook page. For some additional fluff with this army curated by club members – check this thread out on our forums.
NLS: What is the official title of your army?
Jack: This is the Lost and the Damned of Rainoff, which is an agriworld. The commander’s two sons got infected with a horrible pox. In his darkest despair, Nurgle approached the commander offering to cure his sons but at the cost of your entire family and the planetary population. Nurgle then cursed the entire agriworld, crops failed, flesh fell from bones and when the commander contacted the Imperium to ask for assistance, they were considered traitors and with that the commander took up arms, raided the stores, took what they could to mount some form of defence any who would encroach upon them, Imperium, Xenos and Ruinous Powers.
NLS: We understand there is a story with this army, and all of it is highly customised, you were made redundant at the time you put it together?
Jack: Yeah, yeah. So basically, I’ve always had the “scrimp and save” ethos anyway and as a father of two, money is always issue when it comes to putting it into the hobby. I lost my job before Christmas of last and at that time I also wanted to start a new army. I’ve always loved the idea of renegade guard, and with a real attention to detail on cost, I basically built the army. So for example, the heavy weapons teams are made with milliput for the sandbangs, toothpicks, lollipop sticks. The artillery pieces are made from plastic tubing. Models such as the Baneblade and demolisher I had left over from my bits box and other kits laying around.
NLS: Is this army an example that tabletop wargaming doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive affair?
Jack: Yeah, I do think you have to pick and choose the army you do on a budget. So if you try and do something like Eldar or Space Marines, which are notoriously detailed and “crisp”, it may have difficult. With this army, I was fortunate that washing and dry brushing helped remove visual inconsistencies. But I do agree within wargaming, there is an inherent view that it is something which can be very expensive to get into. When it comes to wargaming, I live by the saying “contentment is the enemy of invention” – if you want to make something happen, you will find a way to do it.
NLS: What would be the one piece of advice you would give to someone brand new to Warhammer 40,000 be?
Jack: I would say, go with what you love! For me, Chaos is a real love affair. I’ve got four or five different armies, all of which are Chaos. Go with the army you feel the most affinity with. Look at the models, their backstories and the fluff first. Rules are secondary, you can always make your army work. Of course, if you’re looking at it from a competitive play angle, then sure – go at it that way. But if you’re looking at taking a project, growing it and breathing life into little pieces of plastic then I definitely say look at the models and the fluff.
NLS: Brilliant stuff Jack, thank you for sharing!
“Indeed, the very process of construction and creation foreshadow destruction and decay. The palace of today is tomorrow’s ruin, the maiden of the morning is the crone of the night, and the hope of a moment is but the foundation stone of everlasting regret.”
~ Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned”