So I completed a unit of five Kromlech gnaws well over a year ago, but I recently found the first two pictures in my drafts folder and thought I might as well post them. Five is sort of the magic number (in addition to eight of course) because I use them as a stand in for flesh hounds of Khorne and that is the minimum number to form a pack of these gribblies.
I wish Kromlech had more than six different sculpts of gnaws so I could buy more different looking ones and expand my pack of giant squig daemon thingies. I’ve used them in games a lot and they’ve died a lot (perhaps I should call them flesh hounds of Distraction?) and as expected massacred more than their share of imperial and xenos scum alike. I’m sure Khorne would approve for “Khorne cares not whe-” … well, you get the idea.
The third picture below is much later, from the most recent game of 40K I played in February 2017. They are pretty meaty beasts; I could almost see an ork, bloodletter, or human sorcerer riding one into battle. Maybe not the one with the ridge of dorsal spines though.
They always seem to end up in a conga line for some reason. Too bad they don’t have arms!
So I have one one gnaw left that I’ve never painted; the only one coincidentally who has a proper nose. I have avoided the official flesh hounds for a number of reasons. Foremost is because I don’t care for the daemon meets ceratopsian look. I figure at about $10 per model I should at least like the sculpts. Also, I’ve found GW’s resin to be very hit or miss in terms of quality.
Not sure if I’m going to need more flesh hounds, but if I do I still have the gnaw with a nose to paint as well as a box of chaos warhounds I put together but haven’t primed yet. For now though the small pack of five is fulfilling the role I want for my giant daemon dog grinning squig thingies. Lord Khorne and Lady Distraction are both well pleased!
I finished two more Kromlech “Gnaws” the other day. They come in packs of three, so that finishes off the ones I have for now. They are solid, resin casts, so I didn’t have too much modelling work to do. Just cleaned off flash and trimmed some mold lines. The pieces didn’t come with bases and I thought that regular infantry bases were too small so I used terminator bases, which seem to be the right size.
My husband was right about one thing. He looked at them and said, “They seem a little too happy for Khorne.” Yeah, I agree, they probably would have looked better as minions of Nurgle. But maybe they are happy because they have just been unleashed from the warp and are anticipating the orgy of violence to come? Or maybe Khorne has a sense of humor after all?
Good things seem to be coming in three’s lately. My next piece I’m putting the finishing touches on tonight is my second thunderwolf cavalry model. They don’t have too much in common with gnaws except they also come three to a box. So it’ll be a Space Wolf day soon as I stoically paint toward my long dreamt goal of having enough Space Wolves to actually play a game without having to proxy Ultramarines!
I have been working on painting some Kromlech “Gnaws” lately. They come in packs of three and there are currently two sets of different sculpts available. My favorite right now is this guy with the lovely cluster of cheek warts. I doubt they’ll get much use for me in games, though I might dabble with trying to summon a unit of daemons with my weirdboy and run them as Flesh Hounds of Khorne. I suppose I could also use them as markers when someone gets turned into a chaos spawn. They don’t really look like spawn lacking random eyes, tentacles, shifting mouths and so on, but they are about the right size and have a daemonic look, albeit in a walking mouth sort of way.
My thinking, when I painted them, was on Flesh Hounds so I painted them kind of a rusty red-brown color. But I think with their cheerful, toothy expressions, they’d work well painted as Nurgle Gnaws. In any case, I have two done and I’m working on a third. I’ll need five total if I’m going to use them as summoned hounds.
They’ve been fun to paint. It is nice taking a break from painting models festooned with lots of little fiddly pieces of gear and ornate symbols on their armor. I hope to finish the third model sometime over the weekend, and then work on completing my second thunderwolf, which is starting to come together.