Dave Stone at Wargames Terrain Workshop announced he is doing his “Paint What You Got“ community painting challenge. The idea is to paint one or more models of any type and with the deadline not being until February 28, 2021 there is plenty of time.
My plan is to finally finish Frank’s Pig Demon and since it is a two month challenge perhaps the Hero Forge gnome, who apparently really likes dragons, which I’m painting for a friend. This will allow Frank’s demon to pull double duty, since I plan on having it be the first miniature I complete in 2021 for my own painting challenge.
I’ve made a little progress on the pig demon since I look the pictures in this post. I’ve done the blue shading on his cloak and made a beginning at cleaning it up with more of the base color before I do the final layer and highlights. I hope to have that stage done by the end of next week and then after that I’ll turn my attention to the trident.
I traditionally have several miniatures going at once on the painting table and I am feeling some temptation to make a start at working on the gnome while I press on with the demon. However, I feel compelled to resist that particular siren song because of how long a road it has been with the demon. Now that I’m nearing completion I think it is better to focus my efforts before moving onto another project. Perhaps things will all work out so that my friend’s gnome can find a home in both Dave’s challenge and Alex’s yearly Fembruary challenge at Leadballoony.
I put a little more color on Frank’s Pig Demon today after having left our fiend to its own devices since early October. This time I focused on the loincloth.
My plan is to finish this miniature (and finally give it back to Frank) before the end of January for the community painting challenge I announced a few days ago.
I used Duncan Rhodes’ “White Aelf Robes” tutorial for the loincloth, which is:
Base with Celestra Grey
Shade creases with mix of Drakenhof Nightshade and Lahmian Medium.
Layer with Ulthuan Grey
Highlight with White Scar
I like how the loincloth turned out, though I could have used a bit more more medium and less blue shade (I used about a 50/50 mix of each) to achieve a lighter, more subtle effect. I’ll probably try something along these lines with the cloak where I shade the deeper recesses like I did the loincloth but mix in more medium for the shallow bits, especially on top of the cloak where it might be lighter.
I am going to play around with this recipe and experiment with some other miniatures in the future. I think some blueish white cloth might look pretty good on my Changeling. I suspect at this point the daemon would welcome some cloth in pretty much any color given that it has been sitting neglected (beyond a cursory spray with white primer) since April 2018 when I did a personal assembly challenge. It might also be interesting to do a wraith’s robes in this color or perhaps a daemonette’s hair. Heck, I could even see doing a unit of plaguebearer using this color for their flesh. Lots of possibilities.
So finishing the cloak is next up for Frank’s Pig Demon. After that I’ll tackle the trident and then after that all I’ll have to do is make a few minor tweaks, base it and I’ll be done.
It has been awhile since I’ve done a painting challenge and thought it might be fun to do a challenge where you share a picture of the first miniature you completely finish for 2021. We aren’t interested in completing squads, mobs or other collections this time. The focus is to start 2021 off right by showcasing everyone’s first miniature fruits of the year.
Rules of the Challenge
The model can be a work in progress but must be completed sometime in January 2021.
Your model must be based unless you aren’t planning on basing it later.
A tank, cavalry, chariot, dinosaur or some other miniature with rider(s) counts as one miniature for this challenge.
A stand with multiple miniatures counts as one miniature so long as all of the models are affixed to the same base. This excludes dioramas, but you can certainly post a miniature for a diorama so long as it is the first miniature you complete in 2021.
You can enter miniatures you are working on for other painting challenges.
The challenge closes on January 31, 2021 at midnight (your local time). If you can’t get your picture posted by that date, it is fine. Just post it as soon as you can. The best way to let me know you’ve put up a picture is to either link your post back to this one or leave a comment here.
Questions and/or ideas? Let me know in the comments.
Some ideas from past challenges include a mighty dragon, painted by David from Scent of a Gamer …
or perhaps an Imperial Knight if you are feeling particularly ambitious like the one painted by Thomas of Dragon’s Den Games?
If you aren’t in the mood or have time for a knight or giant, green dragon perhaps something a bit smaller, but still great, like the miniatures from challenges past in this little slide show. Remember any single miniature is fair game, even a status marker and the like if you so choose.
As for me, I’m hoping to finally finish my eternal work in progress, Frank’s Pig Demon. I got pretty far along before I stalled once again. There are a bunch of minor things I need to do, but finishing the demon’s clothing is the last major piece left. I’ll probably keep the basing fairly simple in line with what Frank told me he wanted.
I’ve made a little hobby progress this week, working on Frank’s long-suffering pig demon. I’ve been alternately painting and ignoring this miniature for a very long time, but finally I think I’m starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
I had some ambitious ideas for the trident and have painted the weapon maybe four times now. None of my attempts have felt very successful. Given my recent determination to give Frank is pig demon back, I decided the best thing was perhaps a simple gold scheme. I hope to finish the trident this weekend and make further progress beyond the base coat on the loin cloth. For the clothes I plan on following Duncan’s Crisp White cloth video.
I felt like putting together some models earlier in the week, so I assembled a box of ten Bladegheist Revenants I’ve had sitting around for quite awhile. I don’t know if or when I’ll paint them, but at least now they leave my unassembled mountain of plastic and join their compatriots in my hill of assembled plastic.
That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
May through June saw the Miniatures of Magnitude painting challenge where the idea is to paint something that is on the larger side. The model didn’t need to be large, but it had to represent something large. As I wrote back in early May, “Aircraft, daemon engines, tanks, giants, trains, cavewomen riding mammoths, ships, and beasts that are great, writhing masses of tentacles, eyes, and maws that tumbled down from the stars or crawled up out of the sewer all will find a home in this challenge.”
As usual, if I missed anyone, please let me know and I’ll make sure you make it into the (amended) round-up.
First up is Wudugast’s of Convert or DieWarcry bell tower, complete with gibbets and “fiddly” skeletons. I’m glad he included the skeletons because I think they add an osseous touch of class to the piece.
Wudugast also painted this very nice Chaos Space Marine Obliterator. Our heretic astartes is bristling with weapons of all kinds, as you would expect. He’s got some sort of assault cannon, a heavy flamer, a hefty power fist complete with little claws … heck, let’s face it, the only thing he’s missing are pants!
Next up is Tom’s Imperial Knight Castellan. I know Tom because he used to work at the local game store I often frequent. Some time ago, Tom made the trek north from Santa Cruz to Stockton, California where he opened his own store, Dragon’s Den Games.
Tom’s knight is the largest model he has painted to date. He says that it has “technically more surface area than a Bloodthirster” and the latter being “mostly skin and wing so they go a heck of a lot faster, especially with Contrasts!”. I’m glad Tom persevered because I think his knight came out looking good and will surely strike terror into the hearts of his many nefarious foes.
Look to the skies! David, of Scent of a Gamer, painted a huge dragon who is just waiting to blot out the sun as it soars through a fantasy sky on xanthous wings. David tells us that this miniature is “from the Dragons Don’t Share boxed set that was originally released as part of the Bones II Kickstarter.”
David used a “dark green/black mix” for the body and contrast paints for the wings. He was going for an “eye of Mordor” feel with the dragon’s eyes and I think he succeeded because the eye reminded me of that when I was looking at the pictures in his post before reading the text. I really like that baleful eye!
Size comparison with smaller models.
Continuing with our “Look to the Skies” theme, watch out for flying battleships! John of Just Needs Varnish!painted a couple of 1/1200 scale aeronefs, which are “ships that fly using some form of gravity-resisting technology to stay airborne.” The miniatures are produced by Brigade Models.*
Below is a Japanese Shinano class dreadnought. Nicely done and cute spotter plane too!
John’s Shinano class Flying Dreadnought.
Check out John’s post if you want to see some pictures of the models before they were painted as well as his thoughts about building and modifying these models. He also shows off some of his older aeronefs in his post as well. John also painted a Russian Poltava class dreadnought, pictured below.
Maybe we’ll see more aeronefs from John in the future. He writes that he has “some lighter aeronefs to finish for these two fleets” and he also has the better part of a Chinese fleet done, and a French fleet to paint. Let the 19th Century steampunk skies be filled with flying warships!
All of these aerial pictures makes me wonder: can aeronefs drop bombs on each other and the general landscape as well?
It pleases me to continue with the fortresses that can fly and things with wings, so next up is a nicely painted succubus by Dave Stone of Wargames Terrain Workshop. I like those wings by the way with the veins and such.
Dave reports that his demon miniature is about 70mm or 2.75 inches in height, which puts it into the ogre-sized category. Demons come in all shapes and sizes, especially given many of them are shape shifters.
Next up is the prolific Azazel of Azazel’s Bitz Box. He finished quite a passel of miniatures for the challenge. Where to start? How about something with wings such as his Ashardalon the Red Dragon, which he painted with Contrast paints, from the Wrath of Ashardalon board game.
Makes me think my friends and I should paint the miniatures from the D&D board games we play, though we probably won’t.
We’ll end the current aerial theme (but not Azazel’s contributions to our challenge — there is much more to come!) with his crashed Aquila lander from the Warhammer 40K 4th edition starter set. I’ve seen a lot of these in games over the years and this one is very nicely done.
Azazel writes in his blog that I “was not quite so enthusiastic” about the idea of the Eagle lander being a miniature of magnitude when we talked about it a couple of months ago. I have mostly forgotten the conversation but apparently I was willing to be mollified so long as “there was some kind of giant monster smashing through it.”
Yes, that sounds like me all right. I’m not sure why I was previously unenthusiastic since the lander fits the challenge as much as, say, a Rhino APC would. Probably part of a now forgotten master plan to get Azazel to showcase some of his monsters, which I favor. It worked because he included a “Kaiju shot with not one, but TWO giant monsters …” as you see in the picture above. We even get smaller bonus monsters too and kind of a Nurgle meets Tyranids meets Lovecraft thing. It is great when a plan comes together!
Going back to the Wrath of Ashardalon board game for a moment, I quite like Azazel’s Rage Drake. I think this one would be a whole lot more intimidating when it is plunked down on the board than the unpainted ones I’ve seen when I’ve played the game myself with friends. I particularly like the light stripes on the neck.
He’s also painted an Otyugh, also from Wrath of Ashardalon, which jumped (or perhaps burrowed is way past) the queue “because ‘need it for the game.'” I have a soft spot for this monster because of a rather strange dungeon I ran back in the early ’80’s, which heavily featured these creatures. I won’t say any more about it here because I don’t want to digress.**
These four (air, water, earth, and fire) elementals are from the Temple of Elemental EvilD&D boardgame. Yep, they are bigger than a standard ogre!
We’ll cast Plane Shift and leave the world of Dungeons & Dragons for Zombicide, where Azazel’s Abominations can be found. They are certainly both colorful and corrupt, which is just how we like our zombies.
He also painted an Orc Abomination too. This one comes from “Black Plague’s standalone expansion, Green Horde.”
Azazel has been doing a lot of experiments with Contrast Paint lately and has been mostly “emphasizing how things have gone well.” These Trun Hunters from the Shadows of Brimstone board game, are according to Azazel, are “an example of when Contrast Paints combine with bad models to create … something not good.”
I won’t comment except to say while they probably won’t win the 2021 Golden Demon, they are certainly table top quality and fine for board games, where (at least with my crowd) the figures are usually unpainted. So this green-skinned trio has us beat, board game-wise at least.
We’ll end Azazel’s challenge contribution on a sort of virenslithic happy note with the mighty Mossbeard the Treeman. We’ve saved the largest for last here: Azazel reports that this is “the largest model I’ve painted to date.” I like all of the grass, moss and such; it really adds a lot to the model. Many of the people, who commented on his post, think so too and they aren’t wrong! Here is a little slideshow of this most magnitudinous of ents.
Next up is Steve of Dreadaxe Games and his Word Bearers Rhino. Our friendly Chaos Lord’s goal with this new addition to his painted forced was to “keep it in line with everything that I liked about the Chaos Vehicles: the spiked top sections, the grumpy gunner, the variety of gruesome trophies, etc.” As you can see Steve’s APC has lots of suitable, heretical bling. I wonder if that doom caster he’s got will still make it harder for people to shoot overwatch in the coming 9th edition 40K rules? I hope so!
Mcmattila of mcmattilaminis painted Mollog, of Mollog’s Mob from Warhammer Underworlds. Colorful and as usual, his painting is very good. I think that his miniature pictures could be used as art on some of the miniature boxes or in the army books. They are that polished. I particularly like the big, squishy toad and the dorsal mushrooms are none too shabby either.
Argentbadger, of The Bovine Overlord, completed a Chaos Knight War Dog in “deep red in honour of the Blood God.” With the giant melta arm and another melta on its back, as well as a nasty-looking chainsword arm, I don’t think I’d want to be sitting in a tank watching this thing as it scuttles my way. I thought it was a nice touch that Argentbadger used the head from a Juggernaut of Khorne kit, which fits these things nicely, both in look and in the canine spirit of the name. Besides melta, this dog’s got some teeth!
We’ll close the painting challenge with a visit to the world of Blood Bowl where Faust of Double Down Dice has added another ogre to his burgeoning roster of malcontents, murderers, and gridiron mavens of mayhem.
His human team can field one of these guys as a special player. If they are anything like trolls, which Faust assures us they are, then they are easily confused and will often just stand around on the pitch and do nothing, but as he goes on to reassure us, “the strength of an Ogre is nothing to scoff at, when they decide to work with you.”
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in this June-July challenge. It took me awhile to keep this round-up posted and all I can say on that front is I spent the last couple of months in the dark prince’s court within the nacreous cloud spire atop his Eidolon of Indolence. It was time well spent and now I am feeling the whole blog and painting thing again. I hope everyone is doing well and as always, “Paint On!”
* John’s ships remind me of a show I used to love when I was teenager called Star Blazers, complete with flying battleship.
** Back around 1980 or ’81 I wrote up an adventure for my friends where the boss was a Xorn with magical spells and very high intelligence. Its upper level minions were a bunch of Otyugh. The secret entrance to the Xorn’s inner sanctum, which was the interior of a huge geode, was beneath one of their enormous crap piles (mostly the accumulation of waste from slaves) through which the Otyughs had burrowed an elaborate network of rooms and passageways. One of the players coined the title, “Dungeon of Dung,” which stuck, though I originally named it the Fane of Feces. Perhaps if one of these days I decide to run some D&D, I’ll dig out this old chestnut and see how it stands up to the march of decades and my older (but hopefully) wiser eyes. That was pretty long-winded for a “I won’t comment” comment.
I finished Commissar Poxwalker #19 here before its counterpart, Khorne Flower Poxwalker #20, who is also a commissar, as chance would have it.* The picture-taking got a little out of order but I’ve gotten that all sorted and can now present this (not quite) latest addition to my foetid forces.
There wasn’t a lot of blister and pox highlighting to be done on this one, because of the greatcoat, so I thought I’d go for a fairly mild case of yellow mold.** This time I was careful to spread the texture paste without pulling away the paste too much with my sculpting tool. I wasn’t going for a bunch of little spiky bits like I got on my poxbringer’s arm.
Poxbringer’s yellow mold in full bloom.
Poxwwalker before yellow mold …
… and same poxwalker after.
I forget how I painted the mold this time, but it looks like I used some bright green, followed by bright yellow and then a glaze from maybe Waywatcher Green or perhaps Biel-Tan Green with a little satin finish. I’ll have to try this again and write down what I did next time so I don’t forget in the time between completing the model and typing up a blog post.
I did the dorsal tentacles and left arm with Flesh Tearers Red Contrast and Nuln Oil Gloss, then brightened them up with some thinned down Blood Angels Red Contrast followed by Evil Sun Scarlet. I used Basilicanum Grey Contrast to emphasize the separations between the tentacles. I find using contrast paint in this way easier than using washes because the former don’t flow all over the place so one can be a bit more targeted.
I’ve been having fun lately doing a little post-production with my pictures.*** So we’ll wrap up Commissar Poxwalker’s moment in the Verdigris Sun with a few of these sort of offerings. Don’t mind Bits Box Skeletal Snake Thingie; I think it has spent so many years entombed in the sepulchral darkness of the game store bits box that it grabs any chance for attention it can get. Truly, it is incredibly needy for a mindless undead.****
So that is it for this penultimate poxwalker post. I’ll do one more of the whole crew and put paid to this playful party of putrescent perambulators. I’m continuing to work on Frank’s Pig Demon, which I hope to have done before the end of June, since that is my planned offering for the Miniatures of Magnitude Painting Challenge.
Take care all.
* Or possesses the greatcoat of a commissar, which can be much the same thing at times.
** I had a bit of a chuckle reading what my poxbringer had to say about yellow mold almost two years ago now. I had completely forgotten about our little chat.
*** If this continues I might have to break down and learn how to use Photoshop versus just fiddling around with the little paint program I’m currently fumbling around with.
**** For instance, Skeletal Snake is constantly reminding me that it “never got its own blog post and just got stuck in with some badly-painted poxwalkers like 30 years ago.” Even though I’ve promised to use it in a D&D game someday and have given this pestiferous haunt a place as a token/marker/mascot in my forces, I still have to put up with its whining. This is surely not what I expected when I began perusing forbidden tomes and conducting vile painting experiments. Oh well, now it’s got me whining too. Such is the hard life of a Necromantrix!
So I’m seeing the light at the end of purulent tunnel, as it were, poxwalker-wise with this latest offering. I had plans to go with a similar orange type flesh that I was so pleased with on the last one, but as seems to so often be the case with my diseased quasi-zombies when I do have a plan it seldom comes off as planned.
I had a little extra green stuff on hand (I’m guessing) the year or two ago when I glopped a candle onto its horn. For once I wasn’t trying to hide a broken off tip, which seems to have become pretty common for me over the last few years.* Perhaps I need to ease off a point or two on the Slaanesh-based energy drinks that cause my hands to shake and roil (temporarily) with sneering finger tentacles?
The candle itself was easy enough to paint. White primer, sepia wash, off-white layer and then a bit of brighter white toward the top near the flame. For the flame, I used the recipe from White Dwarf #57 (February 2015) entitled “Khorne’s Wrath.” Overall I’m pleased but I do think I’ll be more careful with the Nuln Oil next time. I’m happy with how the flame looks from the back but less so from the front. I made several unsuccessful attempts to make myself happier with the front of the flame before finally giving up before I made things worse since I didn’t want to have to go over the flame with Ceramite White and do it over again.
Using a recipe from a publication dedicated to Khorne is probably where I went wrong, and I should have been on my guard when I went for orange flesh and ended up with red.** Well, I had put some green stuff on my poxwalker’s shoulder with the idea of it looking like wax that had dripped down from its horn candle. Seemed like a good idea at the time but I wasn’t satisfied with how I executed it. So I thought of trying something a little different and busted out my jar of Golden’s fiber paste.
I started out with the idea of creating some textured flesh or perhaps a slightly sticky or spiky area like the yellow mold on my poxbringer. Imagine my surprise when I slapped on some of this paste, drew it out a bit with my sculpting tool and ended up with what you see below!
I let my creation dry overnight, closed my eyes and wondered on the festering mysteries of the Grandfather’s Garden. The next day, when I was brushing some primer on this new doodad, a voice screeched in my mind. It resonated somewhere between a broken concertina and claws rasping over a blackboard. How charming.
“‘Nurgle? Nurgle! Vile mortal, you have decapitated a bud from the sanguine Hothouse of Khorne! You are without a doubt both stupid, ugly, and a stinking fleshbag whose crumbling, rotted skull is not fit for Khorne’s cesspit much less His Throne!”
“Isn’t that three things, young demon?”
“Get not thine nether regions in a complete twist young firebrand, for as the Burning Books sayeth, ‘He cares not from whence the sap flows so long that it flows!'” I countered. It all went downhill from there as it so often does when treating with the Ruinous Powers. C’est la vie.
Hope I got Commissar Poxwalker’s best side.
Anyway, some sharp-eyed reader might be wondering how in Tzeentch’s name we went from poxwalker #18 to poxwalker #20. Well, I did get #19 done, but I’m not happy with the pictures I took so I’m going to take more over the weekend and will post them soon. It’ll be happy times indeed when I do for then and only then will I be able to close the books on my Dark Imperium poxwalkers, which I started so long ago now.***
Time for another painting challenge! This time the idea is to paint at least one model that represents a creature, machine or terrain piece that is on the larger side. Aircraft, daemon engines, tanks, giants, trains, cavewomen riding mammoths, ships, and beasts that are great, writhing masses of tentacles, eyes, and maws that tumbled down from the stars or crawled up out of the sewer all will find a home in this challenge.
(Note that if you click on the pictures, they will take you to the artists’ websites. I’ve included some examples below of projects that would work for this challenge.)
Part of “Clean Oceans” mural on Mission Street in Santa Cruz, California
Rules of the Challenge
The challenge closes on July 3rd, 2020 at midnight (last place on Earth). The project must be completed, but if you can’t get your pictures posted by that date, it is fine. Just post them as soon as you can.
Models must represent a creature at least the size of an ogre or small giant. Machines must represent something that is at least as large as a medium-sized armored vehicle or single-seat aircraft.
Terrain pieces and dioramas are also welcome. (See examples below.)
Any scale is welcome. The miniatures can be small but have to represent things that would be large at 1:1 scale. Also, there is nothing to say it has to be a miniature. If you want to paint a mural, put a coat of paint on your house, refinish a good-sized piece of furniture, those would all count too as long as it is a painting or staining project.
Projects can be works in progress at the start of the challenge or you can begin something new.
You can complete one model or as many as you want. Basing is great, but is optional.
Questions, comments, ideas? Let me know in the comments.
If you paint small models during the challenge that would strongly fit thematically with your larger miniature, you can include them in a group shot. For example, if Azazel painted an APC, like the one pictured below, and also painted some suitable space marine passengers to go along with it, he could include the marines in the group shot.
Rhino APC and space marine rides by Azazel of Azazel’s Bitz Box.
Dioramas are also welcome for the challenge. In these cases the whole is greater than the sum of its parts so you are not required to include a large creature or dominating terrain feature, although you may. Pat included a good-sized wall in his “Desert Attack,” but the diorama would have qualified for the challenge without the wall because there is plenty going on here without it!
“Desert Attack” by the eponymous Pat of Pat’s 1:72 Military Diorama’s
A single building will qualify for this painting challenge. Dave built a Wells Fargo Way Station as part of of diorama, but the building alone would qualify too. As you can see, he went to the effort to model the inside as well. (Click on the image to see the outside of his building and the overall diorama.)
Inside of Wells Fargo Way Station by Dave at The Imperfect Modeller.
Wudugast’s rat-ogre and its slightly smaller friend would both qualify for the challenge. If he painted the ratman, with the spiked club and shield, on the far right during the challenge, it would fit thematically with the others and he could include it in a group shot (like the one below) if he wanted.
Wudugast’s “rat-ogre” (left) and friends from Convert or Die.
Aircraft, like this representation from WWI by John, could fly into the challenge. Any sizable machine or vehicle from any historical period as well as from milieus that only exist in the imagination are fair game.
Miniatures that represent towering statues or impressive golems that might guard forgotten ruins or await orders from a dread magician are appropriate …
Stone Golem by The Introverted Hermit
… as are mighty warriors (reptilian and otherwise) riding fearsome dinosaurs!
Scar Veteran riding a repurposed Allosaurus by Maenoferren22 of Bogenwald.
Trolls can come in many shapes and sizes and fortunately a lot of them can stand eye to eye with an ogre. Some have interesting professions and hobbies too, such as playing in death sports, football leagues, or both at the same time.
As for me, I hope to finally finish a pig demon-looking thing that a friend asked me to paint for him so long ago now that he apparently forgot I still had the miniature. Heck, I forgot about the pig demon too until I happened to find it when I was organizing my hobby room/office. So this challenge will push me to put pig demon toward the top of my painting queue and get it back into my friend’s hands before the end of the Aquarian Age!
The pig demon is my first priority, but maybe I can squeeze in Becky the Bloat Drone here too. If so, my post-Heresy Death Guard forces will wax mighty indeed comprising this daemon engine and a full 20 zombie squad (hopefully) of poxwalkers. Let the galaxy tremble!
After this painting challenge ends, I’m going to take July off from running painting challenges. Azazel has written that he might be doing a Jewel in July challenge for 2020 and if he does I’ll be painting for that.
I finished Work-in-Progress (Nurgle Alert!) Poxwalker #18 the other day so MAGPPXWLKER-XVIIhas a special friend now.* Despite my glacial pace, I’m currently in real danger of actually finishing up the Dark Imperium contagion-zombie mob.** Whatever happens, I’ve completed a little “crap I already own” for the April painting challenge and I’m feeling pretty good about that!
Toad and I sort of like how this picture came out.
I started work on this poxwalker a long time ago and managed to drop it on the floor during one of my painting sessions. This broke the tip off the large, overhead tentacle. I set the miniature aside, possibly in disgust, and forgot about it for a year or so. When I got back to work on it again, I had completely forgotten about the broken tentacle tip until I chanced to notice it once more. As unpleasant surprises go, it was the gift that kept on giving!
I thought about maybe trying to whittle the offending appendage down a bit or repairing it with green stuff. In the end I decided to rummage through my bits and see if I could make lemonade out of rotten lemons. After several false tries (I really wish the hook had worked out) I ended up cutting a spear point-looking thing off the end of a chain bit from an old chaos space marine biker sprue and affixing it as you see here.
Hanging out, comparing mechanical arms probably, with #17.
I forget exactly how I painted the tentacles on #18, but I think I started out as I usually do with some Agrax Earthshade and maybe some Athonian Camoshade and/or thinned down Nuln Oil. What I did do differently was after the washes I applied several layers of Skeletal Horde Contrast. Then I went to do some tentacle highlight work, like I did on #17, when I realized that I didn’t really need to. I could have but the washes in conjunction with the contrast paint brought the brown tentacles to a state that I was satisfied with for some random zombie. As a final step, I used some Basilicanum Grey Contrast in the recesses between the tentacles.
The lighter red ventral tentacles were painted with Blood Angels Red Contrast and then highlighted with various shades of red up through Wild Rider Red. Then I tied them together with a mix of Blood for the Blood God, Lahmian Medium and old Baal Red I still have hanging around.
The darker ventral tentacle was painted with Flesh Tearers Red Contrast and then washed with Glossy Nuln Oil. For the ventral area in general I used more Glossy Nuln Oil to impart some shine to the recessed areas and Minitaire Satin Coat where I wanted shine but didn’t want to add more color.
Might have to try Wudugast’s blue maggots on Poxwalker #20 perhaps.
I haven’t quite decided what else I want to finish this month. I could go for broke and perhaps finish Poxwalker #19, though I also have a trio of Etsy bugbears with maces and shields that I quite favor too. So many choices and the challenge deadline of May 3rd will be here before you know it. I’ll have to decide soon.
* Perhaps a good, Death Guard name for the latest addition to my Indolent Forces might be Mechanical Arm that Works Kind of Crappily Somewhat Orange Poxwalker #18 or (MAWKCSOPXWLKR-XVIII)? What it lacks in clarity I think it makes up for in pedantry.
** I put the Dark Imperium primaris space marines versus Death Guard boxed set on pre-order and picked it up the day it released in mid-2017. I then immediately put together and started painting the poxwalkers, but got distracted by plaguebearers. (I was assured by several people this can happen to anyone.) I finished the first two poxwalkers in early September 2017. Given that I’ve not only finished #18 but have actually started eyeing #19, there is a real chance I might actually finish the full mob of 20 within the next three years! Not too shabby.
I’ll probably paint the six easy-to-build poxwalkers too at some point (I love the idea of a grenade flail!), but I wonder if I should even bother with the 150 or so more I have that people have given me over the years or sold to me for a nominal sum like, “Here’s 20 of these useless dudes I’ll never use; buy me a Coke or something?”
My second dwarf turned out to be a bit stubborn, which I shouldn’t be surprised about considering he’s a dwarf after all and they are kind of known for that. He’s done for now so all’s well that ends well.
It is going to be a close shave indeed finishing my other two dwarves by midnight, April 3rd for the March Might & Magic challenge, but I’m going to give it the old community college try. I worked a bit on them last night and tomorrow is Friday, so I’m prepared to burn the pre-midnight oil to make it happen!
I used Duncan’s tutorial off of Warhammer TV for the dwarf’s ginger beard. Primed white, based with Jokaero Orange, then washed with Agrax Earthshade and a final highlight with Fire Dragon Bright. It was pretty easy and I like how it came out.
His bracer started out looking exactly like the first dwarf’s. After a bunch of fiddling with various colors and mucking about with Spiritstone Red I ended up with what you see here. It isn’t obvious in the picture but there is a bit of a flame undertone going on with the red part that was an accident I ended up liking. Perhaps he has some sort of magical Flame Bracer?*
Don’t think his beard is quite so bright in person.
Finally, I propped him up like he was walking up an incline or something to get a better look at his shield.
For the shield boss I originally used the crusty remains of an old bottle of Tin Bitz and some Agrax, but changed my mind and based again with Balthasar Gold. (I followed Duncan’s Bronze Armor video.) Washed with Druchii Violet, reapplied the gold, making sure not to obscure the violet around the edges too much. Then a highlight of Sycorax Bronze and Stormhost Silver.
I tried to do the highlights so it looks like the light is hitting the top of his boss since he is holding his shield at an angle, which is evident in the first picture where he isn’t propped up.
I forget what colors I used for the wooden part exactly, but I followed some of the ideas from a Heroes & Bosses video. The general idea is to base in a wood color and then paint variously colored stripes along with the grain. Then wash to blend it all together.
So next up is the dwarf with the musket. If I remain on a schedule that will give me any kind of a prayer at all of meeting the April 3rd deadline then I’ll finish him tonight. Until then, take care everyone!
* I realized about twelve hours after I finished the miniature that I subconsciously made a bracer much like the one from a friend’s cosplay “warrior princess” costume that she used to wear to con’s until she had a couple of kids and couldn’t fit into it anymore, alas. (It all worked out though because eventually she got back into shape but unfortunately she had sold the costume.) Anyway, her bracer had a glossy, lacquered stripe in the middle except instead of red the one she had was purple and instead of a fire thing it had sort of a black knotwork design.