Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spiders, spiders everywhere!

I have a hard to shake habit of buying unwanted lots of Warhammer miniatures of second hand websites. A result of this is that I have two full sets of the Battle For Skull Pass, the Warhammer Fantasy Battles starter set for 7th edition. This set contained ten Goblin Spider Riders each making me the proud owner of twenty Grot Spider Riders.

No giggling! Our spiders are decidedly poisonous.
You might wonder why my Spiderfang Grots ride pink spiders, well there are three reasons for that.

  1. Pink is an awesome color to paint and it stands out quite nicely on dour brown and grey battlefields (just ask uncle Fulgrim)
  2. My wife is afraid of spiders, this helps take the realism off. 
  3. I have fond memories of introducing a few large pink spiders during a larp (but that is a story for another time).

We are not just Spiderfang Grots, we are a Spidergang of Spiderfang Grots!
This Spiderfang kit is still available as a separate box by GW. The quality is not really on par with modern plastics. Both the spiders and the grots are of one piece and they snap-fit together. The regular kit still comes with square bases that snap fit to the spiders. I replaced these with oval bases.

Boring snap-fit kits but with lovely skull motifs on the backs.
A disadvantage of second hand models is the occasional model that has been painted by a beginner (covered in a gloop of un-thinned shoveled on paint). It is possible to remove acrylic paint from plastics (brown dettol, blue wonder, cleaning spirits and the like), but it is a time consuming proces. In the case of these miniatures I just tried to rescue the bas paint job with some highlights and washes. The sword wielding Spider Rider Boss in the center of the picture below is one of the restored models to whom that applies.

Painting Spiderfang Grots in large numbers has the advantage of being able to field Spiderfang Grots in large numbers. On to the next ten I say!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Another Grot war machine is ready for action

This Goblin Grot Spear Chukka has been lying around half painted for almost two years now. I finally decided to just go ahead, slap some paint on it and use it to start gaming.

Ready, aim, fire!

Not a lot else can be said about it, except that I should assemble these two before celebrating the end of this project.

As a new years resolution I might consider reducing my purchase of second hand miniatures.

A Troll Hag appears, nudity abounds!

I am making slow but sure progress on my Age of Sigmar terrain, but I am getting delayed by my rediscovery of the Orcs&Goblins (Orruks&Grots) project box. This week I took out my Troll Hag and finally gave her a paint job.

This model is huge, filled with character and utterly disgusting.
The Troll Hag by Forge World comes with a rectangular resin base that has het right foot as a permanent fixture. I used stones and sand to attach this base to a large oval base because roundness rules! Unfortunately I forgot to take some in progress pictures as the end result does look rather natural and good (if I may say so myself).

Those eyes! 

The eyes on this monster are terrifically horrifying and I think I actually managed to not make her cross-eyed. Well that is a first I think. As an aside, I love working on some extra nasty pustules like the ones on her nose here. It is not just for the followers of Nurgle you know....

Hello there! Are you the brains of this outfit?
Another bonus of working with Forge World models is the extra detail that pops up while you paint. I never noticed this little snotling hiding in the tree until almost the end of the project when his face suddenly popped out while giving a light extra drybrush on the tree.

Warning: do not mess with the Troll Hag.
All in all this is another nice monster to terrorize the Mortal Realms with. Now to find some Stormcast Eternals of Chaos Scumbags to cover in vomit.

I have not talked about painting the filled net yet. Lets just say it was a lot of work.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bloody hell! It's a Slaughter Priest!!

Who can say no to a free model (with the purchase of a venerable magazine). Although I thought the new White Dwarf managed to come just short of what I was looking for, the model was much appreciated albeit unpainted. That changed over the course of this week. I started experimenting with some new skin painting techniques that work quite nicely in my very humble opinion.

Following the blood god seems to work fantastically as an alternative to joining a local gym.
The armor started out as metal/silver and received a coat of Tamiya Clear Red to give it that extra blood for the blood god appearance. I cut the horns of his helmet in keeping with my campaign against horned helmets in my chaos army. In the end I decided on a grey/white freehand stripe on the front and the back of his loincloth to give it a bit extra style. I imagine he's wearing a stolen banner from a Slaaneshi or Tzeentchian warband. The blood on his weapons is Blood for the Blood God technical by Games Workshop. It looks almost the same as Tamiya Clear Red but is slightly thicker, making it easier to splatter around with an old brush.

I forgot to make a separate base for this model, so I ended up using Stirland mud on this one.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Azhag the Slaugterer is ready to despoil the Moral Realms

While working on my Age of Sigmar terrain I spotted Azhags dragon standing alone, forgotten and abandoned between some tools in the hobby shed. I started on this model and never got around to finishing it. So over the course of this weekend I painted Azhag himself, finished up the dragon and put some color to the banners. It does fit nicely with my other rediscovered Orc and Goblin models.

Watch it, Azhag is ready to despoil the Realms.

The second banner on this model is excellent with its pre-shaped squares and evil ogre face. I took some orange to it and just went with it.

Real orruks have two banners!
I decided to give Azhag a golden crown of command with blue gems and a blue plume to contrast with his extremely dirty metal style armor and red banner. Of course after painting I read that the crown of command is supposed to have been made out of metal/iron. That just goes to show I should've done a bit more research in stead of grabbing the model out of the shed and tossing paint at it. Then on the other hand, I did finish this model.
I tried to paint a mix of old and fresh blood around Skullmuncha's maw and front claq. Although I'm not quite sure if this actually worked.