Tuesday, December 19, 2017

My Stone Trolls are ready to Trollololol away

I have decided to close my rather busy year (with the move still ahead at the start of the next one sssssh) with a few weeks vacation. Unfortunately my projects seem to expand with the amount of time I have planned to paint. I'll just soldier on. First on the list was finishing two of these three trolls.

You've got to love these classic Stone Troll sculpts.
I painted the one on the left (with the River Troll face) a few years ago, but he's been rebased from 40mm to 50mm (amazing how much more impressive a model becomes when you give it a bigger base). I have loved these models ever since first spotting them in (I think) the old Blue Catalogue. But never got around to buying them. Surprisingly four of this type of troll are still for sale at GW today. Although in the Mortal Realms they go by the name Rockgut Troggoth.

And from the back, not that much to see, but for completeness sake...
Now I could have sworn these were Bob Olley sculpts. I have an annoying tendency to call anything with a mixture of evil and charm a Bob Olley sculpt. Exepting Orcs and Goblins of course, as far as I'm concerned all the cool ones that make you smile are by Kev Adams. A quick check on Stuff of Legends however tells me these trolls have been sculpted by one of the Perry twins (Michael). It goes to show how little I know (and how poor my miniature sculptor identifying skills are).

I take a lot of joy out of sticking happy little flowers on the bases of big bad monsters.
This is one of the currently available of the Rockgut Troggoths. The current (2017) price of the models is 20 euro each. Fortunately my set of three all came from different second hand lots (excepting one bought separately somewhere). I love the bulging eye on this one, although going by the picture I may have overdone the red glaze.

That is a half eaten bit of breakfast, not a mold line!
After carefully airbrushing the basic skintones on this troll I discovered very thick mold lines on the bone is his left hand. It was only after snapping the entire hand of at the wrist and screwing up the paint that I discovered it wasn't a mold line but intentionally sculpted bits of meat. Luckily no witnesses were present so I can keep this blunder a secret....

I want to rock!!(Rock!) Rock!!(Rock!) Rock!!(Rock!)
This Troggoth has the head of a River Troll Fellwater Troggoth. I painted it a few years back and the color is slightly off compared to the other two. But it has been rebased and he's blue so good enough to function in the unit. So far for the Troggoths, they can Trollololol away in the display case as I move on to finish the last bits of my Orruk project (although the project box beckons, and a few Undead seem to be appearing out of nowhere on my paint station...) What should I make of these Malign Portents?

Edit: a quick shot of the other trolls in my army....

Three old school River Trolls/Fellwater Troggoths and a Forge World Troll Hag/Troggoth Hag.

14 comments:

  1. Love stone trolls, and yours are very well done. Perfect blue color.

    I remain disappointed that GW did not make a plastic box of these iconic fellows, but given what they did to the river trolls, perhaps it is for the best.

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    1. Thanks! The blue makes for a nice break with all the green skintones I've been splashing on lately. As to plastic kits...Plastic Stone Trolls would be right up there on my wishlist with a creative kit to make (all the types of) plastic Aspect Warriors. Come to think of it I might as well go for broke now and add a a plastic Thunderhawk as well. And a lot of different classic plastic war machines (stone throwers and bolt throwers instead of faction specific things like a Skull Mangling Kill Producer*)

      * No idea what that is supposed to be either ;)

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    2. I fully expect a Skull Mangling Kill Producer to appear in a future AoS army now. Although it would have the word "blood" in there somewhere too.

      Given the iconic nature of the Stone Troll (both the figure, and in GW branding) you would have thought the poor guys would appear more frequently...

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  2. Awesome job. Those Trolls are wonderful, I really like the shades and lights, the blue is perfect. I have only the river trolls in line to Paint. I hope 2018 would be the year to see them painted.

    Regards.

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    1. Thanks, the old river trolls are awesome, I've updated the post above with a quick shot of mine. Put it on the to-do list for 2018, they are well worth it.

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    2. Wow, what an awesome unit. Those river trolls are amazing. Love the wáter effect. You did an excellent job.

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  3. Neat job. The blue guys reminds me a little of the head swapping beasts from Labyrinth.

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    1. Cheers, that is one fine movie to have a character look like :)

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  4. Really nice paintjob. Got a question. Did u drybrush after washing them or how did u do?

    Keep up the good work

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  5. Thanks! I airbrushed the skin tones, adding a lighter color to make some neat transitions. After this I used a very thinned down mix of the lightest paint color to add some emphasis to raised areas and some precision washes and thinned down darker tones to add a bit more shadow. Drybrushing is a nice technique but for skin it tends to become a bit too grainy for my liking. I have used it on the bone and stone parts, drybrushing first and adding a few edge highlights to distract from the grainy effect.

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  6. Really nice job with all the models.
    How did u do the Rockgut though. Did u drybrush them after a wash? I would really like to know before I start with my own :)

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  7. Cheers mate. I think u might get another text feom me aski g the same thing. My browser had a bit of peoblem updating haha

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  8. Thanks, I did not drybrush the skin after the wash. See my comment above yours for a more detailed description of the process. Good luck painting your group :)

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