Small Scenics: Wizkids Keg Barrels and Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs, Wizkids Keg Barrels

Today we have a transitional post between May and June’s finished models, dealing with two small sets of scatter terrain, neither of which really warrant their own post. Let’s face it, they barely justify the one between them except that I’m making a point to post up everything I finish this year.

Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

The first bits are a few more of the Bombs from Citadel’s Lord of the Rings Uruk-Hai Siege Troops set. I painted four of these a year ago (very close to the day). Not sure where they are now. I’m sure they’re somewhere very safe. And now I have four more. Exciting!

The second models are a trio of barrel kegs from Wizkids that I picked up very recently when ordering some other stuff and needed a bit more product in order to qualify for free shipping. So I got these.

Wizkids Keg Barrels

I mixed some browns for a dark-but rich, stained look to the wood. They should have use inside of any fantasy dungeon or tavern and in many a historical setting. Best used indoors, but I’m sure they’ll be fine if placed outdoors as well. In the end, they’re okay, I guess. They weren’t very good at all to paint, however.

The problem is here. They’re nicely-rendered 3d models – that have been turned into miniatures. They look nice and detailed in their rendered form on a computer screen. Unfortunately, all of those fine, subtle details just don’t come out when the things are produced at 28mm scale. The woodgrain on the sides disappears completely, and the space between the planks almost disappears as well. I have to say that as much as people like to shit on GW (often for any reason they can think of), one thing that can’t be faulted is their awareness of the scale these things are produced in, and the need for the detail to work in and for that scale rather than looking good on a 3D artist’s computer screen , blown up to 1000x the actual model size.

Anyway, they’re low-importance bits of scatter terrain. My four final completed models for May, and the first three for June.

14 thoughts on “Small Scenics: Wizkids Keg Barrels and Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

  1. I could see those barrels getting use in Blood Bowl, to represent the Bloodweiser Inducement. The loss of detail in them is a bummer, tho.

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    • Alexis stole my thoughts and words!

      Umm, let’s see… the stain effect turned out nice too.

      Seriously, as usual, my mind went straight to Blood Bowl, and I would not be surprised if I buy those kegs soon. Though I’m also trying to steer clear of too many sideline figs. Will see. IF I do buy them, I am definitely going to try my best to mimic the awesome work you did on painting those up though!

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  2. I always say its what you do with the models that counts, and I like these. The shading on the barrel rings and the wood grain works. Sometimes, its just important to make a good effort, and you did more than that on these. Like them!

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