Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion (Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge)

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion

What? Who has gamer ADHD? Yeah, well… today’s model is one that’s been serially neglected for a couple of years since I got it with a batch of models off of eBay. I unfortunately found this model and the other skaven of a similar nature complete motherfuckers to paint. The semi-furred style that replaces Jes Goodwin’s fully-furred skaven, combined with a fuckload of details just made this style of Skaven a nightmare to paint. It scrubbed up pretty well in the end and I’m pretty happy with the final results, but it wasn’t an experience I enjoyed or wish to repeat anytime soon. Or ever, to be more blunt.

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion

Anyway, because reasons I’ll go into later one way or another, I didn’t manage to get any of the other models I originally hoped to completed for the very cool concept of growing a few small AoS warbands. I have the next batch of dark elves primed, as they have been for a couple of weeks now – and the beastmans shaman still sits untouched since January, and the next few savage orcs have had a small amount done to them, but we’ll have to see how April pans out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things.

Deathworld Fauna – Part 1.2 – Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler (Giant Centipede) (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

It’s been a long time since I posted up the first of this trio of models. More than four years, to be precise. Back then I was still using Photobucket, as you’ll be able to see, if you check out that link. It’s another post I need to delete from there and then rehost the pics here on WordPress, but I’ll get to that later. Too much on right now. Which trio of models, you (probably don’t) ask? They’re from the Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawlers kit that I picked up bout 15-20 years ago. I still haven’t painted the froggy one, and in fact have NFI where it is right now. I’m sure that when/if it turns up, I’ll be able to knock it out relatively quickly using the Nurgle’s Wash technique I used the other day on that The Others model.

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

Anyway, this is another of those rather generic monster-types that can work equally well in any pretty generic fantasy setting like D&D or EverQuest or as another Deathworld beastie in 40k, alongside the resurrected Ambulls and whatnot. It was pretty uninspiring to paint, which is why it took a few years to get it over the line (and I also pried it off the original base I glued it to put it onto this oval and build up the ground a little with putty – that much looks much better now.

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

In the end, the hazard-ish, natural-ish colouration I went with was good enough, and for good measure, I did the eyes in one of the Greenstuff World Colourshift Paints, because fly-compound-eyes are close enough to this not-insect’s eyes.

So with that – and this updated Monster-Group-Shot, I’m dedicating this model both to my own Gender-Ambiguous challenge as well as another (small) submission for Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March. This leaves me with one more day to see if I can get that Dracoliche done. Will it happen? We’ll see, but even if it happens, there’ll be a small delay of at least a couple of days before it goes up due to base-flocking, varnishing and then writing and photography. Let’s hope the next few days go well…

The Others: 7 Sins – Avatar of Gluttony (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19) Also – Nurgle’s Children 2019 #19: Daemon Prince of Nurgle

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Gluttony

Another Kickstarter boardgame model today. This time it’s one from the Cool Mini Or Not (CMON) game, The Others: 7 Sins. The actual boardgame is some kind of modern-themed boardgame with a weird Hellboy-esque setting something something demons based on the Seven Deadly Sins. I think the genesis of the game was to create a game based on a bunch of Adrian Smith’s sketches. I dunno, I’ve never played it and may never get around to it. Either because I’m not a “real gamer” or because I have better shit to play. Why did I buy it then? Because the models looked pretty good overall and I saw that many of them could be incorporated into the Warhammers (amongst other things) pretty easily.

The Gluttony stuff then, comes from an expansion where all of the models, save perhaps the “Controller” look to me like they’ll fit perfectly into my Nurgle Daemon army. She looks like she may be actually fit into Slaanesh better, not due to being female, but the bondage-ish outfit and the model’s rather lithe appearance. I’ll worry about the exact details there a bit later, though – because we’re here today for the Avatar or Gluttony. Or to give it a more proper name, the Daemon Prince of Nurgle. 😉

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Gluttony

The model was started with a few layers of green washes over a white primer-basecoat, and then layers of thinned yellow-greens, flesh tones, reds and purples were added, along with some brown wash in between here and there. I decided to try the wash-heavy method over my previous attempts to blend most of the way, and I’m happy to say that it’s certainly turned out well enough for Nurgle, even if it’s not going to win any Golden Daemons or Crystal Brushes.

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Gluttony

This one wasn’t actually a long-neglected model, or even started specifically for Monster March. Instead, I spotted this box and the Wrath Box on my shelf when I was out in the War Room, taking the beach-bunker shots for last month’s models. I did that thing where I look at the boxes, look at the models, and then decide if I think I could paint them quickly. Then of course, the models take much longer than I originally thought. Here’s the size shot that I think works to justify it’s inclusion in Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March Painting Challenge.

On that very point, I’m going to try and finish the Dracoliche over the weekend after a few of my other planned models haven’t worked out. But in the event that it doesn’t happen, here’s a group shot for Swordmaster’s wrap-up. Doing the challenges here, I certainly know the value of a nice combined shot!

Conan Kickstarter’s Dragon (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

Another of the models from the Conan Kickstarter today. This time, it’s the “Dragon”. I have to say, that when I first opened up this model, I was pretty disappointed. Obviously, I’d seen the overall design of the model from the KS advertising, but I wasn’t really expecting it to be so (relatively) small (for a “dragon”) once in hand.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

I was, in fact, so un-enamoured of this model that once I opened it, it took me several months to halfheartedly spray it with a dark green I had, and then let it sit for ….I dunno. More than six months, easily. Any number of Neglected Model months also passed by without tempting me to get this thing out and paint it, even though it was stored in a tub of “neglected monster” models for ease of access for a painting challenge.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

Once again, then – Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March was the impetus for me to see the model in that tub and decide to smash it out to get rid of it and get it done and out of the way. I’m grateful for him running this challenge, as without it, this model would still be sitting in the tub, annoying me whenever I laid eyes on it.

I used their official/box art for my guide, basically, because I didn’t care enough about this model to try and do anything special with it. There’s a turquoise wash involved, as well as various layers of drybrushing. The concept artwork, like much of the stuff from this Kickstarter is taken from the Age of Conan MMORPG.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

The (tiny) eyes were picked out in yellow, and then I decided to give them little slit pupils. This close-up shows how much the thing looks like a cheap PVC dinosaur toy. Actually, the stuff from Papo and Schleich are much better.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

As with yesterday’s monster, here’s a scale shot alongside a Space Marine. You can see how small the thing is for a “Dragon”, and how disappointing this model is for US$30 (or $40 at RRP!) Ah well, can’t do anything about money badly spent. Model is painted, finished, available for gaming. It’s still not a great model, but it’s finished and I no longer need to waste energy disliking it. That’s as good as this one is going to get!

I’ve got a couple more Monsters I’m trying to get done before March ends (including the ones I originally intended to complete!), so hopefully Swordmaster can hold off for a couple of days before he does his round-up!

Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Hydra (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Hydra

Another model from big shipper box of random Shadows of Brimstone stuff today. It’s the Dark Stone Hydra!

Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Hydra

Another in the series of simple Brimstone models that I’ve worked on, this one feels very “rattlesnake” in its sculpt.

Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Hydra

The Dark Stone Hydra really is a bad model, and a prime example of why the initial run of Shadow of Brimstone models copped so much shit when they were first received by backers.

This model got started quite a few months ago, but was so uninspiring that it just sat in a tub with half a base-coat and a wash on the lower scales, literally for months until I saw it in there the other day and thought I should try to knock it out for Monster March. I mean, it could just as easily be a Neglected Model Month model, but MM is what prompted me to get it out and finish it, so credit goes to Swordmaster of Hoeth there. – This is also why, despite running my own painting challenges each month, I also try to join in a few of other people’s ones. Because it works to spike motivation. Turns out that it also fits in with the Gender-Ambiguous challenge that I am running here as well, so double-win.

Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Hydra

Because of the whole rattlesnake thing, I decided to paint the model in a similar manner, though having to work around the wonky sculpt added some difficulty. I mean, the easy thing would have been to go with “man paints snake green” and it would have looked fine, but I always think models that look more natural in their colouration (if not anatomy) tend to look a bit better. So I looked up some rattlesnake images on google image search and tried to make them fit the sculpt. With some difficulty because of the XXL-sized scales, initially, until later I just decided to ignore them. I didn’t even think to look up the box art (for what look like airbrushed lines on the body) until I was wondering about the crystals/stones embedded in it’s hide (and for it’s “rattle”.) Purple, huh?

Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Hydra

I often forget scale shots, especially for critters that look like they could be various sizes, so here it is, next to a Space Marine.

Beavers – Bad Squiddo Games (Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Bad Squiddo Games Beavers

Sometime last year, I got on board the Bad Squiddo train and backed Annie’s Kickstarter campaign for Freja’s Wrath – Viking Shieldmaidens. As part of the KS and Pledge Manager, I also picked up a whole lot of the “Fluffy Chums” that BSG offers. While I haven’t started on any of the vikings yet, I did find the beavers in a baggie and decided to smash them out, so I did so pretty quickly, just pausing in February so I could finish them in March – as part of the Gender-Ambiguous Painting challenge. Because even if I try to look under their tails, I can’t definitely tell which of these little fluffballs are female or male!

Reaper Bones 77144: Mummy (Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Reaper Bones 77144: Mummy

Yeah, I’m way behind in posting stuff for this month. So here’s the first batch – some Mummies from Reaper Bones, via one of their Kickstarter campaigns. I did these using a different method to the usual ways I paint mummies. More of a lighter set of bandages, and a darker wash to create more of a contrast. These figures are the ideal type to experiment on, as they’re basically disposable garbage models. These were one of the sets of models that inspired the challenge for March, as desiccated, bandage-wrapped walking corpses are pretty much a definition of “gender-ambiguous”. They make a pretty good unit for Kings of War, which makes it all the more unfortunate that the models are so rubbish. Ah well!