Shieldwolf Miniatures’ Krumvaal Lower Yetis (Yeti A)

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis

I’ve had these models – Shieldwolf Miniatures’ Krumvaal Lower Yetis for a few years now, as I picked them up from the Kickstarter when they were released, and have been wanting to paint them for awhile. I mean, I want to paint everything I buy, and whenever I sort through unpainted models in my collection, almost all of them do manage to “Spark Joy” and make me want to paint them – as do so many of the posts I read from members of this community. So with Swordmaster’s Monster March having been a thing very recently, I decided to paint my two sets of these Yeti (6 models in total), and although I got all six of them started and some way through them, I didn’t manage to complete any of them – but I did manage to push the first pair of them through to completion this month (April – so they will count towards my tally for Ann’s “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis

Unfortunately, these models weren’t easy or especially enjoyable models for me to paint in practise. I thought they would be, given the predominance of several simple textures that I usually enjoy – fur, skin, wood… but what I found was a lack of differentiation between the Yeti’s own fur and the fur cloak(s) that they wear, and so I had to scratch my head and try to decide how to differentiate them from one another, while still wanting to keep both of them a white, or at least dirty grey. Because Yetis. features like their ears blended in with the fur, and I’m still not entirely sure what’s supposed to be going on with the bridges of their noses..

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis

For the actual painting, I wanted to try Contrast Paints and similar over a Zenithal highlight, since it’s supposedly a quick and effective method of getting some good looking results. Given that Yetis covered in fue are pretty outdoorsy and rough compared to, say Elves or parade-ground marines, I thought these were a good place to learn how that all works.

I was originally planning to give them greyish skin, but it turned out to be just way too much grey for me with the fur and their own body-hair-fur, so I ended up giving them a rich, darker tone for their flesh over grey in the base, which was something new for me. I also used several of WarcoloursAntithesis paints that I purchased a little while ago on these to see how they would work and look. The Anthithesis range are a Contrast-like paint, but with a gel base. They’re much thicker, and they are trickier to use than Contrast due to their thickness. I also have worked out by this point that the way I generally like to use Contrast paints isn’t the official “speed-paint” way, and for me they’re something to use in a variety of different ways, sometimes over primer but more often over a coloured base, and pretty much always combined with one or more of the more established, existing techniques. I think the result is, again, decent, but the experience wasn’t as pleasant as I’d hoped, especially as the “Contrast over Zenithal” thing did not work at all well with the Antithesis paints.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis

As you can see here, they’re some chunky bois. And as with many of the models that I don’t especially enjoy painting, I do like them a lot more now that they’re done. Unfortunately… there’s still another four of them :P. But that’s (hopefully!) where Monster MAYhem will come in handy…

Oh – and if you’re wondering why they’re not on snowy bases – simples! They’re not fighting next to where they live. They’ve come down the mountains to tag along with whichever army I drop them into (Ogres, probably) and raid the puny folk!

25 thoughts on “Shieldwolf Miniatures’ Krumvaal Lower Yetis (Yeti A)

  1. Great work mate, I wouldn’t have known they were wearing furs, other than you telling me, so can understand your frustration trying to differentiate the two. The overall effect you’ve achieved works perfectly for them

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    • Thanks Dave – and yeah, that was something I only realised when I was painting them. Unfortunately, the “fur” and “hair” textures are almost identical on the models where they cross over (on the head/shoulder area) and are effectively identical elsewhere. I just subtly darkened the Yeti portion, but it’s really not obvious unless you’re looking for it. And even then, it’s still not what I’d call obvious.

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    • Many thanks Kevin. I can certainly say that as with so many other things – reps count, and don’t be afraid to experiment and try new techniques or methods to see what best works for you! Do you have a blog or somewhere you post your work?

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  2. This is a great sculpt that I’ve never seen before! If only I had a dollar for every time I said that about one of your posts! 😉 These would be great stand-ins for the Yhetee in the old Ogre army (not sure if GW still makes those models anymore). They look so much more imposing than GW’s versions and the chunkiness fits in with Ogres really well too. I love the huge hammer/club thing they’re carrying. It looks lethal! You did a great job painting that part and the fur. It might be hard to get through the remaining four but they will look awesome when done.

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    • Thanks Mate! Yeah, I think the WHFB OK army (and the 9th Age versions) might have just been in mind when these were designed. 😉
      I added a little bit of spatter to the end of one of the clubs for a little bit of differentiation on top of the slightly different wood colours.

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