Shadows of Brimstone: Werewolf Feral Kin (Squad: March! ’19, Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge ’19)

Shadows of Brimstone: Werewolf Feral Kin

More Shadows of Brimstone models this time. In fact, this set of models that helped to inspire the Gender-Ambiguous Challenge for March, so they’re a nice little set that covers both the Squad Challenge from March as well as the Gender Challenge.

Shadows of Brimstone: Werewolf Feral Kin

These Brimstone models also suffered from the “shitty HIPS model” syndrome that I’ve complained about a few times. The main culprit with these being that they came in only two poses, with no body interchangability between them. Yes folks, despite being made of three parts (hips, torso, head) the torsos only fit their own specific set of legs. Because I wanted slightly fewer clones, I took a hobby knife to the plastic, along with the minimum amount of putty repair that I could manage to swap a few of them around. Rookie mistake! Let’s be perfectly honest, though – the only reason that these sprues got removed from the box was because I saw them as “easy wins” – models that could be painted up relatively quickly and easily. Because they’re just fur, basically!

Shadows of Brimstone: Werewolf Feral Kin

At one point in the month, if I were posting more frequently, these would have been posted as two separate units of three, as the Brown Trio and then the Grey/Black Trio, especially as both subsets were completed nearly a week apart. No matter now, though.

The main reasons I painted them in these two (well, three) overall schemes was to provide differentiation if it was needed. As I (still) haven’t gotten around to playing SoB yet, I’m not sure if it used the “elites” concept for larger numbers of mobs in the same way that, say, Descent or Imperial Assault do. It also lets me do the same if it ever becomes needed in any other game, with an Alpha, two Betas or lieutenants, and then the brown trio being the more general pack (were)wolves.

Shadows of Brimstone: Werewolf Feral Kin

These models were also the first ones that I tried a new can of Spray Varnish from AK Interactive. I don’t have any nice things to say about that experience, but I’ll have a review of the AK cans up hopefully sooner than later, sometime this month when I have a spare post slot. The one spoiler I’ll give is that I had to respray these after trying the AK…

Shadows of Brimstone: Werewolf Feral Kin

That’s basically it for today’s post – another six Brimstone models done and done. That might be it for my March models. I’ll have to check.

Because of all the shit that’s gone down IRL recently, I’ll figure out if I have any more not-yet-posted March models, then I’ll do my round-up, and then I’ll start putting together the Community Round-up that will be done when it’s done. I’ve (hopefully) got to pick Dad up from Hospital on Monday, but before (and after) that, I still need to visit him daily for awhile, and of course there’s other family bullshit that’s just appeared. Then on the distract myself with entertainment so I don’t throw a chair through a fucking window side, there’s NXT Takeover that I need to catch up on, the NJPW/RoH show Sunday morning, and something like 8-10 hours of Wrestlemania on Monday that will probably take 2-3 days to watch because fuck that’s a lot of wrestling in a short amount of time. All of these things will delay the Community Round-Up.

C’est la vie.

The Others: 7 Sins – Avatar of Wrath (#Monstermarch3 ’19)

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Wrath

Here’s the penultimate post for Monster March ’19 from me. While I didn’t manage to get any of the super-large beasts I’d hoped to done, it at least worked to help me get a couple of “stuck” models like the Dracoliche, the Crawler, the Dragon Plant, the Darkstone Hydra, the Conan Dragon… yeah not too bad in terms of both numbers or motivation for getting those Neglected Monsters done.

Today then, we have another of the models from The Others: 7 Sins Kickstarter expansion packs. This time, the Avatar of Wrath. Look at that box art above! Do you think they could have made it a little more busy?

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Wrath

This one was done with layer upon layer of red over a black base, then highlighted through several reds into the edge of orangey-reds and reddish-oranges. I didn’;t want to overdo it, nor did I want to veer into pink, so it may not show extreme edge highlighting – especially in these photos, that bring everything a little closer than they are in-hand, bit it works well enough. The muscle-sinew-whatever on the rend along his spine was re-darkened, and then hit with a coat of Blood For The Blood God, to give it that spiffy exposed-muscle look favoured by such luminaries as Robbie Williams.

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Wrath

I also made the decision to have the lower legs of this chap in a much darker red, to give a little more tonal variation to him – despite most everything being reds. You can almost see the dodgy neck join where the Chinese factory workers assembled the head a little “off”. This photo also gives us a nice little illustration of some of the extra detail present in this model along the leg and forearms. I do have to say that CMON did a pretty good job with the models on this boardgame, even if the game is forgettable. I bought it for the models rather than the game in this case, so I’m still good with it all. This guy for example, will see the most use as a Daemon Prince or Herald of Khorne. I mean, to quote Archer – “Why would you not?

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Wrath

Adrian Smith really seems to have a Vagina Dentata fixation – at least in the designs of so many of the monsters in this particular game. This model has one, but is far from the most egregious, and it’s the most enduring leitmotif throughout the models in this range, as you can see from checking out more of them online, or as you’ll see as I paint up more of them over time.

The Others: 7 Sins - Avatar of Wrath, Avatar of Gluttony

Finally, a sizing shot that shows the comparative sizes of both of the Avatars that I’ve painted up in the last week. Soon I should have their underlings done.

Tomorrow I’ll have my final Monster March post up. Just waiting for the final bit of snow to dry!

D&D Monster Manual 14: Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche

A bit of a personal triumph(?) of sorts with this post – I’ve finally completed the Dracoliche model from the D&D Castle Ravenloft boardgame, which I purchased in the middle of 2012 and we finished playing in 2013 or perhaps early 2014.

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche

I think this may actually be the last of the monster models from that game, as I know I completely ignored the player character models in favour of already-painted better models by GW, Reaper, etc.. It certainly took me long enough to force myself to finish this one. I think the major mental blockage on this one was due to the soft-ish PVC details and the rather plain “all-bone” look.

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche

The model is actually pretty decent for a boardgame model, especially one from the early 2010’s, though obviously it doesn’t stand up too well to many HIPS plastics and whatnot. Being mostly bone, it should have been a complete doddle for me to paint, but instead, it’s been a model that’s taken me quite a few years to complete. It took Monster March (yes, again) to get this model finally done now, even though I didn’t manage to complete it last year or the year before…

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche

I also built up a gaming base for it, specifically for Kings of War, so I can have it on the round base for various boardgames, or Pathfinder, or AoS, or whatever – or then blu-tac it onto the “army” base for Kings of War. I think I need to add a tuft or some flowers or two to that base, though. The trick was to try and have the simply sculpted flagstones for the Ravenloft boardgame and to fit in with those models, while also giving a nice “tabletop friendly” effect, such as I did on the Ravenloft Golem that I completed relatively recently.

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche, Conan Dragon

Something that does amuse me in a rather wry way is how well this undead lizard, released in 2010 scrubs up compared to the Conan “dragon” from 2016 (remember, I had to add the Conan dragon’s base myself!)

Two More Monster March Model Posts to come!

The Others: 7 Sins – Avatar of Gluttony (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19) Also – Nurgle’s Children 2019 #17: 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.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: General Veers

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers

Maximilian Veers was a male Human Major General of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Army, famous for his leadership at the assault on Hoth in 3 ABY and other battles. Thank you Wookieepedia.

For some reason I didn’t think to look up a source image for Veers,  Instead, I relied on my memory – and got Veers’ hard armour colours wrong! (And also Weiss’ – As I painted them at the same time!) Well, in my defence, though – even images online have a bit of colour shift:

This image is the official FFG one for the Legion Veers model pack.

But this one is from starwars.com!

Still, even with that variation between steel blue and sea green, how could I have gotten the armour so very wrong?

Oh.

I guess I was remembering this action figure? Which I never owned as a child?

Or maybe this bust? Which I also don’t own. I guess we can see here that Media depictions of Veers’ armour has been ….consistently inconsistent over the decades.

To be fair, even the action figures have had just a tiny bit of variation over the years…

So my excuse is that i was operating from deep memory, rather than checking the source material. It does bother me a little bit, but not enough to repaint the bastards!

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers, AT-ST, AT-DP

Here’s Veers alongside his fellow Imperials from November’s painting. I never did get that hover-tank thing finished. Or started.

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers, AT-ST, AT-DP

And here’s the money shot – Veers alongside all three Imperial Assault walkers with a slightly Endor-inspired background. Now you know why I featured that scenery piece yesterday. To be fair, though – I’d planned to show it ages ago before I got overwhelmed by work. You also now know why their bases are decorated as they are.