WarCry Catacombs: Gates Pt.1

WarCry Catacombs: Gates

I was pretty happy with how the WarCry Catacombs Bridges turned out, so following getting those done back in September, I decided to paint up some of the gates in a similar style. First up were the “Skull” gates. Ok, sure, I realise that each and every one of the gates in this set could easily be called “Skull gates, but work with me here a little, willya? These to be seem to the the skullingmost of the various Skull gates. They come in the flavours of “open” and “closed” and feature a significant amount of real estate that reads as metal, yet has cracks – as though through stone.

WarCry Catacombs: Gates

As you can see, I simply disregarded the stone element and painted the edges as metal. The skulls also feature the same skull-cracks across the two… sculpts? So I simply painted them as two pairs – open and closed. One with metallic red insets and one with a more brassy finish.

WarCry Catacombs: Gates

I also really liked the effect of the bluish, verdigris-looking gates as shown on sceencaps from a video by a YouTuber called Tabletop Skirmish Games, so I had a look at his video and did something similar, though mine turned out a bit bluer which I’m still quite happy with. When I get a bit more time, I’ll undoubtedly check out some of his other videos and see what he’s got up there.

When I get a bit more time, I’ll undoubtedly check out some of his other videos and see what he’s got up there. In the meantime there’s a link to his channel and also to the video that spawned the Google Image Search screencaps.

WarCry Catacombs: Gates

So that gave me another six pieces of terrain for September’s bounty. I’ve only got another four of these gates to go – 2x two more sculpts, so hopefully I’ll have time to work on them in October with everything else going on…

WarCry Catacombs: Gates, Slaangor Chosen of Slaanesh, Slaanesh Beastmen

And finally, here’s a scale shot. I’m featuring some Slaves to Darkness-era followers of Slaanesh today since the size models have been pretty Khornate lately.

Realm of Chaos – Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

After completing a few more of my old Beastmen a few months ago, I was reawakened to just how much I enjoy these models, so when a few months ago I went delving into my leadpile looking for my original Keeper of Secrets models to paint for the Monster March painting challenge, I found this model. I didn’t actually find the Keepers, which I’ve quite wanted to paint for a few months now, but I guess finding them stays an ongoing process – much like finding the missing Minotaur to complete my Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

As often happens when I find and prepare specific models for a painting challenge, I managed to get it assembled, but didn’t have a chance to start on the paint during March, so when Monster MAYhem rolls around shortly afterwards, it gives me both some motivation to get even more monster models painted – including the stuff that either didn’t get finished – or started for Monster March.

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

As I was discussing with Sho3box not too long ago, Trish isn’t my most favourite of the old guard of Citadel sculptor, but I don’t mind these minotaurs all that much. Certainly better work than anything bearing a scales hide, though there’s some seriously weird proportional stuff going on with the oversized hands and feet – and especially with that ginormous macrocephlic head and tusk-like teeth! There are a lot of little fiddly details I coul dhave done without, many of which are fine on the surface, but less so if you actually look at them for more than a couple of seconds…

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

Thankfully, though, it wasn’t particularly hard or unpleasant to paint – which counts for a lot in practise. I kept the palette to the same basic palette I used for my Beastmen, with a little more red to the red-browns, and a little more gold, as befits a Minotaur Lord. I wasn’t sure what sort of base to put him on, but it turns out that in current times an AoS “Doombull” goes on a 50mm round, so I went with that – even though it feels a little small, the 60mm equally felt a little large.

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998), Beastman Bray Shaman, Brayherd Beastmen Gors (Michael Perry, 1995-6)

I’ve given Berkeley a day off today for the size comparison and instead am using the other beastmen I’ve painted in the same vein. Sure, we’re nowhjere near an army at this point, but it is starting to look like a nice little warband, and that in itself makes me a little happy. I’ll need to pick out a couple more beastlads to be the next couple of models in this line. I may have to go back and rebase the three metals on 25mm rounds to 32mm bases as the plastics and Shaman have.