Warcry Catacombs: Bridges (Season of Scenery ’22)

Still not feeling amazeballs, so I’ve only been working on simple stuff. I painted these the other day because I wanted to do something from start-to-finish in a day, rather than slowly chipping away on multiple projects as is my usual.

These were pretty simple and easy to do, and I’m quite happy with the result. They’ll also work well for Dave Stone’s annual Season of Scenery challenge. I’ve got a few much larger scenery pieces on the go, but I’m not sure how well I’ll do at getting them done in time. We should petition for the Season of Scenery to last for an entire season next year – and if Dave doesn’t agree, we should protest!

Fantasy Flight – Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War – War Oliphaunt

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

It’s been a good couple of months now since I’ve gotten a Journeys in ME model painted, so in July I did that thing where you make yourself finish this model or that – I did it a few times actually, and the most recent one of those was this War Oliphaunt.

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

I originally started painting it for one of the Monster Month challenges, but as with most painting month challenges, I bit off a bit more than I could finish. This model had a bit of an issue in terms of “what the hell is *that*? for some of the details, and so it took just knuckling down and slapping paint on the thing to get it done. There’s a fair bit of drybrushing on the Oliphant skin, since I didn’t have any interest in trying to neatly blend something this size – and besides, Elephant (and presumably, Oliphant) skin is dry and rough looking, anyway!

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

I was at one point planning to paint an Eye of Sauron on the blanket underneath the Howdah, but as one side of the beast features that whole area compressed between the straps, I decided to leave it be. Similarly, I considered adding Peter Jackson-esque war paint on the skin, but left it off when I realised I could keep this piece pretty generic despite the fact that it’s supposed to be immense in scale – look at the logs supporting the howdah, and the size of the howdah – it’s almost like a person would be smaller than one of those tassels!

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

It’s not an amazing model, but it’s a very decent model for a boardgame, and given that context I’m happy with the paint job I gave it in the end. Very much a case of “good enough” and one I was satisfied to round out my July models with!

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt, Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

Here you can see the size of the thing when alongside our friend Berkeley. It’s actually a size that could pass for a regular Elephant with something weird happening to it’s ears – so while it’s not exactly War Mammoh sized for games like the Warhams of Kings of War, I could potentially use it for similar in Dragon Rampant or the like. And now that this model is finally painted, I can start on something else for Journeys. Hm… should I start on a rabble of Orcs or another pair of heroic Adventurers?

Next post – July’s Round-Up!