The other day we had my least-favourite models from the Ashardalon boxed game. Today we have what are now probably my favourite models – to my own surprise upon completion. The human cultists. These took the longest out of all of my Ashardalon models to paint, due to the robes. I originally envisioned them with deep red robes, which would have been relatively quick and easy, but instead thought about it and decided to paint them with a similar palette to my Cawdor/Redemptionists, Imperial/Chaos Cult and Flagellant models.
I’m happy with how well the robes came out in the end, but it was a real struggle to get them done, as doing all those flames caused a mental block and even when I made myself get them done, needed a lot of breaks to keep my head on, and keep them neat. Rejoice, however – these are the final (monster) models from the Wrath of Ashardalon set, so I’ll be able to get a group shot of all the monsters up hopefully in a few days. It’s not the end for my D&D models, though – I’ve started working on the models from The Legend of Drizzt board game, as well as the Temple of Elemental Evil…
Oh, and here’s a pic that should serve as an illustration of both the why and the how it looks in practice for the different basing style I’ve been using for these D&D board game models. It also shows the size of the Rage Drake for “large monster painting challenge” purposes.. 😉
Today it’s another hero-and-minions double-set from Wrath of Ashardalon today – Meerak the Kobold Dragonlord and his three Kobold Dragonshield Peons.
Since I did the three Kobolds from the Castle Ravenloft game with green skin-scales, I decided to do these ones in differering but distinctive colours to make identification on the table that much easier when/if they’re combined into the same game. It’s kinda hard to see in the photos of all of them excepting Meerak, but I’ve used both green and purple inks on their shields to create the illusion of a prismatic paint shimmer. Just something to make them a tiny touch less bland.
So the hero got to be bright red, because hero. In turn, his underlings were done in a more subdued browny-red. Similarly, he got the fancy copper-bronze armour while they got the less fancy looking iron armour. (shhh.. don’t tell him about the Iron Age following the Bronze Age. he thinks his armour is better!)
As you can see here, having three distinct colour schemes for the three types of Kobolds makes them Super Easy to distinguish. Barely an Inconvenience, one might say! Amazingly, there’s not much left now to have all of the models. (well, the villains/mobs) from the Wrath of Ashardalon box completed! Once I get the final models done and posted, I’ll clear some table space and get some group shots of the Ravenloft models, the Ashardalon models and then perhaps all my D&D models taken. Though with the latter, obviously pretty much every fantasy model I own would also count, so my Warhammer Orcs & Goblins, Undead, Ogres, Empire; LotR Orcs, Uruks and Goblins, Gondor, etc and on and on etc will be absent by reasons of space and necessity.