Paint it pink

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Here’s a rather large chap that I’ve just finished. A mid-90’s Pink Horror; in fact I think he was sold as a Pink Horror Champion. To spice things up a bit I added an extra arm where his tail should be. I rarely use such amounts of pink which made him quite fun to paint, however, once finished I felt the demon lacked something. I thus decided to give the whole mini a dose of gloss and somehow it gave the pink surfaces a bit more character.

Nevertheless it is an odd miniature and I guess these ‘horrors’ are an acquired taste. I cannot decide whether or not I truly like them. On the one hand they are almost too goofy, on the other hand they are so delightfully grotesque. I must admit though, that I’m looking forward to painting his two blue, lesser incarnations!

Was it a mistake to give him the gloss? Would you have done so?

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Spider, spider…

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I just finished working on this old Citadel giant spider – a tremendously simple and tremendously cool miniature. I went with a sort of naturalistic spider look after having considered painting it in a bright colour like red or yellow. In hindsight the brownish black was perhaps a boring choice.

However, I did put some effort into the base, trying to create an impression of an ancient forest floor full of rotting wood, moss and fungi. It’s perhaps hard to see on the images but there are quite a lot of small details on the base. In fact, the base took two or three times as long to make and paint as it took painting the spider.

Although, by the way, I must say that assembling the spider took some time as well. It’s not an easy task to get these legs together properly and furthermore I wanted to give the spider a sense of motion or movement. I thus tried to lift some of the legs and place them on the twigs on the base. In the end it all somehow came together quite well and I’m pleased with the result.

What do you think – should I have chosen the bright colour instead? What would you do?

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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This is my latest project – the dark elf witch Ismara riding her undead troll Gark. The miniature is sculpted by Kevin White and sold by Hasslefree Miniatures where she goes by the name Deth. The mini was quite nice to paint – the witch is a bit small and the details minute, but not too much so, whereas the troll was a fairly simple job. However I kept wondering what an undead troll would look like – what is the colour of rotten troll flesh? The model required quite a lot of green stuff to assemble and took some time to prepare. Even so I overlooked a massive mold on the one side of the troll; a stupid mistake I discovered too late.

I added what is supposed to look like the face of a china doll to the base in order to give the miniature a bit of chaotic weirdness. I’m quite pleased with the result and although Gark the Troll looks rather cartoony, the miniature has a really cool 70’s sword & sorcery-vibe i like very much.

Ismara is currently roaming the Chaos Wastes and will be one of the stars in a scenario I’ll be playing with Claus and Anders next month.

Well, what do you think?

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Foot Knights and a nun

 

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I’ve been working on this little group lately and they’re almost done now. Some details need to be finished and the bases are also WIP. I really enjoyed painting the four foot knights. All of them are Foundry recasts of old Citadel models, which I bought last year at the BOYL in Nottingham. Perhaps I’ll get round to buying the rest of the range this year. I hope so.

The last one is a Sister of Sigmar from one of the Mordheim warbands. I need a female cleric for an upcoming scenario I have planned and thought she would fit the bill. In general I like the mini fairly well… except for her hideous, cartoony warhammer. Once I began painting the model I really regretted not snapping the thing off and replacing it with something smaller. Oh well. The rest of the miniature is actually very low-key and, when painted in drab, pseudo-Franciscan colours, she actually turned out fairly well. However, the rest of her sisters will probably remain unpainted for a looong time to come.

Altogether I’m quite pleased with the lot as a whole.

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