Wednesday, 24 December 2014

'Oldhammer' - Lizardmen Army - WIP - Part Four

Having finally managed to finish my albino skink champion earlier this month, I’ve spent the past week or so pottering around on the base and undercoat of the skink cold one rider I intend to submit to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge as my ‘rider and mount’ themed entry.

Having previously decided to have the bipedal lizard stood upon the lifeless head of a (plastic) skink I have subsequently added half a resin flagstone by “Scibor Miniatures” to the base beneath one of its clawed feet in order to strengthen the large miniature’s stance. I’ve already managed to paint this grey with a black wash, and both layer and wash the green-skinned lizardman head which the beast is stood upon. Indeed, I have actually finished painting the base now as all it needs is a protective coat of PVA glue and some grass flock to be complete. In addition I have also superglued the skink rider to his beast and as a result have been painting around the lizardman with my cold one’s undercoat.
Rather surprisingly the 1996 “Games Workshop” edition of the “Warhammer Armies Lizardmen” supplement, which I’ve been using as both a miniature and painting guide, does not even contain a black and white photograph of a cold one rider, so I haven’t really seen any colour schemes which have particularly inspired me. As a result I have decided to go for a rather lacklustre brown mount for my skink, which should be simple to apply, wash and then drybrush. I did consider painting the beast’s scaly armour in a vivid bright colour in order to really show off the sculpt’s fine detail. But I think the blue skin of the skink will supply enough contrast to make the model 'pop' and I still plan to ‘pick out’ his mount’s spikes and horns in white.
Meanwhile I have finally started to ‘get to grips’ with the small band of skink warriors I was supposed to have finished painting last month. The detail on these tiny models is incredible and as a result I have abandoned my plan to paint them all at once and instead just concentrate on one or two and simply work my way from their tail up. As a result I have finished the first of the cold-blooded warriors armed with throwing spears and am quickly progressing a second…

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  1. Looks good so far - keep it up!

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    1. Many thanks Colgar6, and a Merry Christmas to you on this fine day :-)

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  2. I really like what you're doing with your Skinks, Simon. I'm also looking forward to seeing how the Cold One and rider turn out.
    I hope you're having a great Christmas. All the best, my friend.

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    1. Many thanks for stopping by on Christmas Day, Bryan. Much appreciated. A top Christmas to you too and I'm looking forward to those Super Dungeon Explorer and Rum & Bones posts of yours in the New Year :-)

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  3. Nice skinks dude, I do like that blue.
    Progressing nicely on the rider and mount too.
    Time for more whiskey! Merry Xmas dude!

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    1. Cheers Bob. An absolute pleasure having you visit on this fine day. As a tee-totaller I plan to spend this afternoon painting up my Secret Santa with a bottle of cherry pop. I'm especially pleased with the gift and hope to have enough work on them done for a Boxing Day posting :-)

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  4. I too do like that blue, it really suits the models and is much more interesting that the green I would have probably gone for. I think it is probably a good idea to go with a plainer mount as if he was bright as well it could get to much.

    P.S. which bits do you paint with whiskey?

    Merry Xmas Simon and to all of the above.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Many thanks for stopping by Roger. Hope you're having a great day. I'm afraid the only whiskey in my household will be the imaginary stuff in a couple of kegs I might someday paint up for my Prohibition Wars "7TV" campaign :-) Merry Christmas my friend.

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  5. Sorry to hear of your household's whiskey shortage.

    The blue looks great. Best to make the rider the center of attention by keeping the mount subdued.

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    1. Cheers Finch, and a very Merry Christmas to you as well :-)

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  6. Rider, mount and base detailing are excellent as are your skinks.
    Hope you've had an excellent Xmas.

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    1. Many thanks Zabadak. Just putting some layers to my Secret Santa for a posting tomorrow, and finishing off the base and claws to my skink cold rider. Plenty of models on the go at present :-) I hope you had a splendid day as well my friend.

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