Saturday, 25 March 2017

"Like The Blood God's Vengeance, Karanak Is Ever Watchful."

"He never sleeps..."
This 28mm scale "finely detailed resin cast kit" of Karanak "contains eight components" and will eventually lead a contingent of allied Flesh Hounds for my "Age Of Sigmar" Host of Nurgle. For now however, he will prowl one of my army's flanks ripping "his prey to shreds with Gore-slick Claws" and consuming "the remnants with his three Savage Maws." 

Once assembled and super-glued upon a "Game Worskhop" 75mm x 42mm oval bike base, the Khorne Chaos Daemon was undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Red and liberally washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. It was then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Red before having a number of its facial scales 'picked out' with a combination of "Heavy Purple", "Citadel" Druchii Violet and lastly some Carroburg Crimson.
"Karanak possesses a scaly skin, huge teeth, claws, and spines...
With the basic layering of the Blood God's chosen hunter finished, I began working on all the three-headed Flesh Hound's horns and spikes with "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand. These areas were subsequently shaded with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and treated to a dry-brush of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand to try and bring out some of the resin's detail. In addition the fearsome creature's teeth and claws were painted using White, before similarly washed with Strong Tone Quickshade.

In order to make Karanak's "Brass Collar of Bloody Vengeance" stand out a little more, something I was especially keen on as the item allows him to "unbind one spell in each Enemy Phase as if he were a wizard", I painted it, along with the animal's metal-tipped tail and symbols of Khorne, using "Vallejo" Gold and Strong Tone Quickshade; having first primed all the areas with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna.  
Beast Of Nurgle WIP - This Chaos Daemon just needs several different applications of ink
At £15, half the cost of an entire pack of five resin Flesh Hounds, this miniature initially seemed a little underwhelming. However, on the "Age Of Sigmar" tabletop, the creature appears especially useful when confronting whichever enemy Hero has been selected as his quarry "after Set-Up is complete". For up against this particular foe, Karanak can not only "re-roll failed hit and wound rolls", but "once per game", if within eight inches "of his quarry during your Hero Phase", he can 'summon' an additional "unit of Flesh Hounds..."

With my latest Nurgle allied unit complete, I have turned my attention to bolstering my Rotbringers and started progressing a second Beast of Nurgle in earnest. These wonderful monstrosities can actually kill their opponents by 'showering them with affectionate kisses with "their Slobbering Tongues", and should create a rather deadly duo for my force's other flank.

28 comments:

  1. Very nice - love how alive they both look

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    1. Thanks very much The Horned God. Glad you like 'em :-)

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  2. Karanak Turned out really well Simon, and good start on the beast

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    1. Cheers Dave, and thanks for the tip on the red wash over the purple.

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    2. Looking forward to seeing your "Salute" Dragon in the flesh :-)

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    3. I'm glad you like him, I will be at stand TC01.

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    4. Splendid, I'll try and head for that corner first just to say "hello" and ensure you don't sell out ;-)

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    5. Already have one put aside for you so you won't miss out mate

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  3. What a great beastie Simon, nicely done Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Glad to have got him under my belt tbh.

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  4. Do you use the Army Painter Quickshade from the tin or the ink version?

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  5. Excellent work on Karanak Simon; great stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. He's a bit of a brute tbh.

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  6. Looking good, Simon, despite my antipathy towards them.

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  7. He's a cracking beasty, cracking job Simon

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  8. Lovely stuff! Still eagerly awaiting the 'group' photo!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. It'll be soon I assure you, I have four Plaguebearers to finish and then it'll be time for a group shot.

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  9. Two very impressive beasties there Simon, I love the colours you've chosen on the dog. And as you know I'm very fond of those Nurgle beasts.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. Hopefully once I've done some group shots you'll see just how big Karanak really is, and how could I forget last year's Tenth best-painted mini, as voted by "Dick Garrison Monthly" ;-)

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  10. Great brushwork and another nurgle reinforcement to boot - all good stuff.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I'm hoping to build up my Khorne allied units over the next few months.

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  11. Karanak(Almost wish he had an extra a & r at the latter end of his name so it'd be a cool palindrome.) came out wonderfully! Really like your choices of colours from the purple muzzles to the black fleshy fringes. I hope he send many skulls to the Skull God on the table for you!

    (You're getting awfully good at painting these Nurgle daemons btw.)

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    1. Thanks ever so much Dai, much appreciated. I'm looking forward to using the lessons learnt from Karanak and painting up five of his Flesh hound brethren in the near future. Cheers for the praise Ref Nurgle. I'm getting lots of practice in currently ;-)

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