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…