Friday, 11 March 2016

"Once This Is Paid, The Soldier Will Fight..."

'To recruit a Templar, a Wizard must pay a retainer of 100 gold coins.'
This 28mm metal model of a Templar is made by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with a Knight as code FGV202 from their “Frostgrave” range. I initially undercoated this dynamic sculpt of a 'Poor Fellow-Soldier of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon' with “Citadel” Abaddon Black in order to create a nice foundation for his heavy chainmail, leggings and boots. All his armour was then painted with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Whilst his footwear, belt and straps were painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.

As I wanted the warrior to be wearing a white tunic, but balked at the idea of applying some red chevrons to it as illustrated in the skirmish game's rulebook, I gave the knight's clothing two coats of "Vallejo" White and then simply washed these areas with the transparent acrylic Pale Grey.

Finally I concentrated upon the Templar's side-dagger and sword. The hilt of his double-handed weapon was painted using "Vallejo" Gold and more Strong Tone Quickshade. However as I wanted his weapons' blades to stand out somewhat from his dark(ish) chainmail and helmet, I picked them out using "Citadel" Ironbreaker, shaded them with Nuln oil and then highlighted them with a little more Ironbreaker.
Evil Hooded Minions WIPs - These unrecognisable fiends just need some washes to be applied
In addition to finishing the latest addition to my Witch's warband, I have managed to block paint three more Evil Hooded Minions made by "Pulp Figures" and destined to be entered as part of my Pulp Side-Challenge submissions for the Sixth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

As with the other Bob Murch criminal cultists I've been progressing I have tried to give each disciple a different coloured pair of trousers and shoes in order to try and 'break up' their all-purple monotony. In addition I've armed a midget with a rather nice little torch and set it alight with a combination of "Vallejo" colours and a "Citadel" wash.
Sharkman WIP - This mutated shark still has a lot of work yet to be done on it
Lastly I have been working on a huge "Bones" model of a Sharkman by "Reaper Miniatures". Having simply undercoated the entire brute "Vallejo" Bluegrey, I have washed the monstrosity with "Ciatdel" Nuln Oil and then dry-brushed it with more "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey. This has provided the figure with a nice layer upon which I plan to blend over some additional grey and white, as well as helped define the sculpt's great detail.

This model was bought in order to represent a Sep or Land Shark as part of my slowly progressing "Gamma World" project. But it would also make a terrific Co-Star for a water-themed game of "7TV2" by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" or a deep-sea abomination for a "Zombicide" scenario I have in mind...

24 comments:

  1. I'm liking the detailed explanation of your paint jobs. Leaves me thinking I might give painting another go........

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    1. Thanks Damon. To be honest I started writing up my paint-jobs this way in order so I could follow them if I ended up needing to paint the same/similar models again. As you can probably tell I do flit about a bit genre-wise, so do find myself returning to partially completed projects some months later - and can't therefore remember how I painted the first batch of minis :-)

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  2. More of my fave cultists - nice :-)

    The land shark is a lovely quirky figure! Your collection is certainly eclectic Simon

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    1. Cheers Andy. Hopefully I'll be posting up some completed cultists next week. The Sharkman is an awesome figure and my photos don't really show off its size. That's a 50mm base its on and its length, from tail to teeth is over 100mm.

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  3. Some great looking figures, the Sharknan looks like he'd be a bit of a handful!!

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    1. Thanks Ray. Sharkman would make a good proxy for King Shark, a "Superboy" villain from the Nineties ;-)

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  4. Nicely done with the templar Simon. I think the simple white tabard sans cross works well. :)

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    1. Cheers PulpCitizen. I'm certainly now tempted to get some "Fireforge" Templars at "Salute".

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  5. Warrior monks, Cultist Henchmen and a "Street shark", that is eclectic to say they least! all lovely models and what look like they are going to be cracking paintjobs too.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I'm hoping to actually have some of the Cultists finished over the next few days, along with some Aliens and more Nagrubs. Its the last week of the AHPC so I'm just trying to get a few things prepped and ready for some other projects.

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  6. Lovely work Simon. Go on, put a big red cross on your Templar!
    The cultists are moving along beautifully. The midget minion is hilarious. The Sharkman is a cracker too!

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    1. Cheers Bob. I might have a look for some tiny decals at "Salute" with which I might add to the hem of his tunic. But I know my limits with a paintbrush. Glad you like the Cultists and that Sharkman is indeed awesome, isn't it and dead cheap too being "Bones".

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  7. No doubt about it, that Sharkman is definitely my favourite figure from this post. He's full of menace and so usable in a number of games.

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    1. I thought you'd like him Bryan, the minute I spotted him. He's truly a size too :-)

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  8. Great stuff. I really like the Templar figure...very dynamic!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. The Templar is another of the very best "Frostgrave" sculpts imho.

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  9. A nice selection of figures, Simon. I'm quite tempted by all of them, as I could find a use for them all.

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    1. Thanks Jez. I always like to post a broad range of minis to grab the interest ;-)

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  10. Like you, I was immediately struck by how dynamic the templar figure was - great figure.You;ve done a good job matching your latest cultists to the others and I do like the varied armaments they have, though I can't say I particularly like the dwarf, he looks like he's a burrowr holding agiant matchstick, but I'm sure you'll have a use for him in mind.
    The sharkman 'thing' did make me chickle, probably because it's so preposterous.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I'm very pleased with how the Templar turned out, and as I mentioned before, its actually got me thinking about maybe painting some more at some point. My six Cultists are now finished and just being based, and hopefully once all assembled together the midget won't seem too out of place. The Sharkman is a cracking mini imho, and I have some more "Reaper" sculpts being prepped and primed as I type :-)

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  11. Excellent job on the templar mate he looks superb I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that sword! Cultists look great I think the Pulp Figures cultist have to be some of the best on the market.

    The Shark dude looks like an awesome figure looking forward to its completion.

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    1. Thanks Simon. There are some corking sculpts for "Frostgrave" and the Templar is one of them. The Cultists are great imho - might have to buy two more packets at some point to bulk these boys out. The Sharkman is also awesome and large :-)

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  12. Your Templar looks the business!

    The wereshark is an imposing beast. Love the idea of using him as a "land shark".

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    1. Cheers Dai. Very happy with the Templar. I'm always on the look out for weird creatures to populate my "Gamma World" and the Sharkman fits in perfectly.

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