Sunday, 13 March 2016

"Skinks On Foot Can Move Over Marsh, Rivers, Streams, Ponds Or Lakes..."

"Deep within the steaming jungles of Lustria, fearless Old Worlder explorers have encountered Lizardmen."
This 28mm metal “Games Workshop” model of a Skink Warrior is the first of a small regiment of figures I originally started to paint a couple of years ago. Back then I had hoped to build a small force based upon the 1996 “Warhammer” Lizardmen Army book and actually use these figures with the original ‘Mass Combat Fantasy Role-Playing Game’ rules from 1982. Disappointingly this project was soon derailed after my disappointment with the paintjob for the warband's white-skinned leader Gluckle the GreedyRecently however I have found my interest in such 'Oldhammer' figures rekindled, and as a result I've finally finished this particular cold-blooded warrior who is armed with two hand weapons.

To begin with the Skink was undercoated with “Vallejo” Turquoise and then washed them with “Citadel” Asurmen Blue in order to bring out the tiny sculpt's detail. I then painted all of the Lizardman's weapons, shield, bracelets and clothing with "Citadel" Abaddon Black before starting to pick out all the fighter's details such as his "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna loincloth, Heavy Brown leathers and Heavy Red javelin tassels.
Daughter Of S.H.I.V.A. WIPs - These masters of unarmed combat will all be dressed in purple with grey fur
In addition I undercoated all of the creature's areas destined to be painted with Brass and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna first in order to help the metallic acrylic colour cover the model better with just a couple of (straight from the pot) layers. Lastly I picked out his eyes with a tiny dab of “Vallejo" Heavy Ochre.

With the Sixth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge now fast approaching its final week I'm still trying to paint up a few more miniatures for the Pulp Side-Challenge. Having picked out all the detail on these three Daughter of S.H.I.V.A. (classic) sculpts by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", and finished their fur-lined boots, I now just need to 'pick out' theses ladies' belts, swords and Seventies hairstyles.
"Heroclix" WIPs - The Dark Knight is destined to become an objective marker
I have also been rifling through my "Wizkids" collection in order to identify just how many minion-type models I own. Having recently been inspired by "Marvel Worldwide" publishing their nine-issue comic book mini-series "Secret Wars" and the "Games Workshop" rule-set "Age Of Sigmar", I thought I might attempt to combine the two and game some really large super-hero related battles as all the different publishers' universes crash into one another.

To begin with I thought I'd try and paint some more Lackeys from the “DC Heroclix Hypertime” range. This time however I intend to make it more readily obvious that the goons belong to the Riddler by having some of them wear purple trousers and green jumpers, and some more have green pants and purple tops.

I've also had a few additional "Heroclix" figures arrive from "Troll And Toad" including a couple of Ultron-5 models I plan to use to bolster the Adamantium automaton's robotic forces, and a rather nice Batman figure I have immediately re-based upon a 40mm circular stand to use as an objective marker.

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    1. Well to be honest Fran, I didn't for quite a while after the last one I painted :-)

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  2. I love skinks, great chance to paint turquoise...;-)

    Nice WIPs too bud

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    1. Thanks Andy. Thought he'd make a nice simple posting and encourage me to paint the rest of his party too. Lots of "Heroclix" and "Horrorclix" coming soon ;-)

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  3. Hey, I can still remember all the trouble you had painting Gluckle the Greedy. Lizardmen were one of my favourite Warhammer armies but I became bloody furious with GW when they changed the army list and made all my bow armed Skinks obsolete by insisting they should be armed with blowpipes! I never forgave them!
    I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your WIP figures being finished, especially your Daughters of SHIVA.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. Its nice to have another Skink to keep Gluckle the Grey company ;-) I have picked up that "Games Workshop" isn't one of your fave companies :-) The Daughters of SHIVA will be getting lots of attention over the next few nights, as will Batman and my Ultrons. Plus there's still plenty more Bob Murch minis to come.

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  4. Nice, always had a soft spot for Lizardmen.

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    1. Thanks Martin. Hopefully it'll encourage me to paint up a few more.

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  5. Simon, I aspire to paint as much and as well as you. As my wife already begrudges me the small amount of time I spend on our wonderful hobby, it will always be a dream...
    But at least I'm back online. :-)
    Very nice work, Mr Moore.

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    1. Cheers Jez. That's very kind of you :-) It does help having a hobby room where the wife can do her card-making or gaming etc whilst I paint. Good to see you back online my friend.

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  6. Always had a soft spot for Lustria! Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. I've got a few "Oldhammer" sculpts as opposition to paint up too, so hopefully this'll inspire me to finish a small project I've had sat gathering dust for a year or so.

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  7. Lovely job on the skinks I do so much prefer the sculpts over the Saurus brothers. Nice progress on the rest the DoS are coming along very nicely indeed

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    1. Cheers Simon. I too like the metal sculpts over the modern plastic - and have some metal Saurians too. The "Crooked Dice" minis have had a bit of a pause die to finishing off my cultists, but they're back on the menu now :-)

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  8. Never one for WHFB, more of a 40K addict myself, I think it's the big guns.
    Never the less your skink looks brilliant, great stuff dude!

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    1. Thanks Bob. I do try to cater for many tastes. I like a bit of "Warhammer 40K" too myself. But all this "Age Of Sigmar" stuff has me in a "Warhammer Fantasy" mood for now.

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  9. Lovely shad of blue on that Skink, cracking job Simon.

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    1. Cheers Michael. One down several more to come ;-)

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  10. Very nicely done with the Skink. :)

    Always a creature type that grabbed my interest in Warhammer. :)

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    1. Thanks Pulpcitizen. They're certainly my faves :-)

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  11. That skink is the wrong colour, surely he should be white!! (ducks and runs), seriously nice work on him, I love the colour choice, I was always a dwarf man myself.

    I like the purple on the Shiva ladies too, they should look the business when finished.

    I not so sure about that Batman fig though, it's a nice fig but I'm not keen on figures like that, e.g. with too much scenery or two figs fighting on, just a personal preference , should paint up nicely though.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Ah the legendary Roger wit ;-) The first of my Bob Murch cultists should be posted tomorrow and they'll give you an idea as to how the purple should look when finished.

      I was actually hoping that the Batman mini would be separable from the wall behind him, as I wanted to use him as a model. However he is well and truly squished up against that wall, hence my decision to use him as an objective marker. My green-stuff skills aren't good enough to do the cape swirls etc.

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  12. Skink looks pretty good mate. Those javelins won't fly very well though with such enormous pointy parts!

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    1. Cheers Dai. One of the draws of 'old skool' sculpts are the huge weapons some of the models carried. They're a bit blunt too :-)

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  13. I loved the idea of the Skinks when they first appeared, but never really liked them but I can understand the attraction of them given the beautiful pictures of their armies - but that's the evil empire for you (GW).

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    1. Thanks Joe. Big fan of the Lizardmen tbh, so expect some more colourful minis at some point throughout the year.

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