Thursday, 20 October 2016

"A Carved Or Formed Grotesque..."

"Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastic animal..."
These four wonderfully characterful 28mm scale resin Gargoyles are made by "Wargames Terrain Workshop" and can be purchased from their Graveyard Scenery range. The statues range in height from 27mm to 30mm and have all been based on the thin-lipped 40mm circular bases I use as stands for my scenery/objective markers.

Each model was initially undercoated with an old OOP pot of "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey and washed with Nuln Oil. They were then all dry-brushed with more Adeptus Battlegrey and given a final highlight of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey.
Grim Reaper Statue WIPs - The intimidatingly tall resin model just needs its scythe to be washed and dry-brushed
In addition to the weather-worn Gargoyles I have also purchased one Dave Stone's chillingly impressive Grim Reaper statues. This 98mm tall resin piece has also been super-glued to a 40mm circular base and been undercoated with "Citadel" Adeptus  Battlegrey, and I am now slowly building up his impressive bronze scythe in order to prepare it for a generous wash of Nihilakh Oxide.

With Zomtober 2016 now two-thirds of the way through I have been busy painting the remaining few walking cadavers I want to submit before the challenge concludes. To that end I have spent the vast majority of my recent hobby time working on some of the Mega-City One undead I received from "Mongoose Games" as part of their 'controversial' 2012 “Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War" Kickstarter.
Mega-City One Undead WIPs - Both of these living dead still require some considerable work
The first of these is a Judge Zombie which fortunately is proving a far more enjoyable experience than the one I had whilst painting his 'healthier' colleagues a few years ago. Back then I felt the company's Judge sculpts were inconsistently sculpted with missing buckles, different styled helmets and shoddy casting. I'm pleased to say that certainly hasn't been the case with this particular miniature and his somewhat darker palette to the one I ordinarily use for my Mega-City One lawmen has really helped give the brain-eating Judge a darkly dank look.

I have also been pottering away on those zeds which I have super-glued together using components from both "Mantic Games" and "Mongoose Publishing". As I often try and work on a pair of models simultaneously, swapping between the two as the paint dries on the other, I have chosen a more sombre green/purple colour scheme for my next ghoul; albeit I am contemplating a bright "Vallejo" Squid Pink shoulder-pad simply to make the figure stand out on the tabletop...

22 comments:

  1. I love the stone effect that you created with the gargoyles, great job Simon.

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    1. Thanks Michael. To be fair the sculpts are great, and the somewhat pitted resin makes them paint themselves. I simply had to dip the brush in the pot and draw it over the detail.

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  2. The gargoyles look good Simon and the Judge is coming on very nicely

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    1. Cheers Andy. Judge zombie is now finished and should be one of a couple of Undead Mega-City One inhabitants I'll be posting as part of Zombtober :-)

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  3. Loving the Zombie dredd. When finished it will be really good. I can't wait.

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    1. Many thanks Clint. I'm just waiting for his base's flock to dry and he'll be posted this Sunday. Fingers crossed you like him.

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  4. I really like those gargoyles, Simon. They have a nicely weathered look to them. The grim reaper figure is simply stunning. At nearly four inches tall, he'll dominate your gaming table.

    Suffice to say, I am loving your Mega City One zombies. I also found the zombie Judge a lot of fun to paint. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished version.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. Very much appreciated. Glad you like the statues - I think they're awesome, and as you say the Grim Reaper statue simply dominates its surroundings on account of its height and great sculpt.

      The Judge Zombie will be posted up on Sunday, and until I can get hold of some more, will inevitably be labelled as Joe Dredd from "City of the Damned".

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  5. Great looking gargoyles...as Michael said, the stone effect looks great!

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    1. Thank you Gordon. The resin's wonderfully weird texture did all the work I assure you.

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  6. Lovely work, made me think of the gargoyles in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series!

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    1. Cheers Fran. I do have a Rincewind somewhere too. Now that's an idea ;-)

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  7. Look great dude :) Liking the zombie for Judge Dredd they are coming along nicely.

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    1. Thanks Simon. The Mega-City One zombies are good fun to paint imho, and I'm having a blast. Thoroughly enjoying Zomtober this year (as I always do)!!

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  8. All cracking stuff Simon, but I really love that grim reaper statue!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I plan to post a group shot of the Grim Reaper with the gargoyles once I've finished it, and that should help show just how big the statue is.

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  9. Thise gargoyles are very good, but they do need an euqally good 'perch' - have oyu got something in mind ?
    Zeds are coming along nicely, though I can't say I'm a big fan of the reaper (in more ways thn one!)

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    1. Thanks Joe. These initial four gargoyles have just been plonked on 40mm circular bases so I can use them as objectives/scenery. I do though have some plans to get some more and do other things with them. As you say, they would look very good on a perch. I have some "Wargames Terrain Workshop" walls and might adorn a few of their pillars in the future. I've just finished painting the Grim Reaper and think he's a corking model, so hopefully once he's finished and I do a group shot he'll grow on you.

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    2. You're probably correct about the reaper he's once done, I think it's the size of his scythe that bugs me.
      The gargoylers, just on columns would look excellent.

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    3. Joe, The Grim Reaper's scythe is indeed a big beastie. There are a few alternative reaper sculpts which "WTW" do that I plan to pick up next month, including the first of their buildings. I'll be getting some more gargoyles then, so hopefully something will tempt you at some point ;-)

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  10. More gargoyles goodness. Simple sculpts, but effective - I think they'd work nicely as the statues in that one mission in Frostgrave.

    Zombie Judge is frikken cool mate. Good to see painting continuing at such a good pace!

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    1. Thanks Dai. I do plan to get some more gargoyles once I've cleared some space on my painting table. The Zombie Judge is awesome and I'm desperately trying to buy some more before they go OOP.

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